It’s been a tough year, finance-wise, but you know Dad’s still worth spending the bucks on for Father’s Day. Whether your budget is ten bucks or over a thousand, there’s something here for that special dude in your life. Cream traipses the world wide web as well as physical outlets to pick a bunch of stuff that’ll make this year’s Father’s Day feel next-level for him. Happy shopping!
Compiled by Lisa Andrews, Michael Mastess & Antonino Tati
↑ WHAT: Fujifilm Instax SQ1 Camera. DESCRIPTION: In all our years of publishing Cream, we’ve seen instamatic cameras come and go, but we’ve never seen one as stylish and simple-to-use as the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1. This beautiful looking box produces large 2.4 x 2.4 inche prints that are perfect as keepsakes for special occasions. The camera’s minimal design incorporates a Fujinon 65.75mm f/12.6 lens, which offers intuitive zone focus control, with a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches. Impressive stuff for something that looks like a toy!
A small selfie mirror is built into the front of the lens design for accurately composing self-portraits, complete with a dedicated ‘Selfie Mode’ that can be used to optimize focus and exposure. The camera’s design also features an optical viewfinder with a central target spot for accurately composing images, and a built-in flash to illuminate low-lit scenes. Dad’s Christmases will all come at once when he unwraps this on Father’s Day! RRP: $199.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality retail outlets including DC Cameras & Optics, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Big W and Harvey Norman.
↑ WHAT: Lexon Oblio Dark Blue Wireless Phone Charger and UV Light Sanitiser. DESCRIPTION: The Lexon Oblio recharges Qi-enabled smartphones with a powerful 10W while disinfecting them via the built-in UV-C light source. Its modern, vase-like shape sees the phone fit perfectly and the charger look stunning in any interior. Approximately three hours required for a full smartphone charge; and kills 99.9% of your smartphone screen germs in about 20 minutes. RRP: $157.90. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thedesigngiftshop.com.
↑ WHAT: Seiko Eucalyptus SRPJ53K Watch. DESCRIPTION: The ‘Eucalyptus’ is one of two new Australasian-inspired watches from Seiko’s ‘Prospex’ range. The dial of the SRPJ53K captures a sense of the Australian bush, with its subtle gradation of earthy greens and silvers evoking the majesty of our most famous tree, the Eucalyptus. The yellow seconds hand mimics the veins seen on the tree’s leaves with the watch being powered by the automatic calibre 4R36. Nature has never been captured more beautifully in a timepiece. RRP: 895.00. AVAILABLE: Visit your nearest Seiko Boutique or authorised Seiko Retailer to purchase.
↑ WHAT: Space Invaders Retro-Style Tin Sign. DESCRIPTION: The Pop Shop offers a neat selection of wall art including retro-style tin signs. This Space Invaders sign is a cool throwback to the ’80s, made from 0.5mm thick aluminium, and suitable for indoor or outdoor hanging. Perfect for the man-cave, then! Material: 100% aluminium. Size: 30cm x 20cm. RRP: $16.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code POPSHOP30 for 30% off your order from now until August 31, 2022.
↑ WHAT: A Good Batch of Books. DESCRIPTION: Sometimes, it’s good to get away from the computer and delve into a quality book. Three of our picks for Dad are The Diplomat by Chris Womersley – set in 1991 and centred around a dude who’s cleaned his act up after his involvement in a major art heist, returning to Melbourne for a fresh start… but can he do it in the face of drug dealers and eccentrics?
Next up is the follow-up to Mark Manson’s massively successfully The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck. This one is titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck Journal and as the title suggests, it’s a workbook for those curious about how to make the experience of being alive less stressful and more rewarding… but with pointers and notes.
Finally, for the more serious, there’s The World In 2050 by Hamish McRae, in which the author looks at complex forces of change such as demography, the environment, finance, and technology and proposes how these will affect global society in 30 years’ time. One of Europe’s foremost voices on global trends in economics, business and society, McRae takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through the future, weighing up the opportunities and dangers we face. RRP: The Diplomat, $32.99 through Picador; The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck Journal, $29.99 through Pan Macmillan; The World In 2050, $37.99 through Bloomsbury; AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores.
↑ WHAT: Linea Tabletop Organiser. DESCRIPTION: Jim Hannon-Tan’s Linea is all about tabletop architecture, looking like a miniature streetscape when the number of interchangeable components are brought together. Dishes cantilever and cups stand tall while the tray provides a foundation for the customised configurations and lengths. Not only is the organiser great at, well, keeping things organised, it’ll help while away the minutes as Dad daydreams at his desk. RRP: $97.90. AVAILABLE FROM: www.madebypen.com.
↑ WHAT: Wiltshire Pasta Machine. DESCRIPTION: If your dad chef couldn’t pasta-bly be any cooler, why not treat him to a fun family pasta-making night this Father’s Day? Wiltshire has everything he needs so that he doesn’t get upsetti without his spaghetti! The Wiltshire Pasta Machine helps create restaurant quality pasta at home for friends and family. It makes pasta sheets as well as linguine, fettuccine and, of course, spaghetti.
From rolling out dough to cutting your fresh pasta into different sizes, this pasta machine will bring out the Italian chef in him. Constructed of quality stainless steel, the machine includes roller attachment and table clamp, with rollers adjustable to 9 thickness settings. RRP: $70.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Wiltshire Stockists.
↑ WHAT: Baileys Cinnamon Churros Flavoured Liqueur. DESCRIPTION: Who doesn’t love a shot of delicious Baileys in the middle of winter? The original is yummy enough, but throw in the flavours of cinnamon churros and you’ve got us wanting more. Dad, too, will love the taste of Baileys Cinnamon Churros Flavoured Liqueur, inspired by those delicious deep-fried dough sticks you see in good cafés. Pour the liqueur over ice, swirl it into a cup of hot chocolate, or add a few drops your next sweet martini, its versatile and a winner after-dinner. RRP: $36.99. AVAILABLE: Exclusively from Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and First Choice Liquor stores for a limited time.
↑ WHAT: U52 Camera Drone. DESCRIPTION: A nice and affordable drone, the U52 features a powerful brushless motor and is equipped with a 1080p HD camera. Photos and videos are directly transmitted to a smartphone via 5G Wi-Fi, keeping Dad’s drone flights in perfect posterity. The built-in GPS functionality is able to provide position hold, also allowing the drone to return home safe and sound. Bonus feature is the altitude hold mode, allowing the aircraft to maintain a consistent altitude while allowing roll, pitch, and yaw to be controlled normally. RRP: $279.00. AVAILABLE FROM: http://www.auselectronicsdirect.com.au.
↑ WHAT: It’s All About the Good Stout Part I. DESCRIPTION: Here’s a stout offering benefits beyond the average beer. Beerfarm’s ‘Native Series’ is a collaboration with Fervor, in which the co-op have used ethically-sourced native Australian ingredients to deliver a premium stout with respect to traditional land. This particular beer has been brewed using the ingredients of Quandong and Samphire, both harvested from the Badgebup region of Western Australia. The stout features a tart, almost sour base that is complemented by the Quandong’s earthy aromas of peach and orange combined with its salty counterpart, Samphire. Dad will love the red hues, and know that he’s tasting two of WA’s best-kept secret bush ingredients. RRP: $37.99 for a four-pack of 500ml cans, or $119.99 for a 16x 500ml cube. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality liquor outlets and for more information visit www.beerfarm.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Cricut Maker 3. DESCRIPTION: For the Dad who dominates the world of DIY, the Cricut Maker 3 is one of the most versatile gifts you can give. It is a smart cutting machine that works with a simple app called Design Space: simply create your design, send it to the Maker 3, and watch it go! It can cut 300+ materials from vinyl material for dad’s bespoke bike stickers as well as create iron-on transfers for tees featuring his infamous dad jokes. It can also work with heavier materials such as balsa wood for his more demanding DIY projects.
Versatile enough for any project Dad might be undertaking next, not only does the Cricut Maker 3 cut, it also draws, engraves, scores and more! View this video on how to make a t-shirt with Cricut to give you an idea of just how easy the Cricut Maker 3 is to use. RRP: $699.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Harvey Norman, Officeworks & Spotlight or for more information visit www.cricut.com/en_au/.
↑ WHAT: Johnnie Walker Black Label. DESCRIPTION: Once dubbed “the Everest of deluxe whiskies”, it takes more than 30 malt and grain whiskies from all over Scotland to create the famous Johnnie Walker Black Label. One sip of this good drop, and he’ll sense connotations of dark fruits, sweet vanilla and that trusted signature smokiness, with the blend of 12-year-old whiskies dancing on your tongue. This is a drink that can be appreciated at home when entertaining friends – and will certainly be well-received as a gift for that special occasion. RRP: $52.99. AVAILABLE FROM: Leading bottle shops, independent liquor stores and online.
↑ WHAT: Skull Shot Glasses. DESCRIPTION: These shot glasses are cleverly cut, with the shape of a skull becoming clearer as you pour in your booze. It’s fun to watch again and again… so Dad better enjoy having shots! Each shot glass holds 25ml of liquid. Available as a set of 2 or 4. RRP: 2 for $12.95; 4 for $24.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code POPSHOP30 for 30% off your order from now until August 31, 2022.
↑ WHAT: PlayStation Plus Deluxe Subscription. DESCRIPTION: If Dad’s running out of fresh games to play on his PS4 or PS5, you best get him an upgrade to his PlayStation Plus subscription! The all-new PlayStation Plus lineup for August includes a heap of classics and newies. Avid gamers will enjoy the glitz, glamour, and unbridled decadence of the 1980s in Yakuza 0 where he’ll get to fight like hell through Tokyo and Osaka, living it up in the fast lane (Note: Eight other Yakuza games will soon also be made available on Plus). With a Deluxe subscription, users get to enjoy hundreds of games, as well as exclusive benefits such as cloud storage, discounts, game trials, and titles from the Classics catalogue. He’ll never be wanting for fresh games again. RRP: $21.95 for a one-month subscription up to $154.95 for a 12-month subscription. AVAILABLE FROM: www.playstation.com/en-au.
↑ WHAT: It’s All About the Good Stout Part II. DESCRIPTION: Stout has been around since the late 1700s and has certainly stood the test of time. The rich, dark opaqueness of stout makes most of us think the beer is going to be intense and bitter but new brews are proving this myth to be wrong. In actual fact, there are plenty of other beer styles out there that are stronger, more intense and a lot more bitter (think IPAs, for a start). Zytho Brewing practically turns stout into a dessert with its Velvet Luxe Stout: a 6.0% alc/vol stout that boasts aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and raisins, feeling creamy and tasting delish. If Dad likes to experiment in his beer-drinking, he’s going to find this ‘dish’ hard to resist. RRP: $18.00 for a 4-pack of 375ml cans, or $74.00 for a 24-can slab. AVAILABLE FROM: BWS and other quality liquor outlets.
↑ WHAT: Goldelucks Cake Explosion Box. DESCRIPTION: It may sound nefarious by name but a ‘cake explosion box’ is a wonderful surprise gift for that unsuspecting special someone. Dad will get a jump and some joy out of receiving a small box via courier that opens up to release a bunch of confetti and butterflies and delicious cake at the heart of it all. You can build your own box by picking the flavour of cake that he’d like; add donuts, cookies or candy; and choose the option of same-day delivery if you want to. Cake Explosion Boxes will see the cake kept safe and intact… but you might need a little dust-buster to clean up the confetti afterwards. RRP: Cake Explosion Box with Butterflies $49.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.goldelucks.com.au.