Gifts for Dad

3 custom Father's Day gifts that Dallas dads will cherish forever

3 custom Father's Day gifts that Dallas dads will cherish forever

The Story Picture, Steve Wrubel
Dallas photographer Steve Wrubel's Story Picture rethinks the traditional family portrait. Photo by Steve Wrubel
The Story Picture, Steve Wrubel
The Story Picture packages start at $7,500 and can be scheduled anywhere. Photo by Steve Wrubel
PalletSmart
PalletSmart's world's most legit desk ($1,699). Photo courtesy of PalletSmart
PalletSmart showroom in Fort Worth
PalletSmart's red cooler table ($479). PalletSmart/Facebook
M. L. Leddy's
M.L. Leddy's in Forth Worth has been making custom boots for four generations. Photo courtesy of M. L. Leddy's
M.L. Leddy's
M.L. Leddy's custom boots take up to 18 months for completion. Photo courtesy of M. L. Leddy's
M. L. Leddy's
Custom boots at M.L. Leddy's start at $1,000. Photo courtesy of M.L. Leddy's
The Story Picture, Steve Wrubel
The Story Picture, Steve Wrubel
PalletSmart
PalletSmart showroom in Fort Worth
M. L. Leddy's
M.L. Leddy's
M. L. Leddy's

So you’re grown up, make your own money and feel the need to get Dad a Father’s Day gift that really shows him how much you care. Good. We’re here to suggest gift ideas that will leave him speechless.

Whether you go in with your siblings or get your mom to pitch in a little, these presents are definitely worth the price tag. Here are three gifts that are timeless, thoughtful and unique to your dad.

A family portrait by Steve Wrubel
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these portraits speak volumes about their subjects. If you are familiar with Wrubel, then you know the words “tired” and “traditional” are not in his wheelhouse.

Wrubel has set out to change the boring, old family photo with his new concept, called the Story Picture. The process starts with an initial consultation, during which he discovers the family’s likes and dislikes, and how they interact. It is this customized way of photographing clients that Wrubel believes brings out the best in people.

These sessions can be booked anywhere around the globe. Do you take an annual family vacation to Aspen? He’ll meet you. Love the way your family connects around Grandma’s kitchen table in Napa? He’s down to go there. Want something created at home in Dallas? Done. Portrait packages begin at $7,500.

Hand-made cowboy boots from M.L. Leddy’s
Every Texas dad needs a pair of custom cowboy boots, and M.L. Leddy’s is the place to get the job done. The boots take 18 months to make from the order date, so this is for a patient papa who knows good things come to those who wait.

The process starts with measurements taken in person. From there, he can select from several exotic leathers and hides. Pricing ranges from $1,000 to $15,000 per pair.

If you simply can’t wait for the custom boots, consider the newest stock option. The Leddy Vaquero handmade boots are your second best bet for the finest fit and quality. You can also arrange to get custom designs in this boot option as well. In-stock boots start at $395 for calfskin and $1,495 for full quill ostrich boots.

Furniture from PalletSmart
This company partners with local businesses to take their usable but unwanted pallets and turn them into furniture to treasure for a lifetime. All of their products are handmade from recycled materials in Fort Worth.

They set up shop in an old renovated gas station and disassemble, re-mill, cure, build, weld and finish every piece. They work mostly on custom orders and count well-known local businesses such as Cane Rosso, Pecan Lodge, Luscher’s Red Hots, Cafe Momentum and Rahr & Sons Brewery as clients.

Although all of the pieces are awesome in their own way, we really dig the red cooler table ($479) and the world’s most legit desk ($1,699). As with any custom piece, you can pick out size, finish, and all the bells and whistles.