Father's Day Gift Ideas from Milwaukee Small Businesses

Kristina Mousseau

Small Business

As small businesses are continuing to navigate their way forward, there's no better time to show your love, not only for Dad this Father's Day, but for local small businesses in Milwaukee. We've compiled a list of locally-sourced gift ideas for Dear Ol’ Dad!

Bay View Printing Co. – Does your dad tell dad jokes? Of course he does, he’s a dad. Bay View Printing Co. put together a Dad Joke themed gift set that promises to provide loads of dad smiles, barrels of belly laughs, and a nearly infinite number of eye rolls from his audience. He’s gonna love it. Plus, 25% of sales go to TRUE Skool.

Beard MKE – From grooming products to men's apparel and accessories, this East Side store has you covered. Catering directly to men, Beard MKE takes the guessing out of gifting this Father’s Day.

Cracked Designs – Shop this woman-owned and operated Milwaukee company for their witty handmade greeting cards that are sure to give Dad a laugh.

Little Sprouts Play Cafe – DIY gifts for kids to make. Choose from Reading with Dad Gift (includes the award-winning book, Made for Me, and a DIY bookmark for kids to make), Father's Day Grill Set (includes a grill apron for your child to paint, acrylic paints, and cookout seasonings), or Father's Day Card Kit. Items are currently available for online ordering or pickup in Shorewood.

Lush Popcorn – Specializing in decadent, handcrafted, and liquor-infused flavor varieties of gourmet popcorn. With flavors like Maple Bourbon Bacon and Beer Caramel, your dad is sure to love!

Milwaukee Food ToursGive Dad the quarantine snack kit he deserves! Milwaukee Food Tours is continuing their Shelter-in-Style Kits and created the Ultimate Snack Break Kit with Dad in mind. A care kit containing a collection of premium snacks perfect to enjoy while kicking back on the couch. Or, if your dad is missing baseball, try their new 7th Inning Stretch care package, which brings the classic ballpark flavors right to his living room.

Milwaukee Kayak Company – Explore the outdoors with Dad by renting a kayak and paddling down the Milwaukee River. Stop at Lakefront Brewery to grab a beer and cheese curds to truly celebrate Father's Day the Milwaukee Way!

Miss Molly's Cafe – Does Dad have a mega sweet tooth? Order him a Cookie Box filled with assorted cafe classic cookies or one of their Father’s Day cakes (choose from Funfetti and Chocolate Peanut Butter). Each cake is 6” and decorated with sprinkles that say “Happy Father’s Day!”

Modern Makers Home + Bath Provisions – This Father's Day give Dad a thoughtful gift of provisions! The gift includes their Backyard Citronella jar candle, a Barbershop travel spray, and two of their limited edition Father's Day soaps. Their limited edition Father's Day soap has scents that remind us of luxury cologne, deep cedarwood, and a hint of an upscale spa.

Partisan – Promoted as "a new way to support local," Partisan allows you to build a gift box using products from Milwaukee makers and artisans. Handpick your favorite products for a truly special Father's Day gift, all while supporting local Milwaukee makers. Choose from curated artisan items like Fern & Nettle PBR Soap, Cream City Caramels, Milwaukee Home pint glasses, or a Whiskey Old Fashioned soy candle from Milwaukee Candle Company. Currently offering free delivery to Milwaukee County for Father's Day.

Raising Good – Make Dad one of the cool guys and outfit him with one of the online store's MKE Dad Zip-up Hoodies.

Reminisce Photography – Now through Father's Day, they're offering a complimentary $50 print credit with the purchase of a Family Portrait Session.

Shovel + Spade – Enjoy the benefits of their all-natural luxurious felted soap in a brand new two-pack “The Great Outdoors” featuring two different woodsy scents exclusively paired together just for Dad. Throw in one of their Woolly Coolly insulating beer sleeves!

Sparrow Collective – Shop their Father’s Day Gifts section online and choose from their stock of dad mugs, hilarious Letterpress cards, and assorted skinny modern ties in a gift-ready box. The Bayview boutique is also open to shop in person, but request masks to be worn while shopping.

Stone Creek Coffee – In celebration of Dad in all of his corny joke glory, Stone Creek brings you Dad Jokes. With sweet, fruity notes of stone fruit and berries paired with the smoothness of chocolate, Dad Jokes ($16/one lb. bag) is just right for the occasion.

Tactile Craftworks – Choose from a variety of their beautifully handcrafted leather goods, including journals, passport wallets, and flasks.

The WaxwingCheck out their Father’s Day Gift Ideas online for handcrafted gifts, cards, and Milwaukee gear perfect for Dear Ol’ Dad!

If you have any additional promotions or gift ideas, please email us at hello@mkefund.org. We will continue to update as we approach Father's Day on June 20th!

MKE Fund is a community-driven online directory of 100+ small businesses in Milwaukee County who have been affected by COVID-19. You can support these businesses by going to MKEFund.org shopping online, spreading the word, and most importantly, donate directly to these small businesses via their PayPal links on MKEFund.org to help them survive the pandemic.

Header photo by local photography duo Miranda and Adam at Reminisce Photography.

Kristina

A proud Milwaukeean, Kristina has over 10 years of experience in business, working with both corporations and nonprofits including MillerCoors and Milwaukee Film. She thrives on account and project management, content execution, creative problem-solving, and morning coffee. When not working with clients, Kristina is training for her next big race, watching the latest documentary film, or looking for a really good vegetarian taco.

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