Community May 18, 2023

Great Local Gifts for Dads and Grads

What do supporting local businesses and celebrating loved ones have in common?  They both show how much you care. Celebrate Father’s Day or graduation by buying unique gifts found here in our community. Check out our list of local gifts below so that you can show hardworking students and wonderful fathers how much they mean to you.

Great Gifts for Dads OR Grads

For music lovers, check out Backstreet Beat here on Bainbridge Island. Bigfoot’s House of Vinyl in Bremerton and Rockin’ Ruby’s Records in Poulsbo are also excellent. 

Recently-opened Saltwater Bookshop in Kingston has a unique assortment of gifts and journals as well as an interesting selection of books. For punny greeting cards, self-care items, and classic books, head to Away With Words Bookshop in Poulsbo. If your dad or grad enjoys audiobooks, give them a subscription to It’s a locally-born platform that supports independent bookshops across the U.S. For more specific book ideas, these outdoorsy books are fun, and they’re available at Bainbridge’s Conservatory Coastal Home. Also, Bainbridge’s Eagle Harbor Book Co. has many options, including these local interest books.

Prefer a shop with a little bit of everything? Northwest Land & Sea in Poulsbo is known for classic PNW clothing styles and unique gifts. The Bremerton Mercantile also has many gift options, including funny mugs and Washington-themed apparel.

Useful Gifts for Grads

A new backpack or travel pack is a smart option for young adults setting out on new adventures. You’ll find a sizable selection at Indigo Plum in Poulsbo. Also, Wildernest on Bainbridge Island has popular bags and duffels

Looking for a few key items for your grad’s dorm or apartment?  Bainbridge’s Salt House Mercantile is the perfect place for kitchen accessories. Or, get some cool wall art or a handmade mug from Danger, also on the island. 

Interesting Gifts for Dad

Opt for the Outdoors

Spend a day enjoying the outdoors with Dad. Or, treat him to an excursion by himself. Local fly fishing experts at Peninsula Outfitters offer a variety of classes and guided trips. Grab a fishing or crabbing license. Alternatively, you can rent a kayak or paddleboard from Olympic Outdoor Center for a day on the water. 

If your dad has a green thumb, consider checking out a local nursery like Bay Hay & Feed, Valley Nursery, or Olmstead’s for veggie starts and garden tools.

If he is a golf enthusiast, book a tee time at one of Kitsap’s beautiful golf courses. Meadowmeer and Wing Point on Bainbridge Island, Rolling Hills and Gold Mountain in Bremerton, White Horse in Kingston, and McCormick Woods in Port Orchard are all good choices.


Local Gifts For the Foodie Dad

Kitsap has no shortage of delicious, locally-produced foods and beverages. For a dad who is the king of the grill, consider gourmet spice blends from Spiva Cooking in Bremerton (or you can order them online). Check out loose-leaf teas and flavored salts from The Spice & Tea Exchange in Poulsbo. Via Rosa 11, an Italian restaurant and market on Bainbridge Island, has high-quality olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, pasta, and more.

If the dad in your life is a craft beverage lover, get him a gift card, bottle, or merchandise from a local brewery or distillery. Bainbridge Organic Distillers, Sisters’ Cider House, or Bainbridge Brewing are fun options. Additionally, Rainy Daze Brewing Co. in Poulsbo, Hood Canal Brewing in Kingston, and Dog Days Brewing in Bremerton are other local favorites. 

We hope you’re now full of gift ideas that the dads and grads in your life will love. Here’s to the amazing dads and fatherly figures who help us in so many ways! And, congratulations to the class of 2023 – we wish you all the best!