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10 last minute Father’s Day gifts

HerCanberra Team

For those of us that definitely, absolutely did NOT forget Father’s Day is this coming Sunday…

Father’s Day creeps up on us every year (it’s because the date moves! We swear!) but it doesn’t matter if you have only just remembered, because HisCanberra is here to save the day with some awesome gift ideas to reward those special men in our lives.

#1 The perfect Summer outfit


The Canberra Centre can help you find the fashion match made in heaven for your Dad with their new Spring/Summer collections in store now. With a mixture of summer fabrics, cool patterns and accessories to suit all ages now in stock from retailers like Saba, Country Road and M.J Bale, the only difficulty you’ll have with this gift is stopping yourself from buying Dad a whole new wardrobe.

Or, if money is no object, spoil him with a bespoke suit from Braddon Tailors. You can read Drew Baker’s write up of the process here.

#2 The Royal Treatment

fathers day groomed

Groomed have earned themselves the title of the location for the discerning gentleman searching for a new look on Lonsdale Street. They offer a full range of services on offer like ‘The Royal Shave’ and style cuts for all ages, but they also add that little bit extra to the atmosphere with their carefully curated selection of clothing and leather goods.

If you’re not up to the challenge of selecting a particular service for your Dad to enjoy, you can purchase a gift card like the one above. Want more of a selection? Read our list of the best barbershops in Canberra, or find some great guy beauty products here.

#3 Gourmet Skills

Image courtesy of http://3seeds.com.au/index.php/cooking-school/

Image courtesy of 3seeds.com.au

Some Dads have a notoriously bad reputation in the kitchen and some thrive on the theatre and passion of cooking. For the former, we have the perfect gift. 3seeds Cooking School at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets hold regular cooking classes and events to teach everything from the most basic of skills to tricks the oldest of culinary dogs will appreciate.

The best part is that their menu rotates every week, meaning that if your Dad loves the class he can sign up for a different cuisine each lesson from BBQ to Italian, Japanese to French and everything in between. Lessons start at $110. Read more about the experience here.

#4 A Meal to Remember

Porcini Fettuccine at Jamie’s Italian. Photo courtesy Jamie’s Italian

Porcini Fettuccine at Jamie’s Italian. Photo courtesy Jamie’s Italian

Some Dads enjoy nothing better than the opportunity to sit down with their whole family for a hearty, hearty meal. In this case, the effort that you go to might be put into bringing your whole family together and making a reservation at your Dad’s favourite restaurant rather than picking out a gift.

If your Dad just likes “good food” or says “surprise me”, don’t stress, you’re in good hands. Check out our restaurant and cafe reviews section for a comprehensive look at ‘where’s good’ in Canberra or if you’re looking to impress Dad with culinary skills of your own, peruse our Recipes section instead.

#5 The career he’s always dreamed about


I think everyone secretly wishes they could fly a plane one day, and chances are your Dad does too. If he had to give up a career in the AirForce for one reason or another, loves flying for travel or yearns to earn his pilot’s license, this is the gift for him.

Jet Flight Simulator Canberra will take your Dad into the heart of the experience of flying, giving him complete control of the type of aircraft, destination and departure airports – even the weather! Father’s Day special prices (50% off) start out at $79 for 30 mins – book online for a special HerCanberra rate at www.jetflightsimulatorcanberra.com.au/hic

#6 The Snazziest Accessories 

dressed for sunday

This bow tie and cuff links combo are handmade and are a steal at $37 and $27 respectively and you can find them at Shop Handmade in the city.

If your Dad is the type to carry off such stylish accessories with aplomb, make sure you look into Dressed For Sunday‘s website for more beautiful unique accessories like ties and necklaces.

#7 Homewares for the design enthusiast

This Dutch designed lab lamp is the perfect solution for lighting without the need of an electrician. It comes with a dimmer switch in the black 2.3 metre cord and an Australian plug for the wall. Hang it off a chair or a hook on the wall or ceiling. Comes in Matte grey, shiny blue, shiny yellow, shiny pink, shiny brass, shiny black, shiny copper and white. Find it at Handsome Pretty in Braddon’s ORI Building.


#8 the gift of beer

Whether it’s a beer masterclass at Marble and Grain, a Beer and Cheese ‘pairing’ session with cheese importers The Cheesesmith and boutique brewery Bentspoke at The Forage next week, or beer from Canberra’s Pact Beer, many a dad will appreciate the gift of fine ale. Mmmm….beer.



#9 coffee to his door

If your dad loves coffee, and loves local, this is a win-win. Drum & Dryoffers a subscription service to spotlight some of Canberra’s best coffee roasters, ranging from little-known roasters who are just starting out to others who may already be popular and established. Starting from $24 a month, Dad will receive a bag of beans from the featured roaster (250grams, 500grams or 1kg), information about the coffee including flavour profiles, cupping notes, roasting processes and origin of the coffee. There’s also information about the roaster including their background and history and a few other little goodies as well.



#10 the perfect bike

Reckon he’d love a set of wheels, but really not sure what sort he’d like or needs? Read Matt Harvey’s Canberra buyers guide to be pointed in the right direction. Family bike ride, anyone?


What are you getting YOUR dad for Father’s Day?


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