Local Shops Offer Their Best Gifts for Men

Jeff Anderson, shopkeeper at 45 Degrees in Stillwater.

For the hard-working man in your life, June—the month of Father’s Day—is a perfect time to say thanks and treat him to something special. Here are a few gift ideas and activities that can be found right here in the St. Croix Valley.

Outdoor Gear

The one-stop shop for everything outdoors, 45 Degrees offers menswear and gear to properly outfit guys (and gals)—from hats and sunglasses right down to the socks. “Our socks really are the best,” says Jeff Anderson, shopkeeper at 45 Degrees. “They are made of merino wool, very durable and super comfortable even in the summer.” ($18–$24 a pair.) For campers, Anderson recommends a hanging hammock ($60–$110) or lounge chair ($120). “We also offer really nice handmade Norwegian outdoor knives ($90–$150),” Anderson says, as well as Swedish hand-forged axes and hatches ($125–$180). 45 Degrees; 651.430.3609

Kayaking on the River

For the family man, Wahoo! Adventures suggests signing up for a Father’s Day Paddle ($60 per person or $180 for a family of four.) This day is dedicated to spending time with your family as you take a kayaking trip from Taylors Falls to Osceola Landing. Upon return, kayakers will enjoy a barbecue lunch and have a chance to explore the world of geocaching. “This is a big hit with families,” says Kerri Kolstad, founder of Wahoo! Adventures. “It gives them a chance to meet other people and have fun.”
Wahoo! Adventures; 651.280.7299

Segway Ride to Hudson

Experience the thrill of riding a Segway while enjoying the sights and sounds as you take the Border Crossing Tour from Lakeland to Lakefront Park in Hudson. Enjoy this 90-minute adventure while learning about local Hudson history. Cost is $70 Monday‒Thursday and $80 Friday‒Sunday. Gift certificates are also available.
All American Segway; 507.206.0988

Salty and Sweet

To satisfy that man-sized sweet tooth or salty snack craving, look no further than Candyland on Main Street in Stillwater for its delicious selection of popcorn and candy. Pick up a tin of the Chicago Mix popcorn ($12.25 for half a gallon) or a one-pound tin of nut mix ($18.) If it’s chocolate Dad wants, grab some clusters or brittle ($9.99 per pound.)
Candyland; 651.430.8004; candylandstore.com

Pad For the water enthusiast, Brown Dog Paddleboard Co. owner and instructor Kim Thomas suggests paddleboard rentals or lessons. “Men use the paddleboard as a fitness tool to get active and stay in shape,” she says. Paddleboarding is a great workout—and bonding activity—for all family members, even kids, and the staff at Brown Dog ensure that everyone starts out with a thorough introduction to the basics. Rentals start at $25 per hour and lessons at $30 per hour. Classes are offered at Golden Acres RV Park on Square Lake, 15150 Square Lake Trail N., Stillwater.
Brown Dog Paddleboard Co.; 651.399.5066

A Round of Golf

For the golf enthusiast, consider treating him to a round of 18 holes on this par three course located within an apple orchard. Stop at the pro shop and pick up a gift card (starting at $25) or an executive pass ($199) that will allow him to also play at Gem Lake Hills or Oak Glen golf courses.
Applewood Hills Golf Course; 651.439.7276