June 12th, 2012
Last week was part one of our Father’s Day Gift Guide, and today we’ve got a whole new slew of gift ideas for daddy dearest? We suggest something that endures longer in the memory than a twee greetings card or a box of bonbons. From bow-ties to a bottle of superior vino, herewith, our Father’s Day Gift Guide, part deux:
Plant a tree in the yard and he’ll remember this day forever. Not green-thumbed? For $150, Leaf will do it for you.
Your oenophile dad will love every sip of this fruity, robust wine. Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz 2010 ($19.95) is available at LCBO’s across the GTA. –Athena Tsavliris
June 5th, 2012
Did you know that Mother’s Day is the second biggest spending holiday after Christmas? That doesn’t sound fair to Dad. Let’s make him feel special with these gorgeous gifts.
If he loves music:
Buy him a pair of Urbanears headphones. We love the Plattan model, a classic headphone available in a multitude of colours. From $70 at Sonic Boom. 782 Bathurst St., Toronto, 416-532-0334, www.sonicboommusic.com
If he loves making pancakes:
Noble Tonic 01 Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. The best looking maple syrup we’ve seen to date. Oh yes, and it tastes good, too. $24.95 online at www.mikuniwildharvest.com
If he loves his shoes:
He will probably love taking care of them, too. This Izola shoe brush will keep his loafers shining. Just make sure you’re not the one shining them for him. $ at La Merceria, 506 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, 416-848-0057.
If he loves his backyard:
Then this hammock is the ultimate way to enjoy it. String it between two trees, or buy the stand, too. He will also benefit from the extra daughter visits; you’ll need to test it out for him a few times, right? Double rope hammock, $69.99, and stand, $129.99, both from Canadian Tire. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
June 15th, 2010
It's the time of year when Dad finally gets his due. Herewith, our Top 5 Father's Day gift picks.
Crafty gifters can follow Alpha Moms’ lead with these bright and bold care package labels. Buy Dad’s favourite foods, print the handy label templates, trim to size and wrap.
Every dad with an ounce of style should own Tivoli’s sleek Audio Model One AM/FM Table Radio, which looks as good as it sounds. $169.95 at Bay Bloor Radio, 55 Bloor St. W., 416-967-7776, www.baybloorradio.com/tivoli
For dads determined to wait for the next generation iPad, opt for the chic and lightweight Kobo eReader. Pre-loaded with 100 free books and just $149, it is a gentle first step into the world of books on screen. At Indigo.ca
For foodie fathers, special order a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty from The Cookbook Store. The inventive vegetarian recipes, mouthwatering photographs and Mediterranean focus make it a perfect choice for summer entertaining. $64.95 at The Cookbook Store, 850 Yonge St., 416-920-2665, www.cook-book.com
June 9th, 2009
This father’s day, avoid those mugs and ties and spoil papa with a present he really wants. Herewith, Vitamin Daily Toronto's Top 5 Father's Day presents, from $25 to a splurge:
Forget fiddleheads on rosemary rubbed organic chicken—treat pops to a slap-up, artery clogging Southern spread instead. Lou Dawg’s serves a wicked pulled pork sandwich smothered in a housemade barbeque sauce. And don’t miss out on barbeque beans and gooey jalapeno cheddar corn muffins. Lunch for two, $25. 589 King St W., Toronto, 647-347-3294, www.loudawgs.com
Money can’t buy love but it can get a money clip to hold daddy’s hard-earned mula. Made from fused glass and available in a bunch of colours, we like these ones ($48) from local designer Tara Gilchrist. At 1273 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-516-9595, www.madeyoulook.ca
No self-respecting grill master need wear his wife’s frilly apron. Why not give dad his own stylish Fog Linen Apron ($85) by Japanese designer Yumiko Sekine? At Design Within Reach, 435 King St. W.,Toronto, 416-977-4003, http://www.dwr.com
Ties can be a big Father's Day cliche, but how sweet would it be to spoil a new daddy with an Hermès tie ($200) covered in flying storks? Choose from pink, blue, red or orange. Hermès, 130 Bloor St. W., Toronto, 416-968-8626, www.hermes.com
If you really want to splash out, spoil dad with three nights at the plush Inn at Manitou. The Father’s Day special includes three meals a day and two rounds on the fairway. From $375 pp/night based on a three night stay. The Inn at Manitou, 1-800-571-8818, www.manitou-online.com
April 9th, 2009
When Father's Day panic sets in (does he really need another man-purse or pair of Paul Smith socks?) Green Shag comes to the rescue.
The Canadian bespoke men's etailer now makes custom cufflinks from your children’s artwork, so Dad can truly wear his heart on his sleeve.
Go through the piles of fun drawings your little Basquiat has created and pick out a favorite (thankfully, abstracts look best) to turn into your next family heirloom.
How’s that for an early lesson in Dadaism?
$200 for first pair, $80 for second matching pair. Deadline for Father's Day orders is mid-April.