written by: Joanne
With Father’s Day just around the corner on June 16th, 2013, we may all be thinking what on Earth to get the hardest-to-shop-for man alive.
There’s the completely predictable Father’s Day gifts: BBQ tools to upgrade the old ones, a new tie to add to his tie collection, a “#1 Dad” mug, a book in the genre of his interest, or if he’s lucky, tickets to the game of his favorite sport (sadly skip this one if he’s a Canucks fan… think Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer or Vancouver Canadians Baseball). The Vancouver Canadians home opening game is Monday June 17th at 7pm, perfect timing for Father’s Day. Vancouver Whitecaps even have a Father’s Day Contest, first prize being two tickets to the match on Sat. June 15th, prematch chalk talk with front staff, behind the scenes tour of B.C. Place, two Whitecaps jerseys, and two $50 gift cards to Sport Chek. Runner up prizes to be won such as two tickets to a match on another date, and two $50 gift cards to SportChek.
Among these typical gifts and contests we must agree Dad will not be too surprised to receive, though he will be grateful no less. Dads accept any gift from a loved one, no matter how big or small. I remember drawing my dad a Picasso like picture in my early years with my crayons and construction paper and his face still lit up with love and gratitude. But what I have put together below is a list of items for the special kind of Dad – the one that loves his pooch as much as he loves his family. And for good reason! Dogs are the most loyal creatures on Earth. We all love being greeted at the door with the same smile every day.
1. A pet portrait session with a professional photographer. For the camera loving Dad. Having a session with a photographer will capture your precious pup in many different poses and natural candid action shots which you can proudly frame in your home or office and cherish in your photo albums to keep the memory alive down the road. Price range $125 – $1500. Our suggestion: Kathy Lui, local Vancouver artist. Her prices: $125 – $250 for a photo session and prints/products can be purchased separately.
2. A painting of your beloved pet. For the art appreciative Dad. Find an artist and commission them to paint a beautiful portrait. Just find Dad’s favourite photo of your fluffy furball or ferocious friend and give to the artist of your choice. Give them at least a week or two to complete the project, then present this work of art to Dad on his day. Price range – inquire as all artists vary. Our suggestion: L. J. Throstle, local Vancouver artist who uses primarily spray paint. Or C.J. Poznansky if you’re looking for the oil-based canvas look.
3. A dog training session for the family. For the strict father who loves good behaviour. We know males like to boast in certain areas, well how about boasting the most well behaved four legged family member on the block! Vancouver has many dog trainers, from the puppy training courses to general obedience or even training for the most difficult dogs who have separation anxiety or aggression. These trainers greatly vary in price. Our suggestion: ask your local dog professional like a veterinarian, dog groomer, pet shop owner or daycare owner for a recommendation.
4. A scrapbook photo album of the family years with your dog thus far. For the creative or sentimental Dad. Take all the exisiting photos you have of your dog and of the trips you’ve taken together that your pet was lucky enough to be a part of, make copies as not to destroy the originals (or use originals if you like), and cut, snip, and paste into fun shapes with captions. Price range: $1 – $100 depending on what kinds of materials you may already have in the house. Our suggestion: If you’re new to scrapbooking, you can find some tips on the Scrapbooking Warehouse website (located at 8932 Oak St). Or create a photobook with London Drugs photolab.
5. A mug with a photo of your dog(s). For the coffee drinking Dad. You can choose a photo with the kids and the dog or just your dog if he’s the star of this mug. This will be sure to give him an extra smile at home or at the office when he drinks his morning coffee or tea. Price range: $14.99 – $21.99. Our suggestion: London Drugs Photolab can make a custom mug or Starbucks Coffee for create-your-own collage travel mugs.
6. Dog lover iPhone cover case. For the techy Dad, buy him a new iPhone case that has paw prints or other cute dog designs! Price range: $20 – $50. Our suggestion: in-store at Apple or online at Cafe Press.
7. A dog lover “graphic tee” . For the fashionable Dad. Give dad a shirt he can wear that represents his outlook on dogs, for example a shirt that says “Life is short. Play with your dog” or “to the world you are one person, but to your dog you are the world”. Perhaps something more humorous is his style: “I <3 dogs, it’s humans than annoy me”! Price range: $14.99 – $24.99. Our suggestion: find online at Keep on Wagging or local in store at Bang On.
8. Last but not least, a gift certificate to Dharma Dog Daycare. For the busy Dad, life sometimes gets crazy! We all might need help from time to time to give the family dog a little extra attention, socialization, grooming, or exercise that he or she deserves. If there’s a family vacation, business trip, or holiday coming up, you can also contact Dharma Dog for overnight boarding services (starting July 15th, 2013). Price range: whatever dollar amount you choose, see our rates for ideas.
Leave a comment if you have suggestions or if these ideas helped you! We’d love to hear back from you.