In honour of Father's Day we found some of the most heartwarming, tear-jerking and hilarious videos of dads with their kids.
Best assignment ever.
It's not every day you are tasked at work with compiling a list of your favourite daddy YouTube videos. This might have been the most fun assignment I have had but it wasn't without difficulty.
Try watching these without shedding at least one tear.
You don't have to be a fan of the Beatles to appreciate the cuteness and the talent in this video.
Some dads are totally OK with totally letting loose, in public.
You have to love a dad who is willing to put himself out there to make his little girl happy, even when she's not longer little.
Stealing the Show
This daddy is a professional singer, whose little boy stole the show.
I admit to having a few similar videos, of my little girl rocking out to her daddy serenading her, so this one has a special place in my heart.
Videos of fathers coming home from war (there are plenty of videos of moms too, but today it's about the dads) get me every. Single. Time. These men are heroes, and serving their country, leaving behind family members, and often young children. Their homecomings are gut wrenching. Here are two of my favourites.
In this video, a father walks on the football field where his daughter is cheer-leading. She had no idea he was coming home.
In this video, a little boy's birthday party is crashed by Captain America, a.k.a. his real-hero daddy in disguise.
Written by Leslie Kennedy for BabyPost.com
Aaron Elliott, Peterborough, Ont. "For Father's Day I would like a quiet day at the lake, fishing with my best friends."
John, Toronto “After her treatment was over, my daughter's resilience resolved my greatest fear, but the fear never goes away. For Fathers' Day, I want the fear to go away. I'd like to wish all the childhood cancer dads out there more Fathers' Days.”
Mark, Toronto "Like most people, I used to wish for winning the lottery. After living at a hospital for a 1/2 year treating my daughter Sarah’s cancer, the only thing I wish for this Father's Day is health."
Ken and Owen "My wish for Father's Day would be to return the childhood that cancer has stolen from my children. It’s a tall order I know, but that's my wish. One that I know cannot be fulfilled.”
Allen Davidov, Toronto "To continue to cherish every moment we have together and make wonderful memories each and every day that they will always fondly look back on and remember. That when they grow up, they both shoot for the stars and follow their dreams and know I will always be here to support them along the way."
Jonny Stevens, Halifax, N.S. "What I want most for fathers day is to know what he is saying and thinking and to have a conversation with him."
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/brodie-fenlon/" target="_blank">Brodie Fenlon, Toronto</a> "For just a moment, I want my two boys to stop growing, for time to stop racing by, for life to slow to a crawl, so I can hug my kids tightly and, in that moment of stillness, truly appreciate the gift they are to me."
Patrick Charles, Montreal, Que. "What I REALLY want, is more ice cream weather."
<a href="http://shop.mortimersnodgrass.com/" target="_blank">Jonathan Hay, Montreal</a> "While I can chat about any topic under the sun, my mechanical knowledge can fit in a tiny thimble. For Father's Day, I would love to be transformed in to Bob Villa."
Steve Wienburg, Waterloo, Ont. "For Fathers Day I would like one FULL day of my beautiful girlies not fighting with each other and listening to me the FIRST time. ONE. FULL. DAY....oh and a new computer"
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SongsMyDaughterKnows?fref=ts" target="_blank">Jim Clayton, Toronto, Ont. </a> From his wife: "I just asked an unsuspecting Jim what he really wanted and he made a face. Then he said 'Eggs. Get her to help you make eggs.' It's the little things, I guess."
Marty, Edmonton, Alta "Go out for dinner to <a href="http://www.famoso.ca/" target="_blank">Famoso</a>…lol. With the kids!"
<a href="http://likeadad.net/" target="_blank">Michael Cusden, Halifax, N.S.</a> "What I really want for Father's Day is a 35 hour day for more play time with my two boys, a plate of smoked ribs and a long nap."
Duane Swift, Etobicoke, Ont. "To be around for many more with my little girl."
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/joshua-ostroff/" target="_blank">Joshua Ostroff, Toronto </a> "More of my three-year-old saying stuff like this: 'Oh Daddy, you're so comfy and cozy and nice. I love you, and I also like your earrings and your eyes and your eyelashes, but I have bigger eyelashes than you do. Good night.' That, or a new BBQ."
<a href="https://twitter.com/neilmorton" target="_blank">Neil Morton, Peterborough, Ont. </a> "Twenty minutes of peace and quiet to curl up with a book."
Mica Knibbs, Kelowna, B.C. "For Father's Day, I want an opportunity to create some new memories with my girl and to make her laugh. She is the absolute best part of my life."
Peter Creighton, Vancouver Island "All I want for fathers day is another 15 years with my kids that are as fun as the past 15 years have been!"
NEXT: Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas
The ShaveTech USB Razor looks as sleek as it sounds. This razor is about the same size and width of a smart phone, making it easy to fit into the suit pocket of dads who are always on the run. The razor comes with a built-in USB charging adapter, carrying pouch and cleaning brush. Dad is going to look pretty smooth — except for when he accidentally talks into his razor and tries to shave with his phone. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Health-Beauty/ShaveTech-USB-Razor/7668636/product.html" target="_blank">ShaveTech USB Razor,</a> $59, available at www.overstock.com
It’s only fitting that your Father’s Day gift would featuring one of the most loving dads in movie history. The Darth Vader USB Hub will send your dad over the moon if he’s a "Star Wars" fan. The hub features four USB ports and makes the Vader breathing noise every time you plug in a device to charge. There’s also the option to turn off the Vader-heavy breathing sound — just in case Dad gets too giddy. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/ar/Electronics/Star-Wars-Darth-Vader-USB-Hub/7326036/product.html" target="_blank">Darth Vader USB Hub,</a> $44, available at www.o.co
The Daddle is a cute gift for dads who like to horse around with their little ones. It's a saddle that Dad can strap on to transform himself into one-man-pony ride. Knee-pads and an appointment with a chiropractor are not included. <a href="http://www.horse.com/item/the-daddle-by-cashel/SLT673845/" target="_blank">The Daddle By Cashel,</a> $37, available at www.horse.com
The Swedish FireKnife is as cool as it sounds and does exactly as its name suggests. The blade features fire steel tucked in the handle, which allows dads to build a fire by striking the fire steel with the back of the blade to create hot sparks. This will save Dad tons of time from having to furiously rub two sticks together the next time you go camping. <a href="http://www.mec.ca/product/5028-388/light-my-fire-swedish-fireknife/?f=10&q=fire" target="_blank">Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife,</a> $33, available at Mountain Equipment Co-op
If your dad is a man’s man then he’ll enjoy a classic man’s drink: 12-year-old single malt Scotch whisky. With its smoky and nutty finish, this classy drink is bound to put even more hair on your dad’s chest. <a href="http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/details.do?itemNumber=21097" target="_blank">The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch,</a> $49, available at the LCBO
Get Dad excited to do chores around the house with a toolbox that looks like it's from the future. The Tough System DEWALT Cantilever Top Box has three waterproof storage units, a metal carrier, and probably a flux capacitor. And who knows, Dad might use his tools to finally fix the leaky faucet sink. <a href="http://www.homedepot.ca/product/top-cantilever-tool-box/811393" target="_blank">Tough System DEWALT Cantilever Top Box,</a> $50, available at Home Depot
Help your dad slide comfortably into summer with Crocs Yukon Slide. The shoe is a bit sportier than a flip-flop but offers the same level of relaxation (and ventilation). The footbed features material that Crocs claims to offer a massage-like feel, thus saving Dad hundreds of dollars from having to visit the masseuse every month. <a href="http://www.crocs.ca/crocs-yukon-slide/11171,en_CA,pd.html?cid=24R&cgid=yukon-collection" target="_blank">Yukon Slide Crocs,</a> $50, available at Crocs
Dad is always saying how “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Now you can get him a gift that proves that point, literally. Your dad can now go into office meetings with the confidence of knowing that his Uzi Tactical Defender Pen is made of aircraft aluminum, can write upside down, doubles as a glass breaker, and features a hidden handcuff key (yeah, we know). If your dad ever has to use all of these features one day and lives to write about it, using this pen, then it will likely be the greatest Father’s Day story ever told. <a href="http://www.camouflage.ca/ultra_force_uzi_tactical_defender_pen_gun_metal_p/uf477.htm" target="_blank">Uzi Tactical Defender Pen,</a> $29, available at www.camouflage.ca
If your dad is a hamburger lover then he’s going to love the opportunity to pack meat on Father’s Day. The Stuff-A-Burger Press lets Dad create burgers filled with cheeses, tomatoes, sausage and any kind of extras he can imagine. <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-16443/Sur-La-Table-Stuff-A-Burger-Press" target="_blank">Sur La Table Stuff-A-Burger Press,</a> $12, available at www.surlatable.com
This is a thoughtful gift for dads who have trouble screwing in the dark. The Craftsman 6-in-1 Screwdriver comes with two steel bits, each containing a slotted, a Phillips steel tip (four tips in all), and a LED that acts as a flashlight. <a href="http://www.sears.com/craftsman-6-in-1-led-screwdriver/p-00935722000P" target="_blank">Craftsman 6-in-1 LED Screwdriver,</a> $12, available at Sears
Get the old man something old school and retro, like the Recesky Twin Lens Reflex Camera Kit. This is the perfect camera for dads who are tired of the instant gratification of digital photos. The camera kit just requires you to buy your own 35 mm film and takes about an hour to assemble (three hours if you have one of those dads who refuse to read the instructions). <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ecdd/#tabs" target="_blank">Recesky Twin Lens Reflex Camera Kit,</a> $13, available at www.thinkgeek.com
The Propel Sky Writer Helicopter allows Dad to program up to 15 phrases and send them through the air using a wireless controller. Your dad will enjoy sending loving messages hovering over you such as: “Clean your room.” “Get me a beer” and “Why’d you buy me a toy for Father’s Day?” <a href="http://www.thesource.ca/estore/product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=RCAircraft&product=8007301" target="_blank"> The Propel Sky Writer Helicopter,</a> $30, The Source
If your dad is the fashionable sort, then he’ll love the opportunity to dress up his iPhone 5 with a fancy iPhone cover that turns his smartphone into a wallet. The Mari Forssell iPhone Wallet is made with red wool and features a brown leather pocket securely placed under the flap, with an antique brass closure clasp. However, if he ever gets his wallet stolen — he’ll be losing his wallet and his cellphone in one swoop. <a href="http://www.careerbags.com/sale/mari-forssell-iphone-5-wallet-red-wool.html" target="_blank">Mari Forssell iPhone Wallet,</a> $28, Career Bags
Take micro breweries to a whole other level by letting your dad brew his own beer. This Beer Making Kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop comes with step-by-step instructions, special beer brewing equipment, and ingredients. Each mix lets Dad produce one gallon of beer. Keep in mind that the brewing process takes 30 days — so he better be a patient moonshiner. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/gifts/beer-making-kit-everyday-ipa/855428003009-item.html" target="_blank">Indigo Beer Making Kit,</a> $50, available at Indigo
If your dad is a big time barbecuer, he’d appreciate having an almost eternal flame that is also environmentally-friendly. The BIC FlameDisk is a portable, outdoor grilling innovation that is faster, cleaner and more convenient than charcoal. The FlameDisk uses ethanol as the main fuel ingredient — which comes from corn, a renewable resource. Since this gift is only $7, you better beef up your BBQ-themed present with some steaks from M&M Meat Shops. <a href="http://www.mmmeatshops.com" target="_blank">Gift cards can be purchased online.</a> <a href="http://grillwithbic.ca/flame-disk" target="_blank">BIC FlameDisk,</a> $7, available at various retailers.
NEXT: Boozy Gift Ideas For Dad
Forget the tie. Think bespoke booze for Father's Day, specifically a beverage tailor-made to suit the hobbies father knows best. Of course, to do that you first have to decide who, exactly, is your daddy. The type of guy who likes to putt? Or someone who's happiest when merely puttering? Is he sporty? Handy? Or maybe he's that most challenging of giftees, the man who has everything. Whatever the type, we've got a few suggestions to help you pick out that perfect bottle. <em>With files from The Canadian Press</em>
Lots of choices in this category, including a number of wines by NFL greats such as legendary coach <a href="http://www.vermeilwines.com" target="_blank">Dick Vermeil</a> of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs as well as former Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers player <a href="http://www.twentyfourwines.com" target="_blank">Charles Woodson</a>. Is dad more of a brew guy? <a href="http://www.radebergergruppe.com" target="_blank">Radeberger Pilsner</a> is a classic German Pilsner made with barley malt, hops and water from the brewery's own well.
Port isn't what comes to first mind when selecting a summer wine, but a chilled tawny port can be delicious as a barbecue aperitif or paired with dishes such as grilled scallops. Two to try are <a href="http://www.taylor.pt/en/" target="_blank">Taylor-Fladgate</a> 20-year-old Tawny and <a href="http://www.grahams-port.com/section.php?id=1314" target="_blank">Graham's 20-year-old Tawny</a>. Does your dad's typical backyard bash involve inviting the whole block over? Consider <a href="http://www.ravenswoodwinery.com/wines/release/2011_vintners_blend_old_vine_zinfandel" target="_blank">Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel</a>, a hearty, meat-friendly wine that's priced reasonably enough at $10 to $12 a bottle to allow you to grab a case.
For 007 fans, a No. 1 choice might be <a href="http://www.themacallan.com" target="_blank">The Macallan</a>, a single-malt scotch featured as James Bond's favourite drink in the recent box-office hit "Skyfall." Interesting fact, Macallan did not pay for product placement of the scotch, which Bond and M are shown drinking and which is also used in an edgy scene featuring an unfortunate game of William Tell-style marksmanship. Another option is the <a href="http://www.franciscoppolawinery.com" target="_blank">Director's Cut wines</a> from director-turned-vintner Francis Ford Coppola of "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now" fame. The limited production wines sourced from Sonoma County come with a wraparound label modeled after a Zoetrope strip, one of the earliest moving picture devices.
Is your dad the kind of guy who disappears into his workshop for hours in search of a better mousetrap? He might like <a href="http://www.drinklucid.com/" target="_blank">Lucid Absinthe</a>. Popular in the 19th and early-20th centuries, especially in France, the anise-flavoured spirit was banned due to concerns that it contained dangerously high levels of the chemical compound thujone, found in the key absinthe botanical ingredient Artemisia Absinthium. But environmental chemist T.A. Breaux wasn't convinced the experts were right. A Louisiana native, Breaux had some pre-ban bottles of absinthe. He ran it through the mass spectrometer and, hey presto, found only trace amounts of thujone. In 2007, Lucid, produced in France, was approved for importation to the United States.
Scotland is the home of golf and of Scotch whisky (no telling if those two are related), and a good gift for the dad who golfs might be <a href="http://www.johnniewalker.com/global/AgeGateway.aspx" target="_blank">Johnnie Walker</a> Double Black, a smoky, complex whisky. Or, try a single-malt whisky like Oban 14-year-old, which balances sweet and smoky with a slightly briny finish. If dad likes wine, a number of golfers have gotten into the wine business, including South African <a href="http://www.ernieelswines.com/" target="_blank">Ernie Els</a>, who produces wines from his country's Stellenbosch region and <a href="http://www.arnoldpalmerwines.com/" target="_blank">Arnold Palmer</a> who collaborates with Luna Vineyards in the Napa Valley.
<a href="http://www.turn4.com" target="_blank">Turn4 wines</a> are named after the most exciting turn in the track. Try the California cabernet sauvignon, fruity and elegant. The <a href="http://andrettiwinery.com" target="_blank">Andretti Winery</a> in the Napa Valley founded by race car legend Mario Andretti is another option.
There are a lot of people to look up to in the world of wine, but maybe none so literally as 7-foot-6 former NBA star Yao Ming. <a href="http://www.yaofamilywines.com" target="_blank">Ming's Yao Family Wines</a> made its debut in 2011 with two choices, Yao Ming 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Yao Ming 2009 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. They're both priced in the special occasions category, the first coming with a suggested retail price of $150 and the second tagged at $625 and are available at a few fine wine shops by signing up on the winery mailing list. In the spirits category, cognac offers elegance and finesse, just the ticket for a dad with sophisticated tastes. <a href="http://www.camus.fr/en/" target="_blank">Camus cognac</a> fits the Father's Day theme well since it's now being run by fifth-generation member Cyril Camus. The line starts with the reasonably priced VSOP Elegance at $24; try it over ice for a refreshing change. But if you recently won the lottery or are celebrating a VERY special Father's Day, how about the Cuvee 5.150 which marks the family-owned company's 50th anniversary and rings up at $13,500 a bottle. Or maybe you need a bit more time to save up for that one.
<em>Mantry: curated products to update a man's pantry, $75. Available at <a href="http://mantry.com/" target="_hplink">Mantry.com</a></em>
<em>PC Muskoka chair with Ottoman, $99. Available at <a href="www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca" target="_hplink">Real Canadian Superstore</a></em>
<em>Billykirk Schoolboy Satchel, $424. Available at <a href="www.j.crew.com" target="_hplink">J.Crew</a> </em>
<em>Le Clos Jordanne Talon Ridge Pinot Noir, $40. Available at the LCBO and <a href="www.greatestestatesniagara.com" target="_hplink">online</a> Etro tie, $150. Available at <a href="http://www.harryrosen.com/" target="_hplink">Harry Rosen</a> </em>
<em>Stainless steel grill tools with case, $144.95. Available at <a href="www.williams-sonoma.com" target="_hplink">Williams-Sonoma</a> </em>
<em>Aviators, $14. Available at <a href="http://www.joefresh.com/en/product/aviators-4" target="_hplink">Joe Fresh</a></em>
<em>Sperry's authentic 2 eye, $109.99. Available at <a href="http://www.sportinglife.ca/sportinglife/" target="_hplink">Sporting Life </a></em>
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