Father’s Day is fast approaching. Don’t let lockdown stop you from sending some love to dad – order early and get a gift to his door ASAP.
Unique gifts and perfect presents
Nerdy dads, dapper dads and handy dads are covered with these great gifts. Psst – jump to our banquet section if your dad is more of a foodie.
Book delivery from a Melbourne favourite
Is your dad big on Sixties pop culture? A fan of Italian Neorealism? A lover of brutalist architecture? You’ll find a lavishly illustrated book on every cultural topic under the sun at Metropolis. Or he can choose his fiction of choice from the Paperback Bookshop. If he needs inspiration, the reading lists are a good place to start.
For more ideas on bookshops that deliver, see the independent bookstores blog.
Bruce Goose quirky socks
Bruce Goose socks come in zany stripes, koalas and, yes, with geese. Want a more conservative style? There are warming thermal merino snow socks and fine-weave business socks. While they are not currently trading at the Queen Victoria Market, the online store is going strong.
Baby Yoda desk buddy
Baby Yoda brought joy to the masses last year, and now you can gift your dad his very own piece of Mandalorian magic. This adorable mini figurine from Minotaur is the perfect work from home desk mate. Or keep his head warm with a Baby Yoda beanie from Culture Kings. One click away, favourite child status is.
Metascent Gentleman Collection sale
Treat your Dad to the gift of scent this Father’s Day with Metascent’s Gentleman Collection. This bespoke range of fragrances feature Australian botanical such as wattle, boronia and Buddha wood. Buy between 19 August and 4 September for 20% off the collection.
More Star Wars merch
Spoilt gifts has a galaxy’s worth of Star Wars merch for your dad this year. Find R2D2 keepcups, Millenium Falcon key covers and more. They even have a special Father’s Day Star Wars gift pack! You can also find super cute Star Wars items from Monster Threads.
Vintage vinyl from Heartland Records and Basement discs
If vinyl is your Dad’s style, he can check out the indie labels at Heartland Records. Choose a gift voucher, priced from $30 to $250. Or deliver sweet musical merch like band tees, KISS jigsaws and more. You can also name your own price for a gift voucher from Basement discs, where vinyl and limited edition CDs live in perfect harmony.
Bar Clara’s Scarlet & Clove Father’s Day pack
Spoil Dad with a Father’s Day gift pack from Scarlet & Clove. He’ll receive a hip flask filled with Bar Clara’s signature Old Fashioned cocktail. Plus a delicious chunk of peanut brittle and a cigar – a chocolate cigar, that is. They’ll arrange for your favourite family photo and a handwritten note to be included as well.
The ultimate grooming kit
To keep your dad’s silver fox image intact, buy him a grooming kit from Men’s Biz. The Urth Man’s Best Friend kit comes with the lot. Face wash, shaving formula, face balm and scrub. And all the potions are enriched with natural ingredients like green tea and ginseng. If your father’s a hirsute groover, they also stock beard balms, oil, shampoos and conditioners. Add moustache waxes and razor strops if he’s a particularly dapper dad.
Foodie feasts and boozy buys
Give dad the gift of great food and fancy bevs.
King of antipasti Italian feast pack
King and Godfree have made a meal delivery fit for a king this Father’s Day. The ultimate antipasti box comes complete with a bespoke bottled cocktail, a selection of cheeses, various salumi, a bottle of top Italian wine and heaps more. Including legit Sicilian olives. If dad is more of a brunch king, the brekky box is his best bet. We’re talking free range eggs, fresh sourdough, K&G’s signature coffee, streaky bacon and everything else you need for a Sunday feed.
Atlantic’s fine dining hampers
Fuss-free Sunday roast comes in the form of the Atlantic’s special Father’s Day hamper. Treat dad to the likes of 12 hour slow cooked pork, garlic roasted potatoes and pudding with butterscotch sauce. Hampers come in serves of 2 or 4 – so if you live with dad, it’d be rude not to join him. Order by 4 pm 2 September to lock it in.
Cheers with a boozy Melbourne Mixtape
Bars may be closed right now but the Melbourne Mixtape brings the drinks to you. It’s a mixed pack of seven single-serve cocktails, sourced from some of Melbourne’s choicest bars. A superb Americano from Bar Americano, for instance.
Whisky and Alement Boilermaker packs
For a mix of the good drop and ale, give your dad a selection of Boilermaker packs from Whisky and Alement. These specially selected flavour pairings are out of the box. Fruit salad and hotel breakfast, for instance. It combines a fruity and caramel-driven whisky from Arran with a can of German-style wheat beer.
Steak, cake and scrabble
The George on Collins is sending Vietnamese foodie goodness with a side of bevs and boredom busting games. Pair your dad with the perfect pack from the heat and eat range. We’ve got our eye on the family pack – mainly because the stacked opera cake looks too delish to resist.
Rustica’s boozy bakery delivery
Rustica’s got carb-loving dads covered this year. Book in a delivery of fresh bagels, casalinga sourdough, croissants, donuts and all the big brekky trimmings. We’re talking eggs, bacon, avo and more. Add in Prosecco or a Bloody Mary for decadent Dads. Order on the Rustica website.
Blackhearts and Sparrows Italian vino
If your father’s more partial to vino than whisky, order some wine from Blackhearts and Sparrows. For a taste of La Bella Italia, the Italy Pack covers all bases with a prosecco, pinot grigio and nebbiolo.
Premium bento from Ishizuka
Luxe-foodie lovind dads will never forget the double decker Bento Box from Ishizuka. Featuring top tier Australian and Japanese produce, the first level offers fresh sashimi, sushi and pickles. Underneath lies premium wagyu, truffle and foie gras. The perfect finish is a trio of creme caramel in coffee, black sesame and oolong tea flavours. Send an email to order.
Melbourne Cocoa chocolate gifting
Usually based out of the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Cocoa’s gone online for now. So if you’re buying for a sweet tooth, this is the stop for you. Treat him to the classics with mocha, salted caramel, dark and white blocks, or warm his heart with spiced drinking chocolate. Dairy-free dad? The vegan gift pack is a delicious no dairy option.
Chef-led cooking lessons
Book Dad into a course so he can make you dinner some time. Thai restaurant BangPop runs a regular series of online cooking classes. He’ll learn how to create a killer pad thai and green papaya salad.
More iconic dining at home
A man’s got to eat, so order in a fancy dinner from one of Melbourne’s best restaurants.
- Chin Chin’s cheeky ‘Who’s your daddy’ banquet requires the stretchiest of pants. Think roasted hicken wings, smoked brisket, garlic prawns and all the sides. Ends on apple pie and comes with a complimentary Shiki growler. Pick up only.
- Try the chef’s selection from Cumulus Inc. This family banquet showcases favourite menu items like roast cauliflower salad and confit duck.
- Dad missing Supernormal’s lobster rolls? You’ll get them and more if you choose the celebration banquet.
- For something Spanish, dine on the menu del dia from MoVida. It includes classic paella, plus you can order the accompanying matched wines as well.
You’ll find more in-home dining ideas in the iconic Melbourne dining at home blog.
Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Stage 4 restrictions. Please note businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice: check with individual businesses. Make sure that you live within 5kms of the business before ordering for takeaway or click and collect. Observe the curfew from 8pm to 5am, and other restrictions. Please, be smart, be safe and follow directions from the Victorian Government.