The festive season is just around the corner and while many mamas out there may consider themselves “seasoned” gift-giving pros, dads are always the hardest to shop for. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that difficult, thanks to our roundup of father-friendly gifts, available in a wide range of prices for a wide range of tastes.

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Storm Glass

This barometer (an invention of the caption of Darwin’s HMS Beagle), is a great choice for any sea-loving dad. It’s a functional and stylish way to predict the weather! $19.50 from Chapters.

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Wooden Pinball

Big on fun but small in size, this Wooden Pinball game is a great, nostalgic addition for any gamer dad. With a rustic wooden body and classic design, it will look great in any home, cabin or man-cave. $24.50 from Chapters.

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The Extraordinary Man subscription box

A great gift for any “Extraordinary Man,” this BC-based subscription box service offers a monthly curated delivery (worth up to $150) complete with stylish attire, personal care goods, as well as decor and accessories. $69.00 (for 3 months) from BC Living.

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Herschel Novel Duffle – Keith Haring Collection

Vancouver’s own Herschel Supply Co. has the perfect duffle bag for the dad on the go. Their Novel Duffle bag has plenty of storage space, a waterproof zipper and we especially dig their signature shoe compartment. Plus, the Keith Haring design keeps the bag super stylish and modern. $89.99 at

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Roots Algonquin Flannel Shirt

Whether he’s chopping down trees, or chompin’ on burgers, every dad needs a cozy plaid shirt during the chilly season. Canada’s own Roots brand has the perfect-fitting high quality flannel shirt, available in a variety of buffalo plaid colours. $88 from Roots.

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Treehouses you can actually build

While it might be too cold to start now, it’s never too early to plan a treehouse for the summer! This book would definitely be a double-duty gift; a great read for any hands-on dad and a great end-product for the kidlets (because let’s face it, what kid wouldn’t want a tree house built in their backyard?!) $27.99 from Chapters.

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Crosley Cruiser Turntable

Lightweight, portable and complete with built-in speakers, your vinyl lover will appreciate the ability to bring his record collection with him anywhere (plus, he’ll be able to teach the kids what those black, shiny round music-making things are). $119.95 from Chapters.

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Webber Bear Claw Shredders

These stainless steel Webber Bear Claw Shredders are a perfect addition to any grill master’s collection. Use them to transfer large cuts of meat from grill to table, or use the shredding claws to make some yummy pulled pork sandwiches! $19.99 from Home Depot

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Eye Glasses Holder

Is he always losing his reading glasses? Then make sure to add this quirky eyeglasses holder to the stocking, while also making a difference in global artisan communities. Hand-carved using sustainable sheesham wood, it was created by HSSS, a non-profit in India that helps underprivileged artisans, who suffer hardships with physical handicaps, illiteracy, extreme poverty, or being in lower castes, find markets for their wood products. $22.98 from Uncommon Goods.

people shoes dads gift guide

The Phillips Puffy

Vancouver’s own People Footwear have the ideal shoe for any Westcoast dad. Their “Phillips Puffy” sneaker is insulated, water-resistant and contains both a super soft sock-liner and a shock-absorbing outsole. They call it a “sleeping bag for your foot,” we call it awesome! Plus, they have matching styles for mamas and the kidlets so the whole fam can match! $89.00 from People Footwear.

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Slip-On Slippers

Don’t forget, Dads like to keep it cozy, too! Help him stay snug during the chilly months with these warm slippers. $16.00 from Joe Fresh.

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Exploding Kittens Game

No board game collection is complete without Exploding Kittens! An excellent gift for the silly dad who enjoys “kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” $29.95 from Chapters.

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Arborist Thermos CBC Hockey Night in Canada

What do you get a hockey-loving dad who already has a slew of jerseys and memorabilia? How about a “CBC Hockey Night” themed thermos from Canadian brand Arborist! Designed in Toronto and truly Canadian, this thermos will be ideal for early morning drives, visits to the ice rink and any other place where hot bevvies are welcome! $33.95 from Drake General Store

Dads can sometimes be easily overlooked during the holiday season. These gift ideas are sure-fire and “sure-smile” items that any father would love to unwrap this year!

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By: Marjolyn “MJ” Dimapilis

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