What do you get the father that has nearly everything? It can be difficult to decide when you have so many great options to choose from in a city as diverse and expansive as Houston. When just another tie or #1 Dad mug just won’t suffice, why don’t you try gifting dad with something made by local Houstonians or with an experience that he can enjoy after Father’s Day? Local artisan Nicole Buergers shares some of her best tips for Father’s Day gifts.
Nicole Buergers
Bee2Bee Honey Collective
Houston, TX
(281) 845-4069

Nicole Burgers spent much of her career as a successful marketer before yearning for work that was more meaningful and brought her closer to other people. She quit her agency job and founded Bee2Bee Honey Collective in 2015, which provides a forum for hobbyist beekeepers to expand their knowledge about beekeeping as well as a means to expand their businesses and sell their honey. Bee2Bee also helps those new to beekeeping to learn the basics, as well as providing beekeeping services to those who want hives on their property. The collective’s mission is to provide stable, healthy habitats for the pollinators that are so important, even in urban areas, as well as educate people about honeybees and the benefits of local honey. A true Houston entrepreneur, Nicole offers these tips for finding dad the perfect Father’s day gift.

Find The Way To His Heart Through His Stomach

Goodies from the Houston Dairymaids are great gifts for the foodie father in your life! The shop features artisan cheeses from Texas and beyond, smoked meats, beer, wine and more. Don’t miss the famous Kream Mustard! Gift boxes are available online or in store. If you can’t decide what sounds best, don’t fret; Houston Dairymaids has free cheese tastings daily to help you learn what you like best.

Help Him Discover His Creative Side

If your father likes to work with his hands, buy him a gift card to Houston Makerspace! He’ll be able to apply it to a class or membership. From welding to woodworking to gardening, there will be something for him to learn! Purchase online or over the phone: (713) 808-9708. For bonus points, get two, one for him and one for you, and learn how to make something together.

Protect Him And Keep Him Stylish

If your dad is the kind who likes to be active outdoors, make sure he’s biking or skating while safe and stylish. The makers of Thousand, a new helmet, work to create designs that you actually want to be seen wearing, while still providing all of the protection that clunky traditional helmets do. These local designers and engineers from the Clear Lake area have created eco-friendly helmets from ethically sourced sustainable materials that protect your dad.

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Keep Dad Cool All Summer Long

For the father that likes gadgets and keeping the house frigid even during the hottest days of the summer, try getting him a Mistbox. It’s a connected home device that reduces energy consumption and bills while keeping the home cool. The small gadget is solar powered and attaches to your outdoor air conditioner. It features sensors that measure temperature, sound and electromagnetic field to automatically detect optimal run cycles, and once it detects your “it’s too hot” threshold, set via a smartphone app, Mistbox will automatically emit a fine mist that cools down outside air as it enters the air conditioner, a process known as evaporative cooling. This tiny gadget will make your A/C run more efficiently and help reduce electricity bills during the longest days of the year!

Show Him Something Sweet

Is your dad the bee’s knees? Give him the taste of Houston with local honey from Bee2Bee Honey Collective. Right now, the featured honey is from a backyard in West Houston near George Bush Park. You can order online and enjoy the benefits of fresh, local honey at any time.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.