A plain old tie or a personalized coffee mug just won't cut it for Father's Day this year.
On Sunday, June 15, it's time to not only celebrate Dad, but give him a good surprise as well. If you're still on the hunt for the perfect Father's Day gift idea, we've rounded up 20 of our favourite classic, yet great gifts. It all comes down to figuring out what your dad really loves and how you can give him a mini shock (keep in mind his health conditions, folks).
If your dad is the household grill master, pool in money together to get him a new grill. If he loves his annual camping or fishing trips, get him a new rain jacket or comfortable shoes. And like we've mentioned in the past, don't forget a homemade card (or even as a bonus, a homemade gift)!
Here are 20 great Father's Day gifts that will put a smile on any pop's face:
For Inspector Gadget
If Dad is the kind of guy who keeps everything in his pockets, he'll really enjoy this all-in-one charger and gadget holder. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/185528516/iphone-stand-iphone-dock-watch-valet-pen?ref=br_feed_11&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $45</a>
For The Outdoor Chef
If Dad loves to BBQ his wings, steak and vegetables, he will be in shock if you and your family surprise him with a new grill. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/gift-guides/BQ-2014Fathersday-BBQ/broil-king-baron-340-s-liquid-propane-grill" target="_blank">The Bay, $450</a>
For The Hip Dad
If your dad is still considered a "cool kid," he'll give you props for this spectrum leather wallet. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/129102508/leather-wallet-mens-wallet-color?ref=br_feed_2&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $47</a>
For The Grill Master
This handmade cutting board (for meat, obviously), can be personalized with your dad's name! <a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/127327694/personalized-bbq-board-engraved-bamboo" target="_blank">Etsy, $38</a>
For The Beer Lover
Your dad doesn't have to just like beer, he has to LOVE beer. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/house-and-home/gifts/6-piece-beer-tasting-set/886245005488-item.html?ref=by-shop%3aseasonal%3afathers-day-brews%3atrue-brews%3a1%3a" target="_blank">Chapters Indigo, $30</a>
For The Active Dad
This jacket is great for dads who like to run, hike or camp. It also comes with this adorable matching travel bag. <a href="http://www.raindropsto.com/mens-aigle-shortpack-rain-jacket" target="_blank">Raindrops, $160 </a>
For The Classy Dad
If Dad still grabs a drink (or two) with his buddies on the weekends, this monogram whiskey decanter will let him invite the homeboys over. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/177574309/monogram-glass-whiskey-decanter-engraved?ref=br_feed_4&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $44</a>
For The TV Fanatic
If Dad enjoys binging on his favourite television shows or sporting events (World Cup is just around the corner, after all), he will love, we repeat love, this smart TV. <a href="http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-50-1080p-60hz-led-smart-tv-un50eh5300fxzc-un50eh5300fxzc/10207695.aspx?path=6a5ba06d3a39f2d686022f1d35909295en02&SearchPageIndex=1" target="_blank">Best Buy, $688</a>
For The Gamer
if your dad still tries to school you in video games, get him a new console you can both play with. <a href="http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/-/b0003270.aspx?path=32eee122568013126d3ca42c9e486443en02&SearchPageIndex=1" target="_blank">Best Buy, $500</a>
For The 'I Mean Business' Dad
If your dad is a neat freak and enjoys everything about being pampered and groomed, he'll love this new triple blade shaver. <a href="http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/panasonic-panasonic-pro-curve-triple-blade-shaver-esrt51s-esrt51s/10143151.aspx?path=055800e813258dc1a0121600252bfc30en02&SearchPageIndex=1" target="_blank">Best Buy, $50</a>
For The Rock And Roll Dad
If he's still living in the musical era of the '70s, let your dad have his moment with this electric guitar. <a href="http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/gibson-usa-gibson-usa-sg-70s-tribute-electric-guitar-sgtr7e5ch1-ebony-sgtr7e5ch1/10264535.aspx?path=ea99e15f9971b1517bd52d3cb4e65228en02" target="_blank">Future Shop, $740</a>
For The Tech Savvy Dad
If Dad likes lists, texts and an unlimited supply of apps, he'll make use of a new tablet. <a href="http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-7-8gb-galaxy-tab-4-tablet-with-wi-fi-white-sm-t230nzwaxac/10292502.aspx?path=9aa30dbab63d67996a3227e302883911en02" target="_blank">Future Shop, $200</a>
For The Dad Who Enjoys Surround Sound
If Dad hates the idea of movie theaters, but loves the idea of surround sound at home, get him these monitor speakers. <a href="http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/m-audio-m-audio-compact-monitor-speakers-av30-av30/10172531.aspx?path=c6ba2a6d2151a03f09258298eb4867cfen02" target="_blank">Future Shop, $100</a>
For The Walker
It's time to get Dad a pair of cool looking comfy sandals. Remind him he can't wear them with socks. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/gift-guides/BQ-2014Fathersday-Sandals/cape-vii-0044-81147-22629--24" target="_blank">The Bay, $23</a>
For The Silent Fisher
The next time your dad hits the lake with his fishing rod, make sure he brings this personalized fly box with him. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/181557730/1-personalized-fly-fishing-box-fathers?ref=br_feed_36&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $44</a>
For The Travelling Papa
If Dad is constantly on the go for work, he will appreciate this grooming set. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/gift-guides/BQ-2014Fathersday-GroomingGrooming/homme-aquapower-starter-kit" target="_blank">The Bay, $45</a>
For The Quick-Thinking Dad
Closed bottle? Dad is here! This personalized 'daddy' key chain is also a bottle opener. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/158058332/bottle-opener-keychain-personalized" target="_blank">Etsy, $29</a>
For The Baseball Fanatic
Hit a home run this Father's Day with this interactive app that lets your dad test out his swing. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/electronics/blast-baseball/854438005003-item.html?ref=by-shop%3aseasonal%3afd%3afathers-day-main-page%3a1%3a" target="_blank">Chapers Indigo, $159</a>
For The Saucy Man
If Dad likes to add sauces to just about anything, at least get him something delicious. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/house-and-home/gifts/bbq-sauce-gift-set/765230013205-item.html?ref=by-shop%3aseasonal%3afd%3afathers-day-main-page%3a2%3a" target="_blank">Chapters Indigo, $25</a>
For The Kid At Heart
If Dad still is fascinated with your kids' toys, he'll love his own set of blocks to play with. <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/buy/nanoblocks/nanoblock-building-set-space-shuttle-58160-11788727" target="_blank">NanoBlock, $25</a>
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Hit the local driving range or play a full 18 holes with Dad this Father's Day. For those of you who are up to it, you can relive your childhood and hit a local mini-golf course for a fun afternoon. The great thing about mini golf is that even the less-than-stellar courses are fun, but that doesn't mean there aren't some impressive options out there. <a href="http://www.monsterminigolf.com/fran-zcan-edmonton/" target="_blank">Monster Mini Golf</a> in Edmonton is indoors, so you won’t get rained on, and <a href="http://www.cliftonhill.com/attractions/dinosaur-adventure-golf" target="_blank">Dinosaur Adventure Golf in Niagara Falls</a> doesn't skimp on the kitsch.
Take Him To A Baseball Game
The Toronto Blue Jays are out of town on Father’s Day, but you could give Dad a rain check and catch them the week after when division rivals the New York Yankees are in town. If you aren't in Toronto, you don’t have to miss out: check out <a href="http://www.canamleague.com/" target="_blank">CanAm League</a> teams New Jersey Jackals and Quebec Capitales when they’re in la Belle Province, or even find a pick-up game at a local park.
Have A Meaty Brunch
Brunch is a Mother’s Day classic, but you can do it Dad style too. The Father’s Day brunch at the <a href="https://www.heritagepark.ca/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/fathers-day-brunch.html" target="_blank">Gasoline Alley Museum</a> in Calgary features a carving station with Alberta beef and gammon ham. And <a href="http://barque.ca/main-menu/" target="_blank">Toronto restaurant Barque</a> has items like smoked duck pancakes and biscuits with chorizo gravy on its brunch menu. Mmm... meat.
Wherever you are in the country, there’s somewhere you and Dad can go for a leisurely hike on Father’s Day. Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail links <a href="http://www.eastcoasttrail.ca/" target="_blank">32 communities in the St. John’s area</a>, and the prairies aren’t known for their hills, but <a href="http://www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/travel-information/product-detail&listing=3&opid=98826" target="_blank">Wanuskewin Heritage Park</a> near Saskatoon has scenic valley hiking that documents the area’s First Nations history.
Take Him To A Brewery
Canada is enjoying a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/13/craft-beer-canadian-best-must-try_n_3417205.html" target="_blank">craft beer boom</a> which means there are more options than ever for a brewery visit with Dad. The reasonable fee for tours at <a href="http://yukonbeer.com/" target="_blank">Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse</a> supports charity, and <a href="http://bigrockbeer.com/" target="_blank">Big Rock brewery in Calgary</a> doesn't skimp on the details. If Dad likes wine and beer, there’s this <a href="http://www.niagarafuntours.com/micro_brewery_wine_tour.html" target="_blank">Niagara Falls tour that combines the best of both.</a>
When Was The Last Time Dad Went Fishing?
If you live near Vancouver, check out the family fishing day at <a href="http://www.seymoursalmon.com/familyfishing.php" target="_blank">Rice Lake in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve,</a> The event features a salmon barbecue, hatchery tours, and license-free fishing. Of course, anywhere else in Canada you can still grab a rod and spend a day on the water with Dad.
Run A Marathon
Marathon season has begun all over Canada, so there’s sure to be a local run or walk you and Dad can sign up for. And as a bonus, many of them support worthwhile charities that do good work locally and nationally. The <a href="http://doitfordads.com/walkrun" target="_blank">Do it for Dads Walk Run</a> is happening in cities across the country, from Victoria to Halifax. And the annual <a href="http://manitobamarathon.mb.ca/" target="_blank">Manitoba Marathon</a> in Winnipeg raises money to support people living with intellectual disabilities.
Have A Daddy Spa Day
Men are increasingly visiting spas, and in turn spas are offering more and more services tailored specifically to them. Even if your father has never visited a spa before, we bet he’ll be a convert after a good massage and a sauna session. Try the <a href="http://parktoronto.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas/" target="_blank">Moscow massage at the Stillwater at Park Hyatt Toronto</a>, or sit in the baths at the <a href="http://www.scandinave.com/en/bluemountain/" target="_blank">Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain in Ontario.</a>
Take Him To A Car Show
If Dad’s a car buff, look for a local auto show that you can visit on Father’s Day. In Ottawa, check out the <a href="http://app01.ottawa.ca/ArtsCalendar/eventDetails.jsf;jsessionid=8813016A9877066D10F266D033DE2EE7?lang=&eventId=9116" target="_blank">Father’s Day Car Show at Billings Estate National Historic Site</a>. And the <a href="http://coastalcruiserscarclub.ca/autofest-2014/" target="_blank">Coastal Cruisers Car Club in Bridgewater, N.S.</a> hosts its annual AutoFest on Father’s Day, featuring vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Visit A Classic Barber Shop
Take Dad for a shave and a haircut — the kind he might remember from his own youth. The return of beards and moustaches means a revival of the classic barber shop. Visit a longstanding institution in your town, still staffed by the same barber who opened it decades ago. If Dad’s a modern fellow, he’ll enjoy something like the classic shave and manicure offered by <a href="http://www.mannmontreal.com/cgi-cs/cs.waframe.content?topic=47705&lang=2" target="_blank">MANN in Montreal</a>.
Spice Things Up In The Kitchen
If you have a local college that offers a cooking program, it probably also has one-day classes or workshops that can be taken by non-students. Many chefs and restaurants also offer cooking classes —check out <a href="http://cookculture.com/cooking-school/classes" target="_blank">Cook Culture</a> in Victoria or <a href="http://www.mengraithai.com/4.html" target="_blank">Mengrai Gourmet Thai in Toronto</a> are good examples.
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Classic (Funny) Card
Sometimes, Dad just needs a good chuckle... or a little teary-eye moment. Cards are the best route to go. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/120510045/dad-you-old-man-dad-you-are-the-best-im?ref=br_feed_2&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $6</a>
A Grilling Accessory
This smoker will keep Dad busy. Make sure you spend a day with him smoking your favourite meats and vegetables. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Weber-721001-Smokey-Mountain-Charcoal/dp/B001I8ZTJ0/ref=lp_9292575011_1_22?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394308&sr=1-22" target="_blank">Amazon.ca, $340</a>
The Finishing Touch
These Gothic Victorian cuff links won't only make your dad feel cool, but others will start to notice. We promise. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/191243023/steampunk-cufflinks-silver-tone-cuff?ref=br_feed_23&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $21</a>
Whether he's the kind of dad who always has too many things to carry or just likes being stylish when he travels, try a leather duffle bag. <a href="http://www.gilt.com/sale/men/designer-accessories-feat-saint-laurent/product/1044639116-wall-water-leather-duffle-with-saffiano-trim" target="_blank">GILT, $274</a>
It's the watch that does it all, well, almost: count laps, steps and even check out the time zones in three different places. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/timex-ironman-30-lap-oversize-orange/6000041103542" target="_blank">Walmart, $54</a>
A Desk Accessory
This handmade cedar wood charging dock also can be used as a pen/pencil/marker/corndog holder. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/153597926/hand-made-iphone-4-or-iphone-5-charging?ref=br_feed_13&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $56</a>
Junk Food Accessory
Speaking of corndogs, this corndog maker is great for dads who enjoy stadium and carnival snacks 365 days a year. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Smart-Planet-Corn-Dog-Maker/dp/B002MVOIP8/ref=sr_1_28?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394329&sr=1-28" target="_blank">Amazon.ca, $25</a>
A Reminder Of Youth
Every dad at one point wanted to be like Indiana Jones. This complete adventure pack will let him relive those moments ... and maybe get in the mood for a new hat. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Indiana-Jones-Adventures-aventures-compl%C3%A8tes/dp/B007I6RQB0/ref=lp_9221985011_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394360&sr=1-9" target="_blank">Amazon.ca, $50</a>
Um, this is amazing — it's like a drink vending machine in your house. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/danby-330-cuft-beverage-center/6000002587095" target="_blank">Walmart, $208</a>
These handmade leather luggage tags will make dad miss you even more on his next trip. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/101529761/dad-leather-keychain-or-luggage-tag-add" target="_blank">Etsy, $25</a>
If Dad always dreamed of showing off his skills in a boxing ring, this pad-set will help him get healthy and focused. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/focus-pads-pro-short/6000086039039" target="_blank">Walmart, $60</a>
Hey, if your dad is the kind of guy who turns grills on, then this apron is completely appropriate. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/151977272/i-turn-grills-on-mens-apron-funny?ref=br_feed_41&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $25</a>
The Working Tools
If Dad's briefcase only carries his tablet, it's time to get creative. These fun tablet covers also stand up. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Gearonic-Child-Safe-Protective-Foam-Case-with-Handle-Stand-iPad-Mini-iPad-Mini-2-retina-display/8036626/product.html?refccid=5ZDXVBF3H4T3RBKJLKYFAISHX4&searchidx=13" target="_blank">Overstock.com, $26</a>
It's not just any old clock, it's a handmade piece of decor. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/159190001/man-on-bicycle-wall-clock-man-on-bicycle?ref=br_feed_38&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $54</a>
The Outdoor Lair
Not only will Dad love this gift, but Mom will be equally impressed (and get to reap the benefits). <a href="http://www.rona.ca/en/4-seat-swing-on-wheels-12475000" target="_blank">RONA, $629 </a>
If your dad is a baller or a Michael Jordan fan at heart, this portable basketball net will let him show off his skills. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/lifetime-54-portable-basketball-system/6000111967682" target="_blank">Walmart, $398</a>
If Dad lives miles away, surprise him with a webcam to stay connected. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/D-Link-Wireless-Network-mydlink-DCS-930L/dp/B00452V66G/ref=sr_1_39?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394329&sr=1-39" target="_blank">Amazoin.ca, $50</a>
The Sentimental Touch
Because really, he is the best dad ever. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/112350967/best-dad-ever-tie-bar-personalized-tie?ref=br_feed_11&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $17</a>
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