“Every day is Father’s Day.” So said my Dad, who never quite accepted the fact that children needed a national reminder. Still, he feigned surprise and delight when we presented him with his Old Spice Gift Set–every single year. There are many who carry the title Father, Papa, Dad, Pops and other names, but they all have the same meaning. How about baking him some cookies, or adding a unique gift you might not have thought of, until now. It’s been a rough year for all Fathers, and they could use an extra spark of joy on their special day.
For the father who is working from home
Whether Dad works from the kitchen table or at a living room sofa, Zoom calls require light. It’s easy to get that professional look with an Ergopixel Ring Light. He can set this streaming equipment and content creation tools at his desk and seamlessly integrate the digital world to his lifestyle today.
The Ergo Pixel Microphone is also indispensable if he wants to record 360° around the microphone. It’s great for capturing vocal groups and bands, conference calls or multiple participants in a single mic product. It has an LED indicator, a mute button, volume dials and a headphone jack and gives a well-rounded sound and smooth tone. It’s perfect, too, if your dad wants to start his own vlog!
For the father who likes a 5 o’clock Aperitivo
Dad does not have to be a mixologist to enjoy a Martini Fiero Spritz. Blood Oranges grown in Murcia Spain, a blend of white wines and carefully sourced botanicals create the luscious, vibrant bittersweet flavour of Fiero. Simply mix 2 oz. Martini Fiero with 2 oz Martini Prosecco and 1 oz soda water in an ice-filled glass. Garnish with an Orange slice, and it will be love at first sip. You can only hope that he wants to share.
Offer Dad a crystal glass filled with ice cubes and a lemon twist, along with a bottle of the new Aupale Vodka, made in Quebec. It has a creamy, elegant palate with hints of peaches and cream, earthy and mineral. Canadian sweet corn is used to make the alcohol, so it’s gluten free. The main ingredient, water, is sourced from glacial water in Northern Canada, and it’s been distilled seven times. Buy Canadian.
For the environmentalist father who likes clean air
After working from home for the past year, perhaps Dad has become nose blind in his new DIY work environment. Not only does the Ultima Cosa Air Purifier remove harmful airborne particles like dust, bacteria and pollen from your home (perfect in time for allergy season), but it also cleans the stuffy, stale air, or the aroma of whatever Dad was just cooking, that would otherwise linger and settle. You’ll all be a lot happier for it.
For the father who needs another coffee
We all know how it is. Just as the work ideas are flowing, there is that urge for a coffee. Leave your desk to go to the kitchen and the good ideas just disappear. Give Dad the most compact, pretty coffee maker on the market today that can sit on his desk—always at the ready. The new generation De Longhi Lattisima One sets you up for the day. Coffee with milk is as convenient as fill, froth, enjoy. Cappuccinos, Lattes, Espresso Macchiatos or plain black coffee. Your choice, one button. Done.
For the father who likes a midday snack
Born out of a mutual passion for supporting local food producers and small businesses, Niagara’s Andrea Kaiser and her daughter Madison came up with a delicious idea! Niagara Flavours curates the best quality items from Niagara’s farmer’s markets in themed seasonal boxes for direct delivery. Each package also includes a branded 100% fair trade cotton reusable shopping bag as well as a $1.00 donation to the Niagara Nutrition Partners who support sustainable nutrition programs for all school-age children in the region. Set a beautiful picnic basket or board of Savour Lowery Bros Charred Asparagus Chutney paired with cured Cacciatore Salami from Niagara Specialty Meats, and Niagara Gold by The Upper Canada Cheese Company perfect with Provisions Smoked Honey. (For the perfect wine pairings, go to Reif Estate Winery.) This is a lovely mother-daughter team of renown in Niagara Wine Country, sharing their favourite things that every dad—and everyone—will love!
Sara Waxman, OOnt, is an award-winning restaurant critic, best-selling cookbook author, food and travel journalist and has eaten her way through much of the free world for four decades, while writing about it in books, newspapers and magazines. She is the Editor in Chief of DINE and Destinations magazine.