Dear Ol’ Dad

As promised this week is Father’s Day week, and thus my big Father’s Day special post had to be rolling out at some point. After much fanfare, here it is friends – a roundup of great gift ideas for your husband, son, brother, or of course, your dad. As long as they serve as a parent in some capacity, they’re worthy of one of these fantastic Father’s Day gift ideas for Canadians.

Breville Crisp Crust Pizza MakerBreville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker – $199 @ Hudson’s Bay
Find me the guy that doesn’t love biting into a piece of ooey, gooey pizza and I’ll call them a liar! Especially after serving up a slice from this innovative at-home pizza maker that gives you perfectly crisped crust, whether you’re into thin, regular, or thick pizza dough. How does it work, you ask? Simple: it heats up the top and bottom pizza stones to temperatures of 660°, replicating the cooking process of an old-fashioned brick oven. It may be a tad pricy to splash out on now – but think of all the money you’ll save by not ordering in greasy, soggy, lukewarm (not to mention unhealthy) pizza from takeout!

L'Occitane Eau De CadeL’Occitane Eau De Cade Eau De Toilette – $56 for 100ml
This one is doubly cool (and cute). For one thing, it’s an oh-so-chic, rustic scent that mixes together earthy cedar wood and cade wood with bright poppy notes of bergamot (an uplifting essential oil), pink pepper (one of my fave fragrance notes) and citrus (for a zesty finish). For another, that titular cade wood is actually symbolic of a tenacious character, tradition and generosity, and is passed down between generations of Provencal shepherds. So sons, treat your dads nicely with this sweet gesture of familial solidarity.

The PuckOpenerThe PuckOpener – $12 each @ Buffalo BottleCraft
Hockey and beer – are there two more Canadian things that go together? As the playoff season comes to a close this month, give dad easy access to his favourite brews with a cool conversation starter: bottle openers made from real hockey pucks and emblazoned with cool, retro-inspired designs. This is a fantastic pick for the casual Father’s Day family; at this price point, you can even throw in a six-pack (or a 24) to keep dad satiated, no matter what his Dad’s day activities may include. Also makes a fantastic stocking stuffer for you early bird shoppers…

Carnivore ClubCarnivore Club – From $50 per Month
Get your laughs out now that the vegetarian blogger is writing about this – but admittedly, I think this is a pretty cool gift idea for the meat-eating dad, especially because it’s Canadian! Each month, a faux-wood box appears on your doorstep, packed with cured meats on a particular theme, like French Charcuterie or Italian Salumi. Insider info on the unique practices that go into each culinary delight, as well as preparation instructions, are included, giving dad access to an easy, gourmand DIY feast. Subscriptions are $55 for a single month if you just want to give it a whirl, or $50 per month if you sign up for a longer period of time.

Michael Jordan The Life by Roland Lazenby

Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby – $33 (list)
Guys don’t have beach reads, but they won’t say no to kicking back with an engaging book while chilling on the beach or relaxing at the cabin. Enter Roland Lazenby’s definitive summation of the world’s greatest basketball player, Michael Jordan. This monster of a book covers every aspect of Michael Jordan’s life (even dating back to his grandparents), including how the game changed Michael, but more importantly, how this titan on the court changed the game. Whether or not you’re a Jordan fan, this book is ideal for the basketball fan as it dives deep into sponsorships, the elevation of megabrands like Nike, and so much more.

ECCO Contoured

ECCO Contoured Plain Toe Tie Shoe – $225
If you’ve got a stylish dad on your hands, why not get him a cheerful pair of new shoes to don throughout the summer? This stunning new style from ECCO features a bold, contrast sole (with matching laces, natch) and is made from smooth, uniquely coloured leather. It’s the perfect pair to wear with a formal suit for those inevitable weddings, to the office, or even just for a nice brunch out with the family. Like say, for Father’s Day.

Stanley Tools Click and Connect ToolboxStanley Tools Click ‘N’ Connect Toolbox – $39.99 @ Rona
Isn’t it time your handy dad got rid of his old rusting metal clunker in exchange for a sleeker, lighter, yet no less sturdy toolbox? If that’s the case, this smart stacking system from Stanley Tools is a great pick. It’s comprised of multiple units that can be stacked and snapped together, giving you extra storage space without taking up tons of room. Whether dad is busy in the garage, always fixing things up around the home, or even interested in getting in touch with his artsy side, this smart storage solution also includes removable dividers to make it easy to customize for your needs.

Scrabble Vintage EditionPremier Edition Scrabble – $199 @ Restoration Hardware
Every dad’s favourite word game actually harkens all the way back to the 1940s. Restoration Hardware has released an exclusive version of the game that channels the era without changing the rules. Made from solid hardwood and featuring a rotating turntable for easy play, dad will appreciate the attention to detail in everything from the raised grid to the diecast metal accents to the fabric-wrapped scorebook so you can keep tabs on which family member truly has the best grip on our lexicon.


SensoGlove – $82.85 @
If dad’s looking to improve his golf game, this technologically enhanced glove may help him out. Sweatproof and made from high quality leather, this unique glove monitors the tension of your grip on the golf club. Instinctively, when we want to blast a golf ball down the fairway, we tend to tighten our grip – when in fact, that tension can slow down your swing and make it choppy. This glove gives both audio and visual feedback on your grip, helping dad loosen up and enjoy his game – especially when he creams the competition. 

The Adventurer's Power StationThe Adventurer’s Power Station – $199.95 @ Hammacher Schlemmer
For the dad that likes to disappear every now and again, this innovative portable charging station will ensure he can always stay connected if you really need him to be. Ideal for stashing away in the trunk of your car, dad’s RV, or the family boat, the mega long-lasting battery contained within can fire up everything from a GPS system to a tablet to a cell phone – multiple times over! – when fully charged. You can also purchase an additional solar panel ($199) to keep the power station powered up when camping, backpacking, or hiding out in the wilderness.

Father's Day Prize Package

Finally, for all you guys out there (and of course, their wives, daughters and mothers), I’ve got a great prize package that should be placed into the hands of a deserving dad-type in your life, including a PuckOpener, a copy of Michael Jordan: The Life and a bottle of L’Occitane’s new Eau de Cade. Want to win it? Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave me a comment by June 22 telling me which of these Father’s Day gift ideas you’d love to gift (or receive). Are you celebrating Father’s Day this year in some capacity?


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 June 23, 2014 to select the winner(s), 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 Entry #1: Follow @ThePuckOpener on Twitter and tag them and me (@cdngiftguide) in a Tweet on why you’d like to win this sweet prize. Don’t forget to leave a link to your Tweet below!

Bonus Entry #2: Like Hachette Book Group Canada on Facebook (the publisher of the MJ book) and leave a comment on the wall as to why you simply must read this great new Michael Jordan biography. You don’t have to mention CGG, but you do have to leave a link to your comment below.

Bonus Entry #3: Follow L’Occitane Canada on Twitter and Tweet about the guy in your life that deserves to smell like Eau de Cade. Remember to leave a link to your Tweet below!

Important note! Please ensure all of your entries are posted as separate comments (i.e. your base entry and your Hachette Book Group comments should be two separate comments). Otherwise they won’t be counted!

80 Responses to “Dear Ol’ Dad”
  1. Joan G. says:

    Definitely celebrating Father’s Day – I think the Adventure’s Power Station would be a great gift for the entire family.

  2. Kimberley says:

    I will be celebrating Father’s Day an my Dad’s birthday combined. My Dad would love a box of goodies from the Carnivore Club or the Scrabble game.

  3. janicour says:

    My father is a golfer, and this would be my choice. I want one too!! SensoGlove – $82.85 @

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  5. janicour says:

    Eau de Cade L’Occitane Canada on Twitter Link and the twitter page are down:(

  6. Leah says:

    I’d love to give my dad the premier edition scrabble. His fave game!

  7. Evan says:

    The Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby book looks great. He’s our collective(ly) fave player throughout the 80s and 90s and brought much excitement to the NBA. Thank you!

  8. Erin W says:

    My Dad would love the Sensoglove…the golf course is his second home! We’ll be celebrating Fathers Day by camping!

  9. Susan says:

    My son would definitely love the Carnivore Club. He just said yesterday that he would love to get a smoker someday.

  10. I’d give my Dad the Adventurer’s Power Station. Because he loves driving off down obscure logging roads (he lives in North Ontario), and the cellphone we bought him has never left his glove compartment. So this at least would help charge it if he ever got stuck.

  11. Sherry K says:

    would love to give the Sensoglove to my husband

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  14. Mike Mottishaw says:

    sure I totally am hoping to try the eau de Cade -yes please!

  15. May says:

    I would love to gift the Stanley Tools Click ‘N’ Connect Toolbox and yes will definitely celebrate Father’s day!

  16. GARRY S says:


  17. Alison K says:

    Of these Father’s Day gift ideas, I’d love to gift the “Carnivore Club” in order to open up their taste buds. Unfortunately I am not celebrating Father’s Day this year in some capacity.

  18. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #1: Followed @ThePuckOpener on Twitter and tweeted

  19. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #3: Followed L’Occitane Canada on Twitter and tweeted

  20. cookie3 says:

    Definitely celebrating Father’s Day!!! I think the Stanley Tools Click ‘N’ Connect Toolbox is a great idea.

  21. Jeannie says:

    I would love to give the Restoration Premier Edition Scrabble to my brother and for myself I love the Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker!

  22. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I would love to win the prize from Carnivore Club for my husband.He’s an great Italian salami fan!

  23. Susan J. says:

    Adventurer’s power station

  24. mousecat says:

    I’d like to gift the SensoGlove. Fun idea!
    As for celebrating Father’s day… the kids will lead that and we’ll end up making a special meal and hanging out as a family.

  25. Julie G. says:

    Honestly, the Puck Opener would be such a hit! We’ll be having a barbecue to celebrate father’s day.

  26. Donnas says:

    We’d love to have the Stanley Tools Click and Connect Toolbox in our house. It would be nice to have our tools organized and in one spot.

  27. Erika E says:

    I’d love to give The Adventurer’s Power Station to my husband for Father’s Day. We’ll be celebrating with a BBQ this year if the weather allows.

  28. CLC says:

    I’d love to give my dad the Adventurer’s Power Station. It’s a very cool item that I think he’d appreciate.

  29. Jim says:

    I’ll be celebrating with my wife and daughter, perhaps at a no-good-for-any-of-us buffet. I’d like the Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker or the The Adventurer’s Power Station. Both would be used often impress friends.

  30. Audrey Skinner says:

    I would keep the scrabble game for myself.

  31. BlessedTA says:

    The Adventurer’s Power Station. Yes

  32. linnett says:

    Hubby who is a Dad of course would love the Carnivore Club gift, thAnks

  33. Heather Arnould says:

    The Carnivore Club would be a huge hit as a Father’s Day gift. We are celebrating the day with a family dinner.

  34. Alina R. says:

    I would love to give the Adventurer’s Power Station to my husband. Great for camping!

  35. Pam says:

    Carnivore Club 🙂 Meat for Dad!!

  36. thomas rusinak says:

    i would eat the carnrivore club

  37. Sherry McKay says:

    My guy would absolutely love the carnivore gift. But I know he would love the prize you’ve chosen as well. He’s a big basketball fan, and loves to watch hockey.

  38. Lucretia-Ann says:

    Of course I’m celebrating father’s day! My dad has sacrificed so much and I would do anything to make him feel special and appreciated even for just one day! I think the Stanley Tools click n connect Toolbox would be perfect for all his tools and stuff that he loves and enjoys! Thank you for this chance to win!

  39. Cathy Oppedisano says:

    I’d like to give as a gift The Carnivore Club membership. I hope to have a BBQ this Father’s Day.

  40. ivy pluchinsky says:

    would love the Breville Crisp Crust Pizza Maker, and we are going out for dinner for Father’s Day this year.

  41. Ms Elaine Boychuk says:

    Adventurer’s Power Station for my husband.

  42. The Adventurer’s Power Station would be my pick for best to gift to my Dad. He loves power tools and this would be handy.

  43. dabrowne says:

    The adventurer’s power station is definitely my pick.

  44. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I’d love to win the pizza maker!

  45. Edmond says:

    The Carnivore club. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the Carnivore club to eat again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!’

  46. Heather Swanson says:

    The Stanley tools would be a hit ,we have been invited to a BBQ

  47. Lisa says:

    I would like to give my Dad the Adventurer’s power station for the cottage.

  48. nikki robak says:

    would love to give my dad the carnivore club he loves to BBQ

  49. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d like to give my dad the Adventurer’s Charging Station. He’d love it!

  50. truckerofbc says:

    Adventurers Power Station would be an awesome gift

  51. aclily19 says:

    I’d love to give Carnivore Club – From $50 per Month at dinner with my dad on father’s day.

  52. Anne says:

    My husband/and father of two would really enjoy the carnivore box, the scrabble and the eco hoes – all of these items are terrific!

  53. The Carnivore Club would be my choice as the gift. Am taking out my daughter’s dad and calling mine.

  54. (Wed, Jun/11/2014, 3:01PM.) Liked Hachette books and commented on Michael Jordan’s book. Cheers.

  55. Wanda Bergman says:

    I’d love to win the PuckOpener. We will be celebrating Father’s Day with a barbecue in the park.

  56. kathy wilson says:

    the Stanley tools

  57. I would love to gift theCarnivore club subscription to my hubby ,,he would love that!

  58. wai man says:

    surely will celebrate father day. surely love the ecco shoes

  59. Jessica Lord says:

    I think my husband (& father to our 2 year old daughter) would love a subscription to the carnivore club! We will definitely be celebrating him on Father’s Day

  60. Lynn says:

    My father would love the Carnivore Club! I may have to look into this!

  61. Maritess says:

    Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker. Not only will dad love this, who is our family chef, so will our girls. Will surely celebrate father’s day this time its mom who will do most of the cooking. Awesome gift ideas.

  62. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d LOVE to gift the The Adventurer’s Power Station to my partner. He’d get so much use out of it.

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  65. lorna says:

    My husband would love the Carnivore Club gift.

  66. He would love the meat club!

  67. Sunshine G says:

    That vintage Scrabble set is fantastic – I’d love to give (or get) that as a gift.

  68. Vanessa L says:

    I would love to give my dad The Adventurer’s Power Station.

  69. Sara says:

    I’d lie to gift the Ecco shoes to my husband, but he’d probably prefer any of the other fancy gadgets or practical gifts.

  70. Vicki H says:

    my hubby would love the Carnivore Club box. I can hear the carnivores “meeaatt” call now.

  71. Maegan Morin says:

    I would LOVE to get my husband the Carnivore Club Box!! He would really enjoy it 😀

  72. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    My husband could really use The Adventurer’s Power Station. I think that would be his favorite Father’s Day gift yet!

  73. Dreena says:

    I would like to gift L’Occitane’s Eau de Cade; I really like that shop!
    For Father’s Day my son made a nice sandwich and coffee for his dad.

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  75. Aimee says:

    I would love to get the scrabble game.

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