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Editor's Picks: The Father’s Day edition.

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Here’s a date to write in your diary and set the alarm in your phone: Father’s Day, the first Sunday of September. This year, that means September 6. Which also means: VERY SOON.

If you haven’t sorted out a gift yet, I’ve done some of the background research for you (you’re welcome).

Do yourself and your dad a favour and lock one of these suggestions down, pronto.

1. Hankies with a difference.

Handkerchiefs may have been the Father’s Day gift of choice when you were in Year Five, but they can still hold a certain appeal all these years later. The key is choosing a pattern that’s more ‘fashionable man of the world’ than ‘finger-painted love-hearts’.

This Men’s Signature Hankie Bundle by Boutique Heidi hits the sweet spot between being cheap and cheerful — without resembling something from a schoolyard stall. It’s just $17.50, but looks fancier, courtesy of its too-hip-to-breathe wrapping.

Find it at online store Hard to Find.

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“This Men’s Signature Hankie Bundle by Boutique Heidi hits the sweet spot between being cheap and cheerful.” Image: Hard to Find.

2. A whisky gift pack.

If you’re a whisky drinker, you’ll appreciate the fact the Glenfiddich 700mL 12-Year-Old Scotch Whisky gift pack contains not one but two glasses.

Basically, the present comes with its very own hint to open the bottle of signature single malt and share the thing around. #Winning.

Pick one up at Dan Murphy’s for $59.99.

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“Basically, the present comes with its very own hint to open the bottle of signature single malt and share the thing around. #Winning.” Image: Supplied.
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3. Classically trendy leather boots.

If a man exists who doesn’t appreciate a pair of classic leather boots, I have yet to meet him.

The Shoreditch boot by Marcs ($189) is surprisingly reasonably priced, given that it features 100 per cent leather upper and inner.

If your old man’s more about comfort than fashion, the cushioned inner bits will win him over by ensuring long-lasting, foot-friendly wear.

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“If a man exists who doesn’t appreciate a pair of classic leather boots, I have yet to meet him.” Image: Marcs.

4. Tickets to a show.

Maybe your dad’s wardrobe and bar are already stocked to the gills?

If that sounds about right, tickets to see his old favourite are sure to pleasantly surprise him.

Cold Chisel is touring in November — or if he’s more of a Tiny Dancer fan, Elton John is here with his band in December. Other upcoming tours include AC/DC in November and an Elvis tribute performance in October.

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See the Ticketek website for more options. Just don’t forget to buy an extra ticket for yourself…

“Tickets to see his old favourite are sure to pleasantly surprise him.” Image via Instagram @coldchiselofficial

5. A classic silk tie.

You can go with a designer option, or you can find literally any classic design made from silk and expect the same satisfied result.

This ‘Dotted Dots’ design from The Tie Bar is only $19, and its pattern is simple enough to win points for any work wardrobe. My dad likes yellow, but if yours is more of a ‘red power tie’ guy, that’s an option too: this design comes in 12 colours.

You might not win any prizes for creativity, but you’ll definitely look thoughtful and generous – even though you’re only outlaying the price of lunch.

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“You might not win any prizes for creativity, but you’ll definitely look thoughtful and generous – even though you’re only outlaying the price of lunch.” Image: The Tie Bar.

6. A nice bottle of red.

A bottle of St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz ($35.99) from Dan Murphy’s matches nicely with a beef or game dish… which sounds like it’s right up my dad’s alley.

Lovers of ripe concentrated fruit and a generous measure of vanillin oak will appreciate this bottle (no, I don’t know what that wine talk-means and yes, I’m reading it from the label).

But just as importantly, lovers of a perfect price tag will also be fans.

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“Lovers of ripe concentrated fruit and a generous measure of vanillin oak will appreciate this bottle.” Image: Supplied.
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7. A flying lesson.

Sure, it’s a little at the pricier end of the scale. But if you pool your funds with your siblings and buy it as a group pressie, any adrenaline-seeking dad will appreciate this one.

A Light Aircraft Introductory Training Flights voucher is $175 and includes a classroom lesson plus hands-on flying time at Moorabin airport in Victoria – with no prior flying experience necessary.

You can find a voucher for this, and similar experiences in different states, at the Red Balloon website.

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“Sure, it’s a little at the pricier end of the scale. But if you pool your funds with your siblings and buy it as a group pressie, any adrenaline-seeking dad will appreciate this one.” Image: Red Balloon.

 

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