Let’s face it, when it comes to finding that perfect Father’s Day Gift, some men are hard to buy for. Some guys purchase everything they want on their own and some don’t have a defined hobby which can make gift-giving difficult.
My dad would be someone that fits into the category of “doesn’t have a defined hobby”. He is really amazing with computers and electronics, but I could never figure out what he’d want as a Father’s Day gift, which made gift shopping challenging.
As for my Dad’s shave routine, he first learned how to shave with a safety razor because cartridge razors didn’t exist back then. Fast forward into the 70’s and 80’s, he adopted everything from disposables, to cartridge razors to electric razors for his hair removal needs.
A few years back, when I got into traditional wet shaving, I had the pleasure of reintroducing my dad to the art of shaving with a safety razor. It was a special moment for me. He was a really good sport about it and it now gives us common ground to share together.
For those that aren’t sure what to get this year, here are some Saskatoon inspired gift ideas for the men in your life.
WET SHAVING KITS
Nothing says I love you like the gift of a great at home shave. Our Shave Valet wet shaving kits are a great way to start ones journey into wet shaving. Our kits contain everything you would need to get started for the perfect at home shave, including a Safety Razor, Shaving Brush, Assorted Blades, Alum Aftershave Stick, Razor Blade Bank for safe disposal and Instructions.
[Starting at $50.00 +Taxes]
HOT TOWEL SHAVE
For some gents, a hot towel shave at a Barber is the ultimate gentlemanly pampering experience. For many that don’t shave with a single blade at home [Double Edge Safety Razor or Straight Razor], this often ends up being one of the smoothest and closest shaves they have ever had.
It’s slow, tactile, experiential, Zen and smells great. Your skin will also thank you later. There are some amazing Barbers here in Saskatoon YXE that offer some Hot Towel Shave experiences, although I haven’t been for one here locally, the most popular spots are HighNoon Barber, Bourbon Barber Shop, Ethos Barber and City Park Barber.
[Starting at $30.00 and up]
BRUSH AND SOAP
Some gentlemen may not be ready to make the switch to safety razor shaving, and quite frankly some are really happy with their current multi-blade shaving cartridges. If that is the case, the gift of a Shave Brush and Soap is the perfect way to go and here’s why. Traditional Shave Soaps don’t contain acids and other nasty ingredients, unlike cans of instant shave cream. It has been proven that some of these acids can breakdown metal, causing expensive cartridge razors to dull and prematurely breakdown.
Most men are amazed at how long their cartridges last after having switched to a Brush and Traditional Shave Soap. Many also marvel at the enhanced smoothness of the shave because traditional wet shaving soaps are extremely slick and have great cushion, which helps lead to a better shave.
[Boar Brush and Italian Soap Start at $22.00 +Taxes]
HANDMADE LATHER BOWL
For those that use a brush, a handmade lather bowl is a fantastic gift. They are specially designed for the at home traditional wet shaver, equipped with special grooves that have lather enhancing capabilities.
Our Lather Bowls are simple, elegant and fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. They are made by Jenny Diller, a very talented potter based right here in Saskatoon.
For those that are looking for something with a handle and a different design, The Thirsty Badger Shave Company, based in Warman, Saskatchewan are making some amazing one-of-a-kind lather bowls.
If clean shaven isn’t his thing, beard oils are a fantastic gift. Some of the main benefits of using a Beard Oil are to tame and condition the beard and skin.
Some gents experience really dry skin beneath their beards and Beard Oil is helpful to reduce dry skin, itchy skin or even dandruff. With a Beard Oil, he’ll not only look dapper and smell great, he’ll feel like a million bucks.
[Starting at $21.00 +Taxes]
For the at home chef, spices are an essential component. Frontiersmen Trading Co. is a local Saskatoon based spice merchant, known for their handcrafted organic spice blends and fresh ground rubs. Their products are perfect for grilling and to season other foods.
[Starting at $8.00 +Taxes]
WOOD CARVINGS AND WORKSHOPS
If your Dad enjoys one-of-a-kind wood carvings, then Joel Kroeker from Burntwood Makery has got you covered. He carves beautiful pieces like Honey Dippers, Spoons and other cool pieces out of various wood species including Black Walnut and Manitoba Maple.
He also offers wood carving workshops and has one coming up in July 2018. If you are interested in a workshop, fire him an email, limited spaces are available.
[Carved Curiosities Starting at $25.00]
[Carving Workshop $75.00]
NOSH EATERY & TAP
If your Dad loves delicious local food with plenty of Vegetarian and Vegan options, then a visit to Nosh Eatery and Tap is the perfect spot. Pop in for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner or grab him a gift card, he won’t be disappointed.
If your Dad likes to loves coffee, you’ve got to take him to Venn Coffee. It’s tucked away in the lane off Dufferin Avenue, behind Amigos Cantina off Broadway. Take him for a coffee or enroll in one of their Brewing 101 Classes or Cupping experiences.
When it comes to getting fitted for a new suit, it’s always best to trust a professional. A new way to get outfitted with the perfect look is to work with a personal stylist. D’fine Couture is a Saskatoon based wardrobe stylist that can get the special man in your life set up with a perfectly fitted bespoke off the rack suit. To get started, just email Dan.
[Starting at $795.00 +Taxes]
If you are looking more for an experiential gift this year, consider taking your Dad Axe Throwing. Timberjaxe Throwing Sports is Saskatoon’s original Axe Throwing experience and it is a guaranteed good time and will leave you with lasting memories.
[Starting at $25.00 Per Hour]
Whether it’s grooming, fashion, cooking or an experiential gift, finding the most unique Father’s day gifts ideas in Saskatoon should hopefully be a bit easier. Lastly, to all of the amazing Dad’s out there, I wish you a most wonderful Father’s Day!