After last week’s momstravaganza, I’m looking at Christmas gift ideas for dad. While they’re definitely geared toward a slightly more mature audience, that’s not to say you won’t find some inspiration for any of the guys on your shopping list. And…onwards!
Red Green’s Beginner’s Guide to Women: (For Men Who Don’t Read Instructions) – $29.95 (List)
Red Green is practically a Canadian institution at this point for the titular Red Green’s brand of hokey yet tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. If dad is a lifelong fan and has a duct tape wallet or two kicking around, he’ll enjoy getting wrapped up in laughter after opening this clever, goofy book. Truth be told, having paged through it myself (I’m not *quite* the target audience obviously), your MOM might be equally happy. Although the book is very much meant to be a parody of sorts, it also packs quite a few smart little gems and life lessons into the mix.
Orange Whip Trainer – $129.99 @ Golf Town
If your dad is like my dad (and many other dads), he is constantly looking for ways to improve his golf swing and really, overall game. The Orange Whip Trainer might just be the gadget he’s been looking for. The theory behind it is it forces you to focus on the rhythm and balance of your swing, as opposed to the point-by-point positions that many folks tend to get hung up on. The most amazing thing perhaps, is the fact it can be used in a very small space, year-round – a must for Canadian golfers for the majority of the year. Apparently it just takes 5-15 minutes of swing practice a day to get your golf game in top top shape.
Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select – $299 (MSRP)
Ol’ Jack has teamed up with Ol’ Blue Eyes for a special Sinatra Select blend of the famed Tennessee whiskey. This is a pairing that’s actually got some history behind it – Sinatra was well-known for having a glass of Jack Daniels on stage with him while crooning away the night. This unique blend has been specially prepared by exposing the spirit to extra layers of toasted wood on the inside of the barrels they were aged in, which was then combined with Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey for a rich, oaky, spicy drink that finishes with a vanilla note that’s as sweet as Frank’s voice. Housed in an exclusively designed bottle and packaging, this collector’s piece is available in select stores throughout B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec (see link for details).
Prop Power – $19.99 @ Quirky
Where has this invention been all of your dad’s life? That’s what he’ll say after opening this way smart extension cord. Clocking in at 6 feet long, Prop Power easily wraps around your ladder so you can bring your key power tools to new heights when working on a DIY project at home. With 3 outlets and a bendable gooseneck, the idea here is to make it so you don’t have to unplug and replug every five seconds, plus you can get your tools close by where and when you need them. It also works for technical purposes – if say, for example, you want to keep your laptop’s power source handy, simply wrap the Prop Power around your desk leg and you’ll have easy access.
Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal – $29.99 (list)
You’ve loved to laugh alongside him for decades now – and beloved movie star and frequent Academy Awards host Billy Crystal isn’t afraid to show his age. In this charming collection of frank essays, Crystal talks candidly (and hilariously) about the downsides of growing up, or really, getting old. From dentistry to Sophia Loren, he’ll have dad guffawing at the blunt realities of being a twilight-yeared male, but also bring a smile to his face as he finds ways to relate to and reminisce with relate with this Hollywood legend. Filled with humour and heart in nearly equal parts, this is a great choice for any baby boomer that’s feeling their age, yet is still forever young at heart.
Calvin Klein Dark Obsession – $62 – $82 @ Hudson’s Bay
I don’t know about your dad, but mine loves collecting new colognes. Although my dad’s pretty adventurous when it comes to dabbing on new scents, I liked this particular option from Calvin Klein because it combines the old with the new – a reinvention of a quintessential scent crafted nearly 30 years ago from one of the original designers-turned-parfumers. This latest masculine incarnation is a little exotic yet also very warm and soothing – with international notes of Brazilian green mandarin, French clary sage, and Madagascar vanilla bean – the latter of which really rounds the scent out to give it that toasty feeling. One of the surprisingly scrumptious masculine undertones at play is also suede, to give this otherwise vanilla, woodsy scent a rugged cowboy aura.
Cufflinks – $40+ @ Cufflinks.com
While the idea of gifting dad a pair of cufflinks may seem pretty standard…the dizzying array of options at Cufflinks.com is seriously ANYTHING but standard. From precious stones to personal hobbies, 3D designs to multi-functional links (flash drive or rubber stamp anyone?) there is literally something for every shirt-and-tie wearing dad (including a line-up of wallets, tie bars, and other male accessories). To me, cufflinks are one of the few places Dad really gets to have some fun with his formal work wardrobe – it’s the equivalent of that fantastic clutch or statement necklace for a gal. And even if not every person notices, you can bet it’ll put a smile on his face every time he looks down and catches a glimpse of the amazing pair you picked out. As an aside, you can also pick up a limited number of the links at Hudson’s Bay.
Canadian Trail Snowshoes – $159.99 @ Canadian Tire
A Canadian-made product from a Canadian store for a beloved Canadian activity – what’s not to like? These lightweight aluminum snowshoes are a long way from their wood & hide ancestors, but no less practical. With ergonomic binding and sturdy Luxor buckles, I like the idea of snowshoes as a gift as an alternative to the ski junkie. If dad likes to head up to his winterized cottage, this is an activity he can rock pretty much throughout the winter – plus if for some reason he gets snowed in and mom really needs him to run to the corner for a carton of creamer, he can tread through the non-existent trails with ease.
Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks – $24.95 (list)
I’ve heard time and again that as young men get older, they are surprised to find they have a taste for the upper crusty scotches, whiskies, cognacs and liqueurs that dominate their dad’s liquor cabinet. Although dad likely has his go-to drink sorted out by this point, that doesn’t mean he won’t be interested in dabbling with some twists on a classic – especially these recipes, designed to warm up your soul (and your body temperature). With over 100 recipes to choose from, you’ll likely to get to reap the rewards of this gift as dad makes everything from mulled wine to tea punch – photographed beautifully and relatively straightforward to take for a spin in your own household. Not only is it seasonally appropriate, it just feels festive.
Logitech Harmony Smart Control – $129.99 @ Best Buy
I put this on here because my dad has one and loves it. Being the tech lover / entertainment synchronizer that he is, I feel like he’s onto something, particularly for the older baby boomer set that is tired of fiddling with a million different remotes, but still loves having the devices that ‘need’ said remotes. This amazing device wirelessly syncs to virtually every device you’ve got set up – from your video game system to internet services like Netflix to your cable box, TV, Blu-Ray player and beyond. Not only is it easy to use and set up, it’ll also help dad declutter his man cave.
Because dads are awesome, I thought it might be nice to pull together an awesome prize package to celebrate the big man himself (not Santa, in this case). One lucky winner is going to score a Quirky Prop Power, a copy of Winter Cocktails, a bottle of Dark Obsession, a set of cufflinks (your choice, including Star Wars, Star Trek & DC Comics options), and a copy of Billy Crystal’s hilarious memoir Still Foolin’ ‘Em, for a total value of over $240. Want to win? Here’s how to enter:
1) Tell me in the comments below by December 11th: which of these gifts would most rock your dad’s boat (or your own)?
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 12th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entries: Give a high five to the awesome partners on this post and earn yourself some bonus entries. Do any or all of the following, be sure to leave comment(s) with your activity (ies), and you’ll have more of a chance to win!:
Quirky – Follow Quirky on Twitter, tag them (and me @cdngiftguide) in a Tweet about the giveaway, leave a link to your Tweet below.
Winter Cocktails – Is published by Quirk Books and distributed by Random House of Canada, who you should follow on Twitter, tag them (and me) in a Tweet about the book, with a link to your Tweet below.
Calvin Klein Dark Obsession – Follow Calvin Klein on Twitter, tag them (and me) in a Tweet about the cologne, leave a link to your Tweet below.
Cufflinks.com – Follow them on Facebook, leave a comment about which links you’d most love to own, leave a link back to your comment (it can be done, Google it). Heads up: You may see a CGG-specific Cufflinks.com FB post – if you do, leave your comment there. If you don’t, their regular wall is just fine.
Still Foolin’ ‘Em – Is published by Raincoast Books, who you should like on Facebook and leave a comment about this title and why you’d like to read it, leaving a link back to your comment below.
5) Bonus Entries Part Deux: Want to score an extra 10 entries (max) into the draw? Pin as many of the items above as you’d like to relevant Pinterest boards (i.e. ‘gift ideas for men’ or ‘books’ / ‘sports’ etc. where appropriate) and you’ll earn one extra entry per pin.