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By Carly Krug
When it comes to father figures one size does not fit all. It’s not a dad bod dig. It’s true, unlike moms who are easily pleased with a bouquet or bubble bath, dads are notoriously hard to buy for. So we’ve delved into some “dad types,” paired them with our top picks, and curated some terrific Father’s Day gift ideas for you to choose from.
From poster presents of his favourite pastime to leather wallets that won’t break the bank to soap and shave gifts for dads who like to get their spa on – we’ve got you covered with gifts any papa would love to get on his special day.
Whether he’s rocking salt-and-pepper stubble, the same ‘70s stache he had in the ‘70s or a full on ZZ Top, spoil him with spa-like shave gifts. Smooth-faced dads will swoon over an old-timey Pure Badger Shaving Brush and a sumptuously-scented Shaving Cream. While the more well-endowed dads can keep it tidy with a Natural Boar Bristle Beard Brush or a cool, compact Folding Beard and Moustache Comb. And since a happy wife is a happy life, toss in a Beard Bib to keep stray hairs out of the sink.
Even the most Zen of men who regularly stop and sniff the roses don’t want to smell like they do. Stop dad from reaching for mom’s flowery shower gel by gifting him some suds of his own. Sea Salt Soap is fit for a sailor (who’s seeking a natural exfoliant to keep his skin soft and smooth) and doubles as a shave lather. Coffee Soap is eye-opening thanks to its warm, invigorating aroma and is full of antioxidants which target fine lines and puffy skin. And Volcanic Ash Soap is made from hand-harvested toxin-absorbing ash from Iceland and smells like warm wood in a sauna.
Dad got a thing for shrooms? First, stop teasing him. Mushroom foraging is not the Tilley-hat wearing hobby of the middle-aged anymore. In fact, even the millennials are doing it. Choose from three mushroom posters that are as eye-catching as they are appetizing. And maybe join him the next time he hits the forest. After all, he’s a fungi. (Sorry, we had to get at least one dad joke in here.)
You gave him the gears for years, now take the high road and gift him this Bicycle Blueprint Poster, an elegant etching of a ten-speed road bike which is equal parts artsy and athletic. Or satisfy his wanderlust when it’s too wet to take the bike out with a Bicycles 1000-piece vintage puzzle.
A dad who loves maps is near and dear to our hearts – obviously! So give him the world, North America, Canada or B.C. with a reproduction of an early 20th century map on heavy canvas stylishly hung on a wood frame by a hemp rope.
Raise the bar this year by gifting pops with the skills to be the host with the most with this Bartender’s Guide Poster and matching tea towel. Make it a tipple trifecta with this Mad Men-era Cocktail Time 1000-piece puzzle. (Warning: jigsaw and gin at your own risk.)
Infuse a little ‘a river runs through it’ into his office or WFH space by presenting pop with a poster depicting his favourite pastime of fly fishing. Each of the finely feathered, colourful flies on this vintage-style work of art is a masterpiece unto itself, all printed on beautifully textured Italian paper.
Modern men drink … Matcha, Earl Grey, a vanilla half-caf with soy, or whatever the heck gets them going each morning. So while what’s inside dad’s morning mug may not scream lumberjack black the outside still can when you give him a manly man’s Cutting Edge Coffee Cup. Fill it with his favourite liquid and present it to him with breakfast in bed on Father’s Day morning.
Before there were life hacks there were Mac hacks. (And no, this won’t date dear old dad, the beloved ‘80s series was rebooted in 2016.) Whichever version he watched, he’ll love this multi-tasking money clip – a must-have for any gadget-loving dad. It holds his money and cards, is equipped with RFID-blocking technology and … a bottle opener. So he can have his craft beer and pay for it too.
Speaking of Gen X sitcoms, remember the Costanza wallet. a.k.a “George’s exploding wallet” on Seinfeld? Save dad’s back, and his sanity, by gifting him a wallet that won’t weigh him down. This slim essentials-only, and super-affordable, brown leather credit card case holds eight cards and has a magnetic closure for spare change. Go even sleeker with this rustic brown leather card holder.
If the old man insists on kicking it old school, or actually likes to carry a little more junk in his trunk, try these traditional buttery leather bifold and trifold wallets. They’re perfect for the dad who has everything (and 30 credit cards to prove it.)
Ties are so 2019 (or whenever we last graced the office), pants are totally optional these days, but t-shirts are forever. Every dad could use a cool new one to add to his collection. Our iconic Nelson t-shirts are soft and comfy, hand silk-screened and will suit dad to a T. Choose from the Bear, the Saw Blade, the Top Hat, the Leaf or the Anvil.
Whatever you give dad this Father’s Day send it with love if you’re afar, or accessorize it with a hug (or an affectionate elbow bump) if you’re not – it’s been a long year!