When it comes to Father’s Day, dads often get the short shrift after all the hoopla of Mother’s Day.
We have some ideas to offer you if you’re still looking for something special.
Help an orphange from Austin-based Miracle Foundation
When you realize your father or the father of your children doesn’t need another tie or tool, consider making a donation instead. Miracle Foundation, which was started by Austinite Caroline Boudreaux, is raising money for sports and recreation equipment for the orphans it supports in India. $25 provides athletic clothes, $50 provides two cricket sets, $85 is a bundle of sports equipment such as soccer balls, volleyballs and board games for an orphanage, and $135 provides all of it.
Find the link at www.MiracleFoundation.org/Fathers.
Find unique gifts for him and help artisans
Ten Thousand Villages, which helps artisans in 38 countries through fair trade, offers these Father’s Day gift suggestions:
Time to Cruise Clock, $29.99. Noah’s Ark, an artisan community in Mordabad, India, creates all kinds of things using recycled bicycle chains, including this clock.
Bottle Opener Tool Kit, $29. Noah’s Ark also makes these stainless steel bottle openers shaped to look like a hammer and a wrench.
Circuit Board Keepsake Box, $20. Village Crafts, an artisan community in Sarai Tarin, India, makes a box with repurposed computer parts.
Treat him with spa packages
Viva Day Spa has these treats for him this Father’s Day. The MANdatory Spa Package, $175, is a deep tissue massage and reflexology for the feet, and the MANdatory Facial, $95, cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes, plus treats ingrown hair.
For everyone, Viva has these summer packages:
The Head to Glow Deluxe Coconut Vanilla Summer Spa Package, $295, includes a massage, coconut and vanilla sugar back scrub, facial blueberry detox peel, a pedicure and coconut sugar foot scrub.
Coconut Vanilla Summer Massage Package, $189, a sauna with cool peppermint towels, Swedish massage, a coconut and vanilla hydrating body wrap and calf and foot scrub, a fully body exfoliation, and magic mint scalp treatment.
Organic Summer Facial Package, $159, a citrus and kale mask facial; lip and eye treatment; neck, shoulder and arm massage; hand hydration treatment and gift bag.
Coconut Vanilla Summer Nail Package, $99, deluxe Viva pedicure with coconut sugar foot scrub; express viva manicure; hand and food hydration treatment; and wine or hot tea and chocolates.
Viva Day Spa, 215 S. Lamar Blvd., 1811 W. 35th St. and 11601 Rock Rose Ave. vivadayspa.com
Hiatus Spa + Retreat is offering three-month memberships that give you an essential service each month, unlimited services at member pricing, 10 percent off retail purchases, guest discounts and a $50 gift card for $69 a month. Hiatus will also donate $10 to Water, a nonprofit that helps communities find sustainable options. The memberships have to be purchased by July 7.
For him for Father’s Day, Hiatus is offering a couple of special packages. The Frosty Mug Retreat, $195, includes a body scrub of organic hops, barley and malt; an effervescent splash of a dark milk stout; a full body chilled stone massage; a Vichy shower; and a frosty mug of cold local IPA. The Gentleman’s Retreat, $149, is a deep tissue massage and revitalizing scalp treatment. The Dad’s Essentials, $179, is a choice of two essential services such as massage, body wrap, mani-pedi, acupuncture or facial.
Hiatus Spa + Retreat is at 1611 W. Fifth St., Suite 155. hiatusspa.com.