Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020: Treat Dad to a Local Gift He’ll Love

From can koozies to suspender sets, here are 18 of the best finds for the special guys on your gift list.
Father's Day Gift Guide

Whether you want to toast your biological dad, stepfather, grandpa, bonus dad, or an important father figure, these curated local Indiana-area finds will help ensure the standout men in your life feel the love this Father’s Day.

Pump up pop’s ego with these fun socks from Silver in the City, Kristin Kohn’s one-of-a-kind boutique on Mass Ave.

“Here comes cool dad” socks, $13.25 at Silverinthecity.com

“Like a normal dad, but bada*s.” If you know a man who fits the description, order him this tee at NolanJames.net, the website for Melissa Bernero’s Cicero-area boutique. Added bonus: Snag 10 percent off your entire purchase with the coupon code INDYMAVEN10.

“Bearded Inked Dad” tee, $29 at Nolanjames.net

He’ll sip in style with this leather-adorned flask hand-stitched by Tactile Craftworks for James Dant, and etched with an 1876 map of Indianapolis.  

Plan of Indianapolis flask, $60 at Jamesdant.com

Cufflinks are a classic Father’s Day choice, and for good reason—they’ll jazz up a plain button-down in seconds. For a fantastic assortment of styles, check out King’s Image by Jordan, Jordan Stiegman’s custom-tailoring and menswear store in the Castleton area. Bonus: Name-drop “Indy Maven” when you stop in to score a discount on your preferred pair.

Cufflinks, $49 a set (normally $75) if you mention “Indy Maven” when purchasing, 8520 Castleton Square Drive, (317) 594-3192

These chocolate-covered Oreos are almost too cute to eat—almost. Order them (ideally with two days notice) at Vanilla Bean Bakery, Kristy Klinger’s sweet shop on West 86th Street in Indy.

Chocolate-covered Oreos, $2.50 each or in a 2-pack gift box for $5.50 (boxes for orders by the dozen also available), 2324 West 86th Street, (317) 337-9470

A dopp kit that’s durable, stylish, and personalized? Done deal. Find this one online at Barbie Turner’s Be the Boutique in Broad Ripple. 

Monogrammed solid canvas dopp kit, $42 at Betheboutique.com

Spice up your dad’s barbecue game with a bottle of FoodTogLove seasoning by Candace Boyd Wylie. Whether you choose the delightful “Garlic Goodness” or “YoungBae,” an update on classic Old Bay seasoning, you really can’t go wrong.

Signature seasoning blends, $12 each (shipping included) at Foodlovetog.com

Know a guy who loves the great outdoors? Get him this mini scratch-off poster featuring 61 national parks; after he’s trekked to each location, he can use the included tool to scratch the foil off the spot he’s visited. Find it on the website of Decorate, Amy Minick Peterson’s Mass Ave. boutique.

National parks scratch-off poster, $28 at Decorateindy.com

If you want to encourage your dad to wear a face mask, one of these stylish designs from J. Benzal, Ben Diallo’s private label menswear line, might do the trick. But don’t stop there: The brand also has an array of chic pocket squares, ties and dress shirts that are all worth a look.

Face masks, $20 each at Jbenzal.com

Carrie Abbott’s Newfangled Confections knows how to treat a guy: Their Father’s Day Box includes two brand-new items—their “Hoptimist Crunch” pretzel- and beer-accented peanut brittle, as well as a dozen of their inventively delicious bacon caramels. Dad will also get six chocolate truffles in flavors like “Spicy BBQ” and “Bourbon Old Fashioned,” along with a free 4-ounce box of their classic Frittle candy. Yum.

Father’s Day Box, $55 at Newfangledconfections.com; use code DADDEAL for free shipping on this gift box or orders of $55 or more

Something Splendid’s owners Erynn Petruzzi, Elyse Petruzzi, and Allison Wirthwein have taken the guesswork out of giving with their collection of curated gift boxes. Among other fun finds, right now the Indianapolis-area company is offering a “Flippin Awesome Dad” box featuring a Tropical Bros polo shirt and koozie, a bottle of pineapple teriyaki sauce, and a snack-sized bag of Just Pop In! popcorn (another local fave), as well as a handwritten, personalized card.

“Flippin Awesome Dad” gift box, $75-$78.50 at Somethingsplendidco.com

Is the dad in your life a java aficionado? You can treat him to a bag of high quality beans from Carmel’s Indie Coffee Roasters, but better yet—sign him up for one of the company’s upcoming “Indie Coffee Roasters University” (ICRU) classes, covering everything from home brewing to espresso theory.

Coffee-themed class, $10-15 each at indiecoffeeroasters.com

Upgrade your favorite guy’s wallet with this rugged-yet-chic bifold, handcrafted by Indianapolis native Christian Resiak of vegetable-tanned leather.

Snap bifold in brandy, $89 at Howlandhidesupply.com

Get dad amped for the 104th running of the Indy 500—now scheduled for August 23rd—with this neoprene collapsible can cooler that’s destined to become a collector’s item. 

2020 August Indy 500 event can cooler, $5 at shop.ims.com

Don’t have time to whip up a batch of freshly baked cookies? Let Cookie Cottage do the baking for you. Owned by sisters Theresa Kacmarik and Maureen Madden and based in Fort Wayne, you can select a dozen cookies in assortments like “Chocolate Lovers” or “Iced”—or build your own—and they’ll come wrapped in a holiday-perfect gift box. 

One dozen boxed cookies, $19 at Cookiecottage.com

Forget soap-on-a-rope: This handmade bar by Elizabeth Jones of Soap & Sunshine Apothecary has a thick, rich lather and notes of cedar, bergamot and vetiver for an ultra-luxe scent. 

“Great Gatsby” handcrafted soap bar, $6.50 at Soapandsunshine.com

Noblesville resident Colleen Thomas, owner of Dapper Gent, makes these bow-tie and suspender sets for adults—and matching looks for newborns and kiddos—and she can even whip up a coordinating dog collar. 

Bow tie and suspenders set, $58-$63 (men’s) and $41 (children’s) per set with free shipping, Etsy.com/shop/DapperGent

Sure, craft beer is always a good bet, but if you want to mix it up a little, opt for a bottle of Ash & Elm Cider Co.’s Kingston Storm cider, made of Indiana heirloom apples and aged for nine months in Jamaican rum barrels.

Kingston Storm cider, $18 at Ashandelmcider.com

If you’re looking for a little treat to brighten dad’s day, an old-fashioned lollipop might do the trick. Vegan and gluten-free, they’re available in root beer or caramel flavors. Pick one up at Amanda Mauer Taflinger’s Homespun: Modern Handmade store downtown (or order online), and get your Father’s Day card while you’re at it.

Classic flavor lollipop, $3 each at Homespunindy.com

Silver in the City, Just Pop In! and Newfangled Confections are Indy Maven partners.

Stephanie Groves is a freelance writer in Indianapolis who just ordered a bottle of FoodLoveTog seasoning for a Father’s Day gift, but she’s thinking of keeping it herself.


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