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Father's Day 2018 Gift Guide

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More often than not, Father's Day almost always lands on my birthday (June 17th), or at least extremely close to this special day. Although my family is not big on gift-giving and we prefer to show our love and appreciation through intimate family dinners and quality time together, it doesn't mean that all families are like that! Every family is different, and I totally respect that! In fact, I know plenty of you celebrate Father's Day and whenever a special holiday arrives, we always get into this panic mode where we freak out when we do not know what to get a beloved individual. Worry not, because that's why gift guides are created on my blog ;) In today's blog post, I share with you a few amazing gift ideas that will make your Father smile this time of year.


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As of recently, Airpods are one of the coolest Apple gadgets to exist on this planet. If you don't know what Airpods are, they are essentially wireless, bluetooth-activated earbuds made by Apple. These two "pods" come in a compact case that also serves as a charging station, so you're technically charging your Airpods whenever they aren't in use.

Honestly, these babies are convenient AF to own. Although I don't own a pair myself, I definitely want to someday and I have played with a pair enough to know that I want one for my very own. Not only do I love the compact and convenient size of Airpods for easy storage and mobility, but I love how it's so user-friendly and easy-to-use as well. Also, a pair of Airpods definitely beats my handy-dandy Bose noise-cancelling headphones regarding the fact that they do not easily slip or fall out of your ears during an intense session of abs or crunches. Additionally, if a gym friend forgets to bring his/her earbuds or headphones for a day, you can still share one Airpod with that buddy and have one for yourself so that you can both listen to music! It's like splitting a pair of earbuds - without the wire! Compared to my more expensive pair of headphones, the pricepoint of Airpods are set at a fairly reasonable price to spend on an important family member. 

If your Father gardens, works out, walks the dogs, or just loves listening to music, you can give him no better gift than the gift of beautiful music through a pair of trustworthy Airpods.

Purchase a pair of Airpods here.


Massage Vouchers


All of our Dads work hard, and any hard-working Dad definitely deserves a massage every once in a while!

In previous blog posts, I have always shared my secrets to getting a massage that is worth every bang for your buck and the secret is purchasing affordable massage vouchers on GROUPON! To do this, you simply search what city/location you want to visit for your massage (or in this case, your Dad) and the search engine will provide multiple suggestions on various businesses you can purchase a discounted massage voucher from. Honestly, I don't trust GroupOn reviews, so I look to see which location is the most convenient to visit before I head on Yelp to look into more trusthworthy 4-star or 5-star reviews. Also, GroupOn typically only applies to first-time customers, so make sure that your Dad hasn't visited the location before for the GroupOn voucher to be applied!

Honestly, whenever I purchase a GroupOn voucher for massages, I always save anywhere from $25-100 off the original price! I'm sold.



I talked about this awesome company once before in a previous Valentine's Day gift guide here, but I wanted to bring it up again because ManCrates does not have enough recognition for its innovative and diverse amount of crates! Essentially, ManCrates designs a "crate" full of themed products for the father figure in your life. Think of it like a themed subscription box, without the annoying or unnecessary subscription! Instead of picking out miscellaneous items that you think your Father will like and putting it together in the form of a gift basket, ManCrates does all of the work for you! From the genres of grilling to eating to drinking to to sports to project kits, ManCrates has it all. See, they even have a tab called "Father's Day"! That's when you know they're prepared for the holidays ;)

Browse through recommended Father's Day ManCrates products here.


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Google Home or Google Home Mini


If your dad is electronic-savvy or into the latest technology, he will definitely love owning a Google Home or Google Home Mini! As a matter of fact, I am the proud owner of a Google Home Mini that is shaped like a coral donut speaker and I absolutely LOVE it! With my Google Home Mini, I use it daily as my alarm clock and also various times when I feel like blasting a random playlist of music in my room. You can literally say, "Hey Google, play Michael Buble" and a popular hit by Buble will start playing within the next few seconds. Additionally, you can ask your Google Home various questions such as, "What time is it?", "When is Father's Day?", "How long do eggs last in the fridge?", and other questions where you need a quick answer without browsing the Internet. This device is great to place in the bedroom, bathroom, living room, family room, garage, outdoor patio, or anywhere you need to have an electronic buddy that provides all of these services and more.

Purchase a Google Home here.
Purchase a Google Home Mini here.



Personally, I don't use the Kindle because I prefer old-fashioned paperback or hardcover books, but I know plenty of Moms and Dads who have hopped on the Kindle train as of lately. Not only is it convenient to carry around with you, but I just don't envision parents these days lugging around books when they can easily access multiple sources of literature through one electronic device. Especially because men don't often carry a backpack, bag, or purse with them everywhere, I can't imagine a man wanting to carry a thick book with him everywhere that can easily get wrinkled when he can carry around a lighter, sleekly designed electronic instead.

I believe my Dad owns a tablet or Kindle of his own, which is all the more reason to trust me and get a Kindle for your Father as well! ;)

Purchase a Kindle here.


Giftcards


If your gift-giving creativity has hit a major slump, I have been there too and I feel ya! Don't become frustrated, concerned, or down if you've tried really hard to think of a creative gift - sometimes, some people are just difficult to shop for! Say, if your Dad is extremely picky or he already owns everything he could ever want, sometimes a giftcard is the best route you can go in some cases. This way, your Dad will be happy that he can treat himself to something else he may want or need and KNOW that he's going to like it too! And since the giftcard is from you, what he buys is technically from you too ;)

Personally, I've gifted my Dad Home Depot giftcards in the past because he LOVES gardening, and he seemed like a happy camper, LOL. Write down 3-5 hobbies that your Dad has, and from there, find the most relevant businesses that you can purchase a giftcard from that relates to these hobbies.



This particular gift is for those MARRIED TO and HAVE CHILDREN with their male partner - I introduce to you, DateBox. DateBox serves as the ideal "dating" gift when you're trying to spice things up with your lover or fi the quality of your time together has been feeling a little repetitive/dry/comfortable. Say, if you both are super busy with the kids and find that you never have free time, try hiring a babysitter sometime before or after Father's Day (unless you're free on the actual holiday!) to spend a little time with your man and DateBox. In fact, DateBox can either set you up on a fun date around your city or you can receive a physical DateBox in the mail as an in-home activity. In-home DateBox activities include a sushi-making kit, a card game over alcohol, an espresso-making kit, and more. Although this is technically a subscription box, you can cancel anytime if you just want it to be a one-time memorable gift. Just because your significant other is a Father doesn't mean you, as his wife, can't celebrate it with him too! 

Purchase your DateBox here.


FitBit

Read my Valentine's Day Gift Guide here for the deets.


Watches

Read my Valentine's Day Gift Guide here for the deets.


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And those are all of the Father's Day Gift inspired ideas I can think of for this upcoming Father's Day holiday :) Do any of your Fathers own any of these products? What did you get your Father on previous Father's Days? Let me know in the comments section below - let's chat!


Outfit Details:

Hat: Dynamic Asia

Sunglasses: Sunglass LA

Jumpsuit: Chriselle Lim x JOA

Denim Jacket: Kut From The Kloth


Photography By:

Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz)

www.sharinaone.com


Much Love,

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Where To Take Bae On Your Next Date In OC/LA

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One of the greatest satisfactions I get from being a freelance lifestyle blogger is being able to listen to requested topics or feedback from my followers and fulfilling these requests to the best of my ability. By being able to engage and interact with my audience on the daily, I always strive to write helpful articles that give back to the community because nothing makes me happier than putting a smile on your face. As cheesy as that sounds, it's nothing but the truth! Thus, from the request of one particular follower who personally messaged me asking about various date spots to go to with her significant other and majority's vote from a recent Instagram poll that I initiated, this post is for ALL of you who are looking for recommendations on popular date spots or ideas in the Orange County and/or Los Angeles area! Also, I made sure to categorize each date based on the type of couple you are, whether that revolves around traveling, adventure, photography, or food. So without further ado, are you ready to surprise bae with one of the most fun and memorable dates of his/her life?! If so, let's get planning!

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Outfit Details:
Hat: Nordstrom
Sunglasses: Sunglass LA
Romper: Irene's Story
Shoes: Zooshoo


Photography By:
Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz)
of www.sharinaone.com


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1. The Foodie Fans

Ever spot that one couple where the man takes fifty photos of the woman holding her warm (but about to go cold) Vanilla Latte, or the woman who shoots her man doing a noodle pull from his ramen bowl while straight flexin'? Or if you both aren't active on social media but know how to savor the flavor of each dish, that counts too! If you're one of these couples, then props to you! Below, I've listed my favorite restaurants in the OC/LA areas that you both should dine at if you love food as much as I do! ;)

Orange County:
7 Leaves Cafe (Irvine) - Coffee, Tea, Boba, Macarons  [Affordability: $]
Almond Haus (Garden Grove) - Boba & Tea  [Affordability: $]
Anepalco (Orange) - Mexican Food  [Affordability: $$]
Bo De Tinh Tam Chay (Westminster) - Vegetarian Vietnamese Food  [Affordability: $$]
Brodard Restaurant (Garden Grove) - Nem Nuong & Vietnamese Food  [Affordability: $]
Cafe Maji (Artesia) - Asian Fusion Food, Coffee, & Tea  [Affordability: $$]
Cauldron Ice Cream (Santa Ana) - Ice Cream & Puffles  [Affordability: $]
Gen Korean BBQ House (Tustin) - AYCE Korean Barbeque  [Affordability: $$]
Milk Box (Tustin) - Boba & Tea [Affordability: $]
Mint Leaf (Westminster) - Dim Sum & Chinese Food  [Affordability: $]
Poke Me (Irvine) - Poke Bowls  [Affordability: $]
Project Poke (Fountain Valley) - Poke/Sushi Burritos, Poke Bowls, Musubis [Affordability: $]
Puesto (Irvine) - Tacos & Mexican Food [Affordability: $$]
Sushi Damu (Tustin) - AYCE Sushi [Affordability: $]

Los Angeles:
Again Cafe x Chibiscus Ramen (Pasadena) - Ramen, Desserts, Coffee, & Korean Food [Affordability: $$]
Bardonna (Los Angeles) - American Brunch Food [Affordability: $$]
Marugame Monzo (Los Angeles) - Udon [Affordability: $$]
Night + Market Song (Silverlake) - Thai Food [Affordability: $]
Din Tai Fung (Arcadia) - Dim Sum & Chinese Food [Affordability: $]


2. The Traveling/Adventurous Duo

Do you two enjoy hiking through the outdoors, visiting beautiful attractions, or love trying out new activities together? If so, you might as well call yourself the traveling duo as you embark on your next destination together by visiting one of these recommendations below! 

Orange County:
CorgiCon - check Facebook events for available dates.
Irvine Spectrum (Irvine) - Shopping Mall
Noguchi Museum (Costa Mesa) - Museum
OC Night Market (Costa Mesa) -  Food Event & Vendors [Affordability: $$]
Plant Nite (at respective locations within Orange County) - Plant Nite Activity [Affordability: $$]
Red Rock Canyon (Lake Forest) - Hiking
Sip + Colr (at respective locations within Orange County) - Paint Nite Activity [Affordability: $$]

Los Angeles:
Americana At Brand (Glendale) - Shopping Mall
626 Night Market (Arcadia) - Food Event & Vendors [Affordability: $$]
Hollywood Sign (Los Angeles) - Hiking
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum (Los Angeles) - Museum
LACMA (Los Angeles) - Museum
Urban Lights at LACMA (Los Angeles) - Architecture


3. The Instagram Husband And Wife

Let's forever take pictures of each other for da gram - till death do us part? Yeeeaahhh, this pretty much sums up the relationship of an Instagram couple. If you are the ambitious couple who strives to improve your photography skills and constantly scouts out dope photoshoot locations, these are just a few of the many places that you HAVE to visit to take your Instagram game to the next level! #Instagramgoals #couplegoals

Orange County:
Bardot Bars & Coffee (Tustin) - Aesthetic Coffee Shop [Affordability: $]
Coffee For Two (Huntington Beach) - Aesthetic Coffee Shop [Affordability: $]
Downtown Disney (Anaheim) - Vendors
Hopper & Burr (Santa Ana) - Aesthetic Coffee Shop [Affordability: $]
Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach) - Beach
Noguchi Museum (Costa Mesa) - Museum

Los Angeles:
Coffee For Sasquatch (Los Angeles) - Aesthetic Coffee Shop [Affordability: $]
Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles) - Architecture
Pasadena City Hall (Pasadena) - Architecture
Rodeo Drive (Beverly Hills) - Shops
Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica) - Beach/Pier & Vendors
The Bates Motel (Silverlake) - Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills) - Hotel
Urban Lights at LACMA (Los Angeles) - Architecture


4. The Competitive Couple

Ever feel that rush of adrenaline or stream of sweat trickle down your forehead when you're trying to beat bae at basketball? Competitive dates can get pretty hot and heated when you both share a competitive edge and refuse to lose. Here are a few places to battle it out against each other - just be sure to refrain from beating each other up when one person ends up losing, heh!

Orange County:
Boomers (Irvine) - Amusement Parks, Go Karts, & Mini Golf [Affordability: $$]
Irvine Lanes (Irvine) - Bowling [Affordability: $$]
Dave And Buster's (Irvine) - Arcade [Affordability: $$]

Los Angeles:
Karaoke At Music Box (City Of Industry) - Karaoke [Affordability: $$]
Round1 Puente Hills (City Of Industry) - Arcade, Karaoke, & Bowling [Affordability: $]


With this blog post, I hope that you will be able to check out one (or a few) of these recommendations that I've listed above when it comes to potential dating spots to take your boo! I've compiled these list of locations based on personal preference or word-of-mouth and made sure that these places were worth visiting - after all, I only include nothing but the best for my followers ;) If you found this blog post handy, I'd love it if you could click the heart button at the bottom of this post and don't forget to send a link of this post to your friends as well! ;) Happy Holidays & stay safe everybody!

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Much Love,

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