Father’s Day 2021: some great last-minute gift ideas to treat dad this year

Father’s Day isn’t far off, so it’s time to start hunting for the perfect gift for your dad

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Father's Day is nearing once again, so if you haven't already, it's time to think about grabbing a gift for the father figure in your life. 

Whether you want to inspire them to get moving, spoil them with the brand new tech or add to their collection of boys toys, we've got you covered on all bases. 

From colognes and gym wear to the latest gadgets, you can get all of these gifts online, delivered or via store pick up, so lockdown shouldn't stand in your way. 

But if you are planning on shopping online and relying on delivery, keep in mind you’ll need to have it ordered ahead of time so that it arrives by the first weekend of September.

If you've not bought anything yet, don't fret. We've pulled together some great last-minute gift ideas you can pick up as late as Sunday morning if you need to.

When is Father’s Day 2021 in Australia?

Father's Day in the Southern Hemisphere usually falls on the first Sunday of September. This year, it'll take place on Sunday, September 5. 

So time is running out to get a gift for dad, but we've got a few quick and easy gift ideas listed below so you can pull through at the last minute.

Father’s Day 2021 gift ideas

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Last minute Father’s Day gifts

Magazine subscriptions


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You may not know it, but the brains behind T3 also publish a whole bunch of tech, gaming, photography and AV magazines in Australia, so if you’re in need of a last-minute gift idea, why not go ahead and subscribe to one of our mags – they’re all available to check out at techmags.com.au.

There’s a sweet deal to go along with it as well – new and renewing subscribers to any of our print magazines will also get a bonus mag added to their subscription free of charge. And on top of that, you’ll also be in with the chance of winning a Bowers & Wilkins luxury wireless speaker, the Formation Wedge, valued at AU$1,499.

Youfoodz gift cards

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If your dad could use some help in the kitchen, then a Youfoodz subscription might be just what he needs this Father’s Day. Youfoodz is a ready-made meal kit service that delivers directly to your door.

It focuses on healthy eating, and in addition to the ready-made meals, there’s snacks and drinks available too. It’s a great gift idea if your dad finds cooking a chore, or if he just doesn’t have time to whip up meals every night. There are AU$60 and AU$100 gift cards available from Youfoodz.

Amazon gift cards


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If you’re completely stuck for gift ideas, then you can’t really go wrong with a gift card. An Amazon gift card will give him an almost endless choice of items to choose from, so we reckon it’s a safe bet he’ll find something he likes, and isn’t that what really matters?

It’s possible for Amazon to mail you a physical gift card, but with the date closing in, we think it’s best to go for an eGift card which will be delivered straight to his inbox. Just click on the link below and you’ll be taken straight to Amazon’s gift card landing page.

Buy a gift card from Amazon

Kobo gift cards

Kobo gift cards

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Kobo is the maker behind some of the best ereaders you can buy in Australia today, but you don’t necessarily need one of its devices to access its wealth of ebooks and audiobooks.

A free Kobo reading app is available for smartphones and tablets on both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The books, however, will need to be bought. So if your dad is an avid reader, consider getting him a Kobo gift card so he can splurge on all his favourite titles or explore new ones.

Buy a Kobo gift card

Father's Day 2021: Best gifts for Dad

Audio: Beats by Dre Powerbeats Pro

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If you've got an active dad who loves his music, you can't beat these Beats. 

They share a name and appearance with the previous Powerbeats buds but these true wireless powerhouses absolutely crush their predecessors when it comes to quality of sound and security of fit.

With 9 hours of battery life per charge and up to 24 hours of juice with the charging case, your old man can take them out on his next adventure with hours of worry-free listening time. 

For sheer sound quality and the way they are all but impossible to accidentally dislodge from your ears, Powerbeats Pro are the gold standard of wireless buds for gym and running. You can't go wrong with these this Father's Day. 

Grooming: Wahl Stainless Steel Lithium-ion Grooming Kit 

Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Groomer

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If dad has been complaining about his dodgy old trimmer, look at this as the upgrade of all upgrades. The Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Groomer from Wahl is designed to help any man achieve that barber-fresh look, with lengths from 0.5mm to 25mm. 

The hair, beard and body shaver comes equipped with four detachable heads that cover off hair cutting, edging, shaving, body grooming, as well as nose and ear trimming. And they're all rinsable – although dad should avoid getting the unit wet. 

The Lithium Ion has one of the best run times on our list, with a full 60-minute charge giving you four hours of battery life. And while it might not be the cheapest option out there, it's excellent value for what you get. It comes with the four attachments, 17 guide combs, stand, travel bag, blade oil and cleaning brush. 

There's a reason Wahl is a favoured brand among grooming professionals, and the Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Groomer is another example of one of its very simple yet very effective products. 


hugo boss

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For fathers who favour a more sophisticated style, Hugo Boss Bottled evokes the traditional values of the successful, classic Hugo Boss man. 

The simple and clean lines of the bottle are stylish, and masculine, just like Hugo Boss tailoring. The fragrance contains fresh top notes include both apple and citrus fruits. In the heart of the fragrance lie the sweeter and warmer notes of geranium, cinnamon and cloves. 

At the smouldering base lie the notes of dry spicy scents of sandalwood, vetiver, cedarwood, olivewood, amber and musk create a distinctly masculine dry down. Hour by hour, the scent unfolds and takes on a different quality.

No matter their age, this classic fragrance is sure to be a hit with any dad. 

Style: Ray Ban Clubmaster

Ray Ban

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A timeless classic, these will suit dads of any style. 

According to the manufacturer, Clubmasters are inspired by the 1950’s and have been worn by "cultural intellectuals - those who lead the changed tomorrow". So your old man will be in pretty good company while rocking his pair. 

Ray Ban offers a huge selection in a range of colours and alterations on the original. They also come polarised, giving dad that added layer of eye protection.  

If you can't find what you're after for the right price with the manufacturer, check out Sunglass Hut who also stock these classic lenses. 

Wearables: Garmin Forerunner 945

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The Garmin Forerunner 945 is a great compromise between top-notch features and price, whilst not being a compromise at all. For a dad who loves gadgets and being active, this is the ultimate smartwatch. 

The Forerunner 945 has been completely revamped compared to its 935 predecessor. It uses Garmin's new Elevate optical heart rate sensor, which is more accurate, even under water, than the 935's sensor, and boasts a new GPS chip that manages battery life better. 

The Forerunner 945 comes with onboard music storage and Garmin Pay, along with many of Garmin's latest-gen features, including PulseOx, Live Event Sharing, accident detection and assistance, Body Battery energy monitor, Training Load Focus and many more.

The Garmin Forerunner 945 comes with on-board maps as well, so dad can navigate anywhere via his wrist. 

Outdoor cooking: Traeger Pro 575 Wood Pellet Grill

Traeger Pro 575 Wood Pellet Grill

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If dad loves to BBQ, why not equip him with the best tools to create the ultimate outdoor feast?

The Traeger Pro Series Pellet Grill delivers that amazing wood-fired flavour to any meat, or veg, depending on your preference. 

Even more impressive is the grill's Incorporated WiFire technology, which will connect your dad's smartphone to his Pro Series Pellet Grill via the dedicated Traeger app. That'll let him can easily raise or lower the temperature, monitor the temperature, and even add smoke. 

Boasting a massive 575 square-inch cooking capacity, the Traeger Pro 575 can comfortably cook 24 burgers, 5 rib racks, or 4 chickens at one time, meaning your dad can play chef for the next family feast.