Father’s Day is around the corner which means it’s time to find a gift to celebrate, but shopping for dad can be tricky. If he’s anything like my dad, he may say he doesn’t need anything. Sure, you can spoil him with brunch or a family barbecue, but you also might want to wrap up a little something special to show your appreciation. Here are a dozen dad-worthy gift ideas for all the father figures, from the cocktail connoisseur to the dad who enjoys a little self-pampering — all from local businesses and crafted in Canada.
A tie is the classic dad gift, so buy him something he might not buy himself. Toronto designer Andrea Dixon crafts distinctive neckwear using fabric from the legendary British retailer Liberty of London. Her de ella Toronto-based shop de ella, Pomp & Ceremony, features neckties, bow ties, ascots and pocket squares in floral patterns and themes like tennis but ella will also craft bespoke orders for special events.
For new dads celebrating their first Father’s Day, gift a set of adorable and totally Instagrammable Daddy and Me socks from Etsy shop Q for Quinn. Designer Melita Cyril could n’t find a pair of socks that was gentle enough for her son de ella, who suffered from eczema, so she created her own de ella. The socks are made with natural materials and are available in sizes from newborn to adult large.
For dads that like vinyl or just cool T-shirts, this Sam the Record Man tee is a nod to Toronto’s vintage music scene and one of many styles made by Quebec-based Tresnormale. Available at Scout, a Toronto gift shop with locations in Leslieville and Roncesvalles.
Raise a glass with a boozy cocktail to celebrate, after-all Father’s Day is a great occasion to make a special drink. Reagan Soucie and Jessica Chester met in the laneways of Toronto and bonded over a shared love of fine spirits and food, and founded Laneway Distillers distillers of Canadian gin, vodka and gin liqueur. The duo has collaborated with SLURP, a Toronto area company founded by Sarah Sharratt, making juice mixers. The juice mixers make it easy to create premium cocktails with ready-made mixers such as Ever Maple Sour, Grapefruit Collins, Rhubarb Sparkler, Blackberry Bramble, and Laneway vodka or gin.
For the dad who loves craft beer from local breweries, Creemore Springs + Purple Hill Lavender have collaborated to create the Creemore Springs Lavender Sour, inspired by the lavender fields of the area. Treat dad to a road trip to Purple Hill Lavender Farm for their Evening Picnic Series in the fields. Guests receive a Creemore Lavender Sour, a charcuterie box and live music with dates running to the end of July. Deliver excitement to a microbrewery fan with a beer subscription. Small Batch Dispatch offers gift subscriptions — you pick the length, from one month to a year, of a curated selection from Ontario Craft Breweries. The Hops Collective offers a Beer of the Month Club and gift baskets featuring craft beers from across Canada.
Spa days aren’t just for moms. Everyone can benefit from a moment of self-care, including dads. If he prefers at-home treatments, gift him a moisturizing beard soap from Sade Baron — a Canadian mother-daughter owned body care brand dedicated to creating unisex, sustainable, plant-based body care products. For something a little more playful, gift him a Father’s Day Big Mustache soap or SuperDad eye pad from LUSH.
Just in time for barbecue season, gift him a grill master gourmet box that includes products from across Canada, including Black Garlic & Dark Ale Beer Jelly from Toronto based Malty & Hoppy Delicacy and Charcuterie Mustard by Saltspring Kitchen Co. from BC, available at Fabrique1840 at Simons or a Beer-BQ Gift Box for the barbecue aficionado including sauces from Montreal’s renowned Joe Beef restaurant and rub plus beer shipped to your door via Present Day Gifts.
For the coffee enthusiast, scoop up a coffee subscription from a local roaster to elevate his at-home brewing game. Toronto roasters such as Propeller Coffee Co., Pilot Coffee, and Balzac’s offer coffee subscriptions. To sample beans from across Canada, check out The Roasters Pack, a subscription club for coffee geeks to help you discover three different coffees from Canadian roasters each month.
Don’t forget a card. Something suitably cheesy is appropriate. Choose local shops like Scout, The Paper Place, Town, Labor of Love, Collected Joy and Etsy makers.