Shop Local: Downtown Iowa City Father’s Day Gift Guide

Do you also have a partner that you think is the best dad ever but you are stumped on a gift idea for Father’s Day? Look below for some ideas you can snag from around downtown Iowa City!

Shop Local: Downtown Iowa City Father's Day Gift Guide

Beer Connoisseur

A bar shirt from Tailgate and a 6 pack from John’s Grocery for the beer connoisseur.

The selection of local bar tees at Tailgate


Some art supplies from Blick Art Materials or a piece of fine art from AKAR or Iowa Artisans Gallery (if they’ve been really, really good this year!) for the artist.

Sweet Tooth

A bag of goodies from Sweets and Treats, a cupcake from Molly’s Cupcakes, or chocolate covered strawberries from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for the sweet tooth.  

Hawkeye Fan

Some Iowa gear from Iowa Book, Raygun, or Tailgate for the Hawkeye nut.

Is your partner also an Iowa Hotguy? Then you have to pick him up this shirt at Raygun!


Some vinyl from Record Collector or comics from Daydreams Comics for the lifelong collector.


A new novel from Prairie Lights or a used book from The Haunted Bookshop for the book lover.

Browse the selection at Prairie Lights!


A date night to St. Burch Tavern, Basta, Baroncini, or one of the many other downtown restaurants for the foodie.

Sharp Dressed Man

Fresh work attire from Ewers Men’s Store for the snappy dresser.

Outdoorsy Dude

Hiking boots or gear from Active Endeavors for the outdoor enthusiast.


What is your favorite spot to shop for gifts downtown?


Brigette lives in North Liberty with her husband Brian, energetic daughter Kate (October 2014) and their two cats, Penny and Olive. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brigette came to Iowa City to attend the journalism school at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the area, and decided she couldn’t leave. After meeting Brian while working at the same Iowa City restaurant in college, they got married in August 2015 in the heart of downtown. She works full time in project management and as an employee of the Core Fitness Kids Club while finishing her MBA at Upper Iowa University. In her free time, she drags Kate out garage sale-ing, tries to keep up with her reading list and runs, lives for Hawkeye football season, enjoys a good meal on a patio, runs her Bachelor/Bachelorette bracket with her family and friends, and of course, chases her daughter around the pool and the park.



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