All it takes to find a great gift is a walk through Over-the-Rhine. This Father’s Day (June 18), treat Dad and support local Cincinnati shops at the same time with these suggestions from the CityBeat interns.
Candles can make ‘scentsational’ presents for Father’s Day. Buy all of the scents that remind you of your darling dad at The Candle Lab. They have almost any fragrance you can think of. From "old books" to "bourbon," there are plenty of options to choose from or to mix for a unique, sentimental scent. Each standard 8 oz. soy candle is $17. Overwhelmed by all of the choices? The Candle Lab has a ready made "Man Cave" gift pack ($28) with four candles: "Dad’s den," "mahogany," "leather" and "straight razor" making it applicable to every dad. There are also gift cards so you can pop in later with your dad and spend quality time together mixing his perfect candle.1325 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, thecandlelab.com. 一 ELISABETH DODD
Lazing on buying a gift for your dad this Father’s Day? Grab the gift that, although generic, can never go wrong: A T-Shirt. Located on 1232 Vine St., Homage is full of the cotton blends your daddy-o is sure to desire. Does he take numerous naps? Grab a grey tee that reads, “I’m not sleeping, I’m resting my eyes,” for $24. Have a father who likes to sprawl on the recliner with a nice, cold beer? There’s a comfy Rhinegeist tee for that (and, again, $24). Have two dads? Snag them matching Pride T-shirts, complete with rainbow lettering so they can celebrate their love for $32. Have a distant dad? No problem — there’s a mystery package for $48. The store also carries a handful of sports team wear so he can look hip around his friends. Top it off with a $2 koozie or a $9 pair of athletic socks.1232 Vine St, Over-the-Rhine, homage.com. — MACKENZIE MANLEY
Give Dad a place to set his beer and show off your Cincinnati pride simultaneously with MiCA 12/v’s coasters from local maker Cityscape Tiles, featuring iconic buildings, bridges and scenes around the city. Since 2007, this unique boutique, owned by power-couple Mike and Carolyn Deininger, has brought style and flair to Over-the-Rhine with their local wares and art. At only $14 each, this is an affordable and practical gift that he’s sure to love. But if coasters aren’t his thing, they also sell leather bound notebooks and satchels, one-of-a-kind cuff links and more.1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com. — AMANDA WEISBROD
This upscale furniture and home goods store may not be for every budget, but its Father’s Day sale on handwoven rugs earned it a place on the list. Carpets ranging from colorful to demure cover the hardwood and hang from wooden ladders in Brush Factory, and you’ll take 30 percent off in honor of dad. One Kilim Rug, handwoven and imported from Turkey, has an original price of $420. Its charcoal color and rough geometric designs make a great gift for the dad who appreciates the finer things in life. The Vintage Turkish Kilim Runner is a more vivid — and expensive — choice, with mustard, eggplant and burgundy designs throughout. Its original price is $770. If you’re not looking to spend a fortune on your father, go for the shop’s smaller items. Get him a copper cowboy hat for his office desk, a ceramic coffee press for his kitchen or a terracotta planter for his garden. 1417 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, brushmanufactory.com. — GRACE HILL