Forget the socks and jocks this Father’s Day. Give Dad something he’ll cherish far more. Whether he’s an ardent traveller, a whiz in the kitchen, or a man more into outdoor or indoor leisurely pursuits, there’s something here that’ll definitely make his day / month / year.
Compiled by Michael Mastess, Lisa Andrews & Antonino Tati
↑ iFLY Indoor Skydiving: Dad Flies Free! Unleash the Superhero in him and give the gift of flight this Father’s Day. If you book a flight for yourself at iFLY through www.iFLY.com.au/fathersday you’ll have Dad flying for free! Session includes comprehensive pre-flight briefing, flying gear, one-on-one training, and flights to the equivalent of a freefall skydive from 14,000 ft. Purchase between 20th August and 2nd September, and must be flown in the same session between 27th August and 16th September. Visit www.ifly.com.au or call 133 366 364 and sign up to the iFLY Facebook page to be kept updated.
↑ Kogan 3-Piece Hardside Spinner Luggage Set. Make Dad’s travel a lot lighter with this handy three-piece luggage set. Three suitcases in different sizes so he can mix things up per trip. Spinner wheels ensure he’ll glide smoothly through airports and stations. And a durable but lightweight hard shell will ensure protection for all his valuable belongings. Includes TSA-approved lock for extra security. RRP $159. Stockists at www.kogan.com.
↑ Coca-Cola Glass Cutting Board. Prepare those carrots and courgettes in style with this officially licensed Coca-Cola glass chopping board. It will protect kitchen countertops so that Mum won’t get mad at him, plus it’s exceptionally easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Retro-cool and practical. RRP $24.99. Available through www.yellowoctopus.com.au.
↑ Lexon Mini Dolmen Radio. This AM/FM radio features the usual frequency range of FM 88-108 Mhz and AM 540-1600 Khz so as he can keep up with old-school music on the dial (or contemporary music if he prefers Nova to Mix). With soft rubber and sleek aluminium finish, it’s sturdy and lightweight. And battery-operated, it’s great for the beach. RRP $139. Available through www.thedesigngiftshop.com.
↑ Twelve-in-One Multi-Tool Hammer. An absolute essential in any tool box has to be the humble hammer. However, there’s nothing simple about this stainless steel mega multi tool. Not only is the hammer bit heavy duty, but the tool includes 11 other impressive functions that are right on top of Bear Grylls’s most needed list. Functions include pliers, wire cutters, knife, hacksaw, screwdriver, file, hex wrench, even can opener! RRP $29.99. Available through www.yellowoctopus.com.au.
↑ Cocoon Aeris Stainless Steel Fire. More than just a conversation piece, this functional and beautiful heater is fuelled with clean-burning, eco-friendly bioethanol. Its height is adjustable thanks to a telescopic pole, and its ‘chiminea’ design sees to that heat radiates throughout any space. Simple to operate, no connections or specialised installation required. Price on application. Available through www.cocoonfires.com.
↑ Coopers Vintage Ale. If you’re totally stuck on what to give Dad this Father’s Day and you know who loves a good brew, you can rest assured Coopers will keep him happy. This year’s Vintage Ale boasts a different kind of ‘hipster’ look with its revamped roundel label stamped with that distinctive image of the original brewer himself, Dr Thomas Cooper. Retains an alcohol level of 7.5% ABV and has a bitterness of 55 IBU (real beer drinkers know what that means). Limited stock available from reputable bottle shops.
↑ Daniel Boddam M-Rattan Armchair. For the father with oh-so fine taste, the M-Rattan Armchair utilises similar design principles as the architecture of The Parthenon: its structural design emulating tapered columns so as to ensure support while looking elegant and stylish. RRP $990.00. Available through www.danielboddam.com.
↑ Palm Beach Collection Boathouse Candle. While we’ve often avoided posting candles in our gift guides, even for Mums, we figured Dad could do with a little refreshing fragrance in the confines of his man cave. This particular scent combines top notes of lemon, lime, orange and aldehyde with base notes of vanilla, musk, rosewood and jasmine. Provides up to 25 hours burn time. RRP $17. Available through www.theboathousehome.com.au.
↑ Indian Motorcycles Retro Tin Sign. Kings of the tarmac in the early 1900s, Indian Motorcycles were bike legends straight out of Springfield, Massachusetts. A legendary brand that all bikers will find familiar, this retro tin sign is perfect for hanging in the bar, home office, bike shed or garage. Measures 40.5 x 31.5cm. RRP $29.99. Available through www.yellowoctopus.com.au.
↑ Ammo Lunch Box. Trudging into work each day can be like walking into a war-zone, so you may as well have Dad looking the part. This sturdy lunch box not only offers protection in knock-about sites but ensures the food inside is free from other ‘fragrances’ otherwise lurking in the fridge. Okay, so we won’t tell them he’s carrying free-range chicken sandwiches and organic fruit in it if you don’t. RRP $19.95. Available through www.yellowoctopus.com.au.
↑ Lecce Log Bucket in Scrambled Brass. Looking like something straight out of Game of Thrones, this ‘log bucket’ finished in scrambled brass doesn’t necessarily need to be used for wood storage. It’s great as an umbrella holder, good for sudden leaks in the ceiling, or even just as decoration in the living room. But it would look great in front of a fireplace! From makers of fine vintage-looking products, Schots Home Emporium. RRP $99. Available through www.schots.com.au.
↑ 1960s Retro Style Telephone. A throwback to the classic 1960s Trimphone, this phone has all the style and features of the original including electronic warbler sound, but with modern push-button dialling. Functions includes earpiece volume control and on/off ringer volume. No power socket required. Also available in red. RRP $79.95. Available through www.yellowoctopus.com.au.
↑ ‘Root to Bloom’ by Mat Pember & Jocelyn Cross. A modern guide to whole plant use, this one’s for the green finger in the family, or simply the Dad with a wholistic state of mind. Root to Bloom instructs readers on how to harvest and enjoy just about every bit of a plant, even the lesser-used parts that are usually snubbed. Turn carrot tops into an ingredient for stir-fry, broccoli leaves into coleslaw, even weeds into medicine! RRP $39.99. Available from good bookstores, published by Hardie Grant Books.
↑ Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10. In this age of manscaping and metrosexual dressing, remind Dad that taking care of face should come first. Formulated with a super-charged derivative of vitamin A, Crystal Retinal is clinically proven to deliver results up to 11x faster than classic forms of retinol, helping to firm, plump and resurface his skin for a more youthful looking complexion. Or just tell him the lady at the counter said he’ll look really nice (NB: This beauty product really is magical – Ed). Also available in Retinal 6 strength which is recommended for the man new to the vanity mirror. RRP $153.60 for Retinal 10 Strength, $108.00 for Retinal 6 Strength. Available from quality beauty outlets or for stockists visit www.medik8.com.au.
↑ ‘Full of Beans’ Coffee Plunger. Enjoy a cup of real plunger coffee any time with this double-walled stainless steel plunger in stunning design by Carrol Boyes, specialists in metalware and more. If expertly made coffee is good enough for George Clooney, it’s definitely good enough for Dad. RRP $395.00. Available through www.carrolboyes.com.
↑ Roomba 690. In this age of equality, Dad might occasionally be lumped with boring chores… like vacuuming the carpet. Give him the morning off with the Roomba 690: a robot of a vacuum that does an automatic (and awesome) cleaning job. The Roomba 690 seamlessly navigates around clutter, and fits under most furniture and kickboards, so dirt has no place to hide! RRP $849.00. Available through www.irobot.com.au.
↑ Swiss Diamond Prestige Clad Induction Frypan. Remind Dad who really is the MasterChef of the house by giving him top-notch kitchen equipment. Such as this Swiss Diamond Prestige Clad XD Induction Frypan, the brand’s latest, most advanced diamond-reinforced non-stick cookware to date. XD is produced using a new coating formulation developed in Switzerland; the result is a significantly tougher cooking surface with better food release properties. Better yet, he can cook without oil and the food won’t stick. Oven-safe, too, to up to 260°C. RRP $399.95 for 32cm W x 6cm H. Available from quality kitchenware outlets and through www.swissdiamond.com.au.
↑ ‘Man’ Magazine Holder. Magazines on your coffee table often make a great conversation piece. Who’s that on the cover? Is she still going out with him? But why leave it to the mags to make a statement, when your magazine holder can. This awesome design is by Carrol Boyes. It’s easy to assemble and goes with any interior style that might take his fancy. RRP $595.00. Available through www.carrolboyes.com.
↑ Muck Chore Boot. Muck is a brand of boot that has helped thousands of landowners and construction workers stay dry and comfortable for over a decade. All Chore boots are rugged and come with a generous reflective pull-on tab, and are 100% waterproof. The tall boot can be rolled down to a mid-boot, and other features include breathable air-mesh lining and easy-to-clean rubber overlay. Available in tall and mid styles. RRP $134.96 for tall, and $129.95 for mid. Stockists at www.muckbootcompany.com.
↑ Music Books. His music tastes may be old-school but let him know you’re okay with that by choosing a book in a genre that suits him best. The Secret DJ ought to appeal to any dude who lived through Nineties and ‘Naughties’ club culture, delving into the dark and dirty underbelly of the dance music scene, from acid house to EDM. Or, for the punk rocker, The Clash by Martin Popoff dissects every Clash track and outlines the circumstances that led to their creation. The book also explores influences on the band and its radical political stance. The Secret DJ RRP $29.99 through Allen & Unwin. The Clash RRP $39.99 in hardback through Murdoch Books.
↑ Dashing Gent Reed Diffuser. A dashingly designed diffuser that’ll lighten the scent in any room, from the bathroom to the back shed. Packed with a blend of spices, leather, patchouli, moss and tobacco, it’s fragrant but, yes, manly. Each reed diffuser is presented in a beautifully illustrated, gold foiled box. 100ml alcohol-free fragrance. RRP $55.00. Available through www.chaseandwonder.com.
↑ ‘Enigma’ Mug. New to the Carrol Boyes homeware collection, this minimal and stylish porcelain mug brings art and functionality to every coffee and tea drinking moment. Clean out the middle shelf. It’s time for just the one new special mug in his life. RRP: $35.00. Available through www.carrolboyes.com.
↑ Five Senses Coffee. A truly dedicated brand to creating great coffee, Five Senses pluck beans from small lot farms all over the world, meanwhile looking out for these communities in the name of fair trade. There are tens of varieties to choose from, like ‘Ardi’, hailing from the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia. It’s a blend of ripe orange and mixed berries that has a jammy texture and lingering choc finish. Place an order on the Five Senses website before midnight Friday 31 August, and you could win a Baratza Sette grinder and Acaia Lunar scale set for Dad, taking his espresso game to the next level. Coffee prices vary. Visit www.fivesenses.com.au.
↑ Ransom Mojo Speaker Case. It’s a carry case and speakers all in one! The Ransom Mojo case is made of sturdy aluminium with timber handles, designed to be portable and perfect for outdoor use. A 3.5mm jack makes it compatible with smartphones, MP3 players, iPods, even a cassette deck or a Walkman (do people still own those?). Boasts two built-in subwoofers, one mid-range, and one tweeter for the full audio experience. And on an eco note, you’ll be happy to know every Mojo case is created using a vintage suitcase and reclaimed house speakers. Mic drop: Boom! RRP $599.00. Available through www.upcyclestudio.com.au.
↑ ‘Keep It Clean’ Coaster Set. Vinyl will always be cool. Coasters shaped like vinyl? Way cool. This retro-inspired set of six glass coasters features familiar slogans and song titles, and would look welcoming on any coffee table. Complete with stylish gift box, it’s perfect for the music lover and avid drinker in one. Coaster size: 10cm diameter. Gift box: 10.5cm L x 10.5cm W x 4cm H. RRP $22.00. Available from Diabolik Books & Records. Phone (08) 9201 0271 or visit www.diabolikbooks.com.au.