Tahlequah Daily Press

June 10, 2013

Finding the perfect gift for dear old Dad

By RENEE FITE
Special Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Next Sunday is the day set aside to honor dads for being  heroes, helpers and teachers.

That means there are seven days left to find just the right gift o show appreciation for the love, time and attention dads have a unique way of sharing.

Children can see dads as heroes and often want to emulate their walk, talk and way they dress. What child hasn’t put on daddy’s boots and hat and clomped around in them?

“There are a lot of boys who want to be like their daddy,” Charles Workman, owner of Workman’s Department Store said. “So we started carrying the matching shirts. Now they’re making jeans and boots to match. It’s about time.”

Workman’s sells a lot of jeans and boots for Father’s Day. According to Workman Cinch and Wrangler are the most popular jeans going right now.

“We carry all the major brands of boots: Red Wing, Justin, Tony Lama, Nacona, Ariat, Twisted X, Danner, H & H and Rocky,” he said. “We go through a bunch of them.”

Whatever the budget, Workman’s carries great selections from wallets, belts, buckles in silver and gold finishes, boot care products, along with caps and hats of straw and felt, he said. They’re having a buy one shirt get the second at half off sale.

Tahlequah Lumber is another store brimming with ways to celebrate dad on Father’s Day, from grills and cooking accessories to premium Channel Lock tools, power lawn equipment like lawn mowers and weed eaters to power tools, hand tools, and power tool kits.

For every project, Tahlequah Lumber has the staff to help with planning and the products to complete it, said Bill Kissinger, store manager.

“Whatever dads want to do, we have the tools to make the work easier,” Kissinger said.

It’s one of the only places that carries the Channel Lock brand.

“It’s pretty brand specific, one of the premium brands,” he said, “a gift for when you want to give dad the best because he is the best.”

At Tahlequah Lumber ,they offer Yeti ice coolers, also top of the line.

“I think we’re one of the only Yeti distributors in the area, if not in the state,” Kissinger said. “We have them in both the Pryor and Tahlequah stores.”

For renting equipment, they have a complete line including lifts, trenches, differs, and jack hammers.

“If they have a project requiring special machines, we have it,” he said.

Like kids in a candy store, dads will find Tahlequah Lumber has treats in every direction. Like power nail guns for builders, a full line of paint and floor covering, and lawn tractors.

“We offer treated lumber, if they want to put together a deck or outdoor building,” Kissinger said. “We’re a full service lumber yard. We can supply any kind of building material they need and deliver it.”

Commercial plumber Wes Britton came in Tahlequah Lumber with sons Isaac, 11 and Anson, 7, to pick up a laser he ordered, but he had to do a little browsing while he was there.

“They’re really friendly here. I just built my house about a year ago and their prices and service was unbeatable, I checked around,” Britton said. “We do a lot of work through here. And rent here pretty frequently.”

His son, Isaac, said they haven’t purchased a Father’s Day gift yet.

“Some years, we go in and shop, and some years, we surprise him,” he said.

Atwoods is another store with a variety of dad-pleasing gifts, from old-fashioned candy, like toffee and hard candies, to camping gear.

Kelsei Morgan, an Atwood’s cashier, said people have been buying all kinds of fishing and hunting gear.

“They’re buying boots; weed eaters are popular and so are smokers and grills,” Morgan said.

Gardening supplies, fountains, shovels, rakes and hoses are going out the door for Father’s Day gifts, welding supplies, knives and BB guns, she said.

 

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