The Father's Day gift guide for art lovers
From tech accessories to the ultimate dad joke, 11 great ideas for pops
Father's Day is Sunday, June 18, which gives you just enough time to do the one thing dads are supposed to hate the most. Not crying. Not your boyfriend. Not even the breakdown of stereotypically masculine gender roles. We're talking about shopping, something dad probably doesn't mind so much when you're doing it for him. Do something with your wallet that shows pops you really care! And if you're not sure where to get started, we've rounded up these suggestions, all inspired by past stories on CBC Arts.
"Heartbroken" logo cap
Legends League, $50
Because every dad needs a dad hat. This one's designed by Legends League, the Toronto streetwear brand co-founded by Bryan Espiritu, one of our past Exhibitionists in Residence.
Callen Schaub laptop skin
Splash out for Father's Day with one of these laptop skins featuring artwork by spin painter Callen Schaub. Find a variety of designs on the Toronto artist's site.
Hyein Lee laptop sleeve
Society 6, $49
If dad has a neat-freak/Danny Tanner vibe, those Callen Schaub laptop skins won't do. Every time dad leaves his laptop on the sofa, he'll flip — so maybe check out these tech accessories by Toronto illustrator Hyein Lee instead. The light-weight sleeve pictured is printed with her illustration "Out of All Them Bright Stars II."
Caliber Collection steel cuff links
Caliber Collection, $270 US
Cufflinks are second only to ties as the standard Father's Day choice. But not these cufflinks. These cufflinks used to be illegal weapons — guns and shell casings confiscated by police. Made by Caliber Collection, 20 per cent of proceeds go back to gun amnesty programs. The initiative organized a Toronto art exhibition that was recently featured on CBC Arts.
As seen on Exhibitionists, it's the ultimate dad joke. For those less committed to the gag, you can get the same "corny" design on a T-shirt. Find both through the Montreal duo's website.
Adopt an Extreme Cloud
Gallery 555, $600 and up
Watching you grow up was dad's greatest joy, and now that you're on your own, the nest is feeling a little empty. Adopt dad a cloud! Created by artist Julie Gladstone, a portion of proceeds from each sculpture benefits the David Suzuki Foundation. If dad hasn't already converted your old bedroom into a storage room for his weight collection, it'll look great in there.
Warhol x WeSC Portrait T-Shirt
Shop AGO, $46
Everybody loves a classic T-shirt, even dad. If you're in Edmonton, St. John's or Charlottetown this summer, see if you can convince him to wear this Andy Warhol number when you take him to this show...
This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
Written by acclaimed author and Creative Minds panellist Junot Diaz, this is a collection of short stories about a young man who is absolutely nothing like your loving and and faithful father...isn't that right, dad?!
Prints by Stephanie Cheng
Fuji/Fucci hand-painted bicycle
A one-of-a-kind ride, painted and signed by the secretive Toronto artist.
Custom black velvet portrait
Maybe you and dad share the same strange and extremely specific sense of humour. A custom velvet painting of the fam — plus Elvis — could be the ultimate gift. If so, please adopt me — and then get yourself to Etsy, where you'll find a variety of artists offering that exact service at different price points. If you need to send them any favourite velvet paintings for reference, please refer to this recent story out of Calgary.