Father’s Day Gift Guide 2023

Stuck for what to buy dear Dad this Father’s Day? If he’s got enough socks and slippers to last him through retirement, try some of these tasty treats, drinks and inspiration.

Single O + Silver Street Chocolate Coffee bundle


Coffee and chocolate are two winners in one, with Single O and Silver Street Chocolate teaming up to create a limited-edition bundle for Father’s Day, retailing for just $30. It features Single O’s Kenya Kambingara coffee beans, with notes of fig, raisin and black grape notes, and Silver Street’s rich Uganda 68% Dark Chocolate with zesty lemon and cherry vibes. Single O + Silver Street bundle is available online here – the first batch sold out within days, but they’ve now got more stock!

One More Chocolate – Petersham

Time to spoil the dad in your life.  You know what your dad, his dad, her dad, their dad, the dog dad and pretty much NO dad wants more of? Novelty socks. Crappy gifts. World’s Greatest Dad tees/mugs/picture frames. 
You know what they DO want? CHOCOLATE. Plus, you can nick some of it for yourself. Head over to One More Chocolate in Petersham and pick up some small batch artisan goodies from Chef João Cadete, or order online and have them delivered to your door. They’re almost too pretty to eat, but we’re sure you’ll find a way. One More Chocolate

Collectable Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey – Limited Edition McLaren Bottle.

If dad loves Formula 1 then this might be the ticket.  There are only 2000 cases in Australia of McLaren x Jack Daniel’s bottles up for grabs which whiskey experts are predicting could be collectors items in years to come. Each one is celebrating each brand’s pioneering founders – Jack Daniel’s and Bruce McLaren.  We cracked open our bottle. It is a beauty. It’s a classic blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey grain bill of 80% corn, 8% rye, and 12% malted barley, bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV). Dan Murphy’s, Liquorland, First Choice, Boozebud and other independent retailers until stock lasts, the 700mL limited-edition bottle is available at an RRP of AUD $80.

Tamdhu – 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Love Scottish Speyside Whisky’s? Then our pick is Tamdhu. It is decicated to sherry oak from begginning to end – every bottle is matured in sherry oak casks to begin its long maturation. They have done it the same way for over 100 years, and we believe it is the very best. We tried it and it has a velvety texture with tropical notes of banana, berry jam, malt the palate is fruity, touches of spice and only a hint of peat. It’s an unusal find and we highly recomend it. Check it out at Dan Murphys RRP: $105.99RRP: $105.99

Crash Shiraz – matured in Starwood Two Fold Whisky Barrels

We love a collab. Australia’s leading co-op of 100 strong wine growers – The Group Wines have partnered with one of our fav whisky distillery Starward to launch a limited release of whisky barrel-aged Shiraz. We commend how they are creating a circular economy both with the barrels Starwood receive and send away. Aging Shiraz in whisky barrels is not uncommon but they are the first in Australia to provide origin and provenance.  on tasting, it is a soft bodied wine with vanilla, spice, blackberries. The oak barrels provide a rich velvety element. It’s full on the palate but longevity (maybe to encourage another sip!). It’s sister wine is called ‘The Murder’ which isn’t aged in whisky is grown 5km from the ocean, the cooling breezes create a bright tasting wine with berry fruits and excellent length. RRP: $30 from: Liquorland and First Choice Liquor Market

Kentucky Owl – The Wiseman Rye Whiskey

Kentucky Owl was founded in 1879 operating until the prohibition laws came in 1916 where the government conviscated 250k barrels. Fires, history and bootlegging has been part of its history till it the great, great grandson rebooted the business. Created by Kentucky Owl Master Blender John Rhea, this is a spectacular whiskey thanks to a mash consisting of 95% rye. Bottled at 100.8 proof, it has spices, cinnamon and fresh bread aromas on the nose. On tasting we found palate is has raisin bread flavour, with a honey, caramel nutty finish.Artfully curated by Master Blender John Rhea, Available for purchase in Australia via The Whiskey ListeRRP $130.00

The Awards

Double Gold Medal winner at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

UGG EXPRESS Moccasins

Keep Dad cosy in his own special pair of UGGs this year. There’s plenty of traditional UGGs out there but the Australian Shepherd Dino Ugg Moccasin is something he can slip right into all through Spring. We are big fans of the style – you can’t beat pillow-soft foot comfort at the end of a long day. Choose from classic chocolate or chestnut colours and your dad is on his way to foot heaven. Until Sept 3, there’s also a Father’s Day Sale over at UGG Express – use code FATHER2023 for 20% off select styles. Australian Shepherd Dino Ugg Moccasin RRP $195, now $95 https://uggexpress.com.au/

Junee chocolates

For the Father who doesn’t like golf, footie, booze, music or gardening, there’s always chocolate. Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory – which is Australia’s largest organic chocolate factory – is pushing the taste-testing limits with a range of experimental flavours, from Caramel Chocolate Rocky Road with Popping Candy to White Chocolate Coated Pistachios with Strawberry Dusting. They’ve also recruited 100 taste testers and will release the most popular flavour. [DailyAddict’s verdict: release them all!]

Junee chocolates are available at a wide range of stockists as well as on their website. Free shipping for orders over $150.

T2 x Penguin Books gift packs

For literature-loving dads, T2 have collaborated with Penguin Books Australia to create four tea+book gift packs, with three different teas to match the theme of each book as well as mugs featuring author quotes. If your father is a Sci-fi and Fantasy fan, he can enjoy a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula while he sips on a Scots Breakfast Tea. Or if Mystery & Thrillers are more his taste, he can get stuck into Sherlock Holmes with a mug of The Quiet Mind tea. The four sets include:

  • Sci-Fi & Fantasy – Dracula by Bram Stoker, with English Breakfast, Sleep Tight and Scots Breakfast tea
  • Mystery & Thriller – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with French Earl Grey, The Quiet Mind and Green Rose tea
  • General Fiction – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, with New York Breakfast, Green Rose and French Earl Grey tea
  • Romance – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë with Jasmine Pear, Melbourne Breakfast and New York Breakfast tea

The limited edition T2 x Penguin Books tea and book gift packs are available online at www.t2tea.com as well as T2 stores in Australia and New Zealand.

CurrentBody Dr Harris Mask

First he stole your good moisturiser… next he’s coming for your eye mask! Or maybe that’s just how it plays in our household! We’ve been hoarding airline eye masks and losing them to the other side of the bed for too long. Now he’ll just have to watch out for us stealing this baby because it’s a beauty. He’s got no excuse not to be well rested because this is an anti-aging sleep mask, with mulberry silk to reduce fine lines and light-blocking material. Raised silicon dots are a clinically proven relaxation-aiding addition. Sleep never sounded so good! RRP $115 https://www.currentbody.com/products/dr-harris-anti-wrinkle-sleep-mask

VIA Drinks Sparkling range


One for health conscious fathers who enjoy the odd low-alcohol lager, VIA Drinks has introduced a new range of celebration-friendly NoLo drinks. Sparkling Seventy-Five, Sparkling Aperitif, Sparkling Margarita and Sparkling Burt all contain natural botanical adaptogens, such as Schisandra, L-Theanine, Guayusa and Wattle Flower, that will hopefully boost dad’s mood. We particularly liked the dark-marmalade-shandy notes in Sparkling Aperitif.

VIA Drinks are available online at VIAdrinks.com. Currently in cans, there’s a glass bottle version of Sparkling Brut coming out soon. Sampler packs of all four flavours are available.

About the author

Lisa Creffield is a Sydney-based writer originally from the UK. Years of horrifying English school dinners sparked a desire to find something more delicious. Having also lived for six years in the Middle East, Lisa loves discovering new and exciting places and cuisines, from manti in Kazakhstan to sea urchin in Shanghai.

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