The best gifts are those rich with talking points and backstories.
And nobody likes a little fact-filled, storied conversation more than your dad, right?
Here are five Father’s Day gifts that tell a story.
Hamilton Watch’s Ventura Model
Spoil your dad with a “timely” gift this year with Hamilton Watch’s Ventura model. Currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, the iconic watch was made famous by Elvis, who wore it in the classic 1960s movie Blue Hawaii. Sixty years ago, Elvis also made his first Canadian appearance at Maple Leaf Gardens; the same year, the Ventura made watchmaking history as the world’s first electrical, battery powered watch. This year, Hamilton has celebrated the anniversary of the Ventura line with the launch of three reinterpretations of original model. The watches are available at Hudson’s Bay locations.
Help your dad’s lazy Sunday cause by gifting him with the most comfortable thing he will own. Lazypants sweatpants are also stylish enough to run errands in. They come with an interesting backstory too; they are the brainchild of a young Toronto entrepreneur and have quickly made their way to Hollywood, becoming go-tos for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Martin Short and the Kardashians (but maybe leave out the Kardashian part). Lazypants are available at these retailers.
Dads can never have too many belts; especially quality, detailed ones that come with a solid backstory. Anderson’s is a family business (established in 1966) from Parma, Italy and offer everything from classic leather dress belts to their iconic multicolour stretch belts, which are available in an assortment of styles and colourways. Anderson’s is now one of the leading accessories companies in Italy and possibly the oldest men’s belt manufactory in Europe. The belts are available at Harry Rosen.
TOMS Sunglasses (or Shoes)
The do-good brand TOMS has expanded from just shoes into eyewear in recent years, offering a stylish and durable selection of sunglasses to suit the summertime style of any dad. The best part about the brand is that it gives back; for every pair of sunglasses sold, TOMS will restore sight to someone in need in an impoverished country. TOMS sunglasses are available in select retail locations through the city, but you’ll find the best selection online (making for a late Father’s Day gift, admittedly, but one that’s worth the wait).If you can’t wait, the shoes tell a similar story; for every pair purchased, a child in need receives a new pair of shoes themselves.
Sock of the Month Subscription
Buying your pops a pair of socks doesn’t exactly scream “special.” But you know what is special? Receiving a gift every month in the mail. A Sock of the Month Club subscription from MySock.ca is not only a practical gift, it will brighten your dad’s day (literally) each month when he opens his latest pair of colourful, fun socks – and it’s something he’ll proudly tell his buddies about when they comment on the eye-catching designs.