Parental holidays are never the best for presents, but fathers in particular get a bad deal. This year, instead of getting Dad yet another useless handkerchief set (unless you have a Bing Crosby-ish kerchief-toting father figure – in which case you'll be busy making him martinis), try one of the following. Certifiably awesome:
1. The World's Smallest Helicopter. The Silverlit Nano Falcon is touted as the world's smallest remote-controlled helicopter. Competitors may be creeping up, but there's no arguing against awesomeness, and this tiny copter has it. Don't tell me you can't imagine the average father figure grinning gleefully while terrorising the family dog with one of these things.
2. Wing suiting. If Dad isn't interested in remote control helicopters, maybe he'd prefer to be thrown out of one? These guys aren't in Australia yet, but they're certain to come down under sometime.
3. Robot Shop. Help Dad build his own robot minions.
4. A beer holster. You heard that right. Beer. Holster. Just pray that he doesn't try to twirl his stubby after he draws.
5. Beer chicken. If your dad is more the type to rest his beer on a table than on his hip (boring) he might be willing to donate a can to roast a chicken. This product uses an open can of beer to roast a chicken. It's a crazy world.
6. Beer bread. Beer in a holster and inside a chicken are so yesterday. Try this breadmaking kit – all you need to add is beer.
7. A cloud. We haven't quite got to the point where people can have their own personal clouds, but this object is better. The Smart Cloud is a lamp and bluetooth speaker which changes colour according to the mood of the music it's playing. It has a suitably stratospheric price.
Image from Josh Renouf Design
8. Remote control bottle opener. As fathers are usually remote control freaks, this gift will save him the trouble of rummaging for the bottle opener by making sure he will always have one in his hand. You're giving him the gift of time, really.
9. Morning coffee. Why go to the effort of bringing him coffee when his bedside table can do it for you? The Barisieur isn't yet ready for retail, but this coffeemaker/alarm clock should be with us soon.
10. Love. Or more relevantly, your love as signified by your complete absence while he does whatever he wants. Father's Day and Mother's Day are always seen as a time of togetherness, but anyone with a grain of sense knows that hard-working parents want just the opposite. The best thing you can do for your father is give him a hug and a fond wave goodbye for the day. And perhaps a lift.