20 Father’s Day gifts that will make him feel special

Our top gifts to spoil Dad with this Father's Day.
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Treating Dad with a bounty of Father’s Day gifts is a great way to celebrate him and show him you care, but it’s not the only way. Simple things like a sleep in, breakfast in bed (a stack of light and fluffy pancakes or bacon and egg hashbrown cups should do the trick) or his favourite meal for lunch (roast pork with crackling, anyone?) and spending quality time together doing something fun are the only things Dad really wants.

But if you’re feeling generous and want to go above and beyond this year, the best way to go about it is to home in on his favourite hobbies and let that inspire your Father’s Day gift. Here, we’ve rounded up a mix of affordable gifts for Dad (under $50) as well as bigger ticket items you may need to pitch in with your siblings to buy.

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Vertuo Creatista in stainless steel, Nespresso


This sleek Nespresso machine is worth rounding up the siblings and chipping in together to buy. Not only does it automatically froth milk to perfection at the touch of a button, it also creates the perfect strength coffee every time. It will also look fantastic sitting out and proud on the kitchen bench.


Yeti Roadie 24 Hard cooler in tan, BCF


It doesn’t matter whether your dad is a ‘going fishing’ or a ‘going bush’ kind of guy (or both), this hard-wearing cooler from Yeti will serve him well. It has non-slip feet (which prevent it from rolling around on the back of a ute tray or car boot) and even has anchor points so it can be securely attached to a boat or ute tray. It’s tall enough to fit a bottle of wine and comes with a 5-year warranty.


Beach towel in picnic stripes, Hommey


Give Dad permission to take a day off and hit the beach by giving him a soft and fluffy beach towel from Hommey. Made from 100% cotton, this blue and red colourway will be a breeze for him to spot right from the surf. 


Large leather washbag by Country Road, The Iconic


For the soccer-mad dad, a luxe leather washbag. Confused about the relationship between football and washbags? So are we, but for some reason, a washbag is the accessory of choice for soccer stars including the likes of Christiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba. This sleek style from Country Road is made from 100% leather and features subtle gunmetal-grey hardware.


White hotter hot sauce, David Jones


For the dad who puts sauce on everything, Truff White Hotter Sauce is a must, combining the umami flavour of white truffles with the tangy heat of red chilli peppers. 


Naturescapes by Phillip Withers & AB Bishop, Booktopia


Is the lawn your dad’s pride and joy? Then he’ll be totally floored by the incredible landscapes captured in this hardcover book by Phillip Withers and AB Bishop. It also features expert tips about plant selection, hard landscaping and all the basics of soil and garden maintenance. 


The Bird Whiskey, Bird in Hand


Did you know that Adelaide Hills winery Bird in Hand also makes a killer whiskey? This single malt whiskey features a stewed apple flavour overlaid with French vanilla, with a finish of dried fruit and condensed milk. It’s a dreamy dram dad will love.


Leyte steel outdoor firepit, Luxo Living


Quality time is the best gift you can give Dad this Father’s Day. Light up the firepit and gather around for a conversation over his favourite beverage and toasted marshmallows. This rust-resistant fire pit is suitable for both wood and charcoal and is easy to disassemble and store away.


Rustic and soft easy sourdough starter gift bundle, Hardtofind


Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked, homemade bread, except perhaps, making homemade sourdough bread. All you need is the starter, which comes in this handy set which also includes premium organic flour (for feeding the starter) and a flexible dough scraper.


Nachtmann Highland glass tumblers (set of 4), House


This set of four whiskey glasses comes in a beautifully presented gift box, which is a win if you don’t love gift-wrapping presents. These tumblers are made in Germany and are dishwasher safe, made from premium quality crystal glass and just plain fantastic to drink whiskey out of.


Cade daily face duo, L’Occitane


Dads need to indulge in a bit of self care too. A skincare ritual could be just what he needs, and this daily face duo smells fresh and leaves the skin feeling smooth, plump and moisturised.


John Cotton charcoal infused memory foam pillow, MyHouse


There’s a certain point along the journey of life when aches and pains become familiar all-too-familiar companions. Give dad the gift of support and comfort with this high-density memory-foam pillow infused with charcoal to repel odours, absorb moisture and prevent dustmites. It will help relieve neck tension and allow him to get a better night’s rest, which is a pretty amazing gift. 


Wireless noise cancelling headphones in black, Sony


Sony’s latest wireless noise-cancelling headphones feature a slick design, smooth matt finish and 30 hours of battery life. Perfect for dads who love music, audiobooks, podcasts or just plain old peace and quiet (these headphones are the industry leader in noise cancellation). 


This Old Van by Carlene and Michael Duffy, Booktopia


Caravaning around the country is a dream many dads hold close to their hearts. If Dad also happens to be handy, he may be able to transform a sad old van into something luxurious and beautiful. Carlene and Michael Duffy’s guide to renovating vintage caravans should give him plenty of food for thought. 


King 1000/6000 grit combination whetstone, Amazon


Every cook worth their salt should have a set of thoroughly maintained knives. But if your dad has been pushing through, cooking up all sorts of creations with blunt knives, this whetstone should fix that problem and give him a bit of a meditation moment while he’s at it.


Folded valet stand, Temple & Webster


Every dapper Dad needs a valet stand in his life. That way he can ensure his entire outfit is planned and pressed to perfection. This solid timber stand is sturdy and even features a spot to place cufflinks and a tray for shoes.


Burly sea salt spray and creme, The Iconic


Looking good is a full time job, and to do it well, you need the right products. Enter: Australian made Burly styling creme and sea salt spray. It keeps stray hairs in place and its natural finish won’t disrupt your dad’s assurances that he just ‘wakes up like this’.


Karu multi-fuel pizza oven, Ooni


Is food the way to your Dad’s heart? Ooni’s multi-fuel pizza oven can reach temperatures of up to 500 degrees celsius, which means you could have a meatlover’s cooked and ready to carve up in 60 seconds! It can be fuelled with wood or charcoal for a traditional pizza flavour, or gas (using an attachment that is sold separately) if you just want pure convenience. Just be sure to brush up on your dough-making skills so you can really impress Dad with this gift.


Trudon Mortel Noir, Myer


Trudon scents have been delighting the senses since 1643, and your dad has probably been sporting the same exact cologne since before you were born. It’s time for him to switch up his scent, and  this fragrance, which gives off notes of black pepper, insence and myrr, is a timeless choice.


Travel blanket, Sheridan


For the Dad who travels a lot, this blanket from Sheridan is a must-have. Made from durable, lightweight recycled polyester, it’s warm, stylish, easy to wash and perfect for keeping in the back of the car or with his hand luggage so he doesn’t get cold on the plane.

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