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Father's Day Gifts

Ideas for Dad

It’s almost Father’s Day again, and if you’re in the gift-giving mood, there are plenty of local options to check out before the holiday arrives on June 19th. From American-made apparel to rare spirits, premium meat delivery or an old-fashioned shave, here’s a guide to get you started.

Mint Vintage Rock Tees, Ascots and Bowties, Oh My!
If dad’s into rock T-shirts, and we’re talking real mint-condition rock tees from the era, Sui Generis “Ille” (the Men’s boutique) is a great place to look. No musty smells or cheesy reprints here, though you can expect a collector’s price tag to match. The boutique also features stylish ascots and bowties to complement ensembles for the true sartorialist.

An Old Fashioned Shave
Treat the dad in your life to some good old-fashioned pampering with a visit to FSC Barber. The Valencia Street outpost is one of three (the other two are in New York), where master barbers and stylists take the art of masculine grooming seriously. Services start at $15 for a beard trim to $40 for a haircut or straight-razor shave, or book a shave and haircut for $70. Get some aromatherapy in with the Hangover Treatment (a rose-water-and-eucalyptus-infused shave with neck and hand massage) for $25. Walk-ins are welcome. The 1,200 square-foot space also houses a men’s boutique, Freemans Sporting Club, that pays “tribute to the vanishing art of American handmade goods.”

Wallets, Briefcases, Cufflinks and More
While known for their wallets, bags and briefcases, Hlaska takes great pride in offering American-made apparel — some of which is produced in the company’s Burlingame factory. Is dad’s wallet looking a little worn or forsaken for a binder clip? Consider the Merge: fusing money clip with card wallet, the clip can hold up to 20 bills. It’s done in vegetable-dyed full-grain Italian leather and available in seven colors ($95).

In the man bag department, Hlaska offers messengers, duffles, briefcases and more with accents like custom constellation lining ($125 and up). The stylish utilitarian menswear is focused on the upper body. Also make sure to check out cufflinks by Berkeley-based Tokens & Icons (T&I). Fashioned from recycled nostalgia, options include ball bearing, watch movement and old American coin cufflinks.

Small Production Fine Spirits
For the connoisseur of fine spirits consider a gift from Cask. The latest endeavor of FutureBars — masterminds behind Anu, Swig, Bourbon & Branch and Swig — Cask is a purveyor of “rare and peculiar” spirits, small batch California wines, boutique craft beers from around the world, high-quality barware and libation-themed books.

Some enticing gift ideas include The Bourbon Explorer Collection (two Bourbons from American heritage/small batch distilleries, $50) and The American Whiskey Connoisseur (choose from three collections featuring hand-crafted artisanal whiskies, $100), which also includes tasting and history notes.

Premium Local Grass-Fed Meat Delivery
Thanks to Marin Grass-Fed Meat Company, you can order locally, sustainably and humanely raised beef, lamb, and pork online and have it delivered to dad’s doorstep. Right now, they have a “Beef Intro Special”: a sampler pack containing three pounds each of steaks, roasts/stew meat, ground beef and soup bones for $69.95. Delivery via Fedex from Petaluma to the greater Bay Area typically adds no more than $1 per pound.

Only Available Here
Unionmade was the only San Francisco shop to make it into GQ’s “10 Best Independent Men’s Stores in America” list last November. The emphasis here is on supplying the highest quality men’s goods with a personal touch. You’ll find a lot of American and European heritage brands here, as well as Unionmade exclusives that can’t be found anywhere else.

If your dad values such things, Unionmade has plenty. Consider LA/SF-based Farm Tactics’ pocket tee natural indigo-dyed pocket tee or the indigo stripe scarf (double-faced indigo chambray and indigo-stripe), both $45 and made in the USA exclusively for Unionmade. Also an exclusive is the Wm. J. Mills & Co x Unionmade Canvas Flight Bag in Navy ($132); water resistant and machine washable, this bag is perfect for the dad that wants to carry his MacBook Air, iPad or magazines and books in style. The apothecary department boasts an enviable collection of pleasantly manly toiletries.