By Jenny Vickers Chyb
Father's Day is Sunday! Don't get him socks...stop by the Asbury Park Night Bazaar (last Night Market of the season) this Friday to pick up a unique, locally made gift that he'll cherish forever. Or better yet bring him out for a night of fun - we'll have bands, cold beers, and a beach bonfire. We've gathered up some cool dad-approved selections in our handy Dad's Day Gift Guide to help you on your way. See you there - we'll be in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall in Asbury Park from 5-10 pm.
For the Outdoor Dad: #NJSpots sells apparel made in Boonton, New Jersey. The designs reflect their love of discovering new places to visit and see in New Jersey. They also provide guides for places in New Jersey - be sure to check out their Instagram to view the guides and photos they share from others across the Garden State.
For the Chef: The Kitchen Garden Series features apparel made from reclaimed materials: linen cross back aprons, chef's apron made from vintage seed sacks, and market bags made from vintage flour sacks. They also have an everyday line which includes reusable coffee and tea filters and produce storage bags, as well as an assortment of tea towels and napkins.
For the spicy food lover: Outer Limits Hot Sauce features all natural, vegan and gluten free hot sauces. They also offer a line of spicy chocolate bars and shirts, koozies and pins featuring their logo. Owner Ed Martin started the company from his and his father's love of spicy food! They've been growing hot peppers since he was a kid. They have grown a lot since then and now grow a lot more peppers and have their own commercial kitchen.
Gifts any dad will love: Check out these amazing father's day sports coasters and camping mugs from Epoch Trading Post! They use photography to create little pieces of art you can use everyday - photo flasks, coasters, camping carabiner mugs, mini backpacks, cutting boards, serving trays, and trivets. Everything is handmade in Asbury Park, NJ!
For men who love jewelry: Jennifer Storks Designs features hand crafted jewelry for both men and women and gender less jewelry like this wishbone necklace, sterling silver cuff and hammer cuffs out of copper and brass, and beaded bracelets with accent beads. She also makes silver wire bangles and rings, bar earrings in 4 sizes in both sterling silver and plated in 18k gold, rose gold and gun metal, tassel and leather wrapped necklaces, and polymer clay earrings and necklaces.
For the Jersey Guy: The Lucky Honeybee offers eco-friendly candles and body products like this amazing "Jersey Tomato" candle. The candles are hand poured in small batches using soy & beeswax in Jersey City. LHB utilizes domestically grown wax from soybeans and beeswax sourced locally from New York State, both renewable and biodegradable fuel resources. Whenever possible, fragrances that are free of phthalates are used.
For the new dad: Makicotton creates handmade children's clothing made with 100% organic cotton & pima cotton. Makicotton is committed to making baby clothes that are soft, durable, and healthy for babies. Using 100% organic cotton in infants is highly recommended - and it's also beneficial to our environment and health, as it is cultivated and grown in areas of fertile land and alive and is free of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
For the Photographer: Tom's East Cost Photos offers beach, nature, and car motorcycle photography and Jim Abels Photography features hand made canvas wraps, prints and photo cards with a focus on landscapes, travel and night sky photography.
Be sure to stop by the Asbury Park Night Bazaar this Friday, from 5-10 pm, in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall to pick up the perfect Dad's day gift. You can also enjoy food & libations, bonfire on the beach, and live music by Lyons, The Cold Seas and Holiday on the promenade of The Anchor's Bend. See you there!