Fathers’ Day Tartooful Gift Guide

“Trollbeads “Big Earth” is a great choice on a leather neckband.

We’ve had lots of ladies popping into the shop looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation for the special Dads in their lives,  so we thought we’d compile a few of our favorite suggestions…

Trollbeads always seem to be our go-to suggestion, but they really do offer something for everyone.  My top Trollbeads pick for Dad this year is a saddle brown leather neckband with a clean, simple silver accent.  I like “big Earth”, but there are so many that look great – pick the one that works best for your favorite Dad.

The smartest thing in the whole shop has to be the Timo Glass.  This brilliant, practical piece was created by legendary Finnish glass designer Timo Sarpaneva for Design House Stockholm.  He selected borosillicate glass for it’s clarity, toughness and amazing resistance to extremes of heat and cold.  This makes the glass perfect for any kind of beverage:  coffee, tea, water, wine, scotch, a whole can of beer or pop (ice cream!)  It also keeps the glass clear and glossy even after countless trips through the dishwasher.  He made the rim imperceptibly thicker to resist chipping, and just a little thicker in the middle as well, for comfortable hands even when holding a hot drink.  We’ve noticed in the shop that even the toughest guys stop and comment on this glass – it just feels good in the hand.  One customer bought a box of four one day, and was back for more the next day, having caught her tough-guy husband sheepishly taking one out of the dishwasher and rinsing it, because he preferred it over their old mugs for his morning coffee.  Truly, this is one, perfect glass.

A lot of the Dads who have been in Tartooful lately have admired the original art by Rob Zylstra that is currently on our walls.  The brightly colored, retro feeling robots and aliens feel like the cartoons we grew up with, and a great addition to any “man cave”

Now this is seriously cool:  the black, hypalon series of bags from Vancouver’s own RedFlag are not only cutting edge design, but also resistant to chemicals, extremes of heat and ultraviolet light.  Made from a high grade of rubber that is more commonly used in boat construction, these ultra tough bags are the perfect size for workout gear or short trips.  The sueded finish will slowly smooth to a satin, in a pattern that reflects how the owner wears it.  RedFlag also makes other alternative use material pieces, such as brass key hanks, recycled sailcloth wallets and super-functional shave kits.  These designs will please the pickiest Dad…

This list wouldn’t be complete without talking about Floorball equipment by Salming of Sweden.  These beautifully designed, affordable sticks and balls are for a brilliant form of off-ice hockey that is increasingly being played here on the North Shore.  The carbon graphite shafts are lightweight and strong, and the blades are curved for great ball control.  They’re a blast to play in the driveway with the neighbours, but are also great at the beach, at the park, at the cottage… programs will be running this summer at the North Shore Winter Club, West Van recreation, and the Olympic Oval..  For more information about programs, contact Modern Hockey at greg@modernhockey.com

For more smart Fathers’ Day solutions, come visit us in person at the shop!

C.