9 Milwaukee-Made Father’s Day Gift Recommendations

Great dads deserve great gifts. Why not opt for a Milwaukee-made one this year?

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1. 414 Justice White T-Shirt

$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

2. M18 Fuel Blower

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!

3. 7th Inning Stretch Shelter-in-Style Kit

$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. 

4. Black Hoodie with Mint Logo

$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. 

5. Grill and Boil 4 Jar Gift Pack

$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. 

6. Clybourn Boots

$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. 

7. Bandana Brix Bundle

$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. 

8. Living the Legend Rivet

$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. 

9. Urban Ecology Center Membership

$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. 

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.