Gift Guide

Your Ultimate Father's Day Guide

Actual Rain or Shine Guide Dad

Actual Rain or Shine Guide Dad

Father's Day is coming people (Sunday, June 19 for those of you who forgot)! Even though it is after Mother's Day, it is still important. I mean, he didn't have to physically give birth to you, but he still probably did some nice stuff over the years. We've compiled a list for you to successfully wow dad into loving you the most (it is a competition, don't let your sibling tell you differently). 

Best Restaurants

Ray's Boathouse is dining with a decent view (you know, only 30 feet of waterfront bar seating with views of the perfect Puget Sound). Their seafood is delicious, their service is friendly, and seriously, the view is unreal. Dad will love their cocktails too :) 

Dahlia Lounge is that place in town for a good steak, but for other good food too. So if dad wants a juicy cut of red meat, but other people in the family don't, head to Dahlia and order anything, literally anything, on the menu. 

Chandler's is famous for their local Dungeness Crab, but any of their other 20 crab dishes are worth the price tag too. Plus, they have unique views of Lake Union. 

And for the casual dad, Royal Grinders makes a mean sandwich and serves up delicious ice cream too! Spend the afternoon at the Solstice Parade (see below) after you are so full you want to die.

Best Activities

Snoqualmie Falls is a great day trip out of Seattle. 

Snoqualmie Falls is a great day trip out of Seattle. 

A ride on the antique steam engine is a treat for all ages. 

A ride on the antique steam engine is a treat for all ages. 

America's Car Museum in Tacoma, WA is any gearheads dream. They have an exhibit right now featuring the Hot Rods of Route 66. 

Snoqualmie Falls is a fun family outing, especially during the beautiful summer months! The Northwest Rail Museum is conveniently down the road for a second stop that dad will love. Plan your visit according to the train schedule because no trip is complete without a ride on the steam engine.

The Museum of Flight is a place everyone has to visit in Seattle, so if you haven't yet, hit it up! If you've already been and loved it, we recommend driving up to Everett, WA to visit the Flying Heritage Museum. This collection of planes is primarily from WWII and provides a lesson in the history of aviation different than what you gain from the Museum of Flight. 

Your Dad will love all the wacky Fremont Solstice events

Your Dad will love all the wacky Fremont Solstice events

Fremont Solstice Festival has a great stage on Father's Day, particularly the Seattle Rock Orchestra from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM. Take dad to jam out and don't forget to go hungry and thirsty to take advantage of all the awesome vendors that will pack the area! 

Best Gifts

Seattle Thread Company is a local men's fashion company that sells only the best. This shirt is calling your dad's name ($145). 

This Shippu Santoku Knife ($139) is a chef's best friend. Prep vegetables, meats, or fish with this beauty. 

Help him track his fitness goals with the stylish new Fitbit Blaze ($245). Pair it with this sleek watch band (137.17) and we guarantee he will be the sexiest dad around (ok, we aren't going to guarantee that, but with "Dad Bod" taking the world by storm it is a lower bar to hit).

No Seattle Father can have too many Seahawks items. Get him a new shirt ($27.99) or if you want to really go big, an autographed Marshawn Lynch football ($279). Be sure he is sitting down when he opens that, we aren't responsible for any harm that may come if he isn't.

And if you really love him...

Photo from  Lily

Photo from Lily

Meet Lily. The coolest drone around for the coolest dad around. Throw her into the air and she will follow you and film all your adventures whether that is rafting, biking, fishing or partying at a summer BBQ. 

Alright, we release you! Good luck and god speed. May the best sibling win. 

How To Do Mother's Day Like A Boss

How great are Moms? They deserve a lot more than one day a year to celebrate their amazing-ness, but alas, there is only one day. One day in May for you to show the person who gave birth to you how much you love her. Do you want to mess this up? You only get one shot, people. Lucky for you we have built a comprehensive guide for you to follow that will ensure your mother/mom/mum/mommy feels loved and appreciated. 

Best Brunch Spots

First things first, get her a delicious meal that will kickstart the day in the best way! Full disclosure Seattle restaurants will use this holiday to double the price of food and make you wait hours for a table, but remember, she gave birth to you so you have to do it.

Palisades: For the mom that likes a classic, beautiful restaurant. Palisades has a giant buffet and is located at an amazing location in Seattle with awesome views. Bonus? Everyone who dines on Mother's Day gets a free gift. Surprises are the best so call ASAP for reservations. 206-285-1000

Insider Tip: If the dining room is booked ask about the second buffet happening in the Alani Room.

Toulouse Petit: For the mom that wants a cool breakfast spot with some Southern charm. Toulouse Petit definitely shines in the breakfast department. Our recommendations are the Spicy Creole Hash and make sure Mom has a Katie Mae! Only downside? They don't accept reservations so you will want to plan to wait a bit. 206-432-9069

Salty's on Alki: For the mom that wants a traditional Pacific Northwest brunch. Salty's is such a great place to eat any meal, but they are famous for their brunch. We particularly love it for the fact that it is upscale dining with amazing food, but it is non-pretentious (think oversized fishing tackles and giant nets hanging from the ceiling). $75 for the full buffet. Call for reservations before they run out! 206-937-1600

Cutter's: For the mom that wants a hearty menu to chose from. Cutter's is located near Pike Place Market and has a view of Puget Sound with a great ambiance. The best part about this place is they don't skimp on the seafood. Bring your appetites and don't miss their crab cakes. Mmm good. Reservations available. 206-448-4884

Great Gift Ideas

Photos from Clay in Motion and Joanna Morgan respectively.

Photos from Clay in Motion and Joanna Morgan respectively.

Next up you have to get the perfect gift. Homemade cards are encouraged, no matter how old you are.

Home Garden and Art is located in Greenwood and has all this unique and fun garden art made from metal. They have everything from roosters to goats to birdhouses. They are locally-owned and do custom requests! 

Clay in Motion makes these great "Handwarmer Coffee Mugs." They are beautiful and functional! Mom will love! You can also find them in the Made in Washington stores around Seattle. 

Market Spice has a lot of great items for moms who love to cook, but they also have an amazing tea collection and our favorite is the Cinnamon Orange Tea. Hint: It goes well with the Handwarmer mugs above. :)

Joanna Morgan makes beautiful, classic jewelry that she creates in her Seattle studio. We especially like her Signature Collection. 

Don't Forget the Flowers

Flowers at Pike Place are a cheap, but beautiful bouquet choice!

Flowers at Pike Place are a cheap, but beautiful bouquet choice!

Young Flowers has gorgeous, modern, and artistic flower arrangements. They cost a pretty penny but are seriously worth it. Call to have them design your mom a custom, one of a kind arrangement!

Pike Place Market has amazing bouquets made from flowers grown from local farmers in Washington. They will definitely be on their best game on Mother's Day and their bouquets run on average $10 a pop. 

Juniper Flowers creates the most beautiful and unique arrangements, each stem carefully selected by the owner of the shop, Jean Louise. They also offer flower arranging classes, which are a fun, creative, and functional gift for a mom who enjoys gardening. 

And if you want to ice the cake and get her some sweets...

Salted Caramels from Fran's Chocolate say I LOVEEEEE you!

Salted Caramels from Fran's Chocolate say I LOVEEEEE you!

Fran's does stunning chocolates. We recommend the salted caramels.

Bakery Nouveau's macaroons will make your stomach angry you haven't been eating them every day.