June 12th, 2013
June 16 is Father’s Day, so let’s show some appreciation for our Papa’s with one of these lovely gifts. For more gift ideas, check out yesterday’s gift guide for the indie dad.
sock it to ‘em
Socks can be a very boring gift, unless they are these “Hula” socks from Instance. Featuring a tropical motif, the 200 needle count sock has a denser stitch which makes it more durable. And he doesn’t need to be a surfer to get away with these. $14 from Board of Trade, 227 Union St, Vancouver, http://boardoftradeco.com/
The hammock is our favourite piece of furniture - it's almost impossible to have a bad time in one. That's why we love the Teragear Padded Hammock, and the fact that it is standalone means you don't depend on any trees. Buy one for your Dad, and it will be one time you wished you still lived with your parents. $49 at Real Canadian Superstore.
Jolie’s Clarabella bag might have a female name but its masculine shape works for any traveling Dad. It has an extendable handle for long airport hallways, and a number of media compartments including a laptop pouch. Maybe time to suggest a family vacation? You buy the bag, Dad buys the plane tickets. $495 from www.worldofjolie.com
king of the kitchen
The Mantry sends out a crate of American artisan food every month - with straightforward recipes to enjoy the products. Think cold brew coffee, bourbon pecan peanut butter, and Cyprus flake salt. Rather than take your Dad out for brunch, you can give him the perfect ingredients to make one for you. Yum. $75/month at www.mantry.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
December 5th, 2012
If you’re finding the men in your life to be gifting enigmas, we’ve got you covered.
Definitely not a murse, this stylish shopper by Mismo channels military chic through its classic colour combo and its heavy-duty canvas body with leather and brass hardware. Buy for him; borrow for yourself. $350 at Neighbour, 125-12 Water St., Vancouver, 604-558-2555, and www.shopneighbour.com
The freshly released book, Vintage Menswear: A Collection From the Vintage Showroom, is sure to pique any man’s interest. No, it’s not just another boring book trying to teach him how to dress—this one is a catalogue of rare 20th century sportswear and military apparel. $57 at Chapters.ca
Just the right combination of sleek and rugged, Vancouver-based Lifetime Collective nails Canadian chic. Our man can go from a stroll around the city to an impromptu trip to the cabin. No need for a change. $160 at www.lifetimecollective.com
And while he’s at the cabin, he might want a snazzy axe by Best Made Company. What guy doesn’t? You know, for chopping wood, or, um, fighting a zombie apocalypse, Walking Dead style. Okay, even if he’s not a handy type, it would look really cool mounted on a wall. $250-300 at www.bestmadeco.com
If there is one thing we learned about men over the years is that they can never have enough watches (kind of like us and shoes). Hudson's Bay Company’s iconic stripes add a cool Canadiana twist to a timeless Timex classic. $95 at The Bay.
New Zealand men's grooming line Triumph & Disaster is a new favourite of the office husbands, and we love the minimalist packaging, high-quality ingredients from its orgin country and all around the world (clay from Australia, jojoba extract from Mexico and tamanu oil from Polynesia) and best of all, subtle, masculine smell. Availabe at Masc and Provide, http://triumphanddisaster.com
June 6th, 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 Moulé. 1994 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-732-4066, www.moulestores.com
If he loves being crafty:
This Union Wood Co. limited edition Father’s Day apron is made from black waxed canvas and features black leather and hardware. Worn best in the mancave, kitchen, or tool shed. Union Wood apron $110, from Union Wood Co. online or 503 Railway St., Vancouver, 604-675-9033, www.unionwoodco.com
If he loves being on time (sponsored):
Give dad the gift of time with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date II from PALLADIO. A luxurious Rolex watch will always have a place of pride on dad’s wrist and will surely be a gift passed down for generations. PALLADIO, 855 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, www.palladiocanada.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. $32.95 at Blue Owl Home Boutique, 2308 W. Broadway Ave., Vancouver, http://blueowlhomeboutique.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. $27 at Charlie & Lee online or in the store, 223 Union St., Vancouver, 604-558-3030.
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
December 12th, 2011
Some say gift shopping for the men in our lives is a difficult task. Behold, we have five smart gift suggestions for five dapper guys. We kept it under $100, so you can get one or two… or more.
The Gadget Guy
The truth is that guys can never get enough of Swiss Army knives. This rare version by Wenger is carved out of sustainably harvested walnut from Switzerland, making it a more precious model than the ubiquitous red one. Who knows, it might even become a family heirloom some day. $80 at Old Faithful Shop, 320 W., Cordova St. Vancouver, 778-327-9376, www.oldfaithfulshop.com
The Outdoorsy Guy
Canvas and leather make for a beautiful backpack by Vancouver-based Herschel Supply Co. Inspired by classic mountaineering rucksacks, Herschel’s Little America will become his go-to bag, from camping to fishing trips. $84.99 at www.herschelsupply.com and Mr. Lee’s General Store & Haberdashery, 109 E. Broadway, Vancouver, 604-568-7103, www.mrleesgeneralstore.com
The Food Guy
If he loves spending time in the kitchen and has a knack for entertaining, then he’ll love Union Wood Company’s serving trays, made from the reclaimed wood rafters of an old police horse stable. How’s that for a party conversation starter? $80 at Union Wood Company, 503 Railway St., Vancouver, 604-675-9033, www.unionwoodco.com
The Stylish Guy
He’ll appreciate the fact that this soft 100% lambswool scarf comes from Johnstons, the original weaver of Scottish clan tartans. Warm and cozy, this quintessential piece of tartan will keep him stylish whether he’s dressing for his 9-5 or going weekend casual. $58 at LARK, 2315 Main St., Vancouver, 604-879-5275, www.lark.me
The Family Guy
He enjoys spending quality time at home with his family and friends, engaging in an exciting board game or two. This old-timey, work-of-art bingo set is sure to inspire a healthy dose of family competition. It might be for him, but the kids are sure to fall in love with it too. $129 at Restoration Hardware, 2555 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-731-3918, www.restorationhardware.com —Anya Georgijevic
January 26th, 2010
The Olympics may eclipse Valentine’s Day this year, but we still have love for the saccharine celebration with a slew of offbeat and saucy gift ideas. Herewith, our picks:
A cashmere pashmina in a bright pink or deep red hue is sure to catch the eye of Cupid. $120 at Gravity Pope Tailored Goods, www.gravitypope.com
Grant your man his vices with a silver flask and cigar holder set. $78.95 at Moule, www.moulestores.com
Sometimes what seems wrong together is so very right, like the marriage of salty and sweet in Mo’s Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix. $15 at Mr. Lee’s General Store and Haberdashery, 109 E. Broadway, Vancouver, 604-816-4409.
Give a bigger rock than Ben Affleck bestowed on J.Lo in the form of hot pink Brazilian agate bookends. $125 at Cross Decor & Design, www.thecrossdesign.com
December 8th, 2009
Whether he’s a music man or a funny fellow, we’ve got a gift for every kind of gent at any price point. Herewith, Vitamin Daily Vancouver’s top 5 gifts for guys.
A Goody Grams animal shot glass is steady either way it stands, and doubles as a paperweight or candle holder when it’s not holding a drink. Various species in black or white, $30 each at Vincent Park, www.vincentpark.wordpress.com
Skip the thousand-piece puzzles and give your boy at heart a serious Lego set based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum or Fallingwater house (pictured). $45-$100 at www.brickstructures.com
With the '80s back in a big way, it’s time to give his weekend style a touch of cool retro with the Timex classic digital watch (Ryan Gosling wears a similar one). In silver or gold finish, $70 at www.timex.ca