Win a @Ryobi_Canada 18V Drill and Impact Driver from @HomeDepotCanada! #LetsDoGreatGifts #FathersDay

Win a @Ryobi_Canada 18V Drill and Impact Driver from @HomeDepotCanada! #LetsDoGreatGifts #FathersDay
05 Jun 2014

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Last week, I was invited to an exclusive Father’s Day event with Home Depot. How could a guy say no to that?

The event was being held at the beautiful Airship37, located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

Home Depot had lots of staff on hand to answer any questions we had about any of the products on display.

home depot drills and lighting

Mood Lights and Keyless Entry!

Once everyone had arrived, the demonstrations began. Department specialists from stores all across the GTA were brought in to do demos and answer questions. They were very thorough, and answered everything I wanted. It was nice to see Craig from the Oakville store talking about the really cool Hue personal wireless lighting.

home depot hue lights

These lights are sure to turn any boring rec room into a rockin’ party pad! The really cool part? They work with the beat of music! They are also expandable, can be personalized, and you can share your settings with others on their social app. Now that is pretty awesome!

He also gave me a run-down on the Kevo keyless entry system by Kwikset. This is a high-tech system which allows you to open your door with just a touch, as long as you have the bluetooth remote on your person.

home depot kevo

As well, you can open the Kevo with your smartphone from anywhere in the world, using the Kevo mobile app. Need to grant access to someone without a key? You can send them an eKey, so they can get in if you need them to.

Tool bags, Tech Bags, and Organization… so you don’t get screwed!

Have you ever needed a nail, a screw, a nut, or a bolt… you know you have the one you need, but you can never find it? Ya, me too. These cases would come in handy to keep these items organized.

home depot tool boxes

As well, these tool boxes and tech bags are a great and lightweight way to keep all your tools organized on the worksite, or at home.

Sockets, Wrenches and Measuring Tapes

No tool collection is complete without a good socket set. Home Depot carries a great selection of these, as well as wrench sets and measuring tapes. I always keep a few measuring tapes handy… as they always seem to be left where you last used them.

home depot sockets and wrenches

As well, these tool boxes and tech bags are a great and lightweight way to keep all your tools organized on the worksite, or at home.

Power Tools!

Every guy needs to own power tool. What better gift to give Dad than a something from the power tool section at Home Depot?

Every time I walk into that section, I pause, and listen to the angels sing. I often get approached by an associate to ask if I need help. My answer… “no, I’m just soaking it all in.”

Maybe it was all the projects I worked on with my Dad as a kid. I remember finishing our basement into a party / rec room. I got to build the bar area. I remember using a hammer gun, pneumatic nailer, cordless drill, and all kinds of manual tools. I was really proud of what I had built with my two hands, some cool tools, and a lot of sweat.

home depot power tools

As well, these tool boxes and tech bags are a great and lightweight way to keep all your tools organized on the worksite, or at home.

Mowin’, Blowin’, Smokin’ and Grillin’

Next we got to learn all about Home Depot’s lineup of outdoor power equipment, including mowers, blowers, and edgers. One of the newest lawn mowers on the market made by Toro, can be folded and stored upright. Yes… upright. It will not leak gas or oil. Brilliant for smaller storage sheds or garages. This mower is exclusive to the Home Depot.

home depot mowers and bbqs

Now on to one of my favourite topics… BBQing , smoiking and grilling! As you have probably seen when you are in a Hoem Depot, they have a wide array of cooking appliances for your deck. Anythign from charcoal grills to electric or gas smokers, to compact BBQs, all the way up to 5 burner grills. When I arrived, one grill caught my eye… a very large stainless steel Brinkmann gas grill.

home depot bbqs

This bad boy has 5 burners, a side sear burner, convenient drawers for you BBQ tools, a cupboard for a garbage bin, and… wait for it… a smoker built in to the bottom of the unit! Yup… you can have your brisket cookin’ low and slow in the smoker, and when it is close to done, throw some chicken, corn and garlic right on the grill, to have a complete southern meal. The drool factor was high on this one.

Never let a little rain ruin your day!

While we were outside learning about lawn mowers, blowers, smokers and BBQs, it started to drizzle a little. Before it started to rain too hard, the Home Depot staff quickly brought us all umbrellas.

And there were prizes!

Fellow attendee Zach Bussey was super lucky, and won the sweet Hue light set. I won the Husky 18” Total Tech Bag I was eyeing earlier.

home depot winner zach bussey

As well, the fine folks at Home Depot sent us all home with a Ryobi 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless 2” Brad Nailer.

Now it’s your turn to win!

Home Depot was gracious enough to offer up a Ryobi 18V lithium-ion drill and impact driver combo set for me to giveaway to one of my lucky readers!

Home Depot Ryobi drills

As stated on the Home Depot website: This kit is powered by new lithium-ion batteries. They hold a charge 4x longer, offer 20% more runtime and are 45% lighter weight than Ni-Cd batteries. Batteries stored on the IntelliPort charger are conditioned for peak performance. The drill includes a ½ inch heavy-duty single sleeve, keyless chuck with 24 position clutch to match your drilling and driving needs. A variable speed trigger and 1,500 in.-lbs. of torque provide control and power when driving long and large screwed or bolts. They both feature the exclusive MagTray and on-board bit storage, which allow convenient placement of bits and screws.

• DRILL:0-440 / 0-1600 RPM (no load speed); 24 position clutch and 2-speed gearbox
• MagTray® magnetic holder for convenient placement of screws and bits
• IMPACT DRIVER: 1,500 in-lbs of torque; 0-2600 RPM (no load speed)
• 1/4 in. quick connect coupler for quick and easy bit changes; Cast aluminum gear housing for strength and durability
• Batteries, Charger, Drill and Driver compatible with all other ONE+ products

All you have to do is enter below!

Big Daddy

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. I am a guy who loves his power tools, grills, smokers, lawn equipment and snow blowers. For me, walking into Home Depot is like a kid walking into a toy store.

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  1. Cathy Canton : June 5, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I gave my dad Old Spice for xmas and Fathers Day for years It was all I could afford as a kid That and undershirts and I think they were pretty great gifts LOL

  2. Aneta Alaei : June 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I saved all year to get my husband a pair of Louis Vuitton sneakers for his first fathers day. He just wears them when he wants to be fancy but I see him picking them up and smiling.

  3. Amy Heffernan : June 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

    We usually cannot affored mothers and fathers day gifts so this would be a great treat for my husband. Thanks!

  4. For his first father’s day, I gave my hubby a custom airbrushed t-shirt that says Big Daddy on it (long before I met this other Big Daddy LOL!) and every time he picks it up to wear it, I can see him reminiscing about when he got the nickname and the day he came home from work and found our tiny son wearing this giant Big Daddy shirt. :)

  5. Gift cards to a favourite store are always appreciated. I don’t know if that’s the best gift, but purchasing for Father’s Day isn’t easy.

  6. Michelle Plewes : June 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Love seeing my husbands favorite keepsakes in a handmade box from our son, It was made 8 years ago and reading the colorful large crooked writing inside the box is pure bliss!! True Fathers Day Loving!

  7. jennwallage : June 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Best gift I ever gave? My hubby Chris found out he was going to be a Dad for the 2nd time on Father’s Day. Couldn’t have been better if we’d planned it (there was NO planning whatsoever for it!). Not sure I could top it… but, since he’s doing renos and his drill just died, this would be perfect!

  8. I bought him a book on geek parenting – which is probably why our daughter knows how to say Boba Fett.

  9. Matthew Tully : June 5, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I was given a card from my daughter containing a loom bracelet in it of colors made up from all of out birth months without her asking us. She’s 7! Awesome.

  10. best fathers day gift I ever gave was blue jay tickets to dad who had neve been to a game.

  11. Carol Gomez : June 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

    The best gift I gave my husband on Father’s Day was definitely the gift of not changing poopy diapers the entire day! :) Also a nice golf/lunch package for him to enjoy. It’s rare we can do anything major or gift something very expensive but everything comes from the heart and that’s what is most appreciated all around. :) Happy Father’s Day!

  12. flowerchild23 : June 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

    The best gift I have given is a weekend vacation.

  13. best gift i gave my husband are photo collage travel mugs. I have made him three now with pictures of our kids. He loves them

  14. The best Father’s Day gift I ever received was a drawing of our family that our boys had drawn when they were 5 yrs old. I kept it in my bed space on the ship that I was on when I was serving in the Navy. It was totally from the heart!!

  15. The best father’s day gift I’ve received was the laptop my kids and wife got me.

  16. My dad is so tough to buy for, but this year we’re giving him a pair of Jays tickets so him and my mom (fairly new empty nesters!) can enjoy a night out in the big city :)

  17. The best gift I’ve given my dad was a weekend at a B&B with my mom, when she was alive. The B&B was on the waterfront and it was just stunning and they had a wonderful time!

  18. Jenny Major : June 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I gave my husband a custom painting of the kids

  19. Diana Corlett : June 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    My dad appreciated the small gifts we kids could afford…grateful no doubt that they weren’t all ties! Often just a shirt…but purchased with lots of love.

  20. I bake my husband cakes. :) That way I can enjoy it too ;)

  21. Wendy Hutton : June 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    the best that I have given was taking Dad on a holiday to visit relatives

  22. Sweet Panda : June 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    The best that I have given was taking my kids with me on a surprise trip to see my dad who lives overseas

  23. Jennifer Van Huss : June 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Best father;s day gift was homemade cards from the kids

  24. My first Father’s Day ever is coming up and I have no idea what to expect. My Dad’s always been tough to shop for, so it was a lot of Home Depot gift cards, ironically.

  25. Every year, my husband gets the same thing – time alone! He almost never has the house to himself, so on Father’s Day, the boys and I head out for the day and leave him to enjoy the peacefulness of an empty house. Then we bring home his favorite dinner when we return. he says it’s the best gift ever!

  26. Lisa Knox Neutel : June 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I think the best present I have given my hubby was a weekend fishing trip with his brothers….he loved it

  27. canvas painting of the family

  28. My dad loves gift cards for restaurants so I guess that would be one of the best gifts given.

  29. My husband’s most favourite gift was a tie my son made for him when my son was in daycare.

  30. I gave my husband tickets to go see Larry the Cable Guy – he loved it :)

  31. Brenda Penton : June 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    The best gift was my a personized Toronto Maple Leafs mug for my dad along with a Leaf hat and shirt. Dad’s a big fan.

  32. Best present I’ve given is myself. my bday is in spitting distance of fday.

  33. my son who is special needs made something special in woodworking at school which was 2 bird houses..One for his dad and his grandpa

  34. I gave my dad an iPad!!

  35. Chris Stockford : June 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm


  36. A big green egg bbq/smoker.

  37. I gave my hubby tools his fav!

  38. angela mitchell : June 5, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I gave my dad a really nice bike I had won in contest.

  39. Money

  40. Lushka Smith : June 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    The year we gave my Dad a BBQ

  41. one time i gave my pop a custom whiskey label. it was pretty neat

  42. My husband’s favourite father’s day gift ever was the year I made molds of the boy’s hands.

  43. BobbiJo Pentney : June 6, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I think the most meaningful for both of us was a poem I had written for him.

  44. Nicolthe pickle : June 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    My children gave my husband a huge posterboard with chocolate and candy telling a story last year. It was great.

  45. I gave my dad an iPad

  46. Jenness Mills : June 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I gave my Dad a samsung tablet last year

  47. My son gave his dad a Boston Burins Jersey and hat.

  48. Tools for the daddio

  49. Lori Jackson : June 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I made my dad a little jewelry box made out of popsicle sticks when I was around 5yrs old and he still has it today :)

  50. another year I gave a handmade ash tray. but he doesn’t smoke. i was only 6 what did i know.

  51. truckerofbc : June 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I actually haven’t gotten much in the way of cool little things. My children’s arts and crafts are perhaps the most cherished each year with their thoughtfulness and creativity

  52. Nicolthe pickle : June 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    A nice bottle of rum.

  53. I gave my dad a collection of sugar free chocolates. He is diabetic and always wants sweets so he is happy to have these as they are a better choice.

  54. probably his framed Earnhardt poster

  55. We went to Cuba during Father’s Day last year.. Ok maybe it was for a wedding, but still daddy spent Father’s Day lounging on the beach drinking Cuba libres!

  56. Vegas! Took my dad and mom. It was fun!

  57. I get my Dad tools or gift cards.

  58. I always pay for my hubby to have a golf day out- He loves it!

  59. Cooking dinner for my dad always goes over well!

  60. stacey dempsey : June 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I got my Dad coupons for free car washes for a year from the local Coop gas station. He loved it no having to spend the time on the weekends washing his car

  61. I gave my dad a gift card to Home Depot once and he didn’t stop talking about it for weeks! That’s just how much he LOVES Home Depot. :)

  62. I got my husband a subscription to Sirius radio this year. He is a big Mad Dog Radio and sports fan. I think he’ll like it!

  63. Organized & Cooked a big family dinner for my dad.

  64. Belinda McNabb : June 7, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I got my dad the most amazing watch a few years back. He loves it and wears it all the time

  65. A vacation trip

  66. I always had the kids do clay painted handprints……we still look at them & marvel how little they once were.

  67. one year i gave him a pat on the back and a glass of scotch

  68. a gift card to canadian tire

  69. Best gift I’ve ever given will be this year, my hubby & I found a great e-bike/scooter for my dad who is gonna love to use at the cottage this summer. I can not wait to see his face!!

  70. I gave my dad a big bouquet of flowers one Father’s Day. He loved them, because nobody had ever given him flowers before!

    Anne Taylor

  71. Carole Dube : June 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I give my husband a Gift card for 18 hold and cart at one of the best golf course. He loved that.

  72. I am told that it was a picture combo of my siblings & I right after my youngest sister was born with one that was very recent.

  73. The best gift Ive given for fathers day was a lasor printed dog tag of the father and son.

  74. I gave my Father his first grandchild on Fathers Day. It was a bonus

  75. BobbiJo Pentney : June 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Gave my hubby a drill press one year.

  76. I remember giving my dad a hand made pencil holder in school and he still has it!

  77. This year my son and I had an early Fathers Day picnic with my dad. He has recently had to give up gluten and dairy. We cooked and baked all of his favourites with gluten and dairy free options. It was a great day!

  78. my son draws or creates a card for his father every year

  79. another year i gave pop a dressy watch

  80. Renee LeBlanc : June 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I gave my dad a really cool Freddie Murcury Doll to set up in his bar with rock and roll memorabilia…he really loved it lol

  81. It will be this fathers day, my dad is zoo hard to buy for and he deserves the world b/c he really is an amazing dad & papa & we are soooo blessed to have him in our lives. This yr, I bought him an EBike for him to use up at the cottage on the bike trails & at the park & to the beach which will be great for his health condition, I cannot wait to see his face, my son who is 4 can’t wait to give Papa his ‘Green Motorcycle’ lol

  82. the best gift I’ve bought my husband was a new Bass

  83. I’ve given my father a very nice perfume.

  84. Nicolthe pickle : June 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

    My kids made my husband a candy/chocolate poster story board. It was very creative.

  85. We all showed up from out of town for his 65th birthday and spent the weekend with him. We also threw him a party with friends and family.

  86. gave my dad a collage of all of his grandchildren one year!

    Anne Taylor

  87. Gave my ex-husband a daughter a month earlier than Fathers Day.

  88. I gave my Dad homegrown rhubarb in a pie that I baked him.

  89. I gave my dad a photo frame with a picture of me and him when we were little. That is one of his favourite gifts ever.

  90. Home made painting :)

  91. Matthew Tully : June 9, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    You know I’m easy going and happy with anything but I’m a gadget nut so anything electronic sticks out

  92. one year i forgot to give something :(

  93. Darci Paice-Bailey : June 10, 2014 at 1:11 am

    the best thing I gave him was a kayak!

  94. missbobloblaw : June 10, 2014 at 4:06 am

    I cooked dad his fav. supper. :)

  95. Nicolthe pickle : June 10, 2014 at 5:13 am

    A bottle of rum.

  96. paulaschuck : June 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

    A Barbecue last year. That’s a gift for all of us. I am loving some of these gadgets. I would totally take the keyless entry device!!

  97. Best Fathers’ Day gift I’ve ever gave was a personlized card to my dad. He l9ved it and still has it!

  98. Journeysof TheZoo : June 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Spending the day with the Family. Can’t get time back.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  99. Carla WorkingMommyJournal : June 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I think the times we spend together our the most important

  100. This year my son and I are going over to clean up the gardens and cut the lawn for my father in law. He doesnt have the time so we figured this would be a good fathers day gift.

  101. I love cooking a meal for my dad on Father’s Day

    Anne Taylor

  102. I bought my husband a ps3 one year

  103. My husband loved when our son gave him a home made card last year.

  104. Ann Bacciaglia : June 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I think tools are a great gift. My hubby used to love getting tools!

  105. BBQ

  106. I’ve given my husband a mitre saw for Father’s Day

  107. this year i’m planning on giving a NEST

  108. Nicolthe pickle : June 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    A bottle of Cruzan.

  109. SUMMER PLEWES : June 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I built my dad a tool box once. Years ago. All myself by hand. :)

  110. We gave my husband a hand made collage of his life once and he just covets it!

    Anne Taylor

  111. a tool box last year

  112. Dad loved that as a kid I gave him a booklet of free car washes (done by me) any time he wanted!

  113. I think a cool gift to receive would be a good cooler full of tasty bacon

  114. Nicolthe pickle : June 12, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Comic books!

  115. SUMMER PLEWES : June 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I bought my dad a case of his favorite “wobbly pop” (as he calls them ) for daddys day. Not sure if it was the best, but he seemed to love them :) YAY FOR WOBBLY POP

  116. flowerchild23 : June 12, 2014 at 10:43 am


  117. Wendy Hutton : June 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    best I ever gave my unlimited housekeeping for my dad when he was unable to do it himself

  118. Jenny Major : June 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm


  119. We made a ton of freezer dinners for my dad for Father’s Day the year my mom passed.

  120. Dad loved that as a kid I gave him a booklet of free car washes (done by me) any time he wanted! I loved washing his car for him.

  121. I gave my hubby homemade in my footsteps card and a homemade stepping stone from our son

  122. Nicolthe pickle : June 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

    We’re getting him comic books this year.

  123. The best gift was organizing a surprise family dinner for my dad.

  124. I remember receiving my very first set of cufflinks for fathers day, im not a collector of them.

  125. a cool gift to give would be a professional chef’s knife

  126. A great gift for Fathers Day would be a gift card to Home Depot.

  127. Darci Paice-Bailey : June 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    going to the show n shine, a nice bbq dinner and a movie night in!

  128. Another good gift would be high quality jumper cables

  129. I gave my hubby a ride-on mower one year :).

  130. My son is giving my hubby an ivy plant for fathers day this year.

  131. We gave my dad a bouquet of flowers and he loved them.

  132. Nicolthe pickle : June 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    We’ve given my dad Carnations. They’re his favourite flower.

  133. Lushka Smith : June 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Gave our Dad a BBQ

  134. Darlene Tuling : June 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    A handmade card I made in grade school.

  135. The best? I don’t know. Maybe it will be this year :) I tend to try to think of their hobbies and go with that. So, I’ve given golf stuff to both Dad and DH over the years. This year Dad got a gc to the liquor store (he now has mobility issues and can no longer golf) and DH is getting a gc to his fave music store so he can go pick out drum equipment.

  136. a bbq

  137. The best gift I gave my husband was a new BBQ!

  138. My dad would love a gift card to Tim Hortons or McDonalds!

  139. Angele @shoeboxbegone : June 14, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Hubby got a brand new crossbow for father’s day this year (came a little early…) 2 years ago was a new bbq :) he loves both!

  140. A tool chest

  141. we gave my husband a new smoker for Fathers Day last year! He tells everyone that it’s the best present he’s ever received!

  142. The best gift was a brand new BBQ.

  143. and for today we’ll be giving a day of uninterrupted Fifa watching

  144. An ivy plant and yard trimmer

  145. I gave my dad an ipad!

  146. Megan Barnecutt : June 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    If you ask my dad he’ll say the best gifts are the ones I’ve made myself but he doesn’t use the ashtray I made him in grade school – he does however still use the first DVD player I ever bought for him.

  147. Well, if you ask my Dad I suppose it would be the father’s day that I offered to re-dig the window wells for the house. We needed to dig them out and put in new ones, and he wasn’t terribly excited about it, but I offered to do it all so that he could relax.

  148. Gave my dad homemade cards and gifts

  149. My dad would love a Ford Escape for Father’s Day! He loves Ford!

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