With our own fathers in mind, we’ve compiled a few ideas that might just appeal to the eclectic bunch of colourful characters we like to call Dad.
Beer Days is a subscription service that will deliver craft beer straight to your dad’s door. Deliverable Australia-wide, beer boxes come in three sizes of eight, 12 or 16 beers and can be sent as a one-off gift. If you’re feeling especially generous, you can also start a monthly or quarterly subscription. Prices start from $54.95.
If craft beer isn’t your dad’s thing, but home-delivered alcohol is, then DRNKS is the answer. While it specialises in organic and sustainable wine, it casts its net wide, with sake, spirits and more on its mail-order menu. Next-day delivery is available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Vinothéque Wine Cabinet
Once you’ve sent your dad all that wine, he’ll need a handcrafted wine cabinet, engineered to store it in ideal conditions. Luckily, Vinothéque has just the thing.
Hungry for That
Melbourne's man for tacos, burgers and doughnuts, Raph Rashid, has a new cookbook out, Hungry for That. Perfect for the warmer weather, Hungry for That is perfect for casual outdoor parties and backyard barbeques – find recipes for roast-chook tacos, a lamb rib sandwich and even lamington doughnuts.
Doug Purdie’s Backyard Bees
Doug Purdie’s new book, Backyard Bees, will tell your dad everything he needs to know about keeping bees – on his balcony or in his backyard. And you can reap the sweet, sweet rewards later.
Everyone needs a wallet. And given it’s the personal item that gets pulled out in public more than anything other than your phone, you want your dad to have a decent one. A leather one. Like Bellroy’s Elements. Local company Bellroy’s new three-piece Elements wallets are made from water-resistant leathers and zips, making them perfect for when you're outdoors and need more protection for your pocket contents.
Available in three styles and colourways at bellroy.com.
Vintage 600 Polaroid Camera
Take your dad back to the '80s with an original Polaroid camera. Recreate some classic family photos, without a smart phone in sight.
Lowdi Portable Speaker
Dads and gadgets go hand in hand, and the Lowdi portable speaker is small enough to fit in his palm. Dutch in design, it connects wirelessly with phones, tablets and other devices via bluetooth.
Gentlemen’s Hardware Pen Knife
If your dad doesn’t know his android from his elbow, a more analogue gadget might be in order. The Gentlemen’s Hardware penknife set features 12 blades and tools in brushed stainless steel.
Stock is a Melbourne-based watch brand that was born out of one man’s passion. David Tatangelo spent years collecting watches to find the right balance of function, size and precision Swiss movements. As a result, Stock watches are practical, simple and inherently stylish, while Italian leather and gold finishes add a quiet luxury.
Aesop make practically minded skincare products in understated packaging. Its Intensity / Pittura Intensa gift kit for meticulous men is inspired by the Italian Futurist movement an features a body cleanser, post-shave lotion and deodorant.
5 Pack o’ Laces
Maverick is made up of three Melbourne designers who make colourful laces for colourful characters. Sound like your dad? A pack of five laces come in baby blue, maroon, purple, racing green and caramel.
#1 Dads – About Face
Whether or not your dad shares your musical taste, the sentiment here is right on message. #1 Dads is the solo project of Big Scary’s Tom Iansek and second album About Face has ‘70s rock and ‘80s smooth pop leanings that might just have him hooked.