25 August 2014

Making Dad’s Day

After his birthday and Christmas, the next most important gift-receiving opportunity for a dad, is Fathers Day. In Australia, Father’s Day will be on Sunday 7 September 2014. As they don’t seem to buy them through the year, undies, socks, ties and hankies are the regular go-to gift for dad. Today, I thought I’d share a few gift ideas – based on the dads different personalities.


Geek Dad

LEGO allows dads to re-live the youth. Buy them some LEGO, which they don’t have to share with their kids. The Architecture LEGO series is outstanding. The buildings are very detailed and will have dad entertained for a while. Best of all, dad can keep his creation assembled on a shelf in his study - or a space in his man cave.

LEGO Architecture - Big Ben


How about a Monteverde Stylus Tool Pen. Yes, it’s a pen with a stylus on the back… but it also has a built in flat head and phillips head screw driver. The barrel has a ruler and a spirit level!

This pen is currently available on Massdrop, or you can view the Monteverde site for a local supplier.


Monteverde Styllus Tool Pen


Social Dad

Does dad like beer? Well then TAP KING could be the perfect gift for him. ** TAP KING combines a reusable, independent and compact dispenser with premium, interchangeable 3.2 litre bottles of beer. A TAP KING refill stays fresh for 3 weeks (from the first pour) and will fit comfortably in the fridge.


Tap King


Isn’t this a great idea for a BBQ? I know my hubby is looking forward to having a few friends around to impress them with his TAP KING. Available from major liquor stores nationally, making it even easier to pick one up for dad this Father’s Day.

Now, speaking of dad’s and BBQ’s, how about some new BBQ implements, for dad to wield, while he’s BBQing. Woolworths have a great range of Jamie Oliver BBQ sets including the BBQ Tool Set, the ** BBQ Steak Kit and the Gas Torch.

Jamie Oliver BBQ Tool Set

All of these packs are available at Woolworths stores or Woolworths Online from 27 August 2014.


Adventure Dad

Go Pro Camera. My husband has wanted one of these for a while. Some of the guys he flies with have them and film their approaches and landings and then upload them onto their computers. Hmmm… perhaps this really belongs in the Geek Section...

GoPro Hero3 White Camera

Adventure dad can strap this onto himself and record his riding, climbing, abseiling etc adventures. They used to be quite expensive, but like most technology, prices are coming down. GoPro HERO3 in white is available at Target.


Top Gear – The Burma Special DVD

These guys are crazy. Absolutely crazy! This Top Gear Special is another epic expedition for Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.




This time around our intrepid adventurers travel across the wilds of Burma taking three lorries (trucks) on what could be Top Gear's toughest challenge to date! Available now on DVD and BluRay.


Flight Simulator Experience

With simulator centres in most Australian capital cities, dad might be interested in a flight simulator experience. He’ll have the opportunity to buckle up and take control of a commercial jetliner. Different states have differnt flying packages available, so check the Flight Experience site for details.




Sporty Dad

Target have a great range of AFL gear, with a lot of it on sale now for 1/2 price. If your dad is an AFL supporter, grab a bargain buy. He probably won’t even mind undies, so long as they’re in support of his favourite team.

Richmond Tigers Undies



Everyday Dad

Monster Jam is touring Australia again in October, so why not buy him some tickets. It’s a testosterone filled event with huge 3.5 metre tall MONSTER TRUCKS, beer and hot dogs.




Both of my males went to Monster Jam last year when they came to Sydney in 2013 season and have regularly talked about it since. I think a family pass is in order this year. Grave Digger is, apparently, our  favourite.




Monster Jam, sanctioned by the United States Hot Rod Association®, is the most popular monster truck tour, performing to over 4 million fans annually at the most prestigious arenas and stadiums throughout the world.

Hamish & Andy – Gap Year South America

This was one of Hamish and Andy’s craziest series so far. The weird things they ate and the crazy stunts they pulled have kept dads amused (and their sons talking about it in the playground).



Hamish & Andy’s FOURTH Gap Year takes them to South America! But after already experiencing America, Europe and Asia, it turns out that nothing could have prepared them for the highs and lows of South America. Available to purchase on DVD and Blu Ray.


Origami Masters BUGS

If dad is hard to buy for, and has everything, the **Origami Masters BUGS book is something he will probably not own, but which could possibly be absolutely intriguing to him. Origami is the art of paper folding, without the use of scissors or glue.




Some of the origami bugs in this book are so detailed and intricate, they can take over 200 paper folds to complete. Origami Masters BUGS book features 12 projects. Each project has step by step images to complete each origami bug. This is a book which will keep dad entertained for ages.

Origami Masters BUGS is available from Booktopia.


Chili Chocolate Challenge

This is a fun one for the dad who is not afraid of a little heat. Available at Woolworths soon, this **Chili Chocolate Challenge box with certainly make a fun game on Fathers Day afternoon.

The kids can spin the wheel and dad can eat the chocolate… if he dares…




I hope this has given you some ideas on what to buy the fathers in your life. And honestly, if all else fails, cuddles from their kids, a home made card and eggs for breakfast will make dad’s day too.

What is your family doing to celebrate Father’s Day this year?

Do you have any special traditions?

** Disclaimer: I received the some of these products to review. All opinions are my own.


  1. chilli chocolate - only if he hasn't put up that shelf in the wash-house! Ha!

  2. My hubby would just love to see his grandsons! Father's Day like Mother's Day should be about materialistic gifts needed!


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