No matter where he is, make sure you treat your dad this Father's Day
For many of us around the country, this Father’s Day might look a little different, but that doesn’t mean that Dad doesn’t deserve a treat. We’ve put together this jam-packed Fathers’ Day Gift Guide to help you lock down some last-minute presents.
To make your decision as easy as possible, we’ve hand-picked something for every type of Dad.
We think you can do better than a new pair of socks, and to get you in the Father’s Day mood, check out our handcrafted playlist – chockful of more Dad-Rock than you will ever need!
Gifts for Dads that love a laugh
Where would we be without that special sense of humour that only dads seem to have mastered? Dad jokes are usually so bad that they are actually hilarious, especially when they are delivered with the confidence only a dad sitting around the dinner table can muster.
A common night at the dinner table in my household goes a little like this:
Dad: Do you want some more dinner?
Me: No thanks, I’m full
Dad: I know you’re a fool, but I asked if you want more dinner.
My dad is truly the height of comedy. If your dad is too, a present that plays into his “top-notch” sense of humour is sure to do the trick this Father’s Day.
A custom bobblehead or family portrait in caricature-style is sure to inspire a few laughs around the table, maybe even a pair of socks with photos of your face plastered all over them (truly the only acceptable sock-related gift this year). But if you really want to go all out, lock in a night out with dad that will also (hopefully) improve his bag of jokes.
From stage to screen, and everything in between comedy legend Ben Elton has definitely mastered the art of wearing many hats. He is also ridiculously funny, and will be returning to Australian stages for the first time since 2006 in April 2021. Multi-award winning comedian Urzila Carlson is also in the mix. Hot off the heels of her Netflix debut and recent seasons of Have You Been Paying Attention?! and The Masked Singer she is sure to be in fine form when she takes the stage next year.
Or if you’re looking for homegrown talent The Chaser, Julia Morris, and Tommy Little are both certain to deliver an irreverent night chock full of laughs.
Gifts for Dads that love a good time
Live music really is the gift that just keeps giving, and you bet we’ve got a stellar lineup of local and international acts ready to return to Australian stages in 2021. For Dads that like the classics, you can’t look further than Rod Stewart, Scottish legends Simple Minds, or the special reformation of Zoot. If you’re Dad enjoys discovering something new, or keeping up to date with the latest hitmakers then maybe the incredible Angel Olsen, spectacular Bon Iver, or Australia’s angel Delta Goodrem are more his style.
Gifts for Dads who love to relive the good ol’ days
We all know how the conversation begins, Dad sits down and with a sigh begins, “Back in my day…” or “When I was young…” and usually follows with a trip down memory lane, probably told with lots of expression, excitement, and nostalgia. If this sounds like your dad, then there is no greater gift than a night out to see one of these tribute acts.
Just as good as seeing the real thing, this is a trip down memory lane both you and dad are sure to enjoy. Maybe you’ll be ‘Stayin Alive’ with original Bee Gees drummer, Colin Petersen during Best of the Bee Gees, reliving the Fab Four’s impromptu concert on top the roof of the Apple Building with Bootleg Beatles, being immersed in Australia’s largest scale Pink Floyd concept act Echoes of Pink Floyd you know Dad us going to have a good time.
Gifts for Dads that love the stage
There is so much in the arts calendar for 2021, that your dad is sure to be spoilt for choice. If heartwarming, sob-inducing productions are Dad’s cup of tea, then look no further than smash-hit musical Come From Away. Based on the true story of thousands of passengers diverted to the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada following the events of September 11, 2001, this short and sharp production sure packs a (gut) punch.
For something a little more light-hearted, make Dad’s day, month or even his year with the hilarious New York and Las Vegas hit Friends! The Musical Parody, join American climatologist, geophysicist and director of the Earth System Science Center Michael Mann as he explains the impact of the changing climate and what you can do to fight it, or get to know the world’s greatest living explore when Sir Ranulph Fiennes offers a personal journey through his life.
Gifts for Dads that won’t let you change it off the sports channel
Every day is sports day when your dad has the tv remote. Thankfully, we’ve now got an excuse to get him out of the lounge room and into the arena. Whether it’s to enjoy all the action Mount Panorama has to offer at the Bathurst International or a weekend of vintage military aircraft and the latest technology airplanes at Warbirds Downunder, there’s sure to be some upcoming live sport perfect for your dad.
Gifts for Dads that can never decide
Sometimes it’s really hard to pick the perfect present for Dad, we all know the struggle, so why not let Dad decide for himself? With a stack of events locked in for the latter part of 2020 and 2021, why not let Dad make plans for a special night out in the future? Grab him a Ticketmaster Gift Card that he can use to plan his own night out in the future. If you’re keen, you can also add in a voucher from your favourite local restaurant, bar, or venue (many are currently offering the service) to make the night extra special.
No matter where you are, or where Dad is this year, we can still make it a special one. Whether your present is bought, made, or you simply spend the day talking on the phone, we wish you all a very happy Father’s Day. Check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide right here.