Father's Day Gift Guide 2018

Published on 23 August 2018

No matter how useful they might be, you can’t buy him socks and boxer shorts every year. This year, take a moment to think about the kind of dad he really is and design your gift giving around it. Not sure where to start? Relax, we’ve done the groundwork for you.

For the adventurer

Is he the type of guy that loves to head out and explore the wilderness ? How about something for his traveller’s toolkit? For the active dad, a good quality lightweight jacket is always useful, while stylish sunglasses and a hat mean he’ll be covered when the sun starts to shine.

For the sports lover

Golf might not be everyone’s game, but given that it’s one of the few sports that can be played well into old age it might be worth getting dad interested now. Golf clubs tend to take a more relaxed approach to dress code requirements these days, and a sleek knitted polo will look just as good on the green as off. 

For the home cook

If the dad in your life considers himself a culinary artist in the kitchen (or even just the backyard barbeque), new utensils and cookbooks will be like a new brush and canvas to him.
Make him feel like the head chef with a good-quality apron or think about updating his cookware to inspire some exciting new dishes (it’s a win-win for all involved.

For the connoisseur

Every dad has his own personal taste. While some are happy with beer and peanuts others might prefer dark chocolate and a snifter of whiskey. For those who appreciate the finer things in life, a new set of whiskey glasses and a bottle of aged single malt is sure to bring a smile.

For the well-preened

Dads that take longer any longer than 20 seconds to do their hair are what you might consider well-groomed, but that doesn’t mean he can’t go one better. A small pocketknife or multi-tool is great for on-the-move manicures, while hair product and a quality shaving kit will ensure that he looks handsome from top to toe.

For the working man

As well as adding polish to his workaday look, leather goods such as briefcases, satchels and wallets will last forever if treated well. A chunky watch with a leather band will suit the practical dad, while a sleek silver option offers an understated sophistication – particularly when teamed with a sharp leather brogue.

Having trouble deciding what to give dad on 2 September? Bring him to Canberra Centre and make a day of it. Treat him to lunch, catch a movie at Dendy then hit the shops and let him choose exactly what he wants.