Father’s Day Gift guide 2018

Father's Day gift guide

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Father’s Day gifts should be as unique as the father getting them. For some weird, wonderful and most importantly, personal gift ideas in Darwin, check out our Father’s Day gift guide from Darwin Family Life. There is something for everyone and every budget.

The only Father’s Day gift guide you need to read

Father’s Day gifts in Darwin shouldn’t be all weird unrecognisable things from the stall at school or handmade trinkets from daycare or school (although these are adorable). The men in our kids’ lives generally deserve a bit more of a treat for their special day.

At Darwin Family Life, we don’t believe in just standard presents. We also don’t believe that one or two presents are enough – if anything, overdo presents when you can! More is always more!

Every Dad is unique, with his own special interests, tastes and quirky brand of humour. And every Dad is awesome in his own little ways. Father’s Day is about celebrating the unique things that he is and the extraordinary things he does for his family.

Darwin Family Life’s Father’s Day Gift Guide (with something for every budget!)

Time just for Dad

Many Dads don’t get much time completely to themselves. They work long hours, then come home and give Mum some much-needed respite from the kids (well sometimes 😉 hehe!) Often days and weeks go by without Dad getting time to focus entirely on himself, or to just hang out with mates.

You could spoil your Dad by attending the Father’s day class by Bellezza by Tam on Friday 24th August 6.30 pm to 8 pm. In the class you will be able to make and take a perfect gift to show him just how much he means to you. While shop bought gifts can be useful and thoughtful, we would love to show you how to make a set of gorgeous gifts, that you can personalise to express just how much you love and appreciate him. The gifts you can create will include a Hand scrub, Muscle Relaxing Massage oil, a Natural Cologne and Handmade raw chocolates.

Every attendee will go into a draw to win an amazing door prize that includes a 45 min Aroma touch technique pamper session at Bellezza by Tam and a car diffuser and sample from Janelle O’Shannessy at Earth Infinity. Everyone will get an info pack with all the recipes to take away with them. This class is $50 and is non-refundable once booked and paid for. Spaces are limited to 12 so don’t delay securing your seat. Book your spot here 

A wonderful idea for the Dad who has been talking about getting into shape is to arrange for some personal training sessions. Often people can have the best intentions about doing something healthy for themselves, but life has a tendency to get in the way, and Dads can keep putting themselves last.

A great service in Darwin is Tammy’s Fitness Training; you could arrange a voucher for some sessions to get Dad started on his fitness journey and give him some kid-free time as well. Tammy runs regular boot camps and sessions in Palmerston and has Dads (and Mums) join her to get fit!

Not all Dads want to get sporty, some just want to relax. If Dad would really appreciate a pampering hamper (it’s not just for the ladies; trust us!), there is a whole range of Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Territory Gift Baskets; and they deliver on the day itself as well! The popular Beer and Munchies Gourmet Bucket would be a hit for sure! It includes

  • 3 x James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale,
  • Ogilvie & Co Garlic Nibbles,
  • Port Wilunga Fine Foods Pistachio Nuts,
  • Port Wilunga Fine Foods Chilli Almonds,
  • Maggie Beer Cabernet paste (replaces Port Wilunga Fine Foods Appleberries)
  • Wafer Crackers,
  • Territory Gourmet Texas BBQ Sauce,
  • Tasmanian Quince Fruit Paste &
  • Darrell Lee Rocklea.

All beautifully wrapped in a tin bucket (can be used as an ice bucket as well) and delivered with a personalised card! You can order your Beer and Munchies Gourmet Bucket here or check out the other fabulous items in their Father’s Day collection that Territory Gifts Baskets can deliver.

Territory gift baskets father's day hamper

For the Dad’s and Fathers that love the outdoors Arafura Tackle have a great range of items in their clearance sale. They have hard body lures, sinkers, LED lights, knives, landing nets, blue poly tarps, cast nets and much more! Check them out today and grab some bargains – you could bundle these up and create your own hamper of fishing and outdoor gear!

Games with the Boys

Parents often don’t want new things in their lives. They do want time to relax and just have fun with friends. Your kids might be surprised to learn that Dads had a whole world that went on before they became dads!

Another good gift idea is a voucher for an afternoon out with his friends. Why not send him on a laser-tag session at  Zone 3? Boys both big and small love the excitement and adrenaline of this game.

zone 3

You could also send him and some friends out for a beer tasting afternoon. There are a couple local boutique breweries, like Six Tanks Brew Co. or the One Mile Brewery.

Cards Against Humanity is great if you are looking for something completely different. Most Dads are unique. So they need something completely out of the box (although, admittedly this game does come in a box!).

If your Father’s Day Gift Guide needs something weird and wonderful and just fun really then you must check out this unique board game. It is definitely not family-friendly, and you shouldn’t play when the kids are around. For any Dad with a dark sense of humour, this game is an absolute must. Check it out here:

New hobbies and skills

Along the same lines of ‘time just for dad’, why not get him a gift that gives him time over and over again? Dad’s love tinkering with their own projects. These ideas are great for activities they can come back to and work on a little each weekend and as they like.

One idea we love for Dads is a home brewing kit. What man hasn’t dreamed of setting up his own craft brewery out of the garage and inviting friends over to sip his own blend of cool frosty ale?

Gourmet foodie Dads might love cooking lessons instead, such as Thai, Japanese or even Barbecuing or Chocolate making. If you like things spicy, there is a great monthly class in Indian cuisine at Saffrron that is worth checking out:


Or for Dads wanting to expand their skills or interests they might be interested in an Adult night class held at Casuarina Senior College. You could book and pay for classes for next term. Classes range from health, fitness, computing, languages, cooking arts, craft and more.

Personalised gifts that take it up a level

There are handmade and homemade gifts that are sort of phoning it in, and then there are those which take things up a level.

A personalised gift we feel is still something that requires thought, planning and effort. Not just a last-minute thing that you can bang together because you forgot to get anything else. Here are some ideas for awesome, next level personalised gifts.

There are a few online companies that offer personalised books which include Dad and the kids in the story. One of our favourites is Penwizard, who offer a Peppa Pig book called Daddy’s Words of Wisdom. You can even design how Dad and the kids would look like if drawn by the real cartoonists; very cute!


Something else we love is personalised cufflinks; either with Dad’s name or initials, the kids’ names or even some other special message. You can even get some very sweet photograph cufflinks made up with pics of the little ones!

Colorscape is an app that allows you to turn any digital picture into a colour-in page. This creates digital colouring, but you can screenshot the pictures and then print them to create real-world colour-ins that your little one can complete for Dad.

Why not turn Dad’s favourite picture into a print out for your children to colour in? Or print out several and give them as a book with pencils so he can colour them in with the kids later?

For more unique ideas for Father’s Day gifts in Darwin, check out our business directory. And if you have a Darwin business and you would like to be featured on Darwin Family Life, please get in contact info@darwinfamilylife.com.au

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