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Anna G. Larson, Published June 10 2013

SheSays' Dad's Day Gift Guide

FARGO – Construction paper cards and macaroni art are thoughtful gifts, but if you’re short on crafting time (Father’s Day is on Sunday) check out our gift guide for dads.

From books to beer, we covered the bases to find unique gifts locally for father figures.

The reader and writer

• Books

Zandbroz owner Greg Danz recommends “Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line” by Tom Dunkel ($25). The store, located at 420 Broadway, even has copies signed by the author.

The true story set in Bismarck during the Great Depression focuses on North Dakotan car dealer Neil Churchill and how he signed the best players to his team, regardless of race.

Danz’s other recommendations include an attractive coffee table book about Medora, multiple books by North Dakota historian Clay Jenkinson, David Sedaris’ latest collection of essays (Danz says young fathers will enjoy it), and the wittily named “The Drunken Botanist,” which combines botany with mixology.

• Notebooks, pens and paperweights

Hand-embossed leather notebooks ($21) from O’Day Cache, 317 Broadway, go well with one of the pretty pens from Zandbroz (prices vary).

Help Dad hold down his paper stacks with bug and fish paperweights ($8 and up from O’Day Cache) that are made out of real critters.

The movie buff

• Chocolate bars by Vosges Haute-Chocolat ($8 each at O’Day Cache) come in fanciful flavors Dad can enjoy while watching a flick.

The boutique’s owner, Cindy O’Day, says customers swoon over the Smoke & Stout Carmel Bar and Mo’s Dark Bar varieties. The latter is a dark chocolate flecked with hickory smoked uncured bacon and Alderwood smoked salt.

• Movie theater gift cards are available in any amount between $5 and $500 at Century Cinema, 3931 9th Ave. S., and West Acres Cinema, 4101 17th Ave. S.

The Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, sells individual movie passes for $9 and a “Seats & Treats” gift package that includes two tickets, two small sodas and two small popcorns for $25.

The coffee drinker

• Wooden mugs ($50-$53 at Unglued, 408 Broadway) made by a family-run business in Indiana are a stylish take on the traveling coffee mug.

• Fill Dad’s mug with Peace Coffee from Minneapolis ($10.50 for 12 ounces of beans at Unglued). The Blue Ox blend, a medium roast, is perfect for morning drinking, says Unglued owner Ashley Morken.

• Handcrafted wooden coffee scoops ($25 to $29.50 at Unglued) by local wood turner David Gudding make scooping grounds special.

The gentleman

Go old school and buy Dad a hot shave and cut from Everett’s Barbershop, 230 Broadway.

The barbershop has gift packages and gift certificates for single services like haircuts ($17), beard trims ($6) and a hot shave ($28). A haircut and shave combo is $42.

“Mix-n-Match” packages are $30 and include your choice of two items: an Everett’s T-shirt, haircut, shave brush and Williams Mug Shaving Soap, and aftershave.

The beer drinker

• Have Dad try a locally named and soon-to-be locally brewed beer by Fargo Brewing Company. A clerk at Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops in north Fargo says Woodchipper India pale ale is the company’s most popular beer ($9.99 for a six pack).

• Present the brew in a reusable leather six-pack beer holder ($89 from WalnutStudiolo on Etsy). Or, use the leather beer holder to pick out a special mix of beers for Dad.

The music lover

KROM stereos ($140 at Unglued) are sleek, small and produce clear sound. The simple, wood stereos crafted by Justin Morken of Unglued fit with almost any home or office décor.

The sports fan

Tickets to RedHawks or Twins baseball games will please the dad who enjoys summer sports.

RedHawks tickets can be purchased in bulk (a $100 Flex Packs has 13 reserved seats for any game) or singly ($5 to $9 for advanced purchase). Single tickets to a Twins game range from $14 to $100.

For more information, visit www.fmredhawks.com and www.minnesota.twins.mlb.com.

The outdoorsman

Membership to the Red River Regional Marksmanship Center costs $75 to $200 a year, and a day pass is $20 for non-members. Gift certificates are available at the center, 64016th S. N.E. in West Fargo.

Don Hartwig, president of RRRMC, notes that anyone coming to shoot must bring their own gun.

For more information, visit www.rrrmc.com.

The foodie

Splurge on Dad and get him a gift certificate to one of Fargo-Moorhead’s finest restaurants like Maxwells Restaurant & Bar, Monte’s Downtown, Sarello’s, Mezzaluna or the HoDo Restaurant.

The HoDo is hosting a Robert Hall Winery Dinner on June 20 that will feature eight courses paired with wine ($95/person). The winery’s owner, Robert Hall, is the special guest.

Any dad

If Dad has everything, make him a handmade gift he’ll cherish forever.

• Unglued is hosting a “Make & Take Workshop for Dad” on Saturday. A dollar buys you a jar and custom BBQ rub.

• Gather old and new photos to create a photo book online at sites like Snapfish, Shutterfly and Walmart. An 8-by-11-inch photo book is $20 at Snapfish.com.

• Frame a photo for dad’s desk at work or the home mantle. T.J.Maxx and Michaels have stylish, inexpensive frames.

• Create a personalized coffee mug with Sharpie markers.

Buy a mug or two, and draw your own doodles with Sharpie markers, or use stencils to create unique designs (like the ones we found stencils at Michaels).

After decorating, set the ink by placing the mugs on a cookie sheet in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.

Allow the mugs to cool, give ’em a quick wash, and pack them up for dad.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525