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20 holiday gifts for Dad

Surprise the dad in your life with one of these great finds!

By Leah Rumack & Amy Valm
20 holiday gifts for Dad

20 holiday gifts for Dad

Great gifts for Dad

The holidays are here, which means it's time to get all those gifts in order. Stumped on what to get for the dad in your life?

We've got some suggestions (for every budget) that's sure to make him smile.

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: coloroftime/iStockphoto

Tea time

Bring back The Beatles! These Abbey Road coasters celebrate dad's all-time favourite band while spicing up your living room and protecting your coffee table. 

Abbey Road coasters, $22
Where to Buy? Drake General Store

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

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Dad décor

Eternalize dad’s favourite photo with a camera-to-canvas print from 44 Wide. Whether it’s a beautiful travel shot or a sentimental photo of the kids, submit a photo on 44wide.com and they’ll turn it into a timeless work of art — perfect for dad’s office or a room in the house.

16” X 20” 44 Wide camera-to-canvas print, $65
 

Where to Buy? 44wide.com

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: 44 Wide

Bring a book

If your dad loves to read on the go, this Kobo mini tablet is the perfect gift for him. The lightest reader yet, it's portable and convenient. 

Kobo mini tablet, $80
Where to Buy? Indigo

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

Ale aficionado

This quirky (but cool!) beer poster is a classy upgrade from the old frat boy posters from his college days. It’s the perfect addition to any basement bar, workshop or man cave.
 
Print: The Very, Very Many Varieties of Beer, $30
 

Where to Buy? popchartlab.com

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Give dad some plaid

Who can resist plaid flannel loungewear during the holidays? Not us. This pair of flannel pajama pants is perfect for a post-Christmas PJ day. Just add a mug of coffee and the Sunday crossword.
 
Men’s plaid flannel sleep pants, $18
 

Where to Buy? Old Navy

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Old Navy

Masculine messenger

“It’s not a man-purse; it’s a satchel.” As ridiculous as Alan from The Hangover is, he’s right! Messenger bags, like this Indiana Jones-inspired one, are increasingly popular with men, especially busy on-the-go dads. We know this made-in-Canada Roots satchel is a bit on the pricey side, but its durable leather and timeless style means it’ll last for years.
 
Raiders Satchel — tribe, $298
 

Where to Buy? roots.com

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Roots

Game time!

Gather round the Backgammon board for hours of family fun this holiday season. One of the oldest board games for two players, this timeless classic is a perfectly mixed cocktail of strategy and luck. 

Backgammon set, $35
Where to Buy? Crate and Barrel 

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

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All in one place

Retro is back, and this antique-style alarm dock is the perfect accessory for dad's iPhone or iPod! But don't be fooled by its look. This high-tech speaker set plays music, charges your phone and wakes you up all at once. 

Wooden phone alarm dock, $40
Where to Buy? Indigo

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

Sleek skin

Perfect for the dad who loves to travel, this skincare kit includes a body scrub, energizing moisture treatment and shave cream. 

Men's starter kit, $40

Where to Buy? Kiehl's 

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: kiehls.com

Serve it fresh

Nothing says the holidays are here like a little wine with dinner. This customizable wine carafe will keep your wine or whiskey fresh while making a lasting impression on your holiday guests. 

Glass wine carafe with optional monogramming, $40
Where to Buy? West Elm

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

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Write it out

Whether it's for a little quiet reflection, or note taking at work, this luxurious leather wrap journal will last a lifetime. 

Rich leather wrap journal back, $45
Where to Buy? Indigo

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

Get behind the scenes

This behind the scenes book is a must-have for Game of Thrones fans this holiday. Giving fans new ways to participate in their favourite fictional world, the book features exclusive set photos, storyboards and interviews. 

Inside HBO's Game of Thrones hardcover, $45
Where to Buy? Amazon

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

Chalktrail for his bike

This toy will make all the other dads stand up and take notice. The Chalktrail is the coolest invention and is perfect for entertaining kids at home on the driveway or at the playground.

Attach it to the back of a bike, load up the chalk, and bike around the pavement to make kid-impressing designs.
Where to Buy? Thinkgeek.com

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: ThinkGeek

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Bundle up

Keep the man in your life warm this winter. This stylish hat comes complete with a snug and cozy fur lining. 

Plaid trapper hat, $29
Where to Buy? Mark's

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

Child's play

If your dad is a child at heart, he'll love this Make Your own Robot kit. It's a great way to offer him some "me-time" and put his tech interests to good use. 

Make your own robot kid, 15 figure set, $32
Where to Buy? Amazon

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Geoffrey Ross

Foodie father

Does dad love to cook? Fuel the foodie in him with this cookbook from chef Michael Smith. Dubbed Canada’s favourite chef, he’s put together 100 of his favourite easy recipes — from oatmeal-crusted French toast to nutmeg roast sweet potatoes. We’re drooling already!
 
Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen, $22
Where to Buy? Indigo

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Indigo

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CBC retro laptop bag

This is the perfect present for CBC connoisseurs. The throwback design is stylish so your hubby won't feel like a slouch in meetings (and it's a great alternative to pricer leather laptop cases). Hide this under the tree!

'40s Laptop Bag, $70
Where to Buy? CBC.shop.ca

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: CBC

Camera-lens travel mug

Give him a travel mug that really stands out! This Camera-lens-styled cup will make morning coffee a bit more fun. Pair it with a bag of his favourite coffee beans or flavour of tea.

Camera-lens travel mugs, $15
Where to Buy? Thinkgeek.com

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: ThinkGeek

Shark socks

Plaid and polka dot are so last year when it comes to socks. Now it's all about SHARKS! Slip these into dad's stocking for a Christmas morning giggle when he models the Great Whites in front of the kids.

Shark socks, $9

Where to Buy? Uncommongoods.com

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Uncommon Goods

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Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

The Swiss Army Knife is the old faithful of dad gifts. Go for a 2.0 twist on this classic present. Modern day dads will have everything at their fingertips with the flight-friendly knife, which features the usual Swiss Army bells and whistles plus a water-resistant flash drive.

Victorinox Swiss Army 16GB Jetsetter Flash Drive, $49.95

Where to Buy? store.apple.com

20 holiday gifts for DadPhoto: Apple Store

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This article was originally published on Nov 11, 2011

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