Finding the perfect gift for dad on Father’s Day is as easy as using your creativity. Where does he like to hang out? Once you know that, you’re halfway there. Skip the ugly tie and the cliché baubles. The gift doesn’t even have to be tangible – just something that shows how much you appreciate him. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

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“Ernie” at City Theatre
2301 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 965-9500

“Ernie” Harwell is remembered as one of the Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time, as ranked by the American Sportscasters Association. If your dad is a Detroit Tigers fan, he will love this salute to the beloved announcer. One of the many creations by Mitch Albom, this drama appears on stage –  with excellent choice and use of film footage – and is conveniently scheduled to fit with Tigers games. It is warm, witty and touching, revealing a side of Ernie Harwell the fans sensed, but was usually hidden from view by this modest man who dignified sportscasting with his warmth and grace over the years. In this salute, veteran actor Will David Young convinces the audience they are actually listening to Ernie Harwell again.

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Orvis Retail Store
29500 Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 542-5700

Whether he loves fishing for Walleyes on the Detroit River or enjoys taking trips up to Lake Michigan to catch bass or trout, Orvis has the perfect gift for the angler in your life. Find everything dad will need to hit the water in style this summer, from rods and reels to accessories like rubber weight nets, wading boots and bait. If he’s also got a smart phone, consider getting him the Orvis Fly Fishing app–he’ll have up-to-date information on weather conditions and new fishing locations as well as handy guides to things like knot-tying and fly-casting.

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The Michigan Princess
Grand River Park
2995 W. Main St.
Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 627-2154

If dad is a Glenn Miller or Tommy Dorsey fan, he will love the gift of an old-fashioned day cruise on The Michigan Princess, the state’s only three-decker river boat. The Bayou River Band is a delight to listen to as Captain John Chamberlain guides the 1888 showboat gently up and down the Lansing River. A buffet-style dinner is served on board which includes roast beef, chicken, real potatoes and fresh salads. Since 1991, the Michigan Princess has hosted 600,000 passengers, 250 weddings and one divorce party. This is a gift that dad will never forget.

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Detroit Spice Co.
460 W Canfield, Suite 202
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-3211

If your dad is someone who puts hot sauce on everything, or takes special pride in his marinading and grilling skills, get him something special from Detroit Spice Co. Stop by any of the company’s retailers to find the perfect blend of spices for dad. Find everything from jerk and steak seasoning to barbecue rubs, or opt for a six sampler pack for a little taste of everything. If he likes his food so hot that it comes close to burning off his taste buds, check out Detroit Spice Co.’s line of hot sauces––they range in heat from 92 Octane to Racing Fuel, or grab the Premium Hot Sauce Sampler Pack. This way, you can bring your gift over along with your dad’s meat of choice and have a nice, backyard barbecue for Father’s Day lunch.

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The City Hatter
21500 Northwestern Hwy #775
Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 569-3949

Whether your father is into vintage style caps, needs a new beanie for wintertime snow shoveling or loves to rock the Red Wings or Tigers logo on his head, The City Hatter is sure to have something to suit his tastes. This shop has been the prestige supplier of haberdashery in Detroit for over 70 years. Styles made popular by Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Bill Cosby are just a few of the 1,500 hats available for purchase. Styles include the teardrop hat worn by Frank Sinatra; the same hat with a wider brim was Michael Jackson’s signature piece. You will also find Kangol brand caps worn by Samuel L. Jackson, the Homburg hat (also called “The Godfather” hat) popularized by King Edward VII and Sir Winston Churchill and the straw boater made famous by Charlie Chaplin. Or if you dad has a favorite hat that needs some sprucing up, you can bring it in for “hat restoration,” which includes cleaning, blocking and reparations.

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Romero Anton Montalban-Anderssen is the winner of the 2009 first prize in journalism from the Detroit Working Writers Organization. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University School of Law. He has seasonal residency in Detroit Michigan, The Italian Riviera, and Honolulu Hawaii. His work can be found at