Gifts and Trips for D.C. Dads

These last-minute gift ideas for Father's Day come from all around town. Find the perfect local gift or experience to grant your devoted dad.

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He's the one who taught you to heckle, after all. Surprise your dad with Nats tickets and see them maybe stand a chance this year, after all. They're playing a three-day series against the White Sox; tix are $10-$335.
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Guys -- all guys, even dads -- love two things: meat and beer... which means that the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival makes a whole lotta sense. Make this one an early Father's Day celebration since it falls on Friday (6-10 p.m.) and Saturday (2-6 p.m.). Tickets are $35-$65 in advance, which includes unlimited samples and a souvenir glass.
Kiehls Since 1851
Dudes love Kiehls products because their simple labels are anything but girly. Their to-the-point products are basic all the way down to the core -- Kiehls products are natural and eco-friendly. Indulge your dad in some swanky shave cream or the "ultimate man" soap (no, really, that's what it's called). "Man kits" run from $5 to $225; get 'em at 3110 M St. N.W. or online with free shipping code SHIPJUNE.
Strike Bethesda
This ain't the smoky bowling league your dad remembers bringing you to when you were four (what a role model). A night at Strike Bethesda will bring him up to date, with enough of a retro feel that he won't feel out of place. A massive menu includes casual chow like quesadillas, wings and sandwiches.
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Even if you're only interested in Lynyrd Skynyrd because of their "Guitar Hero" connection, your dad probably loved them. They're playing with Bret Michaels and 38 Special on July 9 -- get the tix now and be prepared to show your dad you know how to rock, too. Tickets range from $31 to $65.50.
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D.C. Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. N.W.) hosts the awesome Alonzo Bodden of "Last Comic Standing," June 17-20, $17-$20. If improve is more your thing, head to the lounge for the Improvisational Comedy Showcase, starring three troupes from the venue's Comedy School, June 18, $10.
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Remember all those times your dad buried you in the sand at the beach? Yeah, it's major payback time. Throw a cooler in the car for a daytrip to Sandy Point for swimming, fishing or boating on the Chesapeake Bay. Dad might not be so keen on windsurfing, though.
Maybe your dad's not a local at all, but wishes he had a little piece of the District to call his own. After all, his kid lives there, right? Upscale gift shop Apres Peau (1430 K St. NW) carries cufflinks made from 1960s-era trolley tokens ($130; pictured) and from wood removed from RFK Stadium seats during a 1970s renovation ($150). For more gift ideas, check out our Definitive Father's Day Gift Guide.
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