10 Montana Gifts for Dad
Dads are pretty great, aren't they? From dad jokes to dad bods, they can be real trend-setters even when they don't always mean to be. What matters most, though, is that your dad means a lot to you. He's there when you need the best life advice and when you need someone to set you straight. Because he's a one-and-only kind of guy, you want to get him something great for Father's Day! Our list showcases the best of Montana for the best dad!
TLS is a Montana-based company that specialized in the best handmade buffalo leather products. Their wallets are top-notch. We constantly have customers call and rave about the quality and craftsmanship of these pieces. If your dad is tough on wallets, trust us, he needs this buffalo leather wallet in his life.
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Isn't it every dad's dream to wake up to a fresh cup of coffee somewhere in the foothills of Montana? Okay, maybe not, but this mug is great for any coffee-loving dad. Extremely durable and hand-engraved in Belgrade, Montana, what's even better is this mug comes in two styles! It's a must-have for dad. (Pro tip: this is one of our absolute favorite local companies, so we encourage you to buy everything that says SK Designs!)
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Boy, oh boy, will dad love this one. If your pops is the ultimate tough guy who loves to be master and commander of his kitchen, this cleaver and sharpener make the perfect gift. Both are crafted of 420 stainless steel, so you really know they'll last. Plus, who can resist the gun stock handle on this baby? Complete with its own sharpener, your dad will be locked and loaded for summertime grilling. Be sure to check out the whole Big Shot line, too!
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Okay, if dad's going to have the knife set, he's also going to need some stellar grilling seasoning. Deep Pit Seasoning is a secret Montana blend of herbs and spices that will have his mouth watering the minute he opens the jar. This blend is iconic, a true Montana staple for any kitchen or grill. You can put it on shrimp, chicken, beef, fresh-caught Montana fish, veggies. It does everything; no muss, no fuss.
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Dad's man cave is definitely missing a buffalo skull bottle opener! Luckily, we've got one for him! And this sucker is durable. Tim Joyner is a Montana artist through and through. He hand-casts each bottle opener in artisan metal, so you can bet this opener can take a beating. Each opener includes all the mounting hardware, so dad can have it mounted and cracking cold ones in a snap. Hey, if skulls aren't his thing, check out the two other styles. Cheers!
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Maybe dad isn't the man-cave type. Maybe he'd rather seek out adventure on his own, explore the wilds of Montana. He has to stay hydrated, doesn't he? Here's why he'll love this tote, aside from Old Glory blazing on the front: this portable flask tote is made of a heavy-weight cotton, but the inside is leak proof and airtight. It's great for a rugged hike or camping outing. The title says wine and water, but we bet dad can use his imagination to fill this with whatever he likes!
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If dad has to stay hydrated on his Montana adventure, he also had to stay shaded! This hat from Big Sky Carvers is sure to become his fast favorite. It's well constructed and looks sharp, but this hat is head and shoulders above the rest. It comes complete with a bottle opener on the bill! Dad is sure to look extra smooth in front of all his buddies when he opens a brewski with his hat! How many dads can say that? While this one features a black lab, the bottle opener hat comes in four different styles, each one featuring an image from a fish to an elk.
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Sometimes reading about a good Montana adventure is just as much fun as having one. If that's more dad's speed, we recommend The Bloody Bozeman by Dorothy Johnson. Striking gold. Bands of road agents. The harsh realities of the Old West. Montana author Dorothy Johnson has created a captivating tale of the Bozeman Trail first set forth by John Bozeman and details just what it was like for some of those first men who heeded the call and headed west. Dad will surely love this Montana history story of death and determination!
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Dad wants to be a sharp dressed man, right? A classy pewter belt buckle would complete any fashionable ensemble. Heritage Metalworks are the masters behind these pewter belt buckles. In business since 1988, these American made belt buckles just scream western accessory. If your dad has everything, we recommend one of these buckles. Plus, there are a variety of styles to choose from!
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Our last gift recommendation for dad is one of the newest goodies in our store, but it made the list because it's so darn good. For that dad-sized appetite, you have to give some of this Montana-made jerky. Madison Smokehouse is located in Ennis, Montana, that gorgeous fly fishing country, and they know how to make a snack for the most discerning appetites. Local and flavorful, we hope this gift makes it to dad before you snarf it down!
Happy Father's Day to all those awesome dads out there! We hope you're lucky enough to get something wonderful from Montana!
By Cassi Miller