Sorry to break it to you but if you’ve got siblings, guaranteed your mum and dad have had at least one conversation about who is their favourite (awkward). But there are ways to ensure you get bumped up to the top of that list, like giving them a kick-ass gift.
We’ve rounded up 25 unique gifts for dad and men in general, including gifts for the dad who wants nothing and gifts that’ll get you shooting up the favourite child list, like personalised gifts for dad. Don’t forget to cement your status as the family favourite with a thoughtful gift for your parents or grandpa. Now sit back, relax and enjoy rubbing your siblings’ faces in your gift-giving brilliance.
BBQ meat > other meat
If your dad believes that barbecued meat is its own food group, treat him to an Aaron Franklin Texas BBQ Course MasterClass. As any self-respecting dad knows, Aaron Franklin is the daddy of BBQ-ing. He's a BBQ award winner, with crowds flocking to his restaurant to taste his famous smoked brisket. In this MasterClass, dad gets 16 lessons to help him master low and slow cooking - everything from building the best BBQ fire to expertly smoking cuts of meat. BRB - just got to wipe the dribble off my face.
Extend that gift-giving feeling with a Whisky Club Membership. Sign dad up for one of these and choose whether he should get a 1-, 3- or 6-month subscription which involves a bottle of whisky handpicked by whisky experts, delivered to his door. He'll also get to enjoy exclusive Member benefits, like discounted whisky at Australia's best bars and access to regular events and giveaways, like holidays to international distilleries.
Ooh baby baby
Dad gifts don't get much better than a Weber Baby Q. The dads BBQ of choice across Australia, the Baby Q is a portable BBQ that heats up quickly to efficiently and evenly cook food, without wasting gas. Easy to carry, dad can take it with him wherever he goes - deliciously BBQed food is always on hand when he's at the beach or park or with the caravan. Although it's compact, it doesn't scrimp on features, including a hassle-free drip tray, split grills and loads of compatible accessories to extend its use.
Your gift budget probably doesn't extend to a boat. However, you can still make sure dad looks the part with these Allbirds Tree Skippers which look a lot like boat shoes. Made from eucalyptus tree fibre, they're breathable and ideal for hot days (or boats). They also minimise odour and are machine washable to keep dad's feet smelling sweet. Flexible, dad will get a real spring in his step wearing these eco-friendly shoes. They come in a great range of limited edition colours, making them one of the most unique gifts for dad.
Listen, socks as presents have traditionally been given a bad rap. But they weren't socks from Soxy Beast. Give the gift of good sox with a sock subscription. These Australian made socks aren't your usual socks. Artist-designed, they're made from 65% cotton and 35% nylon / lycra to make them comfy and stretchy. Plus, every purchase supports an Australian charity. Soxy Beast offers 3, 6 or 12-month prepaid gift subscription options to keep dad's feet soxy.
The Handheld Smartphone Stabiliser by DJI OSMO is like a dad-approved selfie stick. Looking pleasingly robotic, this Smartphone Stabiliser eliminates shake, ensuring a crisp, quality photo or video every time. Lightweight and portable, it folds up to easily slip into dad's backpack. It's got large, easy to use buttons which ensures dad can use it with one hand. This combo includes everything dad needs for 'gram worthy shots anywhere. Think a storage pouch, wrist strap, tripod and carrying case.
Dad a stickler for safety? Keep him safe on the road with this Garmin Mini Dash Cam. This tiny cam is about the size of a car key. Even though it's tiny it has a wide angle, 140-degree lens which captures 1080P HD footage. It automatically records and saves videos of incidents (although if dad wants to do this, it needs a 8GB micro SD card which isn't included). Saved footage can be uploaded to dad's smartphone, using the Garmin Drive app.
When racking your brain for gift ideas for dad, it can help to go back to basics. Make sure his kitchen game is on point with this KIWI Stainless Steel Chef's Knife. Surprisingly high quality for the low price, Cosier writer Elese is a kitchenware nerd and really rates these knives. If they're good enough for her, they're good enough for dad we reckon. This hard-working chef's knife is a kitchen all-rounder, ideal for all types of chopping, including fruit. He'll love the non-slippery wooden handle and the rust-resistant blade. It'll become his favourite knife in no time.
Think back to the early 2000s and you'll remember Ugg boots adorning the feet of most of the celebs in magazines (remember those too?). Well, now dad can get in on the act with these Ugg Sheepskin Loafers. Made in Australia from 100% Australian top grade sheepskin, they're cosy and comfortable with no need for socks. The hard-wearing soles make them suitable for both indoor or outdoor use - they're water repellent so will cope with the odd shower. Up his slipper game or help him make a retro fashion statement. His feet will thank you for it.
Shoot the strain away
If you've got a sporty dad, his hardworking body will love you if you treat him to a Therabody Massage Gun. The choice of pros, this top-of-the-line massage gun will pummel away all the strains and stresses on his body. And it'll do it quietly - it's 55% quieter than previous models. Four arm positions allow him to access all areas of his body, even the tricky spots. It lasts for a massive 300 minutes, has a customisable speed range and integrates with a smartphone app to help him get the most out of it.
The dadliest force
Make this your first port of call for gifts for new dads - A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes by Taylor Calmus. It'll help him prepare for the most important role of his life: a sharer of dad jokes. This book is crammed full of those groan-inducing jokes, puns, quips, 1-liners and stories that you’ll hate yourself for laughing at. They're family friendly so he won't turn the breakfast table blue. There's also joke inspo from famous dads, including Homer Simpson. With jokes broken down into every month, he'll have enough material to last for an entire year (sorry).
For one of the most unique gifts for dad, look no further than this LEGO Ship in a Bottle. Bring all his pirate fantasies to life with this 962 piece set that's definitely not for kids. Every detail is here, from the cannon-filled ship down to the authentic cork and wax seal. It sits proudly on a display stand, complete with nameplate, so dad can show off his afternoon's efforts forever more.
Long days spent relaxing in front of the TV shouting on his favourite sports team have just got way better. A Berkowitz Leather Recliner Chair will ensure dad sits in the lap of comfort, always. The beautiful wooden styling hides the solid steel frame, for lasting quality. It has an adjustable headrest and swivels 360 degrees so dad will never miss a moment, while enjoying his customised comfort. One of the most unforgettable personalised gifts for dad, you can choose the size (standard or large), leather option and wood colour.
Savour each sip
The Norlan Whisky Glass is peak glassware - you won't find a finer glass for dad to savour his whisky in, promise. Not only does it draw its inspiration from nature, it's been digitally imagined and refined by whisky expert, master distiller Jim McEwan. This means dad gets a glass that's optimised for whisky and that will allow him to truly savour each sip and scent, without having to tip his head back too far (so uncouth, we can all agree). Made from hand-blown glass, it's a luxurious treat for the discerning dad.
In a world of his own
Help dad block out the world, apart from his own sweet tunes, with these Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. As well as surrounding him with top quality sound, they double as a workplace on the go. They provide easy access to voice control services so he can take calls, and have 11 levels of noise cancelling which allows him to block out noise as much, or as little, as he wants. The comfortable headband ensures all-day comfort - they'll last for up to 20 hours on 1 charge.
Whatever he's doing, help him look his best with this RM Williams Collins Button Down Shirt. Made of 100% poplin cotton, it's comfortable and lightweight, making it ideal for those between-season days. Classic styling, including a button down collar and a chest pocket, ensures it suits every type of dad. It's available in 2 dad-pleasing colours (light blue and sage).
A little headspace
With his busy life, it can be difficult to find the headspace to slow down and relax. So give him the gift of Headspace with a Meditation Subscription. A monthly or annual subscription will let dad turn his smartphone into a meditation tool, giving him access to a huge library of meditations for all of life's challenges. Whether he wants to learn the basics, deepen his practice, take a course for a specific reason or improve his sleep, Headspace is in his hand to do it all.
A classic for a classic
Your dad is a vintage classic and so is this Classic Stanley Thermos. Used for generations by people around the world, this iconic Thermos keeps drinks hot or cold for up to 24 hours. Heck, it'll even keep an iced drink icy for 5 days so dad can enjoy his iced coffee even when he's on a wilderness hike. Stainless steel, it won't rust and it won't leak and the lid doubles as a cup. Dad will get years of enjoyment from it - it's got a lifetime guarantee.
When it comes to gifts for dad, you can't go wrong with a decent pen, especially when it's a Parker Rollerball Pen. This quality Parker pen will last a lifetime, especially because it comes with an ink refill. Its classic looks, available in a range of traditional colours, means it looks right at home in the fanciest corner office or poking out of dad's pocket. Dad will love the smooth effortless writing he'll be able to do. You'll love that it comes in a fancy presentation box that makes it look way more expensive than it actually is.
Secrets of saliva
Help dad uncover his own story with a DNA Ethnicity Test from Ancestry. Dad just needs to provide a small DNA sample and then wait 6-8 weeks for his results. These thorough results include a breakdown of dad's ethnicity; locations and details from over 1,500 regions so dad can pinpoint where exactly he comes from; and thoughts on how and why his family moved from place to place. He can even connect to living relatives who share part of his DNA. Now's the perfect time to figure out if dad's got any skeletons in his closet. Eek.
Even if he's got all the time in the world, it's unlikely dad will be able to read all the non-fiction books in the world. That's where Blinkist comes in. It delivers 15-minute summaries (or 'blinks') of best-selling non-fiction books to help him get to the heart of what the book's about. He can either read the blinks himself or choose the audio option to listen to someone read the blinks for him. Then all that's left to do is for him to impress you with his encyclopaedic knowledge of non-fiction books.
Cast iron goodness
Dads get better with age, like this Cast Iron Skillet from Lodge. The more dad cooks on it and 'seasons' it, the better food tastes. The thoughtfully designed handle makes it easy to lift and move around, which is important for cast iron cookware - it isn't the lightest. It can be used on all types of cooktops, including induction, and he can even pop it in the oven or use it on a campfire or BBQ. With a lifetime guarantee, dad will be searing, frying, sauteing, grilling, roasting (and more) for years to come.
A beautiful home for cards
Get dad organised with this Slim Sleeve Wallet from Bellroy. Holding up to 8 cards, it’ll help dad streamline his hundreds of cards. He can safely store them in the 2 card slots or in the clever pull-tab storage that stacks additional cards neatly away. Folded bills can be tucked behind the left card slot. Made from leather sourced from a specialist tannery in the Netherlands, it's treated in a planet-friendly way which reduces water and chemical use. Available in 4 colours, visible stitching makes this a good looking wallet he’ll be proud to show off.
For jetsetting dads, there's this Leather Toiletries Bag from Vida Vida. Made from 100% leather, it has a waterproof lining where he'll find 2 zipped sections and elasticated netted and transparent storage areas. It rolls out to be hung from its brass hook. When dad's done, he rolls it back up and closes it with 2 magnetic snaps. There's a leather handle on the top if he wants to carry it around (understandable) and enough room to store away his toothbrush, trimmer and shaver. You can even personalise it with up to 15 characters to make a present he won't forget in a hurry.
A golfer's bestie
Golf-mad dads deserve a BLUNT Golf Umbrella. Designed to withstand category 1 hurricane level winds, this umbrella should never turn inside out. It's also built to last, so should take dad through hundreds of games of golf. Large and strong, it'll provide plenty of protection from the elements on the golf course, marking him out as a true golfer that's not put off by a little bit of rain (or a hurricane).