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While it doesn’t seem like that long ago you were picking out a gift for your dad or partner for the holidays, here we are, nearly at Father’s Day. When we say ‘nearly’, don’t panic. It’s still a few weeks away, with the occasion falling on Sunday, September 3 in 2023.
However, no matter how much time you have, it often seems never enough to find something suitable for someone who already has everything. So, from an apron with all its proceeds going to charity, to an air fryer big enough to cook a whole chicken, hopefully, you’ll find at least one thing that will suit the father figure in your life in this gift guide.
Gifts Under $50
Get your dad a great gift and donate to a good cause with this T. House cotton apron ($55), designed especially for Father’s Day. All proceeds from it go directly towards Eat Up Australia. They deliver thousands of meals to Australian schools weekly with a mission of feeding hungry children to allow them to grow, learn, and succeed.
Getting Dad, your partner, or any other father figure in your life a fragrance means you most likely get to enjoy it, too. Lemoncello, tobacco leaves, and and incense feature in this Byredo Oud Immortel 50ml ($266), while black pepper, leather, and liquorice blend perfectly in Comme des Garcons Black EDT ($154).
You might also prefer to get him an after-shave scent instead of a fragrance. This Le Labo After Shave Balm 120ml ($71) is infused with avocado, sunflower, and rosemary.
There’s a good chance your dad or partner’s toiletry bag is on death’s door, and that he’s in need of a new one. Particularly, if he travels often. The Hunter Lab Leather Tactical Bag ($109) is made from 100% leather, while the R.M. Williams Ute Washbag ($39) is made with canvas and leather.
Bottle of Gin
Gift dad to a nice bottle of gin he can break out after a long day. Co-owned by Ryan Reynolds, Aviation Gin 700ml ($74.99) is distilled using eight botanicals, including cardamom, coriander, lavender, and anise seed. Never Never Distilling Co’s Dark Series Oyster Shell Gin ($75) was developed in collaboration with Society Restaurant in Melbourne. It’s also an expression of the Australian coastline.
It’s likely Dad rarely upgrades his pool or beach towel, so do so for him this Father’s Day. This Roman Pool Towel ($110) from the considered and sustainable shopping platform Slowe Store features a classic checkerboard print that can be used as a towel or a bath mat.
Comfy bedding is definitely a practical gift, but still, one they’ll appreciate. Amazon Australia’s Tontine Mattress Topper ($93.36) adds an extra layer of cotton and polyester cushioning above a mattress. What’s more, even at king size, is small enough to fit in the wash.
Another comfy bedding gift option is The Koala Pillow ($169) — though you’d likely want to get at least two, so it’s $338 for both. The gel foam pillow has both a softer and firm side. Bonny’s Summer Doona ($249) is ultra-light and ideal for warmer temperatures.
A beverage dispenser can make regular, at-home drinking fun, or be handy for serving drinks at a party. The Oggi Beer and Beverage Tower Dispenser ($159.95) holds up to 2.83 litres of liquid and has a removable ice tube in the centre that’ll keep beverages cool.
Chances are your dad, partner, or father figure already has a weekender bag. If that’s the case, check if it’s in need of an upgrade. If so, consider July’s Carry All Weekender ($295), which has a minimalist design with, helpfully, a padded sleeve compartment for laptops.
The dad in your life will appreciate a quality-made, timeless-fit jumper, like McInyre The Edward Merino Jumper ($299.95). An Australian merino wool brand, McIntyre was named after co-founder Ned Scholfield’s great-grandfather Duncan McIntyre who settled in the Grampian Mountains in 1864 and established a merino farm in Victoria.
Portable Pizza Oven
The tech for portable pizza ovens has advanced greatly in the last few years. They’re now super compact, can get incredibly hot quickly and, best of all, aren’t too expensive. This option, Wolstead Pro Rapido Pizza Oven ($114.95) can reach temperatures of 400°C, and comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee.
Dad or your partner will appreciate a massage — especially if he doesn’t even have to travel for it. On Blys, you can choose the recipient’s preferred massage style — Swedish Relaxation, Remedial Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage and Sports — along with the treatment duration, and then book a therapist to come to their home to do it. Prices start at $124.95.
For many men, a facial is a treat they rarely buy for themselves. So, spoil them this Father’s Day by getting them one. Choose from facials including AquaFacial ($169), Anti-Ageing HydroJelly Advanced Facial ($99), and Illuminating Orange Peel HydroJelly Advanced Facial ($149). For each, the facialist will customise the treatment to combat their specific skin concern.
Another great spot for mens’ facials, with over 100 locations around Australia, is Endota Spa. Their New Age Light Therapy ($165) treatment uses a mango and pomegranate enzyme peel to deeply cleanse and exfoliate, as well as an LED light, while their Laser Genesis ($250-$300) gently heats deep layers of the skin.
Luxury slippers can work for both at-home wearing and for popping into the pub or swinging by the supermarket. Slippers from brand Monte come in terry towelling, velvet, or shearling and in a range of colours. Personalise this pair of Monte Felt Slippers (on sale for $135) with your dad or partner’s initials.
Gifts $300 – $500
Let your dad or partner easily soothe their tired muscles by gifting them a Theragun. The Theragun mini (on sale for $199) is a great option for on-the-go, while the pricier Theragun PRO (on sale for $799) offers a deep muscle treatment that enhances muscle recovery, releases stress and tension and soothes discomfort.
For the dad in your life who likes cooking, to help make it easier for them to fry, bake, grill, or roast, get them an air fryer. The Philips Premium Airfryer XXL ($499) automatically adjusts its cooking time and temperature based on the food inside. And, at an XXL size, it’ll fit a whole chicken or 1.4kg of fries and cooks twice as fast compared to a mini oven.