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$25 | 414 MILWAUKEE
This one’s for all the rad, activist dads out there. 414 Milwaukee is donating 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of these tees to businesses owned by people of color, including Africa Alive, Milwaukee Freedom Fund, Milwaukee Simbas and Mr. Dye’s Pies.
PRICE VARIES | MILWAUKEE TOOL CO.
A good leaf blower is a must in Wisconsin. And the Milwaukee Tool Company makes one of the best models on the market right now. You could even say, if you’ll permit us a dad joke, that it blows the rest of the competition away!
$75 | MILWAUKEE FOOD TOURS
It may be a while yet before the Brewers return to Miller Park. But your old man can still enjoy all his favorite ballpark foods with this snack pack. It includes roasted nuts (from Miller Park and Heavenly Roasted Nuts), cheesy popcorn from Jane’s Popcorn, Cracker Jacks, cotton candy, pretzels from the Milwaukee Pretzel Company, a sugar cookie in the shape of a baseball and glove by Edible Impressions, and a virtual tour provided by Milwaukee Food Tours.
$82 | 1,2,3 CIAO
If your dad wears the same threadbare tees every week, you’re not going to be able to talk him into putting on a button down. But you may be able to get him into one of these organic cotton fleece hoodies, made by a Milwaukee woman inspired by her relationship with her husband.
$27 | PENZEYS
Got a grill master for a father? Get him this set of flavorful spice mixes, perfect for backyard barbecues and cookouts. The set includes Penzeys’ popular Northwoods Seasoning, BBQ 3000, Galena Street Rib Rub and Jerk Chicken/Fish Seasoning blends.
$149 | MILWAUKEE BOOT CO.
Contrary to popular belief, cool dads do exist. And they’ll appreciate the Milwaukee Boot Company’s new line of leather boots. Each one is named after a famous Milwaukeean – think Brady, Farwell, Pfister – and built to last through those long Wisconsin winters.
$25 | ENLIGHTENED BEER
There’s plenty of great beer to be had in Brew City. Like Enlightened Brewing Company’s easy-drinking cream ale, the 5% ABV Cream City Brix. Buy two six packs (one for you and one for your father?), and the brewery will throw in a branded green banana too.
$250-$1,500 | HARLEY DAVIDSON
If your dad’s a H.O.G. fan, he’ll likely love the idea of being gifted a steel rivet engraved with his name. The Harley-Davidson Museum displays the rivets outside its Walker’s Point headquarters, where other bikers will be sure to see them whenever they visit.
$60 | URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER
Consider this a gift that keeps on giving. As a member of the UEC, your dad can borrow camping equipment and outdoor gear from any one of the organization’s three Milwaukee-area locations whenever he wants. Plus, he’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that he’s helping a worthwhile local nonprofit keep its lights on.