Last-minute Father’s Day gifts

Five finds he’ll love

Photo: Gain Dealer Group photo

With Father’s Day just around the corner (June 18), the focus is on finding a gift for Dad that will make him feel celebrated. Gone are the days of the standard socks and ties – the modern dad is multi-faceted, and scoring a home-run gift is all about knowing his interests. Whether your big papa is an art aficionado, a thrill seeker or a stylish homebody, we’ve found our five fave father-worthy gifts that are sure to please.

1. Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit Package at Villa Eyrie Resort; $1,695.
Let Dad feel like a motorsport superstar for a day with the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit Package from Villa Eyrie. This experience includes a one-night getaway stay for two in the Superior Suite at Villa Eyrie, dining at the Summit restaurant by award-winning executive chef Terry Pichor, and a personalized performance driving experience for an entire day. Villa Eyrie is a Lake Como-inspired resort nestled into the curves of the Malahat, overlooking the stunning views of the Saanich Inlet. When Dad’s not experiencing a day in the life of a race car driver, he can take some time to brush up on his golf game at the resort’s links, and relax and unwind with some of the Island’s finest wines. This is one Father’s Day gift he won’t soon forget!

2. Decorative ox head wall sculpture; available at The Cross Decor & Design, 1198 Homer St. $325.
For the dad who appreciates style at home, we’ve found the ultimate art piece to add to his collection. Grand in size and presence – it measures three feet in diameter! – this ox head sculpture gives a minimalist nod to the traditional hunting trophy. Modern and with a cruelty-free conscious, this 100 per cent poly-resin piece is finished in a bleached white to complete the sleek, streamlined aesthetic. Whether wall-mounted or used as a statement piece for tabletop décor, this sculpture is the perfect balance of manly-meets-modern.

3. Tera Gear 12K BTU Stainless Steel Tabletop Grill; available at The Real Canadian Superstore. $149.
For the King of the Grill in your family, the Tera Gear Tabletop Grill is a gift that will keep Dad smiling all summer long. Small in stature but big on performance, this stainless steel portable grill makes a great addition to any party, from the backyard to the beach. Boasting 12,000 BTUs of grill power and a generous surface size for a mobile barbecue, Dad is sure to enjoy showing off his skills, be it an intimate family affair or the soirée of the season.

4. Top Shelf Bar accessories set with stand; available at CB2, 1277 Robson St. $74.95.
If Dad’s alter ego is Mr. Entertainer, the Top Shelf bar set from CB2 is a definite winner. Including everything he might need for mixing the perfect cocktail, this bar tool set comes housed in a slim-profile, high-impact gilded stand. Whether Dad likes it shaken, stirred, muddled, or anything in between, this set has all his ‘bar master’ needs covered.

Source: Tracey Ayton photo

5. Oscar Maschera leather storage box; available at Provide Home, 1805 Fir Street. $265.
Ahh, the age-old dilemma for most men: where to drop their pocket contents when they walk in the door? If finding a convenient yet visually acceptable place to leave keys, coins and other such man-goods has remained unsolved until now, check out Oscar Maschera’s collection of high-quality leather boxes. They come in a variety of sizes to provide the perfect hideaway for all of Dad’s items. Made with genuine Italian leather and tanned exclusively with vegetable extracts (read: no harmful chemicals used here), these boxes exude a refined glamour that even Mom won’t mind leaving out on display.