Choosing a gift for dad each year creeps up. Most of us wander around the shops the night before and select something at random, the power of confirmation bias favouring the object closest to hand. But it’s much better – and appreciated – to go in with a plan.
To help you out this Father’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of 10 items any dapper dad will appreciate.
James Squire “The Wreck” Preservation Ale
The best gifts come with a story. In 1796, the Sydney Cove set sail from Calcutta with a hold full of tea, ceramics, rice, tobacco, and – most importantly – beer. Tragically, the ship went down near Preservation Island, Tasmania, stranding its passengers in a totally isolated landscape. More than 200 years later, the Sydney Cove was rediscovered, as were intact bottles of some of the oldest booze on record.
Though you can’t give dad those particular bottles, you can now give him a taste. Together with Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and the Australian Wine Research Institute, James Squire has cultured yeasts found inside these shipwrecked bottles to make “The Wreck” Preservation Ale – a smooth porter with dark malts and spice. It’s the world’s oldest surviving beer – made new. There are only 2500 fancy-looking limited-edition bottles and they’re available exclusively from Dan Murphy’s from August 23 – while stocks last… Don’t be left at sea.
Bellroy Travel Wallet
Made in Victoria from handsome leather and stamped with a powerful owl design, Bellroy Wallets are about as slick as they come. The Travel Wallet Designers Edition is a smart take on the standard wallet, large enough to hold a passport but slim enough to actually carry around. There’s room for tickets and bills, a little pocket for your sim card, even a micro pen for dad to fill out those lengthy and pointless forms at customs he loves telling you about.
Cushla Whiting Flat Cufflinks
Cushla Whiting’s Flat Cufflinks came out of the Melbourne jeweller’s desire “to create something minimal and sleek out of sterling sliver, with a nice feeling of weight and a highly polished mirror finish.” Whiting’s cufflinks are all handcrafted and can be personalised with dad’s initials or monogram. For $80 more, you can buy them in rose gold or yellow gold vermeil.
Bed Threads’s Flax Linen Set
Give dad the gift of a good night’s sleep with this super-soft 100 per cent flax linen bedding set. Sydneysider Genevieve Rosen-Biller launched Bed Threads in 2017 using ethical and sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. The set includes two pillowcases, a duvet cover and a fitted sheet. Best part? No ironing.
P. Johnson Caramel Linen Drawstring Shorts
We know your dad checked out of the style council about the time he started creasing his jeans, but there may be hope for him yet with these P. Johnson Japanese linen shorts. They can be dressed up or down, and come with an elasticated waistband so he’ll have the last laugh next time airport security ask him to take his belt off. The linen is designed to age well and the rich shade of caramel goes well with any colour, including the old man’s legs.
Brickell Toiletries from The Practical Man
The Practical Man caters for exactly who it says it does, and its range of Brickell’s skincare products are topnotch. Brickell is a high-quality grooming brand that uses natural and organic products. Get old mate some foaming facial cleanser with coconut and geranium, a daily essential moisturise that revitalises without clogging pores and a little phial of beard oil that’ll make it shiny and fresh. It’s the kind of thing he’d never buy for himself, but would love.
IGNI: A Restaurant’s First Year
If you’re going to buy dad a cookbook this year, you might as well buy him the best one. IGNI: A Restaurant’s First Year collects Aaron Turner’s brutalist delicacies for dad to (try and) cook at home. Even if he doesn’t succeed in replicating the experience of Geelong’s landmark little restaurant, he’ll be gratified just looking at the pictures, which are shot by astoundingly talented local photographer Julian Kingma. So good.
Clarks Desert Boots at Incu
Simultaneously smart and scruffy, a pair of desert boots are acceptable dadware in almost any occasion. Clarks make a sleek-looking 100 per cent leather number, lined with beeswax to keep out any inclement weather, and a suede version with an elastic side. The only drama will be getting him out of them.
Father John Misty God’s Favourite Customer LP
Blessed with an ego as large as Kanye, yet somehow still capable of producing good records, Father John Misty’s latest record is an on-theme gift for any music-loving dad who leans a little classic. God’s Favourite Customer received an 8.59082382201 on Pitchfork’s patented hipster meter, so it’s guaranteed to be good. If you’d rather support the locals, but still know a tall crooner in a dapper coat and shaggy mane would hit the spot, try the Blue Mountains-own Jack Ladder, whose latest record Blue Poles is a winner.
Let dad flex his cooking muscle with a blade favoured by Australia’s best chefs. Dogboy Knives can be found in the kitchens of Jock Zonfrillo (Orana), Somer Sivrioglu (Anason/Efendy) and Drew Nocente (Salted & Hung). The high-end, ultra-sharp tools are hand-forged by Adelaide bladesmith Richard Cooper from repurposed materials (including discarded files, saws and mower blades) so no two are the same. Tip: they’ve even got free shipping until the end of August for father’s day.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with James Squire.