Your dad is special. All dads are, in their own dad-ish way.
Some dads are techy. Some dads are sporty. And some dads are the best dad-joke tellers around.
Whichever type of dad you have, one thing’s for sure: you want to show him that you’re forever grateful for all he’s done.
With Father’s Day fast approaching, we at iQ want to share some last minute gift ideas for the hard-working dads in your life.
For the techy dad
Although VR is still in its infancy in a lot of ways, being at the forefront of tech use is right where the techy dad likes to be. Consider getting your dad a VR headset for Father’s Day. For a splurge, pick up the Oculus Rift VR Headset ($679.99) or for a less expensive (but still awesome) option pick up the Samsung Gear VR (2016) Headset ($99.99).
Note that both options have certain compatibility requirements, so make sure to pick a VR headset that is compatible with your dad’s current tech inventory.
For the not-so-techy dad
The not-so-techy dad is the dad that calls you every other day to ask how to use a printer, what the “cloud” is or how to set up his Wi-Fi (give him a break, he taught you how to tie your shoes!). One common not-so-techy dad question is how to connect their computer to their TV – even the not-so-techy dads like streaming services.
If you have a not-so-techy dad, get him an Apple TV box (from $199) for Father’s Day. Apple TV will connect right to your dad’s TV and has apps for Netflix, CraveTV and YouTube (among many others). You can even set it up so that your dad can live-stream Blue Jays games. All the not-so-techy dad needs to know how to do is operate the remote.
Give your dad the gift of tech independence this Father’s Day with an Apple TV.
For the bookish dad
The bookish dad is the dad that likes nothing more than sitting with a glass of scotch in his oak paneled study while reading an epic tome (no, wait, that’s the title sequence to Masterpiece Theatre).
But to be serious, it’s a confirmed fact that all dads over 40 love The Boss. It’s not clear why that’s true, but it is.
The bookish dad would be thrilled to receive Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, for Father’s Day. It has an impressive Goodreads score and, on top of all his other talents, reviewers have commented that Springsteen can really write.
Your bookish dad wants to know all there is to know about The Boss, so help him out (for the low price of $39.99) and get him Springsteen’s autobiography this Father’s Day.
For the golf dad
As all golf dads know, 90% of the game is about the gear. From clubs, to bags, to shoes to vests, getting their equipment and attire right is crucial. Heck, half the reason golf dads play 18 holes is so that they can show off their new plaid slacks to their club-buddy Tom.
On the weekend after Father’s Day, all the golf dads will be out proudly showing off the new caps or golf club covers that they received from their kids.
Make sure your golf dad isn’t left out and get him the Zepp Golf 2 3D Swing Analyzer ($149.99) – this device attaches to your dad’s golf glove then connects to his smart phone and provides an evaluation of his swing and gives coaching tips. With this device, your dad is sure to be the coolest guy on the course.
For the politics dad
If you have a politics dad, you know that this breed of dad spends his Sundays reading the paper or online news sites and says things like: “Can you believe the by-election results coming out of The Sault!?”
One of the most popular politics dads around is Toronto city councillor, Norm Kelly. Kelly has gained a huge following outside of political circles from his delightful Twitter account (replete with dad jokes). Kelly put his popularity towards a good cause by creating 6Dad, an online store with dad-themed merchandise whose proceeds go to Toronto based charities that assist youth and help fight homelessness and hunger.
Jump on the Norm bandwagon and get your politics dad a t-shirt, sweater or hat emblazoned with the word “Dad” (or “Baba” or “Daddy” or “Padre” or even “Papa”, for a Hemingway vibe) from 6Dad this Father’s Day, and help out some of Toronto’s most needy in the process. If time is of the essence, local pickup is available in Toronto. Prices range from $20 to $40.
For every dad
A jaunty pair of Superman socks because, well, you know.
From all of us here at iQ, a very happy Father’s Day to all dads out there!
The dads who founded iQ (Kane and Alex) will be enjoying whatever surprises their kids have devised for them this weekend – let us know how your family celebrated Father’s Day by commenting below!