Know Father Best

Father’s Day is coming up quickly – if you haven’t given dad’s present much thought yet, I’ve rounded up some fantastic ideas to inspire your gift-giving!Swatch Sistem51 Watches

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 Tube SwingMountainsmith 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 BlowerDEWALT 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

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 and Bonacini Gift CardsOliver & 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 Gift SetL’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 Smart Key

Elgato Systems Smart Key – $50 @
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.


121 Responses to “Know Father Best”
  1. SandyS says:

    The elgato system smart key would be my pick. I can see having a lot of fun with this product. I could attach it to my cat also and would not have to waste time trying to find him!!!

  2. Debra says:

    All of the items look great, but I think the smart key system would be very useful!

  3. Suzanne G says:

    I really like the Swatch Sistem51 Watches especially the gorgeous blue one. I know the Dewalt Blower would also be a great hit.

  4. Jason Quarrie says:

    Definitely the DEWALT 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower – my dad’s getting on in years, and I’m in another province, so anything that helps him out is great!

  5. Suzanne G says:

    I followed Dewalt on twitter and posted

  6. Suzanne G says:

    I followed L’OCCITANE on FB and commented

  7. Rachel C. says:

    I love the smart key idea. My dad sooo needs that!

  8. aclily19 says:

    The Mountainsmith Cooler Sling is my favourite. I am actually heading out to MEC today to get one for my friends’s birthday.

  9. Mary warner says:

    Thw Swatch System 51 watches are beautiful and perfect for the man who loves timepieces.

  10. Elena says:

    I think my hubby would like the l’ocittane fragrance collection best. He loves his colognes

  11. Aimee says:

    My hubby would love the cooler sling

  12. Anne Derkat says:

    The Dewalt cordless blower would be perfect for my son and his son who loves to garden.

  13. Kelly E says:

    PlayStation Gold wireless headset would be his favourite

  14. Cara says:

    My dad would probably like the cordless blower!

  15. tammy ta says:

    The idea that I like best for father’s day is the watches

  16. Janice Lewis says:

    I think one of those watches would look amazing on my Dad.

  17. mousecat says:

    I like the Mountainsmith Cooler Sling the best! It would definately be used, that’s for sure!

  18. Sherry K says:

    Love the Swatch watch and the Cordless Dewalt Blower for Dad.

  19. Sherry K says:

  20. The Elgato Systems Smart Key, my husband would love this.

  21. Susan Patterson says:

    I would love to give my husband the Dewalt 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower. Thank you very much!

  22. Joan G. says:

    What a coincidence – it was only the other day my husband talked about getting a Cordless Blower – would be great to win this prize.

  23. Audrey Skinner says:

    All these prizes are great but I especially love the Swatches and the Cooler Sling.

  24. Susan says:

    My favourite is the Dewalt 5,0 amp Cordless Blower.

  25. Heather Swanson says:


  26. dorcontest says:

    I subscribe by email already 🙂 dorcontest at gmail dot com
    My guy would love the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset the most.

    Doreen Lamoureux

  27. dorcontest says:

    I follow them on twitter @doreenlamoureux and I tweeted

    dorcontest at gmail dot com
    Doreen Lamoureux

  28. intensev5 says:

    I really like the DEWALT 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower – $249 @ Home Depot and Hardware Stores Nationwide

  29. Erin McSweeney says:

    all really great ideas i love the DEWALT 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower – $249 @ Home Depot and Hardware Stores Nationwide

  30. Shelley N says:

    Just love those Swatch watches. My husband is a big fan of watches and one of those would be great for him this Father’s Day

  31. Alison K says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. My favourite Father’s Day gift ideas that are featured in this post are the SWATCH SISTEM51 Watches & the Elgato Systems Smart Key. Thanks

  32. Alison K says:

    @DEWALTtough Bonus Entry #1: followed & tweeted

  33. katydidit21 says:

    My Dad would love the Dewalt 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower. It’s practical and it’s fun and I could borrow it.

  34. Nicole B says:

    I love the smart key. My husband the techie would love that!

  35. kiraali says:

    the cordless blower

  36. edmontonjb says:

    The blower, the watch and the cooler sling would all be perfect for my dad and husband


  37. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I like the SWATCH SISTEM51 Watches best I think, though the blower has a lot going for it too and a nice meal is always good 🙂

  38. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Bonus Entry #1 I follow DeWalt on twitter and have tweeted:

  39. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Bonus Entry #2 I follow L’Occitane on FB and have left a comment:

  40. I subscribe and I love the Mountainsmith Cooler Sling! So cool!

  41. lindsay d. says:

    i would love to win the cooler sling!

  42. Jessica e says:

    i like the headset, very cool!

  43. Donnas says:

    We just moved into a house from a condo so the BF would love to have the blower.
    He’s a gamer so the PlayStation stereo headset would be put to use.

  44. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Elgato Systems Smart Key most!

  45. Luis says:

    I would love the DeWalt Cordless Blower.

  46. andrea amy says:

    I am a subscriber
    L’Occitane Cedrat Fragrance Collection is my favourite
    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

  47. Donnah says:

    All of them look great but I really like the Swatch watches

  48. alan parker says:

    SWATCH SISTEM51 Watches are the best!

  49. alan parker says:

  50. Joy D says:

    DEWALT 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower. This would come in handy this fall with a yard full of mature leaving trees.

  51. CLC says:

    I love the Swatch. It never goes out of style.

  52. Caroline says:

    I really like the DEWALT 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower. It would be very handy for my father.



  53. Jessica Lord says:

    I really like the scent collection

  54. oh,I love the Dewalt Cordless Blower,that would make a great fathers day gift! 🙂

  55. follow & tweeted

  56. Jenn Erin says:

    I’d have to say the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset – it looks super comfy.

  57. Jenn Erin says:

    Liked L’Occitane Canada on FB and posted on their wall:

  58. Yvonne Tabaracci says:

    PlayStation Gold wireless headset would be awesome

  59. Lori O'Brien says:

    My Dad would love this, what an amazing contest! These products rock!

  60. Valerie Caldicott says:

    I would like the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset for my husband

  61. Mark Martin says:

    I like the Swatches….

  62. mike mottishaw says:

    i love the Sling drink cooler, and of course any of the L’Occitane product line is good to me 🙂

  63. Lynn Andersen says:

    What is most appealing is the L’Occitane Cedrat Fragrance Collection. I may just like that scent for myself.

  64. Anu Chopra says:

    Mountainsmith Cooler Tube Sling would be a perfect gift!

  65. marygaudet says:

    My fella would go gaga over the Sony Playstation Gold wireless headphones! What an awesome gift list 🙂 thanks for hosting this for Father’s Day.

  66. ihv3gr8kdz says:

    The swatch watch – reminds us of our youth!!!

  67. linnett says:

    Love the look of the Swatch Watch, very stylish, thanks

  68. Graham Babe says:

    The cordless blower and the O&B gift card would be great!

  69. I like the watches and the dewalt

  70. kristen visser says:

    My favorite Father’s Day gift idea that is featured in this post is PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset

  71. kristen visser says:
  72. Lynn M says:

    The DeWalt cordless blower looks exactly like the type of thing my father would appreciate.

  73. Burcu A. says:

    I love Oliver & Bonacini Restaurant Gift Cards and PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset

  74. julie says:

    The cooler sling bag is a great idea:)

  75. Terry says:

    The cordless blower is my choice. We spend June digging out from underneath the elm seeds from the Park next door. A blower is easier than shovelling!

  76. Leigh says:

    The Swatch watches!! Throwback to my childhood!!

  77. debbie f says:

    My favourite gift is the L’Occitane Cedrat Fragrance Collection

  78. cookie3 says:

    since hubby is crazy for tools , he’d love the Dewalt leaf blower.

  79. Edmond says:

    Re: my fave: Swatch watches. . Wow, prize package is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me!

  80. Sherri F says:

    The elgato system smart key would be great for hubby! He is always misplacing his keys!

  81. MaryAnne Thurston says:

    Tough choice because they would all make great Father’s Day gifts but I will choose the DeWalt cordless blower. thanks for the contest!

  82. lilfifi says:

    My favorite gift ideas for Dad are the Swatch SISTEM 51 watches and the Dewalt 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower, especially nice since it’s cordless.

  83. diane says:

    Love all these ideas but I will pick the cordless blower.

  84. Cairine says:

    I think he could use the Stereo Headset.

  85. Amanda Harper says:

    I love the smart key suggestion.

  86. Robert Wise says:

    My favourite gift would be the Smart Key – would be great for me as well as my dad.

  87. Robert Wise says:

  88. Robert Wise says:
  89. dabrowne says:

    I would pick the DeWalt blower for sure, so much easier than sweeping!

  90. Lori L. says:

    I know my hubby will LOVE the Mountainsmith Cooler Sling! I am actually headed to MEC this afternoon to buy one for him for Father’s Day so thank you very much for the idea!

  91. Lori L. says:

    My Facebook post on L’Occitane Canada’s wall:

  92. Toby says:

    The Cordless blower and wireless headset! Cordless and wireless items are so….freeing!

  93. prairiebelle says:

    I think the SWATCH SISTEM51 Watches are amazing

  94. prairiebelle says:

    follow on twitter and tweeted

  95. prairiebelle says:

    follow on facebook and commented

  96. Tina L. says:

    SWATCH SISTEM51 Watches

  97. Michelle says:

    The cooler sling would definitely be a unique gift.

  98. yvonne says:

    I would love it if I could give my honey the L’Occitane Cedrat fragrance collection.

  99. Sunshine G says:

    I’d love to get my husband a Swatch watch!

  100. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to get my husband the DEWALT 5.0 Amp Cordless Blower so that I could use it!

  101. Harmony A. says:

    OMG the Mountainsmith Cooler sling is great. My hubby would love that!

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