Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas from DC Startups
There are so many incredible young companies in Washington, DC and we’re honored to be a part of this dynamic community. Father’s Day is coming up on June 19th and we thought it would be fun to highlight some great gift ideas from our DC-based friends. In no particular order, here we go!
DC-based Eone — pronounced e (like the letter) and one (like the number) — makes stylish timepieces accessible to everyone. The unique Eone design allows anyone to discreetly tell time by touch. This comes in super handy in meetings, dinner with in-laws, or any other situation where a timely exit may be required. Eone was designed with the vision impaired in mind, but you might want to downplay that part if Dad’s sensitive on the age subject.
Shop Eone Timepieces from $285 to $395
We’re not saying fatherhood drives men to drink, but when it does, local distillers New Columbia have cooked up a great go-to gin. Green Hat Gin is a local favorite and the perfect base for a cool cocktail on a muggy DC summer evening. The New Columbia distillery, conveniently located in Northeast DC, also offers free tours and tastings on Saturdays. Gin sold separately.
750ml for $35 at your local purveyor of fine spirits.
Does Dad have a hellish commute? Does his blood pressure go through the roof yelling at tourists and haphazard cab drivers? Maybe it’s time to get him a bike. But not just any bike, get him an electric bike from DC-based Riide. Two years ago, Riide launched with a spectacular showing on Kickstarter reaching their fundraising goal in 8 hours. It’s simple really: the Riide electric bike solves a huge problem for lots of DC commuters who want to skip the traffic but don’t want to show up to work sweaty.
Buy for $2,000 or rent for $79/mo
It’s hard to be a Dad. Kids grow up fast, or sometimes not fast enough. Either way, fatherhood can be stressful and massage therapy is a great way to relieve stress. Instead of giving Dad a handwritten coupon for “Unlimited Free Massages” (which you will regret) or a gift card to the massage parlor in your local strip mall (which he probably won’t use), give him something he will love and use regularly: a stylish massage chair from RESTIN®.
With sleek aesthetics and attractive price points, a RESTIN® massage chair is the perfect gift to help Dad stay happy and healthy this year.
Buy for $500 to $3,000 (or as low as $44/mo with financing)
If Dad depends on his morning fix of caffeine, he’ll love some specialty beans from local roasters Compass Coffee. With 18 different coffee roasts and specialty teas to choose from, Compass Coffee is sure to have the right blend for your Dad. Stop by one of their two locations in DC’s Shaw neighborhood for a sample, or visit their website for fast, easy online ordering.
Shop Compass Coffee specialty roast and blends from $18 to $95
Being a Dad and being dapper are not mutually exclusive. Brimble & Clark provides custom suits with an old world bespoke fitting experience that every man will love. Don’t believe us, just ask Washington Redskins starting QB Kirk Cousins, DC United star Chris Pontius, or international DJ Diplo. Brimble & Clark offers a free style consultation and fitting, at home or in the office.
Shop Brimble & Clark Custom Suits, starting at $950
Guess what? Dads like flowers too. But if yours doesn’t, UrbanStems also delivers a great craft cocktail kit for $45. Based in DC, UrbanStems features a small selection of seasonal blooms and impeccably designed arrangements. These aren’t your overpriced grocery store roses — UrbanStems offers sustainably harvested exotic buds with the occasional succulent thrown in the mix. With same day delivery in DC and NYC, UrbanStems is a great option for those of us who wait until the last minute.
Shop UrbanStems from $35 to $150
Finding good quality dress shirts that fit can be a challenge for athletically built men. Local DC startup, Hugh & Crye, has developed new sizing system that helps guys find the perfect fit right off the rack. If a custom tailored suit isn’t in your Father’s Day budget this year, a Hugh & Crye dress shirt is the next best thing.
Shop Hugh & Crye Dress Shirts from $85 to $125
Dads of little pairs of hands and feet will love this one. Founded by Carla Valdes, a DC startup veteran and super Mom, Handpressions is a free app that lets you create digital artwork using your kid’s hand and foot prints. No messy paint or sticky situations, just good clean fun. When you get it just right, order a framed print or coffee mug featuring your masterpiece.
Download free from the Apple App Store, and shop gifts from $17 to $25
Does Dad have a sweet tooth? How about a family trip to visit the new Harper MaCaw chocolate factory, located in Northeast DC. Learn about the science behind the sweetness and how Harper MaCaw is working to protect the rainforests near their cacao sources in Brazil. Can’t make it to the factory? You can always pick up a few bars at local retailers like Compass Coffee and Glen’s Garden Market. Make sure to check out their fun new politically themed wrapper designs!
Shop Harper MaCaw craft chocolate, single bars and sets from $9 to $51
Thanks for checking out our list. If you see something missing, or want to share you favorite Father’s Day gift ideas, leave us a note in the comments.