Father’s Day 2019 Canvas Factory Giveaway!

Father’s Day is quickly approaching (like super fast) and we all know dad can be difficult to buy for. Gadgets are always a good idea but sometimes they don’t last, they get outdated, and end up in a drawer somewhere just collecting dust. So this year, let me offer up a new idea of purchasing dad a beautiful canvas photo from Canvas Factory! These canvas’ are easy to design with the photos you already take with your phone. There’s nothing more special than a personalized gift like a Canvas Factory print capturing those wonderful memories.

Stuck on what to choose? Here is an idea for a canvas if you’re stuck figuring out which photo to choose, you don’t have to use a photo of the family!!! Have the kids paint or draw a beautiful picture or a message, scan or take a photo of that and use that for your canvas and voila you now have an even more creative gift for dad!

Canvas Factory prints are very high quality, affordable, look great on the wall, and are easy to design!!!

WIN YOUR OWN CANVAS FACTORY PRINT FOR DAD!

To win your own canvas print from Canvas Factory you have to like St. Louis Dad and Canvas Factory on Facebook and comment on this blog post below to tell me what your idea would be for your print at Canvas Factory. I will randomly select a winner on Monday, June 10th, 2019. So be sure to use a valid email address so I can contact you! If the winner does not contact me in 24 hours I will select a new winner. Giveaway only available to U.S. and Canadian residents. No purchase necessary, like and comment to win!

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by Canvas Factory. Check out Canvas Factory‘s website for more ideas for even more incredible Canvas Factory ideas.

 

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Top Gifts for Dads, Uncles and Gramps

Sometimes dads, uncles, and gramps get the raw end of the stick when it comes to getting cool gifts. Often ending up with socks (although, everyone needs socks right?) or the same check shirt as last year. Here is a list of goodies that might land you in the good books.

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So, this year put the sock back on the shelf and hit the internet for some excellent purchases.

First up, how about a beer caddy with a bottle opener? Ideal for the outdoorsy men who like to cook up a storm at a BBQ, or sit and fish on the weekends. Either way, for around 45 dollars you can buy a handcrafted beer caddy and give the gift of 6 bottled beers available anywhere.

Sports tickets. If you know the man in your life is a huge sports fan, then imagine the absolute joy of getting a pair of Dodgers tickets (or better yet, go see the Cardinals). Or of course, your choice of sports team and sport!

Have a music mogul man hanging around? Someone who talks about their classic vinyl collection? Then maybe getting a turntable would blow them away. You might not want to hear some of the golden oldies that start playing, but there is no denying great music can make anyone’s day better.

Avid cooks are ideal people to buy gifts for. Because everyone can benefit from those kitchen toys! Think about some of the following items:

  • Keyboard Waffle Iron
  • Pancake Maker
  • Slushie Makers
  • Mini Cupcake Maker
  • Waffle Bowl Maker
  • Breakfast Master
  • Hotdog Toaster
  • Bacon Express

Super cool gadgets with a lot of appeal for everyone in the house. If none of those are what you’re looking for, why not consider a new BBQ. Either way, with anything on this list you’re bound to get something delicious!

Ballpark Blueprints. Huge baseball fan? Why not get them a piece of art they’ll genuinely enjoy having around?

Personalizing a family photo album filled with photos as far back as you can find are always such lovely things to receive.

What about, indulging them in an incredibly aged whiskey or other drink of choice. You can often find online stores that will personalize the bottles for you too. Giving it an extra special touch.

If you have a bit of a joker in your midst, then funny gifts like sound effects machines, whoopie cushions, and inflatable sumo suits work a treat and entertaining the whole family.

Model kits are a very cool and enjoyable gift to give to someone. The hobby kits come in different levels and sizes, so you can pick something that would be ideal. A few companies to check out are Revell, Airfix, Tamiya, and Zvezda. But, you can find more online. They come in many different forms so you can pick something they’ll love.

One more great gift to think about is, are any of their favorite bands or musicians touring? Grab tickets, and you’re sorted!

So there you have it, a few gift ideas that might save your bacon when it comes to birthdays, fathers day and the holiday season.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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The St. Louis Dad Father’s Day Gift Guide

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I have partnered up with Verizon for this post and have put together an awesome list of items that just about any dad would love this Father’s Day.

Fitbit Charge 2

IMG_9481First up is pretty cool heart rate and fitness wristband. The Fitbit Charge 2 is a great way to dad to monitor his health and activity while chasing around the kids. The long battery life makes wearing the Fitbit Charge 2 all day an easy way to stay on track. Reaching goals with the app & dashboard add even more to what you can do with this awesome little device. Wearing the Fitbit is a good reminder and motivator to stay active and better your health. A healthy dad is a happy dad.

The Fitbit Charge 2 connects up with both Android and iOS phones. So it doesn’t matter if you have one or the other you will be able to access your dashboard. It’s small and lightweight and doesn’t get in the way. A Fitbit would be a great way to help dad work on his dad bod.

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JBL Flip 3

IMG_9484Next on the list of awesome things to get dad this Father’s Day is a booming JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker. All purpose and all weather this loud little speaker offers 10 hours of playtime to keep those backyard BBQ parties groovin’ with tunes. It’s splash proof so if the kids get a little too crazy with the water balloons, dad can be sure the tunes will still be playing. A cool feature with the Flip 3 is that you can use JBL Connect and wirelessly link multiple JBL Connect compatible speakers together. So if all the dads in the neighborhood get one, the music will be jamming throughout the burbs.

Works with any Bluetooth compatible phone. Play that stream, podcast, playlist, or even use it while watching a movie. The JBL Flip 3 is a must for any dad that loves his tunes. Great for the backyard, camping, the beach, and more. You can take the JBL Flip 3 just about anywhere.

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Google Home

IMG_9502Probably my favorite device on the list is the Google Home. This voice-activated speaker by Google is super cool. We already have a few Chromecasts in our house so the Google Home is smart enough to talk with them to play media wherever I tell it too. Dads will love the ability to ask their Google Home questions on how to perfect their new rub, or how to fix something on their car. I like to ask Google to play YouTube videos on my T.V. in the living room. Google Home also works with other devices like Nest so you can control other things within your home like your thermostat and more. All you have to do is just start with “OK Google”.

The kids love asking Google questions, like “Hey Google, what’s your favorite snack?”. Of course Google replies with some culinary masterpiece of a delicious dish and my kids are like “huh?”. But it’s still fun. My daughter likes to have Google start YouTube on the T.V. in our playroom. It’s funny hearing the things she will ask Google. I find myself asking Google some silly stuff all the time as well.

The kids love asking Google questions, like “Hey Google, what’s your favorite snack?”.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

IMG_9493The big ticket item on the St. Louis Dad Father’s Day Gift Guide is a Samsung Galaxy S8+. This phone is amazing. The curved edge is so smooth and surely would impress dad. Loaded with the latest Android operating system the Galaxy S8+ is super fast and ready for loading up apps from the Google Play store. The battery life is amazing. Dad won’t be able to use an uncharged phone as an excuse with the S8+, and with 64GB of space, there is plenty of room for dad to store photos and videos of his wonderful family. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is an amazing phone that would be a great gift for this Father’s Day. Great phones for great dads.

The camera on this phone is incredible. Samsung really shines in the quality department overall with this phone. Be sure to grab one as soon as you can because I’m sure it will be a great gift this year for all dads.

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Any one of these four devices would be an excellent choice as a gift for dad on Father’s Day. Or you could go crazy and get all four. I am sure he would appreciate that. I know I would (hint).

I want to thank Verizon for partnering with St. Louis Dad on this awesome Father’s Day gift guide. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more great content!

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Happy Father’s Day Dad

8th Grade GraduationFifteen years ago my dad passed away. He had lost his battle with cancer and went on his way. I think about him often and how things have changed since the last time I seen him. I wonder what he would think about mp3s, blogs, and the internet in general. Then there were no iPhones or Spotify. Facebook and YouTube was nonexistent. Phone books were how you looked people up, and you were lucky to get a hour out of your Walkman back then.

More than likely I can see him really liking it. When I was younger my dad would make radio show style mixtapes of classic rock music. He would have some comedy bits played between and have this whole production laid out for each tape. This is old school style of making a podcast. Except not many people heard his tapes. They were made as gifts for family. As time passed most of these tapes have been lost. I personally only have two. Check out a little preview below.

Happy Father’s Day Dad. I know you would have loved the way things have progressed. You would have been an awesome grandfather to all of your grandchildren. You are forever missed, and I hope one day I will get to see you again.

 

15 years and still miss ya. #ripdad

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