Father’s Day in Omaha, NE – 2018

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Father’s Day in Omaha, NE – 2018

As June 17th draws near, have you found the perfect gift to show your appreciation for the special guys in your life who, in your book, are just the most incredible fathers out there? For those who haven’t, consider the following ideas that you can still swoop up with time to spare.

Whatever he likes to do in his free time, it’s a safe bet that a gift he can use while doing that is a solid choice.

If that includes tackling various projects around the house or working on a free-time project in the shop, be sure to stop by Woodcraft to grab a gift he’ll thoroughly enjoy putting to good use.

Gerry Phelan-Woodcraft

Gerry Phelan

Gerry Phelan with Woodcraft first poses the question: “Do you know a dad who makes things with his hands?” If the answer is yes, he goes on to advise, “Whether Dad is garage tinkerer or a master craftsman with a complete workshop, here are some Father’s Day questions you might ask him to help connect with his interests.

How did he come by his skills? Were they passed down from his father or is your dad a self-taught craftsman? Sometimes crafts may have been passed down for generations. I bet you will find some great family stories when you ask those questions.

What is his favorite project? Whether it is a family heirloom or a practical solution to a problem wouldn’t it be good to know what makes him proud? And when you know, you can be sure to honor his accomplishment in the future.

Ask him about his tools – every craftsman has favorite tools that may have been passed down from previous generations or were used to rescue a project at some point. Was he entrusted with special tools by his father? That cherished tool may not be the most expensive or the most beautiful, but it probably has a place of honor in the shop.

Is there a tool in his shop that has a story? It may be about the time it rescued a project or when it was used in an unusual way. Or maybe there is a tool he just reaches for first every time.

If you connect with your dad on his craftsmanship and his tools here are some excellent ways to recognize him on Father’s Day:

  • If you are looking for a gift for his shop, pay attention when you are asking him the questions above to the thing he is wishing for; ‘If I just had a lathe I could….’
  • Make a project for him. Particularly if he passed on his skills to you, he will be pleased and honored to have you put the time and effort into making something special for him.
  • Are there grandchildren? Help them make a simple project and start them on the path of learning a craft. It doesn’t have to be complicated – a key holder, a birdhouse, a tie rack, a game. There are numerous books and kits available with suitable projects.

Even better, recognize Dad by making something with him. Your time and attention is the best gift of all. You will both benefit from having him pass along his knowledge and you can both enjoy some quality time together. You can make a project and memories at the same time.”

Finally, he notes, “If your dad is a woodworker, we have the tools, gadgets, and wood that will make his day. But in case you are still stumped, nothing tells Dad ‘It’s OK to spend time in your workshop’ like a gift card from Woodcraft. Then Dad can pick out his own gift at his leisure.”

How about the guy who likes to get away from it all once in a while to kick back, relax and enjoy a cold beer or a refreshing glass of wine? A trip to Soaring Wings Vineyard & Brewing will do the trick nicely, with a nice selection of award-winning wines and craft beers that he can enjoy in a scenic atmosphere by himself or with company. Or, you could bring the gift of delicious craft beer or wine to him and he can enjoy it at his leisure. Even better yet, since oftentimes we don’t get to spend as much time together as we’d like, as previously mentioned, the gift of an experience is what truly makes for the best memories. Why not take him out for a day spent together bonding while enjoying a few drinks together?

That concludes our 2018 Father’s Day gift guide, chock full of inspiration that will help you with even the most hard to please dads or the dads who seem to have everything already. Just like we remind everyone during the holidays, since this is another big gift-giving holiday, be sure to support our local businesses!


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