Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

It’s time to celebrate dads and all they do! Balancing kids and work isn’t just for moms. Television shows and commercials like to portray dad as incompetent and befuddled – unable to function without his more capable better-half close by, but where is that dad? The dads I see are tossing laundry into machines, shopping for groceries, filling out school permission forms and shuttling the kids to their activities,  too. I see dads dropping off their kids at school and in the pick-up line. I see dads multitasking at the park – on their phones, while showing up for the little league game. We see you dads. We see know how hard you’re working, and you deserve to be celebrated. We know this because, we’re moms and we’ve got your back!

For the Well-Groomed Gent

Well-manicured nails are not just for women. Rimowa’s compact leather manicure set with sleek design and precision tools comes with a 2-year warranty. Available Rimowa.com and select stores, $300.

No matter what your style, wear it proud. Whether you want a trimmed goatee, or rugged two day stubble, when it comes to beard and moustache trimmers nothing beats the i-Stubble® – the ultimate in stubble control. Built with technology so advanced, it makes styling seem effortless. Conair for Men has the essential gear to make a better man out of you. Available ConairCanada.ca, $79.99.

For the bearded fellow, this serum is a mix of dry oils designed to hydrate. Free from parabens, petroleum and artificial fragrances. Made in Montreal by Etsy seller PepinMontreal, $32.00

Shaving with a natural fibre bristle shaving brush is an experience and this boar bristle is priced just right at $9.99. From Etsy seller AideBodyCare based in Oshawa, Ontario.

We were first introduced to Schaf Skincare last year, and I’m loving it.  Their line of toxin-free, fragrance-free and cruelty-free products are also gender neutral, which means you can skip all of the packaging fuss and get right to the product.  The Shave Cream is a luxurious blend of coconut oil and aloe-based emollients that deliver a super-close shave and help prevent nicks and cuts, irritation and razor burn.  $30 online or at a vendor near you.

 

If the dad in your life likes to spend time on his ‘do, then GreatLakesGroomingCo. Ghost Clay is just the thing for him. A texturizing oil/wax based clay pomade gives hair a light to medium hold without feeling heavy or greasy. Handmade in Chatham, Ontario, $18.

Street Styler

ECCO

From the daily commute to travel overseas, keep your tech secure and your look sharp with this intelligently designed backpack. Impeccably crafted from leather with a naturally occurring pebble grain texture, it offers plenty of practical storage options and features adjustable straps for a personalized fit. Available at ECCO and in stores, $400.

Perhaps it’s time to upgrade dad’s wallet and this handcrafted all-leather personalized wallet from SakaoCo based in Montreal is available in a variety of different style options. Featured look available online for $133.69.

Move over boring black socks! Add a dash of fun to a conservative look with a pair of socks from FourHundredClub. Lots of different patterns and colours to choose from. Available online $10.97 per pair, various ordering options.

Take a basic French cuff shirt to the next level with a pair of cuff links, like these handmade Canadian nephrite jade ones from Etsy seller Jade Mine Canada based in South Surrey, British Columbia. Available online, $76.

Mr. Roboto a.k.a. The Techie

NOMAD’s modern leather strap is designed to give your Apple Watch a classic, yet bold new look. Made from minimally treated, vegetable tanned leather from one of America’s oldest tanneries. The leather is designed to beautifully patina with time, creating a handsome, rich leather strap with a look that is uniquely yours. Available online, Best Buy and Amazon, $59.95

Aura is a smart frame that automatically displays the best photos from your phone. Controlled 100% through the free app, the frame makes it easy to share special family moments with the people you care about most. Give Aura as a gift to your parent or grandparent, and you’ll become their favourite child without lifting a finger.  Available online, $399.

Keep his electronics safe from grubby fingers with this soft wool sleeve (protects a variety of products). Each kit includes a sleeve and a cable/charger bag to store the little things like chargers or earphones. Handmade in Toronto by IdecalCrafts. Available online, $54.39.

A home for all of dad’s treasures and trinkets and place to charge them too! This docking station is made from reclaimed wood and looks sleek atop the nightstand while serving a purpose. Available online from SingulierLampAndCab, $74.50

Forget arm candy, wrist candy is where it’s at.  Inspired by the forceful shape of transatlantic cruisers the PAUL HEWITT Grand Atlantic Line represents a unique timepiece designed for special occasions or your daily style highlight.  Available exclusively at thebay.com, $360.00.

The Entertainer

Island Daze, a surfer owned and operated leading manufacturer of premium quality surfing apparel along with Pancho Sullivan, a World Champion pro-surfer, have launched a new and unique brand of boardshort designed with a built-in bottle opener that is attached to the pocket flap of the shorts. BBO is short for Boardshort Bottle Opener as it is a brand of boardshorts for men with a bottle opener attached on the inside of the side pocket! Not only are there several designs that make for fashionable swimwear but the bottle opener on the side is a practical and often necessary feature!  Available online, $48.

Brewed in Barcelona, Daura Damm is crafted to remove gluten beer – that still tastes like beer! Light bodied and malty; moderately carbonated with aromas of malt, citrus and hops. Available in 6-packs of 330 mL bottles at the LCBO and The Beer Store for $13.95 across Ontario. The Beer Store also sells Daura Damm bottles in cases of 12 for $26.95 and 24 for $55.80.

 

And if Dad likes his drinks a little stronger, make a visit to Spirit of York, Toronto’s newest craft distillery.   Beth-Anne and Nathalie had a chance to sample their wares, and we can tell you that Spirit of York is craft distilling in the highest sense of the word.  Their gin and vodka are outstanding works of craft.  Appropriately housed in The Distillery District, their premises offer an interactive experience for visitors to see and learn about the distillation process, sample the aromas of the botanicals that flavour the gin, and even make their own custom bitters at the bitters bar.

ReGrained harvests supergrain upcycled from urban craft breweries as delicious, healthy, and sustainable food. ReGrained grain is chock full of flavor, nutrition (high protein/fiber, low sugar), and impact (it fights food waste!). Their Honey Cinnamon IPA and Chocolate Coffee Stout Bars are made with locally sourced, wholesome ingredients and wrapped in an adventure-ready backyard compostable wrapper. Available online, Amazon and select stores, $2-$2.50/bar or $24.99 for a 12 pack.

If he’s got a bar, or a bar cart, make sure he’s got all the accessories. This vintage 1980s bar tool set with horn handles contains a corkscrew, bottle opener and spout. Available online from Etsy seller Windermere Studio, $27.20.

If backyard grillin’ is more his speed, create an outdoor oasis fit for a king with everything a backyard needs from CANVAS available at Canadian Tire.  We’re talking outdoor furniture, lighting, rugs!  But this is perfect for backyard S’Mores:

CANVAS Vista Outdoor Fire Bowl features an extra large fire bowl allowing for robust warming fires on cooler evenings (think fall nights).  Available online at CanadianTire.com or in-stores at Canadian Tire, $249.99.

And this is certain to add a little ambiance to your existing patio dining table.  The Wallace Outdoor Fire Feature is sleek and modern, simply insert the gas connect through the umbrella hole for to instantly change the mood of your table. Available online at CanadianTire.com or in-stores at Canadian Tire, $199.99.

The Zen Seeker

Let’s be real. Kids can be loud. And irritating. Couple that with the stress of everyday life and maybe dad is seeking some zen. If it’s meditation he’s after, this vintage Tibetan meditation bowl may be just the thing he his practice needs. Available online from 1000CrowsVintage, $95.

Moms aren’t the only ones who escape to the bath for some solace. Check out these Spruce Springsteen bath bombs from The Bathematician. Available online, $5.85

A nice dinner, a foot-rub, a glass of something by candle light. I won’t be doing this for Father’s Day. Maybe you will. Local Candles are apothecary inspired candles hand-poured in small batches available in a range of heavenly scents online from ApothecarybyPure, $25 each.

The Globe Trotter

Granted it’s a high-end item but the Topas Business Multiwheel is pretty spectacular with all the bells and whistles you’d expected from a luxury luggage maker like Rimowa, known for its quality and attention to detail. Available online and select stores, $1195.

Is it time to refresh that toiletry bag? Vancouver-based DivinaDuevo hand-makes each leather bag with a removable, washable liner. Each bag is customizable – choose from colours and personalization. Available online, $193.89

Did you know that you can not travel with a damaged passport? All the more reason to invest in a passport holder and this all-leather, handmade, customizable option looks pretty good to us! Made in Nelson, British Columbia by PopovLeather, available online, $75.32

Sexy Sustainable Eco Date Night

Sometimes a trip somewhere exotic just isn’t in the cards, but a getaway somewhere close by is doable.  Recently Plenty took a trip to Ste. Anne’s Spa and it was heavenly.  Read about our experience here, to learn some tips for booking your own escape from the every day.

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