With Father’s Day right around the corner, I find myself thinking of unique and personal ways for the kids and I to say thank you to my husband. I wanted to come up with something that was useful, but would also make my man feel appreciated…after all, he’s a great dad! My husband has committed to completing an Olympic distance triathlon this year, so I came up with a gift package to care for him from head to toe. If you have an active or health-oriented guy (or one who wants to be), read on for some distinctive gift ideas.
For any man who is working on managing his health and fitness, wants to track his activity and sleep, or measure workout intensity, there is a plethora of product options. I am treating my hubby to the UA Health Box by HTC because it included all the tools to do all this and more in one convenient and interactive package. Heart monitors, fitness bands and scales show your support of your guy’s efforts and encourages them every day, not just on Father’s Day.
When the man in your life has trained a little too hard, there is an incredible home laser unit I have had the privilege of trying out. The BioFlex Laser Therapy was fantastic at helping with recovery time in my husband’s training efforts, but also with day-to-day aches and pains. Light therapy technology that was once available only in a clinic setting is now accessible for the masses to purchase and self-administer in the comfort of their own home. This is a convenient treatment option for people who experience chronic pain from arthritis, muscle-strains, soft-tissue injuries, etc. When effectively applied, this process initiates a series of physiological reactions within the cell tissue that leads to the healing of normal cell structure and function. The therapy is approved by Health Canada for the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. It’s a gift of healing, convenience and time saving—just think of the clinic visits he can avoid.
My clients and girlfriends often ask me what the best type of exercise for their husbands to start doing is, and my answer is always, ‘Whatever brings them joy!’ If they love running they should do that. Biking? Ride away. Strength training? Happy lifting guys! Golfing? Ditch the cart and walk the course! You can’t force them to do what you like so be supportive of any type of movement they choose. In an ideal scenario it would be great for them to have some cross-training in their regime; a combo of cardio 2-3 x weekly, strength 3-4 x weekly and getting some yoga in there—that would be the perfect blend.
To me, what we use on our skin is as important as what we eat. While I DIY most of my family’s skincare products, I had never tried doing a shaving cream for my husband before, so I set out to create a new recipe. After a few failed attempts, I came upon a combination of ingredients and the ideal razor to make homemade shaving cream an amazing reality. I paired this recipe with the Schick Hydro 5, which has a built in lubrication strip for extra skin support and viola—a match made in heaven.
Smooth Man Shaving Cream
- ½ cup oil (olive, jojoba, almond etc.)
- ¼ cup organic honey
- ¼ cup Liquid, Dr Bonner’s Lavender Castile Soap
- 5 drops each of helichrysum and sandalwood
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk for several minutes until all of the ingredients have fully combined.
- Transfer to a pump or squeeze bottle and shave away.
Good to Know: A little goes a long way! You only need a pea-sized amount to create a nice lather. This shaving cream will not expire since all of the ingredients have a very long shelf life.
This Father’s Day, think outside of the box for the best Dad ever. Pay attention to the subtle clues he drops about wanting to feel better and get into better shape. Use this gift guide as some inspiration to create a Father’s Day that he won’t forget.