2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Another Father’s Day is almost here and you’re surely scratching your head about what to get the dad in your life.

Whether your guy’s a sucker for the latest tech gadget or craves a day of relaxation, our guide will help you find that special gift.


North Shore Brewing Supply Class ($35-60): If your guy appreciates beer, gift him a brewing class at Highland Park’s North Shore Brewing Supply. Here, he can learn how to brew beer at home or make cider from scratch.

Craft’s Coffee of the Month Club ($20-25/month): This subscription service sends expert-selected artisan coffees from three different roasters with each delivery. Choose from a one-month, six-month, or annual subscription.


Fashion & Bikes

Mission Belt ($35): Recently featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Mission Belt Co. makes a variety of colored leather belts without holes, so your guy will always have the perfect fit (each belt buckle adjusts every 1/4-inch). We love that $1 from each sale goes toward fighting hunger and poverty.

Shinola Bixby Bike ($1,950): Based in Detroit, Shinola creates the coolest throwback bicycles as well as classic, masculine watches. Although it’s a newer company, the quality and beauty of this slick cruiser is receiving outstanding reviews.


Alternative Apparel Basic Eco Zip Hoodie ($44): Alternative Apparel makes the coziest cotton hoodies at a stellar price point. This lighter zip up is perfect for summer and will work year round as a classic layering piece.

Shwood Canby Sunglasses ($155): These shades are constructed from wood by one of the hippest brands in men’s eyewear right now. Each pair is handcrafted in Portland, Ore. from premium-grade lumber and is available in a variety of colors and grain patterns.



Pacific Shaving Company’s Caffeinated Shaving Cream & Aftershave ($16): These hot new products use caffeine as an antioxidant, reducing redness and resulting in a cleaner shave. Bonus: The formula is also high in antioxidants, which keeps skin looking and feeling its best.


Jack Black First Class Five Gift Set ($40): Jack Black has awesome men’s products as well as already assembled “men’s kits” that contain the best essentials from the line. This “skincare quintet” comes with eye balm, moisturizer, lip balm, beard lube and all-over wash.

Massage: A massage gift certificate is always appreciated, especially if you send your man to the spa for the day so he can take in all of the amenities. Lucky for us, some of the greatest spas are accessible at many of the top Chicago hotels like Four Seasons (try the Vintage Bourbon Massage), The Peninsula, and Trump Hotel Chicago. Want to keep it local? Go for Egea Spa in Evanston.

Photo courtesy of Trump Hotel Chicago


Cocoon GRID-IT! Organizer Case ($20): Get organized with GRID-IT!, a Dopp kit to hold all of your tech devices. Store it in your laptop case with your laptop to tuck away a cell phone, camera, pens, headphones, and any other personal items Dad might need. Plus, the back of the GRID-IT! doubles as a mouse pad.

BBQ Dragon ($50): The BBQ Dragon fires up the grill when you don’t have time to wait for it to heat up. The Dragon is a charcoal accelerator tool that adds oxygen to fire, thus cutting down your grill time. Because it’s small and portable, you can take it with you to the beach, camping, or even use it to light your fireplace.


Grillbot ($130): This robot for your grill takes on cleanup so you don’t have to. The hands-free gadget works on both gas and charcoal grills and sounds an alarm when the Grillbot is done cleaning. Snap this product up quick—it keeps selling out!


V-Moda XS Headphones ($212): V-Moda headphones are the latest and most durable noise-isolating headphones that also fold up for easy storage. The glowing customer reviews alone may convince you to give these a try.