Every year, it seems to sneak up and come from nowhere for me. But, this is your public service announcement: Father’s Day, on Sunday 4 September 2022 for us here in Australia, is less than a month away!
So while it is always a good time to give thanks to that fatherly figure in your life, let’s not gloss over Father’s Day. Be it your Dad or step-father, an uncle, grandfather, a neighbour or that family friend who has always been there for you, it’s a day to give you a gentle prod to thank them for being them. If you’re struggling to think of something to get them, here’s a few gift ideas to show your appreciation. If you purchase via one of the links below, you might just help us out, too.
Vinoclock is our official moments partner. Whether your dad enjoys the occasional glass or bottle, beers or wine, they are never short of a tipple for all tastes. Why not pick up a mixed case for the occasion?
Relax and sip on “the best damn gin on the planet” while thinking of Ryan Reynolds (or Blake Lively). Aviation Gin is the perfect base for any tipple with its eight botanicals including lavender and orange peel without that intense juniper flavour.
Citadelle Original Gin | RRP $75 | Available at Liquorland and other retailers
For a touch of old world culture, Citadelle Gin is a progressive drop from the south of France for the more distinguished Dads among us.
A true chateau to bottle gin, with aromatic richness this original skew carries three main character traits: juniper (the base), citrus (underlines the juniper), exotic (touches of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg). The perfect partner to a lonely tonic.
Diplomático Exclusiva Reserva gift pack | RRP $99 | Available from participating outlets
A sweet and smooth sipping rums, Diplomático Exclusiva Reserva is the most approachable yet admired spirit to come from the Venezuelan distillery.
Opening up with aromas of orange peel, toffee, and liquorice, it is silky on the palate, and follows with hints of toffee fudge for a seductive and long-lasting finish. Shop this brilliant bundle which includes a 700ml bottle of Exclusiva Reserva, a glass, and an ice ball mould so you can make it fancy.
NON Everyday Range | RRP $80 | Available from NON World
A collection of three hand-crafted non-alcoholic wine alternatives, NON’s new Everyday Range focuses less on what was taken away (the hangxiety for one) and instead prioritises creating new and interesting flavours. This one is for the foodie dad’s with a more sophisticated palate, within the new bundle sits fan favourites NON1 (Salted Raspberry & Chamomile), NON3 (Toasted Cinnamon & Yuzu) and NON7 (Stewed Cherry & Coffee).
Jimmy Brings | Depends on your poison and quantity | Available from Jimmy Brings
If you are a terrible son like me and gets to the gifts at the last second, Jimmy Brings rescue to your door in 30 minutes. I obviously leave way too much leeway for my last minute gifts.
For example there is the staple Johnnie Walker Black Label for AUD$70 (can’t say that one that I go to), Glenfiddich 12yo Scotch for AUD$89 if you need a quaffer, Patron Silver Tequila for AUD$92, the Advocate Cab Sav for AUD$42 and much much more.
TCL 30+ | RRP $399 | Available from Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Big W, Target, Mobileciti, Amazon, Dick Smith
For the Dad looking for an all-in-one smartphone experience without breaking the bank, the TCL 30+ could be the perfect gift. The 30+ delivers a myriad of high-quality features including a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with NXTVISION technology, AI triple-rear camera setup with 50MP main lens and 13MP ultra-wide front-facing camera for the avid selfie snapper. The smartphone also provides blue light reduction of 30% to protect Dad’s eyes.
Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE Power Bank 20K | RRP $79.95 AUD | Available at Belkin.com/au
Keep all your devices charged at home, the office, or on the go with this new compact and lightweight Power Bank 20K. It has power to charge up to three devices at the same time with its USB-C port and 2 USB-A ports with a total of 15W.
Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE USB-C PD 3.0 PPS Wall Charger 25W | RRP $29.95 AUD | Available at Belkin.com/au, Myer, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi
Get optimal charging speeds for both Samsung smartphones with Belkin’s USB-C charger. It is USB-C PD 3.0 certified with PPS technology, giving your device a safe charge with the right amount of power, all in a compact, travel-ready design.
Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE Braided USB-C to USB-C Cable (1m / 3.3ft, Black) | $24.95 AUD | Available at Belkin.com/au & other leading retailers
Tested to survive 10,000+ bends, and made with double braided nylon, these USB-C fast charge cables stand up to the most rigorous daily use so you don’t have to keep replacing them.
With a braided nylon exterior they’ve got the sturdiness to withstand just about anything, they’re also USB-IF certified to make sure you’ll always have a superior experience.
Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE 15W Wireless Charging Stand + QC 3.0 24W Wall Charger | $99.95 AUD | Available from Belkin.com/au & other leading retailers
Declutter your desk or countertop by replacing all those wires with one convenient wireless charging stand. Even better, you can charge in portrait or landscape mode so you can keep streaming video or read a recipe while your phone powers up.
Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE PRO 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe | RRP $229.95 | Available from Belkin.com/au, The Good Guys, Myer, Amazon
Let dads fast charge all their Apple essentials with this powerful but sleek 3-in-1 charging pad. Thanks to its new magnetic fast charging, Dad can get up to 33% faster charging for Apple Watch Series 7, while the MagSafe charging pad delivers a fast wireless charge for iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 models. The lay-flat design is compact enough to slide into your bag and take with you, so you can keep your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods charged from anywhere.
Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE 30W USB-C Wall Charger with Lightning Cable | RRP $54.95 | Available from JB Hi-Fi
For the busy Dad looking to fast charge their devices in only a fraction of time, Belkin’s nifty 30W USB-C Wall Charger powers Dad’s iPhone, Galaxy, or other compatible devices. This travel-ready PPS charger is USB-C PD 3.0 certified, giving charging speeds of 0-50% in up to 24 minutes, letting Dad waste no time while their phone charges. On top of all that, Belkin’s bundle comes with a USB-C Cable with Lightning Connector, to let you charge your iPhone straight away!
Laser G-Tek Cyborg 71 Key Wired & Bluetooth Gaming Keyboard | RRP $199 | Available from Laser.com.au, Harvey Norman
Whether he is into gaming or just general office work, you can’t go past the GTek Cyborg 71 Wired and Bluetooth Gaming Keyboard. With an impressive compact form of 72 keys with integrated shortcuts, 100% anti ghosting with key roll-over, cherry red mechanical switches for reliable gaming with a linear feel and Magnetic feet for quick and durable height adjustments, this keyboard would make the perfect addition to any gaming or office set up.
Suunto 9 Peak | RRP $1,199 | Available from Harvey Norman, Find Your Feet, Wild Earth and other specialty retailers
Designed for hardcore adventurers and peak experiences, the new Suunto 9 Peak is its thinnest, most powerful and durable sportswatch yet. The Suunto 9 Peak boasts up to 170 hours of GPS recording capacity in Tour mode, blood oxygen measurement, a full battery charge in one hour and built to match users’ high expectations for a sports wearable companion, training tool and adventure partner. All this in a new sleek form factor that fits seamlessly on the wrist for ultimate comfort!
I tested this at launch and it is an attractive and useful unit. It isn’t a cheap investment but the metrics are geared to the serious sports crowd.
Suunto 5 Peak | RRP $499.99 | Available from Officeworks, The Good Guys, MYER and Costco
Designed for outdoor fitness loving Dad and manufactured in Finland with 100% renewable, carbon-neutral energy, the Suunto 5 Peak is a light, compact, durable, and long-lasting partner to guide people towards reaching their fitness goals. 41% lighter than its Suunto 5 predecessor, the new 5 Peak offers up to 100 hours of battery life, in-sport music controls and extensive outdoor navigation features at an affordable price. It also features Suunto’s new design, and comes available with a range of easily changeable accessory straps to suit individual style.
TCL NXTWEAR G Wearable Display Glasses | RRP $899 | Available from Harvey Norman
Give the gift of immersion this Father’s Day with TCL’s new Wearable Display Glasses, offering Dad a truly innovative and fully immersive viewing experience that emulates a 140-inch display right before their eyes. Combining dual micro OLED screens with a comfortable design and plug-and-play functionality, the NXTWEAR G offers a hands-free personal viewing experience that offers a portable cinema for movie lovers, an immersive world for gamers, and making the sport-loving Dad feel like they are closer to the action than ever before.
Xencelabs Pen Tablet | RRP $469.99 | Available from Mwave, Amazon
Increase your productivity and super charge your creativity weith the Xencelabs Pen Tablet. It has a minimalist design that prioritises workflow, comfort, and intuitive use in a portable, compact size. Included additional accessories and tools provides a cost-effective and natural drawing experience for professionals.
Lee recently review this and was impressed by the bang for bucks it offers.
Satechi 100W USB-C PD Compact GaN Charger | $129.99 | Available from Mwave and Scorptec
Dad is always looking for his charger to keep everyone’s devices on the go? The Satechi 100W USB-C PD Compact GaN Charger features a powerful Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology for a noticeably faster, more efficient charge. Equipped with dual USB-C PD ports and a USB-A port, the charger consolidates three adapters and intelligently adjusts its power output according to its connected devices – up to 100W.
This one still lives in my work bag and comes with me everywhere.
Twelve South HiRise 3 | RRP $179.99 | Available from Twelvesouth
Local brand Twelve South HiRise will wirelessly charges your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods using less desk space than an iPhone. The space-saving design ends the clutter of multiple chargers and uses only one plug. HiRise holds your MagSafe iPhone upright to easily read notifications and tap snooze – without even lifting your phone.
Audio and Visual
Laser Soundtec 4.1ch Party Blaster | RRP $199 | Available from Laser.com.au and Big W
Featuring 4 integrated speakers, an independent subwoofer drive, and up to 6 hours of battery life, the Soundtec 4.1ch Party Blaster is all about providing big sound. With an IPX5 water resistance rating making it perfect for fishing trips and pool parties and a convenient carry handle, this is sure to make you the VIP guest at any event.
Skullcandy Dime | RRP $69.95 | Available at Skullcandy and JB Hi-Fi
Forget the all expensive, look-at-me style airpods, Skullcandy Dime’s are the new wireless earbuds that are big on sound and attitude, but for a fraction of the price. The perfect portable size with a sleek design, dad will be able to grab and go next time he’s running out the door – did we mention the optional key chain? For cool dads, not regular dads.
Bucks reviewed these when they first came out, and he loves them for the bang for bucks value.
Skullcandy Push Active Sport True Wireless Earbuds | RRP $179 | Available at Skullcandy and JB Hi-Fi
Perfect for the on-the-go mum who needs both her hands, but doesn’t want to give up her favourite playlist or podcast, Skullcandy has raised the bar once again with the release of the Push Active earbuds. Push Active gives you the freedom to get the job done with hands-free voice control and up to 44 hours of battery life.
Read our review of these solid workout earbuds that lifts the game with some clever features.
Soundboks Go | RRP $1,099 | Available online and JB Hi-Fi
SOUNDBOKS GO is designed for easy transport without compromising the quality sound. Created to bring people and families together, amplify community gatherings at concert level sound both indoor and outdoor, SOUNDBOKS Go is great for your park hangout, outdoor enthusiasts, music aficionados, or nestling into dad’s working garage.
Poly Sync 10 / Sync 20 | RRP $199 / $177.78 | Available from authorised resellers
The Poly Sync Family USB/Bluetooth smart speakerphones deliver premium sound, easy connections, and flawless collaboration experiences. It is beautifully designed, simple to use and plays well with most platforms.
With IP64 dust- and water-resistance, the Poly Sync 10 USB speakerphone offers a plug-and-play convenience to make working on the go a seamless experience. The Poly Sync 20 speakerphone is perfect for work and play. With up to 20 hours of battery life, you can enjoy remarkable audio anywhere.
Poly Voyager Focus 2 | RRP $298.61 | Available from authorised resellers
Get in the zone and stay in the zone no matter where you are with the Poly Voyager Focus 2 headset. Equipped with three levels of hybrid active noise cancellation and Acoustic Fence technology, the Voyager Focus 2 eliminates background distraction so you are ready for anything work/life throws at you. Poly Voyager Focus 2 offers premium audio and a lightweight headband for all-day comfort. Bucks tried it out, loves it, and put it on his list as a “must have”.
Poly Voyager 4300 UC Series | RRP $315.51 | Available from authorised resellers
Provides phenomenal flexibility, connectivity, and up to 50m of wireless freedom. The Poly Voyager 4300 UC Series has everything you need to stay productive and connected to all your devices whether at home or in the office. Long days of calls made easier with all-day comfort and dual-mic Acoustic Fence technology that eliminates background noise.
Poly Studio P5 Webcam | RRP $139.61 | Available from authorised resellers
Catch up with family and friends wherever you are with the Poly Studio P5 webcam. With pro-grade camera optics and a focused directional microphone, the Poly Studio P5 webcam delivers exceptional video call experiences – no amount of distance will set you apart from your loved ones on such a special day.
Poly Studio P15 Video Bar | RRP $699 | Available from authorised resellers
Look your best when catching up with family, friends, or colleagues with Poly Studio P15 Video Bar. With its high-performance image sensor for low noise and automatic low-light compensation, you can maintain proper light exposure, even in darker rooms. The Poly Studio P15 Video Bar delivers pristine clarity and rich sound with a powerful integrated speaker featuring acoustic suspension. Bucks roadtested this one and finds it to be a top notch device.
Poly Studio P21 Personal Meeting Display | RRP $2,3731.30 | Available from authorised resellers
The Poly Studio P21 Personal Meeting Display has everything you need to supercharge your video calls. A brilliant 21″ display and built-in high-definition camera will make you look and sound good. Featuring hi-fidelity speakers, microphone, and adjustable ambient lighting, this is the ultimate piece of home office gear dad didn’t know he needed.
Philips PicoPix Max TV | RRP $1,499 | Available from JB Hi-Fi
Looking to gear up for the cold Winter with the ultimate at-home cinema experience? The new Philips PicoPix Max TV offers a powerful but easy-to-use option to share and supersize Dad’s content no matter whether you’re indulging in a movie, show or looking to lose yourself in a video game. Delivering an immersive display, built-in Android TV and 2.1 speakers, Dad’s can gear up for a big year of sport and streaming ahead with this projector!
Bose Sports Earbuds | RRP $299.95 | Available online or Amazon
With a secure and comfortable fit, pumped-up audio and acclaimed life-like sound, the Bose Sport Earbuds are the perfect workout companion to keep you motivated and on track.
Bose Frames Tempo | RRP $399.95 | Available online or Amazon
The Frames Tempo are sport sunglasses that come equipped with Exclusive Bose Open Ear Audio technology so you can listen to your favourite music or podcast while staying in tune with the world around you.
Food, the prepping, the making
Traeger Grills Pro Series | $999 – $1,799 (discounted from RRP between 16 August to 5 September 2022) | Available from BBQ’s Galore Australia
Making it simple to achieve that incredible wood-fired flavour, the Traeger Grills Pro Series has a built-in dad feature labelled Set-It & Forget-It so you can literally let the grill do all the work.
With WiFIRE technology, precision temperature control metrics, and either 575 or 780 square inches of grilling space, the pro series is made for creating unforgettable, succulent, meaty meals.
Truff Variety Pack | RRP $118.95 | Available online or at David Jones
Know a spicy little someone you’d like to treat this Father’s Day? The TRUFF variety pack features the og hot sauce, hotter sauce, and white truffle blend, so you can get a feel for all the complex flavours combining red chilli with delicate truffle.
With an ingredient list that somewhat replicates a fine tequila, TRUFF is the pantry staple that’ll have the whole family burning for a sample.
Truff White Hotter | RRP $54.95 | Available online or at David Jones
Not for the faint hearted … this is the newest and hottest varietal to enter the growing TRUFF range. A curated blend of red chilli, organic agave, and white truffle, with a hint of coriander. Taking inspiration from the flagship truffle experience this lighter and brighter sauce packs a premium level of heat.
Mini Truff Hot Sauce Pack | RRP $49.95 | Available online or at David Jones
Featuring x4 43g TRUFF mini’s in the og flavour profile, this gift pack is one way to make sure dad is doing right by all his takeaway (adding extra hot sauce of course).
Our Mini TRUFF is the same great blend of ripe chilli peppers, organic agave nectar, black truffle, and savoury spices. These 43g bottles are perfect for carry ons, handbags and meals on the go!
Traeger Grills Accessories | RRP $59.95 | Available online or BBQ’s Galore Australia
The porcelain chicken throne is fit for a king, aka dad, while designed for durability (and it’s dishwasher safe). Traeger Grills’ simplification of the traditional Beer Can Chicken preparation technique is perfect for any chef who loves to show off their latest bbq tool.
Or, tell him to quit fumbling with flimsy scissors and give your BBQ meat the respect it deserves. Traeger’s titanium coated blades cut effortlessly through skin and bone to save you both the hassle at the dinner table.
Airthings | RRP $129.99 – $399.99 | Available from JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks
Relatively new to Australia, Airthings are air quality monitors suited to homes, employers and facility managers. Depending on which model, you can have far more insight and control into your air quality wherever you are.
Ecovacs DEEBOT X1 Plus | RRP $1,899 | Available from JB Hi-Fi, Godfreys and Bing Lee
For the Dad who complains about mess yet doesn’t want to lift a finger when it comes to household chores 👀 – the DEEBOT X1 PLUS is the perfect self-autonomous cleaning companion. With stunning and modern Jacob Jensen industrial design, the X1 PLUS is a top-of-the-line cleaning system that exudes timeless beauty and seamless functionality. Boasting cutting-edge features including its own YIKO voice assistant, auto-empty station, interchangeable air freshener capsule, AIVI 3D obstacle avoidance and TrueMapping technology, this smart vacuum cleaner is truly the definition of tomorrow’s robots today. Home cleaning has never looked so good nor smelled so fresh!
Cricut Maker 3 | RRP $699 | Available from Harvey Norman, Officeworks & Spotlight
For the Dad who dominates the world of DIY, the Cricut Maker 3 is one of the most versatile gifts you can give. It is a Smart Cutting Machine that works with a simple app called Design Space – simply create your design, send it to the Maker 3 and watch it go! It can cut 300+ materials from Vinyl for dad’s bespoke bike stickers and Iron-On for tee’s featuring his infamous dad jokes, to heavier materials such as balsa wood for his more demanding DIY projects. Versatile enough for any project Dad is undertaking next, not only does the Cricut Maker 3 cut, but it also draws, engraves, scores and more!
We reviewed the original Cricut Maker, and it still gets a good workout with various craft projects for both the kids and adults.
Twelve South HoverBar Duo (Gen 2) | RRP $139.99 | Available from Twelvesouth
An extra arm when you need it the most. HoverBar Duo is a flexible arm that includes a weighted desktop base and adjustable shelf clamp. Use it like a multi-tool to get serious creative work done on an iPad. Use the sturdy shelf clamp in the kitchen to make a prototype video. Flip the stand’s New QuickSwitch Tab and snap the flexible HoverBar arm into the desktop base to finish your presentation.
Nanoleaf | RRP $99.99 – $549.99 | Available from JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Bunnings
From Lightstrip to Shapes, Lines and Elements, Nanoleaf have plenty on offer to change the ambience of your space. Nanoleaf has been a trailblazer in creative smart lighting. The possibilities are limitless (well except to the budget), so let your creativity fly!
tado° Smart AC Control V3+ | RRP $179.99 | Available from Officeworks, Mwave, Tektin Tech
The tado° Smart AC Control V3+ is the smart way to control your AC. It replaces your existing remote control and connects to your Wi-Fi – without additional wiring. The tado° Smart AC control is your Climate Assistant that takes care of your comfort at home and helps to reduce your energy bill. Control your AC from anywhere with the tado° app on your phone and have a clear overview of your climate history and savings. The intuitive app enables you to control various functions of your air conditioner / heat pump from anywhere, more comfortably and efficiently than ever before. Reduce your energy consumption, save money and enjoy the perfect room temperature at all times with help of intelligent Skills: Geofencing, Open Window Detection, Weather Adaptations.
Check out what we thought of the tado in our full review.