Put down the ties and powerdrills: 5 local gifts for Dad this Father's Day

by Sam Dewey
June 14, 2015

It's almost Father's Day, and you're afraid you might have to resort to a generic Hallmark card—again. Doesn't your dad deserve a little more this year? Show your old man some loving this Father's Day with a little help from one of these five startups.

Oh, and dads of Chicago: in case you're left with another #1 Dad mug, feel free to treat yourself with one of these options as well.  

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Drizly

Your old man works hard, and on his day of all days, you should send him a little something to show your appreciation. Flowers might be a no-go, but thanks to the team behind Drizly — a Boston-based alcohol delivery service — you can send your dad a six pack of his favorite beer or a nice bottle of whiskey. Just download their app, click the gift icon, and fill out all the required info. Your dad will be notified that he's got a small token of gratitude waiting to be delivered and sipped.

 

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Trunk Club

Ties are perfect for Father’s Day, but you know what’s even better? Ties that come bundled with a chic new look entirely. Why settle for a single, lonely tie when you can update Dad’s entire wardrobe with a Trunk Club gift card? With Trunk Club, he can schedule a real-life consultation with a stylist who will put together a fashionable new look for Pops, based on his current style and taste. Everyone loves a makeover—even Dad.

 

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Vivid Seats

Nothing makes Dad happier than some good old fashioned quality time with his kid. Whether it’s watching the Cubs steal a win at Wrigley, jamming out with U2 at the United Center, or catching a matinee of The Book of Mormon—the outrageous musical comedy brought to you by the creators of South Park—you should make some memories this summer. The best part? You can book all of these tickets and more through Chicago’s own online ticket marketplace, Vivid Seats, who can hook you up with some pretty awesome ticket deals.

 

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Mystery Tackle Box

Is your dad an avid angler? For just $15 a month, you can sign your dad up for Mystery Tackle Box, an Evanston-based company that will encourage your dad to reach for those unused fishing rods in the corner of the garage. Think Dollar Shave Club, but instead of razors, he’ll be receiving new fishing lures and tackle box supplies once a month. Mystery Tackle Box is perfect for all dads who like to fish—amateurs and experts alike.

 

 

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BucketFeet

Dad might be as tough as old boots, but there’s no reason he should be stuck actually wearing some. Toss out Dad’s out-dated footwear and provide a little hop in his step with BucketFeet, an e-commerce retailer for shoes designed with artwork from talented artists around the globe. And they’ve just opened up shop in Wicker Park, just in time for Father’s Day.

 

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