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11 Canadian gifts that won’t disappoint your dad as much as you

By Kira Taylor

When it comes to gifts, dads usually don’t ask for much…or anything at all. Seethat’s the difficult part. What do you get for the guy who seemingly has two or three of everything and got a great deal at Canadian Tire to boot?  

The simplest answer: you check out our dad-approved list of 11 top gift picks for dad and go from there! Just beware of a higher concentration of cringeworthy dad humour than usual because…if not here and now, then when?  

Bonus: everything here is from local Canadian businesses so you can expect Canada-wide shipping and all prices in CAD! Ah the power of a .CA domain.

Sip n’ savour 

Bbq Seasoning 4 Pack, island Chef Pepper Co

Island Chef BBQ seasoning 4-pack  

Take dad’s already-impeccable grilling to new heights! These small-batch BBQ spices from Island Chef Seasoning aren’t so much about face-melting, nose-running heat, as they are about bold taste. Go with this Island Chef 4-pack and give your pops plenty of new flavours to play with for grilling season.  

$72 at
6 Month Coffee Subscription, Yeg Coffee Club

6-month YEG Coffee Club subscription

Coffee: it’s what dads run on. Surprise him with a six-month subscription that’ll have different premium-roasted Edmonton coffees—along with tasty snack samples—delivered to his door! 

$219 at
Mood Booster Chocolate Box, Peace By Chocolate

Mood booster chocolate box

Science tells us that delicious chocolate works wonders on even the most gruffy dads! Our pals at Peace by Chocolate have assembled this Mood Booster Box filled with their best treats. You might even say there’s…choco-lot to like here, like chocolate-covered pretzels, cookies and Peace by Chocolate’s delicious, premium bars.  

$52 at
Craft Spirits Five Pack, Union Ten

Craft Spirits Five-Pack

This’ll get dad’s “spirits” up—guaranteed. Give him a proper intro to small-batch craft spirits with this smartly packaged five-pack from Union Ten. Sip and savour their Canadian applejack, mountain berry vodka, Canadian northern cream—and more.  

$35 at

Supply some style and suaveness 

Classy Socks, Sock It To Ya

A fresh pair (or three) of classy socks 

If your dad is anything like the dads we know…they’ll wear the same ratty socks over and over again ‘til there’s mere fibres left. Replenish his sock supply with help from Halifax’s own Sock it to Ya! Pick from classy business casual to goofy novelty socks (with dad jokes sewn-in) and everything in between!   

$13 – $29 at
Bellroy Via Work Bag, Te Koop

Bellroy Via work bag

If you’re buying for an organized dad, then the Bellroy Via work bag from Te-Koop is perfect for keeping your old man’s tech well-sorted and protected. And with its durable build, this bag’s built to withstand all the bumps and jostles of daily commuting.  

$152.99 at

Core Dad Hat, Cdn

Core Dad Hat

The humble hat is a true cornerstone of dad style. A dad simply isn’t complete without one or (a few) of these kicking around and occupying every side table in the house. From CDN, this is the “Dad Hat.” It’s beautifully made and has that comfy, broken-in look that says, “I’ll pick you up from hockey practice AND bring you Swiss Chalet, bud.”  

$38 at
The Dad Bundle Beard Grooming Kit, Urban Beard

The “Dad” Bundle Beard Grooming Kit

This awesome kit from Urban Beard comes with everything your dad needs to look like the man of great culture and sophistication he is. Trust us—he’ll dig the artisan beard oil and balm and become a passionate beard-brush practitioner. Plus—side benefit—you’ll score points with mom for helping tame dad’s unruly whiskers. So…double win? 

$109.95 at

Feed dad’s passions  

Retro Hockey Print, The Sport Gallery

Retro hockey print

Treat your pops to a gorgeous, framed retro sports print from the Sport Gallery. Every one of these prints features original photography that appeared in SPORT magazine between 1946 and 2000. You’ll find prints of hockey icons like Guy Lafleur, Terry Sawchuk—and, yep—the Leafs’ glory days.

$145 – $325 at    

Wireless Earbuds, Sounds Good

Ultimate wireless earbuds

Give dad the perfect excuse to tune out important family conversations with the Ultimate V6 wireless earbuds from Sounds Good. They’re sleek, super comfortable and provide rich immersive sound.  

$99.99 at
Camping Kitchen Set, Mec

Camping kitchen set

This camping kitchen set from MEC brings together two fatherly passions: grilling and the great outdoors! Here, you’ll find all the kitchen tools dad needs—like a collapsible whisk, mini grater and pivot spatula—to whip up some top-notch grub on your next family camping trip.  

$79.95 at

Play your cards right, and you’ll be able to come back to this gift list for many Father’s Days and birthdays to come! Remember: for all your other gifting needs, you can visit our other .CA Small business gift guides for inspiration year-round! 

Before we go, there’s a bonus question to ponder: was this list secretly ghost-written by a dad? You be the judge. 

About the author
Kira Taylor

Kira is the Marketing & Channel Specialist at CIRA. She focuses on content, digital marketing and channel strategies to help Canadian business owners make the right domain choice for their business website so they can find success online.