Now that I've got two dads to buy for (my own and my husband, on behalf of our kids), both of whom have seemingly everything, Father's Day gifting presents double the challenge. Enter the element of 'local' which somehow, through it narrows down the parameters, makes shopping easier! I had the pleasure of sharing some of my favourite Saskatoon-based gifts for dads on Global TV but since time flies at a quick clip on those morning segments, I thought to highlight each of the ideas here on Sneakers. Scroll on down for the local love!
Lost River, a family-owned distillery located just outside Dundern offers vodka that's smooth and crisp. What dad doesn't want a Caesar with his Father's Day breakfast?
Amazingly, the internationally-recognized brand Surface is a family business based right here in Saskatoon. Their new CHAR hair care detoxifies 100% of unwanted elements without sacrificing moisture and the CHAR Skin Relief Cream detoxifies, moisturizes, and gently exfoliates, stimulating cellular rejuvenation. Yes, the CHAR line is for anyone but pair it with the Men's Styling Wax and Shave Cream and you've got yourself a rugged-looking gift dad will actually use. Pick it up at Visions.
The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List book is the perfect gift for fathers (like mine!) who enjoy road-tripping the province and getting to know this beautiful home of ours. There's a lot to explore in Saskatchewan-- help your dad start checking off the highlights! Pick your copy up at SaskMade Marketplace.
What's Father's Day without socks? These prairie-proud pairs from Hardpressed will stand out in his drawer and he'll never forget they're from you.
And would it even be my local gift guide if there wasn't a new Hardpressed design on it? My recommendation if you're buying from your kiddo is to double the love and buy a matching set. Is there anything cuter than twinning with dad?
Let's talk about experiential gifts! I suggest picking up a locally-made card at SaskMade like this one by photographer Brian Kraft and popping tickets in, whether that's to a JazzFest show, Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon Opera, or Rider Game. Or, choose a gift certificate: let him try one of Saskatoon's many "escape rooms", have some axe-throwing fun at Timberjaxe, or gift a lesson be it golfing, winemaking, or flying an airplane.
Also available at SaskMade Marketplace is delicious local fare, both pantry and frozen. And how perfect is this locally-sourced trio: RockPaperCoffee Father's Day blend (roasted in Perdue), Prairie Popcorn "Prider Corn", and Miss Helene's BBQ sauce which is made by a mother-daughter team here in Saskie.
All of that and I'm scratching the surface of what Saskatchewan has to offer! I'd love to hear more SK-sourced ideas for future gifting lists so don't be shy to share. TIA ;)