Quick—Five Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Quick—Five Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

If you want to say “I love you Dad,” but haven’t quite thought of how to for Father’s Day, here are a few quick (local) gift hints!

I’m not quite sure there’s anything cooler than a guy in aviators—especially a quality pair. Enter these Randolph Engineering shades from Context—after all, these were the same specs worn by U.S. military pilots throughout WWII. Another fun fact: Mad Men‘s Don Draper wears these too, according to Context’s co-owner Ryan Huber. Randolph Engineering “Concorde” aviators, $130, Context.

Recently I visited Death’s Door Distillery in Middleton. Makers of gin, vodka and whisky, these locally brewed spirits take their name from a body of water in between the Door County peninsula and Washington Island—where the wheat is grown that makes up their spirits. What dad doesn’t appreciate a classic G&T on a summer night? Mix him up one with Death’s Door—or buy him a bottle to do the same. Find Death’s Door at several local liquor stores, including Regent Street Liquor, Cork ‘N Bottle, Copp’s, Barriques, Neil’s Liquor and more. Deathsdoorspirits.com




Crisp, classic and clean—sort of reminds you a refreshing glass of lemonade on a summer day, no? Those words also remind me of this Gitman Brothers Vintage chambray shirt. Lightweight, yet still superbly stylish, this top can pair with chinos, a pair of madras shorts and yep, even a darker pair of jeans. Gitman Brothers Vintage “Blue Summer Chambray” shirt, $156, Context.



If Dad’s a fisherman (or just likes tooling around in his boat) or likes local art, pick up a hand-drawn illustrated lake history print, like this Lake Monona one from Zip-Dang. For only $20 Dad will love this piece of art/graphic design that’s vintage yet modern rolled to one. Drawn by Mike Bass, owner Natalie Bass’s husband, it’s very cool to know you’re supporting a local artist and store in one. $20, Zip-Dang.

Yes, I know it’s cliché to suggest that a guy will like bacon, or beer, or cheese for a gift but (if it ain’t broke…) did you know you can get Dad a gift where he can experience them all in one day? Yep, buy you and Dad a ticket to Beer Bacon & Cheese Fest in downtown New Glarus on June 15 to really have some Father’s Day fun. Taste craft beers, specialty meats and artisanal cheeses all while wandering the charming historic streets of downtown New Glarus. Be sure to get Dad home after the fest so he can take a nap. Beer Bacon & Cheese Fest, June 15, New Glarus. Click here for more info.