Father’s Day gift ideas if your father is me

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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Fathers have a bad rap for being tough to shop for. But really, we’re not that bad. We universally love yo yo’s and fart slime and NKOTB trading cards. I also developed this handy list of Father’s Day gift ideas that could come in very handy if your father is me.

Coloring books. The hispterier the better

colouring book drawing

I recently was given one of these and I’ve now coloured two days in a row. for me they’re meant to relieve stress. And to a degree, they do. But they also make me pine for the days when I’ll have a long, lush beard and such a dapper hat.


Tattoo of kid drawing


This is my kid’s drawings tattoo arm. The rainbow is my most recent addition courtesy of the great people at Living Colour in Ottawa. They also did the bumblebee and a self-portrait by my oldest daughter on my ribs. It’s not for everyone, but for those it is for, it is exceptionally awesome and the kids get a big kick out of it too.

Feminist Apparel shirts

Consent is mandatory


There are hundreds of t-shirts and sweaters at Feminist apparel well worth your wearing. Some have swearing, some do not and all of them have important messages. I have a gender message t-shirt and a genders don’t have colours sweatshirt. This one may be my next.

Feminist Apparel is a 501(c)3 non-profit that believes “Anyone Can Feminist”. We are of the opinion that the negative connotations of feminism are unwarranted, misinformed, and stem from a present and mainstream culture of dominance; one that does a disservice to women, men, and all of humanity.


Posters in a bedroom


They gave me the opportunity to print off a few items and we went with two images from one of the books my oldest daughter and I have written. Needless to say, they are a very welcome addition to any room in the house.

‘Victorinox’ Swiss Army KnivesVictorinox Dufour Expandable Laptop Pack

For the classic dad. I remember my dad always having a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife on his dresser. I’d look at that thing all the time waiting for the day I’d be old enough to have something with a bottle opener, a screwdriver, a knife and a saw.

The Laptop Pack is also amazing. My favourite feature (beyond the storage space for the iPad I bring to keep kids entertained on an adventure) is that it can be worn like a backpack even though it operates more like suitcase. It’s a great piece of travel gear.


Gigantic Beaus


This is Beau’s. This is my favourite beer. Or, I should say, nearly all the Beau’s beer is my favourite. Other dads might have their own favourite. Or they may like some type of spirit. Anyway, this beer. So good.

Yellowscope science kits

Yellow-Scope science kits


We science the crap out of our weekend mornings because Yellowscope was kind enough to provide us with a kit. I would be lying so hard if I told you I wasn’t also learning from these kits. They’re super easy, super fun and there’s plenty of ways both dads and kids can help out with each project.

Dad’s Book of Awesome recipes (or science things or projects)



I’m not exaggerating, all of these books are amazing. The most recent one is the recipes and we’ve made notes to put together the rainbow pancakes and the Ice Cream Mud Pie as quickly as we can. Some of the craft projects stretched my expertise but that’s on me, not on Mike, the amazing dad behind these books.

Stihl Weed Trimmer

Helps me get rid of all the damn dandelions at our house. Using gas power! Enough said.

Layrite Pomade

layrite super


Every. Single. Day. The superhold is my favourite but there are a number of different styles to choose from. The best part about Layrite is that the hold is expert level but it very honestly washes out in the shower like a gel would, not like some of the other pomades that have you shaving your head to escape the mess.

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