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Father's Day gift guide

Scope out our top picks to show your old man some love – including beer, socks and some more unusual finds

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As we usher in spring, the niggling anxiety about what to get Dad for Father's Day returns for another year (maybe another funny mug?). Dads are notoriously hard to buy for – but this year, we've rounded up some of our favourite gifts for the one day in the year devoted to appreciating them. Whether you opt for one of the usual suspects (beer, socks) or a more left- of-field present (a stone print, gin mayo), it's about time we spoiled our favourite dudes. 


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Melbourne coffee-maker St Ali really has been doing a lot for us over lockdown. Not content with just giving us St Ali hand sanitiser and St Ali face masks in the coolest shade of Melbourne black, the coffee institution also has a bunch of products perfect for the highly caffeinated dad this Father's Day. Is he leaning into the at-home cocktail trend? Send a fancy new addition to his ingredient cupboard with St Ali's single origin coffee liqueur ($70) made in collaboration with Sydney distillery Mr Black – it's got delicate red fruit notes and the sweetness of sugarcane, and the coffee used in it is straight from the farm of Apolinar Arevalo in San Jose Lourdes, Peru. Plus, there are coffee machines, bottled cocktails and so much more at St Ali's website

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Ancestry.com.au 'Family History' subscription, from $139.99
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Ancestry.com.au 'Family History' subscription, from $139.99

Father's Day is really all about celebrating the bonds between family – so why not give your dad the chance to dig a little deeper into the history of his own? With a six-month Ancestry.com.au subscription ($139.99), Dad can dive deep into online historical records (some dating back to the 13th century) and build his family tree through a treasure trove of sources. If he's keen to know more, you can also add on AncestryDNA, a DNA testing kit ($129) that will give him a breakdown of his ethnic makeup, as well as insight into his ancestors. One thing to note – if he finds out he's descended from royalty this Father's Day, it's going to be a hard one to top for next year. Order online.

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It's 2020, and everyone knows that men's skin isn't a magically self-hydrating organ that looks after itself – it needs a little love and care, too. The Aussie Man has launched a new range of skincare that's simple, chic and full of wholesome ingredients – natural godies like seaweed, cucumber and white willow bark are ethically sourced to create all-vegan, cruelty-free products.  You can grab each product individually – but to start Dad off on his new routine, it might be best to get him a set with all the necessities. The Skin Essentials set ($79) has all the basics to leave his skin in tip-top shape, while the Anti-Aging and Skin Repair set ($99) comes with an extra anti-aging elixir featuring vitamin E, and the Daily Hydration and Booster Set ($99) throws in a serum with collagen, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C for maximum invigoration. Choose from the whole range online – and get 20 per cent off everything with the code TIMEOUT20. 

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If your dad's style is less craft beer and more arts and crafts, we've got something a little left of field just for him. In a striking alternative to traditional artwork, the Melbourne-based creatives at OnStone handmake wood-framed art pieces by printing stone with images of your choosing – so each piece is completely different, and tailored to you. Just upload a family photo of you and your dad, and allow the makers at OnStone to work their magic – it's really that easy. It's also a good option for the environmentally conscious father, as OnStone uses only recycled timber for its frames, and bonds printed ink onto stone using a strong UV light for fade resistance and sustainability. Prices start at $80 for a 150mm x 150mm frame. Check out the whole range here.

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Whether you're encouraging a fledgling cooking passion borne out of lockdown or your dad's a lifelong master behind the grill, a personalised apron is the perfect amount of thoughtful and practical for a Father's Day gift. Cargo Crew, the small Victorian business behind the personalisable aprons in washes of denim, grey and black, have been making uniforms for years – so you know it'll be comfortable and long-wearing, too. Choose your favourite shade of Cargo Crew's best-selling aprons (as well as the strap colour) and have your dad's name, initials, nickname or footy team embroidered on it. Get Dad's new look online at Cargo Crew

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There are those who get extremely hung up on the exact provenance of their pinot noir, and those who'd just like to sip on a glass of delicious wine (without the accompanying pretension). If your dad is one such wine lover – but doesn't venture into viticultural snob territory – we've got the perfect gift for him. Fat Bastard is an established range of wines made from fruit sourced from the finest grape regions around the world, so you know you're getting quality at the table. Is he a white or a red kind of guy? The Chardonnay is sourced from the sunny climes of California, while the ripe, juicy Shiraz originates from South Australia. Plus, if you sign dad (or yourself) up to the Fat Bastard mailing list, you'll go in the running to win a free case of six wines each month. Check out the full range here – all the wines are a cool $18. 

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One thing a dad can never have enough of? Socks, of course. And when those socks come thrown in with a slab of Brick Lane Brewing Co's beer, they're just the cherry on top. Indie Melbourne brewery Brick Lane Brewing Co has been winning hearts since it began its craft beer outfit in 2017. With its new Father's Day pack ($78), Dad will get to try two of their classic, year-round favourite beers, the Supernova IPA and the Red Hoppy Ale, as well as two limited editition brews – the Avalanche Hazy IPA and the Revolver Dark Ale. He'll get four of each, so here's hoping he'll share. A pair of Brick Lane socks are a chance to show the world he has excellent taste in beer – or at least, his children do – and they come in a punchy design he'll want to show off. Order your beer and socks set online now.

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Booze-free gift set from Lyre's Spirits, $79.99
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Booze-free gift set from Lyre's Spirits, $79.99

If Dad's experimenting with going booze-free, Lyre's Spirit Co has his back. The complex flavours of his favourite spirit are still present in the Lyre's Spirits range of non-alcoholic spirits spanning whisky, gin and rum – so he'll be able to raise a glass and mix a drink while keeping on track with his goals. Lyre's even has a special Father's Day Gift Set – it includes a bottle of Lyre’s non-alcoholic bourbon-style American Malt, a pair of cufflinks, a pair of stylin' socks, and a pen – all the classic Father's Day gifts in one, non-boozy package. The American Malt has hint of vanilla and a distinct nuttiness – so it's ideal to enjoy in an Old Fashioned, or just splashed with Coke. You can mix any of Lyre's spirits with an alcoholic drink for lower ABV, with all the taste. Grab the whole set online for $79.99. 

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