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Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Katya Bowd

Posted on August 31 2017

Father’s Day comes but once a year, so why not ensure Father’s Day 2017 is the day you do something very special for dad?

Each year in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, Father’s Day falls on the first Sunday of September. Not only is it an opportunity for dads to be showered with gifts, but it’s also a chance for kids to show their dads just how much they mean to them.

Father’s Day is a celebration and a way of honouring fathers, fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influences fathers have on their children. If you’ve experienced the love and care of a father-figure, related or not, you can certainly show him you appreciate him on this day.

Throughout the world, Father’s Day is celebrated on different days. However, the same message applies: celebrate your father or (the father of your children) and do it in the best way you can.

Is Dad hard to shop for? Are you struggling to come up with the ultimate way to show you appreciate him? We’ve got some great Father’s Day gift ideas to get you started.

Breakfast in bed

If you’re on a budget or your Dad is one of those men who want for nothing, you can spoil him with breakfast in bed. Nothing says ‘I love you’ more earnestly than a cooked breakfast and a well-deserved lie in.

Fill his plate with all his favourite breakfast treats, and ensure he can wash it back with one of his favourite breakfast beverages as well. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it can well and truly mark the start of a very special day ahead.

Homemade vouchers

Dad is sure to appreciate the effort the kids put into making homemade vouchers. When the pocket money doesn’t quite stretch to a new tie and cufflinks, show your appreciation with vouchers created straight from the heart.

Voucher ideas could include:

  • 1x sleep-in
  • 1x uninterrupted TV show
  • 1x free hug
  • 1x free lawn mowing session
  • Dishes washed for one week
  • 1x breakfast in bed
  • 1x free car wash session

Lunch with the family

Sometimes the best gift you can give dad is the pleasure of your company. Because it can sometimes be difficult to wrangle the family together for a meal, it can make the occasion so much more special.

Many restaurants around town hold Father’s Day specials and buffets. This is a good opportunity to take advantage of your local restaurant’s delicious cuisine, all the while spending time with Dad.

This is a particularly good gift if your father is hard to buy for. Food is a gift in all cultures and countries.

You can’t go past socks

There’s a common joke amongst marketers and businesses that “dad is tired of socks” but is he? Is it just a clever marketing ploy to get you to buy other products other than socks? Socks are a very underrated gift. Unlike a nice vase or an ornament, socks serve a purpose. They are useful, and every time Dad wears them, he will think of who gave them to him. The best part is, he will actually use them. Socks are functional, they are cost effective for those on a budget, and they will stand the test of time.

But you don’t have to get him just any ordinary pair of socks, for there are so many kinds for sale. You can gift him with branded socks of a particular car or machine brand he likes, or why not opt for a humorous pair within a coffee mug?

It’s a classic, yet completely relevant gift that Dad will love.

Tie and cufflinks

It’s a Father’s Day celebration, so why not splash out on a gift that oozes class and appeal? If your father spends a lot of time in the office, or revels in fine clothing for outings with friends, why not gift him with a tie and cufflinks? The best thing about ties and cufflinks is the large variety on offer. You are sure to be able to find a cufflink pair to suit any of his passions or hobbies – and the same can be said for a tie as well.

Many fathers spend several hours a day in an office, earning money to support their family. A tie and cufflinks are items which can be worn all day, every day and is representative of your appreciation for what he does.

A day packed with adventure

There are so many fathers who are men of few words. This means that it can be difficult to know, or see, the many likes and dislikes he has on a daily basis. In the lead up to Father’s Day, start taking notes. Ask questions (without being obvious) and even take notice of what he watches on TV. Learn his hobbies and put all this research into planning the best day out.

This could include something that’s just for him, not the family. After all, you can always opt for a special breakfast for the family together before dad can head out the door on a pre-planned adventure.

Activities could include:

  • A prepaid 18 round game of golf with friends
  • Concert or sports tickets to an event happening that day/night
  • A hunting or fishing trip out with the boys
  • An outdoor adventure trip such as diving, climbing or boating
  • Extreme adventure activities like skydiving or bungee jumping

Not all Father’s Day activities and outings have to be spent with family. Sometimes the perfect Father’s Day for your dad is one where he gets time out to enjoy with his friends.

What are you doing with Dad this Father’s Day? Do you have anything special planned? Have you done anything special in the past? We’d love to hear your weird and wonderful ideas you and the kids have come up with!