Father's Day Gift Guide

Celebrate Dad at the IRL

It’s time to figure out what you’re getting Dad for Father’s Day. Whether you’re looking to take dad out to eat, spruce up his style, go on an outdoor adventure, or have some drinks together, you can find it at the IRL. Our Father’s Day Gift Guide with ideas for every type of dad.

Active Dad

Active Endeavors

Shop Iowa’s premier outdoor store to find the perfect gift for the active dad in your life. They carry the best apparel, footwear, and equipment brands.


They sell technical athletic clothing for yoga, running, working out, and most other sweaty pursuits.

Von Maur

Shop outdoor gear and activewear for dad at Von Maur. Browse from their selection of shoes, hats, workout gear and more!

Pro-fit Gym

They’re the home of Iowa City CrossFit and offer adult fitness classes, CrossFit, personal training and fit body transformation programs.

Sweet Tooth Dad

Scratch Cupcakery

They boast a menu that features over 250 dazzling and delicious cupcake flavors. In addition to their specialty cupcakes, Scratch offers cookies, hot drinks, milkshakes, and more.

Cookies & Dreams

Everyday Cookies & Dreams bakes 12+ freshly baked ooey, gooey cookies in unique & classic flavors.

Drinks for Dad


They carry unique labels and hard-to-find wines from both small and large vineyards around the world. They also offer small plate items and gourmet chocolates.


Inspired by German brewing techniques, Backpocket offers a wide variety of regular and seasonal brews. Don’t sleep on their  award-winning brick oven pizzas either!


Their unique and delicious cocktails pair perfectly with their sharable snacks, delectable sandwiches and their take on some of your favorite classics.

Dad the Fan

Xtream Arena

The Xtream Arena regularly brings in new athletic competitions and tournaments, while also being the home venue for The Iowa Heartlanders hockey team and the Hawkeye volleyball team.

The Silo

Before you catch a game at the Xtream Arena, stop by The Silo—your home for all things Iowa Heartlanders and Iowa Hawkeye Volleyball.

Iowa Athletic Club

Boasting the Coldest Beer in Town—guaranteed, the I.A.C. is the perfect spot to catch a game. Don’t forget to check out their craft cocktails and Tavern-style pizza.

Adventures with Dad

Antique Car Museum

The 28,000 square foot showroom features 90+ cars ranging from 1899 to the mid 1970’s, along with an early 20th century Skelly gas station.

Wetlands Park

Five acres of wetlands, traversed by elevated walkways, make this an ideal location for nature walks, bird watching, and photography.

Sculpture Walk

Each sculpture on the walk was uniquely crafted by Iowa artists and was inspired by a work from writers associated with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.