Whether he’s fit or loves food, is sporty or smart, we’ve got the perfect gift for dad – or the dad in your life – in this handy list. Warm his heart or give him a belly laugh with this collection of guides, gadgets and gimmicks, and remind him why you’re the favourite child (or partner who shops for his children) year after year.
‘Dear Dad’ edited by Samuel Johnson
If you could tell your dad anything, what would it be? This honest, moving, emotional and, above all, memorable collection of letters from some of Australia’s most notable children – including Trent Dalton, Steve Waugh, Joel Creasey, Shannon Noll, Kurt Fearnley, and Susie Youssef, amongst others – to their fathers. Edited by Samuel Johnson and the team who brought you the best-selling ‘Dear Santa’, this heartfelt and honest book will make you smile and cry in equal measure. It’s illustrated by Shaun Tan, and all contributors have donated their work and every sale of the book contributes to cancer research – it’s a gift you can feel good about giving.
$16.95 // www.angusrobertson.com.au
Breakfast in Bed
Food-focused and sleep loving dads alike will love being surprised with breakfast in bed, making it the perfect last-minute gift idea – but only if you do it right. Anyone can pop some bread in the toaster and make a luke-warm coffee. You need to go all out, hotel room service style if you really want to make it a present to remember. Fill a tray with a Continental breakfast, including pastries, cereal, choices between tea and coffee, a fruit salad and, the piece de resistance, a delicious yoghurt parfait. Choose a rich, thick yoghurt, fresh berries and – the star of the show – New Zealand’s favourite granola, Hubbards. Find it in your local Woolies.
From $8 // www.woolworths.com.au
Refinery Men’s Manicure Set
Clean and tidy hands, maketh the man. But self-care doesn’t come naturally to most dads, so why not make it as easy as possible for them? No matter what they’ll tell you, every man needs a quality manicure kit to keep their cuticle care in order – especially ‘hands-on’ dads. This six-piece set comes in a stylish carry case (no girly pinks or floral patterns here) and includes a cuticle pusher, nail scissors, a nail file, small nail clippers, larger nail clippers and tweezers. It’s all they’ll ever need and more – and more than they knew they needed.
$24.95 // www.mrgift.com.au
OZTENT Black Series HOTSPOT Chairs
They just might be the world’s most luxurious recreational chairs – ultra-light, super strong and ever so comfortable. Designed and developed for those who love enjoying the outdoors in comfort, all year ‘round, these are OZTENT’s toughest, lightest chairs yet. They even have the ability to be warmed and cooled as desired, and are made of a heavy-duty magnesium alloy ultra-lite™ frame, are well-padded, and can withstand weights of 200kg – yet it only weighs 3.7kg. Simply heat your chair on cold nights or keep your seat cool in the heat, it needs no power.
From $219.95 – $229.95 // www.oztent.com.au
Children of the Tribe Hero shorts
Children of the Tribe is supporting The Rites of Passage Institute, donating 10% from all sales of the Hero shorts – a limited edition men’s’ and boys’ short style that’s arrived just in time for Father’s Day. By running camps and programs for kids aged between 7-17 years, The Rites of Passage Institute is helping young people to find their sense of self, learn critical life skills, discover their potential and create a healthy vision for the future. The two short styles are available online at Children of the Tribe and from their Byron Bay boutique now, and the men’s style is being offered in size 30, 32 and 34 and the boy’s shorts is being offered in size 1 – 10.
From $49.95 // www.childrenofthetribe.com
Lonely Planet’s ‘The Global Beer Brewery Tour Book’
Combining two of the world’s greatest pleasures – travel and beer – this book provides the ultimate guide to beer tasting around the world. Detailing the best breweries, taprooms and bars to visit in 30 countries spanning Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania, each destination is accompanied by sightseeing suggestions, practical language advice, and the best local snacks to compliment beer! In addition, Global Beer Tour includes local hangover cures, a guide on how to make your own beer, and great ale trails around the world.
$29.99 // www.yellowoctopus.com.au
Phillips Shaver 6000: Wet and Dry Electric Shaver
The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides on your skin for less irritation, and 5-direction Flex Heads with five independent movements follow the contours of your face and enable the shaver to glide over your skin comfortably with minimal resistance. Get a shave that’s fast and close, thanks to MultiPrecision Blades that lift up both long and short hairs to cut them – and any remaining stubble – in just a few strokes.
$249 // www.philips.com.au
Eva Solo Nordic Kitchen Knife Stand
If your kitchen is anything like most people’s, you’ll have a few random knives hanging around in the top draw – not only is this an unsightly mess for nosy houseguests but a major safety hazard. This is where Eva Solo’s Nordic Knife Stand comes into play. It’s so stylish you’ll love showing it off on your benchtop, and your knives will always be at your fingertips. The perfect gift for the foodie dad who loves slicing, cutting and chopping up a storm.
$149.95 // www.mrgift.com.au
Upgrade Dad’s sunglasses with the Bose Frames. Available in 2 styles, Bose Frames have the appearance of premium sunglasses but feature the tiniest, thinnest, most lightweight Bose system ever. With its classic angular shape and commanding lenses, Bose Frames Alto remixes the most iconic sunglasses silhouette in history with Bose sound. From the patented acoustic chambers to the premium lenses, Bose Frames are designed for sun and sound. It’s a new way to listen. One that leaves you free to hear and interact with the world around you, all while discreetly listening to music.
$299 // www.bose.com.au
Large yet lightweight, super absorbent, fast-drying and totally sand-free – meet the revolutionary beach towel that’s been sold in over 130 countries. Tesalate are beach bag favourites for their bright, brilliant designs, but they’re more than just a pretty face. Utilising cutting-edge textile technology, their exclusive AbsorbLite fabric means they’re smart cookies, too – they’re perfect poolside, beachside, travel and even yoga companions. Leave the beach at the beach with their sand-free properties, and don’t stress about leaving a sopping towel in the boot to stink up your car – they dry twice as quickly as a regular towel. They’re also compact, so you can take your Tesalate anywhere, anytime.
$79 // au.tesalate.com
For the sportsman, the Fitbit Ionic goes beyond the everyday smartwatch, offering a four-day battery life, 24/7 heart rate tracking and flexibility of contactless payments via Fitbit Pay. With personalised guidance and insights, it’s got your favourite songs and apps as well as all the features that you love from Fitbit. Get real-time guidance to reach your goals, with everything from personal coaching and built-in GPS to heart rate monitoring. Oh, and it’s water-resistant and offers swim tracking. This is the watch that you’ve been waiting for.
$399.95 // www.fitbit.com
Cole + Coddle Copy Paste matching family shirts set
Know a little cutie that looks like a spitting image of Dad…or Mum? This matching set makes the perfect gift, with two shirts included – an adult tee and a onesie/toddler tee – this isn’t your typical parent/baby slogan set. They’re custom-designed and printed in the US, made from unisex ultra-soft cotton or, for the onesie, made from infant baby rib bodysuit that’s 88% cotton and 12% polyester. They’re true to size, beautifully made and, above all, adorable.
$60 // www.etsy.com
100 Movies You Must Watch Before You Die poster
Life’s too short to spend it watching bad movies. Focus your valuable movie-watching time by ticking off the best ones first. This handy poster features 100 must-see movies presented as an advent-style poster. Simply peel off the titles you’ve seen, and a colourful illustration inspired by the film is revealed. This is the perfect gift for film enthusiasts and dads with otherwise questionable taste in-home or office décor.
$58.95 // www.mrgift.com.au
Phillips Airfryer XXL
Perfect for the dad who loves cooking and tech, the Philips Airfryer XXL is the ultimate kitchen companion. Twin TurboStar technology circulates high-powered hot air to cook as crispy as deep-fried and up to 90% less fat – it really is the healthier way to fry. Enjoy delicious food expertly fried by Phillips’ largest, most powerful Airfryer, that’s capable of cooking up everything from family-sized meals to healthy snacks. It’s a gift for dad, but your whole family will love it.
$499 // www.philips.com.au
Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival Bourbon
The fourth release to the annual Master’s Keep limited edition series, Master’s Keep Revival is made from a blend of Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon aged 12-15 years before finishing in 20-year-old Oloroso Sherry casks. The result is a one-of-a-kind, 101 proof sipping whiskey with aromas of cherry pie, raisins, citrus, nuts and a touch of oak. The perfect gift for Dad, it delivers soft and creamy hints of spice and sweet tropical fruits on the palate and a long and lingering finish of dried apricots, honey and subtle spice.
$199 for 750ml // www.wildturkeybourbon.com