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Stop Searching Online: Go Ask Dad

beauty, GEAR By June 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

In a world where screen-time often outweighs actual face time, the internet has become the go-to source of information – and as we all know, websites don’t always give you the most unbiased and truthful advice… It’s quick and easy to search the internet for videos and how-to articles in seconds, but do the results truly give the answers teens really need? This Father’s Day, Gillette is reminding people everywhere to “Go Ask Dad” for answers to their everyday questions.  While your Dad will certainly appreciate a card (or a new razor) for Father’s Day, taking a moment to ask his advice will mean more to him than you might guess.


Best Father’s Day Gift: Tie, Socks…or a Drone?

FAM, holidays, play By June 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

That time of year is upon us again, ladies, when we ask ourselves the age-old question: tie or socks? I usually like to go rogue and get him both but this Father’s Day, I want to think outside of the ‘workwear accessories’ box. My partner is a great dad and an incredibly thoughtful man; he does the things that I don’t even realize need doing, like restocking the fridge with cream for my coffee and making sure our toddler treat cupboard is well-stocked. And he is always ready when he knows I need a break, a few minutes to decompress. I keep these things close to my heart when I come home to his dirty socks on my living room table: because marriage, right?


Unique Fathers Day Gifts for Dad

fitness, GEAR, style, tech By June 6, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

Father’s Day is a tough one.  PS – socks and ties just don’t really cut it.  Here are a few curated picks that we’ll be ordering.  And probably using for ourselves..  (That’s when you get them for the father of your children instead of your own dad so the items are.. ahem.. nearby.. for your personal use.)

This was so awesome we actually already bought one for the office.  Sorry dad.  A new take on the retro polaroid, the shots from the Fuji Instax Mini 50s Camera come out immediately and in a mini size – about half the width of an old-fashioned polaroid.  And you don’t have to wave them in the air either.  Available at Caya.

What man could possibly attempt a camping trip without his R2D2 Folding armchair? If he’s into starwars you might want to check out our feature on the hand-knit R2D2 hat as well…. Available at

CHARGE ‘N’ FRUITS Designed Docking Station: The most decorative way to charge cell phones and MP3 players: definite shapes and creative styling. Simply load your charging cable through the fruit from above and place the cord in the cable channel at the bottom.

Blown Away: A Year Through the Lens of The Tornado Hunter.  I was so riveted to the photos in this tome that I could feel my testosterone level rising.  Showcasing the surreal, scary, romantic electricity of tornadoes across North America, Greg Johnson’s stunning book can be found at WalMart and online at chapters/ (Oh – and if you comment on this post with your fav idea for dad you get an entry to win one!)

WEBER FIRESPICE® TRIAL-SIZED SMOKING KITS: Not sure what flavour dad likes to smoke? Here’s an opportunity to sample different smoking woods – hickory, cherry, apple and more. Comes in assorted four and six packs.  Pair it with Weber’s Smoke™ cookbook written by New York Times best-selling author and James Beard Award Nominee Jamie Purviance. It reveals the secrets to infusing rich, smoky flavours into almost any dish on any barbecue including  gas, charcoal, or smoker.

Date night with Dad. Especially wonderful for the dad who doesn’t get much one-on-one time with the kids, here is an opportunity for the children to share ideas as to what a perfect date with dad would look like: Building a model airplane? Learning how to fly a kite?  fly fishing?  Yes please. 12 different ideas for activities to do with your dad for a special date.  Brilliant DIY idea by the Happy HomeMaker.

Collapsable shot glass.  You couldn’t possibly go on a golf course without one of these.  Or to Europe.  Or to the office.  Just sayin’

The Man Bouquet.  Attach assorted cigars, beers and Dad’s favourite items to small dowels and ‘plant’ them in a huge pot.  (You might also want to include some lingere for yourself, which we’re sure he’d also enjoy.)  Idea and photo by: Elyse Nichol


Gifts for Dad from his Daughter

fitness, GEAR, tech By June 6, 2012 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

As a daughter with only a basic understanding of the XY set, trying to find the perfect gift for the Dad who has, literally, everything can be a challenge.  We scoured the malls, boutiques and the internet to come up with the top 5 items that ANY Urban Daddy would be proud to call his very own:

The Foodie Daddy:  My husband ROCKS the kitchen but he seems to be craving a new challenge these days. Yesterday, I found his next challenge:  Salt Blocks that Cook Stuff known as A Himalayan Salt Block.  They are ascetically pleasing and offer a tasty, fun, and dramatic way to cook and serve food.  Initially, your Special Dad may have NO CLUE what to do with a slab of salt.  Luckily, each block also comes with an in-depth cooking guide, which provides guidelines for use and cleaning, as well as a variety of serving tips and recipe ideas.

The Dapper Daddy
: Is he channeling his inner Don Draper ala Madmen?  Here’s something for the Dad who likes to come home in the evening and have a stiff drink.  It just so happens that there are all sorts of FANTASTIC Infused alcohols that will allow your guy to embrace his 50’s persona.  If he likes bacon (and let’s face it, there are a lot of guys out there craving bacon in the morning) I might recommend the latest in…wait for it…Bacon Vodka! Imagine Daddy on Sunday morning: reading the newspaper, enjoying the homemade egg breakfast the kids whipped up and imbibing a delicious Bacon Vodka Bloody Mary recipe.  Check out the site—if there is such a thing as a “new” classic, you’ll find it there.

The Photo/Scuba Daddy: Does your Dad like to scuba dive or snorkel? Can’t get enough pictures of the fish? This year Dad is getting the Liquid Image Dive Mask. If Dad’s into exploring the oceans, there is no better way to capture sea life imagery than with this integrated waterproof digital camera and dive mask. It is depth tested to 16′ (5 m), has a five or an eight mega-pixel sensor and allows you to shoot 18-25 frames per second.  Furthermore, the camera is built into the mask – leaving your hands free to swim or fend off sharks but definitely not scare off the fish! Available at Caya.

The Techie Daddy: You know the type?  He has accumulated a host of technology and is beginning to forget where he placed it in the house.  While he is waiting for the next iteration of iPhone, tablet or inner-cranial implant (kidding, just kidding), you may want to consider helping him integrate all of the gadgets into one hub while at the same time looking pretty slick.  Check out the Native Union (the Curve) Wireless Bluetooth Telephone for iPhone. The MM03i is a contemporary styled Bluetooth handset, with a luxurious black or white high-gloss finish. It features a high quality speaker and microphone that ensures a crisp and polished sound. The handset supports Bluetooth 2.1 multipoint technology, and allows the user to quickly and easily connect to two different Bluetooth enabled devices such as a mobile phone and a laptop used to make VOIP internet calls. It’s also fitted with an auto-reconnect function which allows the handset to automatically reestablish connection when paired devices are detected in range (i.e. when phone enters home or office).  This may actually be techie nirvana wrapped up in a glossy finish.  Available at Caya.


The Intellectual Daddy: Newsflash! This gift may be for the Dad who has everything and is looking for some intellectual stimulation.  Sir David Frost, perhaps the best known television interviewer in the world and famed for his “Nixon Interviews,” is leading the Cunard Insights Summer Programme Lineup
 during the July 27th Transatlantic Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2.  There is still space available to book a room and take advantage of the double upgrades the cruise line is offering. This is one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities that a Dad who either loves history or has a fascination with the Nixon years will cherish for the rest of his life!  For more information about Cunard Insights, or to book a voyage, consult your travel agent, call Cunard toll-free 1-800-728-6273, or visit

In an effort to “test drive” some of these ideas, I casually asked my daughter to bring up these ideas with her Urban Dad.  His reaction?  He ran to me and announced that he wouldn’t mind getting all of them.  He made me promise, however, if I booked a cruise on the Queen Mary 2 that I wouldn’t make him wear a sear sucker suit or a straw hat.  That boy has street cred to maintain after all.  Happy Father’s Day (shopping!)