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Want a Unique iPhone Case? Draw It with a Krillz Set

sketch an iphone case krillz

If you dream of showing off your own drawings, you will love this next idea. Designed for iPhone 4 and 5, a Krillz iPhone set comes with a 40 page drawing and a clear iPhone case.  There is a dye-cut iPhone cutout, that fits your model, on every page. 

Krizzl iphone case and drawing block
Where to buy: Krillz iPhone case for creative people at Neo-utility $35 USD

Keep it in mind for a creative gift for a teenager, for graduation or Father Day. If you draw well, why not customize the gift even further by sketch a case in the book?

+ photo credits: Krillz


Three Festive Platters and a Tray for Summer Entertaining

platters for outdoor entertaining

There is nothing like great patterned platters to cheerful an outdoor table. Two of of three would make a cute Father’s Day gift that the kids could give to their dad.

platters for outdoor entertaining
Kärringen mot Strömmen Tray
$32 USD at Huset | French Bull Multiplaid Platter $18 USD | Striped Carnival Tray $9.99 USD at World Market

As a bonus, I suggest BÄRBAR, a cute birdie tray by IKEA. I received it at an event earlier this year and love it. BÄRBAR won’t break too much the bank of the kids.
barbar tray


5 Foodie Father’s Day Printables

father father's day printables free

For most of us, Father’s Day is one of the most creatively challenging celebrations. But it’s said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so it stands to reason that you can’t go wrong with a food-related gift. We rounded up five free printables that can help you turn Dad’s favourite snacks into cause for celebration (even if he’s not willing to share!).

father father's day printables free

+ Catch My Party shared this cheerful suite of coordinating printables designed by Love Party Printables. It includes everything you’ll need to dress up Dad’s Day dinner: invitations, drink flags, napkin and water bottle labels, and thank you cards.

+ A ties may be an unoriginal Father’s Day gift, but this fun, graphic party theme from Shindig Parties To Go is TIE-riffic, with a tie-shaped banner, centrepiece, cupcake toppers and bottle tags.

father's day printables template hero kit

+ Most dads are heros in the eyes of their children. Kids can show their appreciate with this DIY superhero-themed snack box by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!, packed with everything a superhero needs to keep his vitality up.

father's day printables free martha stewart

+ These father foodie favourites – homemade pickles, hot sauce and nuts – get a retro revamp with cool clip art from Martha Stewart.

How does your family celebrate Father’s Day?


BBQ Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

bbq gift ideas for Father's day

bbq gift ideas for Father's day

You can’t go wrong with BBQ gears for Father’s Day. And there are so many cool stuff out there that I wish to give you a head start with my BBQ product suggestions.

BBQ Accessories

These are for the dad who has everything and likes gadgets. The first item is a charcoal grill meat and seafood humidifier. You fill the cast-iron boxes with water, beer, wine, juices or other liquid. Steam is released as you cook the meat or seafood. It will add moisture and will infuse food with flavors. As one buyer suggested in his review, oil them after cleaning to keep the cast-iron boxes from rusting.

wireless meat thermometer for bbq

Another gift idea is a wireless grilling thermometer. The one at Williams-Sonoma lets you monitor roasting meats and poultry from up to 150 feet away. It comes with 7 pre-programmed settings that you can custom to your liking.

BBQ at the Beach or the Park

bodum fyrkat picnic bbq

A picnic is an old-time favorite activity for parents with young children. Therefore, why not buy a portable grill for dad? I love the charm of the beach-side grill. Otherwise, small charcoal grill may be more handy since they do not take too much small on the trunk of your car. My favorite is the colorful Fyrkat picnic grill by Bodum. I want it for myself. Bodum makes a good looking Charcoal Chimney Starter.

portable charcoal grills

The Notebook grill can be transported flat. You carry it in a shoulder bag. Therefore, it is wonderful when you are walking to the park. The Smokey Joe by Weber has great review.Visually, it is not too far from the Bodum model, except that it only comes in black. Lastly, if your dad prefers a portable gas grill, I heard good things about the Cuisinart 12,000 BTU tabletop grill or the Weber Q-100 propane gas grill.

+ Charcoal Companion Moistly Grilled Cast Iron Grill Humidifier $19.99 USD on sale at Sur la Table
+ Wireless Remote Grilling Thermometer $59.95 USD at Williams-Sonoma
Beach-Side Grill $149.99 USD at Sur la Table
+ Bodum Fyrkat 13.4-Inch Portable Charcoal Grill, Orange $59 USD at [affiliate link]
Bodum 11359-16 Fyrkat Charcoal Chimney Starter $24.90 USD at [affiliate link]
+ For Canadians: Paramount Notebook Grill $49.99 CAD at Home Depot Canada
+ For Americans: HotSpot Notebook Portable Charcoal Grill $35.96 USD at [affiliate link]
+ Weber 40020 Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill $34.70 USD at [affiliate link]
+ Cuisinart CGG-200 12,000-BTU Tabletop Propane Gas Grill $169.95 USD at [affiliate link]
+ Weber 386002 Q 100 Portable Propane Gas Grill $134 USD at [affiliate link]


Rice Bowls and a Cool Charcoal Grill for Entertaining

fun entertaining tableware :: rice bowls, dot dishes and sqaures dishes

fun entertaining tableware :: rice bowls, dot dishes and square dishes

The contemporary patterns on these rice bowls are superb. Coordinate them with the dot bowls and the square dishes to create a fun dinnerware set for entertaining. They would work well to serve tapas.

weber Green Performer charcoal Grill

You could use the excuses that it is Father’s Day to buy those for your significant others. The glossy green porcelain enamel charcoal grill has an easy-touch gas ignition and one-step cleaning system with removable ash catcher. And it’s just not no-fuss, it’s cute!

+ Rice bowls $5.95 USD
+ Dot dishes $1.95
+ Square dishes $3.95
+ Weber Green Performer Grill $329.95


Stainless Steel Smoker Box

stainless steel smoker box for a gaz grill at williams-sonoma

stainless steel smoker box for a gaz grill at williams-sonoma

I will go to Boston next week. Before my trip, I started to look at what is new at my favorite kitchenware and tableware shops, that we do not have here in Montreal. For sure, the Stainless Steel Smoker Box will be sitting inside the trunk of my car when I returned home.

You see, my husband does not want to get a charcoal grill since we live in a row house.  He is right; the smoke would not be kind to the neighbors. But as many foodies, I wish to infuse a smoky flavor to our BBQ dishes. The smoker box is a good compromise. And to my delight, it is dishwasher-safe.

With Father’s day a few week away, I thought that it would make a delightful gift for dad. It is a gadget that he will use.

+ Stainless Steel Smoker Box $39.99 USD at Williams-Sonoma


A Handpresso for Father’s Day

handpresso wild outdoor set with a portable espresso machine

handpresso wild outdoor set with a portable espresso machine

For the April 2010 episode of On Est Ensemble where we had the former professional soccer player Nick de Santis as the star guest, I introduced a portable espresso machine.

I selected  the outdoor set by Handpresso because it contains the very essence of the nomadic espresso: the portable espresso machine called Handpresso Wild working with E.S.E. pods, 4 unbreakable cups, a 300 ml thermos-flask in stainless steel to have hot water always close to hand, and 2 small napkins. All that store neatly inside a small carrying case. Imagine the bright smile on the face of your dad if you show up with this kit on Father’s Day.

A Funny Moment of Web TV

But when you are recording live, things do not always as good as planned. It happened to me on my last design segment for On Est Ensemble.

The researcher for On Est Ensemble tried the Handpresso Wild before the show with success. In fact, he told me that it was easy to use. Therefore, I did not expect a miss in front of the camera. We thought that if I simply watched the tutorial video and had a look at the machine before the show, I will be alright. But making a delicious espresso with a machine that you never used before while recording a live Web TV show is not as easy as it seems. Many factors influence the quality of the coffee you produce with a manual machine. But it is also what allows the quality of a barista to shine.

My demonstration assured me of one thing. I recommend to give the Handpresso Wild only to an active person who does not mind a little exercise. To pump the machine to 16 bar requires more stamina than I imagined. Just watch the video of my design segment. There is no need to understand French to see what I mean. If you speak French, I am sure that you will laugh.

What is the right technique?

When it is done right, the coffee drops more quickly than on my design segment. This is the principle behind the espresso. Since the show, I learned what were my mistakes in handling the Handpresso Wild. So I suggest that you:

  • Go a little bit over the 16 bar mark. This way, you will make sure that you have enough pressure when you hit the press button
  • Use very hot water. Ours was not hot enough
  • Watch the .How to Use the Handpresso Video

If your coffee is dropping slowly like mine, you did something wrong. Start again. Like anything else in life, practice makes better. You can buy the Handpresso Wild machine separately. A portable espresso machine is very appealing if you live in a small space or do not wish to allocate space on your counter for the big machine.

+  Handpresso Wild ESE Pods or Dome (Ground Coffee) Version $145 CAD
+ Handpresso Outdoor Set $245 CAD – link to place an order online in Canada
+ In the States: Handpresso Wild Outdoor Picnic Set on sale at $179 USD, reg. $219  at
+ See the entire show at On Est Ensemble


Cool Dutch Design Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

The Netherlands are a country where talented and creative designers flourish in a good number. Sadly, most of their design products do not cross the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, most of the Dutch products are exported when a dedicated retailer wishes to carry them and import the goods directly from The Netherlands. This is the case of the UK retailer Dutch by Design. And it is good to know that Dutch by Design will ship their orders internationally.

I was looking for cool and unique design products for Father’s Day when I thought of revisiting Dutch by Design online store. I like what I see. They have affordable stuff that will impress and please your dad. My favorite gift ideas are:

+ Back in Time Radio/Alarm Clock $40 USD
+ Cheese Board $16.50 USD
+ Sandwich Bread Board $16.50 USD

More Gift Ideas for Everyone and All occasions

fun tree watercan :: love birds salt and pepper set at dutch by design

+ Tree Watercan $20 USD
+ Love Birds Salt & Pepper Set $21 USD


Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I gathered 6 gift ideas that may applied to your dad. The first group is for a dad who likes construction or architecture.

fathers day gift ideas for builders, engeneers and architects

+ The first idea is city landmark buildings or construction. You can choose between the John Hancock Building in Chicago, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Chrysler Building in New York. City Sculptures $38 USD each at Chiasso

+ Go green with these modern solar powered led house numbers. it makes it easy for visitors to find your home at night without requiring any electrical wiring. $28 USD per number at Chiasso

The second group will enhance his BBQ collection or help him have a better time at the cottage.

fathers day gift ideas for the BBQ and cottage living

For a dad who love grilling

1. Miniature Steak Thermometers set of 4 $22 USD at Smith & Hawken
2. Magnetic Grill Light $25 USD at Smith & Hawken

3. To save his back, get him a Forged Iron Wood Cart $149 USD

For a custom gift

4.  Give him a puzzle with the cover page of The New York Times for any date from 1888 to 2008.  Select the date you are born or the date a big event dear to him has happened. The New York Times Puzzle $45.99 USD at


Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

galvenized metal entertaining pieces at pottery barn :: right style for father\'s day

Doing a BBQ is a typical Father’s Day celebrations. Since your dad probably already owned all the barbecue gadgets already, turn your attention to the bar.

Pottery Barn introduced a collection of Galvanized Metal Serving Pieces that feel masculine and cute at the same time. A clear sealant was applied for a lasting good look and to deliver a rich patina. Sadly, the large Party Bucket with Bottle Opener and the 6-Bottle Drink Caddy are not longer available.

Bar Carts

santina teak console table at pottery barn

I like the Craft style of the Teak console table. I used a console table as a bar/cooking station. Its versatility makes it indispensable.

capri bar cart at pottery barn

For smaller space, opt for a synthetic rattan bar cart. It is made of Viro, a premium synthetic designed to withstand extreme weather conditions without wear. As you can see , you can pack a lot of cans, bottles and glasses on the Capri bar cart.

+ Galvanized Metal Serving Pieces $24 – $69 USD
+ Galvanized Metal Tray $49 USD
+ Acrylic Drink Dispenser $49 – $69 USD
+ Santina Teak Console Table regular $699 on sale at $559 USD
+ Capri Bar Cart $799 USD