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Written by Jennifer St John

“If there is any immortality to be had among us human beings, it is certainly only in the love that we leave behind.  Fathers like mine don’t ever die.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

My Dad’s favourite Father’s Day gifts were always just about spending time together – sharing a meal, visiting and playing with his Grandkids, sitting around a bonfire… and fitting in an afternoon nap in our hammock!  If it included catching a game on TV, that was a bonus! It was always the simple pleasures he was after, which is one of the biggest things I miss about him. 

My husband is very similar.  Never wanting any big deal to be made, and we’re usually more into giving experiences rather than gifts.  But the kids can’t not get him something, so there is always some kind of gift exchange made – complete with homemade cards – those are the BEST!

For those of you looking for some unique ideas this year, I’ve put together some ideas for Father’s Day to help you out.  Whether you’re looking for a physical gift or an experience gift, here are some great options to check out for the Dad in your life!   



Does Dad need a great courier-style bag that will keep up with all the things he needs to carry each day?  Similar to a practical backpack, the MESSENGER BAG can carry laptops, files, books, etc. without the sore shoulder at the end of the day.  Our MESSENGER BAG is handmade with durable 4-5 oz thick oil-tanned leather with a pronounced grain. The leather is very attractive and has beautiful character.  Choose from six timeless colours: Grey, Black, Brown, Blue, Red and Tan. 

Did you know? For the month of June 2021, 15% from each purchase will be donated to YOU ARE COLLECTIVE'S #1MillionCampaign.  Their goal is to fund one million traditional and non-traditional accessible mental health counselling sessions across Canada. --> SHOP HERE

As an added bonus, if you signup for our newsletter you will receive a PROMO CODE for a FREE Card Holder with every MESSENGER BAG purchase for the month of June 2021! --> SIGN UP HERE




If Dad likes to journal, one of our MINI JOURNALS may fit the bill!  This leather cover is hand stamped with our stylish logo and is a wonderful addition for anyone who enjoys journaling or drawing.... or organizing that never ending to-do list!  Handmade with durable 4-5 oz thick oil-tanned leather with a pronounced grain. This 5" x 6" MINI JOURNAL includes a hardcover blank journal with lined pages. --> SHOP HERE


YOU CAN ALSO SHOP LOCAL! Our Ontario based retailers are FINALLY allowed to open their doors again!!! For those still standing, they need all the support and love we can give them.  Check out these retailers for MARNIE AND MICHAEL products, along with many other wonderful gift ideas for Dad:




With summer weather upon us, why not get outside and experience the day together? DYBOSIA will prepare an extravagant picnic for you and Dad!  Low-top tables, picnic blankets, pillows, Moroccan poufs, and all the dishware/flatware/glassware required.  Whether the setting is your backyard, the beach or a park, DYBOSIA will make your Father’s Day picnic a day to remember.  Charcuterie & Graze boards, online Wine Seminars, Picnics – they have lots of ways to spoil Dad this year. --> BOOK HERE


    The sun is shining, the patios are open – if you’re in the Georgian Bay area, check out MIDLAND FOOD TOURS! Locally owned and operated, their tours combine delicious food and drink tastings with insight into the cuisine, history and culture, allowing you and dad to truly experience local Simcoe County flavour.  So, if Dad is a history buff and enjoys a nice patio tasting, this could be the perfect gift this year! --> MORE INFO


    THE ROOST WINE CO is open TODAY! Book in for one of their signature deluxe tastings of eight (8) of their wines.  Option to include a flight, a glass or a cheese plate!  And check out this view!!!  I’m sure Dad would love to relax in this wonderful outdoor setting on his special day. --> BOOK HERE


      Does Dad like to BBQ? FARM2DOOR has some great options for you to choose from!  Whether he’s a meat lover, vegan or is into Surf n’Turf, he will love the assortment and flavours of each package!  BONUS: they come with a FARM2DOOR cooler bag as well! --> SHOP HERE


      Looking for a unique gift for the Dad in your life with a sense of humour!? SAUCY POTS POTTERY has you covered. Dad will enjoy his custom, handmade one-of-a-kind cup for his daily coffee, tea, or beer! --> SHOP HERE

      There are so many hidden gems in our community and so many ways to shop and support local small businesses. Share with us -- what are your favourite local spots?

      Whether you're gathering together this year or celebrating Father's Day from afar, as my Dad would always say, “Enjoy the little things, for some day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”  ENJOY! 

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