Chances are, as the lady of the house, it’s your responsibility to do the Father’s Day shopping. Whether it’s your dad, his dad, or the kids’ dad, responsibility for gift-giving probably falls on your shoulders, moms. But fear not! Whether your budget is $30 or $300 we’ve got a handful of great ideas for all different types of dads. Ties, barbeque tongs and golf balls need not apply.
For the New-(ish) Dad
Herschel Retreat Backpack $89.99
While it’s fun to watch Mr. “I Don’t Need a Diaper Bag” try to stuff baby wipes, blankets, toy giraffes and juice boxes in his pockets, it might be time to gift him a stylish backpack to hold all the accessories he and his wolf pack need for a day out.
The Night Sky Star Map starting at $60 USD
Create a custom view of the night sky as it was the evening his world changed forever. Star maps are easy to create and available in four colours, in 18″ x 24″ size, with options for a personal message and further customization.
At this price you’d think these headphones would get up with the baby AND wash the cloth diapers but sadly they don’t. In fact, with these babies, Dad won’t even hear you asking. Bluetooth enables wireless audio streaming from compatible devices and Dad can also take calls, control his music, and activate Siri with convenient multifunction on-ear controls. What more could a guy want?
For the Dad Who Appreciates a Good Laugh
Awkward Hugs Game $24.95
Nothing says “I love you, man” like being locked in a hug belt with your Dad and forcing him to answer questions like whether or not he texts on the toilet. Awkward Hugs allows you to not only put Dad on the hot seat (pun intended) but you can increase your glory by becoming the game’s “Hug Master,” and who doesn’t want that title? Cottage nights have never looked better.
Robin, by Dave Itzkoff $19.50
Called “the definitive biography” of Robin Williams, Robin is an in-depth portrayal of one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and most misunderstood comic geniuses. Just like your Dad.
If you’re having trouble finding the right Hallmark sentiment these hilarious free printables might be just the thing. Where else can you find a card to tell Dad he’s one of your favourite parents, or how happy you are he knocked up mom? Plus, nothing manages Dad’s expectations of an expensive gift like a free printable.
For the Dad Who Appreciates “Made with Love”
For those days when Dad might need a reminder about how awesome his kids are, this adorable, pocket-size book includes 50 prompts to help you explain to Dad all the ways you love him and everything he means to you. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Easily completed in one to three hours, each of these kits provides everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Kits include all necessary supplies as well as detailed instructions. Aside from pliers and a small amount of glue – nothing else is required. Available items include a Pen Holder Kit, Multi-Purpose Case Kit, and Leather Belt Kits.
Not all superheroes wear capes, but these ones sure do. Express your love by customizing a hero adventure story with Dad and kid names. Perfect for bedtime reading when Goodnight Moon is ready to be retired.
For the Dad Who Deserves a Cold One
Made of zinc alloy so it won’t rust, this nostalgic bottle opener and catch bin will make sure Dad never has to open a beer with his teeth like he did in college. Available separately or as a set, both come with mounting screws and are dishwasher safe.
Reef Bottle Opener Sandals $31.00-$75.00
Hanging your bottle opener on the wall is one thing but having it on the bottom of your sandal is next-level genius. These great slides from Reef will make sure a cold one is only a flick of the wrist away (after his pedicure, of course).
Beer of the Month Home Delivery from Canada Craft Club. 2 month subscription starting at $109.90
Beer-loving dads can enjoy a variety of styles courtesy of independent breweries from across the globe, curated just for him. Each month includes newly selected, favourite previous features and exclusive craft beers. Packages include a $25 gift card each month so Dad can shop the online store.
For the Techie Dad
Google Home starting at $179.98
For the Dad who never gets tired of telling people what to do, Google Home will quickly become the favourite child. Dad can shout all his commands and questions about weather, sports, business news and what time the gall darn pharmacy closes at someone else for a change. Google Home can even adjust the thermostat, if it dares.
Player 1 and Player 2 shirts $41.55 for the pair
Daddy and his little gamer will look adorable kicking back in their matching handmade gamer tees. Player 3 shirts are also available for the gamer mom (or the Dad who’s in for a big surprise this Father’s Day.)
Anker Bluetooth Speaker $79.99
This cute (in a manly way) powerhouse speaker is one of the best deals on the market. Featuring all-around sound, enhanced bass, ambient light, customizable illumination patterns and waterproof protection (even when submerged) the Anker will make sure Dad can take his terrible music everywhere he goes.
For the Foodie Dad
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit $45.30
If the Dad in your life has an entire shelf in the fridge dedicated to hot sauce, this is the gift for him. Let him tinker with the ingredients and customize flavours till his heart’s content. Even if they don’t end up being edible, Dad will enjoy playing Gordon Ramsey for a day.
Help Dad cut down on drive-thru meals by getting him his own breakfast sandwich maker. This appliance fits english muffins, bagels and biscuits and comes equipped with a timer so no one has to start their day listening to Dad cursing about burned food. If you’re nice, you might just get the second sandwich.
Forktula $7.50 for 4
For the Dad who appreciates a clean plate (not mention great design), the Forktula is the essential accessory no one knew they needed. Hailed as the world’s first fork accessory, this genius tool is made with FDA approved food grade silicone and acts like a spatula for your fork, which means Dad can lick his plate without licking his plate. And if that’s not the gift that keeps on giving, we don’t know what is.
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