The round-up: spoil your old man rotten with these Father’s Day gift ideas
The time is fast approaching to show your dad how much he means to you. If Father’s Day has slipped your mind completely, get some last-minute inspiration for gifts for any dorky dad, proud pop and fantastic father.
The Foodie Dad
There’s nothing like a good meal to bring together families, and Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to indulge in some seriously fine dining. Bacchus is hosting a Father’s Day lunch with a menu featuring champagne lobster, kingfish, sirloins and coconut cheesecake. Should pop be keen on something more casual, Soleil Pool Bar’s Garden Tea offers the perfect poolside perch to take in the brilliant Father’s Day weather. Vintaged Bar + Grill is hosting a Father’s Day high tea with mini Belgian waffles, Moreton Bay bug rolls and more. Sazerac has a Father’s Day Man Tea even slated for the day, offering cocktails, craft beer and lots of treats to enjoy, while Thyme2 has an all-day selection of dining experiences to choose from. Over at Treasury Brisbane, the team has invited all dads to its Brewed & Batched night to American whisky, slow-cooked barbecue and beer on Saturday September 1. A host of Brisbane restaurants are hosting special Father’s Day events, such as Otto Ristorante, Jellyfish, Cha Cha Char, Il Centro, The Regatta, and The Charming Squire. Die-hard carnivore dads can consider tucking into some of Brisbane’s best steaks, King Crab Co. and St. James Crabhouse offer up choice crustaceans, Special Rub and Southside Tea Room do banging barbecue of their own, while Little Valley and Honto are some of the finest new Asian eateries in town.
If daddy-o isn’t big on dining out, there are still plenty of options. While buying your dad a six-pack is always appreciated, if your pop is a die-hard craft-beer lover then join him for an informative beer tasting at Newstead Brewing Co. These sessions include a brewery tour, education session and a tasting paddle. Hops & Brew is also hosting a range of craft-brewery tours for Father’s Day, with three curated trips taking in some of Brisbane’s best. A brewquet is also a genius beer-centric gift, stuffed with several boozy beverages, a stylish blade opener and snacks, while The Cheese Riot has teamed up with Adelaide’s Big Shed Brewing Co for a beer and cheese box that combines the best of both worlds. If your father considers himself a whiz in the kitchen, help expand his skills by signing him up to Golden Pig’s cooking school or a Mastersteak class at the Norman Hotel.
The Active Dad
Camping, hiking, bird watching, and sightseeing – if it’s outside, dad’s into it. Perhaps it would be best to give a gift that would appeal to your father’s roaming nature? If your old man enjoys a few nights under the stars, a camping appropriate cookbook would be ideal. The Campout Cookbook has a bunch of recipes for hearty campfire fare. Should dad desire his morning coffee even in the middle of nowhere, the Wacaco Nanopresso portable espresso maker will surely tickle, and if you father likes to travel abroad, then a brand-new backpack from Vinta would also do the trick. Finding time to hit the great outdoors is hard, but you can pops can indulge in a bit of lumberjack entertainment with a visit to West End’s new Lumber Punks Axe Throwing location. Active can also mean sporty, so we also think some fresh active gear, a visit to Topgolf on the Gold Coast, passes to the upcoming Brisbane Bandits baseball season, or amping up the adrenaline with some thrill-inducing experiences would go down well.
The Gift-loving Dad
Okay, so experiences and flashy dinners aren’t really an option – don’t panic! A good old-fashioned gift is easy to come by – as long as you know your dad’s interests! If gadgets are a sure-fire gift go-to, then we’ve got a couple of suggestions that might pique papa’s interest. Apple’s HomePod is becoming all the rage lately, with this portable speaker capable of some booming sound. Should dad’s desk be littered with cords and electronic devices, maybe you can entice him to declutter with an iMate. This syncing and charging hub is drawing some serious interest on IndieGogo – an added bonus if dad like’s being an early adopter of hot new tech. Seeing as summer is approaching, maybe some fresh boardies would be appreciated. If fashion is the ticket, we’re loving the threads from Rarefied and Quiksilver and the new kicks by AESTHETNIK x Oliver Cabell. Let’s ditch the gendered stereotypes once and for all – everyone deserves to be pampered. If your dad has been complaining about the state of his grooming products, help him freshen up by gifting him a grooming must-haves kit from Charles + Lee or a gentSac Dapper Dad Kit. If a weekend away is what’s needed the most, maybe go halves with mum and gift your parents a night or two of glamping at Sanctuary by Sirromet or a room at W Brisbane.