Father’s Day gift inspiration can run a little thin on the ground for those who’ve been playing the game for a while. If it’s not a pair of socks or a bag of licorice, it’s some other token gift that can leave poor-old dad feeling a little neglected. This year can be different! Here are budget-friendly, experience-based gift ideas that go beyond the basics.
Have a ‘sausage off’
The humble barbecue is a place of great joy for many dads, and what could be better than getting the whole family together in honour of dad? Task each family member with choosing out a variety of sausage to win the coveted prize of Super Sausage. Dad can be the judge of the tastiest, but you may want to add in points for creativity or the most surprising flavour combo. All you’ll need is some fresh rolls and Dad’s condiments of choice and he’ll be in heaven.
Why he’ll love it: Family, a bit of friendly competition and a selection of tasty sausages – what more could he want?
Check out a wine tasting
While wine tours were once only available if you travelled out to Australia’s many incredible vineyards in many states’ wine-growing regions, there have been a recent boom in inner-city cellar doors. You can get that ‘wine country’ experience without travelling too far. There are also a number of breweries and distilleries that have set up shop within bigger cities, so you can find a range of different options.
Why he’ll love it: They offer experiences that put a twist on Father’s Day lunch.
Appeal to his funny bone
Dads and jokes – is there a more classic combo? You can always rely on Dad to share some one-liners of varying quality and going as a group amps up the fun. Jump online and do a quick search into venues in your area putting on cheap or even free comedy nights to find a great outing for the whole family. Word to the wise: go for an event billed as ‘all ages’ so you can be sure you’re not met with any awkward jokes.
Why he’ll love it: He might pick up some fresh material!
Hit the trail together
Let your dad take control of the compass and get out of the city on a bushwalk. Check in with your closest national park’s website to find all of the trails closest to you. The great thing about this idea is that it can be tailored to all ages and activity levels. You might just find the perfect picnic spot if you have little legs to think about.
Why he’ll love it: Fresh air and the great outdoors – unbeatable!
Host a movie night
Terminator? Top Gun? Harry Potter? Whatever your dad’s favourite movie is, gather everyone around and just relax. Let’s not forget the snacks – an essential element with this gift. You know what the menu will consist of, just make sure it’s all dad’s guilty pleasures.
Why he’ll love it: Being treated like a king from the comfort of the living room is an offer too good to pass up.
But if all else fails, you can’t go past a coupon book with promises of a washed car, cleaned barbecue, shoulder massage etc. The coupon book is a winner year in year out, no matter how old you are.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever done with your dad? Feel free to share in the comments section.