8 Great ‘Experience’ Gifts for Dads in Calgary

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Dads are pretty awesome. And yet, even though they do so much for our families all year round, they typically want nothing for Father’s Day (and are hard to buy for anyway!) Here’s a game plan to help you make the most of Father’s Day by spoiling dad with a gift of quality time and a little adventure.

Head to Soul Float

A float therapy studio situated in Calgary’s westside, Soul Float is just the spot for dad to grab some much needed RnR. Sensory deprivation therapy is all the rage, and his stress is sure to melt away after slipping into a pod filled with over 1000 pounds of epsom salts. In case he needs a little nudge, this is the only studio in Calgary that offers couple’s floating. soulfloat.ca

Go for a Grooming

Kent of Inglewood is more than a shave shop. Yes, gentleman’s grooming classes are offered weekly, but it’s also an eclectic mercantile brimming with blades, natty accessories and other essentials for the modern man. kentofinglewood.com

Brunch it Up

Mother’s Day brunch has got nothin’ on Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse. Brunch at this laid back joint consists of hearty egg dishes, chicken and waffles, plus biscuits and gravy. Lip smacking it is, low cal it ain’t. Sporting lunch, dinner and a children’s menu, you can dine here all day. bigtsbbq.com

Browse Some Vinyl

Vinyl record sales are at a 28-year high. Hit a high note by letting your dude spend an afternoon digging through the LPs found at Melodiya Records, Sloth Records or Recordland, which stocks over 2 million records. Besides music, you’ll find books, rocker T-shirts and small press comics, too.

Suit Up

Have dad belly up to the bar at Calgary’s Bourbon Room, where whisky and absinthe are on tap in a gentleman’s club inspired room. If he wants to sip on the sly at a modern day speakeasy, point him in the direction of Milk Tiger Lounge or Off Cut Bar located in Inglewood’s historic National Hotel.

Check Out Luke’s

Need a quick gift? Simply pop by hipster pharmacy/general store, Luke’s Drug Mart. This is the spot to stock up on little luxuries such as apothecary and foreign magazines, plus everyday essentials. We’re pretty sure this is one shopping outing dad won’t mind participating in.  lukesdrugmart.com

Get Outside

There’s nothing quite like spending an invigorating day outdoors. Gear can be expensive, but Nomad Gear Rentals delivers premium bikes and paddleboards direct to your door. Encourage dad to test drive a road bike or full suspension mountain bike before shelling out for his own wheels.  nomadgearrentals.com

Bar Hop to Trolley

Trolley 5 is a hip and happening bar on the Red Mile (AKA 17 Ave SW). Occupying the former footprint of Melrose, dads can tour the tap room and sample craft beer on a brewery tour (beer flight and a welcome pint included). Afterwards, dad can relax in the airy restaurant space and tuck into barbecue fare. trolley5.com

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