Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is June 20. It’s already June! These holidays have a way of highlighting how quickly time moves. Long days, short years, and all that. They also force us to pause. While the pandemic has brought devastating loss to so many, it has also heightened our appreciation for our people – the people who make the hard times easier. And for many of us, dads are pretty high on that list. Show some love to the dads, granddads, stepdads, and new dads in your life.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to safely celebrate Father’s Day with your dad, make his day exceptional. Even if it’s from a distance, you know him best. Whether it’s showing up with his favorite meal, spending the day at the beach, planning a camping trip, or letting him win a hand of Gin Rummy, give the man what he wants. And while it’s obviously not the presents he’s most looking forward to, they certainly can’t hurt. If you’re still trying to find a gift for a dad that is notoriously hard to shop for, here are some sure bets.


Shop these items from Red Barn Mercantile: Nature and Other Essays, $16.99; Football Bottle Opener, $12; Fifty Places to Camp, $24.95; Bar Tools, $49; Best Damn Beard Oil, $32.50 Wall Clock, $85; Letters of Note: Fathers, $15; Big Macs & Burgundy, $27.50; Hella Bitters, $22.50 each; Bourbon Smoked Garlic Salt, $12; Bourbon Smoked Spice Snack Mix, $15.


Shop these items from Penny Post: Hoppy Father’s Day Card, $6; Newgate Clock, $125; Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, $249; Man, Myth, Legend Pencil Set, $14; Letter Opener, $6; Stallone’s Big Fight Puzzle, $19.99; Trip Passport, $12.50; Accidentally Wes Anderson, $35; Best Dad Ever Nameplate, $32.



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Born and raised in St. Louis, Lisa graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and strategic communications. She began her career in publishing, working for a local magazine in St. Louis. In 2011, she moved to Old Town, Alexandria with the love of her life, Nelson. They immediately fell in love with the area and after a few years of renting, decided to buy a very sweet house (that needs a new kitchen). Lisa worked in D.C. for a Fortune 500 company as a senior design and production associate for the better part of seven years. She recently jumped ship to pursue more creatively fulfilling and inspiring endeavors. She is currently a freelance florist for Sweet Root Village, and a digital media manager for her two favorite businesses in Old Town, Penny Post and Red Barn Mercantile.

Penny Post is a paper goods store offering witty and sophisticated greeting cards, notebooks and note pads, pencils and pens for the novice and professional alike, desk accessories and office supplies plus wrapping paper bags, ribbon, party supplies and balloons.

1201 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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