2016 Father’s Day gift ideas


We’ve rounded up an eclectic mix of 2016 Father’s Day gift ideas. We’ve selected gifts at a few different price points, so there should be something for everyone on the list. We’ve gone for some stylish treats this year too, because it’s for Dad, and he totally deserves it.

So help Dad sort out his mornings, step out in style, and get inspired with some evening reading.

Nespresso CitiZ&Milk – $499 –

All Dads like coffee right? Whether it’s a cappuccino, or a macchiato, or a frappa-maccha-chocca-half-shot-latte-chino, the Nespresso CitiZ & Milk has Dad covered. It not only looks smart with it’s sleek urban design, it makes a fair cup of Joe too. Dad will love you for this one kids, so crack into your savings, and get him one from Nespresso.

A Bit Of Man Time – $185 –

Willow and Wolfe are a fresh new hamper company. The ‘Bit of Man Time’ hamper comes in a classic wooden box, that’s a keepsake in it’s own right. Inside Dad will find Proraso shaving cream from Italy, an Edwin Jagger razor made in England, men’s sandalwood and cypress face cream from The Aromatherapy Co, and Marvis whitening toothpaste that’s sure to bring out a smile from his pearly whites.

Vans – SK8 Mid Moc – $119.99 –

These sweet Vans will have Dad stepping out in style this Father’s Day. Featuring a pig suede construction, with waxed laces and tonal stitching. A unique fold-over upper gives the mid-top shoe a distinctive appearance that distinguishes itself from other Vans. We’re liking the stylish cream colouring, and loving the sharp price from Last Season’s.

Steampunk Gold Plated Brass Cufflinks – $113 –

Rainey Designs make awesome jewellery and these cufflinks made from recycled time pieces are super-cool. Their steampunk-infused cufflinks come in brass or steel and in a variety of shapes and sizes. Pick up a pair for Dad to punk up his Monday morning meetings. Enquire about current designs in stock at The Vault.

Mondial Tabacco Verde Premium Shaving Cream 150ml – $36.95 –

Dad spends around 35 hours a year shaving. Get him this Mondial premium shaving cream, made in Italy, to make those hours more enjoyable. The fragrance is extracted from fermented tobacco leaves. It conveys heat and comfort giving strength and energy. Just the thing Dad needs to kickstart his day. Mondial shaving cream is still produced according to an old recipe, with artisan methods and without preservatives, available now from Fine Shave.

The Kiwi pair – Hamish Bond & Eric Murray – $30.82 –

Since competing at their first race meeting together in 2009, the powerhouse duo of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have never been beaten. Surely one of New Zealand’s most successful sporting partnerships of all time. They spend more time together than with their own wives, they finish each other’s sentences, yet it’s always been a love-hate relationship. Get the book from Fishpond for Dad this Father’s Day so he can find out why.

And, if you’re looking for something for Dad that’s handmade, or low cost, check out our craft section, or just treat Dad to a good old fashioned breakfast in bed.

12 truths about fatherhood for modern Dads


I always vowed to never be like my Dad. I think most boys do, don’t they? Don’t get me wrong, he was a great Dad, a great provider, as generous as they come. But he grew up in a time when Dad’s just didn’t hug their kids, and so that was how he fathered us. Continue reading »

3 breakfast ideas for the ultimate Father’s Day lie-in


There’s only one thing I ever ask for on Father’s Day. It’s the same thing every year. Breakfast in bed, with a coffee and a newspaper. Ahhh, the ultimate Father’s Day lie-in. Continue reading »

5 parental lessons I MUST pass on to my daughter


They did… I did … I hope she does…

We consciously and subconsciously carry through our lives pre-conceived ideas, learnt behaviour and negative influences from our upbringing. It’s up to each of us to choose what we carry forward in our lives and what parental lessons we will pass on to our own children. Continue reading »

Way back when – Celebrating gardening


Back in the day our parents and grandparents were fortunate enough to live the quarter-acre dream. They had backyards big enough to have a large garden to supplement the family meals, a few fruit trees and plenty of lawn left over for active kids to romp and play until the sun went down. Continue reading »

Supercharged spaghetti bolognaise


Spaghetti bolognaise is a go-to staple in most households. And it’s not hard to see why. Full of protein and carbs, with the sweetness of tomatoes, and lots of fun for kids to eat. Continue reading »

Chicken nuggets with cauliflower


What kid doesn’t love chicken nuggets right? And there are some good brands out now with organic chicken, and healthier batter. But, still, some chicken nuggets leave a lot to be desired. Continue reading »

Winter warming lentil and vegetable soup


There’s nothing quite like a winter vegetable soup to make you feel warm on the inside, when it’s cold on the outside!

This tummy-warming recipe comes from Mandy Sacher. Her upcoming book Wholesome Child is an 8 step program, nutritional guide and recipe book all in one! Mandy calls it the only resource parents will need to transition their children from processed foods to a healthy and nutritious diet. It offers simple and effective steps which all families can achieve – no matter what stage of their health journeys. Continue reading »

5 tips to model a love of reading in your child

Kumon special offer

Have you ever seen a child who is able to read a passage of text aloud only to be stumped when it comes to explaining what they have just read? A child’s reading development is a gradual process and as parents, being there to support them every step of the way can ensure your child becomes a confident reader with a love of books. Continue reading »

Top tips for saving on a family holiday

RACV Noosa Resort-water slides

Going on a holiday or weekend getaway with the family is a great way to escape from your day to day routine, create long lasting memories and spend quality time together. To make planning a family holiday a little easier, we asked holiday website Wotif to share their top tips for getting bang for buck out of your next family trip. Continue reading »

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