Father’s Day gifts that aren’t completely lame

Dads are pretty amazing, right? They deserve to be appreciated all year round, but make this year’s Father’s Day extra special with a gift that’s not a tie or a pair of socks.

Yes, it’s almost Father’s Day again. Time to start stressing about what to buy the man who needs nothing, wants nothing and asks for nothing. Why are dads so difficult to buy for?

Actually — they’re not. If you want to play it safe and buy him a tie, some socks, a bottle of cologne, that is. But how excited is your dad going to be when he unwraps that on his special day?

Go on, think outside the box. Treat him to something that isn’t completely lame. We’ll help you get started.

Make it personalPersonalized glass

Give a whole new dimension to the most simple of gifts by making it completely unique to your dad. From T-shirts and towels to cuff links and art work, everything you can possibly imagine can now be personalised to your requirements and delivered to your door in a matter of days. Use your imagination and present your dad with something he’ll treasure forever. We love these personalised rocks glasses that are thoughtful and classy. (Engraveworks, $13)

Take Dad on an adventure

Dad in a desert

If your dad likes to get outdoors, this may be the perfect excuse to plan an adventure he will really love. The bonus is that you can enjoy the activity together and the memories will last far longer than that tie you got him last year. Adventure Tours offers a variety of options, including day trips and longer excursions. They have a little something for everyone, depending on how much adventure you can really handle.

Gear for a good time

Fly Fishing

People’s first instinct on Father’s Day is to get Dad something he can wear to work, like a tie, or something he can use around the house, like new tools. However, if you really want to celebrate Dad, give him something he can use for fun and to relax, not something for work. Consider getting him some new camping gear, fishing supplies, sports equipment or whatever fits his choice of recreational activity. Dad will appreciate the gift and he’ll love using it even more.

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Wine, glorious wine


With 60 designated wine regions across the country, you shouldn’t have too far to travel if your dad fancies sampling a little of the good stuff. Look online for your nearest winery, which should offer regular private tasting sessions. Or check out Ultimate Wine Experiences of Australia, which provides details of premium award-winning wineries across the country, where you can book tastings, educational tours and other events for wine lovers. What could be better than a day of bonding with your dad over some delicious shiraz or sauvignon?

Stronger stuffJohnnie Walker Scotch

If wine isn’t your dad’s tipple of choice, maybe scotch whisky or rum is? Do a little research into his favourite drink of choice and find a bottle of something extra special. Anything that’s limited edition or has won awards is always a good shout.

How to pamper Dad on his special day >>

Chef for the day

What does your dad like to eat? Sure, you could treat him to a meal at his favourite restaurant. But for a gift that’s really special, why not get him into the kitchen and let him have a go himself? From making cheese or chocolate, to creating authentic Greek, Lebanese or Italian cuisine, a quick internet search will point you in the direction of the cookery schools and classes in your area. This is a win-win situation: Think of how much you’ll benefit when your dad becomes a whiz in the kitchen.

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