Dominate Dad's Day: The Ultimate Gift Guide For Your Guy
Dad, daddy, papa, pops… no matter what you call him, he has been a huge influence in your life. Whether he is making you laugh with his terrible jokes or passing down his vast knowledge on everything from how to change the oil in your car to making a marriage work, it’s time to give him a gift worthy of his efforts.
If you are a parent now, chances are you appreciate him more than ever so it’s time to show him by making this year’s gift something that won’t end up stuffed in the back of a drawer.
If it’s not just your dad but also the father of your children that you are trying to buy for, wouldn’t it be nice for your kiddos to give him something on Father’s Day that wasn’t made with glitter and macaroni? Something you won’t have to try and sneakily recycle after they go to bed…
He does a lot for your family and deserves something better than what can be hastily picked up on the way to dinner.
Here are 5 Gift Ideas That Don’t Suck and may even make the big man in your life a little emotional.
Many gifts are fleeting but a photoshoot dedicated entirely to dad or grandpa’s love for his family is something that you will look back on and cherish for years to come.
Calgary and the surrounding areas have no lack of interesting places to do a shoot like this but one area that stands out is the Inglewood/Ramsay neighbourhood. Inglewood includes many interesting buildings such as Snowden Place, Recordland or Kane’s Harley Davidson, depending on dad’s interests. The CP Train, tracks and river bank also offer dynamic backgrounds for a shoot.
Once you have a collection of beautiful photos of dad and/or grandpa and his crew, don’t just let your precious pictures sit unseen in a computer file, create a beautiful photo storybook written about dad or grandpa’s unconditional love for his family.
This treasured keepsake will not only bring a happy tear to his eye on Father’s Day but will be read again and again with the kids sitting on his lap, reliving their happy memories together.
A personalized gift like this shows him that you put care and effort into his gift and thought enough about him to plan ahead and make it completely customized.
- Pampering Package
When Mother’s Day rolls around one of the go-to gifts for mom is a spa package to give her some much-needed R&R. But dads don’t often get the same treatment. He is just as much in need of a little pampering!
Why not give dad a shave and a haircut at his favourite barber shop this year? He gets to relax while someone else takes care of his grooming for once and he will look amazing for that Father’s Day dinner you have planned (or the photoshoot!)
Cannibale Barbershop & Cocktails in Inglewood offers a little something different as it is a classic full-service barbershop and stylish, yet approachable, neighbourhood gathering place serving cocktails, fine spirits, craft beer, wine and food.
- Brewery Tour
If prim and proper isn’t his style (or even if it is!), there is one thing many dads would love on a day devoted to them – an ice-cold beverage! With the huge influx in breweries popping up around the city, why not visit a few and create your own brewery tour? Once again, the Inglewood/Ramsay neighbourhoods offer a wonderful selection of breweries all within walking distance, including The Dandy Brewing Company, Cold Garden, High Line Brewing and Revival Brewcade, which has the added bonus of allowing you and dad to play some retro arcade games while you indulge.
If a do-it-yourself brewery crawl isn’t your style, let someone else plan for you with Pedal Pubs, where you will bike your way to local breweries on a multi-passenger vehicle.
- Take a Hike
Ok so we don’t mean a literal “hike” here (unless of course you want to) but when was the last time you just went for a walk and enjoyed each other’s company? This can include anything from a stroll in a local park (Nellie Breen Park, Mils Park or Ramsay Hill are some great options in the Inglewood area), to visiting a Calgary attraction like the zoo, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary or Fort Calgary.
If you think Pop might like to shop ‘til he drops, meandering down 9th Ave for stops at Spolumbo’s, Fair’s Fair Books, other local shops or one of those breweries we mentioned above might be a fun alternative.
No matter dad’s style, chances are the one thing he wants more than anything this Father’s Day is to connect with you. There are countless ways to do this that don’t have to cost a lot of money and are full of fun. So book that photog, order that book, call the barber, get hopped up for some hops, or strap on your hiking boots because you know dad deserves a little more this year.