Father’s Day Gift Guide


20 presents that pop for papa

Dad’s special day is just around the corner. Here are the best Father’s Day gifts available – perfect for giving from your child to the superhero they look up to the most.

Workout driven

Does Dad love to work out? These are must-have items for the sporty dad.

1-fitnessFitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
In a world of umpteen fitness gadgets, the alpha activity tracker leads the pack. Fitbit Blaze is Dad’s very own personal trainer and fitness coach – on the wrist of his hand. The ultimate fitness watch is built to maximize workouts and help achieve fitness goals with features such as PurePulse heart rate, connected GPS, and on-screen workouts. Pops will also stay in the know with text, calendar, and call notifications sent directly to Blaze. Bonus: it’s as stylish as it is smart – premium interchangeable bands are made from rubber, stainless steel and genuine leather – so, the watch can be worm to suit the gym, the office or a night out on the town. $250 at fitbit.com/ca

Nike Free RN Flyknit Running Shoe
Dad will feel like Usain Bolt sprinting in these running shoes featuring a newly designed midsole pattern that expands, flexes and contracts with every step of the foot. The sock-like upper provides the incredible fit of Flyknit for total running comfort. $175 at store.nike.com

adidas Cool365 Short Sleeve T-shirt
It’ll be cool runnings in this t-shirt that’s made with breathable climacool ventilation meant to keep Dad cool and dry while he’s training for his next marathon. The short sleeve shirt is also made with an anti-odour fabric, so sweaty workouts will be stink-free. $55 at sportsexperts.ca

Caffeine aficionado

Does Dad love his morning cup of java? These gifts will have him sipping a cup of joe in style.

2-coffeeBreville The Grind Control 12-Cup Coffee Maker
The java-lovin’ dad can customize grind size and coffee volume to suit his taste using this must-have coffee maker slash grinder combo. Whether it’s a light or dark roast coffee, whole beans are ground within the built-in grinder for maximum flavour. Brew into the stainless steel thermal carafe or brew a single cup directly into a travel mug. And it’s as sleek-looking as it is functional, to boot. $400 at breville.ca

Melitta ‘Coffee for One’ Gift Set
Put together your own gift set for the coffee-loving papa. It’s the perfect gift for office worker dads. Pour Over Coffee Brewer, $10; Deluxe European Roast Coffee, $7 (300g); Natural Brown #2 Coffee Filters, $5 (100-ct), all (sold separately) at walmart.ca

Chef tools

These items are essential for any home chef – dear ol’ pops can grind, grill and chop to his culinary heart’s content.

3-chefZwilling Mortar and Pestle
Made of dark granite with a matte polished stainless steel base that makes it solidly stable, this is the mother (or, er, father) of all mortar and pestle sets. Papa can grind ingredients in the traditional way to bring out the intense flavour of herbs, seeds and spices. $75 at zwilling.ca

Ricardo Cuisine Portable BBQ
This compact charcoal grill is great for dads who love to get their barbecue on wherever they go. Fire is lit up effortlessly and automatically and an integrated fan assists with optimal heat control. Perfect for camping or a day at the park. $200 at boutique.ricardocuisine.com

Drink up

Bartending a fave hobby of Dad’s? Here are accessories that go from quirky to sophisticated.

4-drinksStarfrit Beer Bottle Insulated Shirts
On hot summer days, these cool-looking tuxedo bottle holders – made of neoprene material – will keep beer cold for up to four hours. Different coloured ties identify whose drink is whose. $30 (set of 6) at starfrit.com

Final Touch Yarai Mixing Pitcher with Strainer
Dad will be stirring up everyone’s favourite cocktails with flair using this elegant mixing pitcher. Designed in thick walled glass with a classic Japanese Yarai weave pattern, the pitcher also has the perfect spout for a smooth pour. Included is a stainless steel Hawthorne strainer, which has a raised lip for a concise pour and a metal spring to catch ice. $40 (400ml capacity) at thebay.com

Fashion, street style

For days when Dad is out and about, here are essentials for his wardrobe.

5-fashion-1Skechers Diameter – Nerves casual shoes
These shoes are for the dad looking for a classic, comfortable style, mixed in with a bit of cool. A smooth upper leather makes this slip-on loafer the go-to shoe for casual occasions of any kind. $100 at softmoc.com

Pair of Thieves Dad + Kid Matching Socks Set
A pair of socks in Dad’s size and a matching pair for kiddo? In a word – adorable! $18 (each set) at pairofthieves.ca

Fashion, work casual

Office life will never be blah with these workday staples.

6-fashion-2RW & CO. Linen-Blend Blazer
This Niagara blue blazer with contrast dots will become a style staple in the fashionisto father’s wardrobe. From the boardroom to the boardwalk, Dad will be the most stylish guy on a casual work day or at the beach. $200 at rw-co.com

ECCO Eday 2.0 Laptop Briefcase
Head to the office in style with this rugged briefcase that has a contrasting canvas and leather look. Features a padded laptop sleeve and a detachable, adjustable strap with shoulder pad. Stylish, durable, and comfortable – Dad’s commute to work is sure to be a happy one. $240 at ca.shop.ecco.com


Whether he’s got five – or fifty – minutes to get ready, these gifts are for a papa who always like to look his best.

7-groomingJack Black Jet Set Traveler Kit
For the travelling dad’s shaving regimen, these paraben- and sulfate-free products will cleanse, shave, moisturize and protect. $44 at getjackblack.ca

Shu Uemura ‘Shape Paste’ Sculpting Putty
All Dad needs is to rub a dime sized amount of this paste through his hair and any hairstyle is achievable, from pompadours to mohawks. $42 (2.5 oz) at shuuemura.ca

Home sweet home

For the homebody papa, an elegant yet practical home décor item is just what he’s looking for.

8-homeUmbra Pendant Tie Hanger
This organizer’s geometric patterns create openings for scarf, tie and belt storage organizer. Even on its own, the hanger makes for a playful and modern piece of visual art. $13 at umbra.com

Artemano Table Lamp
Dads with acquired taste will appreciate this table lamp with a base made entirely out of tree branch fragments and paired with a soft linen shade. The nature-inspired light fixture is sure to bring calm and elegance to any room in the house. $125 (6” x 6” x 17”) at artemano.ca

Fun reads

You can never go wrong with a book that’s best read with the little ones curled up to Dad.

9-booksDaddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (Disney Publishing Worldwide)
Whether going to a birthday party or taking charge of bathtime, the author was inspired to capture his own experiences as a dad in this hilarious book. A fun(ny) look at how Daddy doesn’t do things Mommy’s way. $18 at chapters.indigo.ca

Grandpa Loves Me! by Marianne Richmond (Sourcebooks)

Don’t forget Dad’s dad on Father’s Day. This delightful board book captures all the fun things children everywhere love to do with their grandpas. $11 at chapters.indigo.ca

I’m a Big Girl: A Story for Dads and Daughters by Greg Pope (Flowerpot Press)
Gorgeous illustrations accompany text that takes the reader on a journey of a dad’s love for his daughter, from her birth to the day he has to let her go. Included is a CD with Pope reading the story, as well as singing an original song, “A Big Girl Now”. $22 at chapters.indigo.ca

Don’t forget to check out shoply.ca to compare prices and save money on your Father’s day presents!

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