Forget the Tie - 5 Unique Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is just around the corner. Here are some gift ideas sure to put a smile on dad's face.

1. Forget the Tie

Vintage cufflinks, studs, watches and tiepins can be found for a fraction of the price of what you would pay for buying new. They can add finesse to dad's wardrobe.

2. Vroom Vroom Vroom

Die-cast metal vintage-style cars make great desk toys. A Porsche, a Jaguar or an Aston Martin is sure to make dad's day memorable. Prices starting at $40.

3. Reader's Corner

If dad is a collector, whatever his passion - antique toys, paperweights or furniture of any period - there is a book to teach him all he needs to know. Look for compact pocket guides or more complete reference books to kick back by the fire. Prices start at $9.95.

4. Desk Accessories

Give dad's desk a makeover with the gift of an exquisite writing set. Direct from Italy is the Francesco Rubinato collection of old world writing instruments. This distinctive collection of fine writing instruments and accessories includes desk sets, quill-tipped pens, glass pens, wax seals - all attractively boxed for gift giving.

5. Music Lovers

A gift of a vintage radio or gramophone will delight a fan from the pre-CD era. LP and 78 records can be found at garage sales starting at 25 cents. They can make for charming entertainment at the cottage.

Martin Swinton owns Take-A-Boo Emporium, an antique shop located in Toronto, Canada. He does furniture restoration, caning and rushing repairs, custom reproductions, upholstery, teaches courses on antiques and does appraisals for estates and community events. He can be reached at 416-785-4555 or by visiting

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