The age old question that comes up each June is what to get your Father for Father’s Day! Dads can be hard to shop for, but Salem offers a unique and fun twist on Father’s Day finds with an eclectic selection of gifts for all. No matter what your Dad likes Salem has got you covered. Click here to view a full list of downtown shops, and keep reading to find inspiration for your Father’s Day shopping in Salem.
For the Foodie
Curly Girl Candy Shop of Salem
Curly Girl Candy Shop has a great selection of nostalgic candies and new and fun creations to choose from while scanning their mounds of mouth watering treats. For a truly daring Dad pick up a bag of Tamalitoz Bite Me Blood Orange hard candies. The blood orange candies filled with chili, lime, and sea salt offer a unique flavor for Father’s looking to expand their flavor pallets.
Pamplemousse is a great option for any Father with a curious pallet that is open to trying new and exciting foods. With a great selection of items to choose from like Guinness flavored potato chips, or pre-made bottled cocktails you will be certain to find something that your Dad will love. Get creative and make a DIY picnic basked using locally sourced produce, cheese, beer, cider, and more. Gift cards are also available to purchase in-store and online.
Lulu’s Bakery & Pantry has got you covered when it comes to baked goods. Cookies are a great way to show your food loving Father how much you appreciate them. A personal favorite is the oatmeal raison cookie that is easily the size of a softball! A bonus is that you can treat yourself to a delicious iced latte or americano made by the wonderful baristas at Lulu’s while you pick up your sweet gift.
Kakawa Chocolate House, Salem’s new chocolate shop has assortment boxes available to order online or pick up from their shop on Essex Street. Order a box for Father’s Day and sample truffles, caramels and more, or opt for one of Kakawa’s traditional chocolate elixirs in a mix you can make right from home.
For the Artist or Art Lover
Artists Row by Destination Salem
The Peabody Essex Museum shop is a great place to stop in if you are in a bind when looking for a gift for Father’s Day. With a curated selection of stylish clothing, stunning décor, books, prints, cards, and gifts from around the world you’re sure to find something for your art appreciating Father. Even better, bring your dad with you to pick out a gift for himself, and stop to see The Blue Trees by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos. The art installation is free to see and located to the left of the PEM’s main entrance.
Artists Row is a great place to start if you haven’t yet honed in your Father’s Day gift. Offering uniquely handcrafted products by local artisans in maker/gallery spaces you are sure to find something that your Dad will like while supporting local artists. Consider it a win-win! If your Father is a more hands on artist there are classes, demonstrations, and workshops that he can participate in offered from May through November.
If your Father is a fan of the musical arts The Record Exchange will most definitely have what you are looking for. This independent music shop that has been operating since 1974 has a broad and ever-changing selection of used, new, & collectible LPs in many genres with friendly staff to assists you in your hunt for the perfect gift for your Father. Support your indie music scene while grabbing a record that your Dad will dig!
The Salem Witch Museum Store Descendant Packet
For the Book Worm
The Salem Witch Museum Store has a great selection of books about the Salem witch trials and the history of the Salem area. Your Father can dig his nose into the history of the trials or learn about key historical figures until his heart is content. If you have a feeling that you might be related to one of the key figures from the trials, their are specially made descendent packets available for purchase at the store to help you trace your roots.
Image by Mahi Mahi Cruises
For the Adventure Seeker
If your Father likes an adventure take him by the Trolley Depot and purchase tickets for yourselves to take a Trolley Tour around Salem. With a 20 minute loop highlighting the McIntire Historic District and a 40 minute loop through the Downtown and Waterfront District you are sure to take in all of your favorite Salem sites. You might even learn a fun fact that you didn’t already know from the great trolley tour guides. For an extra adventure hop off at the Salem Willows Park stop and explore the shops and arcade games!
Take your adventures to the sea with a variety of sea based excursions to choose from. Take a Boat Tour to Bakers Island Light Station, or a sunset cruise on Mahi Harbor Cruises. Your father is sure to enjoy the sunshine and great views of the Beverly and Salem coast lines.
A great gift for your adventure seeking Father is a comfortable hat and t-shit that he can wear while out on his explorations. The District Trading Company has a great selection of trucker and baseball hats that your Dad can sport while he’s out enjoying his day. Grab him a Salem inspired hoodie or t-shirt while your their to go with his new hat.
No great explorer is fully ready to take on the world without a great self-care routine! Swing by Emporium 32 for a luxurious selection of grooming and beard care options. Pick up a tin of Captain Fawcett Moustache Wax and a folding beard comb that your Dad can easily take with him on any adventure.