Father's Day is Sunday June 21st so what are you going to do for the big guy? Retailers everywhere are advertising like crazy with all sorts of options for you to consider. There's something for everyone, every budget and hopefully every dad. He's an important part of your life and as much as he claims he wants nothing, I'm sure there isn't a dad out there that doesn't want to be celebrated on his special day. He's been there for you through thick and thin and would probably do pretty much anything for you so even if he's not big on gifts you can find ways to let him know how much you appreciate him.
Dining with Dad
From vegan to meat eater, Toronto has you covered. A great site to search for the perfect spot to take dad out for a meal is Open Table. This is one-stop shopping for those of us who need options when it comes to restaurants but want the job of researching and setting up reservations done by someone else. You can also check out toronto.com for Jennifer D'Agostino's top picks for steak in Toronto.
These are some of my suggestions...
FRANK @ the AGO Le Paradis Brasserie Bistro
Barque Smokehouse Queen Margherita Pizza
La Société The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
The Stockyards Buca
Coquine Restaurant Sassafraz Restaurant
Playa Cabana Jaipur Grille
Caplansky’s Delicatessen Pizzeria Libretto
Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse The Boulevard Cafe
A custom made shirt from Just White Shirts
Cooking classes for men from manchef.ca
LCBO cooking classes & tastings
Short-Track Racing Experience from Groupon
Get dad groomed from head to toe at Bodé Spa
Falconry Workshop @ Ontario Falconry Centre from Groupon
This really is a unique gift. I recently purchased the "1 Hour Falconry Workshop" from Groupon and it was one of the best gifts I have come across in a long time. The owner is extremely knowledgeable and gives you a one on one experience with several birds of prey complete with a birds-of-prey 101. This is the kind of gift you get for someone who has everything he needs - but he's up for adventure and loves learning.
A new take on the go to gift for dad is the Sock of the Month Club brought to you by Socking Behaviour. This company out of North York will ship dad a cool pair of socks once a month. "Join our club! Each month we will select a great new pair of socks to send you. For only $12, you can expect to get a new pair of socks from HS, Unsimply Stitched, Bugatchi or other amazing brands. You can cancel your membership at any time. Your socks will ship on the 10th of every month and will be billed monthly on the same date that you sign up." Shipping is free and if you pay up front for 12 months you'll save money.
Is dad a huge hockey fan? He'll love the gift of tickets to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Just minutes from either Union Station or King Station it's easy to get to and tickets are reasonably priced. You get a discount at the Hockey Hall of Fame's Spirit of Hockey Store for purchasing your tickets online. You can also try sites like Groupon or Wagjag as they often offer discounted tickets to venues like this one.
Still not inspired? These sites have a wide variety of gifting ideas to choose from.
Huffington Post Canada
Canadian Living - 10 best Father's Day gift ideas under $50
One of my top picks is from Canadian Living - "Take him for a real shave. A visit to a good old-fashioned barbershop can be as satisfying and pleasing for a man as a trip to a spa is for a lady. If your pop usually takes the quick and easy route to a smooth face, treat him to a top-quality straight-razor shave."
Regardless of what you get dad or what you do for him on Father's Day the main goal is to show him how much he means to you. Celebrating dad doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg and can actually be more meaningful if it's something that money can't buy such as spending time together. You have a week left to get it together and come up with something original. Best part is, you don't have to wait for Father's Day each year to let dad know how important he is to you. Make every day special for Dad.
Happy Father's Day!