Happy June, Wild Flowers! With the first days of summer fast approaching, another of our favorite holidays is coming up: Father’s Day! We have so many rad dads, uncles, brothers, and father figures to celebrate this year, so we polled the crew for their favorite local Father’s Day gifts to give and get in San Diego. Behold, Native Poppy’s master list to treat Dad to his best Father’s Day yet.
1. Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit (Native Poppy)
If Dad’s a cocktail enthusiast, he’ll love this delicious infusion kit from Camp Cocktails for smooth, complex libations anytime, anywhere. Each kit contains cherries, oranges, and bitters-infused cane sugar - all he needs to do is add spirits and refrigerate!
Bonus: this kit also works perfectly for mocktails - just use 12 oz. boiling water instead of alcohol for a richly complex alcohol-free drink.
2. Tasting Room Experience (Cutwater Spirits)
Looking to gift a local experience for Father’s Day? You’ve likely heard of Cutwater Spirits by now - their cocktails in a can exploded in popularity over the past few years - and their distillery and tasting room is located right here in San Diego! At the tasting room, the menu explores innovative cocktails made from their award-winning spirits (which are distilled on-site!) and pairs delicious regional cuisine to compliment them.
If you’re celebrating with someone who appreciates cocktails (or just enjoys great ambiance) make your reservations now for Cutwater’s tasting room experience. Its bright and airy vibe is the perfect spot to spend a Sunday afternoon - plus, they’re celebrating their 5-year anniversary in June, so your crew can sample their best cocktails from the past 5 years.
3. Luxury Chocolate Bar (Deux Cranes)
Everyone loves chocolate, Dads certainly not least of all! These bars are made right here in California, and feature caramelized hazelnuts topped with just a dash of French grey sea salt. They’re covered in 70% dark chocolate couverture from Valrhona — c'est magnifique!
4. Coffee Subscription (Seven Seas Roasting)
Does your Pop enjoy a nice cup of joe each morning as he catches up on the news? A local Father’s Day gift with Seven Seas Roasting will treat him to an artisanal upgrade on his morning cuppa.
Each month, Seven Seas curates amazing micro-lot coffees from around the world: Ethiopia, Laos, Colombia, and beyond. Gift Dad a Roaster’s Choice Club membership, and he’ll get two bags of beans each month, hand-selected by Seven Seas’ Head Roaster.
If you’re looking for more of a one-off gift, try a bag of their Ukraine Fundraiser Coffee - 100% of proceeds go to United Help Ukraine, which repairs infrastructure, supports families, and provides food, water, and medicine to those who need it most as the war continues on. The coffee’s tasting notes are “Strong and Bold Like Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.”
5. Premium Steaks (Wise Ox)
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything from The Wise Ox, a San Diego butcher specializing in premium meats. But we definitely suggest dropping in to see what their butchers recommend from the case for a local Father’s Day gift - they carry a wide variety of steaks, from bone-in ribeyes, to dry-aged porterhouses, to top sirloin and filet mignon.
If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, they also offer The Ox Box, a premium monthly meat subscription. Chef Brad Wise and his butchers curate about 10 pounds of premium proteins each month - some marinated, some spiced, and all vacuumed-sealed for easy storage. There’s even a recipe in each box so Dad can recreate chef-favorite dishes at home! Sign him up for the monthly box here.
6. Whiskey Decanter (Swanky Badger)
Make it personal this Father’s Day and snag a custom whiskey decanter set from local brand Swanky Badger! In 2014, Mark Hanratty founded Swanky Badger out of his garage after struggling to find the perfect personalized gifts for his groomsmen. The San Diego-based company has since sold more than 300,000 gifts - and we love to gift local for Father’s Day.
The Father’s Day Decanter Set comes with a decanter and two glasses, each laser-engraved with your customizations right here in the USA. They also offer turnarounds in as little as one business day (in case you’re late to the shopping game!)
7. State Parks Checklist Print (Native Poppy)
This local Father’s Day gift is for the outdoorsy types! Gift Dad this checklist of California State Parks, and work on visiting them together for years down the road. Printed on high-quality creamy card stock, this interactive print comes with stickers to mark off the parks he’s already visited - and plan out where he wants to explore next.
8. Heirloom Live-Edge Table (Bearded Bowtie)
If you’re celebrating a milestone year with Dad, The Bearded Bowtie offers custom-made, live-edge furniture crafted right here in San Diego (and is owned by Native Poppy co-owner Meg’s hubby!). You can gift father figures the chance to design their heirloom table directly with Chris, or work with him to design a luxury handmade piece of furniture ahead of time that will be passed down for generations to come. Truly a timeless local Father’s Day gift to give and get!
9. Houseplants Playing Card Set (Native Poppy)
The perfect gift for green-thumb dads who enjoy a game night at home, this set of cards is sure to delight! Each set comes in a beautifully decorated keepsake box, and features the lush, verdant art of photographer Troy Litten throughout. The set includes two standard size decks of playing cards, and pairs perfectly with a Plant Lover’s Pick potted plant.
10. Self Care Essentials (Jack Henry)
Celebrating someone who’s been using the same Old Spice 3-in-1 since you can remember? Treat them to a local Father’s Day gift that upgrades their routine: the Essentials Kit from Jack Henry. These products are free from synthetics, alcohols, aluminum, and other questionable toxins - or as they say, “everything you need, nothing you don’t”. And don’t worry - this kit still comes with a 3-in-1 cleanser, along with a non-toxic deodorant and astoundingly clean hair pomade.
Jack Henry produces their proprietary, plant-based formulations in-house in Costa Mesa, with an emphasis on clean, simple ingredients and carefully considered design. What started on their founder’s stovetop has now transformed into a clean + minimal hair, face, and body care brand that is selling out on launch days and winning nationwide awards - in other words, a real treat for Dad’s self care routine.
11. Rad Father’s Day Cards (Native Poppy)
You already know we work tirelessly to source the best and brightest for our gift shop - and that extends to our Father’s Day card selection as well. Our personal faves include Dinosaur Dad (from the littles), Kale’n It (for new dads), Cool Pops (for the coolest of dads), Nacho Padre (for the snack lovers), and Great Dill (for the ones who stepped in and rocked the dad role). Drop by our Solana Beach shop to browse for your own faves, or order online for nationwide shipping.