We’ve been through this; Dad has enough ties already. Heck, he had enough ties before you were born. Besides, many dads don’t even wear them that often, and yet, there they are, all five dozen of them threatening to break the hinges clean off his closet door. Enough with the neck candy for your old man already! He’s cooler than that.
Here are 19 things that dad will actually appreciate—other than hugs and love, of course.
Buy this for dad: 19 things that are so much better than ties
Lakefront livingDad obsessed with his cottage? He probably always tries to get you to play cribbage every time you visit up there, doesn't he? Blend two of his fav things into the world's most perfect gift with a customized lake art cribbage board. There are over 77 pages of Canadian and American lakes to choose from, so chances are, his spot is in there.
Custom lake art cribbage board, $79, Uncommongoods.comUncommongoods.com
Hat trickThis cool and breezy summer hat from Tiger of Sweden is probably not going to be your father's everyday headgear, but even if he wears it a couple of times this summer he'll look super stylish doing so. And it'll be all thanks to you.
Tiger of Sweden Wilmet Hat, $59, TigerofSweden.comTigerofSweden.com
Coolest. Mower. Ever.If your dad nerds out over his lawn and mower, this Husqvarna Automower is going to absolutely blow his mind. It mows all by itself, communicating with the port and an electronic border to stay on the lawn and even return the base for a charge when it needs it.
Husqvarna Automower 315, $2,199, Husqvarna.caHusqvarna.ca
Walk it offDad can wear these multifunctional bad boys whether he's knocking off projects up at the lake or just puttering around town. Made from two strings and a sole, these sandal-hiking-boot hybrids will keep his feet cool and comfy wherever the summer takes him.
KEEN UNEEK Round Cord, $120.00, KeenFootwear.comKeenFootwear.com
Not your average Dad jean jacketThis is not your average Dad jean jacket. And by that we mean, he'll never buy this for himself. BUT, that doesn't mean that he won't wear (and really appreciate) a piece of on-trend, “hey-this-actually-fits-me-properly" Levis denim.
Levis French Terry Trucker Jacket, $79.50, Levis.caLevis.ca
Scotch or bustScotch is, for some, the only gift. If Dad is one of those types, get him this new-to-Canada bottle of Aberfeldy 12, from Last Great Malts of Scotland. He'll appreciate it, even if you don't.
Aberfeldy 12, prices vary, available across Canada wherever premium alcohol is sold, Lastgreatmalts.comLastgreatmalts.com
Grill master, grills fasterPerfect for the dad who likes to grill on the go. Tailgating south of the border? A campsite cookout at his fav spot? The Napolean TravelQ is a one-burner propane grill that packs up into a compact 23-inches.
TravelQ Portable BBQ, $229, Homedepot.caHomedepot.ca
Footwear on fleekA modern pair of kicks can transport your dad's style from whatever decade it's stuck in, straight into 2016. A pair of these sneakers from New Balance will definitely have that effect.
New Balance 580 Deconstructed, $179, Newbalance.caNewbalance.ca
Keeping it old schoolShutterbug papas will be impressed with this photography kit that transforms digital cell phone snaps into physical polaroids. Just like the good old days.
Smartphone Instant Photo Lab, $32, Uncommongoods.comUncommongoods.com
Cigars to goWe know this is a bit of an extreme, but if your dad is the kind of guy who travels with his cigars, then this probably won't feel so far fetched. The Rimowa Travel Cigar Humidor will keep his best stogies safe and stylish until he gets to wherever he's smoking them.
Rimowa Travel Cigar Humidor, $690, Rimowa.comRimowa.com
Toy of a toolA Swiss Army knife is one of those classic gifts that dads love to give, but they also love getting them. The Swiss Tool CS Plus is a toolbox in his hands. This is basically a toy for dad.
Victorinox SwissTool CS Plus, $140, Swissarmy.comSwissarmy.com
ET, phone homeIf you've got a rugged, outdoorsy dad who maaaaybe you worry about getting lost in the woods, worry no more. The InReach Explorer is a cool GPS pocket gadget that tracks hiking routes, and has a two-way satellite messaging feature. So, if Dad is really stuck, he can send a modern day SOS.
InReach Explorer navigation system, $495, Liveoutthere.comLiveoutthere.com
Invest in a vestMade in Canada for Canadians, this Cabin Vest from Tuck Shop Trading Co is something that A) he'll want to wear and B) he'll look good in. It's what we call a win-win.
Tuck Shop Trading Co Cabin Vest, $378, Tuckshopco.comTuckshopco.com
A little off the topSome dads have a go-to barber for life, while others refuse to spend a cent on a haircut. If your daddy-o is the latter, this dual-blade, handheld hair cutting gadget will even out his patchy 'do, giving him an profesh, on-trend look.
Conair for Men Dual Blade Cutting System, $89, Amazon.caAmazon.ca
Virtually awesomeGot a dad who loves the latest gadgets? Samsung's virtual reality glasses are compatible with the brand's smartphone devices, and take gameplay to a whole new level.
Samsung Gear VR glasses, $99, Samsung.comSamsung.com
It's tee timeFor the dad who needs a little confidence on the green: a flask that doubles as a caddy for his golf accessories. Now he won't lose his tees, no matter how many sips he has.
Golf Travel Flask, $39, Ebay.caEbay.ca
That magic momentA less intense version of the traditional GoPro camera, the HERO Session is smaller in size and more lightweight than its ancestor—but it's still waterproof, and captures awesome video footage. The one-button control makes it easy to film, too, so dad doesn't have to be intimidated by the tech.
HERO Session GoPro, $199, Shop.gopro.comShop.gopro.com
Canadian explorerExperiential gifts are the way to go for those who have enough stuff. Get your padre a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, which allows him free and easy access to nearly 100 places across the country. Plus, buy in 2016, because Canada is turning 150 next year, and to celebrate, you'll get free access into 2017.
Parks Canada Discovery Pass, $67, Pc.gc.caPc.gc.ca
The smart(est) watchSo, he's asked for a fitness tracker, but you know that getting him a smartwatch solely for exercise isn't the best option. The best option is the Apple Watch. Not only can it track his workouts, but it can also receive texts and emails, feed him directions while he's on the road and more. Plus it looks great, especially with one of the new black milanese bands.
Apple Watch, starting at $399 (Space Black Malanese Loop Band, $279), Apple.comApple.com