Updated 11 a.m. June 8
Reminder: Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 17.
Dad does not need another Home Depot gift card. So up your game this year by shopping local for the the father figure in your life, whether that’s your Dad, Grandpa, an Uncle or the father of your own kids.
From shared experiences to artisan goods, check out these 10 Pittsburgh-themed gift ideas.
Hatch Art Studio, $12 per pair
If you know a Dad with a young child/children, book some time for the arts. Every Friday and Saturday, Hatch Art Studio invites parents and children to create together in the Point Breeze studio. Fathers and their children play and create with materials for collages, paintings and sculptures. Since school is out, be sure to book a spot in advance.
Coffee Passport Pittsburgh, $20
Fuel Dad’s caffeine craving while supporting local coffee shops with Coffee Passport Pittsburgh’s latest passport, valid March 19 through Sept. 30. It features 10 Pittsburgh coffee shops to experience, including de Fer Coffee & Tea in the Strip District and Pear and The Pickle in Troy Hill. Dad can visit the listed shops for a passport stamp and a drink from Coffee Passport’s menu.
Lovett Sundries, $26
Give the gift of smooth facial hair with this fresh smelling Pine Beard Oil. Lovett Sundries is owned by the wife-and-husband duo, Marit Aagaard and Jeff Lovett, and it provides handcrafted apothecary goods with ingredients you recognize. The Shaving Puck ($12) and Mechanic’s Soap ($10) are other great options to include in your grooming kit. You can purchase online or from their shop in Wilkinsburg on Saturday or Sunday. They are also stocked in local shops such as Wild Card in Lawrenceville, Heist in Dormont or love, Pittsburgh with stores in Mt. Washington and Downtown.
Pittsburgh Winery 2015 Merlot, $26
Pittsburgh Winery has wine lovers covered with their smooth 2015 Merlot. Pick up a bottle from the tasting room in the Strip District or online. Then, cue up the podcast Dad Teaches Me About Wine, hosted by Madeline Quigley, local food and travel writer, and her dad, Matthew Quigley. While sipping the Merlot, listen to Episode 12: California Outside Napa Valley. If your father is more of a white wine fan, pair the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc with the latest episode: Episode 27: Your Summer Wine Guide.
Puzzle Pax, $35
These wooden carriers serve up the ultimate gift for the beer enthusiast. Puzzle Pax is owned by Gio Attisano, a local Navy veteran. You can buy one online or opt for a custom custom cut-out. The carriers arrive unassembled, so you and your loved one can build it together. Or assemble the carrier prior to gifting and fill it with local craft beers from Bierport in Lawrenceville, which offers a 10% discount on a mixed six-pack.
Neck & Tie Company, $46
Neck & Tie Company, owned by local husband and wife, Micah and Lish List, creates works of art in the form of artisan neckties and bowties. With a variety of designs, you are sure to find a style for any taste. Purchase online or visit a local shops Kinsman Shop in Lawrenceville or The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers on the North Side. Add a Forged Tie Bar ($44) from Studebaker Metals to complete the look.
Studebaker Metals, $58
Staying within the Studebaker Metals family, the hand-forged unisex Workshop Keyholder is a stylish gift for those who tend to misplace keys. Check out their other keyholder designs here.
Porter Brewery Tours, $59
Give an intimate tour of the craft beer scene in Pittsburgh by purchasing a gift card to Porter Brewery Tours. The tour company is owned by locals, Johnny Willett and Andrew Clayton, and the tours are guided by locals, like Who’s Next honoree Aadam Soorma. Here is what you can expect on the tour.
Levity Float Studio, $59
A 60-minute float with Levity Float Studio in Squirrel Hill is for those in need of disconnecting from life’s stress. According to Levity, “without the constant pressure of gravity, all muscle groups are able to fully relax for the first time.” This float also can boost creativity and can help reduce social anxiety. Schedule a float online for your father or purchase a bundle ($99 to $199) to enjoy together.
Share the day with local activities
Pittsburgh is overflowing with activities for you and your father on Father’s Day:
- ASCEND Pittsburgh in the Southside is offering free climbing for all Dads.
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is offering free admission to fathers “when accompanied by one or more of their children.”
- Enjoy a free Father’s Day Exotic Car Show courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cars ‘N’ Coffee Club at Settler’s Ridge in Robinson Township.
- Freedom Farms in Butler kicks off their Brews & BBQ monthly summer dinners, fresh from the farm. Purchase your tickets ($50/ticket) here.
- Wigle Whiskey is hosting a Father’s Day Pig Roast. Your ticket ($20-$35) includes live music, a pig roast buffet, and a barrel sampling tour. Purchase tickets here.
Correction: The location of Levity has been corrected.