Thursday, June 5, 2014

Father's Day

Father's Day

1. Homemade Gin Kit
$48 at Pickwick's Mercantile
Often the best gift we can give our parents is time and this homemade gin kit is something you can do (and enjoy) together. Nearly everything you need to make your own gin is in the box, from funnels and jars to botanical blend and juniper berries. Simply purchase a middle of the shelf vodka and get making! Even better, once you have your final product (in only 36 hours!), Homemade Gin Kit has some great cocktail recipes you can whip up to celebrate.

2.Sextant by David Barrie
$25.99 at Pickwick's Mercantile
Dads instill a sense of wonder in us and teach us how to explore, and this book speaks to that inheritance. I'm personally looking forward to reading Sextant and you can expect a review in the future, but I'll let the professional critics speak for now:
"Barrie's writing is exhilarating and suffused with a sense of adventure. A fascinating read." (Financial Times)
"As lovingly and painstakingly constructed as the navigators' once irreplaceable talisman, this exquisite book is a hymn to a now vanishing feature of maritime life- a finely-chased reminder of just how much we owe to that one small piece of apparatus- its verniers and lenses kept secure in a mahogany box, closed by a hasp of brass." (Simon Winchester)

3. Whiskey Disks by Hammerstone's
$30 at Pickwick's Mercantile
More than just a unique and practical gift, these 100% natural soapstone whiskey disks are harvested directly from the earth in Chocorua, New Hampshire and are the handiwork of a father-son team. These smooth stones will not dilute your whiskey, scratch your glasses, or over-chill the beverage. And as there are four in a set, you can enjoy the wonderful effect together.

4. Truman Razor by Harry's
$10 at Pickwick's Mercantile
Harry's shaving products are not only tearing up the blogs and wowing the critics, they are a go-to for the son or daughter on a budget. Designed in New York and with a German steel precision engineered blade, the Harry's razor (or set for only $22) is quality at a quality cost. Don't let Dad do the $1 disposables anymore. He's a classy guy. He deserves a classy tool.

5. Campfire Incense by Juniper Ridge
$10 at Pickwick's Mercantile
As a child of the White Mountains, some of my dearest memories include long-reaching shadows around the fire and the natural cologne of wood-smoke suffusing the folds in my father's flannels. Another great budget find, this Juniper Ridge product is made from wild-gathered elements and has 20 incense sticks that really do recreate the most redolent of summer campfires. Grab an incense holder for three dollars at our fellow downtown business, Ganesh!

6. Beard Oil by Prospector Co.
$28 at Pickwick's Mercantile 
Prospector Co. makes all-natural grooming products right here in the United States. This Beard Oil is potent stuff, a couple of drops do the job, so this little TSA-friendly bottle will last a deceptively long time. The woodsy, neutral scent is pleasant and light and will keep Dad smelling fresh, even while the natural oils condition follicles and moisturize the skin beneath.


May your Father's Day include hugs, good food, gratitude, and many embarrassing tales from childhood. An enormous thank you to all of the fathers out there who have lent us the strength of their arms and hearts!

From "Vader's Little Princess" by Jeffrey Brown


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