We’ve chosen some of our favourite Australian-made or -designed gifts for dad, to suit any budget.
FOR THE WARDROBE
A pocket square from B Ties – $30
B Ties hand-makes all its playful accessories in Melbourne using a mix of new, vintage and custom fabrics sourced locally and internationally. Pocket squares come in a range of patterns and prints, with everything from simple monochrome styles in pale green and lilac to red-apple adorned.
Buy at B Ties
A “mate” cap from Best Jumpers – $45
Keep dad sun-smart and looking good with this Best Jumpers navy cap, made with a chino cotton twill. It’s embroidered with "mate" (the perfect designation for your pappy), and has an adjustable fabric strap with a brass buckle so it’ll fit no matter how big dad’s head is. If you feel like splashing out, upgrade to the mate hoodie, made with super-soft Japanese terry cotton.
Buy at Best Jumpers
A leather belt from Flux – $79
Local menswear label Flux is best known for tees and denim, but its belt game is strong too. Handmade in Melbourne with washed Italian leather, the belts come in three classic colourways (chocolate, tan or black) with a solid brass buckle.
Buy at Flux
A tie from P Johnson – $150 to 175
P Johnson ties are handwoven in Italy using silk or Irish linen, and run the gamut from light and casual to smart and serious – so no matter dad’s personality, there’s a tie for that. The silk ties, made on a loom that’s more than 175 years old, are available in a range of prints (sporty club stripes, a playful graphic print inspired by a vintage photo of Aristotle Onassis) and weaves.
Buy at P Johnson
A watch from Jack + Bell – $295 to $345
Pete Kennon and Jack Davis started their Australian watchmaker, Jack + Bell, after struggling to find versatile, high quality designer watches at a reasonable price. With a Swiss-made movement, their smart, minimalist timepieces feature steel that's the same quality used in Omega or IWC watches.
Buy at Jack + Bell
FOR THE HOME
A bottle of mouthwash from Aesop – $25
The main ingredients in this guy are breath-freshening spearmint, clove and anise. The mouthwash has a minty, spicy smell and best of all, the strapping vintage-style bottle will look much nicer sitting on the bathroom bench than dad’s old Listerine container.
Buy at Aesop
A Dictionary of Criminal Slang by Simon Barnard – $29.99
In the early 1800s Australian convicts used to conceal their crimes by using language that magistrates simply couldn't understand. So James Hardy Vaux created a dictionary to help them out. Vaux’s convict slang glossary is regarded as Australia’s first published dictionary, and while some of the terms in it remain in use, others (like "hopper dockers" – shoes) have sadly fallen by the wayside. This new edition by award-winning writer Simon Barnard includes more detailed, colourful stories of convict life in the 1800s, and Barnard’s impressive illustrations. Perfect for the history nut.
Buy it at Readings
A book from Broadsheet – $29.95 to 49.95
The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook has 80 delicious recipes from Australia’s best restaurants, cafes and bars. There’s beautiful imagery and special features on cheese, wine and more. The Melbourne and Sydney cookbooks also contain recipes from top local talent, and our essential food guides will help dad shop Melbourne and Sydney better.
Buy at Broadsheet
A vide poche from Henry Wilson – $120 to $180
Acclaimed Australian designer Henry Wilson has created an elegant accessory to keep dad’s bits and bobs – keys, loose change, maybe his phone – in one place. The sculptural “vide poche” trays are reversible, cast in solid aluminium, and come in a round or rectangular form. They’re made in small batches in Sydney, and oxidise and darken with use (a metal polish will restore its bright original finish). If it’s his thing, you can monogram them for dad at checkout.
Buy at Henry Wilson or Hub Furniture
A trinket tray from Hunt Leather – $155
Dad can keep this sophisticated “trinket tray” by his bed or on a desk or console, and pack it up with him when he goes travelling (the four corners can be unsnapped so the tray lies flat in your luggage). Made with Spanish calf leather, it comes in red, blue or green. Smart and practical – a win-win.
Buy at Hunt Leather
FOR THE BAR
A brass bottle opener from The Horse – $59
The Horse, a Sydney-based leather goods and watch label, makes brass bottle openers in three minimalist but stylish designs: a flat disc; an arched shape with geometric cut-outs; and a slim, rectangular profile. They’re hand-cast in small batches and darken over time. Plus, they’re travel-friendly.
Buy at The Horse
A set of bottled cocktails from The Everleigh Bottling Co – $68
The Famous Four Cocktail Set by award-winning bar The Everleigh features four classic drinks, made with exacting ratios, including a Negroni, Manhattan, Martini and an Old Fashioned. A taste of one of Australia’s best bars at home? Delicious.
Buy at Everleigh Bottling Co
A “traveller” flask from Denver and Liely – $150
Whether dad spends his time by campsite fires or festival mosh pits (or both), this sleek flask from Australia-based Denver & Liely has him covered. The Traveller is built of food-grade double-walled stainless steel to maintain the smell, taste and temperature of any liquid, whether it be soup or Scotland’s finest. For something more wallet-friendly, the brand’s whisky, gin and bourbon glasses are winners (they cost $50, $55 and $60 respectively).
Buy at Denver and Liely
A wine subscription from A Wine Service – $120 to $220
Blackhearts & Sparrows proves good wine isn't always expensive, and specialty wine stores don't have to be pretentious or intimidating. Its wine subscription service brings that canniness and consideration to dad’s door. Subscriptions are available in three formats: Classic, Esoteric and Premium.
Buy at A Wine Service