Sunday 4th September brings Father’s Day around for another year, which means you’re pretty much bound by social norms to treat your dad to something special. Only you know how to best spoil the old man to his personal tastes, but just in case you’re thin for inspiration this year, allow us to spark those gift-giving talents of yours with some Australia based ideas. We’ve put together a straight-forward five ideas for you to get across.
Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish
For the gentleman
We had a feeling Johnnie Walker would be pulling something special from their dignified sleeve just in time for Father’s Day this year. The number one Scotch whisky in the world already have an enviable range, but just a few months ago Australians saw that range expand with the release of the limited edition Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish. The 10-year-old chill-filtered blended Scotch whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and has already picked up a gold at the International Spirits Challenge earlier this year, as well as a silver at the 2016 San Fransisco World Spirits Competition. In fact, there’s been a total of nine awards attributed to the Rye Cask Finish since its release.
Master Blender Jim Beveridge used whiskies that have been matured for at least ten years in first-fill American Oak casks, then finished the blend in ex-rye whisky casks to layer on a rich, distinctive character that balances creamy vanilla notes and a spicy finish with one heck of a punch. The solid body of the Rye Cask Finish draws from the flavour characteristics of bourbon and rye, combined with those classic signature notes and textures of Johnnie Walker – making it a sure–shot for both a dram on the rocks and/or for use in the more classic whisky based cocktails (like an Old Fashioned).
Johnnie Walker Select Cask – Rye Cask Finish is the perfect gift for Father’s Day (available nationally) and has a recommended retail price of $70 (700ml) wherever good spirits are sold, including Dan Murphy’s.
Spinifex Deluxe BBQ Spit
For the chef
A new BBQ for Father’s Day may seem like the most obvious choice of the occasion but throw in a little extra oomph with a spit and the classic gift turns into the type of powerhouse rotisserie dreams are made of. Many of the best dining spots across Australia are jumping back onto the rotisserie bandwagon so it makes sense to want to bring the method into the home, and if that’s the kind of long lasting gift you want to give for Father’s Day it’d be hard to look past the sleek Spinifex Deluxe BBQ Spit.
This bad boy also comes with a shield and the type of straight-forward design that’d fit plenty of outdoor settings. You can grab it online and in-store for a very reasonable $140 from Anaconda.
For the thrill seeker
Online gifting website Adrenaline has grown into an immense directory of well-priced, well-curated experiences around Australia, all aimed at getting the blood flowing. You can often grab some high-speed car experiences, helicopter rides, skydiving, and the like here, so if an experience is what you want to gift your dad try looking at an Adrenaline Gift Voucher, that way he has a bit of say in the matter.
Adrenaline are currently having a sale where paying $225 nets you a $250 voucher (cheaper options available). Grab it online at Adrenaline.
Wine Bottle Glass
For the wine enthusiast
If your dad like novel things and drinking copious amounts of wine, then one of the few interesting items available via online store Dad Shop should do the trick, even if just for a cheap side-gift. It looks like a wine bottle with a wine glass on top, serving as a decanter as well should dad not be allowed the whole bottle to himself. Capacity sits at 750ml so there’s a lot you can fit into this.
Grab it for $21.95 from dadshop.com.au.
Beer Days Beer Box
For the hipster
Online service Beer Days are doing curated gift boxes of hard-to-find and limited release Australian and international craft beers, and for a Father’s Day special they’ll be chucking in some limited edition books as well. You’d be hard pressed to find a modern dad who doesn’t enjoy exploring the vast range of crafts out there so this one is a no-brainer.
Books available include Dog Eat Dog, a memoir by the former manager of AC/DC, and Pornburger, a book stacked with 80 burger recipes. Alternatively you can scrap the books and replace them with snacks like beef jerky or toasted macadamias, a retro bottle opener, or an upgrade to a Premium Beer Box with stronger ales and even harder-to-find craft brews.
Prices for these boxes start at $59.95 for monthly, quarterly, or one-off deliveries. Check them out at beerdays.com.au.