This week the Life In Pleasantville contributors are 100% focused on all things father. Father’s Day is only a week away and we don’t want you to be caught off guard. Oh sure, it might seem like these gifts are more for us, but no. We are just that good at creating an illusion. Since some fathers are not great at sharing their feelings and/or expressing their needs, we’ve had to come up with this brilliant disguise. You know what they say? Father knows best. Just kidding. When it comes to Father’s Day, these mothers definitely know what’s best for Dad.
Laureen MacDonald Farnam – My husband likes to call himself a “coffee purist”. Luckily for me (and, let’s be honest, for him), to the best of my knowledge, he doesn’t do this in public. Who am I to argue? I wake up. There’s coffee. I’d be foolish to say a word. I think I -oops! – he deserves the best coffee he can possibly have at home and that is why I am coveting the Barista Express from Breville. For him, to be clear. Mm hmm. It’s definitely for him.
Candace Derickx – Do you know what my husband is getting for Father’s Day? A permanent hall pass on the Honey-Do List. I’ve found Jiffy, which is basically like carrying a little teeny tiny husband around in my pocket until I need him. When I’m ready, I order Mr. Fixit to come do the gutters, wash the windows, paint the walls, and fix that damn leak I’ve been talking about forever. You know what else? I don’t have to nag or promise sexual favours – I’ll never deliver on anyway – to get it done. With this gift, we both win.
Katja Wulfers – Because I love that my husband loves to cook – and I don’t want him to stop, EVER – I encourage his dad-in-the-kitchen style whenever possible. This year he’s getting a Feed Five t-shirt and apron. They’re cool, they’re practical, AND they help feed Canadians who go hungry. The proceeds for each item sold go towards buying ingredients for five meals.
Jennifer Pitt – My dad has everything. Literally. (Ed. Where does he keep it?) I have resorted to gag gifts or silly new things for him to try, because if I didn’t I would go out of my mind while figuring out what to get him. My husband is easy-peasy. I always know what he wants because he has an appreciation for silly gifts. This year, I scored a win-win when I discovered Good Luck Sock. They have a sock for every personality and they’re all so fun! I may or may not be getting a pair or two for myself.
Maija Craig – Over Father’s Day weekend, my husband will be seeing four awesome shows (full of kids) in two days – sometimes his own kids will even be on stage! He’ll spend all day in the theatre and in between shows the girls and I will treat him to fantastic dinners downtown. No need to divulge details about how both dinners will be with at least 20 other families from our daughters’ dance team and they’ll be rushed because we have to get the girls back for their next show. At least we’re at a real theatre, with a real bar that serves beer (and wine!) in plastic cups so you can enjoy it during the performance. As an added bonus, we’re going to insist he wears his new Dance Dad t-shirt all weekend. We’re thinking one of these would be perfect.