Holiday 2014 Gift Guide: Dads

Probably one of the hardest people to shop for on your list… dads! But don’t worry we’ve got gifts that every dad will love

Dads are so hard to shop for! And we know you want to give them a show-stopping gift this year. Whether “dad” is actually your husband or you are really stuck on what to get your own father, we’ve come up with 12 gifts for every kind of dad imaginable.

The Foodie Dad

Culinary Classes

If you have a dad who loves to cook on your list, why not get them a cooking class or two? Think beyond Cooking 101, though. Find something they will truly love and learn from. We are loving The Healthy Butchers line up of interesting classes from their Live to Eat Seminars. Why not teach dad all about Making Great Sausages ($70 per attendee) or how to put together the perfect charcuterie board in Charcuterie 1 and 2 ($80 per attendee)? For even more classes, check out The Healthy Butcher.

Philips Avance Pasta Maker

This pasta maker, is the pasta maker! Make fresh, homemade pasta quickly and easily. With various shaping discs you can enjoy anything from spaghetti to penne, using dad’s favourite dough recipe. The machine takes care of the mixing AND kneading, then automatically sense when to begin extrusion. Fresh, homemade pasta in fifteen minutes! Hudson’s Bay, $299.99

Holiday Blends

A lot of people wait all year for their favourite seasonal drinks to arrive in stores. Whether it’s the fall Pumpkin Spice Latte or winter’s Candy Cane Hot Chocolate, when we finally take a sip of that all-important drink, there’s nothing better! Most coffee shops offer up a holiday blend coffee, perfect for any caffeinated foodie dad. Second Cup’s Signature Holiday Blend is a rich, full bodied flavour perfect as a stocking stuffer or wrapped up under the tree. Second Cup

The Sporty Dad

TomTom Runner GPS Watch

Is dad a marathon runner? Or does he like to start his day with a jog around the block? The TomTom Runner Cardio GPS Watch is a great way to improve your running. It gives real time running information and has a built-in heart rate monitor to help you (or dad) get more out of every run. The Running Room, $299.99

Running Shoes

Nothing beats a new pair of running or training shoes. With so many options out there, it is best to find out what dad wants out of an athletic shoe and be sure to get a gift receipt (just in case). We love the Nike Free Trainer 5.0 ($94) for training; it offers lightweight flexibility and is great for both the gym and outdoor workouts. The Asics Gel Kayano 21 ($150) is our pick for running shoes. Both are available at SportChek.

Katadyn MyBottle Purifier Bottle

For the outdoorsy sporty dad, this water bottle has its own built-in water purification system. Perfect for backpackers, day trippers and avid hikers, all you need to do is add water and you can drink it! The system works in three stages – a large cyst filter removes protozoa, an iodine resin cartridge kills smaller bacteria and inactivates viruses, and a carbon post-filter removes chemicals, tastes, and odours. Mountain Equipment Co-Op, $59.00

The Techy Dad

Microsoft Pro Surface 3

Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 lbs, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. You get the best of a laptop and the best of a tablet all in one amazing device! Microsoft Store, starting at $849.00

Harman Kardon Esquire Wireless Speaker

Sleek and sophisticated, the Harman Kardon Esquire is the wireless speaker system. Great for traveling, the Esquire is your new, on-the-road audio system. The Esquire is a Bluetooth® enabled speaker with a built-in conference phone system that redefines how you take your music with you. A great gift for any techy dad who loves music. Indigo, $269.00

Fujifilm Smartphone Wireless Printer

Compatible with Android and iOS, the Fujifilm Smartphone Wireless Printer lets you instantly print photos from your smartphone. Three simple steps: take a picture with your smartphone or tablet; download the app and send your pictures to the printer through the app; print anytime, anywhere and even make copies with the reprint button. Shop.ca, $180.00

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The Stylish Dad

The Jogger

Part track pant, part work pant, the twill jogger has been a hit this season. The button closure, zip fly and twill material make it feel like more than just your average sweat pant, while the elasticized cuffs and slant pockets are reminiscent of your comfiest pair of sweats. Gap, $60.00

Ted Baker Branche Wallet

Crafted from soft, smooth leather, the Branche wallet features an exotic contrasting pebbled leather on the inside. This is the perfect gift for any dad who takes his accessories seriously. Ted Baker, $100.00

Yo Socks

The latest, go-to accessory for men? Socks. Sounds crazy, I know, but guys can get a bit creative without going to over the top with socks. We love the huge variety of colours and patterns that Yo Socks offers, but we can’t get over this pair, called Pie-Eyed. (They even have socks for women, too!) Yo Socks, $10.95

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