By MADOLINE MARKHAM
Trying to decide what to buy for Dad this year? Stick around Homewood and check out these local shops’ recommendations for a present Dad will love.
For the tool and gadget dad
Add to Dad’s tool collection with a full selection of hand tools and sockets including a Greatnet 11-piece Combination Wrench Set that comes with a lifetime warranty ($23.69). Huffstutler’s staff recommends a Bosch Pocket Driver ($129.99) that is 50 percent smaller than the average 12V power drill but just as strong. Also, a collapsible and adjustable B&D Workmate 225 ($76.65) removes any need for a second person to hold things as he works.
2732 Central Avenue, 871-2121
For the dad who has everything
Any dad will love Fits Socks Co. merino wool socks ($15.99-19.99). Created by an Alabama man and made in Tennessee, Ken Shaia said he had never tried a product that left his feet feeling so good after a day of standing. They are available in different lengths and colors. Another idea is the all-natural E shave crème ($20). It outlasts a typical aerosol can variety by four to five times and with its essence of aromatherapy makes shaving more luxuious. They also sell a preshave oil ($19) and aftershave ($22) in the product line.
2818 18th Street South, 871-1312
For the steak-loving dad
Michael’s Steak House
If dad likes a good meat-and-potatoes meal, treat him to a house-cut angus beef steak at Michael’s. Dad can choose from a list of cuts of meat dipped in the restaurant’s signature marinade. Staff favorites include a 10 oz. steer butt ($32), a lean cut similar to a filet but with more flavor from fat; a 24 oz. Porterhouse t-bone combination filet and strip ($39); and a 12 oz. Demlonico ribeye ($23) with a flavorful marbling on the inside. Reservations are recommended for Father’s Day. You can also give Dad a gift certificate to enjoy a steak dinner any time of his choosing.
1903 29th Ave South, 871-9525
For the active dad
Choose from a selection of goods to outfit Dad’s bike rides and runs. If Dad bikes, he can mount a Flea 2.0 Rechargable Rear Light or Front Light ($29.99) to bike after dark or a portable 90-gram Lezyne pump ($39.99) for emergency tire fillings. If Dad runs, he might like a Garmin FR60 Running Watch and Heart Rate Monitor ($99.99) to track his workout. Other gift ideas include Tifosi TIF051 white sunglasses ($59.99), Insulated Polar Bottle ($11.99), or Strada Wireless Cateye Bike Computer ($59.99). The staff at Cahaba Cycles recommends you come in for more specific gift ideas based on what your dad likes to do.
2834 18th Street South, 879-3244
For the dad who grills
Alabama Gas Light and Grill
Outfit Dad’s grill with a useful accessory like a GrillPro LED Grill Light ($24.95). The light attaches with a magnet or clip to allow him to see when he grills after dark without turning on porch lights. Dad can always use a new MPH Grill Brush ($14.95) with a replaceable head or a nifty GrillPro Electric Charcoal Lighter ($19.95). A selection of specialty sauces and seasonings, such as a variety pack of JB’s Fat Boy Rubs Variety Packs ($16-35), will spice up his meats before or after grilling.
2828 Linden Ave, 870-4060