Shop locally in Toronto for cool dad gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to find a present to celebrate, but shopping for Dad can be tricky. If he looks like my dad, he might say he doesn’t need anything. Of course you can spoil him with brunch or a family barbecue, but you might also want to close something special to show your appreciation. Here are a dozen dad-worthy gift ideas for all father figures, from the cocktail connoisseur to the dad who indulges in a little indulgence—all from local businesses and made in Canada.

A tie is the classic father’s gift, so buy him something he might not buy himself. Toronto designer Andrea Dixon creates distinctive ties using fabric from legendary British retailer Liberty of London. Her Toronto store, Pomp & Ceremony, stocks ties, bow ties, ascots and pocket squares in floral patterns and themes such as tennis, but will also custom order for special events.

A tie is a classic gift, look for something funky from Pomp & Ceremony.

For new dads celebrating their first Father’s Day, gift a set of adorable and totally Instagrammable Daddy and Me socks from Etsy shop Q for Quinn. Designer Melita Cyril couldn’t find a pair of socks soft enough for her son, who suffered from eczema, so she created her own. The socks are made of natural materials and are available in sizes from newborn to adult large.

Daddy & Me Socks from Q for Quinn are perfect for a new father.

For dads who like vinyl or just plain cool t-shirts, this Sam the Record Man t-shirt is a nod to Toronto’s vintage music scene and one of the many styles created by Quebec’s Tresnormale. Available at Scout, a Toronto gift shop with locations in Leslieville and Roncesvalles.

Raise the glass with a boozy cocktail to celebrate, after all, Father’s Day is a great opportunity to make a special drink. Reagan Soucie and Jessica Chester met in the back alleys of Toronto and formed a shared love of spirits and food, founding Laneway Distillers distillers of Canadian gin, vodka and gin liqueur. The duo have teamed up with SLURP, a Toronto-based company founded by Sarah Sharratt, which makes juice mixers. The juice mixers make it easy to create premium cocktails with ready-to-use mixers such as Ever Maple Sour, Grapefruit Collins, Rhubarb Sparkler, Blackberry Bramble and Laneway vodka or gin.

For the dad who loves craft beer from local breweries, Creemore Springs + Purple Hill Lavender teamed up to create the Creemore Springs Lavender Sour, inspired by the area’s lavender fields. Treat Dad to a road trip to Purple Hill Lavender Farm for their Evening Picnic Series in the fields. Guests receive a Creemore Lavender Sour, charcuterie box, and live music with dates through the end of July. Bring excitement to a microbrewery fan with a beer subscription. Small Batch Dispatch offers gift subscriptions – you choose the length, from a month to a year, from a curated selection of Ontario Craft Breweries. The Hops Collective offers a Beer of the Month Club and gift baskets of craft beers from across Canada.

Spa days aren’t just for moms. Everyone can benefit from a moment of self-care, fathers included. If he prefers at-home treatments, pour him a moisturizing beard soap from Sade Baron — a mother-daughter-owned Canadian body care brand dedicated to creating unisex, sustainable, plant-based body care products. For something a little more playful, gift him a Father’s Day Big Mustache Soap or SuperDad Eye Pad from LUSH.

Shop locally this Father's Day with a self-care package from LUSH.

Just in time for barbecue season, give him a gourmet box from the grill master with products from all over Canada, including Black Garlic & Dark Ale Beer Jelly from Toronto’s Malty & Hoppy Delicacy and Charcuterie Mustard from Saltspring Kitchen Co. from BC, available at Fabrique1840 at Simons or a Beer-BQ Gift Box for the barbecue enthusiast, including sauces from Montreal’s famed Joe Beef restaurant and rub plus beer delivered to your door through Present Day Gifts.

For the coffee aficionado, buy a coffee subscription from a local roaster to improve his brewing game at home. Toronto roasters such as Propeller Coffee Co., Pilot Coffee and Balzac’s offer coffee subscriptions. To sample beans from all over Canada, join The Roasters Pack, a subscription club for coffee geeks to help you discover three different coffees from Canadian roasters each month.

For the coffee lover you get a coffee subscription from Pilot coffee.

Don’t forget card. Something suitably cheesy is apropos. Choose local stores like Scout, The Paper Place, Town, Labor of Love, Collected Joy, and Etsy makers.

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