12 Perfect Gifts for the Go-To Dad in Your Life

Whether he’s an outdoorsman or indoorsman, he deserves a day of play all to himself.

June 14, 2017

By Amanda Ross

 


1. The craft beer Tasting Kit by Spiegelau helps maintain his Dad Bod allure: faithful to the spirit of Bavarian artisan craftsmanship, these three custom-shaped glasses for IPA, stout and American wheat beer were developed with master brewers to deliver the perfect nose, texture and taste. Set of 3 (on sale!) for $30, atkinsonsofvancouver.com

2. Unlike the limited wardrobe of, say, a pro cyclist or swimmer, golf attire is that rare place where dad can rock his sartorial savvy without impeding his score. These white Ecco Mens Golf Lux shoes are all party on top (snappy brogue-style perforated leather), business on the bottom (professional-standard spikes for stability). $390, ecco.com


3. “Ferris, he never drives it! He just rubs it with a diaper.” That said, there will come a time in dad’s life when he’ll want to celebrate a special occasion abroad—wedding, golf trip, the kids moving out—and Rimowa, the de facto king of luxury aluminum luggage makes a strong case for a have-wine-will-travel mindset. The sleek Gourmet wine case fits up to six bottles, three glasses and a corkscrew, and comes lined with felt for safe arrival.  $1420, rimowa.com


4. If you’re lucky enough to score a bottle of Liquidity Wines‘ elusive 2014 Pinot Noir, pack it in his Rimowa suitcase (above). The medium-bodied red with hints of raspberry, cocoa, tobacco leaf and bergamot tea offers up a taste of ripe dark berries, pomegranate, red currant jelly, baking spice and vanilla—and comes with serious street cred (silver at the Mondial Des Pinots international competition). $26, liquiditywines.com


5. Vancouver’s own cult-fave Arc’teryx opened its largest Canadian store on Burrard Street last week and features a dedicated community space for events as well as a full-view warranty-and-repair bar. Find new pieces like the office-friendly A2B Hardshell biking blazer (for now just in women’s; the men’s version drops this fall) and the A2B Comp Vest that keeps the wind and cold out, but the commuter cool in. $250, arcteryx.com


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6. There’s Millennial Pink and then there are these pink Ted Baker London Shesho shorts in summer-ready cotton. Because he’s a modern dad. $149, tedbaker.com


7. Handcrafted from all natural ingredients, small-batch Groom products are created in a Montreal workshop with no parabens, artificial perfume, colouring or petroleum.  The Box of Beard maintenance kit includes a full-size beard oil (in original fragrance), beard balm, travel-size wash and beard oil (in old-school tobacco scent!), and a handmade Swiss folding comb. $90, frankandoak.com


8. Because he’s your kids’ hero, there’s the timely new limited-edition Jean Paul Gaultier Superman Eau Fraiche. Made in Spain, the fragrance features top notes of neroli and mint; base notes of vanilla, tonka bean and sandalwood; and a heart of sage. 125 ml/$92, thebay.com

9. Produced by skilled artisans in Japan’s Kishu region, Binchotan active charcoal has been used since the Edo period to filter water, amp up cooking flavours, deodorize rooms, remove toxins from the skin, enhance blood circulation in a hot bath and promote healthy soil in your garden. In this toothbrush by Morihata, naturally antibacterial Binchotan powder is blended into the bristles of the brush to deodorize and remove plaque, as well as keep dad’s breath fresh for bedtime kisses too. $12, Goop Pop-In at Nordstrom (available until June 25), nordstrom.ca
10. A little bit of luxury goes a long way with Marvis’s made-in-Italy Toothpaste set. With a Magnificent Seven-like line-up in 25 ml tubes, mix and match the Aquatic mint, Cinnamon Mint, Classic Mint, Ginger Mint, Jasmine Mint, Amarelli Licorice and Whitening Mint for an array of get-fresh options. $35, holtrenfrew.com

11. Even if Stihl’s BGA 86 leaf blower does all the heavy-lifting, a good power tool still makes every man feel, well, like a man. Powered with the latest in lithium-ion technology, its low vibration technology is perfect for noise sensitive areas and nap-time windows. $300, arrowequipment.ca

12. With June’s cold weather streak showing no sign of letting up, it’s good news that Canada Goose and October’s Very Own launches the high-performance men’s Timber Shell x OVO this week. Unless you have a friend who can stand in line for you at Toronto’s bricks-and-mortar shop, your best bet in snagging Drake’s second collaboration with Canada Goose is to scoop it online when it’s released at noon sharp this Friday, June 16. $895, canadagoose.ca

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