Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Use

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Father’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday, September 5), so the time to start planning what to get Dad is now. But while you know that he’ll tell you it’s the thought that counts, you still want to get him something good.

So, to help you out, and, of course, to help out the dads who’ll now be getting gifts they actually want, we’ve put together a list of Father’s Day gifting ideas. From nice bottles of booze and cosy house slippers, to practical electronics he’ll wonder how he ever went without, these are the buys he’ll actually use.

Gifts Under $50

Thoughtful Book


For the dads who love reading, consider getting him a new book. Today I F***ed Up by Australian writer Thomas Mitchell is a collection of stories of bad days. You can’t go wrong with classic books The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. And The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle, How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie and The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz are for the dad who’s into better himself.

Personalised Accessory

Getting Dad a personalised accessory shows advanced planning and thoughtfulness. For a personalised snapback hat or beanie for Dad that matches with his mini, Shop Cubs & Co’s Father’s Day Collection ($29.95-$39.95 per hat). Or, for a dad who loves golf, get him a The Ddaily Edited Black Pebbled Golf Kit ($89.95), customised with his initials. Or, for your dad or partner to always be reminded of your gift while he works, get him a personalised Black Desk Caddy ($90), also from TED.

Gifts $50-$100

Nice bottle of alcohol

With many dads in lockdown on Father’s Day this year, a bottle of delicious booze he can work his way through during his many nights at home will be much appreciated. Cazcabel Honey Liqueur ($59.99) adds natural honey sourced from the fields of Yucatan, Mexico to the brand’s signature earthy, dry blanco taste. Westward Whiskey ($144.55) is America’s highest-rated single malt whiskey, made with a focus on the brewing process. If your partner or dad is more of a beer drinker, consider BoozeBud’s Hops & Socks For Pops gift box ($79.99), which comes with 16 beers and a cheeky pair of socks.

House Slippers

EMU Australia

Again, with many dads in lockdown and now spending more time at home, getting him a pair of slippers to keep his feet warm in the house is also a great idea. EMU Australia has a stylish range of mens’ Australian sheepskin boots and slippers. As does UGG, Ben Sherman and Hush Puppies, all available on The Iconic.

Gifts $100-$300

Luxury Skincare

Chances are your dad or partner probably already has a few skincare products in his cabinet and shower. But let him pamper himself by gifting him fancy products he might never buy for himself. ESK Skincare Men’s Anti-Ageing Skincare Kit ($288) uses a potent combination evidence-based ingredients. Lumin’s Expert Maintenance Kit ($130) is a three-step routine for dads suffering from clogged pores, dark circles and wrinkled skin.

Wireless Charging Pad

Mophie 3 in 1 Wireless Charging

Wireless charging pads are all the rage, and it makes sense given how many portable electronics we’re now using. Make it easier for your partner or dad to charge everything at once by gifting him Mophie 3-in-1 wireless charging ($219.95), ChargeTree Swing ($144.95) or Litmus Lab Triple Charging Dock in Oak ($135).

Mens’ Fragrance

Mens fragrance

Fragrance can make Dad feel less stressed and more confident so why not give him a nice cologne? Thwaites Cologne – Sagittarius Eau de Parfum ($145) has notes of rum, lavender and sandalwood. Plus, the company donates to WWF Australia every time a bottle is purchased. BYREDO Sunday Cologne EDP ($229) delivers a fresh twist on citrus. Comme des Garcons Wonderwood EDP ($144) smells like a walk in the woods.

Gifts $300 – $500

At-Home Coffee Machine

For the dads who love coffee, consider a Vertuo Next Machine & Aeroccino3 bundle ($329). The sleek machine, which lets you make café-quality coffees from the comfort of your own home, can deliver a strong coffee thanks to its double shot capsule options — no barista required. Conveniently, Nespresso is running a Father’s Day promotion so you can save up to $100 on selected Vertuo Machines including the Vertuo Next & Aeroccino3 bundle if you purchase before September 26, 2021.

Wireless Headphones

OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones

Headphones are an item every dad uses — for walks, for working out at the gym or to drown out distracting noise. Gift dad a quality pair in the form of OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones ($349), Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones ($499) or Beoplay E8 Sport ($500).

Gifts $500+

High-Tech Home Cleaning Gadget

Drop Dad a subtle hint about picking up his cleaning game by getting him a high-tech cleaning gadget for Father’s Day. Dyson V15 Detect ($1449) uses lasers to pick up microscopic dust, while Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro ($799) is a robot vacuum with mopping functionality and mapping technology.

Portable Projector

A portable projector is likely something Dad will use all the time but would never buy for himself. Despite being able to fit into Dad’s palm, ViewSonic’s M1+_G2 LED portable projector ($569) is powerful enough to project across different rooms indoors and from inside to outdoors. He’ll use it on everything from camping movie nights, to games nights at home and business meetings.

Hotel Stay

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And finally, if your dad is celebrating Father’s Day in lockdown, get him an experience he can look forward to when restrictions lift: a hotel stay. For a staycation, book a night at a luxury hotel in your closest city. Or, look to help Dad get off the grid and reserve a night or two for him at a tiny home in a remote location. After this many months of being cooped up indoors, it’ll be much needed.

Pro tip: If you’re looking to save a few extra dollars when Father’s Day shopping this year (and who isn’t?), then you’ll want to sign up for ShopBack. It’s a shopping platform that will help you save up to an additional 30% off buys from the likes of The Iconic, Rebel, and Myer — and that’s on top of the possible 50% saving they offer at all times. If you sign up now, you’ll also score a $20 bonus, straight into your account.

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