- 12 Entrepreneurs Reveal the Best Gift They Ever Received
- 1. Nick Hedges, CEO and president, Velocify
- 2. David Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder, Wowza Media Systems
- 3. Raymie Stata, CEO, Altiscale
- 4. Jim Barnett, CEO and co-founder, Glint
- 5. Donal Daly, CEO, The TAS Group
- 6. Jaspreet Singh, CEO and founder, Druva
- 7. Marco Peluso, CEO and founder, Qardio
- 8. Taylor Umphreys, CEO, Zuli
- 9. Mark Haidar, CEO, Vinli
- 10. Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO, Clarizen
- 11. Josh Breinlinger, managing director, Jackson Square Ventures
- 12. Hans Geiszler, founder, Japhy Surf Co
- 44 Best Gifts for Dads 2020 – Cool Gift Ideas Your Father Will Love
- The Best Gifts People Have Ever Received
- Global News dads share the best Father’s Day gift they’ve ever received – National
- Alan Carter shares his favourite Father’s Day gadget
- Liam Nixon looks forward to his first Father’s Day
- Asa Rehman is grateful for his first Father’s Day gift
- Ron Waksman’s favourite gift hits a high note
12 Entrepreneurs Reveal the Best Gift They Ever Received
What was the best gift you ever received?
For these entrepreneurs, the best gift was something that sparked some creative thinking. Monopoly was just the beginning for one; for another, what appeared at first to be the lamest gift ever became the germ of an idea for his company.
1. Nick Hedges, CEO and president, Velocify
“When I was 6 years old, my father bought me a Monopoly set for my birthday. My father had loved the game as a child and I suspect he wanted to be sure I followed his footsteps into business. If that was his plan, it certainly did the trick.
I played Monopoly at every opportunity I had, until the board was so worn out that most of the street names became unreadable. My brother and I became so engrossed in the art of the game that we both became competitive Monopoly players and had some success on the adult circuit.
Although I sadly did not become a wealthy property tycoon, I do credit Monopoly-playing for my ability to do fast mental arithmetic and my love for making deals. Both have helped me greatly in my career.”
2. David Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder, Wowza Media Systems
“Back in the day, when most toys were not electronic or driven by technology, I received an erector set for Christmas when I was about 4. I was always a curious kid who loved to build things–locks, pillow forts, all that stuff.
It was that rugged, original metal style with nuts, bolts, girders, plates, pulleys, and string. I could build stuff with substance that could move and at least I could pretend they were useful.
That gift formed my first concrete memories of creating something in my mind, making it real, and finding it useful.
That process of ideation and conception to creation and implementation has shaped my career path, how I approach business, and why I have built successful, industry-leading businesses for the last 30 years. Never underestimate the power of play and how it can influence your future.”
3. Raymie Stata, CEO, Altiscale
“I got a Honda Accord wagon from my grandfather in 1992, when I was in grad school in Boston. It was my first new car–prior to that, I had (very) worn hand-me-downs. This car led me to Silicon Valley, quite literally.
I loved to windsurf and there were good tech jobs in the summer in California, so I would pack up my windsurfing gear three feet high on that car and drive cross country. It helped me get to the Bay Area, get a job, and also meet my future wife.
I still have it and drive it today.”
4. Jim Barnett, CEO and co-founder, Glint
“The best gift I have received was a book on meditation over 25 years ago. The book, How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery, by Lawrence LeShan, introduced me to meditation, and I began a daily practice that has helped me immensely as a leader. Both the book and daily meditation have enabled me to be as mindful, authentic, and even-handed as possible.”
5. Donal Daly, CEO, The TAS Group
“When I met John Cullinane, founder of Cullinet (the first software company ever to have a billion-dollar valuation and be listed on NYSE), he gave me the gift of his book, The Entrepreneur's Survival Guide: 101 Tips for Managing in Good Times & Bad.
One of those 101 tips was on the importance of creating true value for your customers. The message truly resonated with me and in each of the companies I have subsequently founded, it's been at the core of everything that we do.
I believe customer value is the critical ingredient in a recipe for a sustainable successful business.
In our business now, we help sales organizations create value for their customers through the sales experience by embedding customer-focused sales knowledge into software, and I get to see John's advice delivering for our customers as well as for myself.
Sales can't happen if your customers don't understand the value your product brings. They don't care about innovative technology or fancy features. They care about how their lives will change as a direct result of their purchase. That realization and that philosophy have driven every decision my business has made and every product we've developed. Definitely a better holiday present than a pair of socks.”
6. Jaspreet Singh, CEO and founder, Druva
“The best career-related gift I received was a plane ticket and $1,000 from my father to attend the Fraunhofer Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute (IPSI) in Darmstadt, Germany.
During my five-month stay at IPSI, I researched semantic search technology and in the process discovered my innate passion for technology and entrepreneurialism. I also met people who inspired me at the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey.
My father's gift was more than just the plane ticket and money — it was encouragement and continued support for me to follow my dreams and gain the experience I needed to launch my career.”
7. Marco Peluso, CEO and founder, Qardio
“When I was 8 years old, my father gave me my first computer, a TI 99/4A, for Christmas on the condition that I learn to code. I kept my promise, and fell in love with the magic of technology.
Three decades later, that same passion led me to found Qardio, a digital health company revolutionizing heart-health monitoring for people in 42 countries around the world — my father being one of them.
8. Taylor Umphreys, CEO, Zuli
“When I graduated high school my grandfather gave me his old Elgin A-11 military watch. The watch no longer worked, but he was passing on a piece of our family history that I was honored to receive myself.
I ended up taking it apart and fixing it, and in the process loved learning everything I could about how the watch worked.
I've always known I loved tech products since I was a kid, but that watch solidified my interest in not just using products, but knowing everything about how they worked and how I can build my own products that someday might be taken apart themselves.”
9. Mark Haidar, CEO, Vinli
“Growing up in a refugee camp in Lebanon, I didn't have the same opportunities as typical children. But when I was in middle school, the UN generously donated a fully functioning computer lab to my school. That opened up a world of opportunity.
It was the first time I'd ever used a computer, and I was fascinated. I would spend hours in the lab working by myself. That led me to pursue a computer engineering degree, and to start my first technology company at the age of 17.
My greatest disadvantage turned out to be my greatest gift.”
10. Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO, Clarizen
“The greatest career-related gift I received wasn't a material item–it was the gift of awareness. When I was in my early 30s, I was working as a field service engineer for an Israeli company in Germany.
I was proud of my work at the company, and during a check-in meeting with a company leader, I shared with him some of my recent accomplishments in the region. He stopped me and said, 'That's all good, but you have only one problem: You are not listening.
' Since then, I always try to listen, and, sometimes, it feels I'm fighting gravity. The instinct is to start formulating what you are going to say while the other person is still talking.
Since that day years ago, I try to listen with intent and listen to understand–not just what the person is telling me but what they mean to tell me. Leadership starts with listening.”
11. Josh Breinlinger, managing director, Jackson Square Ventures
“When I was about 5, my grandparents gave me my first investment–a few shares of a utility company in Buffalo, New York, called Niagara Mohawk.
It had a nice yield and they taught me about dividend reinvestment and the value of long-term thinking and compounding. It also got me started checking stock prices in the newspaper every day and trying to understand the market.
Now, 32 years later, I think about long-term investing–but I can't say I understand the market yet.”
12. Hans Geiszler, founder, Japhy Surf Co
“The worst gift I ever received, a pair of off-the-rack board shorts, turned out to be the best gift for me. As an avid surfer, I immediately tested out the shorts on a surfing trip after Christmas. They were an atrocious blend of neon colors and made from an awfully heavy material.
After surfing all day, I'd take them off and hang them out, but they took forever to dry. I'd have to pack them while they were still wet, and 36 hours into the trip, all of my belongings were a soggy mess. After the trip, I looked for board shorts that suited my needs and looked moderately stylish–I found nothing I d.
This experience inspired me start Japhy Surf Co.”
44 Best Gifts for Dads 2020 – Cool Gift Ideas Your Father Will Love
Dad has been there for you through it all: bike falls, broken hearts, you name it.
The best way to show your #1 guy how much you appreciate him is with the perfect Father's Day gift, something that's meaningful, practical, and budget-friendly (since you know how much he hates the thought of you spending your hard-earned money on him).
For some fresh gift ideas, check out these unique gifts for dad, ranging from picks made for golfers, beer lovers, and everyone in between.
And if he's the guy who claims he already has everything he could ever want, we made sure to find a few thoughtful options that will prove otherwise (and steal his heart in the process). You'll even discover something on this list that fits your picky father-in-law's standards, which is truly the greatest present ever (for you, too).
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A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes: 365 Truly Terrible Wisecracks
Rockridge Press amazon.com
No one appreciates a corny joke quite dear ol' dad. Humor him — literally — with this book full of cheesy jokes for each day of the year.
RELATED: The Most Unique Gifts to Buy Men
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Something He'll Love Even If He Wants Nothing
AirPods Leather Case
Make sure that he keeps last year's Christmas gift in tip-top shape with this genuine leather AirPods case. It can clip right on to his backpack or keychain for easy access, and even shows the charging light, so he can see its progress.
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Personalized Option for Dog Dads
Custom Dog Planter
As much as you to believe that he loves you most, you know the truth: his dog always wins. Send this Etsy seller one of the many photos Dad posts on , and they'll turn it into a hand-painted planter in one of three sizes.
RELATED: The Sweetest Father's Day Gifts
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Rambler Insulated Mug
He can fill this 14. oz mug with his morning brew, after hours nightcap, or mid-day fuel. No matter if he opts for something hot or cold, the double wall vacuum-insulation will keep his drink at the perfect temperature for hours.
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If He Loves to Grill
Kabob Grilling Baskets
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com
Even your grill master could use a helping hand from time to time. With this set of four grilling baskets, he can craft his own veggie and meat kebobs without skewers.
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Breakfast Electric Sandwich Maker
Hamilton Beach amazon.com
If your dad's the type to favor delicious food with minimal effort, he'll get a kick this sandwich press that an Amazon reviewer deemed the “morning magic maker.”
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Unique Gift If He Loves Spice
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com
Since Dad can handle way more spice than an average bottle of Tabasco, he might as well make his own hot sauce until it matches his desired heat. Included in this kit are six bottles, spice packs, instructions, and customizable labels that let him package his creations.
RELATED: The Best Gifts for Foodies
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To your little ones, he's in the same category as Spiderman, Batman, and other out-of-this-world heroes. Now, they can put it in writing with this picture book, customized with his name and photo.
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Funny Gift to Get a Laugh
He's always playing pranks on you — and now, it's your turn. Give him this five-minute sand timer to not-so-subtly remind him that the bathroom is for everyone to share.
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Something Useful That He'll Appreciate
One he attaches this Bluetooth tracker to his keys, wallet, or other easy-to-lose gadgets, he'll have no excuses. When he inevitably misplaces them, he can hunt 'em down with the accompanying Tile app, allowing everyone else in your family to carry on with their day.
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Thoughtful Gift from Daughter
Night Sky Father Daughter Print
No matter how grown you may be, you'll always be his little girl. Take him back to the day you changed his life forever with this print, which uses the location and time of your birth to nail down the exact constellation.
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Leather Keychain Bottle Opener
Mark & Graham markandgraham.com
Better than the bottle opener from his college days, this one comes with an engraved leather case, so it can stay protected from day-to-day wear.
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Monthly Tie Club
Give his business attire a monthly refresh with a tie club subscription. Each month, Spiffster will send him a silk, wool, or cotton selection in the style of his choice, ranging from traditional ties to bow ties.
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100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Scenic Trails
National Geographic amazon.com
Even if your dad isn't a hiker, the gorgeous landscapes in this coffee table book will give him serious wanderlust. But if he s to hit the trails, the 100 featured trails will serve as the foundation for his hiking bucket list.
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Magnetic Tool Wristband
Super-strong magnets sewn inside this wristband let him carry essentials screws, nails and bolts, right on his wrist for easy access. That means he can spend less time getting the job done since he'll have exactly what he needs at all times.
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Even If He Says He Has Everything…
With a Masterclass subscription, he can turn his hobby (okay, obsession) into a career possibility by learning tips and tricks straight from the pros in any given field. Soon his dad jokes will be on Steve Martin's level, or at least as close as it gets.
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Phone Wooden Docking Station
Keep all of his on-the-go essentials — wallet, keys, watches, and so on — neat and tidy with this wooden docking station. Although it doesn't come with cables and cords, he can use his own to keep his devices charged.
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Thoughtful Gift for News Buffs
The New York Times Custom Birthday Book
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com
Make dad feel the star that he is with a hardcover book loaded with real pages from The New York Times the day he was born. At no extra cost, personalize the front with his name and birth date.
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Airplane 3D Puzzle
It may not be as complicated as the 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles he loves, but it looks just as impressive when completed. The vintage-inspired plane model kit arrives on a wooden card, so he can punch out the pieces when it comes time to assemble it.
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Sock Fancy sockfancy.com
Give him the gift of fancy feet with Sock Fancy's monthly subscription, which sends him a pair of crew or no-show socks to his door each month. Just pick his preferred sock height and how bold he'd the patterns to be.
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Personalized Family Print
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com
In this personalized pick, choose skin tones, hair colors, and clothing to create a perfectly customized family portrait that best represents his crew.
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Tech Gift to Make His Life Easier
Yootech Wireless Charger
As long as he has a compatible smartphone, he can just place his device on this wireless charger and recharge his battery without turning the house upside down looking for chargers and cords. Now, he has no excuses for a dead phone.
RELATED: The Best Tech Gifts You Can Give
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Bloody Mary Kit and Garnishes
Harry & David harryanddavid.com
Outfit his bar cart with all the makings for a mean Bloody Mary. Along with the drink mix, the kit comes with all the seasonings and garnishes for a savory cocktail. It's just up to him to decide if he wants to add vodka or not.
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Useful for Grill Masters
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
Ten Speed Press amazon.com
With this cookbook, he'll serve the smoky tastes of Texas all year long. And yes, it even comes with instructions to DIY a smoker.
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Beer Cap State Display
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com
The openings on this beer cap display board have small teeth that fit the crimped edges of caps to hold them in place. Now, here's the real question: How quickly do you think it'll take him to fill the entire state-shaped board?
RELATED: Gifts for Dads Who Love Beer
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Freeze Whiskey Cup Set
Instead of relying on whiskey chillers to do the work, he can pour Jack Daniel's straight into these freezable glasses for a perfectly chilled nightcap. After just two hours in the freezer, his drink will stay cold for hours (if it lasts that long, of course).
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Affordable Option on Amazon
NFL Team Gnome
The football superfan is so proud of his team that he wants the whole neighborhood — well, world — to know. That's exactly why this hand-painted garden gnome, complete with a football and his favorite NFL team's gear, exists.
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Eye Glasses Holder
Made with hand-carved sheesham wood, this quirky statuette will make dad finally remember to put his glasses in one place to prevent, ya know, them from getting lost.
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Man Crates mancrates.com
Good news: He can officially take Mount Rushmore off his bucket list (for now). With this set of four all-American seasonings, he can add presidential flavor to his meats with spices George Srirachington.
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Ship in a Bottle
Forever a kid at heart, dad loves nothing more than when your kids ask him to help put together their LEGO creations. With this intricate ship in a bottle, he can take the reins and then put it on display when it's complete.
The Best Gifts People Have Ever Received
No matter the cost, a truly great gift is priceless: It lets us know we are seen. Understood. Loved. In our annual celebration of the present moment, O friends and family share their stories of the most moving gifts they've ever received.
From extraordinary kindnesses to everyday items, made of shiny gold or humble plastic, each came wrapped in a memory that will last forever. 1. U2 is my favorite band, and I'm always talking about them on my podcast. One day I mentioned the charities Bono's involved in, Poverty Is Sexist, an amazing program.
Cut to a week later: My manager texts me a photo of a beautiful bouquet of white flowers that had just arrived at her office with a note that said, “Heard you are giving Poverty Is Sexist some airtime and helping us make serious stuff more fun. Thank you.” And it's signed “Bono.” I just sat on the train crying.
— Phoebe Robinson, author of You Can't Touch My Hair and cohost of the podcast 2 Dope Queens
2. My mother was pregnant with me when my father was deployed to Germany in World War II, and he was killed when I was just 2 months old. Four years ago, I got a call from a man who said, “You don't know me, but please don't hang up.” His father and mine had been best friends, and he'd found letters my father had written his dad during the war. He asked if I wanted copies (the originals had been put in a historical archive). When they arrived, I was dumbstruck. I got to see my father's handwriting, enjoy the way he phrased his sentences, and learn what he was thinking during that awful time. I'm the pastor of a little country church, so I often listen to the stories people tell me, and I see how they change and blossom, how they move from despair to joy, from fear to courage. I witness how they fight their battles, and even when it seems they've lost, their story never ends. Dad's story lives on through this man and his son, and it will continue through my sons, who will know their grandfather through those letters. They gave me a piece of the man who gave me life, and who gave his own for his country.
— Helen Badman, O reader
3. I left my home in Toronto to move to Los Angeles, where I knew no one, to pursue my dream of being an actress. My older brother was one of the only people who believed in me. When I got to California, I opened the trunk of my car and found a “vision box” he'd created for me, with almost 100 laminated photos of all my heroes and books that inspired me, plus an image he'd made of my name on a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There were even pictures of puppies because I long to have a dog one day! When I feel giving up, that box reminds me of all the great people and things awaiting me on my journey.
— Natasha Khawja, O reader
Illustration: Todd St. John
4. When we were courting, my husband bought me a pair of hiking boots: plain brown leather with red laces, the platonic ideal of hiking boots, reminiscent of the wafflestompers of my '70s childhood. It's been two decades, and I've marched all over the world in those boots. They're worn and cracked, showing their years the way an aging face does. Every once in a while my husband rubs them down with oil and replaces the laces, then puts them back on the shoe rack without saying a word. The next day I find them, newly loved.
— Claire Dederer, author of, most recently, Love and Trouble
5. All the best gifts I've ever received have been things my children made. Poems, usually, or drawings, though last Mother's Day my 11-year-old son spent hours baking me a two-layer cake with frosting from real raspberries, and my 8-year-old son made a wooden castle in which the red mamas and the blue mamas battle it out over who will read to him. Why should gifts from one's children be so moving? Because you feel their love, of course. But also because you see their capacity for love, their attention and effort. If they can take pleasure in giving, they have a good chance of being happy in life.
— Nicole Krauss, author of, most recently, Forest Dark
6. I love to cook, and so did my father. Three weeks before my birthday, when he was dying in hospice, he had my mother order a Le Creuset pot in Granny Smith apple green to give me as an early present. He didn't make it to my birthday, but ten years later, he's still with me each day. Every time I make a pot of soup, I think of him and smile.
— Sara Radcliffe Cook, O reader
7. My mother and I had a tenuous relationship at best. For my high school graduation, I saved my babysitting money to get a dress made but didn't have enough to buy a purse. My mom spent all night sewing my leftover dress material onto one of her old clutches. I remember being gobsmacked. I still have it and occasionally hold it close to my heart when I miss her.
— Caterina Salvatori, O reader
Illustration: Todd St. John
8. I'm a special ed teacher, and one year a boy in my fifth-grade class lost his mother in a car accident while the family was traveling. I had him again the next year in sixth grade. At Christmastime he saw the other students giving me gifts, so he came in with a two-liter bottle of ginger ale. He said he looked around his house and wanted to get me something special, and he knew I d soda. I cried. This boy has now graduated, but I never forgot the gift he gave me. It was truly from the heart.
— Diane castellano, O reader
9. I was 10 or 11 when I got my first dog, a hairy little black and white mutt I called Mopsy. I was a lonely and sullen child. My mother had just married my stepfather, and we were living in Bolivia. I hated my life, but I fell totally in love with Mopsy. She became my alter ego, saving me from years of unhappiness. When I was 40, living in exile in Venezuela while my marriage fell apart, someone gave me another mutt, Mikaela, also black and white, very similar to Mopsy. She was always at my feet, my shadow, my soul. In my 70s, I was separating from my husband when someone gave me a third little black and white dog, Dulce—the Spanish word for “sweet.” Dulce was with me throughout my divorce, and she's still my companion today. If Dulce doesn't live as long as I do, I'm sure she'll have a successor. For me, these funky- looking little dogs are all reincarnations of the same creature who keeps coming back to be with me at very important moments of my life.
— Isabel Allende, author of, most recently, In the Midst of Winter
10. My mom was in the hospital with stage IV ovarian cancer, and I was holding down two jobs to support the family, working all day and sleeping in the hospital at night. One morning I was heading to my first job when my car spun out on some black ice and hit the guardrail. I was scared, so I just kept going—but as I was slowing down at an intersection, the car behind me tapped my bumper. That's when I got out and saw that the guardrail had smashed in the front of my car on the driver's side. I was so dazed, I almost stepped right into traffic. I told the other driver not to worry about fixing the back bumper, but he insisted, telling me his friend owned a body shop. A few days afterward, we met to talk about the details. It was late at night because I had to finish my second shift. The guy asked why I was working so much, so I told him; he said I should drop off the car and pick it up in two days. When I did, the entire car had been painted and buffed, and the front was fixed. He'd done the work himself. I asked how much it would all cost, but he just said, “You're a good person. Have a happy Valentine's Day.”
— Mary Simson, O reader
11. When I was 5, my mother bought me a diary. It had a dark blue cardboard cover and a page for each day of the upcoming year. I'd recently learned to read and write, and my mom had noticed how much I loved doing both. “It's your very own book,” she said. “You can write down what you do every day.” That was more than 30 years ago, and I've written every day since.
— Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
Illustration: Todd St. John
12. My husband booked me a nice hotel room the night before Prince William and Kate's wedding so I could wake up really early to watch it and then go back to bed. I had three children under 4 at the time, so it was a precious gift, and I will forever treasure that much-needed break doing something I absolutely loved.
— Casey Kitchens, O reader
13. I was recently on the phone with a dear friend, and as we were about to hang up, he said, “Remember: You are the loving expression of God.” I almost fell down from the power of those words. Me, the loving expression of God. I've begun carrying that awareness with me daily—a most beautiful gift.
— Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers
14. When I was a kid, my grandmother, who lived across the country, would send me items of pink Depression glass that she found while antiquing—cups, saucers, plates, a pitcher. Since I was so young, these presents weren't as exciting as the toys she also gave me. She passed away when I was in college, and it wasn't until I was a grown woman that my mom and I set all the pieces out together. There were enough to fill a beautiful table. I finally understood that my grandmother was giving me something that would last my whole life, long after she'd gone.
— Kristin Brake Hancock, O reader
15. It was Christmas Eve 1945. I was 9 years old. Truth be told, it was a dark time for a child. My stepfather—”a good man when he wasn't drinking,” my mother said—had given in to long days at the bar that ended in even longer nights of raging at home. Within six months, without a job to go to or a dollar in her pocket, my mother would take me and every stick of furniture we owned a hundred miles away. But tonight was the night before Christmas. When she handed me the tiny box, hardly more than an inch square, I could taste my disappointment. Children don't want tiny presents. Children wait for big presents—a pair of skates, a bright red bike. I opened it slowly, my eyes averted, my fingers timid. And suddenly there it was: a shining, delicate gold chain on which hung a little flower with copper leaves and a bright blue stone in the center. It was my first piece of jewelry, and a declaration of adulthood, I was sure. I knew my mother must have been skimming grocery money for weeks to get me something so grand. I threw my arms around her neck and burst into tears. A few months ago, I found that necklace again in a box of old memorabilia. The chain was dull brown. The flower's leaves had faded. But the blue glass that I had been sure was my birthstone glowed on. When I picked up this treasure I'd received amid the chaos of a collapsing world, I knew I was holding sacrifice, beauty, and an invitation to be strong in the days to come. I consider it the gift of my life, even now. Maybe especially now.
— Joan Chittister, Benedictine nun and author of, most recently, Radical Spirit
Illustration: Todd St. John
16. I always wanted an Easy-Bake Oven, but Santa never delivered one. When I was 34, my sister bought me one for Christmas. And yes, I made a cake!
— Suzanne Tesconi, O reader
17. My 18-year-old son gave me a Mother's Day card that said, “Mom, I love you…. Don't worry…. Throughout the years, I have heard everything you've said about life lessons; just in case you thought I wasn't listening.”
—Brigett Slaughter, O reader
18. For my 40th birthday last year, my best friends—cousins, childhood pals, college roommates—conspired to buy me a ring. They live all over the country, and several of them had never been introduced until one friend gathered them in an email conversation about the gift. We spent a weekend at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, one of my favorite places, and at dinner one night they surprised me with it: a rose gold band that looks a little a wedding band. I wear my wedding ring on my left hand and the one they gave me on my right as constant reminders of some of the most important people in my life—my husband and our sons, and the friends I love most. When I have to do something difficult or scary, the ring reminds me that I'm surrounded by brilliant, creative, risk-taking women and gives me the push I need to show up with bravery in my own life and work.
— Shauna Niequist, author of, most recently, Present Over Perfect
19. In the late '90s, my dad was in a department store when he spotted a very long, very bright red fleece robe. Something told him to buy it for me, and that something was probably that it was on sale. My dad loves sales. The amazing part is that I'd been yearning for a long fleece robe. I still wear it in the winter and even use it as an extra blanket on cold nights. “I just thought it looked so cozy,” my dad told me almost 20 years ago, and he was right.
— Curtis Sittenfeld, author of, most recently, Eligible
Global News dads share the best Father’s Day gift they’ve ever received – National
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We asked some of our Global News dads and role models about the best Father’s Day gifts they’ve ever received. Here’s what they had to say about it:
Alan Carter shares his favourite Father’s Day gadget
We have a crab apple tree in our front yard that each summer rains down apples for weeks on end. I don’t worry about people slipping on ice on our sidewalk in the winter, but it’s only a matter of time before an old lady breaks her hip after wiping out in the fermented applesauce that coats everything in July.
A few years ago for Father’s Day my kids bought me an apple rolling gadget that looks a little a lottery ball dispenser on the end of a stick. With it I can roll up the apples lickety-split without having to crawl around on all fours picking them up one by one.
With one inspired Father’s Day gift my kids not only saved my back, but also innumerable old lady hips.
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Alan Carter is Global News Toronto’s News Hour Anchor, Queens Park Bureau Chief, and Host of Focus Ontario.
Liam Nixon looks forward to his first Father’s Day
My twins were born in August of 2014, so this Father’s Day will be my first. I originally thought ‘Maybe a golf day would be nice’, but now I can’t think of a better present than the chance to just spend the day with them.
As any parent knows, the first year of a child’s life is so full of new sounds (mostly screams and yells), actions (the crawling… oh the crawling!) and other milestones (learning how to pull the dog’s tail) and I want to witness as many of those ‘first moments’ as possible.
I can’t think of a better gift than being in my backyard, swinging in the hammock with my twins climbing all over me. Golf can wait.
Liam Nixon is Anchor and Newsroom Manager for Global News Lethbridge.
Liam Nixon reads to his twins.
Asa Rehman is grateful for his first Father’s Day gift
The best Father’s Day gift I’ve received would have to be the first. I only have a couple to choose from, so that makes the decision a little easier. I usually don’t know how to react to gifts for occasions. Maybe it’s because I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve gifts for birthdays or Christmas.
I’m not saying I’m the world’s greatest dad (probably 3rd behind Chris Gailus and some other guy), but I certainly feel appreciated and loved. So every morning when I use my Edwin Jagger brush and razor, I’m reminded of the joy I felt when I first opened it. It will be hard to top that experience but I look forward to sharing the next one with our newest addition.
She’s had six good months to come up with something great!
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Asa Rehman is Global News: BC 1 Weekend Anchor and Global News Reporter.
Asa Rehman and his family.
Ron Waksman’s favourite gift hits a high note
When the boys (now 24, 21 and 18) were little we made a point of always surrounding them with music. My wife plays the piano beautifully, but she’ll stop if she senses someone is listening. There were lullabies before bed, Aladdin or Lion King in the car, piano and guitar lessons and of course “Daddy’s Greatest Hits.
” I used to make up funny lyrics to songs they knew, mostly popular songs from the radio, Disney movies and TV shows. I’d include their names, quirks and interests and walk around the house singing these songs. I seemed to have a knack for coming up with originally stupid lyrics. Singing these songs often worked to defuse tantrum situations by breaking the tension.
When Noah, my eldest, would get angry about something I would sing him “Angry Boy,” Andrew Gold’s circa 1980’s hit “Lonely Boy.” I had lyrics for just about everything from a road trip to Florida, forgive me John Denver, to when I started losing my hair. That little ditty was called “I Have No Hair at the TOP of my Head.
” I would often joke with the kids that they had better write these songs down because one day I wouldn’t be around to sing them. Well, a number of years ago the boys and my wife sat down and wrote down as many lyrics as they could possibly remember to my silly songs. I will never forget the Father’s Day they presented me with those lyrics in the form of a song book.
It dawned on me that these ridiculous little songs had become part of the fabric of their childhood and had helped define what kind of father I was. I can even see them continuing the tradition with their kids.
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Ron Waksman is the Director of Online & Current Affairs for Global News.
Ron Waksman’s three boys.