Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published August 19th 2012
As Father's Day in celebrated annually, and as men are traditionally difficult to buy for, after a few years of searching for the perfect present the list of ideas for the menfolk in our lives can dwindle down to not much more than socks and aftershave. This year, why not have a look at some of these ideas, and share some of your own. What was the best gift you ever recieved as a Dad? Similarly, what gift did you buy that just made your Dad light up? Here at Weekend Notes we'd love your suggestions.
To get you started, here are some of my ideas.
My hubby and my dad are both fans of gadgetry and new technology. I think it's something many men get fascinated with and due to the array of gadgets on the market, you'll not run out of ideas in this category. Quite a few online shops have cottoned on to this man love of gadgets, and a search in Google for 'gadgets for men' will quickly equip you with sufficient search engine results to find an online shop to suit your buying needs. A quick perusal of the online shop Instash highlighted some new gadgets and gizmos on the market; one I'd never seen before being called the 'Le Whaf'; a carafe that will vaporize your favourite cocktail into a cloud of flavour. You can then choose to sip your vaporised refreshment through a straw or just breathe it all in. If your budget stretches a bit further and your man enjoyed the Transformers films, why not purchase a real life sized Optimus Prime. What a perfect addition to any household, and from only $10,000, bargain (not).
Let Optimus Prime protect your household, this Fathers Day
Whisky Whisky or other alcoholic beverages can be a lovely luxury present for Dads; particularly if you steer clear of the cheap and nasty versions and opt for something classy and something that they can enjoy on special occasions. Do your research. There are literally hundreds of types of whisky out there, in addition to different countries offering their own special versions. A great online shop I've found is Master of Malt where aside from being able to learn all about the different types of whisky available, you can also blend your own whisky or personalise the whisky bottle; just perfect for a special Fathers Day message.
The Gift of Time Budget friendly and globally appreciated by new dads particularly. Give your partner (and hard working daddy) some hand crafted vouchers entitling him to time off from Daddy duties. A bit of fun, but thoughtful none the less. Use your imagination to create a booklet of ten tear away vouchers that your partner can then use at his leisure. Here are some ideas for vouchers to get you started: 1 x hour of uninterrupted TV time watching whatever I like 1 x movie of my choice 1 x shower in peace (those of you with young kids will know this is a a luxury)
1 x cup of tea/coffee/beer brought to me at my request 1 x 1 hour lie in (oh the joy) You get the picture.
I'm pretty confident that I'm not the only woman whose husband finds any excuse to spend time in Bunnings. Every weekend, even with no visible DIY projects on the go, my other half will always come up with some reason to 'pop in' to Bunnings. So as it's Father's Day, let's be kind and indulge our men folk with some vouchers to their shop of choice. Get in early, and you can even get your Bunnings Voucher personalised with a photo of your choice. Perfect, and so easy.
BBQ Bits and Pieces
BBQs have long been regarded as a man zone, making all things BBQ related a perfect gift choice for the Dad in your life on Father's Day. There's lots to choose from too in terms of suiting all types of budgets. The budding chef might appreciate some BBQ cook books; my recommendation would be to look at the selection of books available online through The Book Depository. Free global delivery and such competitive pricing. With BBQ cook books starting at just over $5 including delivery, this is a great wallet friendly option. BBQ accessories also make a great choice and are readily available from Bunnings or your local BBQ retailer. Great gift choices can be sought in terms of fish broilers, smokers, rotissere attachments in addition to flavoured BBQ chips. For a truly personal BBQ gift, check out the personalised BBQ branding irons available at DadShop, such a great idea.
Brand your steaks in style (image courtesy of Dad Shop)
Finally, never underestimate the power of giving dads something hand made. There is a time limit on this perhaps, as I don't think my own dad would appreciate a mug with my handprints on it or one of my beautiful art creations but if you're buying for a dad with little ones, think about what handcrafted gifts you could help make for their special day. Ideas could include anything with finger paints and hand prints, alphabet cookies that spell out "I love you Daddy" or something as simple as a handmade photo frame. Google will provide you with more ideas than you'll have time to make.
Now it's over to you. What gift ideas have you been inspired by? Let us know what you're thinking of buying or creating this year.
One of the best gifts I came across a number of years ago from the children for Father's Day was a small drawn & cut out golf bag & clubs. Each of the clubs had an activity that child would do eg. mow the lawn, rake up the leaves, clean the driveway, wash & polish the car (dad's work vehicle), clean the interior of the car (or dad's work-horse). The list can be so variable depending on the age of each child.
Grammy of six