Thanks, Dad!

Celebrate Dad with local gifts and experiences

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re still trying to figure out what to get for the guy who has it all, the answer may be closer than you realize. 

Many distinctive gifts are available at the small businesses up and down the peninsula. From humorous baubles to practical tokens of your affection to unforgettable experiences, you can find the perfect gift to honor the dad or dad-like figure in your life.

For the Snacker 

Kicking back to relax is best accompanied by snacks. Pick up a custom charcuterie board from Renard’s Cheese, 2189 Cty DK in Sturgeon Bay, which showcases an array of handcrafted cheeses, sliced meats, nuts, fruits, crackers and other artisanal bites. Renard’s new charcuterie cones – where flavor meets convenience – add an inventive twist and practicality for the dad on the go. 

If you want to take a DIY approach to this gift idea, assemble an Ultimate Snack Gift Basket with goods from the Fish Creek Market, 4164 Main St., where you can select Dad’s favorites from a wide assortment of artisanal snacking staples and an extensive selection of local wines and craft beers. 

For the Dad with a Sweet Tooth 

Like snacks and adult beverages, confections and other sweets are another surefire way to show your appreciation. Pecan Bear Claw Turtles from Door County Candy, 12 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay – along with the rest of its large assortment of fudge, caramels and salt-water taffy – are great options. 

For those who prefer a buttery, flaky dessert, Sweetie Pies, 9106 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek, has you covered with dozens of flavors. Choose from Packer pie, chocolate chess or blackberry crumble and more, as well as gluten-free options. 

Add a little savory to the sweetness with pistachio brittle from Uncle Tom’s Candy Store, 703 Europe Bay Road in Ellison Bay. Made from pasteurized cream, shelled pistachios and sea salt, the treat provides the perfect crunch. 

For the Adventurer 

See the sights and be entertained by the stories during one of Door County Trolley’s narrated scenic tours, or hit the water for an Eco Estuary Tour through Door County Kayak Tours. For the history buff, Door County Adventure Rafting offers the Death’s Door Tour. Get up-close views of the Plum Island Range Lights, Pilot Island Lighthouse, Grape Shot shipwreck and Native American pictographs. 

Off the water, Dad can hike through one of the five state parks or numerous Door County Land Trust trails, or he can take advantage of a docent-led hike at The Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor, or Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay.

For the Landscaper 

Find all sorts of garden décor such as wind chimes, hanging baskets and outdoor spinners at local garden stores. For the dad with a green thumb, you’ll find a variety of bulbs, seeds and plants from Sunnypoint Gardens, 6939 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, or Jerry’s Flowers, 2468 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. For the bird enthusiast, discover handmade birdhouses, feeders and seed bells at Havegärd Farm Bird Feed Outlet, 6757 Hwy 42 in Sturgeon Bay. 

For the Sipper 

Door County has no shortage of options for the coffee connoisseur. From freshly roasted coffee, to mugs and thermoses, to gift cards, you’ll have no problem keeping Dad caffeinated with unusual finds from the independent coffee houses throughout the county.  

For the techy dad, check out the Rover Cooler from the Drink Wisconsinbly Gift Shop, 7784 Egg Harbor Road in Egg Harbor. The three-speed, remote-control cooler holds 30 quarts and has Bluetooth-enabled speakers and a rechargeable, 10-amp battery. 

For the Foodie 

Impress any food lover with an end-grain cutting board from Cutting Boards & More, 368 Jefferson St. in Sturgeon Bay. The beautifully handcrafted kitchen-prep accessory is available in ash, cherry, maple and walnut finishes. 

The balsamic and oil 6-pack from Fat Louie’s Olive Oil Company, 7812 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, can provide a splash of flavor for any dish. Create a custom pack with varieties such as fig balsamic, chile balsamic, Tuscan herb olive oil and Parmesan pesto olive oil. 

For a more hands-on experience, surprise Dad with a private cooking class with Door County Underground, and supplement the experience with a local wild crafting exploration or wine pairing. 

For the Creative

Take a stroll through the beautiful outdoor sculpture garden at Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Road in Fish Creek. The gallery hosts shows and exhibits that feature work from more than 150 artists. 

To enjoy a family art project together, head to Hands On Art Studio, 3655 Peninsula Players Road in Fish Creek, to create your own one-of-a-kind pieces, including ceramics, metalware and fused glass. 

For the Tough One 

Sometimes nailing down just the right present can be hard. In that case, gift cards to Dad’s favorite store, restaurant or experience can be the one-size-fits-all option that makes everyone happy. Gift cards may seem impersonal, but not only do they offer choice and flexibility, they support the local economy as well.