Find the Perfect Father’s Day Gift Around Ann Arbor

Father’s Day is right around the corner! As you search for the perfect gift, don’t forget to explore the many wonderful items and experiences available right here in the Ann Arbor area.

Below, we’ve provided a guide to local gift ideas sure to bring a smile to its recipient on Father’s Day this year.  

A comic book from Vault of Midnight 

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Vault of Midnight is a go-to for comic books, graphic novels, tee shirts, games, and dice in the Ann Arbor area. Vault of Midnight prides themselves on having a variety of comic books that include but also go beyond superheroes. You can even find rare or vintage comics for a true collector. They have a knowledgeable and friendly staff that can help you find the right gift. Purchase your father’s favorite marvel comic or sign him up for an event such as a push-up contest or even a game night party.  

219 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-998-1413. 

Specialty olive oil From Zingerman’s Delicatessen

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For anyone who enjoys cooking with only the best ingredients, Zingerman’s olive oils make a fantastic gift. Zingerman’s works directly with producers and holds weekly tasting meetings to ensure that they are providing olive oil that will elevate any dinner. You might also choose to give a gift card, sweet treator lunch for your Father’s Day gift. 

422 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor. 734-926-4005.

A painting from the Ann Arbor Art Center

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A well-placed piece of art can brighten any home or office space. The Ann Arbor Art Center has many beautiful paintings and sculptures that would make any Father’s Day special. You might also consider purchasing a registration for the many art classes offered at the art center, which include drawing/painting, digital art, sculpture and more. 

117 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor. 734-994-8004.

Ballpark seat pen From Caravan Gift Shop  

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The Caravan Gift Shop prides itself on providing gifts from around the world. They offer a variety of products including European imports and wellness products. For a sports loving father, they also offer cufflinks made from Detroit Tigers’ game balls and seats from the Tiger’s stadium or the University of Michigan stadium. They even have bottle openers made from Red Wings’ game pucks. 

1 Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor. 734-668-6047.

A rare book from West Side Book Shop   

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West Side Book Shop has been serving the Ann Arbor community since 1975 and has accumulated an eclectic selection of used and rare books. These books include everything from travel to music to architecture and more, meaning that there is sure to be a great (and even one-of-a-kind) book for any father. 

113 W. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor. 734-995-1891.

A customized minifigure From the Lego Store  

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If your father is a child at heart, he might love his own customized Lego minifigure. The Lego Store located in Troy has a Minifigure Factory that allows you to design a minifigure that looks just like the father in your life. You could also search a vast variety of Lego sets or merchandise to build together. 

2800 West Big Beaver Rd, Troy. 248-816-3350.

A hilarious night out at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

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Give the gift of laughter by presenting your father with tickets to any of the upcoming comedy shows being held at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. Described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “one of the best clubs between the coasts,” the Showcase hosts well-known talent, up-and-coming comedians, and even open mic nights. 

212 South 4th Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-996-9080. 

A tasting experience at Ann Arbor Distilling Company  

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Ann Arbor Distilling Company makes their spirits from scratch for better tasting beverages. With choices including gins, vodkas, bourbons, and more, there are plenty of options for every taste. Make the gift a full experience by scheduling time in the tasting room so that the father in your life can choose a favorite to take home. 

220 Felch St, Ann Arbor. 734-882-2169.

A day of golf at Leslie Park Golf Course 

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Winner of several awards including Ann Arbor News’ Best Place to Golf and Michigan Golf Network’s Top Ten Funnest to Play, the Leslie Park Golf Course is sure to provide a relaxing day of golf. Leslie Park offers public tee times, so purchase a day of play or even a season pass this Father’s Day. 

2120 Traver Road, Ann Arbor. 734-794-6245.

Axe-Throwing Fun at The Legendary Axe

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A day at the Legendary Axe includes axe-throwing and games, a full bar, food and photo ops. Purchasing a gift card guarantees an exciting Father’s Day and offers the chance for some family fun and togetherness as well. 

37550 Cherry Hill Rd, Westland. For more information, visit the website or call 734-326-2800. 

A Massage from LaVida Massage

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A relaxing massage might be just what a father needs to unwind. LaVida Massage offers many types of massages such as Swedish, sport, and deep tissue. LaVida is currently offering a $25 bonus card when you purchase a gift card of $100. These are perfect for Father’s Day, as the cards read, “Dads like to be kneaded.” Their website also offers a few fun Father’s Day crafts so that you might add a personal touch to your gift.

2793 Plymouth Rd, Suite D Ann Arbor. 734-222-1020. 

Dr. Alyssa Whitford
Dr. Alyssa Whitford
Author: Dr. Alyssa Whitford is a former K-12 teacher and current professor of education at Hope College in Holland, MI. She is passionate about literacy, social studies, and all things education. She is also a proud parent to two children of her own and loves sharing the holiday season with family.

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