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Santa Barbara Father's Day Gift Guide

Dad jokes, bear hugs, great advice, fixing stuff, lending tools… Dad has been there for you in so many ways and Father’s Day is the time to say thank you for all he has done. But what to get the guy that always has everything? Celebrate Dad and the important father figures in your life with some Santa Barbara flare! Our Santa Barbara Father’s Day gift guide has a perfect and unique gift for every dad, whether he lives near or far.


Locally Printed Cards

Tell Dad how much you love him on a sweet card from Folio Press and Paperie, a Santa Barbara owned business that designs and prints their products in-house using their 1953 and 1969 Heidelberg Windmill and 1924 treadle-powered Chandler & Price platen presses. Their unique designs are fun, colorful, and leave ample room to write a heartfelt note to all the father figures in your life.


Santa Barbara Apparel

Santa Barbara has a diverse collection of locally owned boutiques, including great options for men. Shop the classic hemp and natural fiber t-shirts and shorts from Marcel Hemp located at the Shops at Hotel Santa Barbara. Marcel Hemp has been designing and manufacturing their own sustainable hemp clothing in Santa Barbara since 1989. Find a unique gift at ShineUP, a carefully curated men’s clothing and goods store located in the Funk Zone. Or visit Make Smith Leather Co. another family-owned and operated business creating beautiful leather goods that Dad will love, like their hand-made belts or leather storage caddies.


An Adventure to Remember

For the guy that is impossible to shop for, give the gift of an adventure with the entire family! Santa Barbara is known for its abundance of recreational activities. There is something for every adventurer, from mountain-lover to ocean-enthusiast. These unique outdoor experiences are something Dad will never forget:


Explore the Santa Barbara Channel Islands by kayak with the experts at Santa Barbara Adventure Company. Discover sea caves, kelp forests, and breathtaking coastlines on Santa Cruz Island. If Dad’s still eager to explore the island after the kayaking tour, go for a hike on one of Santa Cruz Island’s 15 trails.



Set sail along the Santa Barbara coastline on a 50-foot catamaran with Santa Barbara Sailing Center. A sail on the Double Dolphin is the perfect way to enjoy Santa Barbara’s unique coastline, which is often referred to as the American Riviera. Order a beer or glass of wine on board and watch for sea lions, dolphins, whales, and birds.


Take a horseback riding tour in the mountains of Santa Barbara for a unique experience with Captain Jack’s Tours & Events. During this 1.5-hour tour, you will ride through the California live oaks, past a waterfall, and to the top of the mountain for panoramic Pacific ocean views.



A Taste of the Town

Take Dad out on the town! Grab a table on the patio at one of Santa Barbara’s musty-try restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal and quality time with Dad. Order craft beer & artisan thin crust pizza at Institution Ale Company, located across the street from Hotel Santa Barbara; head to the Funk Zone for your BBQ fill at Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio for classics like tri-tip, pulled pork, and baby back ribs; or enjoy waterfront views and fresh seafood at Santa Barbara FisHouse.


A Stay in the Heart of Downtown

Treat Dad to a vacation in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Located on the pedestrian friendly State Street (currently closed to all vehicle traffic!) means easy walking to great restaurants, shops and the beach. Hotel Santa Barbara gift certificates are a great gift option that can be mailed directly to Dad. Expert tip: Our gift certificates never expire, so Dad can experience Santa Barbara whenever the time is right.



Make this Father’s Day special for all the father figures in your life. Santa Barbara has something for every dad from great local shopping and adventure to a comfy hotel stay in the heart of downtown. Follow our Santa Barbara Father’s Day gift guide and ensure a special day for your Dad.


Need help purchasing a Hotel Santa Barbara gift certificate? Ask our 24/7 staff for their top picks this Father’s Day. Call 1 (800) 549-9869 today.

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