Last minute Father's Day gift ideas for the unprepared


That’s right, Father’s Day is this Sunday. 

It’s not a birthday nor is it Christmas, but we can’t let Dad go uncelebrated.

If you’d forgotten about the holiday until, well, right now, don’t panic too much. There’s still some time left to pick out a gift, or to plan your weekend to make him feel special. 

Below is a list of last minute gift inspiration. Best of luck. 

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* What dad really wants for Father’s Day… it’s simpler than you think

Something for the practical dad.

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Something for the practical dad.

FOR THE PRACTICAL DAD 

Instead of just grabbing him a voucher to buy some tools, think back on the last convo you had about whatever project he’s working on, or his favourite things around the house. 

Mitre 10 and Bunnings have even compiled their best picks to take some of the hard graft out of this equation. If all else fails, offer to go with him to pick something out on Sunday – it’s more thoughtful than a voucher, but he can still do the choosing. 

Something for the nerdy dad.

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Something for the nerdy dad.

FOR THE NERDY DAD

Independent Auckland bookstore Time Out offers A Year of Books (from $190). It’s your job to answer some questions about your dad’s tastes and, “then our booksellers will use their magic hive mind to create a bespoke book subscription”. 

A magazine subscription ($40-$60) is another way to give a gift that will last until next year. You can pay online and print out a gift tag. 

If a particular TV series has a special place in Dad’s heart, then a quirky themed gift could be the way to go; like this Darth Vader coffee mug ($29.95), or this Hand of the King GOT bottle opener ($9.95). 

A quirky coffee mug always makes a cheerful and thoughtful present.

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A quirky coffee mug always makes a cheerful and thoughtful present.

Hand of the King, Game of Thrones beer bottle opener ($9.95).

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Hand of the King, Game of Thrones beer bottle opener ($9.95).

FOR THE ACTIVE DAD

The best gifts are often experiences, rather than items.

If your dad likes to get out and about on the weekends (or maybe doesn’t do as many activities as he’d like to!) then think about how he could play tourist for a day in his own backyard. 

Something for the active dad.

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Something for the active dad.

What’s on offer will depend on his interests and location, so do a little research. Some options are: Taupo Bungee ($99); Ultimate All Day VR Gaming Pass, Auckland ($49); Parasail in Paihia ($79).

Bonus points for picking something the two of you can do together. 

Something for the hipster dad.

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Something for the hipster dad.

FOR THE HIPSTER DAD

Most artisan Kiwi coffees offer their own subscription services: Supreme; Atomic; Kokako etc.

Sign him up for his favourite brand, or pick out a 1 month ($25) or  3-month gift box ($69) subscription so he can try out some different local roasters. Great in combination with a KeepCup that he can take on the go. 

If he’s more of a craft beer type, why not visit a local brewery for a tour and tasting. Garage Project, Urbanaut and Brothers Brewery are good ones. 

Something for the foodie dad.

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Something for the foodie dad.

FOR THE FOODIE / BBQ DAD

A poor tradesman blames his tools. Set up the foodie dad for summer with a few new kitchen accessories, like the new Breville smoking gun ($134.95) or a good chef’s knife. 

Or if he prefers an outdoor kitchen, how about an add-on like a magnetic BBQ grill light ($29.95), copper grill mats, or a quirky BBQ apron. 

Taking dad out for brunch (or cooking the family one) is the ultimate last minute gift.

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Taking dad out for brunch (or cooking the family one) is the ultimate last minute gift.

FOR ALL DADS

  • A leather card wallet
  • A nice watch 
  • A bottle of his favourite wine or liquor
  • If he hates shopping, do it for him. One or two new shirts never go amiss, and neither does a cologne or shaving kit. 
  • Good headphones. Bluetooth is great. That is, until he’s travelling or doing something where one charge won’t last; urBeats come with a lightning cable ($79). 
  • Always loses his keys or phone? Not anymore, with a bluetooth tile tracker ($29). 

The ultimate last minute gift is some time spent together over a meal. Book a brunch (or dinner) and treat him to a nice meal and a catch up. 

Father's Day is Sunday 01 September, 2019.

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Father’s Day is Sunday 01 September, 2019.

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