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15 gifts for Father's Day that your dad will totally love

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Darcy Matheson Jun 06, 2019 9:00 am 1,069

Is there anyone in life harder to shop for than your father? Or dads in general?

They buy what they want, whenever the hell they want, seemingly without a care in the world about the fact there’s a holiday around the corner.

This curated collection of prezzies has every dad on your list covered, no matter how picky.

Matching dad and kid baseball caps

Matching dad and kid baseball caps from SixHats

SixHats makes great high-quality baseball caps with motifs drawing inspiration from the Canadian outdoors. For Father’s Day, they’ve just rolled out four limited-edition new styles with matching adult/kids hats (from $37). It’s also a purchase you can feel good about: For every hat sold, the company provides clean water for six people for an entire year. They’ve provided 2,310 people with clean drinking water since launching just a few months ago.

Bonus: Use the code Fathersday for 10% off your purchase.

Craft beer subscription

dad son beer

Dad and son enjoying beer / Shutterstock

For the dad who loves craft brew, this curated craft beer subscription will send some very cool bottles right to his doorstep, starting next month. From hoppy IPAs, to sours, to everything in between, the subscriptions feature four breweries a month, with selections chosen (and taste tested by) its staff of beer experts (1 month from $66, Canada Craft Club).

A carry-on kit bag packed with goodies

Baxter Travel Set (Herschel)

Baxter Travel Set (Herschel)

This limited-edition Chapter Carry-On Kit is perfect for the dad who travels often, but wants to stay well-groomed. The Herschel x Baxter of California collaboration kit bag, created specifically for Father’s Day (Herschel, $60), has a signature striped liner and waterproof zippered main compartment. It’s packed with Baxter of California travel-sized grooming goodies: shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and deodorant.

Funky swim trunks

J Crew Canada swim shorts

Get your favourite dad some updated trunks with a modern slim fit. These funky poppy print swim trunks ($66.99, J Crew) have a breathable mesh lining and a 6′ inseam, so they hit a few inches above the knee. Bonus: The company uses an environmentally-friendly fabric that incorporates 65% recycled nylon.

The ultimate comfy go-anywhere chair 

Fatboy lounger / Amazon

A comfy inflatable seat for dad that takes just seconds to fill, the Fatboy lounger ($52, Amazon), will be dad’s perfect companion for all of his outdoor activities, whether it’s travelling, festivals, beach trips, camping, or just having a nice quiet sit in the yard.

Waterproof hikers to hit the trails

Keen hiking boots

Got a dad who loves hitting the trails? These Venture hikers ($200, Keen) are lightweight, waterproof and have a high-traction sole, so dad can be faster on his feet when he’s exploring the great outdoors.

A book about why dads rock

Courtesy Holman Wang

Although many dads work a 9 to 5 each day, their jobs don’t end at the office. Children’s author Holman Wang shines the spotlight on hardworking parents and the many hats they wear every day, from being a waiter (fixing dinner), curating (choosing art for the fridge) and librarian (reading stories). Guaranteed to be a fave in the book pile for any new parent ($14.99, Indigo).

A very high tech vacuum

V11 Absolute (Dyson Canada)

V11 Absolute (Dyson Canada)

Up dad’s cleaning game with a cord-free vacuum with a high-tech twist. The Dyson V11 Absolute has a real-time performance indicator on an LED screen, including a run-time count down to the second. It easily converts to a handheld for to make cleaning the car a breeze ($899.99, Dyson Canada).

Dad and son summer duds

Whistle and Flute matching dad and son tanks

With graphic designs featuring hot dogs, bubble tea, smiling pineapples, donuts and more, Whistle and Flute makes to-die-for unisex kids clothes that are cute enough to gobble up. And lucky for the dad in your life, they just dropped a collection of matching dad and kiddo tanks and t-shirts. (Adult shirts from $34, kids from $30, Whistle and Flute).

Made-to-measure dress pants

Custom chinos from Indochino

Does the special dad in your life dress like… well… a dad?  Good news: He doesn’t have to.  Indochino, known for its made-to-measure suits, now has custom-fit dress shirts and chinos too. Made based on your dad’s specific measurements, these go-to pants ($109, or two for $189 with the code BUNDLES) pair as easily with a blazer as a sweater, and will quickly become his favourite clothing item.

Jokes that will make him LOL

Dad Jokes / Indigo

The perfect gift for dads and pun-lovers alike. This volume of 600 knee-slappers, head-shakers, and groan-makers, Dad Jokes ($12.83, Indigo) is packed with enough witty quips and cheesy-but-grate jokes for dad to hold his own against even the most embarrassing of fathers.

Subscription clothing service

Frank & Oak style subscription

The gift that keeps giving, the Frank And Oak clothing subscription box is curated by its stylists and sent right to dad’s door. After filling out a custom questionnaire, three on-trend seasonal pieces are sent every month. You can preview and customize your box based on budget and style, and unwanted items can be returned free of charge (Pieces from $29, Frank And Oak).

Custom family portrait

Give dad a unique take on family life with a custom portrait using your family photos. Just submit your favourite pics to this Etsy artist and they’ll create a hand-drawn illustration with whimsical features and outfits that look just like your loved ones (From $10 for digital print, Etsy).

The classic outdoor boot

Blundstone Chelsea boots

Classic, understated and timeless — just like dad! — these Blundstone leather boots ($209, Blundstone) are waterproof, will last for years, and will just get more and more comfortable with each wear.

A robot mop

irobot robot mop

Never. Mop. The. Floor. Again. The Braava jet m6 robot mop ($699, irobot.ca and in all major stores starting June 9) helps tackle sticky messes, grime, animal paw prints, and kitchen grease using a precision spray, coupled with washable wet and dry cleaning cloths. Works on hardwood, tile and stone, can be controlled by a smartphone and uses smart mapping technology to learn and adapt to your home.

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