Last minute Father’s Day gifts: Vancouver style

Vancouver Courier


A trip to the B.C. Liquor Store is an easy option for a last minute gift for dad — and you can spend as little or as much as you want.

So, you’ve dropped the ball and now need to find a great gift for dad on the fly. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these ideas that are easy to find online or at a bricks and mortar location near you. Tip: Gift cards are always a popular item for the dad who has everything.


Does your dad have a favorite brand of Scotch? The trained staff at B.C. Liquor Stores can recommend something special he doesn’t normally drink and still stay within your budget. BCLS is offering 10 whiskies on June 16 as part of a special whisky release so you can surprise dad with one of these hard-to-find bottles, including three products exclusive to these stores. Of course if Scotch isn’t your dad’s thing, you can also grab some great craft beer or a bottle of wine for pairing with a Father’s Day barbecue.

FIFA World Cup bar bites
Celebrate Father’s Day and the FIFA World Cup at B.C. Kitchen at Parq Vancouver.
What better way to celebrate the soccer loving dad in your life than taking him to B.C. Kitchen at Parq Vancouver, a popular destination on game-days. Located just steps away from the plaza of B.C. Place, with TVs spread throughout the space and happy hour seven days a week, B.C. Kitchen is a great option for Father’s Day. A list of other venues broadcasting the World Cup games can be found at

Travelling dad

The dad who travels will love this bag, which allows him to leave the checked luggage at home.

For the father who travels a lot and doesn’t have time for checked luggage, TravelPro’s newest MaxLite5 line is a rolling, under-seat, carry-on bag that can hold a surprisingly large amount of stuff. This incredibly lightweight piece fits snugly under the seat of most North American carriers, limiting the need to check your bag in the event of overflowing overhead bins. With multiple interior and exterior pockets, everything has its place — padded pockets for laptops and tablets, a removable plastic toiletry kit as well as quick-access pockets for passports and wallets. Available at the Bay or at

Vancouver Canadians’ tickets

Just because the C’s opening night game June 20 has sold out, doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of other dates to choose from. But my advice is to buy tickets soon as possible because these are often the hottest tickets in town. Visit

Novelty socks and food

This Father’s Day bundle from Foodora includes socks and food, what more could dad ask for?

The food delivery service Foodora has teamed up with novelty sock company Yo Sox to bring dad the perfect Father’s Day gift. This exclusive bundle includes the Father’s Day Lunch Box from Japadog, made up of a half-cut Kurobuta Terimayo, half-cut Okonomi Croquette, French fries, salad yakisoba (Japanese-style fried noodles), deep fried chicken and a pair of Hot Dog Yo Sox. Visit

Chapters Indigo: you name it

With several locations to choose from, Chapters Indigo can be your one-stop shop when it comes to books, greeting cards, barbecue gear, vinyl records, tech gadgets and more. Shop in person or online at

The Big Bobber floating cooler
This cooler was designed to not only hold 12 cans, but also float.
Don’t want to get all the way out of the pool to grab a cold drink? Now, with this floating cooler, you don’t have to. The Big Bobber floating cooler carries up to 12 cans with ice so Dad can relax the day away without ever leaving the pool. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Fizzics Waytap

The Fizzics Waytap promises to improve your beer drinking experience.

These portable gadgets use Fizzics Micro-Foam Technology, which allows you to share and enjoy the taste of beer the way the brewers intended, whenever and wherever you want. Basically it was designed to dramatically improve the flavor, taste and mouth-feel of any carbonated beer. Visit


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