Is it time to level up the gift game when it comes to treating our dad's and the father of our children? We know there is always room for a pair of funky socks, but gifting experiences and mindful moments is where our money is best spent, to let the important fathers in our lives know they do an alright job.
Whether they help with the school drop-off by chucking bags in the car, forget to put on a load of laundry, and we can act like we didn't need to re-stack the dishwasher after they have a crack at it, this is a day where we acknowledge and honour the Dad.
If you're looking for some Shire based businesses to send Dad off to or support locally, here is a curated list of Dad gifts and experiences sure to rock his socks off.
Why not capture the special moments of Dad and the kids, or maybe Grandpa needs a spotlight, Erin has created some beautiful mini family sessions perfect for a Fathers Day gift. They are quick and snappy, so great for fathers who don't want to spend too much time in front of a camera.
You will see more of Erin's work around the Shire as she is our inaugural photography business featured on our Shire Rewards app. You can book in family mini sessions as a gift for a special father here.
Our mates over at Cronulla Beer Co have done a cool thing and released the Decent Dad brew. If you know a decent dad, you know the babywearing, stubby holding papa bear, this might be a great gift for them with a slab of beers, and a decent dad shirt.
It's fun, it doesn't go unnoticed and I am sure we will see a few blokes repping these shirts after Fathers day has been and gone. Grab the Fathers Day gift pack from Cronulla Beer Co for your decent dad here.
Listen, if Dad's going to be crackin' a few cold ones on Fathers Day you know he'll be raking through the 3rd draw down looking for his favourite stubby holder. So why not include a 4 pack of custom stubby coolers to go with his favourite beers?
Have fun with Stubbyz can & bottle coolers that help keep your beverages chilled and the good times rolling. With can and bottle cooler options for every can/bottle style and size, Stubbyz has Dad covered for every boozy occasion.
The original drink cooler is the Australian stubby holder and Stubbyz have pioneered some of the coolest stubby holders on the planet. Stubbyz keeps your drinks cold and wet, are made of world-class insulation, and use best-in-class materials. Get ya custom Stubbyz here >>>
The kids have just gone to sleep, and there is a hint of silence in the air, what more does the father in your life love to do than to slow down and expand the mind with a good read. More and more men are committing to flicking pages and learning something new, and we should encourage them to do so this Father's day...
You could be strategic about it and pick up some self help titles, some recipe books, or maybe a book about love languages... hint hint..
Or you know they have been after the latest autobiography of a superstar athlete that they must read. Either way a new book or gift card for dad might be a good gift for the mindful parent. You can browse The Best Little Bookshop in Town's fathers day offerings here:
You are looking for a spot to chill on Sunday and haven't booked yet? The crew at 3 Doors Down are offering a beer for Dad on arrival, along with a 6 course lunch and dinner service for the whole family to enjoy. The vibes are great at this Menai local spot, and the cocktail list is sure to impress all the guests that come along too. Check out their menu and to book head here
"Oi relax Dad!" lol. Ok so this is for the luxe dads who need a bit of R&R... Get them to visit City Cave at South Village to experience their Flauna Offer (Float and Sauna), for full body recovery and a great way to disconnect from the mind.
A float session full of magnesium salts will leave them... well, floating followed by an infrared sauna session will leave them feeling purified and relaxed. If you would like to book a man cave at City Cave for a dad you know head here.
Really stuck for a gift and want something unique, a little different and to support a local and sustainable Shire business? There is an eclectic little shop in Jannali called Fora Studios, and their Father's day gifts are a great spot to find something that you wouldn't really find anywhere else.
We are talking quality poker playing cards, copper kegs, leather goods, all that are for the premium Dad that likes meaningful, artful and skilful items that are sentimental in value. Shop online or in their studio and be blown away
Dad's day out hitting balls and having a laugh. Maybe he wants to improve his golf game, or just needs to tee off with a few blokes in the arvo, X-Golf is the place to send him.
Maybe you can round up the wives of his friends and each of you get a gift card to send them out for a bit of friendly competition, but if he is a solo player it's an equally great experience. Send him off to the simulation of golf to refine his game and grab a gift card here
Need a spot for brunch to take Dad on Sunday morning? The Den Cafe at Engadine is open for Father's Day and has an awesome playground for the kids to run a muck and let him relax that little bit extra. Bring the grandparents along too so you can celebrate all the father's that make an impact on your kid's lives. Book a table for the morning here.
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