Gifted dads

Recently, we asked the dads of the Halifax Twitter community which local stores they’d prefer their loved ones to shop for their Father’s Day gifts. The results of our casual and completely unscientific Twitter study? Dads want food, beer, books and t-shirts.

“The gifts that I remember are the ones that are the most personal,” says Gordon Stevens, owner of the Uncommon Group of companies, speaking as a father. “It’s never about the cost, it’s more about how much thought and consideration went into it.”

And the best place to get a personalized recommendation? A local independent store. “At a local store, it’s not ‘well, head office told us to promote this thing today, so we’d better tell everyone who walks in about it,’ says Stevens. “At a local store, they might even know the person you’re getting the gift for.”

So, in no particular order, here are our top 10 local gifts for Father’s Day.

1.  Arc’teryx shoes from The Trail Shop
Designed for all kinds of terrain, these comfy shoes include waterproof Gore-Tex liners.

2.  Books from Bookmark
Top picks include God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, The Green Road by Anne Enright, Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, and Drawn & Quarterly: 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels.

3.  Funko Reaction figures from Strange Adventures
They’ve got Firefly, Alien, and Pulp Fiction. What more does a dad’s desk need?

4.  Craft beer from North Brewing Company or Rockhead Wine & Beer Market
We don’t think this needs any explanation, do you?

5.  Meat from Getaway Farm Butcher Shop
They’ve got pretty much everything, and it’s all fresh, local, and sustainable.

6.  A gift certificate to Oddfellows Barbershop
Dads deserve pampering too.

7.  A t-shirt from The Lost Cod Clothing Company or The Quarrelsome Yeti
Spaceburgers, sloths, and historic Nova Scotian logos. Need we say more?

8.  A gift certificate to Fruition
Give your dad the gift of delicious options like chocolate almond bars, blueberry mousse, and smoothies.

9.  Campfire candles from The Independent Mercantile Company
Bring that campfire smell into the man-cave.

10.  Dinner at Brooklyn Warehouse
 Spend some time with dad over drinks and amazing locally sourced food.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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