With Father’s Day looming ever close, so ticks the clock on the question that lingers for most: what to get dear old dad for his special day? Deciding on what works for dad can be tricky and one may not want to fall into the cliché trap of sliding a tie his way. Okay, maybe one’s father does dig on a good tie, but that’s a risk one may not want to take. Here are a few options on shops across town to find the perfect Father’s Day gift.
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Vinyl Record from Mill City Sound
812 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
If your dad can recall the age of vinyl records, it’s the perfect time to get him into a throwback nature with the records coming back in style. Located in downtown Hopkins, Mill City Sound has a vast variety of vinyl to choose from, both used classics and newly printed releases. It’s a great bit of nostalgia to appeal to dad’s music taste, considering the store is wall-to-wall vinyl with every genre imaginable. And if dad sold off his record player long ago, no worries. Mill City also offers record players of all sizes.
Classic Films from Half Price Books
5017 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416 | 2041 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116 | 2481 Fairview Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113
Chances are somewhat high that dad digs himself an action movie, be it a gritty western or the old-fashioned class of James Bond. While the DVD market is smaller, there’s no shortage of movies over at Half-Price Books, a prime location given their abundance of Blu-ray, DVD, and even VHS, if you can believe it. Aside from the out-of-print items, prices are relatively cheap as the store name implies, but there’s plenty of rarer DVD collections and gift sets if you feel like splurging on dad for something a bit more lavish.
Comfy Chair from Slumberland Furniture
4140 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416
For the dad who just can’t get enough sports on the TV, there’s one thing he’ll need to make the experience most comfortable. A comfy chair or sofa has always been a classic and important part of taking in the game or even just unwinding with some TV time. Slumberland has a bevy of brilliant options that’ll provide dad with the right amount of comfort when it comes to showing the Vikings or Twins some support from his own home.
HDTV from Micro Center
3710 Highway 100 South, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Be your father an avid sports watcher, dedicated cinephile, and/or someone who is just addicted to their favorite show, an HDTV is a relatively safe bet to please dad. Sure, big-box stores serve up plenty of televisions, but if you’re seeking the spiffiest of projections, Micro Center has a strong showcase of the best in TV. From the simplest of 720p picture to the most detailed of 4K displays to projectors for that outdoor big screen experience, there’s much to choose from for the TV setup that suits dad like a glove.
Golf Clubs from 2nd Swing Golf
13031 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Should your father be an avid lover of the links, golf clubs can be a pleasing and thoughtful gift to get dad anxious to head to the green and bag a birdie. 2nd Swing Golf is the perfect place to pick up one club or a whole set given their selection of over 75,000 clubs in stock. If your father is a bit particular in clubs, there are plenty of accessory options as well.
Gift Card to Alamo Drafthouse
9060 Hudson Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125
For the father who enjoys the movies but wants a little something more out of them, consider a gift card to the Alamo Drafthouse in Woodbury. This theater is unlike any other in the Twin Cities with its classic B-movie posters, spacious seating, appetizing options of burgers & beer, and, best of all, exceptionally low tolerance for those who cause a stir during the movie (one warning and then you’re out with no refund). If the current crop of movies is not to dad’s liking, there’s plenty of classic films playing as well for theme nights. It’ll be the perfect movie spot to check out by the time they reopen.
Custom Mug from Grey Fox Pottery
215 6th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
There’s a saying that the best gifts are the ones you make yourself. Thankfully, that part doesn’t have to be as tough as Grey Fox Pottery can craft customers a custom mug. Suitable for coffee or beer, there’s plenty of designs and colors to choose from in finding the perfect mug that is so very dad.
Dress Shirts from Nordstrom Rack
8344 MN-7, St Louis Park, MN 55426
For the dad who does dapper, Nordstrom Rack is a suitable enough clothing shop to find the spiffiest of attire. Whether your father needs something special for more formal occasions or could just use an update in the wardrobe, there’s plenty to browse through to find what suits dad best. Because look, if you’re going to get dad a tie, you may as well go the extra mile to give him a whole look.
Sports Memorabilia from Papa Hawks Sports
1200 Mendelssohn Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427
If your father is heavy into sports and you’re seeking something extra special to give him this holiday, consider taking a peek at the vintage collectibles of Papa Hawks. One can find everything from autographed baseballs to vintage pennants to classic magazines, there’s a little something for every avid sports fan that is sure to be a strong conversation starter.
Beer from Total Wine
14200 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305 | 4260 W 78th St, Bloomington, MN 55435 | 2401 Fairview Ave N #105, Roseville, MN 55113
There’s nothing quite like a cold brew for dad on his special day and there’s thankfully a hefty selection of beverages at Total Wine. Pick dad up a pack of his favorite brand or surprise him with a custom six-pack of hundreds of different beers, from the richest of stouts to the darkest of ales. There are numerous locations across the Twin Cities so it’s easy enough to swing by one and give some thirst-quenching beverages for the man who raised you.