The 2020 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Whether he’s your dad, your kids’ dad, your hubby’s dad, your wife’s dad, someone else’s dad – don’t forget to pick up something extra special for Sunday 6th September. If you have forgotten, never fear, we’ve got a tried and tested gift guide full of goodies for every type of dad.

GIN + CHOCOLATE = one lucky dad
Lookout dad, this one might not make it to you on Father’s Day, because we’ve all got our eyes on this gift pack partnership that just does everything right. Patient Wolf gin have paired up with Melbourne Cocoa for Father’s Day, in order to bring dads the perfect trio – a block of artisan 70% Dark Chocolate, a bottle of Patient Wolf’s hand crafted gin and 700ml bottle of Capi Dry Tonic. Voila. Father’s Day done and dusted. The duos behind both Melbourne Cocoa and Patient Wolf have a similar commitment to high end, handcrafted products that means this is no ordinary pairing. Using local Australian milk powders and ethically produced cocoa, Melbourne Cocoa takes the block of chocolate up a notch. We challenge dads to eat it slow but we’ll see! Patient Wolf produces three gins – Melbourne Dry, Summer Thyme and Blackthorn. Small batch distilling is the name of their game, right in the heart of Brunswick, and the Melbourne Dry’s traditional botanicals alongside natives and tonka bean make for one smooth finish. Our advice – have it delivered direct to his door so you’re not tempted!
From $85, https://www.patientwolfgin.com/product/fathers-day-gt-chocolate-giftpack/

Best face forward = pampered dad
Father’s day is all about making time for dad. What better way to say I love you than give him pampering time. Aussie Man has been designed for the – Aussie Man – the guy who wants to look after himself but doesn’t want to spend days doing it. Simple, organic, high quality, big impact – give your dad the gift of hydrated skin, collagen and elastin. Including face wash, moisturiser, serum and intensive eye cream, this low maintenance set of essentials is ideal for those looking to improve the appearance of the skin, repair damaged skin cells and brighten the eyes. Using real organic ingredients this is good stuff for every Aussie man! This is your chance to give dad back the years you owe him for the nights out, missing curfew, bad boyfriends and girlfriends and general stress of raising amazing humans.
RRP $99, https://theaussieman.com/products/hydrationandboosterset

All the stats he’d ever need = fitness dad
Perfect for any active dad this Father’s Day, the Huawei Watch GT 2e is the newest smart offering from the Chinese tech giant and impresses with a sleek exterior, high-quality dial & fantastic battery life. The Huawei GT 2e can mix it with the big players, think of it as a top-of-the-line fitness tracker that also is a watch rather than the other way around. The accompanying Huawei health app allows you to go into detail with your workout with data available for almost any read-out you could desire. There are 15 professional work out modes to choose from – from rowing to walking to running to open water swimming. Keeping dad connected at all times, your watch receives real-time notifications for incoming calls, SMS messages, emails, calendar events, and more. Huawei is celebrating dad’s by offering a range of deals across the wearables range – including up to $100 off the Watch GT 2 Series.
RRP $349, available online and at JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Mobileciti, Huawei Authorised Experienced Store Chatswood, Amazon, HappyTel.

Bay Keepers

Luxury Family Weekender = The sharing Dad
Get exploring NSW with a surprise few days away in a luxury holiday house with three bedrooms or more! Its the gift which keeps on giving -chances are he will invite you along too! Why not try the area around Shoalhaven famous for areas like Jervis Bay. We liked oh so stylish Bay Keepers Cottage, six bed mega mansion Mandala Beach House or Bannisters Oceanfront just a few steps from Rick Stein’s famous restaurant and hotel. Don’t forget to pop into Jim’s Wild Oyster Farm on the drive down!

Twelve South Airfly Pro

Run wireless and free = techie dad
Has your dad got all the gadgets? Are his earbuds his best friends? Now, the obvious instance is on a plane. If you’ve got wireless noise cancelling headphones, it’s not fun switching over to the airplane headphones to watch a movie or two. We may not all be airborne right now, but there’s plenty of pesky connections that mean you can’t go wire free all the time – the car, the treadmill to name a few. In comes the Twelve South Airfly Pro – a Bluetooth adapter that does all the cool things. Plug it straight into a headphone jack and start syncing your audio – even better, it shares audio across TWO wireless headphones. So dad can split audio with you – now that’s some quality bonding! You can also use it to turn AUX-IN ports into wireless receivers for those long road trips. This nifty gadget has a whopping 16 hours battery life and charges via USB C.
RRP $89.95, https://twelvesouth.com.au/

Eat like a celebrity! = the foodie dad
So your dad loves his food? He likes to cook (or likes to eat but no-one this year wants to miss out on all the fun by being in the kitchen?). Book a private chef on Gathar.  Simply jump on line, chose your date, menu and how many people are coming to dinner. Whether its a grazing plate, lobster extravaganza or a Spanish paella, there is something really special about this very unique experience which is wonderfully COVID safe too. especially if you are concerned about elderly relatives.

Top notch drop = thirsty dad
Is Dad a fan of the dram? Arboralis is the latest ‘liquid gold’ whisky from The Glen Grant award-winning portfolio, set to impress this Father’s Day. Hailing from the world-famous Scottish whisky region of Speyside, Arboralis is a new signature Single Malt inspired by nature, that celebrates the distillery’s 180-year history. Arboralis means ‘light from within the trees’ and is aged in former bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casts that are sheltered by tall, ancient trees lining the Victorian gardens of The Glen Grant Distillery. Introducing a new tasting experience, it bears the distillery’s signature elegance while delivering notes of creamy toffee and ripe pears. The Arboralis offers a deliciously warm, toasty, nutty, toffee aroma and follows those notes through with a very smooth, almost slightly sweet flavour of dried fruit. Perfect neat or over ice, its elegance and approachability means that even if you aren’t a seasoned whisky fan like your Dad, it is the perfect gift for you to share with him pre-Father’s Day lunch, ideally surrounded by nature.
RRP $60.99, available most liquor outlets

Serious up level = gaming dad
If your dad considers himself a bit of a gamer, PlayStation Australia has a range of incredible gaming and entertainment gifts for all kinds of Dads. From top-of-the-line entertainment consoles, to incredible first party software and everything in-between, give Dad the gift he deserves this Father’s Day with PlayStation. The PS4 Pro is on the cutting edge of gaming consoles until the highly anticipated PS5 comes out later this year. With dynamic 4K gaming and entertainment experiences and a wealth of gaming possibilities available, the PS4 Pro offers leading-edge technology to deliver the fastest, sharpest, most responsive gaming experiences ever seen. Get Dad immersed in gaming with the PlayStation Virtual Reality bundle, including a PS4 Camera and PlayStation VR Worlds. Even though most of us are stuck at home this Father’s Day he’ll be able to journey through different virtual reality experiences, from diving with sharks to even participating in a London heist all from the couch.
RRP $559.95 + RRP $419.95 respectively, https://www.playstation.com/en-au/

Add it to the bar collection = connoisseur dad
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums is a world class producer of premium rums that prides itself on its rich, vibrant Jamaican heritage, served with a modern twist. Appleton Estate is one of the few rums in the world to claim a terroir, and the only rum with one as unique as the Nassau Valley. Their rums are produced from ‘cane to cup’ with each step of the production process carefully managed from harvest to bottling, with each barrel hand selected by Jamaican Master Blender Joy Spence and her dedicated team. Every bottle produced is a labour of love and a true art form by the first female Master Blender in the spirits industry. The new 8 Year Old Reserve is the most versatile expression of aged rum, revealing aromas of spicy fruit and oak, followed by hints of honey, vanilla and Appleton’s signature orange peel note. The new blend elevates the high-end cocktail and sophisticated sipping experience and the beautifully designed bottle featuring the Jamaica Insignia, where five iconic Jamaican design emblems unite to tell the story drawn from one inspiring source – the Caribbean country itself – makes it a must-have for your Dad’s bar collection this Father’s Day.
RRP $67, Avail Dan Murphys and other liquor outlets

About the author

Lisa used to use Sydney as a base to drop off souvenirs before heading off on the next adventure but these days she’s got her feet almost on the ground, with a desire to try every high tea in Sydney, and a cute cavoodle puppy at home. Travel writer, photographer and Kitchen Aid freak, she loves to eat, bake and write.

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