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Gift guide: 19 manly classics (with a twist) Dad is sure to treasure

Bonus: They’re also easy to get your hands on before tomorrow

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Shaving grace: A fluffy badger brush lifts stubble away from the skin, making his morning shave smooth and irritation-free. Baxter of California Badger Silver Tip shave brush, $115 at select retailers across Canada (visit for locations).

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A show of handles: These oval-handled screwdrivers are as handsome as they are slip-resistant. Woodworkers’ Parallel-Tip Screwdrivers and Burnisher, $39.50 at Lee Valley Tools.

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Top form: A seven-gauge two-ply cashmere pullover can be, like Dad himself, both soft and sturdy. Cashmere Cable Sweater in Heather Sea, $342 at J.Crew.

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Point taken: Consider Montblanc’s classic Masterpiece pen a partial payback for all the cheques he’s signed for you over the years. Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Ballpoint Pen, $450 at Birks.

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All keyed up: This double-ended quick-release keychain makes it easy to leave the car keys with the valet while holding onto the ones for home. Paloma Picasso Caliper valet key ring, $305 at Tiffany & Co.

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Quality time: Modelled after the watch that astronaut Wally Shirra wore on a 1962 NASA mission, this chronograph is perfect for anyone interested in galaxies far, far away. Speedmaster Numbered Edition Chronograph by Omega, $5,300 at select retailers (visit for locations).

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Hops for the best: Starting the day with a brewski? This nourishing wheat-beer shampoo from German designer Frank Leder’s new line of organic grooming products makes it all legit. Frank Leder Wheat Beer Shampoo, $55 for 250 ml at Neighbour in Vancouver.

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A wild idea: For the urban dad with wilderness dreams: a charming handbook detailing how to build a raft, cook on an open fire, purify water and navigate by the stars. The Adventurer’s Guide to the Outdoors (Rizzoli New York), $16.46 at Indigo.

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Fine and handy: This stainless-steel pocket-sized gadget by Victorinox includes needle-nose pliers, two screwdrivers, a wire cutter and 20 more toolbox staples. Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit X, $120 at retailers across Canada (call 1-800-665-4095 or visit for locations).

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Radio gaga: Revo’s streaming digital radio, produced in collaboration with global-affairs magazine and lifestyle brand Monocle, is well-suited to the design-savvy dad. Revo Monocle 24 Radio, $530 at Monocle in Toronto.

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Best foot forward: To celebrate the 60th anniversary of its Horsebit Loafer, Gucci has released its iconic slip-on in a host of new colours and materials. 1953 Horsebit Loafer in black patent leather, $590 at Gucci.

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Bevelled beauties: Why not pair an excellent bottle of spirits with a striking lead-crystal decanter and co-ordinating glassware. Lauren Home Glen Plaid Decanter, $150, Wentworth Double Old Fashioned glasses, $70 for a set of four at Hudson’s Bay.

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Smoke in HIS ice: There are more expensive Scotches in the world, but they don’t get much better than this smoky explosion from the windswept island of Islay. Ardbeg Ten Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, $99.95 in Ont. (prices may vary across Canada).

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Cuff love: Since it’s not just the clothes but the finishing touches that make the man, every paterfamilias needs a sterling pair of cufflinks. Tateossian cufflinks, $395 at Harry Rosen.

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Top billing: Get the siblings to chip in for this handmade leather billfold from storied French luxury house Hermès. Poker GM calfskin wallet at Hermès, $1,215.

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Winning by a neck: For the ultimate decadent accessory, who better to look to for inspiration than F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mysterious millionaire? The Great Gatsby Collection English-silk tie, $108 at Brooks Brothers.

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Cream of the crop: With a few swirls from a shaving brush, this Italian moisturizing shave cream made from shea butter and soothing sandalwood oil works into an ultra-rich lather (plus it’s paraben- and mineral-oilfree). Proraso Shaving Cream, $12 at MASC.

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Your old man and the sea: Redolent of lavender, bitter orange and musky ambrette, this sleekly bottled scent, which takes its name from the Prada-sponsored catamaran that competes in sailing races around the world, is sure to float Pop’s boat. Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette, $88 for 100 ml at Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.

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Brolly good: Replace his crumpled foldaway umbrella with an attention-grabber that’s capable of withstanding serious showers, thanks to military-grade modacrylic fabric, a beechwood shaft and a malacca-wood handle. London Undercover limited-edition Camouflage City Gent Umbrella, $185 at select Club Monaco stores.

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