12 Thoughtful Father’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Ties
There’s something about Father’s Day that gives even the most thoughtful among us a case of “gifter’s block.” Perhaps this is why Father’s Day gifts usually border on the cliche — like a tie bought in a rush, or a random item featuring his favourite sports team’s logo. Instead, make 2019 the year this tradition ends. Here’s a list of gifts dad will actually love to receive, from little luxuries that’ll make his day to trips that’ll create memories that last a lifetime.
Gifts to Improve His Daily Routine
He might not directly say he’s into self-care, but he knows the concept on a physical level. In other words: Your dad needs a break. While he’d never use the word “pampering,” these gifts help recharge his batteries — whether he realizes it or not.
1. NES Classic Edition
A miniaturized version of the 1985 game system, the NES Classic Edition will definitely bring him back to his glory days of gaming. Designed to plug into any TV, the easy-to-set up console comes ready to play with 30 games (including old favorites like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Kirby’s Adventure). Also cool: You can play using different Display Modes, like a CRT filter (which replicates the experience of playing on an old TV) or Pixel-Perfect (each pixel is a perfect square for crystal-clear visuals).
2. JBL Pulse 3
Bluetooth speakers can be hit-or-miss for quality, but the Pulse 3 proves to be an exception. It delivers a decent audio experience in the form of a portable, waterproof speaker that also comes with a lava lamp-esque light show. When he needs some “dad time,” this is the speaker that can go along wherever that may be, from the basement to the backyard. He can even it toss it in the golf cart to add a soundtrack to his next round of golf.
3. Yeti Rambler 30-oz Tumbler
He might have the brand’s signature cooler already, or he already knows everything about how they can keep anything at the perfect temperature for days on end. The tumbler does the exact same thing, whether he wants to keep his morning cup of coffee hot all day long or wants to keep his Saturday brew of choice chilled to perfection even after he leaves it in the sun for his afternoon nap. Fun fact: Someone very wise discovered that a pint of ice cream perfectly fits inside this design, carton and all.
Pro Tip: Yeti also offers customization options, like logos, monograms, and personalized messages. We’ll leave it up to you whether to go with something sentimental or sarcastic.
4. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
Let’s be honest, your dad looks like a geek in AirPods. And while we’re not saying he’s losing his hearing, these Bose headphones are known to have supreme sound quality. Plus these headphones have noise-cancelling technology. A little peace & quiet might be the perfect gift this year.
5. A Good Pen
For some reason, many dads appreciate a fine writing instrument the way others would appreciate a work of art. Give him something a little nicer than those $2-for-10 pens with the Shinola Tactile Turn Titanium Glider Pen. It’s designed with a perfect balance for an effortless writing experience
Pro Tip: The real spirit of this gift is upgrading something he uses every day. If your father isn’t the letter-writing type, maybe opt for a nicer version of grilling accessories, kitchen gear (especially high-quality knives), or his favorite tool (tactical flashlights are another dad-pleaser).
Experiences He’ll Never Forget
One of the ways traditional gift guides fall short is failing to recognize the one things most Dads want: To spend quality time with his family. Dad may define that as yelling in unison at a sporting event, quietly sitting alongside each other, or sharing a meal as a family. But no matter what, it’s time well spent.
Pro Tip: The real spirit of this gift is upgrading something he uses every day. If your father isn’t the letter-writing type, maybe opt for a nicer version of grilling accessories, kitchen gear (especially high-quality knives), or his favourite tool (tactical flashlights are another dad-pleaser).
6. Toronto's Craft Brewery Tour
Ride in style with the TBT SuperVan as they take you to three unique craft breweries on your custom Toronto brewery tour. They teach you how to taste craft beer like pro, and find out what goes on behind the scenes.
7. A Trip to Galaxy’s Edge
If your dad has long loved the Star Wars franchise, let him live his dream at Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World. Each is a “land” at their respective theme parks, but they’re not just a ride or two with some clever decor. Instead, each offers a completely immersive experience into all things Star Wars — even the bottled water is themed. There, he can pilot the Millennium Falcon, take a seat at Oga’s Cantina, or finally sample the famous Blue Milk.
Pro Tip: Bring a little extra money - for $199, you can build your very own Light saber.
8. Canadian Tire Motor Sport Park
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) is the leading racing and automotive performance facility in Canada. And more than that, now it is a unique entertainment venue, suitable for most any occasion. In addition to the major international races, they have hosted events ranging from corporate needs to fashion shows, to weddings. Their state-of-the-art facilities offer the flexibility and capacity to accommodate any event.
Pro Tip: If there isn’t a racetrack near you, consider picking up the new Oculus Quest or other VR tech, where he can drive a racecar from anywhere.
9. The Canadian BBQ Society
The Canadian BBQ Society is a non-profit organization of Professional BBQ Competitors, Organizers and Judges, all with two common passions: BBQ and our beloved country, Canada.
Gifts He Can Eat or Drink
If Dad has everything he could possibly want, is unusually difficult to shop for, or tends to regard physical gifts as clutter (and doesn’t always have time for experiences), consumable gifts are the way to go.
10. Craft a Better Beer Experience
It’s not about buying just his favorite six-pack. Instead, fill the biggest gift basket, cooler or tub with his favorite brews. For a little more variety, pack a few clever beer-lover accessories from Uncommon Goods.
Pro Tip: If you think your dad would like to try some new brews straight from the tap, there’s a cool new way to make it happen (without having to turn the garage into a home brewing laboratory). Meet Canada Craft Club. A beer-of-the-month club, Canada Craft Club is a great way to build your own craft beer package to suit your tastes.
12. Fuego Diablo Steaks
Mailorder steaks. Steaks that carry the name Fuego Diablo bear witness to a legend of taste and quality. Our Gold Label steaks are selected from the very best USDA Choice and Canadian AAA Black Angus Beef. USDA Prime and Canadian Prime is where we start with our Black Label Diablo steaks.
Pro Tip: If you think your dad would prefer a variety, try butcherbox.ca. They’ve got chicken, pork, steak, and some great looking BBQ options, too.