Is it just me, or are fathers the hardest to pick for? The season of bbq’s and lazy Sunday afternoons is off to a great start and father’s day will be here before we know it. Don’t you just love the timelesness of summer days? Somehow, the weather always seems perfect for an idyllic day of just what dad wants – rest and relaxation, and then a bit more.

Fathers, in traditional days, were the breadwinners and the disciplinarians, but in our time their role in the family has broadened to include more of the nurturing and care-taking aspects of parenting. Dad’s are the ones who hold our teeny hands and walk too fast, and from whom we learn so many life lessons.

I can still recall early driving lessons with dad. To be clear, dad was a very conservative man, but he had a playful side. Crystalized in my memory was the time dad took my sixteen-year-old self out to learn some winter driving skills. Long before skid control and anti-lock brakes were standard features, it seems I needed a lesson on skid control. Lamp posts provided the perfect centre around which a car could do donuts leaving me trembling with both fear, and amusement at seeing my dad break out of his sometimes stern demeaner to have fun. He was much less amused the first time I dented the car!

Mom was far too nervous for these lessons, and looking back now, who can blame her?

Father’s Day sneaks up on me every year. In case this happens to you too, I’ve put together a list of gift ideas to be sure to delight the fathers in your life.

Click on any image, or the list below to order.

The list:

  1. For the Seth Rogan Fan
  2. For the WW11 afficionado
  3. A gripping novel for the John Grisham reader
  4. For the Star Wars geek in your life
  5. For the Star Wars geek who has everything
  6. For the Harry Potter fan
  7. For the outdoorsman who loves to entertain
  8. For the traveler
  9. For the dad who loves to grill
  10. For the dad who has everything
  11. For the stylish dad
  12. For the cottage or backyard
  13. A new backpack
  14. Jenga for the cottage
  15. Father and son/daughter aprons
  16. Father and son/daughter cooking supplies
  17. For overnight trips to the cottage

My standard disclaimer: Please note, some of these items may be offered through affiliate links which means I could get a small commission if you order. That will never influence what I find lovely and want to share with you. I always offer suggestions I would buy for my home or recommend to a client. Also, rest assured it won’t affect the price you would otherwise pay.