According to a RetailMeNot survey, six out of 10 dads don't even expect to get a gift for Father's Day from their wives or significant others. So if you get him something that didn't cost you a dime, it still might go above and beyond expectations. Here are a few freebies and deals for Father's Day.
Every Mother's Day, Hooters offers moms across the country a platter of free wings, and we imagine few moms actually take advantage. But somehow, it doesn't seem quite so incongruous when Hooters offer a similar deal to dads. The one difference: It's a buy-one-get-one deal, so dad only gets his free wings if he's already ordered another platter of 10 wings. Still, we're sure pops is good for 20 wings, if not more. The deal is good on Sunday only.
Ikea is also offering free breakfast and coffee for dads, just as it did for moms on Mother's Day. But since the breakfast and coffee usually sells for just $2, it's probably not worth the trip to Ikea unless you're also planning on shopping for some furniture.
Given its association with the film "The Godfather," the cannoli is arguably the manliest of desserts, and certainly a fitting gift for dad. The good news is that Italian chain Buca di Beppo is giving dads a free cannoli on Father's Day when you use this coupon. There's no purchase required, so you don't even need to get dinner to score your cannoli.
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The W&P Cocktail Kit What to get the dad who has it all? Look no further than this Brooklyn-made cocktail kit that includes a muddler, jigger, shaker, cocktail napkins and even glassware—basically everything he’ll need to mix up the next round, minus the booze. And it’s all packaged up in a handsome canvas and leather tote. Best order one for yourself, while you’re at it. $279, masonshaker.com
Finca La Gloria from Slate Coffee Does your dad dig coffee? Then he’ll love this Panamanian brew from small-batch Seattle-based roaster, Slate. Grown in the lush soils near the Baru volcano, this blend of typica, caturra and catuai beans will have him buzzing long after his special day has passed. $15/250 grams, slatecoffee.com
Low Gap Whiskey 2-Year Single Barrel Looking for a truly one-of-a-kind gift? One lone barrel of this 100 percent malted Bavarian wheat whiskey from Bay Area-based Craft Distillers (the company behind the Germain-Robin brandies) was bottled this past January, which means there’s not much of it on the market, but one sip of its all velvet and spice flavor profile makes it worth the search. $75, caddellwilliams.com
Cahors Clos Siguier 2009 Just because he’s worth the world doesn’t mean you have to shell out big bucks just to show him you care. Case in point? This rich, mostly Malbec offering from Gilles Bley’s organic-minded estate in southwest France. With youthful red fruit flavors and a sturdy tannic structure (thanks to a bit of Tannat), it’s the perfect bottle for all sorts of palates (and budgets). $13, astorwines.com
Imbibe Subscription Want to give your dad a gift that keeps giving all year long? Get him a subscription to Imbibe! Covering coffee to cocktails and everything in between, Imbibe is the ultimate gift for the drinks-loving dads out there. $20/1 year, imbibemagazine.com
Dad will stir his way to tastier cocktails in a jiff with this gilded, gold-plated Japanese-style spoon from Cocktail Kingdom.
The Clive Stand Portland, Oregon-based Clive Coffee repurposes locally harvested black walnut into this handsome coffee stand that neatly houses a pourover brewer and pitcher, perfect for design-savvy coffee drinkers. $195, clivecoffee.com
Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage Does your dad love bourbon and books? In his recently released tome, historian Michael Veach drinks in the American whiskey timeline starting with the Whiskey Rebellion in the 1790s and continuing through to a taste of the spirited culture today. $25, amazon.com