Christmas is officially a week away and if you haven’t bought the dad in your life a gift yet, you better get a move on! Don’t have any ideas? Here are a few last minute suggestions that I (and many dads I know) would be happy to see under the tree.
Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation Gin has a very nice, smooth taste to it and goes well with tonic, or in a martini or mixed drink (Blake Lively drinks a lot of this in the movie A Simple Favor, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime).
Proper Twelve is an Irish whiskey from MMA fighter Conor McGregor that offers up some great flavours when drank neat (as all whiskey should be drank).
Patron’s XO Café is a coffee tequila liqueur that works as a shot (it gives a nice boost during party season) and also goes well in a coffee or over a bowl of ice cream.
I hadn’t used an electric razor since high school and I was skeptical when the Philips S9000 Prestige wet and dry shaver arrived at my door a couple of months ago. To my surprise, it has become my go-to for quick shaves in the morning or before going out at night. It delivers a clean shave, keeps its charge and is great for taking on the road. It runs about $299 on Amazon (affiliate link) and is well worth it.
Kitchen appliances are not something most people think about giving dad, but it’s 2019 and the notion we’re all stupid in the kitchen is outdated. I picked up a few Hamilton Beach products earlier this year to help keep my meals creative, and they have definitely made my home a happier place.
The Flip Belgian Waffle Baker with Removable Grids ($64.99) they sell is my favourite of the bunch as my kids enjoy using it with me (and we’ve made some great waffles with it). It’s also super easy to clean as it’s dishwasher safe.
For making a quick smoothie in the morning (or a daiquiri on the weekend) the Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender with travel lid ($19.99) is a godsend! It handles frozen drinks well and is portable enough we take it to the cottage often.
We use our Instant Pot for most big meals these days, but when we only need to steam some veggies or cook a small amount of rice, the Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Compact Multi Cooker ($49.95) is so much easier to deal with. It’s also great for eggs or oatmeal in the morning.
My cousin introduced me to the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells last summer and I had to get a set! Not only do these feel great to use, they let you select the desired weight (between 5 and 52.2 lbs) in one compact dumbbell. They run $428 a set but are well worth the investment.
I’ve been a fan of EGO Power tools since they hit the Canadian market over five years ago and own almost everything they offer. This summer I gifted my older 20-inch mower of theirs (which still works great) to my father-in-law and picked up their new 21-inch Power+ model ($598 at Home Depot). All the dads in my neighbourhood stop to talk about it when I’m out cutting the grass and I know they are all hoping Santa brings them one.
With new streaming services like Disney+ and Apple TV+ recently launching, upgrading dad to a new 4K streaming box is probably the best (and cheapest) way to make him happy this Christmas. And nothing beats the Roku Premiere ($44.99) when it comes to a streaming box with the most options available that’s easy to use. Along with standard fare like Netflix and Amazon Prime, you can also get sports from DAZN, movies from Cineplex and Google Play Movies, and so much more.
Do you have any last minute gift ideas for dad? Share them in the comments below!