Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

In collaboration with Pulsar

Once every year there’s a holiday that asks us to basically do one thing: turn to our respective fathers and say, “thank you, Dad”. Sounds brutal, we know, but it’s nothing compared to the pain it was raising us so a small concession toward their effort every now and then really isn’t so bad. After all, where would we be without our fathers? To answer such a question is to get all metaphysical so let’s just say that we owe them at least a little for, you know, helping to create our very existence and then putting a roof over our heads and food in our mouths. Sure, it would be nice if they played catch with us a little more often but nobody’s perfect. And to those of you still complaining, you’ll understand when you’re older.

Along with that “thank you” it wouldn’t kill you to buy Dad a gift, either. Yeah, yeah–we know your pockets are tight but you should get the old man a present anyway. When considering the perfect father’s day gift, one must look for the best of form and function. Odds are your dad likes something useful, fun and well made. Don’t skimp out by going the generic route and consider the gifts below as your way of telling Dad he’s not just there for handouts and barbecues.

kindle oasis e reader

Kindle Oasis E-Reader

Ahhh, we have such fond memories of our dad coming home from work, sinking into his favourite chair and getting lost in a book while almost dutifully ignoring his surroundings. So lost in fact that we had to call his name seven times for dinner. And then there were all those vacations, where again Dad just sat around reading while we swam and hiked and did family stuff without him. Here to celebrate our father’s diligently myopic reading habits in the 21st century is the Kindle Oasis. Get your dad one and help him stay firmly in his bubble. And don’t scoff–after all, one day it will be you hiding out from your annoying wife and kids in that bubble.

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READ OUR FULL REVIEW OF THE KINDLE OASIS HERE
PURCHASE: KINDLE OASIS

samsung galaxy note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

People love to think it’s teenagers and adolescents driving the unprecedented tech boom, but that’s far from accurate. The truth is our dads love gadgets as much as we do, possibly more so. The Samsung Galaxy Note7 delivers the best in interaction, resolution and security. There’s simply no doubt that your father will appreciate such a handy present.

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READ OUR INITIAL THOUGHTS ON THE NOTE7 HERE

bellroy travel wallet

Bellroy Travel Wallet

Many of us learned what a wallet was by seeing our father whip one out to pay for things. Honour that tradition by getting Dad a trusty travel wallet that has plenty of pocket space and is made from premium vegetable-tanned leather. Also included is a micro travel pen because there’s no harm in pretending inspiration might one day prompt your father to jot down an idea or two.

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PURCHASE: BELLROY TRAVEL WALLET

victorinox spectra luggage 20 expandable

Victorinox Spectra Luggage 2.0 Expandable

Show Dad that not only are you over all those business trips that forced him to miss virtually every important event of your childhood, but you’ve found a way to make his travels even easier. The Victorinox Spectra uses polycarbonate for a scratch-resistant matte finish that will remain durable no matter how hard you cram it into the overhead compartment. With adjustable handles and quick-access doors, the Spectra makes travel a breeze.

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PURCHASE: VICTORINOX SPECTRA LUGGAGE 2.0 EXPANDABLE

pulsar pu2083x chronograph watch

Pulsar PU2083X Chronograph Watch

When it comes to great father’s day gifts you can simply do no wrong with a premium mid-range watch. Consider the trusty Pulsar PU2083X Chronograph, which personifies the spirit of sport and adventure in true style. Pulsar is credited with the creating the world’s first digital watch and year after year they deliver a perfect balance between function and innovation. The brand recently became the Official Watch Partner of the Supercars Championship and so if dad loves car racing he will be absolutely delighted with Pulsar’s latest. It features a 47.4mm stainless steel case, Quartz movement, mineral crystal glass and a supremely involved and reliable chronograph function. On top of all that it’s a preciously affordable timepiece. Among all the entries on our list, this is the one we think Dad would like the most.

bose quietcomfort 35 wireless headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

If you’re lucky enough to have one of those “cool” dads who keeps pace with the latest in music, by all means get him a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones. Bose has mastered the art of noise cancellation and sound clarity to deliver a completely unfettered audio experience. Everyone loves what Bose is doing these days so there’s no reason your pops would be the one exception.

bose quietcomfort headphones

READ OUR FULL REVIEW OF THE BOSE QC35S HERE
PURCHASE: BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35 WIRELESS HEADPHONES

electric objects digital art display

Electric Objects Digital Art Display

Turn your dad into a workplace hero with this downright nifty product that’s part work of art, part innovative gadget. The Electric Objects Digital Art Display allows you to change the image in the frame through the Internet connection on your phone. That basically means if it looks cool and is available on the Internet your dad can adorn the wall with it. There’s also an in-house selection of digital artworks to choose from. Just make sure your dad knows what he’s doing with his phone before using this thing–we’d hate for his boss to walk in after he accidentally uploaded the most recent Penthouse centrefold onto his wall.

electric objects digital

PURCHASE: ELECTRIC OBJECTS DIGITAL ART DISPLAY

leatherman mut eod

Leatherman MUT EOD

Is your dad handy with the toolbox? Does he always have some project going in the garage or the shed out back? If so, give him this Leatherman Multi-Tool. Think of it as a Swiss Army Knife on steroids. Dad will appreciate the gesture and then get back to work on that “invention” he keeps talking about.

Use the code “MANOFMANY” at checkout to receive 10% off any purchase from Gear Supply. 

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PURCHASE: LEATHERMAN MUT EOD

philips norelco shaver 7300

Philips Norelco Shaver 7300

Dad’s a busy guy who doesn’t necessarily have time for a close shave. Help him cut corners and hairs alike with the Philips Norelco 7300. It delivers a superior quick shave and won’t irritate sensitive skin. Keep it fresh, pops!

philips norelco superior shaver 7300

PURCHASE: PHILIPS NORELCO SHAVER 7300

lagavulin 8 year old scotch

Lagavulin 8-Year Old Scotch

If Dad loves Scotch then he probably loves Lagavulin 16-Year. Show Dad you’re a man of excellent taste by getting him this limited edition 8-Year Islay Single Malt that’s bound to be smoky and extraordinary because Lagavulin doesn’t do anything less. Whatever you do, however, do not open this bottle before giving it to Dad. Otherwise there’s a strong chance you’ll be three sheets to the wind and gift-less come Father’s Day.

lagavulin 16 year old scotch

PURCHASE: LAGAVULIN 8-YEAR OLD SCOTCH