Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is this weekend. And, while these unusual times are certainly changing our traditional plans to celebrate with dad, that doesn’t mean you have to forget about the holiday entirely. In fact, there are plenty of simple gestures and small gifts you can send to your dad to show your love and appreciation for him from a distance. 

Here are a few gift ideas to consider gifting to the special caregiver in your life on Father’s Day:

Take your dad to one of his favorite restaurants or buy him take out 

Downtown Ithaca has many restaurants offering specials for Father’s Day.

Whether or not the dad in your life likes to cook, it is sometimes fun to change it up with some take out from his favorite local eateries such as Simeons, Gorgers, Just A Taste, Mia, Bickering Twins, Ithaca Ale House, Cafe Dewitt, Mama Said Hand Pies, and the list goes on! You can find a listing of many outdoor/indoor dining, takeout, and delivery options available at downtownithaca.com.  Gift cards for dining are also a nice gift, too!

Self-care products and treatments

Perhaps your dad could use some self-care after being in isolation or working on the front lines for the past couple of months. It is easy to help him feel good about himself with the help of trusted downtown favorites like Narrative Space, Home Green Home, Alta Spa, The Bloomwell, and Bramble. Each of these shops offers self-care services and/or products that will make your dad feel fabulous. Shopping online for your convenience is offered at these establishments and most have special collections perfect for Father’s Day!   

Treat him to his favorite beverages

Does your dad enjoy sipping on glasses of wine, ciders, or craft brews? Or, if he doesn’t drink alcohol, how about fresh cups of coffee?  Well, then, we have a couple of perfect gift ideas for him available at The Cellar d’Or Wine Cider and Spirits (named one of the Top 50 best wine shops in the U.S), Lucky Hare Brewing Company and Alley Cat Cafe

Cellar d’Or offers truly artisanal wines & ciders, from off-the-beaten-path regions and producers that you will never see in other large, nationally advertised monthly clubs.  Each selection comes with a well-written, extremely educational write-up on the wine or cider.  Any wine or cider in the club is one that they would drink themselves and are proud to have not only in their shop but potentially in your glass.   For more information, visit https://www.thecellardor.com/wine–cider-clubs1.html  

Lucky Hare Brewing Company sells a grand selection of locally crafted brews and they will deliver them to homes in the Ithaca, Watkins Glen, and Corning areas. Dad can try their gold-winning Falcon Punch or their award-winning London Gentleman / ESB or check out its other brews at www.luckyharebrewing.com/beers.  To have your order delivered, simply call (610) 613-8424 or email Ian@luckyhairbrewing.com. 

Press Cafe is selling a variety of Luminous coffee beans and offering delivery and Alley Cat Cafe is selling e-gift cards and providing pick up service.

The Brain Shoppe offers an assortment of brain teasers that you’re dad will enjoy.

Game Night With Dad

Purchase a gift that you and your dad can enjoy together! How about games!! You can find a grandiose selection of brain teasers and games for you and your dad to enjoy together at The Brain Shoppe

See 100+ smart gift ideas on our website!  Plus, FREE doorstep delivery in 14850. FREE Downtown Ithaca Gift Card with purchases over $25 (while supplies last). FREE shipping with purchases over $60.


Movie night with dad (or the whole family)

Grateful Dead stuff

Sunny Days has an assortment of groovy gifts that your dad will love!

We all know how much fun it is to grab the fam and head to the movies. Well, Cinemapolis is now bringing its indie films direct to your home.  You (or your dad) can pick from a selection of the latest films available for streaming. You can find the selection of films at https://cinemapolis.org/.  If you don’t see any films on the list that will strike your dad’s fancy, then buy him a Cinemapolis membership that he can use to choose a movie when the theater reopens. 

Buy dad some stylish duds

Help your dad dress in eye-catching wears for his next Zoom chat by purchasing gift cards to Benjamin Peters. At this specialty shop, dad is sure to find classic and modern, formal, and sporty outfits that will make him the most fashionable among his family and friends. Plus, Benjamin Peters currently has a 20% off sale for Father’s Day so now is the perfect time to shop!! Call or email them to set up a time to see what they offer if you would like to personally pick something out!   Or, for the casual dad, how about a groovy tee from Sunny Days? This popular gift shop also has tons of other cool stuff like puzzles, mugs, and fun decor that dad will enjoy.   Is your dad the outdoorsy type? Check out Old Goat Gear Exchange and The Outdoor Store for named brand gear! 

Handcraft gifts are fun and unique

If your dad loves artisan wares, then you should definitely consider purchasing a gift from American Crafts by Robbie Dein or Handwork, Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative.  American Crafts sells handcrafted gifts made by artisans from across the country and Handwork carries a variety of handcrafted items made by local and regional artisans.   American Crafts currently has a sale going through June 20.

Gift idea for the avid reader

For the dad who loves to spend his leisure time reading, you’ll find an incredible selection of fiction and non-fiction at Buffalo Street Books, the new Odyssey Bookstore, and for the dad who loves comic adventures, check out Comics for Collectors.

A Downtown Ithaca Gift Card

Can’t decide what gift to get dad? The Downtown Ithaca Gift Card is a great choice for those who are hard to shop for, and it is redeemable at more than 100 shops and restaurants in the downtown community. You can purchase a gift card from $11 – $500 so it’s an affordable gift no matter what your budget!  Shop for downtown’s gift card at https://downtown-ithaca-alliance.square.site/.

For more ideas on where to shop for Father’s Day visit downtownithaca.com. There you will find a listing of stores offering online shopping and selling gift cards.