father's day gift idea for the dad who has everything

Dads, to the dismay of many moms, are often the collectors of items throughout the years that they "must have" or "absolutley need."  Good for him, but that just makes it harder for you to figure out something cool to get him for Father's Day!  We've definitely solved that problem with a few cool gift ideas that even he may not have thought he wanted but will definitely love to get this June.

And if you're looking for relaxing teak furniture options, check out this post for other great Father's Day gift ideas!

 

Garden Hose Pot Teakwoodcentral Father's Day Gift
  • Garden Hose Pots - He (and Mom for that matter) are always complaining about the messy pile of hose that ends up at the back or side of the house.  Help him get organized beautifully and stylishly with a decorative garden hose pot.  In a variety of shapes and metals, he will wonder how he ever lived without it.
Weathervanes Teakwoodcentral Father's Day Gift
  • Weathervanes - Something he would absolutely love and show off to everyone who comes into the yard.  In a variety of different icons to match his interests (hunting, sailing, military and more), you will have no problem finding one he will be proud to display on any roof.
Cupola Teakwoodcentral Father's Day Gifts
  • Cupolas - You may not know what a cupola is, but Dad surely does!  These decorative pieces handsomely adorn any rooftop and can act as the base for a complementary weathervane.  It will add some panache to his shed, poolhouse or home and will last through any season.
Bird Feeder Teakwoodcentral Father's Day Gifts
  • Bird Feeders - Instead of his throwing breadcrumbs each morning or afternoon into the driveway or yard, help Dad feed his feathered friends neatly and stylishly with a unique bird feeder.  In a few different shapes, these can easily hang on a fencepost, railing or other ledges.
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father's day gift idea: relaxing furniture for his backyard

He was always there for you no matter what crazy hijinks you performed as a kid.  He coached you through sports, helped you with your homework and was your partner in crime when Mom wasn’t around.  This Father’s Day, give Dad the gift of relaxation and years of comfort in his own backyard sanctuary with a cool and unique piece of long-lasting, beautiful teak furniture.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of relaxing outdoor furniture is the classic hammock.  But hammocks don't have to be boring or an eyesore.  The Biltmore Hammock ($2,550) made of soaring tusk-like posts made of solid hardwood is as manly as it is elegant and would look great poolside or in the middle of the yard.  And mom will love it's chic silhouette with crisp white fabric that she can decorate with an array of pillows in her favorite colors and prints.

Biltmore Hammock Father's Day Gift

The Biltmore Hammock is one-of-a-kind and relaxing.

 

More often than not, Dad just loves to relax with Mom or his favorite kid (that's you!).  He can enjoy one-on-one time with a series of fun but practical teak furniture pieces  that suit his style.  The Bel-Air Double Teak Sun Lounger ($3,060) is a cool option that helps him take a break while being able to easily chat it up.  Comfortable yet modern and sleek, the lounger also comes with a convenient sliding tray for drinks or books.  Cushions, which can be ordered separately, come in a variety of colors and patterns to match the decor or his favorite hue.  

 

He can also spend some quality time with those he loves on a classic Teak Garden Swing Bench by Anderson ($670).  Imagine his delight when he can swing on the porch or patio to enjoy the sunset after dinner or watch the grandkids play.  If he doesn' have a roof or porch, Anderson also has a handsome Teak Glider ($1,325) option that can easily rest on the patio and give him the same relaxing swinging motion.

Anderson Straight Teak Garden Swing Bench Father's Day Gift
Teak Swing Benches define classic relaxation.

 

Anderson Del-Amo Teak Glider Father's Day Gift
Teak Gliders make a great patio or porch option without installation.

 

And if Dad just wants to kick back on his own, give him a Father's Day gift that gives him some respite from the day, like this Teak Reclining Chair with Footrest ($490) or a Teak Rocking Chair ($625).  Both have a simple but sturdy and elegant design that Dad will appreciate and will be able to use for years and years to come.

 

Teak Chair with Footrest Father's Day Gift
Dad can kick up his feet easily with this Teak Chair and Footrest.

 

Teak Rocking Chair Father's Day Gift
Tell Dad "he rocks" (literally) with this cool Teak Rocking Armchair.
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versatile teak wood storage options for the outdoors

Having storage outside is a great help, especially when you have a lot of outdoor items that you’d rather not take inside the house, have take up space in the already-cramped garage or simply splayed about your backyard or patio.  And if you think your only alternative is ugly plastic bins, think again!  You can enjoy the same aesthetic and practical benefits from teak for your outside storage options that you enjoy from your teak furniture.

Camrose Teak Storage Box - TeakwoodCentral

Camrose Teak Storage Box

In case you didn’t already know, teak wood is one of the best, if not the best, options for outdoor furniture.   The natural oils in the wood give it a natural barrier from the drying effects of the sun, mold, mildew and general wood rot.  As the years roll on, teak remains strong and beautiful, changing from a warm honey tone to a more silvery gray.  All of this means virtually no maintenance year to year and more time for you to enjoy your outdoor furniture.

Del Amo Teak Storing Bench - TeakwoodCentral

Del Amo Teak Wood Storing Bench

Teak storage pieces not only give you all of these benefits but so much more.  Instead of boring boxes that don’t match your furniture or make your outdoor living space look “cheap”, opt for beautiful teak that will also last for years and years.  In addition, most teak furniture comes in sleek, simple lines that complement any décor or setting.

What can you store?  Use your new teak storage pieces to collect all of your outdoor toys, chair cushions when not in use, your barbecue accoutrement, gardening tools, towels and pool supplies (just make sure they’re fully dry before storing them).  You can also use the top as a table, beautifully displaying flowers, cordless lamps, or a midday or midnight snack and tea.

Our favorite picks for teak storage furniture:

Anderson Del Amo Storing Teak Garden Bench – It’s a teak bench, it’s teak storage…it’s both! Made from A Grade plantation teak wood, this will be an investment for your home that will enhance your porch or back patio beautifully.

Safari Occasional Rattan and Teak Table by Anderson Collections - A cute and convenient little companion for your outdoor space with lots of space within for all your outdoor needs.  Sturdy enough to withstand the elements and for everyday use as a side table.

Camrose Teak Storage Box - Indoor or outdoor, this trunk has the room to store everything from kids toys to your weekly recycling.  Doubles as an amazing coffee table for your teak chair set. Also comes in a smaller version for more compact spaces.

Safari Teak Occasional Table - TeakwoodCentral

Safari Teak Wood Occasional Table

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oiled finish vs. natural teak wood: what’s the difference?

Growing up, we always saw mom and dad, right as spring hit, applying all sorts of oil, varnish and sealers to the wood furniture outside.  However, that practice is unnecessary with teak.  As one of the most durable woods in the world, teak is the perfect material for outdoor furniture because of its ability to withstand the elements.  So the tradition of prepping your outdoor furniture can stop with you!

Anderson Bahama Teak Folding Table - Teakwoodcentral

Outdoor Teak Furniture in Its Natural Honey Tone

 

Keeping Teak Natural

The reason why teak makes great, long-lasting outdoor furniture is its high content of natural oils.  The natural oils serve as a protective barrier against the elements as well as against termites and other pests.  As many of our customers have found, when you leave teak furniture outside for a long period of time, even uncovered, you’ll find that the warm honey color evolves over time to an attractive silvery-gray.  The oil starts to migrate towards the surface over time and eventually evaporates, a process that over time turns the teak from a honey color to a silvery gray. Though the color changes, the integrity of the wood does not!

Oiled Teak Table - Teakwoodcentral

Oiled Teak Wood is Best for Indoor Furniture

 

Oiling Teak

Again, because of the natural oil content of teak furniture, it is not necessary to treat the wood with more oil.  Teak experts everywhere will give you the following reasons for keeping your teak natural versus oiled:

- Oiled teak furniture is more susceptible to mildew and rotting.

- As the wood ages, coloring is more uneven over the years.

- Oiling teak requires routine, annual maintenance.

- Additional oil disrupts the process of evaporation that naturally occurs with the native oil in teak, drying out the wood more rapidly and requiring more and more oil.

However, we cannot deny the beauty of fresh teak wood, and many people prefer it.  So if you choose to oil your furniture, we highly recommend using it mostly on indoor teak.  Teak bath mats or tiles look fantastic and feel great when oiled, for example.  If you decide you’d like that honey tone back, simply clean your teak wood with special teak wood cleaners available at your local hardware store. 

Oiled Teak Wood Mat - Teakwoodcentral

Oiled Teak Mat

If you just have to oil your outdoor teak, it’s a good habit to cover or bring in your outdoor furniture when not in routine use.  A leader in teak oil treatment is Infinita Tropical Hardwood Oil made especially for teak, acacia, and other tropical hardwoods.   Since the application temperature is between 40 degrees and 95 degrees, oiling teak is recommended in either the spring, to prepare for summer, and fall, to protect from winter elements. 

No matter what you decide, with proper care and maintenance, you can be assured that your teak furniture will last you years and years to come. 

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chic lighting alternatives for your wedding

One of our favorite things about the wedding is the ambience created by the flowers, selection of colors, and lighting.  Few people pay attention to the lighting elements of a wedding’s décor, but they can be one of the most powerful ways to bring a special lilt to the entire occasion.  The most common ways to light up a room is, of course, candles.  However, candles can become quite messy and, if the wedding is held outdoors, you risk the wind blowing them out.

Neoz Square Cordless Table Lamp for Weddings and Events

Neoz Square Cordless Table Lamp

A chic alternative to candles for a wedding is portable table lamps.  Portable table lamps come in a variety of colors and styles to perfectly match your theme.  White frosted glass with clean lines spans every theme and can let your flowers, colors, and other decorations take center stage.  If you want a little more color and a little more shape, egg lamps in a bright, happy color can either complement or perfectly match your wedding colors.  We personally love the contrast of, say, a lavender wedding with dots of saffron lights dotted about or red egg lamps amidst a sea of chartreuse centerpieces and accents.

Neoz Egg Cordless Portable Table Lamp for Weddings and Events

Portable Lamps Like This Egg Lamp Add a Special Touch to Your Wedding

Your guests will truly appreciate the soft light that these lamps emit, too, without the flicker and glare of a candle as well as the ability to adjust the amount of light.  They add just the right ambient glow for those party pictures!

The beauty in having these lamps, too, is their versatility.  Once the festivities are over, use them to light up upcoming parties, gift them to your wedding party (with a note that says “Thanks for brightening up our special day!”), or use them around the house.  Depending on the battery option you choose, light can last from 130 hours to 260 hours, giving you days and days of light without having to charge the lamp and the ability to move your little lamp around the house wherever and whenever you like.

At TeakwoodCentral.com, we have chosen a few styles that will look great for any theme, from casual to formal, indoor to outdoors then back at the homestead for everyday living. 

Neoz Round Cordless Portable Table Lamp for Weddings and Events
Choose from Different Shapes and Colors to Match Your Decor and Taste

 

The Neoz Gem Square Cordless Table Lamp is a modern version with clean, straight edges and light.  Choose from Opal, Ruby, Sapphire or Amber.

The Neoz Gem Round Cordless Table Lamp simulates a large round candle without all the mess.  They also come in Opal, Ruby, Sapphire or Amber.

The Neoz Medusa Cordless Ambient Table Lamp is one of those perfect investments that is just right at the head table then back outside on the patio for a romantic dinner as newlyweds.

- To add a little more texture, opt for the Neoz Egg Fritted Cordless Table Lamp.  “Fritted” simply denotes the beautiful design that remains on the surface from uneven shapes of glass coming together smoothly.  Color options include Saffron, Red, Aqua and Opal 

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the versatile teak side table

Entertaining is part of the joy of having a beautiful patio and backyard.  Whether you host a full-on outside dinner party or just want to have a nice visit with an old friend over tea, you’ll need a piece of outdoor furniture that works well in most any setting, year-round.  Enter the versatile Windsor teak side table from Anderson Teak.  It’s probably going to be your soiree sidekick every season and your favorite piece to use no matter the occasion.

teak tables patio furniture anderson teak

Size is always an issue when it comes to deciding on the perfect outdoor patio table.  Sometimes you end up with little tables here, big tables there, and often times in a style whirlwind!  This table’s dimensions allow it to fit snuggly between two chairs, spaciously off to the side during dinner and perfectly against a wall as a backyard workspace.

teak chairs barstool

And with six square feet of space to work with, this teak table has all the room you need for any activity.  Instead of having to bring out two tables, you have room to display a beautiful piece of art or a bowl of fragrant flowers while arranging servings or using the table as a buffet. Barbecue masters can make great use of the table’s long top by organizing and cutting an array of marinated meats side by side. And if you are an avid gardener, all your pots and supplies will rest handsomely together while you exercise your green thumb.

One comment that everyone has about teak furniture, especially the Anderson line, is their clean, sleek lines.  The Windsor side table continues that theme with wide slats and long elegant legs. The wooden cross bar gives it stability while giving a little bit more architectural appeal. So don’t be afraid to bring it indoors!  The light finish works with any décor and works amazingly well as a bar table or a breakfast corner in the kitchen.  All you need are a couple of matching teak bar chairs, and your charming little nook is set!  You won’t believe how many uses you will have for this seemingly simple but fabulous table.

Caring for Your Teak Furniture

Teak furniture is super low maintenance to care for, so active and frequent use is ok. In fact, teak wood typically weathers naturally under the elements but evens out beautifully to a uniform silver-gray color.  If you intend to use your teak furniture mostly outside, we recommend leaving it as is to gray naturally (this doesn’t harm the integrity of the wood) and only teak oil as an option if you intend to keep the furniture indoors.

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hosting your next backyard get-together

Now that the weather has finally given us a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, it’s time to think about hosting your first backyard party of the season!  Every host or hostess knows that it takes careful planning and lots of paying attention to details to make everything appear seamless.  Before you start planning your lunch or dinner menu, make sure you have all the right furniture pieces in place! 

The right base of furniture anchors any party you give, so it's important to invest in something that you know will withstand time and weather for years and years (and your style changes!). Teak furniture is probably your best bet for outdoor entertaining because of the wood’s quality.  As the pieces are exposed to the elements, the wood begins to weather to a beautiful shade of silvery-gray and continues to maintain its integrity, year after year.  So you don’t have to worry about cleaning it constantly, oiling it or refinishing it every summer. 

teak outdoor dining set anderson teak valencia

 

First things first: your dining table and chairs.  Depending on how big or small your parties tend to be or the particular space you have to work with, you’ll want to decide on just the right shape and size of table.  We love round tables for the community feeling it gives and the facilitation of easier conversation.  Banquet styles, however, always work best in a narrow area and always look festive.   

The best of both worlds come together with our Anderson 15-piece Valencia Double Extension Teak Dining Set. Yes, FIFTEEN pieces and DOUBLE extension!  Seat anywhere from six people to fourteen people comfortably, and you’ll never be at a loss to figure out space.  With one table (with two extensions), two folding teak armchairs, and twelve classic folding teak chairs, it’s like getting a dinner party all in one set!  (We also offer a smaller, 11-set version!)  Add some color and extra comfort with 46 different color and print options of all-weather cushions

cordless table lamp neoz owlcordless table lamp neoz icecordless table lamp neoz egg

 

 

 

 

 

What dinner party would be complete without a little extra ambience? You can add a beautiful glow to your table with a cordless table lamp.  The sleek, shaded owl; the classic ice square; or the delightfully whimsical egg are just some of the great options we offer, depending on your style or if you desire color.  Just place three to five of them along the middle of your table, and you’re party will jump a few notches up the style scale in seconds. The lamps give off the perfect light (they have two settings or a candlelight effect) and eliminate the worry with candles melting on the table or going out with a breeze.

 

 

For an extra special touch and for cooler nights, add a fire dome and bowl on either side of the table.  Your guests will appreciate the extra warmth, and the glow of the protected fire will give an exciting and festive touch to your get-together!

By choosing flexibility in your furniture and bringing in a few simple but exciting accents that can be used in different ways, any party you give outdoors will be more enjoyable and memorable for you and your guests.

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a unique mother's day gift she'll love

Are you tired of getting Mom the same boring gift for Mother's Day or racking your brain trying to figure out a gift that you know she will love and can actually use?  Well, look no further, we have a unique gift for your mom that she will love forever, use all the time and think you were so clever to get her: an elegant and unique cordless egg-shaped lamp from Neoz.

Mother's Day Gift Neoz Egg Cordless Lamp

 

This cordless, rechargable table lamp, designed by renowned Australian industrial artist Peter Ellis and awarded the international Red Dot Design Award, has a beautiful, clean look that fits in well with any home décor, from traditional to rustic, modern to eclectic.  In such a compact size, it gives off just enough soft luminescence that will perfectly light up any room and make everything look natural.  Mom can choose from two different light levels in addition to a candle-effect feature, perfect for (romantic!) dinners or a cozy night on the back porch.

Mother's Day Gift Neoz Egg Cordless Lamp - AquaMother's Day Gift Neoz Egg Cordless Lamp OpalMother's Day Gift Neoz Egg Cordless Lamp - RedMother's Day Gift Neoz Egg Cordless Lamp - Saffron

One of the things we love is its versatility.  The Egg makes a great substitute for dinner candles and takes up little space, making room for all those delicious wares your mom loves to cook up.  When the weather’s nice, she can easily bring the Egg outside as far from the house as she’d like or take it with her to the beach if it’s close by.  Travel is a breeze if she has trips where she’ll need light but won’t always have access to an outlet.  Depending on the battery you buy, she won’t even need to bring the Egg’s simple base charger with her as light can last from 130 – 260 hours.

On a more practical note, the cordless Egg lamp is great when (God forbid!) the electricity decides to go out.  No cords, no messy candles, and no hunting for matches, which also makes it safe both indoors and out with no fire, smoke or smell blowing about.

At TeakwoodCentral.com, we offer a number of beautiful options that will perfectly match your mother’s personal style.  For the mom who is more traditional or modern, opt for the understated white Egg with a smooth and frosted finish.  For the mom who loves a little more texture and color, we have a fritted version that comes in four delicious colors: spicy saffron, punchy red, breezy aqua and creamy opal.   

Mother’s Day this year is Sunday, May 11, so order your lamp by May 5 in order to have your lamp delivered in time!

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