Celebrate Dad + Shop Local this Father’s Day [Gift Guide]

Every year, our dads are granted a day in their honour to celebrate how truly awesome they really are. For those of you who have lost track of the days of the week – this year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday June 21st. This means, you have a little over two weeks to snag dad that perfect gift. While we may have to celebrate from a distance, more than ever, the dads of 2020 need a little extra comfort and love. Retailers and restaurants in Oakville and Burlington have hustled to come up with the perfect gifts Father’s Day – and we have them all right here.


Nickle Brook Brewing

Nickle Brooke Brewing, founded by two mad scientists in Burlington, has beer down to a science. While their shop is closed to the public, they want to help you share a virtual beer with your Dad, Uncle, Grandpa, Father-like-figure…heck even yourself – because things have been tough and you deserve it. You can pre-order your main-main’s favourite beer via their website or snatch up one of their special Father’s Day kits which includes:

  • 6x beers, including Naughty Neighbour, Head Stock, Metal Head, Cold Pop, Raspberry Uber, and Kentucky Bastard
  • 1 Gift
  • Access to 6 food pairing recipes and videos, with their pal Romaine from @accessgourmet, that will be released on all forms of social media
  • Zoom access code
  • A night with Ben, their Head Brewer and Liam, the best co-host around

Vereda Central

Some dad’s love their coffee almost as much as they love their children. For the coffee loving dad, Vereda Central is sure to please. They’ve made it easier than ever to get the great taste of Columbian Coffee right at home. Whether it’s picking up a fresh brew from the café on Father’s Day, or pre-ordering a bag (or two) of their carefully sourced, small farm, Columbian coffee beans for free delivery right to his door – you may just earn some brownie points with your java lovin’ Pops.

Eats + Treats

Time to dig in! Many butcher shops have been allowed to reopen as long as they follow social distancing protocols set out by the Province of Ontario – and Florence Meats is one to check out. A second-generation family business with over 40 years in Oakville, they specialize in local dry aged beef, in-house smoked meats and poultry, and a wide range of premium products. Florence operates a small freestanding meat plant in Oakville that allows them to source mainly from Southern Ontario farms – some of the best in the world. Grab your dad something for the BBQ or check out their pantry goods such as mustards, rubs, and sauces.

If Dad has more of a sweet tooth, Christy’s Gourmet has your back. Pre-order their Father’s Day sampler, loaded with chocolate covered goodies (including chips and popcorn), grab their Father’s Day Cookie Kit – or even snatch up a chocolate covered Dad’s root beer. Basically, this is a fool-proof option for the chocolate loving dad. And really, who doesn’t love chocolate?

Looking for a gourmet, prepared meal, delivered straight to Dad? The Platter Company makes all food same-day and displays it on a beautiful wooden, reusable platter. Weekend brunch, fresh salads, artisan platters & boards, and even a market – there’s something for every palate. Besides the all of the yummy options, the presentation will certainly make Dad feel special.


Bring the restaurant experience home. Choose from dad’s favourite restaurant or try something new – there are endless in Burlington and Oakville takeout options available (and many restaurants will have Father’s Day specials as well!) 


For the fashion forward dads, Jeff’s Guy Shop is offering contactless pick-up. Their Peace Polos from John Varvatos are unbelievable soft and super lightweight – perfect for hot summer days. Check out their Instagram page for current stock and styles (or maybe even let Dad pick something out for herself) @jeffsguyshop. Also offering curbside pickup: Scriveners and Bush’s Menswear, while Burrows Too is offering free Canada-wide shipping.

Grab dad a graphic tee from Scriveners and a pair of fun socks or a tie from Bush’s. Burrows Too also has a great selection of menswear and is offering 50% off regular priced merchandise until the end of June. Not totally sure what Dad will like? A gift card is always a safe choice.


Sometimes dads forget that their bodies need a little TLCAnise apothecary, a completely plant-based biz right in the heart of Burlington, put together a wonderful gift guide just for Him. From cedarwood + fir body soap to muscle bombs and stubble cream, there’s something for every guy – and even more importantly, these are products you can feel good about. 

Village Cigar

There’s a good chance Dad is going to come out of quarantine with a pretty wonky hairstyle (unless someone at home has exceptional skills). While the barbers at Village Cigar Co. currently remain closed, you can snatch up a gift-card for Dad to use once they re-open. Or, he can use it to purchase a cigar from their online shop, open 24/7 with secure delivery direct to your home. 

Shop Local!

This is going to undoubtedly be a unique Father’s Day, given everything that is going on in the world. We hope that with this list of local businesses you can still make the most of it, and above all make Dad feel special!

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