Healthy Father’s Day gift ideas

Searching for the perfect gift for Dad? Try one of these healthy Father’s Day gift ideas

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martell shaving pad

For the clean-shaven Dad

If your Dad isn’t the type to sport a scruffy face, he likely ends up going through a lot of razors. Help him save money-and the environment-with a Martell Shaving Pad ($20 USD). The easy-to-use pad will help prolong the life of Dad’s razor by keeping the blades nice and sharp, thanks to its special silicone surface. Package with Dad’s favourite shaving cream, aftershave and a gift certificate for a manly manicure and pedicure at a health spa to keep him feeling pampered all year long.

Available at

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pc bbq tools

For the King of the Grill

Father’s Day coincides nicely with BBQ season, so Dad is sure to be thrilled with some new BBQ gear. Expand his grilling recipe repertoire with PC’s Gourmet Cedar Wraps ($5) and Maple Grilling Planks ($3)-an easy way to boost the flavour of any healthy meal. And don’t forget the tools! PC’s Forged Grilling Tools ($10) will have him flipping the perfect burger in no time. Package these BBQ must-haves together with an apron and some gourmet meat seasonings for the ultimate grilling gift set.

Available across Canada;

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muskoka chair

For the Dad who needs a break

You know your Dad works hard, so why not help him sit back and relax in style with a colourful, comfortable Muskoka chair? Perfect for an afternoon on the dock or in the backyard, he may just want to put his feet up and stay there all day. Throw in a new book and a six-pack of Dad’s favourite beverage for the ultimate stress-busting gift set.

PC Folding Muskoka Chair, $100;

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emeril cook book

For the foodie Dad

If your Dad loves to spend time in the kitchen, introduce him to life as a locavore with Emeril Lagasse’s new book, Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh. Your Dad will learn about cooking with locally grown ingredients for every season, and even find out how to make his own pasta and cheese at home. With recipes like Sweet Potato Ravioli and Cheesy Creole Tomato Pie, you may want to volunteer to be the official taste-tester for Dad’s latest creations. Add a grow-it-yourself herb garden to this gift bag so Dad can start growing fresh ingredients in his own backyard.

Available from HarperCollins Canada, $27.

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white musk sport

For the sporty Dad

With notes of grapefruit and lemon, White Musk Sport is the perfect gift for the Dad who’s constantly on the move. Whether he’s hitting the gym or playing a round of golf, the sporty new men’s fragrance and body wash will keep him smelling fresh all day. As a bonus, you’ll also be supporting The Body Shop’s Community Trade program, which helps ensure fair wages and working conditions for people in marginalized communities.

White Musk Sport Eau de Toilette (not pictured), $28, Hair and Body Wash, $14; The Body Shop.

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wii fit plus

For the gamer Dad

For the Dad who is into video games, a Wii Fit bundle from Nintendo can help him have fun and stay fit. The Wii Fit Plus works with the Wii balance board to help Dad improve his balance, strength and endurance with activities like hula hooping, snowboarding and ski jumping. Perfect for Dads of all ages and fitness levels, the Wii Fit games are now recognized by the American Heart Association as a healthy way to get more active.

Wii Fit Plus balance board and game, $100.

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DIY manual

For the DIY Dad

Whether your Dad is a beginner or expert handyman, the Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual is a must-have this Father’s Day. Written and reviewed by 150 experts, this one-stop guide contains useful information on a wide variety of household projects, with easy-to-follow instructions, important tips and sidebars and time-saving cross-reference guides. And if your Dad prefers visual instructions, the photos and illustrations will help him navigate any project like a pro.

Reader’s Digest, $50; Available now in the Best Health Store.

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