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Nov 07

Top McKinney Gift Ideas for That Special Guy!

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 10:06 AM by Beth Shumate

The holiday season is fast approaching!  Instead of the stereotypical tie, why not give the men in your life the gift of a fun and memorable McKinney experience? You can't go wrong with one of the ideas below.

Dad, the Grill Mastersteak101b
The men we know absolutely love to grill and they love steak, so what better way to treat the man in your life than with a grilling class? Local Yocal Farm to Market's Steak 101 Class doesn't only involve learning about beef and how to properly grill it. It also involves eating some of the best beef found in North Texas! Local Yocal offers gift certificates so the recipient can just go online to schedule the right day for him. (They fill up quickly!) And throw in one of their cool t-shirts; they make a fun thing to include with the vouchers.

Grab a Brew and a Tour

Take him on a tour at either of McKinney's two popular craft breweries, Franconia Brewing and TUPPS Brewery. Franconia's tour is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays; cost is $10 which covers the tour and beer samples. TUPPS Brewery offers a tour on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. as well as live music, food trucks and all kinds of great events. TUPPS is usually open Sunday too, and as always, is family friendly.

myers parkGrab a fishing pole and head to one of McKinney's parks that feature lakes or ponds - Towne Lake, Bonnie Wenk, Serenity Park, Katherine B Winniford Park, and Falcon Creek Park, to name a few. If it's too cold out, make a coupon that special guy can "cash in" when the weather is right for a trip to the fishing hole. 
(A reminder that fishing in McKinney is catch-and-release and a license is required for those over 16. Myers Park, shown at right, just north of the city also has a beautiful little lake complete with picnic area. There are no grills here and you must carry out anything you bring in.) 

Take a Hike
Enjoy a hike or bike ride in one of McKinney's numerous nature areas. The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary offers miles of hiking nature trails through various habitats. The city's Erwin Park offers seven miles of mountain bike trails, several designated campsites and plenty of open spaces, wooded areas and playgrounds.

Row, Row, Row Your Kayak
Spend some time out on the water as you paddle around with Dad in a kayak. You can make reservations via text or online with Kayak McKinney who lead tours and handle rentals at Twin Groves Park on Lake Lavon, just 15 minutes from downtown McKinney. 

WWI exhibitDad's Got Rhythm
Enjoy live music at a variety of spots downtown over the weekend or over at The Sanctuary Events Center. Or buy Dad some tickets to one of the McKinney Performing Arts Center's upcoming concerts. Tickets to the Comedy Arena in downtown McKinney are another great stocking stuffer for a fun night enjoying a stand-up, improv comedy show.

Share Some History
The Collin County History Museum's always has wonderful exhibits honoring McKinney, Collin County, and the people who've lived here. Their interactive exhibits are perfect for young and old to share some interesting hands-on experiences. 

If you just really want a wrapped gift for that special guy, here are some ideas for something fun and different. 

Release Your Inner Artist ... and Dad's, Too!burger plate for dad
Create something memorable and lasting by spending some time with Dad at one of McKinney's fun artsy spots. Walls of Clay in downtown McKinney has some cool projects for you to create. It also makes for a fun activity you can do together! (Keep in mind that because of the firing time needed to finish the project, you won't be able to take it home this weekend. But creating something together will be fun and you'll have a memento of it for later.)

fathers day paintings at Painting with a TwistYou could also create a painting at Painting with a Twist (at Hardin and Eldorado) to hang in his office or shop. Or take him with you for a fun afternoon or evening painting field trip. Choose the time slot based on which painting you'd like to create or pick up a gift card. Either way, there will always be a fun project on their calendar that you and your dad, husband, uncle, son, grandfather, or special friend will have fun doing with you, as they regularly host family projects!
Is he your personal superhero? Whether he's a fan of the Marvel Universe or DC Comics, you'll find the perfect all sorts of comic books, games and more at Carpe Diem Comics! Or pick up an action figure or other memento at Texas Monkey Business!

How will you celebrate that special man in your life this holiday season?