Father’s Day Guide: Unique Gift Ideas He’ll Love

James Bond inspired swim trunks. Perfect for Father's Day!

James Bond inspired swim trunks. Photo courtesy Orlebar Brown

Sunday June 16th is the day to celebrate dear old dad and all the other fatherly types in your life. But instead of a tie (he probably has way too many) or socks (he can buy his own) take a moment to consider a gift which might appeal to his interests, lifestyle or his personality.



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He takes calculated risks but is also a bit of daredevil – both in business and in his downtime. What better symbol of that adventurous spirit than this collectible sports car coin bank. Sleek and chic, he can park it on his office desk.

Silver-plated sports car coin bank, $135, birks.com


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Whether it’s the pool, lake or ocean, he loves spending time near or on any body of water. And he’ll need cool and comfortable footwear to prevent him from slipping on wet tiles or getting wood splinters from the dock. These water resistant slides, with an ultra-lite rubber insert, are just the cool and comfortable footwear he’ll want to wear all summer – at the cottage or in the city.

Native Shoes is a Canadian company, renowned for lightweight footwear. These slides sporting the bold empowerment statement are part of a collaboration with swimwear designer, Beth Richards.

Native Shoes X Beth Richards slides, $40, nativeshoes.com



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Elephants are not only animals with a family-oriented social structure but they also do much for the environment to help other species. According to the World Wildlife Fund, they are seed dispensers and help with the regrowth of trees and clearing vegetation to create an ecosystem for other grazing animals. Dad would appreciate an adoption kit gift which helps WWF keep these beauties alive.

African Adoption Kit, $55, worldwildlife.org

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He’s followed the adventures of the world’s most stylish spy – both in the 007 movies and the Ian Fleming novels. Tide him over until the next Bond flick in a pair of swim trunks from Orlebar Brown. This season, the luxury British swimwear label issued a collection inspired by vintage Bond. Featuring images of 007 from the Sean Connery and Roger Moore era, these are tailored swim trunks – with a license to thrill poolside.

Orlebar Brown 007 Bulldog Thunderball swim shorts, $475, holtrenfrew.com


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Perhaps he works in a cool hip office where the dress code is far from rigid. But while he’s gotten rid of his ties, he still wears a jacket – firmly believing in the garment’s authoritative look. A colourful pocket square will also help give him a distinctive and stylish touch.

Silk twill pocket square, $205, Hermes.com


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He knows his way around a barbecue grill and nothing pleases him more than taking on the task of outdoor cooking at family gatherings. Give him the tools worthy of his skills.

Romanticist 21 pc stainless steel BBQ grill tools in aluminum case, $39.99, amazon.ca



He knows the importance of relaxation – and looking his best. Why not treat him to a spa day with a variety of treatments from a personalized massage, a facial  and mani-pedi. Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalle in Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel is offering Father’s Day Spa packages starting at $175. To book online, go to mirajcaudaliespa.com


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Yes, he might have sampled single malt Scotch whisky before but has he ever had a bottle with his name on the label? Personalize a special label for a bottle of The Glenlivet 12 he can truly call his own.