It’s Father’s Day soon, which means the question of “What should I buy him?” is starting to kick in. Gift giving seems to get harder throughout the years; there’s only so many ‘WORLD’S BEST DAD’ mugs that you can buy. Gone are the days of kindergarten when all you needed was a piece of paper and some crayons (nothing says I Love You as much as a scrawled artwork that spends the next nine months stuck on the fridge). But alas, I’m not five anymore. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of gifts for every kind of dad. Whether he’s a culinary king or an adrenaline junkie, we’ve got you covered!
This is a pretty common one, so let’s get it out of the way. Socks may be a necessary part of life, but they’re not always the most exciting gift in the world. Now, however, there are plenty of ways to make this wardrobe staple a lot more special. Companies like DivvyUp will make custom socks with your face printed on them. Is it weird to have your dad stomping on your face throughout the day? Not at all we say. So grab a photo of yourself (or the family pet), and get Dad a pair of socks that will forever be his favourite wardrobe staple. And if a snazzy pair of custom socks isn’t quite right, there’s always the option of a monthly sock subscription.
2. A pasta maker
There’s no denying that dads love projects and for some dads that involves taking over the kitchen. If your dad is always embarking on culinary quests then perhaps a pasta maker is exactly what he needs; after all, who wouldn’t want their own fresh pasta supply? People who don’t like pasta, that’s who, and we all know that those people don’t exist. It’s sure to provide him with oodles (and noodles) of fun. This could even be an activity that you enjoy together: he makes fresh pasta with his fun new toy, you sit and eat it. Kitchen Warehouse has a plethora of pasta machines available from just $39.95.
3. An experience
So maybe Dad isn’t into socks and pasta makers and you don’t want to buy him another thing. This is where ExperienceOz comes in! There’s a variety of tours and attractions that the whole family can enjoy with Dad. Perhaps a scenic Harbour Bridge Climb? Or an adrenaline-pumping skydive? Whether you’re looking for something at home or an activity for an upcoming holiday, ExperienceOz has some pretty amazing deals across Australia and New Zealand!
4. A donation
This one’s for the dads who don’t need more things, but have a cause close to their heart. Charities like UNICEF and Oxfam have plenty of options for ethical gift ideas. They’ll send a custom card to the recipient detailing the contribution and some of the cards even have puns to rival those dad jokes. In all seriousness, this is a pretty fantastic gift idea — your dad gets a meaningful present that also makes a positive contribution to the world (and you get a tax deduction — don’t throw away the receipt).
5. Tickets to a show
Skip the mugs and ties this year and go for something a little more exciting — tickets to a show! Some of the great shows headed to Australia this year include Queen + Adam Lambert, Cirque du Soleil, KISS, and Tim McGraw. Chances are you’re bound to find something that he’ll enjoy (and if not just go ahead and buy tickets to a show that you want to see and make yourself his plus one). So give Dad the gift of entertainment this Father’s Day and treat him to something he’ll never forget!