Father's Day is just around the corner, and with plenty of Aussie dads set to spend September 5 at home this year, a present he can use in or around his castle is a smart idea. Here are six suggestions that will appeal to an array of dads, from barbecue masters to coffee connoisseurs.
1. Tools. While the idea of gifting something quite practical might feel lacking in creativity, there are plenty of dads who love adding something new to their toolshed - particularly come September when the weather is warmer and they can indulge in a springtime tidy of the front and backyard.
Gift idea: Stihl's MSA 140 C-B chainsaw weighs just 3.9kg and with push button starting is simple to use. Suitable for every dad, from the gardening novice to self proclaimed expert. Available from your local Stihl dealer.
2. Barbecue accessories. No one barbecues better than Dad and a good home cook understands the importance of having the right utensils for the job.
Gift idea: The Char-Griller three-piece knife set has all the essentials you need for an authentic low and slow cook up. Available at Bunnings stores.
3. Scented candle. Perfect for dads who are working from home, or notoriously tricky to buy for. A smelly candle might seem out of left field for many men, but trust us, once their preferred scent permeates the air they'll wonder how they ever coped without it.
Gift idea: If you're not in the position to sniff samples in person, shop online with a company that specialises in masculine scented candles. MrJasperSays.com.au has various candle sizes and scents, such as leather, woody and sandalwood.
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4. Pot plants. If your dad like to potter in the garden, a new plant is always welcome. Alternatively, you could buy him something for inside the house, including a pot to hold it.
Gift idea: The block man planter couldn't be a more unique present, perfect for dads who never really left their love of Lego. Visit spoilt.com.au.
5. Subscriptions. Give the gift that keeps on giving each month. Perhaps there's a particular magazine he reads, or a streaming service he uses frequently. Or maybe you could opt for something completely unique.
Gift idea: Coffee roasters Seven Miles has a subscription service so Dad can enjoy his favourite blend throughout the year. There's no minimum subscription period, so he's free to cancel, pause or skip a shipment at any point. Visit shop.sevenmiles.com.au.
6. Eco-friendly giving. If you dad has an interest in sustainability, consider a gift made from recycled materials, or something else low impact that can complement his endeavours to make homelife more green.
Gift idea: The Chicken Guard is ideal for a flock-owning father. The automatic locking system opens the chicken coop door with timers and light sensors in the morning and shuts it at night.
You can also program it to open and close at select times, or let it rise and fall with light. This not only keeps Dad's chickens safe, but also gives him a well-deserved lie-in. Visit chickenguard.com.au.