24 August 2017

Dad. Possibly the hardest person to buy gifts for, and with Father’s Day right around the corner (September 3!) we thought we’d give you a helping hand!

Although we love celebrating our dads, father figures, grandpas and mums who also play the role of dad every day of the year, Father’s Day usually requires getting Dad a gift. And we feel you, it’s not easy.


To start with, it’s sometimes easier to cross ideas off the list first. For example… I’ll be brief. Buying your dad undies is a weird thing to do. Like, while I can imagine my Dad in a swish new tie or shirt while gift brainstorming, I don’t want to imagine him in undies. So undies get a swift line through the middle.


Ties are a bit of a boring present though, am I right? Ties.


And while socks are an awesome present while they last, or until they get kidnapped by the sock monster (RIP to all lone socks out there) you can only get Dad so many each year without it all getting a bit boring as well. Socks.


With those out of the way, here are my favourite picks for Dad this year – you can find them all under one roof at ya local favourite Porirua shopping centre, North City.

Hair's to you, Dad!

Rugged bearded dad? Smooth shaved dad? Whatever type of dad you have, a men’s grooming kit’s never a bad call for Father’s Day, plus it’s not something that he’ll normally splurge on for himself. Make it a double win – this is also a gift for Mum/Grandma, because as well as looking nicer, he’ll also smell nicer. Top it off with some cologne and Dad will be as dapper and sweet-smelling as they come.

1. Braun 9-in-1 men’s grooming kit from Farmers | 2. Diesel “Only the Brave” cologne from Life Pharmacy

On the couch or on the road?

If your dad’s the running/exercising/gym type, then look no further for his dream gift. He might not even know it yet, but Fitbits have been all the rage in the past couple of years, and dads all over the world have made their runs the better for it. If your dad doesn’t have one yet, then there’s this gaping hole you just have to fill. They’re pretty sleek and trendy, can connect to his mobile phone and can track his daily step count. We particularly like this manly man one from Farmers. If dad’s more reminiscent of a couch potato than an action man, then a great book or two will never go amiss. We’re loving two of Whitcoulls’ new releases, and better yet, they’re both perfect for dad.

1. Fitbit charge 2 from Farmers | 2. The Resilient Farmer by Doug Avery and New Zealand Rugby by Desmond Wood, both from Whitcoulls

Hi hungry, I'm Dad!

That old chestnut…

Legend has it that all dads love food. Dad’s angry? Give him food. A remarkable solution. Worked every time for me when I was a kid. Anyway, enough about my dad – we’re talking about yours! Whether your dad’s a pizza fan, or dives into cheeseplates on the regular, there’s something to be found for every foodie. I’m particularly digging this pizza maker and stone set from Stevens – especially because I’d get to use them too! You also cannot go pasta good pasta maker , which you can also find at Stevens (dad joke, anyone?)

1. Lollipop pizza maker | 2. Stevens pizza stone set – both from Stevens

Speaking of food...

Have you considered taking Dad out for brunch? It sounds cliché and maybe a little cheesy, but the best thing you could probably give your dad is your time. Sharing a meal is the best way to bond, especially if the food is delicious!

We reckon Dad will particularly like The Coffee Club’s big breakfast – eggs, bacon and all the trimmings for a top Kiwi bloke, or the pulled pork eggs bene, with lashings of BBQ sauce. Both yum (tried and tested by me!) and will totally hit the spot. If something a bit lighter is what you’re after, Muffin Break ain’t all about muffins. You can pick up a great coffee, cheese and bacon scrolls, or a breakfast burrito.

But why not make a day of it and see a movie at Reading Cinemas after? At just $10 a ticket, both your wallet and Dad will thank you for it!


Have a lovely day with your dad!

The aforementioned big breakie from The Coffee Club