Christmas 2020: Last minute gift ideas for dads

Christmas 2019

Christmas is rapidly approaching 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 XO Cafe

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.

Philips S9000 Prestige wet and dry shaver

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  and is well worth it.

Flip Belgian Waffle Baker with Removable Grids

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are not something most people think about giving dad, but it’s 2019 and the notion we’re all stupid in the kitchen is outdated.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 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.

Personal Creations Blender with travel lid

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.

1.5 Quart Compact Multi Cooker

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!

4 reasons you should get a toaster oven

KitchenAid toaster oven
Along with toaster oven staples like mini pizzas and garlic bread, you can make a variety of tasty food and treats with one.

Up until a few months I thought a toaster oven would just be another item to clutter my limited counter space (and I knew one wouldn’t replace my regular toaster or my microwave). My feelings changed after I was sent a KitchenAid 12″ Convection Bake Countertop Oven to test and I found myself gravitating to it many times a week.

Here are the four reasons why I got hooked on it and why I now recommend getting one.

Helping hand for big meals

The first “aha” moment during my test of the KitchenAid toaster oven came when we were hosting a big family dinner for my son’s birthday. With our regular oven stuffed, we were able to properly cook (not nuke) appetizers and smaller dishes inside the toaster oven without missing a beat. This not only cut our time spent in the kitchen down, it also meant we were able to serve everything hot all at once. I can see this being a lifesaver at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Take it anywhere

While most toaster ovens are too large to keep out on the counter on a daily basis, they are small and light enough to lug around quite easily. Even the KitchenAid model, which is pretty big, can be dragged outside to use on a hot day (when you really want mini pizzas and don’t want extra heat in your house) or brought over to a relatives house to help with a large meal. We took ours on a recent trailer camping trip and it came in super handy.

Save energy

A toaster oven uses about half the energy of a regular oven, and as I mentioned above – you can take it outside so you’re not adding extra heat to your home on a hot summer day. Because it’s smaller, it also takes less time to preheat and cook food. That said, a microwave still uses less energy than a toaster oven (but doesn’t cook food as well in my opinion).

Make tasty food

Along with toaster oven staples like mini pizzas and garlic bread, you can make a variety of tasty food and treats with one. Hamilton Beach have a few good recipe ideas posted on their website and has a list of 21 toaster oven recipes that should keep you busy.

Do you use a toaster oven? Have a preferred brand? Share your thoughts (and recipes) in the comments below or at