Denver Father’s Day ideas: The gift guide you can actually use

Nuggets NBA draft pick Jamal Murray and his father, Roger, at a press conference on June 29, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) Jamal Murray; denver nuggets; colorado; sports; basketball; draft; press conference; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Wonder what Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray is getting his father, Roger, this year. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

As a father of young children, I can say that the gift I want most is for everybody in the house to be asleep all at the same time for like one more hour than average on Father’s Day. But because I know that’s not going to happen, here’s a list of material items and experiences that could be reasonable substitutes! (Also — this originally ran in the Denverite Parents newsletter — sign up here or see what it looks like here!)

Indoors Dad

$15 or less: Take him to “Mi Tierra” or “The Western” at the Denver Art Museum.
More than $15: These Colorado theater companies do things that will fuel conversations over cocktails after the shows: Buntport TheaterCurious Theatre CompanySquare Product Theatre.

Outdoors Dad

Less than $15: Go outside with him.
More than $15: A Colorado State Parks annual pass is $70.

Space Dad

Less than $15: The SkyView app is $1.99 for iOS or Android. Dad can look at Jupiter while taking out the recycling. More satisfying than it sounds.
More than $15: The Denver Astronomical Society suggests looking at space through binoculars. This buying guide had lots of information on affordable options.

Book Dad

Around $15:15 books every well-versed Westerner should read,” by High Country News.

Whiskey Dad

Less than $15: Laws Whiskey House tours (1420 S. Acoma St.) are $10 per person and include a tasting. Book them online in advance here.
More than $15: Whiskey. Try Laws or Leopold Bros. for a local touch. Or buy him a drink somewhere nice. The $11 5 Spice Old Fashioned at Linger (2030 W. 30th Ave) is great, but you’ll probably need reservations and you’ll definitely end up spending more than just that $11.

Sports Dad

Less than $15: Rooftop Rockies tickets start at $14 and they’re really good this year.
More than $15: You can find Rockies tickets with actual seats for as low as about $19, and Rapids tickets for somewhere in the $20s.

Geek Dad

Less than $15: You could go to your local comic book store and pick up a kinda dad-themed comic book, like Saga vol. 1 or Vision vol. 1. Just … don’t tell Dad that Vision reminds you of him, necessarily. Also, Saga has a lot of nudity in it, which could make for an awkward Father’s Day gift. You know what? Maybe a gift certificate is the way to go here. Hit up Kilgore, Mutiny, Mile High, Time Warp — somebody.
More than $15: Denver Comic Con is June 30-July 2. Tickets are on sale now. (Also: The Denverite geek newsletter is launching very soon. It’s free. You can tell Dad he can sign up at

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Dave Burdick

Author: Dave Burdick

Dave Burdick is the editor of Denverite. He has previously worked at The Denver Post, The Daily Camera, The Huffington Post, Naropa University up in Boulder and the Best Buy down by Park Meadows circa "Now That's What I Call Music" volume 4. His parents are retired local newspaper journalists, and he is married to a freelance journalist. He lives in Denver with her, their two children and a dog.