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The Ten Best Spots in Denver for Father's Day Gifts That Won't Break the Bank

Plain and simple: Dad's the best. When your “too-good-to-be-true” Denver apartment reaches 98 degrees before June 1 because it lacks central AC and a ceiling fan, your old man is ready with a YouTube video showing you how to make a DIY air conditioner out of a foam cooler for $8. Going camping? Before you can even google REI's hours, Dad is there, loading up the trunk of your car with a tent and folding chairs while explaining that you need a mat underneath your sleeping bag.

This Father’s Day, show him a little more appreciation than the Home Depot gift card you get him every year. Here are ten spots (in alphabetical order) where you can get gifts for Dad that won't break the bank. After all, there’s nothing tackier than calling up your dad and asking him to Squarecash you a few bucks for his own gift.

10. Bigfoot Yowie & Yeti
2346 South Colorado Boulevard
303-284-6322

Fund Sasquatch research with your Father’s Day gift! Bigfoot Yowie & Yeti is the storefront operated by Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies, and inside you’ll find everything from photos taken during Bigfoot hunts to fun T-shirts. Sign Dad up for an overnight trip with SIR while you’re shopping here.

9. Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge
1312 South Broadway
303-927-6205
For fathers with ever-expanding record collections, don't miss Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge. The small record selection at this bar is full of affordable, unique items. Peruse the “$1 Hauler” baskets and then raise a drink to your old man while Johnny Cash plays through the speakers.


8. The Brew Hut
15120 East Hampden Avenue
303-680-8898

If your dad has turned the garage into his own personal brewery, head to the Brew Hut. This is the go-to home-brew shop run by the experts at Dry Dock Brewing Company, so they won't steer you wrong. Too tough to make a decision? Pick up a gift certificate from the Brew Hut, print out some recipes from its website, and head next door for a growler of beer from Dry Dock. This gift basket will send Dad over the moon.

7. Colorado Rockies
Coors Field
866-800-1275

Relive that Field of Dreams moment with your dad at a Rockies game. Sure, nothing can quite compete with “having a catch” with your old man, but enjoying a game with a beer in hand comes pretty close. Take advantage of the Blake Street Steal, where tickets start as low as $14 for a lower-level seat.

6. Denver Tool Library
555 Santa Fe Drive
720-943-4385
If your go-to Father’s Day present was always a gift card to Home Depot or Lowe’s, ditch that idea for a membership to the Denver Tool Library. While on the pricier end of this list at $80, it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving for up to a full year. While one power tool could cost you hundreds of bucks, a Denver Tool Library membership gives Dad his pick from hundreds of tools he can borrow, try, then return for more. 

Keep reading for five more of the best Father's Day gift destinations that won't break the budget. 

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Lauren Archuletta is a contributor for Westword's arts section, covering Denver's health and wellness scene. Follow her work for tips on cheap workouts and which yoga classes include mimosas and beer.