Dad deserves the best on his day—here are a few things you can make from home and a few gifts to purchase. Also check out our list of ways to spend Father’s Day in Atlanta.

Events and Experiences:

This year, give Dad the gift of an experience.

For the Car Maniac:

Test the capabilities of Porsche vehicles with 1.6 miles of track designed to show off the thrill of the drive at the Porsche Experience Center. Experiences include driving a 911 Carrera S, 718 Cayman, 911 GT3, 911 Targa 4S and more. $500-$3,325.

Experience what it’s like to be a racecar driver! The Atlanta Motor Speedway offers a NASCAR Style Driving Experience and Ride Alongs for a speedy race on this 1.5-mile oval. June 18. $149-$399+.

Learn the ins and outs of being a professional stunt driver at Atlanta Motorsports Park. Understand the science behind the stunt moves you see with a presentation on car dynamics and precision driving before getting behind the wheel on a purpose-built slalom course and trying your hand at stunt driving moves. $999+.

For the Sports Star:

Rent out your own hitting bay to test your golf skills at Topgolf. Each golf ball has been micro-chipped to track accuracy and distance, and players get points for hitting targets on the outfield for a fun competition the whole family can enjoy. $32-$54 per hour.

Compete with interactive and tech-infused mini golf at Puttshack with custom themed holes, interactive leader boards and a digital prize wheel. Themed games create a fun addon at each hole, such as showing off your Beer Pong skills or pop culture knowledge at True or False. $14; ages 12 and younger, $9.

For the Daredevil:

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlanta landscape with experiences from Virgin Experience Gifts. Learn what it takes to fly a helicopter, and try straight and level flights, climbs, turns and descents. Or fly an airplane with the one-hour introductory flight, or soar above the trees with tandem hang gliding. Starts at $249.

For the Outdoorsy Explorer:

Go rafting with Whitewater Express for a trip down class I-III+ rapids for fun no matter the  adventurous level of your man or your family. Kayaking trips are also available, as well as an  opportunity to zipline across the Chattahoochee River. $46.95-$79.95; zipline, $24.95-$119.95.

For the Animal Lover:

Get up close to amazing aquatic animals at the Georgia Aquarium. Go underwater in a Dive or Swim with Gentle Giants experience in the Ocean Voyager exhibit, where you’ll see whale sharks, manta rays and more. $265.99-$374.99; Admission not included.

Test your crime-solving skills during the after-hours ZooDunit Mystery Series at Zoo Atlanta. Investigate a crime set in the Zoo while learning about Zoo Atlanta’s conservation and research efforts. June 22, Aug. 23, Sept. 20 and Oct. 11. $35.

For the Beer Enthusiast:

Treat Dad to a cold brew or two at a Family-Friendly Local Brewery; these breweries have activities for kids, open play areas and giant yard games. Many are even pet friendly.


Scribbled Sharpie Mugs

Purchase a plain, white mug, Painter’s pens and stickers. Wash mug and dry, and then apply stickers. Kids can scribble and color however they wish to cover the mug. After the drawing is complete, peel off the stickers to reveal the design. Put your mug in the oven and bake at 350 for 30 mins.

Homemade Shaving Cream

You will need: 1/3 cup shea butter, 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, 1/4 cup jojoba or sweet almond oil, 10 drops rosemary essential oil and 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until just melted. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-safe bowl. Add in the jojoba oil and the essential oils. Kids can help stir and mix. Chill until solid. Remove from the refrigerator and whip using a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Spoon into a jar. Lid and keep in a cool, dry place.

Dad Treat Jar

Purchase a clear, glass jar at a local craft store and print out the label from this link that reads “Dad’s Stache.” Fill the jar with his favorite types of candy and attach the label with strong tape or glue (this blog printed the label on a sticky label sheet).

Dad Scrapbook

Purchase a scrapbook and create a record of memories about your father and you. Include photos of special outings, events and holidays you’ve had together and other memorabilia from family vacations and activities such as concert or sporting event ticket stubs, postcards and brochures. Next to each photo or item, describe your memories of those times together with your father.

Certificates of Appreciation

Show Dad you appreciate his hard work by returning the favor. Make coupons that say: “In appreciation for all that you do, Dad, please redeem this certificate for a hassle-free car wash by me!” Other favors include sweeping out the garage, mowing the lawn, or any other task for which he normally takes responsibility.


For the Outdoorsy Dad

Give dad an amazing trip with Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stay in luxurious tents with amenities, including daily housekeeping, organic bath products, complimentary camp activities and more. Choose from national park hiking and driving tours, fly fishing, jeep safaris, zipline or whitewater rafting adventures. Rates vary.

For the Spirited Dad

American Spirit Whiskey was started by three University of Georgia grads. Shop their online stores for spirits, glassware, home items, apparel and more, or enjoy a tour and tastings. Check website for their tour schedules at their three locations.

For the Stylish Dad

When dad wants to look his best, he’ll need the right accessories from Admiral Row. Find him the fashionable and dapper bowties, sunglasses, ties, socks, pocket squares or vintage items to complete his look. This Atlanta-based company was started by husband and wife team, Gregg and Sharee.

For the Georgia Native

The dad that wears his state pride on his sleeve needs a gift box from Georgia Crafted, which features more than 200 products made by local artisans from around Georgia. Themed gift boxes include The Deluxe (Quarantined) Snack Box, Lazy Sunday Morning Breakfast Gift Box, Grillin’ & Chillin’ Gift Box and more. You can also build your own box, choosing from soaps, kitchen towels, snacks, candles and more. Or gift dad with a one-, three- or six-month subscription box.

For the Dad with a Sweet Tooth

Check out these local products to satisfy dad’s cravings. Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate is made from sustainably and ethically grown cacao. Shop online for gift boxes, chocolate bars, chocolate hazelnut spread and more. Honey Next Door has flavored honeys, including elderberry, habanero and gallberry, and the company manages beehives across the metro Atlanta area.

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