Want to make your dad the happiest man on the block? Try these 10 creative ways to up the ante this Father's Day - no matter what he's into.
There’s something undeniably special about dads. They’re always there when we need them, their jokes never cease to make us giggle (or cringe) and their life advice is always from the heart. This Father’s Day shake up your usual routine and get him a gift that’s just as unique as he is.
For the outdoorsy dad
1. Bring back the pack
Whether he’s a budding cyclist or an avid hiker in search of unchartered territories, chances are your dad has a few things he takes with him on each journey. That’s why nothing beats a multifunctional, lightweight backpack that not only looks good but has the ability to store the items all good outdoorsmen need when exploring the big, wide world.
2. Become a scavenger
Not only are scavenger hunts a great way to get out and about, they’re a chance for you and your dad to spend the day together. This personalised gift can be tailored to all of your dad’s interests and best of all – you can include the rest of the family. Simply jot down a list of 10 items or tasks that each participant needs to find or accomplish. The first team to complete the list within the allotted time wins a prize. Just make sure you’ve got a consolation prize up your sleeve in case dad doesn’t win…
For the handy dad
3. Make his toolbox sparkle
If your dad loves building things with his bare hands – chances are he’s got more than his fair share of tools tucked away in the garage. But does he ever clean them? Survey says… probably not. Welcome Cyber Clean, an all-purpose cleaning slime does the trick. This putty works on everything from doorknobs to window sills, appliances, air vents and even keyboards.
4. Keep coastin’
There’s nothing quite like a hot coffee in the morning and a cold beer at night so why not give your dad a gift that lets him have both? These homemade coasters can be personalised and most importantly, it’s a DIY project you can do together you’re not keen to go it alone.
For the green-thumbed dad
5. Share the gardening love
Does your dad spend most of his spare time mowing the lawn or tending to the yard? Make those moments count by giving him the gift of time… spent with you! Take a mason jar and fill it with all the activities he would normally do in the yard. Every activity he pulls out of the jar will be one you’ll do with him that weekend. Yep, you’ll be raking leaves in no time. At least he’ll be happy about it…
6. How does your garden grow?
These days the answer to that question could very likely be ‘upward’. More and more vertical gardens are popping up in backyards and on balconies across Australia. Not only will a vertical garden allow your dad to get his creative juices flowing, it will give the gift of green goodness to a courtyard area or balcony in need of a little TLC.
For the creative dad
7. Thirsty work
Is there anything more convenient or fun than having a beer caddy complete with it's own opener in the comfort of your own home? Even the most basic woodworker can build this helpful and environmentally conscious gift – just make sure you’ve got a few bottles on hand so dad can take his pressie for a test run.
8. Complete the ensemble
While most dads have a special BBQ apron – how many of them have an adjustable heavy-duty waxed apron? Whether dad’s building a new walk-in wardrobe for mum or a palatial doghouse for Benji – these aprons help get the job done. They’re water resistant, have adjustable straps and pockets specifically for his tools.
For the open road loving dad
9. Model behaviour
Barely recognise your dad when he’s not standing directly next to his beloved car? This year, surprise him with a miniature model of his favourite vehicle. Maybe it’s a model of his first car or the wheels he drove to his first job or date? The gift itself may be small, but the care factor is major.
10. Play on
If your dad spends most of his time driving to work or playing chauffeur to the rest of the family, make him a playlist he can listen to whenever he gets behind the wheel. Find out what his favourite tunes are, make sure you capture songs from his preferred musical decades and watch him drive off with a smile on his dial.