Father's Day gifts for every kind of dad
Written by Ross Dias
The third Sunday of June is upon us and, like every year, it's time to celebrate the men in our lives. It's also the perfect time - if you happen to hate his unruly beard, or you've grown tired of his over-burnt coffee - to suggest a few subtle enhancements. Here are a few ways you can update and refresh his outlook in a way you will like and he will love.
For the cool dad:
He's got his Gucci glasses and his Jays, and all he needs to complete his look is this track set from Canadian brand Kotn (pronounced like cotton). Made from 100 percent long-staple Egyptian cotton and sourced directly from farmers to ensure sustainability, the softness of the cotton is all due to the fact that fine, long cotton fibres increase breathability, so pops isn't sweating in his fly new suit. Designed with a "retro-soccer vibe" in mind, this track jacket will definitely up dad's cool factor. That sporty black stripe that goes down the arm, complements the pants, which are slim fit and slit at the hem. An example of one of the only times we'll ever say "yes" to our father leaving the house looking so matchy-matchy.
Kotn track jacket and track pants $195
For the morning joe:
Update your dad’s morning coffee ritual with the retro-designed Citiz and Milk coffeemaker from Nespresso, which includes a milk frother. (Talk about elevating a home-brewed coffee to barista-level perfection.) In just 25 seconds, the user-friendly Nespresso makes your cup of joe the perfect temperature. While dad will love the convenience of his new coffeemaker, everyone in the house will swoon over its classic design. If you really want him to up his coffee game, limited edition Nespresso Explorations capsules from Kenya and Laos will only add to the fun. “Some of the rarest coffees have the most inspiring stories behind them,” says Shirin Moayyad, coffee expertise manager at Nespresso. “With each Explorations coffee we are inviting consumers on a voyage of discovery on which they can learn the hidden aspects of the coffee they love.”
Nespresso Explorations 1 duo sleeve (Kenya and Laos), $40; Citiz and Milk coffeemaker, $270
For the scruffy DAD:
Maybe you’ve noticed his beard is getting a little out of hand or he’s too busy to bother. Bring his facial hair back to its Sunday best with this grooming set from Montreal-based Groom. Inside the minimal, black packaging he'll find beard oils, balms, and washes that will reinvigorate the lower half of his face. The pack also features a firm folding comb handcrafted in Switzerland made from cellulose acetate, which is gentle on the knots. To use, shampoo the beard with the minty liquid beard wash that's gentler than drugstore shampoos. Then, massage a few drops of the sandalwood and tobacco-scented beard oil into the skin to provide nourishment, moisturize and, relieve dryness.
Les Industries Groom beard grooming set, $90
For the amateur sommelier:
Those bottles of ’64 vintages are the pride and joy of his collection, and yet he continues to risk their safety by plopping them into a basket on his way to cottage country. Save your mother from future worry with this specially-designed champagne box by German travel luggage manufacturer Rimowa, based out of Cologne. Alongside production in Germany, Rimowa also operates a production factory in Ontario. With cases made from aluminum and high-grade polycarbonate, which are available in multiple colours including titanium or silver, the iconic grooves of Rimowa make the brand a global standard in travel luggage. Designed to fit a single bottle of champagne, the interior of the case features a custom-sized cushion of foam lining for the best possible protection.
Rimowa Sparkling Wine & Champagne Box, $570
For the club regular:
Forget about getting him another club this year. If your dad is on the green more often than he’s home, don’t let him tee off in those worn out cleats from 2005. The classic style of these ultra-modern shoes from Ecco feature supple leather uppers, a lining perforated with two inlay soles, and airtight technology to resist moisture and perspiration. The perforations allow for the natural circulation of air and a cooler environment for all-day wear. Professional spikes from Champ, a leader in sport cleat technology with the thinnest spike fastening system, round out the design for ultimate stability on the course. His golf buddies will be envious of his improved game in both golf and fashion.
Ecco Men Golf Lux, $390
For the road racer:
Quench his need for speed and help him fulfill his ultimate fantasy with a dream-like experience in his favourite exotic car. He can choose between a Lambourghini Gallardo, Ferrari F430 F1 or Porsche 997 turbo at the Toronto Motorsport Park on the nearly two-kilometre-long racing circuit. Located on the former Kohler air strip, the track is a member of the NHRA, a drag racing governing body that sets rules and hosts events across North America. Instead of taking him to the Yorkville Exotic Car Show like you have done every other year, make it a fun weekend camping trip for everyone. Invite friends and family out to Cayuga, where there's track-side camping available, so you can see your dad at his happiest as he zooms around the track.
Toronto Motorsport Park Exotic dream car experience (six laps), $349
For the socializer:
Nothing helps turn a party like a couple bottles of Bacardi rum. Perfect by itself or as a mojito, the Maestro de Rom from Bacardi's premium line carriers sweet and spicy notes including plum, caramel, spice, and vanilla. The eight-year old rum is crafted for a mature palate that likes complexity, so dad can add the bottle to his bar collection, or pour himself a drink whenever he wants some alone time in the man cave.
Bacardí Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron, $29.15; Bacardí Gran Reserva Ocho, $32.20
For the chill dad:
If he's going be spending a lot of time in his car this summer, whether he's in the city, on a road trip or going to the cottage, then he'll be in need of some sunglasses to see through the sun's harsh glare. Made with genuine leather, gunmetal, and adjustable nose pads for day-long comfort, Serengeti’s special driver's lenses enhance colours and contrast, lightening and darkening for optimal light transmission in any driving condition. They're also engineered to transmit more red, yellow and green colours, making it ideal for identifying stoplights. And thanks to their ability to relax your eye muscles, the driver's lens helps reduce stress and fatigue. Yes, he'll be totally cool for the summer.
Serengeti Carrara, $360