From childhood teammates Zak Fellman and Dan Watson comes a new collection of handcrafted baseball bats inspired by little league memories. Although busy with their own budding businesses, Fellman, founder of Sanborn Canoe Co., and Watson, CEO of The 2 Bits Man grooming products, remain bonded by their days on the baseball field. They like to say this company actually started when they were boys and crafted their own bat from a tree limb, decorated with house paint. The grown up/hipster artisan Pillbox bats they’re making now, hand painted in Winona, are probably more likely to end up on a Dad’s desk than at the ballpark, but it’s a homerun, either way. $195-$245 each. pillboxbatco.com
The 2Bits Man Grooming Products
About that grooming line—2 Bits is a new St. Cloud-based grooming line aimed at guys who don’t generally use words like grooming or essential oils. (Read all about them in the June issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine). There are natural oils and balms for shaving or beards (try the Fresh scent with Eucalyptus and Spearmint, or go Woods in pine and cedarwood for the guy who is a bit sheepish about using beard oil). At $15 to $18 each, it’s possible to put together a nice little gift set without breaking the bank. the2bitsman.com
Hammer Made Father-Son Shirts
I know, I’ve gushed about these before, but they seem to get cuter each year. Minneapolis-based men’s retailer Hammer Made (with stores at Galleria, Mall of America, Ridgedale and the airport) produces a limited run of matching father/son button downs for Father’s Day. By popular demand, they’ve got more styles and a wider range of styles—toddler up to 14 this year. Men’s, $125; Boys’, $39.50. hammermade.com
In Dad’s Shoes
The shoe horn: It’s one of those overlooked tools that actually comes in pretty handy, and this one was made for the occasion. From Izola, a brass plated shoe horn engraved with the line, “No one can fill my father’s shoes.” Awwww. $22 at MartinPatrick 3, 212 3rd Ave. N., Mpls.
Just when you think you’ve seen, bought, and worn every Minnesota product, new White Bear Lake men’s store John Henry pulls out this MN trucker hat—modern in its subtlety. It's a perfect way to display some state pride, while playing it cool. $30, from John Henry, 4764 Banning Ave., White Bear Lake