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Boston’s Best Places To Buy Father’s Day Gifts

June 4, 2013 12:48 AM

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Happy Father's Day
Everybody loves dad, but a lot of us dread shopping for him when Father’s Day rolls around. Most people say their fathers are the hardest to shop for. With Father’s Day fast approaching, you’re getting down to crunch time. Check out these local Boston shops if you’re stumped on what to get dad for Father’s Day.

Photo Gallery: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Photo Credit: Sowa Open Market

Photo Credit: Sowa Open Market

South End Open Market
460 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(800) 403-8305
www.sowaopenmarket.com

There’s so much variety at the SoWa Open Market, chances are good that no matter what your dad is into, you’ll find a great gift for him here. The market features a revolving group of artists, crafts people, artisanal bakers and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for fresh foods, original art or artisanal items ranging from housewares to clothing, you can find it all in this one spot. On top of getting a great one-of-a-kind gift, you’ll also be supporting small local businesses and local artists — something both you and dad can take pride in.

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Photo Credit: Beehive

Photo Credit: Beehive

The Beehive
541 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-0069
www.beehiveboston.com

You know how dad is. Every year he tells you he has too much stuff and not to buy him anything. But you don’t want to let Father’s Day pass uncelebrated. So this year, instead of buying dad something, take him out. If you’re dad likes good food, good drinks and good music, The Beehive is a great spot. The award-winning venue serves brunch and dinner and offers many live music events.

(Photo Credit: Hilton's Tent City)

(Photo Credit: Hilton’s Tent City)

Hilton’s Tent City
272 Friend St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-9242
www.hiltonstentcity.com

If dad is into sports or loves the great outdoors, Hilton’s Tent City is a great place to get a Father’s Day gift. Hilton’s Tent City has been a Boston landmark since 1947. Its wide selection of camping equipment, hiking gear and athletic apparel, as well as its very knowledgeable staff, has kept people coming back year after year. With four floors of merchandise to choose from, you’re sure to find something for Father’s Day.Related: Boston’s Best Athletic Wear Stores

Photo Credit: The Wine Bottega

Photo Credit: The Wine Bottega

The Wine Bottega
341 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-6607
www.thewinebottega.com

If dad loves wine, surprise him with a bottle to add to his collection — or to enjoy on Father’s Day. The Wine Bottega is Boston’s go-to place for wine shopping. Even if you know nothing about wine yourself, give the staff your price range and what you know of dad’s tastes and they can point you in the right direction. If you shop on a Friday night, you’ll get to enjoy a free wine tasting yourself and get some discounts on your purchase.

Commonwealth Books in Downtown Crossing

The fireplace inside Commonwealth Books (credit: commonwealthbooks.com)

Commonwealth Books
9 Spring Lane
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 338-6328
www.commonwealthbooks.com

Commonwealth Books is one of Boston’s hidden gems. It features an eclectic mix of books on almost every subject you can imagine. The store features the typical blow-out bestsellers sharing shelf space with obscure texts and rare books. Whether dad is a reader or you’re looking for something non-fiction on a subject he’s interested in, Commonwealth Books is the right place to start your search. And if dad lives out of town, you’ll be happy to know that Commonwealth can ship your gift to him for free.

Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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