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I love you to the beach and back Father’s Day gift ideas

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Father’s Day is coming soon! Each year for the holiday, I (with the help of my kids) put together a gift basket for my husband. We collect items, generally of small-ish value that will make him smile and feel loved. Don’t you think it is easier to personalize a basket than just pick one big gift? This year, I decided on a beach themed gift basket, which I am calling my “I love you to the beach and back” basket. Hover over the image below to shop Nautica cologne at Walmart.

My husband loves the beach. The beach is his happy place but unfortunately for him, we live in the desert. Moving from LA to Palm Springs, CA was definitely my idea (sorry, babe) but luckily we still make it out to the SoCal beaches. When I think back on ALL of the amazing memories we have as a family, the ones with water always rise to the top. I treasure our times at the beach, camping at the lake, cruising on the boat… these are sun-filled happy memories.

A beach-themed basket works for all kinds of dads from surfer-dads to boat-dads to fishing-dads. Really, the symbolism of a nautical basket makes a lot of sense for any father. A good father is the anchor of the family and I know Neil is ours. He keeps us afloat but secure and he is DEFINITELY the man you want around to weather a bad storm. We’ve been through a lot but he has always been my safe harbor.

A good “anchor gift” for any Father’s Day gift basket is a nice bottle of cologne. I actually remember that WAY back when I first met Neil, Nautica Blue was in his cologne collection. Classic fragrances stand the test of time for a reason. Since smells are so fiercely tied to our memories, sniffing Nautica Blue now in 2019, I was flooded with memories from when we first met 15 (?!) years ago.

While I felt the pull of nostalgia, I decided to try something new to him and purchased Nautica Voyage at Walmart. It’s bright, fruit-forward scent is perfect for every day, uplifting and energizing. It hits all the right notes: crisp, aquatic and with woody undertones. A well-balanced cologne is always the right gift for Father’s Day, something complex but clean and ready to wear every day.

Nautica Voyage features top notes of “cool green leaf” and “fresh cut apple”, mid notes of “deep aquatic” and “unique sail cloth”, and base notes of “dewy moss”, “musk” and “woody amber”. I absolutely love the scent and look forward to the day that I can smell it on my man!

I recently took my kids out to Huntington Beach and while we were there, we decided to pick up a few Father’s Day gifts. For obvious reasons, beach towns are a great place to pick up nautical themed gifts for your basket. From beach-themed tees and sandals to beer cozies and shot glasses, touristy beach towns really have it all.

We decided on a local beach hat, premium and portable beach towel, shark socks. My husband happens to be very obsessed with colorful and strange socks. As a realtor, he dresses very buttoned up every day, so enjoys that pop of fun in his socks. I’m not kidding when I say he has 50 pairs of these types of socks!

I love you to the beach and back Father’s Day gift basket ideas

  • local beach apparel: hat, t-shirt, shorts
  • accessories: sunglasses, beachy cuff links, beachy tie, beachy socks, shark tooth jewelry, flip flops
  • beach accessories: beach towel, cooling towel, towel clips, chair, misting fan
  • tourist type items: keychains, magnets, bottle openers, beer cozies
  • beachy home décor
  • aquatic scented skin care and cologne

Pick up your bottle of Nautica Voyage or Nautica Blue cologne at Walmart in the fragrance section. After your purchase, don’t forget to claim your savings: Enjoy a $5 offer from Nautica this Father’s Day by texting “NAUTICA” to 79495!

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