Father’s Day 2016 Gift Guide

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 19 and that means it’s time to find a gift dad might actually use (or, if you’re the dad in the scenario, ask for something you want). As a father myself with a father-in-law I also need to buy for, here are some suggestions I’ve come up with this year.

Go green

I’m a huge fan of alternative energy sources and as I spend more time travelling, camping and trying to live off the grid, I have come across some great solar devices that are easy to use and don’t cost a fortune. One in particular is the Secur SP-3007.

The Secur SP-3007 is a slick, portable solar-powered USB charger. It has a 4,000mAh battery on the inside and an “ultra-high-efficiency” solar panel on the outside. It’s about the size of a small hard drive and comes equipped with both a full-size USB and micro USB cable (it also has a full-size USB and micro USB port to allow other devices, such as an iPhone, to be plugged in).

The device can charge a range of products and when fully charged itself can regenerate most smartphones up to four times (although the iPhone can only be fully charged twice). The Secur SP-3007 runs for about $70 at Best Buy Canada.

Alternative suggestion: Hooking dad up with a powerful battery-operated EGO Power+ chainsaw or leaf blower will have him ditching the obnoxious gas-powered ones he’s probably been using (and struggling with) for years.

Tools, tools, tools!

You probably don’t know the difference between a drill and an impact driver, but I’m sure your dad does (seriously, go ask him). And if he works on cars or does a lot of building, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver is a beast.

The driver works flawlessly, never strips a screw or bolt and is customizable via Milwaukee’s ONE KEY system, which connects the tool to a smartphone to save your ideal settings. Since picking one of these up it has done me well with jobs like putting in lag bolts for a TV mount and taking apart an old play structure we had in the backyard.

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There are multiple kit options available for the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver. For the best value, the $249 kit at Home Depot Canada (currently on sale for $229) comes with two M18 REDLITHIUM batteries, an M18 and M12 multi-voltage charger (great if you also have a Milwaukee heated hoodie or LED flashlight), a bit holder, belt clip and carrying case.

Alternative suggestion: The Proslat Wall Organization system is great for helping dad get the garage in order.

Give the gift of entertainment

As a commuter and a music lover I would be lost without SiriusXM in my car. While I admit I was hesitant to sign-up for it after my trial expired, I soon realized that the $15.99 per month subscription fee was well worth it (after a road trip together my father-in-law agreed and hasn’t gone back to regular radio). If dad is a music fan that doesn’t commute, Spotify is hands-down the best streaming music service out there. Being able to stream all the music you want, commercial-free, for $9.99 a month is truly amazing (and you can stream it through Sonos speakers).

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If dad is more into movies and TV shows, both shomi ($8.99 per month) and CraveTV ($7.99) are well worth signing up for. Both offer a much better catalogue than Netflix Canada, too. CraveTV has HBO content like The Wire, Entourage, The Sopranos and The Newsroom (which should keep dad busy until Christmas) and shomi has some great older movies, as well as exclusive shows like Mr. Robot, Fargo and Sons of Anarchy (and starting Father’s Day you’ll be able to stream all 11 seasons of Married… with Children).

Alternative suggestion: Take the old man out to the movies or a concert (see below).

Time

One thing that every dad probably wants and never gets (and something that doesn’t have to cost you anything) is your time! Take him out for lunch or a drink. Go camping for the night. Get tickets to a sporting event or band you both like. Head to the beach together. Or just hang out and talk with him. No matter what, he will appreciate it and love you more for it.

Catching lunch.

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What are you giving (or asking for) for Father’s Day? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz. Happy Father’s Day!

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