Instead of the usual fare for Father's Day, June 17, this year why not surprise him with a something unexpected. Here are a few gift ideas with a Central Kentucky connection to make them even more special.
A box of his usual cigars would be nice if he's a smoker, but how about a "Cigar Shop"-scented soy wax candle from Lexington-based Brownstone Candle Co., which has a storefront at 316 North Ashland Avenue.
Other fragrances in the store's Kentucky Collection include "Winner's Circle" (leather with a hint of roses) and "Bluegrass," a crisp, green scent. Prices range from $11 for an 8-ounce tin to $20 for a 10-ounce boxed candle.
If Dad's bar is fully stocked, maybe it's time to add to his outdoor grilling supplies. Tony Davis of Lexington recycles charred barrels for his Bourbon Barrel Grillin Charr, $6.99 a bag at all Liquor Barn stores. Throw a handful of the mix on coals when charcoal grilling or firing up the smoker for meat with the taste of aged bourbon.
Every guy could use a bit of pampering with scented soaps or soothing lotions. Steer clear of ordinary discount drugstore items and look instead for locally made products such as Sassa Bella Body Care.
Owner Erin Taydus of Harrodsburg worked as a mechanical engineer for Corning Glass and Lexmark before launching her company, which specializes in handcrafted soaps and body products. Natural ingredients include organic coconut oil and essential oils of geranium, rose petals, spearmint and lemongrass.
You'll find a selection of Sassa Bella products for people at several Central Kentucky locations including Good Foods Market & Café in Lexington.
The company also has products for animals, which include Antifungal Hoof Serum and Soothing Skin Spray for horses. Go to Etsy.com/shop/sassabellabodycare or Sassabellabodycare.com or call (859) 940-8660.