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I’m not sure who needs to hear this, but Father’s Day is THIS SUNDAY.
It’s here. You’ve got 5 days, ladies.
If you don’t have something for your dad and/or your husband, you need to go ahead and fix that right now! And great news…today’s post is full of ideas that are 100% approved by my hubby. Academy is always a 1 stop shop for Chris, not just for Father’s Day, but all year long. Whether it’s fishing gear, grilling gear, or clothes…I can ALWAYS find something for Chris. And not just Chris, Carter too! As you’ll learn as you go through this post, Chris and Carter should really be brand ambassadors for Academy. #didyouhearthatacademy #callus
And although I have lots of awesome gift ideas for y’all today, Academy has also done a great job of making shopping easy for you. You can click HERE to shop by category, where they have types of dads and gifts divided into categories (for the hunting dad, for the fishing dad, for the grilling dad, for the athletic dad, for the golfing dad).
And check this out! Many of these online items can be purchased online and you can choose in store pick up! I mean, we are cutting it a little bit close on shipping at this point, so click HERE to read all about their curbside pick up!
One of Chris’s and Carter’s favorite activities to do together is fishing. Both boys LOVE fishing. (And both boys love spending time with each other while they are fishing.) They of course fish together all the time when at the ranch, but they’ve also found some spots around McKinney that they enjoy.
I tagged along last weekend so I could grab some pics on one of their most recent local fishing trips. And when I say local, I mean like 5 minutes from our home.
Two boys, doing what they love together.
Let’s talk about Carter’s fishing outfit first.
Carter loves wearing Magellan long sleeve fishing shirts because they keep him cool, and I love them because they provide good coverage. This shirt is made of 100% polyester interlock that provides UPF 30+ protection against harmful UV rays! The moisture-wicking finish moves water and sweat away from his skin, and the Magellan Outdoors™ logo on the sleeve adds a sporty accent. And GREAT NEWS! Right now certain Magellan shirts are Buy One, Get One 50% OFF!
His shorts are made of nylon TACTEL® fabric that repels water and provides UPF 20 protection from the sun’s harsh rays. Plus, they are super breathable, so they help to keep him cool as well.
This boy is serious about fishing.
They were feeling good and sure they were going to have some luck.
Chris generally couldn’t care less about his clothes, but clothes when fishing are more about function, and Chris is always about function.
His number one priority is staying as cool as possible, and he also insists on polarized sunglasses when around water.
Chris’s shirt is made of 100% polyester for comfortable wear. It features Omni-Shade™ material technology, which will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays so you can stay out longer, and Omni-Wick™ fabric technology, which wicks moisture away from the skin to help keep you dry.
The shorts are a new item he picked up and he loves them. He says they are “so comfortable and totally keep him cool.” The waistband on the shorts is partially elastic, allowing for a comfortable fit, which is also a priority for Chris. Nobody wants to be fishing all day and worried about a waistband digging in to your side! They are made of a textured poplin fabric and provide UPF 50 sun protection. Since he loves them so much, he’ll be getting the khaki and the dark grey on Father’s Day! #shhh #donttell
And please pay attention to his shoes. These Croc flip flops are long time favorites of Chris. He wears them almost every day during the fall, spring, and summer. The buoyant Croslite™ foam outsoles and Dual Crocs Comfort™ footbeds provide support, cushioning and waterproof construction, while the roomy canvas upper straps enable comfortable wear. They are ON SALE right now and would make an excellent gift!
I have no doubt these days will provide Carter with some of his best childhood memories.
And Chris just loves soaking up all the time with his boy.
When talking about fishing, you know that the gear is important.
Chris and Carter both recommend this rod and this reel for affordable options. They’ve always had great luck with All Star rods and continue to purchase them. They are durable and a great price point at around $100 or a little less.
Carter’s tackle bag is one that any dad would love as well. It’s a great size and it includes 4 utility boxes for hooks, lures and other items.
Y’all have heard me talk about this chair several times before, but it deserves a special highlight again.
So what’s so special about this chair?
Well, the absolute best feature is that it boasts Spring-Action Rocking Technology™ that offers smooth, comfortable rocking. Yes, ROCKING! (Not really possible for Carter on this hill, but you will usually find him rocking in it around a campfire at the ranch.)
And their Eazy-Fold™ handles lets you quickly fold the chair for transport or storage, which makes them perfect for all sorts of events including camping, tailgating, neighborhood get-togethers, and kid’s sporting events!
Get one for yourself, get one for your spouse, and go ahead and get them for the grandparents that show up at all of your kid’s games too! They will thank you again and again. It’s a perfect gift!
In addition, these FANTASTIC chairs have powder-coat steel frame for lasting use, padded arm and back rests for maximum comfort, and they even have a built-in cup holder.
Speaking of the cup holder, you can find all types and sizes of YETI insulated cups HERE.
This size YETI cooler just might be Chris’s favorite YETI he owns. And listen, he owns 3 coolers of varying sizes and loves them all.
NOTHING keeps your items colder for long periods of time than a YETI product.
YETI coolers are definitely pricey, BUT THEY ARE DEFINITELY WORTH IT. This size can hold 8 beverages and ice, or less beverages and food too. Chris has had it for almost 2 years now, and he’s had no issues with it. The zipper still functions perfectly (often an issue with coolers), and it’s in great shape.
The bigger YETI coolers are great too (and totally serve a purpose), but he loves that this one is light and easy to carry (even when filled). We take it to neighbor’s homes, soccer games, and they obviously take it fishing.
These two. Their relationship is so sweet. They goof around like crazy…
And right now they are the best of friends. I pray they always stay close. Chris is really the perfect mix of friend and dad to Carter. Carter absolutely loves spending time with Chris, and I’m hoping that never changes.
And here’s the deal…
Not all fishing trips end with fish, while on other trips they catch one every single time they throw their lure in the water.
But of course while actually catching fish is extra fun, it’s not what their trips are really about. I love that they have something that they enjoy doing together that provides them with good quality time.
Making memories is what it is all about!
And speaking of making memories, I thought we’d take a look back at some memories made over the last several years. In each picture, you will see that the boys are decked head to toe in Academy gear.
Here they are deep sea fishing a couple of years ago in Port Aransas with family.
All 4 of my boys on the dock at the ranch house.
Another McKinney fishing trip!
So many nights have been spent together around this fire pit.
These chairs, making yet another appearance. They truly are the best.
We picked up these skewers on one of our most recent trips to Academy. We love steak kabobs on the grill, and for some reason they always taste best at the ranch.
3 of my 4 boys soaking up the views.
Carter and Carson. These boys have too much fun together.
Yet another day of fishing.
And another big catch!
Don’t you hang out in tractor wheels?
And on riding lawn mowers?
This obviously isn’t a memory, but Chris loves this 6 rod holder that he installed in his office years ago.
SLAYING the big fish. We ate them later that night!
Cousins exploring at the ranch.
Chris and Carter after a tough soccer game.
At a lake house last summer.
Enjoying a great dinner at The Yard in McKinney.
And again, just the two of them fishing together right before sunset. I’m so thankful for their relationship and for this activity that provides them with countless hours of quality time together.
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And if you still want some more gift ideas, here’s a quick collage for you!
The grill set is ONLY $19.99! The Cornhole set would provide hours and hours of endless fun and everybody needs a portable speaker.
Three of Chris’s favorite things EVER are on this collage! The portable rocking chair, the YETI cooler, and the Croc flip flops are items he swears by and couldn’t live without. He actually has that exact meat thermometer also and loves it!
- grill set / 2. football / 3. sports wagon / 4. shorts / 5. YETI tumbler / 6. portable rocking chair/ 7. portable waterproof speaker/ 8. YETI cooler/ 9. Croc flip flops / 10. Magellan long sleeve fishing shirt / 11. short sleeve fishing shirt / 12. polarized sunglasses / 13. meat thermometer / 14. Cornhole set
Thank you to Academy Sports + Outdoors for sponsoring this post. And thank you for outfitting my boys with great clothes and awesome gear for all of their adventures together.