Father’s Day 2020 is just around the corner, and we know it can be hard to find the perfect gift for all the dads in your life. Here are some of our best recommendations for a unique gift no matter what interests he has, all from locally-owned small stores and businesses who can use your help today.
Make Dad feel loved and support local business and the economy at the same time.
Dish it Out Pottery Studio
Make something handmade at Dish it Out Pottery Studio. Any dad likes a gift that comes from the heart. Dish it Out is a drop-in studio, no appointments required. Cost is $6 per hour per painter with a maximum charge of $12 per visit plus the cost of the items you select to paint. It takes about a week for your pieces to be completed after glazing and firing. Give your dad something he’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Where: 7828 Rea Rd C
Average Cost: $16-32
The Map Shop
Who doesn’t like adventure? The Map Shop is the best resource for maps and travel products perfect for an adventurer. They carry wall maps, travel maps, nautical charts, globes, flags, and much more. And if they don’t have the map you’re looking for they’ll make one custom. The brick-and-mortar store is presently closed but you can order online anytime and it ships in 2-3 business days.
Where? 3421 St Vardell Ln Suite H
Average Cost: Maps start around $19.99
This is a great gift for a dad who is already active, or who is looking to step things up in the fitness and wellness arena. Already popular with professional athletes, each serving of BUBS Naturals MCT Oil Powder will help improve joint health and speed up recovery after workouts. BUBS tastes delicious, but even better, they also give back to the community. 10% of proceeds go directly to the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation to provide scholarships for military and their family members. Our favorite way to enjoy it is by adding the collagen and MCT powder to a hot cup of coffee.
Where: Order online bubsnaturals.com
Average Cost: $30 – $40
Glory Days Apparel
Glory Days Apparel is Charlotte’s premier nostalgia brand. Dad really loves Charlotte? Get him a shirt that says so. They have many designs to choose from and even have some Father’s Day shirts. They also sell accessories with the Charlotte logo. Don’t know what your dad would want? Get him a gift card and let him choose for himself.
Where? 1423 Winnifred Street
Average Cost: $30
What is the most common gift on Father’s day? Tools, every dad needs them. Blackhawk sells tools that would make any handyman’s heart beat faster. Their passion is oddity niche tools that you won’t see in the big box stores. But that’s not the only thing they sell. They carry gardening supplies, grills and smokers, housewares, and more. They’re not just a hardware store; they’re a lifestyle store.
Where? Park Road Shopping Center
Average Cost: Depends on what you buy. Grills start around $33.99
Let’s be honest, being the man of the house can be hard work especially in today’s quarantine environment. So why not treat your dad to a spa day? Emerson Joseph not only specializes in precision haircuts and clean shaves but offers a spa-like experience you won’t find anywhere else. They also offer clothier services and shoe shines. Book an appointment for dad now.
Where? 221 S Tryon St
Average Cost: Full Service Cut starts at $44
A purveyor of high quality sporting goods, Sporting Gent offers a selection of products from bow ties to dry flies. They sell apparel in a wide range of options whether you’re chasing game to survive or simply attending a society affair. They even have a membership program that’s free to join so you can even point to redeem for products.
Where? 2848 Selwyn Ave.
Average Cost: Expect to spend between $50 – $200
Carolina Panthers Team Store
Is your dad a big fan of the Panthers? Football season is coming up so why not get the fan attire your dad needs to go to the big game at Carolina Panthers Team Store. It is the one-stop shop for all or your Carolina Panthers merchandise needs with something for everyone.
Where? Bank of America Stadium
Sometimes it is nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and go play a lovely game of golf. Golf Galaxy will get you suited up for the game. They offer apparel, bags and carts, clubs, and anything else you might need on the green. They have a custom golf shop so they can personalize anything from golf balls to bags. Visit their website to see what all they offer.
Where? 7226 Smith Corners Blvd
Average Cost: Clubs start around $39.99
No matter what formalwear the father in your life is looking for, Enzo has you covered from custom tuxedos, to suits, to accessories. They offer one-on-one appointments in person and over video chat to explore fit and style options, as well as unlimited in-house alterations for the first 30 days after a purchase, ensuring that pieces are perfectly suited to each customer. To make an appointment, visit enzocustom.com
Where? 201 S College St #2255
Average Cost: Between $495 and $1450 for custom suits
Ole Mason Jar
Founded in 2013 by NC natives Filipe Ho and Bradley Rhyne, Ole Mason Jar offers men a sophisticated style that is never overdone. They sell clothing for a range of occasions, from sport coats to an everyday t-shirt, including some with nods to the Queen City.
Where? 1930 Camden Rd Suite 125 or shop online
Average Cost: $95
BD Jeffries is a luxury lifestyle boutique with locations in Charlotte and Atlanta. In addition to a wide range of accessories and apparel, they also sell antiques and home decor. Check out their selection of leather belts and wallets, or pick up a home decor piece he’s been admiring.
Where? 720 Governor Morrison, Suite E110 or shop online
Average Cost: Around $200 for most apparel, but home decor pieces vary significantly
If the Dad in your life likes to travel, ColsenKeane might be the best place to look. This company’s mission is to create durable leather bags and accessories that will last a lifetime and beyond. Their studio is located in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, and all of their leather is from tanneries in the USA.
Where? 1707 E 7th St
Average Cost: Around $300
Charlotte MLS Deposit
If you’re looking for a gift for a soccer fan, consider reserving season tickets for the new men’s professional team in Charlotte. There are three ticket tiers, so you’re able to pick your desired seat location for their debut in March 2021. For more information, visit charlottemls2021.com
Average Cost: Options for $50, $75, and $100, depending on the section.
Great Wagon Road Distilling Co.
Looking for a gift you can’t go wrong with? Check out Great Wagon Road’s collection of fine whiskeys. Owner Ollie Mulligan’s grandfather started making whiskey in the midlands of Ireland, and Ollie established Great Wagon Road to continue that tradition in 2013, making it the first distillery in Charlotte. If you’d rather buy an experience, the distillery offers classes, tastings, and tours.
Where? 227 Southside Dr
Average Cost: $30
Taylor Richards & Conger
For luxury made-to-measure suits, dress shoes, and other accessories, Taylor Richards & Conger is a great option. TRC offers both international and domestic luxury selections of the finest quality, including Italian brands like Ermenegildo Zegna and Luciano Barbera, as well as NC-based Raleigh Denim.
Where? 6907 Phillips Pl Ct or shop online
Average Cost: Between $300 and $1500
Words by: Ellie Barker & Gia Lash