Know Father Best
SWATCH SISTEM51 Watches – $180 each at SWATCH stores
We all know dad thinks he’s a pretty powerful guy – but what if he could actually power his own watch? SWATCH has reinvented the watch manufacturing (and functionality) process, to create a watch that is 100% made by machines and is actually battery-free. Every motion dad makes while wearing the watch kicks the rotor into gear to keep the watch wound. If he takes it off, the watch will still keep on chugging along for 90 hours – just give it a jostle every now and again to keep it going. Available in five different styles ranging from bright and vibrant to classic and simple.
Mountainsmith Cooler Sling – $17 @ MEC
If he’s the type of guy who loves to head for the hills (or the beach, or the woods) come summertime, then he’ll love this handy insulated cooler than can hold up to a six-pack of beer (or four king cans). Stack ’em up, throw it over your shoulder, and get hiking. Your brewskis will still be cold by the time you get to your destination! Also available in a neutral hemp colour.
DEWALT 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower – $249 @ Home Depot, Lowe’s Stores and Other Hardware Stores Across Canada
If dad’s pride and joy is his lawn, then he’ll love this ultra quiet cordless blower that makes a mere 65 dB of sound yet packs 90 MPH of air speed. Dad will appreciate the little extras, like a brushless motor for a longer running time, a variable trigger with speed lock to give him power control, and an ergonomic handle that keeps this lightweight blower feeling comfortable, no matter how big the job. Clearing away grass clippings, leaves, and other debris has never been easier (or breezier)!
PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset – $119.99 @ Best Buy, Future Shop, Walmart, EB Games, and Amazon
For the gamer in your household, keep their booms and explosions from noise polluting your home and put a smile on their face with this dynamic set of headphone. Featuring 7.1 surround sound, a rechargeable battery, and an internal noise-cancelling microphone, dad can get even more immersed in his game than ever while you can enjoy peace-and-quiet (and maybe borrow them when he’s not using them to rock out to your own tunes). Bonus! The battery power means no cords to get in his way when button mashing.
Oliver & Bonacini Restaurant Gift Cards – From $25
If dad’s a foodie, he’ll love getting treated to a nice night on the town at one of Oliver & Bonacini’s fine dining establishments. From the world-renowned cuisine at Canoe to sampling one of the 95 whiskeys, bourbons and scotches at Jump, there’s a delectable experience for any type of culinary aficionado. This gift idea is tailored to those in the GTA, but I’m certain you can find an equivalent in your own hometown. Grab a gift card from a favourite family spot and gather the crew for a dinner out, or look into a local restaurant ownership group that dad’s been curious to try and see if they offer up gift cards.
L’Occitane Cedrat Fragrance Collection – $62 ($90 value)
Dapper dads who love to indulge in fine grooming products will fall in love with the new Cedrat scent from L’Occitane. While your mind might leap to the cedar tree when hearing the fragrance name, in fact a cedrat is a type of citrus fruit that sort of looks like a thick-skinned lemon. It does have ties to the tree – the fruit is named after its woody rind scent. L’Occitane has distilled this sparkling, invigorating scent into a new collection of fragrance and skincare products, including a deodorant, eau de toilette, shower gel, shaving gel, face gel, and aftershave balm. Buy them a la carte or treat dad to a zesty gift set so he can lather up and lavish his skin.
Elgato Systems Smart Key – $50 @ Amazon.ca
Looking to go the practical route? Make sure dad never loses his keys again with this innovative device. Attach it to your keychain, then if you ever misplace your phone, the associated free app will help you track down where they were last detected, or play a sound to help you search for them under a pile of junk. If you’re ever in danger of leaving your keys behind, the app will also alert you to make sure they aren’t accidentally left on your hotel room desk or the Starbucks counter. It’s a great pick for the forgetful dad in your life.
As always, these are just a handful of the amazing ideas out there for dad this year. Be sure to check out the Canadian Gift Guide over the next few weeks, particularly with my ongoing fifth anniversary celebrations, for even more Father’s Day gift ideas for dads across Canada. I’m also happy to announce I’m doing a pretty cool giveaway today. One lucky dad (or lady in a dad’s life) will nab the DEWALT Blower and the L’Occitane Cedrat set featured in this post, for a prize valued at over $300. Want to win it? Here’s how to enter:
1) To enter this draw, you must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. Just seek out the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave a comment below telling me what your favourite Father’s Day gift ideas are that are featured in this post. You have until June 24, 2015.
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 25, 2015 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 DEWALT on Twitter, then send out a Tweet that tags me (@cdngiftguide) and them and links back to this post. Post a link to your Tweet in a separate comment below.
5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow L’Occitane Canada on Facebook and leave a wall post that mentions who you’d love to buy the Cedrat scent for in your life. Link back to your wall post in a separate comment below.