Orange County’s Top Shopping Destinations for Dads and Grads
Irvine Spectrum Center®
Between graduation ceremonies and Father’s Day on June 19, there is much to celebrate during the weeks leading up to summer. If you’re looking to recognize the hard-working grads and dads in your life, we’ve curated a list of top shopping destinations in Orange County for you to find the perfect gift to commemorate the occasion.
Shopping for Dads
PGA Tour Superstore
Finding the perfect present for dad isn’t always easy, but with plenty of stores close by, you’re sure to find something he’ll love.
For the father who wakes up early to get in a few practice swings before tee time, find something he’ll appreciate at the PGA Tour Superstore at Alton Marketplace Irvine Spectrum. Offering everything from apparel to golf lessons and custom club fittings, the PGA Tour Superstore is the ultimate place to find something for your favorite golfer. Add a little extra by picking out timeless sunglasses from Ray-Ban at Fashion Island for those sunny summer rounds.
If you’re looking for a present that allows you to spend quality time with your dad, surprise him with an experience. For a wide variety of dining options, start your evening with dinner at The Market Place. Treat him to Texas De Brazil, an upscale Brazilian steakhouse, or enjoy a deep-dish pizza and beer at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Complete the adventure by catching the latest summer blockbuster together at Regal Edwards.
If you're looking for an upscale gift that your dad is sure to appreciate, consider a tool that will relax and rejuvenate him: the Theragun®. This handheld massage device will act as the ultimate recovery aid in his wellness routine to help him feel his best. You can find this “percussion therapy” accessory at various retailers including Target at Irvine Spectrum Center®.
Gifts for Grads
No matter where your loved one graduated from, there are many shopping options in Orange County to help you recognize this milestone.
When the grad in your life is finished with finals and ready to relax, treat them to an experience where they can be pampered properly. Gift them a soothing massage or facial customized to their needs with a certificate or membership to Massage Envy at Woodbury™ Town Center. When you’re looking to spoil someone before graduation day, consider getting them a blowout from Dry Bar at Irvine Spectrum Center®. The salon’s focus on incredible blowouts using only the best products delivers exceptional hairstyles. Clients walk out looking and feeling their best which is great for any occasion, but especially fitting for that walk across the stage.
When the graduate you’re buying for will be moving soon, help them get a head start by stocking their new place with kitchenware and home accessories from Cost Plus World Market at The Market Place. Their selection of furniture, kitchen items and decor ranges from classic to eclectic so you’ll be able to find something for everyone. Add the finishing touch to your present by helping them stock their fridge with a gift card to their favorite grocery store, such as Trader Joe's.
Once school is completed, it can be a challenge to stay organized. Erin Condren planners and accessories are perfect for the recent graduate who needs a little extra help mapping out their next course of action. Although famous for notebooks and planners, this store at Irvine Spectrum Center® also carries beautiful office supplies that can help anyone take the next step in their education or career.
Something for Both
During this season, you may need a gift for your father as well as for the grads in your life, and Irvine makes it easy to shop for both. Bring joy to anyone who is celebrating this time of year with a gift that expresses your thoughtfulness.
Mark this special season of life with a new scent. Whether they are remembering this exciting time with family or ushering in a completely different phase of life, give them a fragrance that will evoke positive memories of this special time. The experts in the fragrance department at Nordstrom can direct you to a perfume or cologne that matches the person you’re buying for.
The father figure or graduate in your life will appreciate new pieces to their wardrobe just before summer, and stores like Banana Republic and Neiman Marcus carry sophisticated clothing for men and women of all ages. Want to give them clothing that expresses their personality in a fun yet subtle way? Stance turns socks into self-expression with styles for men and women, ranging from performance to professional.
For the active dads and grads, there’s always the opportunity to inspire them with an intense workout. There are dozens of incredible exercise studios throughout Irvine and Orange County so a class membership or gift card is perfect this time of year. Cycle Bar and Bike 2 the Beat combine beat-based cycling with energetic instructors to give participants an invigorating workout. If your loved one prefers a mellower exercise that incorporates mindfulness, CorePower Yoga studios offer yoga classes for all levels at locations throughout Orange County.
Whether you are honoring your dad or a father figure this June or rewarding a graduate for a job well done, the right gift lets them know you’re thinking of them. When you live near premier shopping and dining, it’s easy to shop for presents of any kind. To learn more about the convenience of Irvine living, click here.