Father’s Day is just days away, and whilst he might say he doesn’t want anything, trust us, he certainly does!
Our dads (or father figures) play a pretty important role in our lives. Whether they be stepdads, grandads, uncles or simply your old man, finding a great gift to show them how special they are goes a long way. But, gone are the days of jocks and socks. These days, our dads deserve something cooler, something useful or something they just weren’t expecting.
So if you’ve left it to the last minute and have drawn a blank and can’t think of a great way to spoil the man of the house, then our Father’s Day gift guide is here to help.
Whether dad is hands-on, a tech whiz, into fitness, loves to be spoiled or has everything under the sun, we’ve scoured some awesome gift ideas that even the fussiest of fathers is sure to love.
No matter what your goal is to get dad this year, we got you covered with these great finds below.
When is Father’s Day?
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This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, September 4, so time is running out to find the perfect gift. Check out our gift guide to spark some ideas on something that’ll knock his socks off.
Essential Retailer Quick Links
If you find that nothing on our list is tickling your fancy, then you could also check out the retailers below and spoil dad with a gift card. What better way to show him how much he means to you, than to give him the option to pick what he wants from a great bunch of retailers? Plus, digital gift cards are delivered almost instantly, so if Father’s Day has slipped your mind, there’s no need to worry!
- Amazon Australia (opens in new tab): anything and everything from gadgets to apparel
- Chain Reaction (opens in new tab): save up to 30% on bikes and up to 50% off bike tools
- Rebel Sport (opens in new tab): activewear and footwear
- Wiggle (opens in new tab): get up to 60% off gear for cyclists, runners and swimmers
- Chemist Warehouse (opens in new tab): supplements, personal care and more
- Catch (opens in new tab): all the latest tech for cheap
- eBay (opens in new tab): grab bargains on the best audio and technology
- Myer (opens in new tab): save on appliances, homewares and much more
- Sunglass Hut (opens in new tab): take your pick from a range of styles
- Booktopia (opens in new tab): ereaders and ebooks from any genre
- The Shaver Shop (opens in new tab): the best beard groomers for dad
- Stuff: ditch the boring for unique skincare stuff dad will love
- The Google Store (opens in new tab): Pixel phones and smart home devices discounted
- KitchenAid (opens in new tab): up to 20% off for dads
- Supercheap Auto (opens in new tab): great gifts for the DIY dad
Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts
You may not know it, but the brains behind T3 also publish a whole bunch of tech, gaming, photography and AV magazines in Australia. And, let’s face it, a lot of dads love to read, whether that be on the lounge, in bed or on the toilet (yep, the ultimate down time!).
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 (opens in new tab).
HelloFresh gift cards
All dads love a good feed, but sometimes they need a little helping hand in the kitchen. That’s where HelloFresh can help. The company focuses on fresh, homemade meals that are easy to follow and delicious to eat. And what’s best? They’ll be delivered straight to dad's door.
If your dad finds cooking a chore, why not spoil him with a HelloFresh voucher? There are gift cards available at HelloFresh (opens in new tab).
Amazon gift cards
If you’re completely stuck for gift ideas, then you can’t really go wrong with an Amazon gift card. It will give dad an almost endless choice of items to choose from, so we reckon it’s a safe bet he’ll find something he likes.
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 (opens in new tab)
The Whisky Club membership
If the man of the house enjoys a tipple or two then he is sure to love a membership to The Whisky Club. The interesting thing is that signing up is absolutely free and on the first Friday of every month, dad will get an email on what’s on offer. The only payment here is for the bottle purchased (and shipping) – which is typically way, way cheaper than what you’d pay at a store – and he doesn’t even need to buy each month to hold on to his membership.
The whisky of the month is typically something that’s not usually available at the corner bottle-o and can be exclusive to the Club. Members also enjoy whisky tastings – some are virtual, so can be enjoyed from the luxury of home.
Whether dad is a collector, a connoisseur or just looking forward to that casual Friday night bevvie, unlock a world of whisky this Father’s Day. And why not pay for his first bottle yourself?
Head over to The Whisky Club website (opens in new tab) to find out more.
Father’s Day Best Gifts for Dad 2022
Philips OneBlade Pro
A dapper dad is a happy dad, so what better way to spoil him this Father’s Day than with a tool that can trim, edge and shave his way to happiness. The Philips OneBlade Pro offers a really close shave, is fully waterproof and runs for an impressive 90 minutes on a one hour charge.
Featuring a large mach 3-style blade instead of the old-school cutting comb, you can rest assured dad’s face will be schmicker than ever. And what could be better than his ability to use it in the shower so there’s no mess around the bathroom sink? It’s a win-win all round.
Garmin Forerunner 255S
For a dad who loves gadgets and being active, this is the ultimate smartwatch. The Forerunner 255S packs a punch. One of the smallest full-featured triathlon watches on the market, it boasts a new heart rate sensor, triathlon support and a GPS chip.
The Garmin Forerunner 255S has an impressive seven-day battery life and a customisable layout with six data fields to track everything you want as you exercise. A great way to spoil the ‘fit dad’, this one is sure to impress on his special day.
Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses
A timeless classic, these will suit dads of any style. According to the manufacturer, Clubmasters are inspired by the 1950s 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 (opens in new tab) 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 Ray-Ban, check out Sunglass Hut (opens in new tab) who also stock a heap of other classic lenses any dad would be proud to rock.
Weber Baby Q LPG
What dad doesn’t love to barbecue? Not many would be the answer, and with the Weber Baby Q, dad will have his very own little grill in his hot hands to cook himself and the fam their favourite cut this coming Father’s Day.
In a slick black shade, the Baby Q is loaded with features, yet is compact enough to pack up and take with him fishing, camping or to a mate’s place. The dome lid closure allows for optimal cooking, letting heat circulate for even better flavour than your regular flat top barbie. Together with a drip tray for fuss-free cleaning, this is a great way straight to dad’s heart.
If dad wanders around the house constantly looking for his keys, wallet, headphones or any other important item, then this is sure to knock his socks off this Father’s Day.
To use the Apple AirTag, simply attach the tiny device to any object and dad can activate the sounds on it to find out where “someone else” has placed his missing item. The battery lasts for one year, and the device is water and dust resistant too.
So if dad is an Apple fiend – yes, this little button only works with an iPhone or iPad – then this one could be just what the doctor ordered. In fact, if dad travels a lot for work and is always worried about lost luggage, one in the suitcase will do the trick.
Read our full Apple AirTag review
Lavazza A Modo Mio Deséa pod coffee machine
Does dad like to start his day with a shot of caffeine? Then perhaps spoil him by getting him a machine that makes him a great cuppa each day. The Desèa looks a little stocky, but it comes with a milk frother and a 1.1L water tank. More importantly, it requires very little input from the user to, well, use.
Unlike its smaller and cheaper Lavazza A Modo Mio cousins, the Desèa makes not just a shot (or more) of espresso, but can whip up a cappuccino, macchiato or latte too – just let dad know he needs to use the provided milk jug in place of his espresso cup. It’s all done with just a push of a button, even the heating of the milk! Easy!
The machine is just 14.5cm wide, so won’t really take up a lot of space on the kitchen counter, and yet it can store up to 10 spent pods before needing to be cleaned out. There are plenty of Lavazza A Modo Mio capsules to choose from too. No wonder it’s one of our top picks for the best pod coffee machine around.
Philips Hue Smart Plug
If dad’s been talking about a “smart” home but hasn’t quite figured out where to get started, lend him a hand and get him a smart plug. Signify, the makers of the Philips Hue range of smart lights, now also has a smart plug that can make any ol’ lamp in the house a ‘smart’ one by adding voice assistant support.
It can be used via Bluetooth, but for full functionality, it’s best used with a Hue Bridge. All it needs to get started is a wall socket and the Philips Hue Bluetooth app… just get dad to follow the setup instructions on said app. It’s easy and takes just minutes. Plug in the non-smart lamp into the Philips Hue and, voila, it can be scheduled to go on or off at particular times, or even yelled at to turn on. It works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.