Father's Day gift ideas

Show him you care this Father's Day with these guy-worthy gift ideas

The key to finding the perfect present is knowing a little something about that special someone. That’s easy enough when you’re shopping for a fellow gal pal, but men – particularly our dads – can be trickier to buy for. You can forget Father’s Day panic this year, though. We’ve got ideas for every dad, from the sports nut to the art lover.

Chances are your dad is the handyman in his house. If his idea of heaven is a day spent at the hardware store, take him there and listen to him rattle on about hammers. Think of it as your way of saying thanks for taking you to the toy store all those times. And this way, you know he’s getting the gadget he wants.

Men and sports – it’s a classic combo. Grab two tickets to Dad’s favourite team, or, if you can afford it, get the family to go in on season’s tickets. Or look online for team-themed gift ideas for any budget (all professional sports leagues have an online shop). Check out the NHL for hockey, NBA for basketball, MLB for baseball, NFL for football or the CFL for Canadian football.

Nothing says Father’s Day like a good BBQ. If Dad’s the grilling type, he’ll love any fancy new gadget designed to make it even easier and more delicious. Or why not stock his freezer with quality meat? (Think of all the BBQs you could be invited to….)

Books, movies, music, art – find out Dad’s favourite and go with it. Try concert tickets, personalized CDs, DVD collections, a framed print or an original edition of a cherished book. The possibilities are endless, but be sure you know what he likes. (You could always try phoning his pals to find out what he’s been jonesing for.)

Your dad may not drink like Homer Simpson but, if he enjoys a cold beer, a fine wine or a hearty scotch, make it more than just a bottle. Add a few frosty mugs, a good corkscrew or crystal rock glasses.

Many dads avoid the mall like it’s, well, the mall. Father’s Day isn’t just for socks and ties – treat Dad to clothing related to his hobbies. Get him golf gear, a jersey from his favourite team or a vintage T-shirt with his favourite band.

Does your dad keep old photos in a box? Do a little research and frame a snapshot of a favourite memory. Or arrange for a multi-generational family photo and get everyone to write Dad a little message on the back.

Give hard-to-buy-for dads the freedom of a gift certificate, but make it personal. Get creative with a voucher for a meal at his favourite restaurant, a night at the movies, a round of golf or a weekend away with Mom.

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