He doesn’t golf/BBQ/insert-archetype-here. But it’s still his day, and he still enjoys his Father’s Day gifts. If you’re looking to fete your unconventional father figure on June 18th, here are a bunch of unique and good gifts, for your unique and good Dad.
12 gifts for dads who aren’t stereotypes
The Papa ProjectFor the guy who doesn't give a toss about golf, how about a donation to Plan International Canada? The Papa Project facilitates community groups that strengthen positive fatherhood roles, engages community leaders in breaking stereotypes about masculinity, and promotes gender equality in countries like Senegal and Nigeria.
$27 at Plan InternationalPlan International
Leather CuffHandcrafted in Montreal's hipper-than-thou Mile End 'hood, an edgy leather cuff doesn't just up any Dad's cool-factor, it also works as a hands-free stand for his smartphone. Rock on.
$27 at EtsyEtsy
Handwritten LettersIf text messaging has been your main source of communication, it may be time to make amends. Letters To My Dad let's you express your affection with twelve post-dated notes that'll totally make his day.
$17 at IndigoIndigo
Good CoffeeThere's no arguing with a good cup of Joe. Pilot Coffee sources its perfect green beans through direct trade from farmers in Ethiopia, Guatemala and Brazil, and each one is scientifically roasted in its east end Toronto lab. Dad can manage his own subscription online based on need, and change it up whenever he wants. He gets the jolt, you get the bill, everyone's happy.
From $17.50/bag at Pilot Coffee RoastersPilot Coffee Roasters
Face KitPops who like nice skin (and they all do, really) will love Canadian-made Balsem products. Their Face Kit is all sleek packaging while the cleanser, moisturizer, and shave cream use Birch Sap, Willowherb and Aloe to hydrate and reduces redness. 'Cuz no one wants a red-in-the-face Pops.
$65 at Frank And OakFrank And Oak
Wine ClubGrape loving dads can swirl and sip to their hearts' content with a ClubK membership from kwäf. Every three months they'll ship six killer wines directly to his doorstep. Bottles are small-craft (so not available in stores), chosen by sommeliers, and come with tasting notes and recipes. If he doesn't like a bottle, it's free to return, and if you're lucky maybe he'll share.
From $119/6 bottles (shipping included) at kwäfShutterstock
Classic TurntableWhether he prefers Cohen or Creed (don't judge), everything sounds way cooler in vinyl. Electrohome's 1960's inspired suitcase turntable spins 7, 10 and 12-inch records and has built-in full-range stereo speakers so he'll hear every warm crackle and subtle nuance. Hallelujah!
$108 at AmazonAmazon
Family TreeEven if he doesn't wax-on about the old country, chances are he's curious about his roots. Ancestry.ca uses DNA science to analyze more than 700,000 genetic markers that'll help him learn more about his ethnic, geographic and cultural origins. 6 weeks after submitting a saliva swab kit, he'll find out if he's descended from Nordic Vikings or the Ulster Irish (and so will you).
From $120 at AncestryAncestry
A Feel Good GameFamily board games can be a fun-filled way to bond, but not if they end in fisticuffs. Instead of negotiating peace treaties, make dad feel like a winner. Developed in Montreal, Totem lets players celebrate each other through positive profiles. Nominees are given 'what I like about you' animal cards and 'what inspires me in you' quality cards by each person who explains why they chose it. Win-win.
$24.95 at Totem TeamTotem Team
Matching SocksYou probably won't find most of us wearing the same clothes as Dad, (unless it's for a holiday card), but kids coordinating socks? Pretty darn adorable. Pair of Thieves' sets are breathable, moisture wicking and come in peppy prints like stripes, triangles and constellations. Kids' sizing goes from 18 months to 12 years so you can make it an annual Dad's Day tradition.
$20 at Pair Of ThievesPair Of Thieves
Smart SuitcaseThis might seem like an odd gift (insert emotional baggage joke here) but the Travelpro Crew 11 ain't no ordinary hauler. This sturdy carry-on has 360° ball-bearing spinner wheels, an integrated suiter for wrinkle-free clothes, and (best of all) a built in battery with USB port so he can charge his devices en route. Bon voyage, indeed.
$270 at The BayThe Bay
Meat, Meat & More MeatJust because he's no grill-master doesn't mean he can't appreciate a good charcuterie platter. The Carnivore Club's monthly boxes include 4 to 6 cured artisinal meats from Italian Salumi and Spanish Chorizo to South African Biltong and Artisanal Jerky.
From $50/month at Carnivore ClubCarnivore Club