Monmouth County Father's Day Gift Guide

Don't give Dad a tie this year. Instead, think baseball, bacon, books and Bad Ash.

We just fielded calls from your dad and the father of your children. Both said, "Please, please tell them I don't want a tie this Father's Day and I don't need anymore golf balls." We said, "Don't worry big Papa. We're doling out oodles of ideas for your people."

Check out what we're thinking about for June 17:


  • Spend the day together at a Lakewood Blue Claws' baseball game and stay after for a catch. Every Father's Day after the game, fathers and children are invited to play catch on the field. Plus, since the game is on a Sunday, kids eat free thanks to ShopRite. In addition, the BlueClaws have partnered with Goal4theGoal Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and all players and staff members will be wearing gold shoelaces at that day's game in support of the foundation. To order tickets, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here.


  • Make Dad captain of his family ship (or deck) with a ship's bell in either chrome or brass from Bain's Outdoor Living in Rumson. Prices range from $155 to $680, depending upon the size.


  • Aloha Grove at Pier Village can give dad a lesson in surfing or stand up paddle boarding. Private lessons are $60. Or get the whole family in the surf for a lower per person fee.

Back to School

  • He taught you everything you ever knew, until you went to college and became the smartest person on the planet. Now give him a chance to learn something new with a non-credit course at Brookdale Community College. Evening classes, in hands-on filmaking, voice over and acting, are once a week and start at $399. Register at brookdalecc.edu/bcd.


  • We're not saying that all men are predisposed to like bacon and chocolate, together, but we recently caught our teenage boy dipping strips of bacon into a chocolate fountain at a fancy brunch buffett. So you might as well go with it and just buy the stuff. Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe has got chocolate covered bacon (your choice of milk or dark) and Nutella caramel chocolate pretzels for for $23.95 per lb.

Broad Street Bistros

  • Instead of making Dad grill meat for you on his big day, pick up tickets to the Red Bank Food & Wine Walk. Happening every third Sunday of the month, which just so happens to fall on Father’s Day. For $25, treat Dad to a culinary tour of more than 20 participating Red Bank restaurants, which you can check out here.


  • Man up and buy Dad a book, but make it a funny one. Time magazine columnist and Edison native Joel Stein embarked on a quest to find his inner manly man and chronicled his adventures through red and blue state manly adventures - shooting things (red state), day trading (blue state) - in a book entitled Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity. Available in digital, audio and hard cover at River Road Books in Fair Haven and Barnes & Noble.

Bad Ash BBQ

  • Bad Ash (AKA: East Coast Energy Products) in Long Branch has a slew of gifts for fathers who like to light things on fire. They've got smoking chips in just about every variety of tree, including oak made from the aging barrels of the Jack Daniels distillery. Plus grills, outdoor firepits and every grilling gadget known to man. Check out the photo gallery above for some of our favorites.

Book a Sound Booth

  • All parents want to throw a freeze frame around their kids sometimes so they can remember their little voices and the funny way they say spaghetti. Here's your chance to give Dad (or Grandpa) a sound bite he can hang on to. Small Factory Productions is opening its fully equipped recording studio and sound booth for you to create your own recorded message. Book a one-hour session for $45. Call 732-212-1088 for more info.


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