THE BOULEVARDIER: It’s Father’s Day. Grab a pen

The Boulevardier presents a gift idea that you will make your Dad go “Awww.” (Mistiness not guaranteed, but predicted.) Click through to see the result.

I find myself thinking a lot about Father’s Day this year. Working the fashion beat has gotten me in touch with my materialistic side and shifted my focus away from the meaning behind certain holidays. That doesn’t sit well with me. I hope you might feel the same way.

I was raised here, in downtown Toronto, by politico-intelligentsia-lefty-hippie types—I went to Rochdale daycare of all places! So all things not politically correct were not acknowledged—to the point that I didn’t eat green grapes until my late teens. Support the workers movement in Chile! Shopping holidays were not supporting the “movement.”

Here’s a depressing little tidbit from Wikipedia: “The Associated Men’s Wear Retailers formed a National Father’s Day Committee in New York City in the 1930s, which was renamed in 1938 the National Council for the Promotion of Father’s Day and incorporated several other trade groups. This council had the goals of legitimizing the holiday in the mind of the people and managing the holiday as a commercial event in a more systematic way, in order to boost the sales during the holiday.” Ugh!

So what to do for my dad and yours?

I’m going to make him a card. Card stock from a dollar store, a set of magic markers and a potato from the grocer— should cost under 5 bucks. Then I’ll cut the spud in half, cut out “Dad” on one half and a heart on the other, ink them and press. Presto!

‘Cause that’s how I feel and no amount of cash or soap on a rope can express that to him.

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