In case you didn’t know, Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday September 3. If you aren’t prepared, don’t panic – we’ve got four easy, fun ways to celebrate the dad in your life right here.

Have a picnic

A picnic is a fun, affordable way to celebrate the dad in your life (that’s also super easy to put together at the last minute). Choose a spot with a barbeque, or bring your own – these are our favourite places to go for a picnic on the Gold Coast. All that’s left to do is lay down a couple of picnic mats and pick up some sweet treats from a local bakery. It couldn’t be easier. Oh, and bring all the balls! Rugby, AFL, soccer… you name it. It’s not a Father’s Day picnic if you don’t have a kick.

Make him lunch (or go out for one!)

Why not gather your friends and family and celebrate dad with a home-cooked lunch instead? We’ve shared plenty of party planning tips right here, including three must-try barbeque recipes. Dad will be raving about that Peruvian chicken for weeks! Promise.

P.S. You could also go out for a nice family lunch – these are our favourite restaurants for feeding the family (without breaking the bank).

Spend quality time

Many dads will tell you that the greatest gift you can give them on Father’s Day is the gift of quality time. Whether you dedicate a day to enjoying their favourite activities with them or book a surprise outing that you know they’ll love, any gesture (big or small) will be much appreciated. Here are our top 10 things to do with the dad in your life this Father’s Day.

Buy him an epic gift

Okay fine, quality time won’t cut it? No worries – here are a few last-minute gift ideas for the dad in your life…

  1. Zephyr Ecotech hybrid shortboard, $454.30, www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com.au
  2. Alfred’s Apartment sweater, $139, www.alfredsapartment.com 
  3. Valley Eyewear Solomon sunglasses, $240, www.valleyeyewear.com.au 


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