Fathers are just as deserving of your appreciation as mothers, there’s just one problem: they’re generally a lot harder to shop for.
If you, like the rest of Australia, have left your shopping to the last minute, you need easily accessible, fast-shipping, unique present options at your disposal.
Here are our picks for the top gifts to suit any Dad.
Magellan Cyclo 505HC
Like a sat-nav for your bike, the Cyclo 505HC contains popular bike routes, turn-by-turn navigation capabilities and specific information for cyclists on the go, like where to find repair shops, coffee stops or bathroom breaks.
It also gives the rider a heads up if they have incoming calls or messages on their smartphone and tracks time, distance and heart rate.
RRP $479 Buy it here
The Voice: My Story by Ray Warren
The autobiography of iconic sports commentator Ray “Rabbits” Warren, often described as “the voice of Rugby League”.
The Voice tracks Warren’s journey from placing his first ever bet at the age of six to covering the Olympic Games.
Perfect for any Dad who grew up listening to Warren’s powerhouse commentary.
RRP $27.99 Buy it here
A sleek towel
Never underrate the joy of having your own personal towel. Families often share beach linen, but giving your dad his own lightweight, sporty towel to take to the gym or pool is an easy way to make him feel a bit special.
This Adidas one is eye-catching but simple and won’t be lost amongst the other towels at the gym.
RRP $30 Buy it here
Thirty-piece BBQ tool set
Most dads get stuck with BBQ duty – the least you can do is make it fun. This sleek set contains all the essentials for a cook-up and comes in a fancy carry case. It’s the little things.
RRP $99.00 Buy it here
Karl Cooks by Karl Stefanovic
The larrikin host of Today has made an unexpected career move and produced a cookbook.
Stefanovic covers roasts to BBQs to burgers, providing non-intimidating recipes for budding chefs.
A sample quote:
“I am a truly wonderful cook – a master of ancient and modern cuisine who has studied under the great chef’s since I was a wee child growing up in the south of France … P.S. I was lying about the French upbringing. I don’t really like the French but Marion Cotillard is hot.”
Plus, royalties from all sales go to police legacy charities, so it’s a feel-good gift too.
RRP $20.95 Buy it here
Beer Days gift boxes
If your father is a beer lover, give him what he wants but ensure you add a little variety. Beer Days organizes packs of up to 16 bottles of different craft beers and delivers them to your front door.
They take the thought of it – they choose the rare or limited edition brews – and do all the hard work. Plus, they include tasting notes in the boxes to make your dad feel like a real connoisseur.
RRP from $69.95 Buy it here
Men in this Town by Giuseppe Santamaria
Beautifully photographed streetstyle looks from some of the world’s greatest style cities: Sydney, Tokyo, Milan, London and New York.
Photographer and author Giuseppe Santamaria collates a unique showcase of modern menswear set against striking city landscapes.
Ideal for a fashion-forward father looking for extra inspiration.
RRP $23.50 Buy it here
Spring is here and it’s nearly beach time! This usually means that last year’s swimming attire is well and truly worn out. Help your dad do summer in style with a pair of cool, patterned swim trunks.
Deus Ex Machina Sandbar Palms shorts RRP $79.95 Buy it here
Explorer double layer two-man tent
Easy to assemble, comfortable and the perfect size for a weekend trip, buying your dad a tent will encourage him to make the most of warmer weather with camping trips to local beaches and national parks. You might even want to go with him!
RRP $149.00 Buy it here
A V8 experience
Experience-selling site Red Balloon offer four-to-six laps in a V8 car on racetracks across the country. For upwards of $100, you can get your dad a one-off exhilarating drive on a championship-level racetrack.
Oxfam Australia – two ducks, a pig and a goat
Farmyard animals provide continuous fertiliser, food and income for communities in developing countries. A one-off payment on behalf of your dad can make a lifetime’s difference to those who need support. Buy the gift online and get a personalised card to give to your dad on Father’s Day.
RRP $119 Buy it here
If your dad cares about his kids, there’s a good chance he can empathise with parents in developing countries where children are killed by poor hygiene and dirty water. A sanitation kit from Child Fund Australia provides the equipment needed to sterilise and store water and wash hands.
RRP $23 Buy it here
Speech therapy for a child with autism
Children with autism struggle with verbal language well into their school years. One hour’s speech therapy from Autism Spectrum Australia is an excellent starting point to help kids develop communication skills even if they’re basic ones like relaying hunger, happiness or discomfort.
RRP $99 Buy it here