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8 gift ideas for dad - from economical to extravagant

Buying a Father's Day present doesn't get any easier with time. Speaking of which, you don't have much left to get him something special. Alanna Davey suggests eight options, from economical to extravagant.

BRIGHT IDEA

This ultra-light down-filled vest is ideal for cool summer nights up north. Rolled into its small pouch, it won’t add bulk to a weekend bag. $195 at Geox (www.geox.com).

QUICK FIX

This tiny, shatterproof bike tool kit contains five essential gadgets for on-the-road tune-ups. $50 at Victorinox Swiss Army (www.swissarmy.com).

HIT THE SAUCE

Spiked with craft ales and pilsners, these sauces represent a trifecta of barbecue styles: smoky Kansas City, mustard-zinged South Carolina and tomato-based Texas. $17 each at Williams-Sonoma (www.williams-sonoma.com).

LEOPARD PRINT

For guys who would find this season’s Hawaiian-print shirts too loud, a cotton shirt dotted with leopards may be a more reasonable take on the tropical trend. $39.95 at Simons (www.simons.ca).

SUNNY SOUNDS

Durable and portable, this solar-powered speaker from Eton works with any Bluetooth-enabled device. After the sun sets, a fully charged speaker will play on for eight hours. $99 at Indigo (www.chapters.indigo.ca).

CURRENT FLAME

Bring cottage country to the backyard with a modern cortensteel fire pit that turns roasting marshmallows and wieners into a stylish affair. $3,500 for a wood-burning model (pictured), $4,300 for gas/propane, $4,700 for gas/propane/electronic at Paloform (www.paloform.com).

SOCKS APPEAL

The quirky lobster pattern on these spring-weight socks by British heritage brand Corgi belies the company’s serious dedication to hand-knitted hosiery. Prince Charles is a fan. $32 at J.Crew (www.jcrew.com).

IN A FROTH

The bristles of this German-engineered shaving brush by Jack Black (no relation to the actor) whip up an unparalleled lather. $145 at Holt Renfrew (www.holtrenfrew.com).

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