I know why you're reading this. It's Wednesday, Father's Day is in four days (yes, FOUR DAYS!!) and, for one reason or another, the act of purchasing a celebratory gift for Big Poppa has not occurred. No need to get your knickers in a knot – we've put together the ultimate Father's Day gift guide, full of presents for all types of dads. These aren't your run-of-the-mill gifts; they're the best of the best because that's what the old man deserves! Get to it, people!
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD - LITTLE BIG SUGAR SALT
Honestly, who has the time (err, I mean the cooking skills) to cook Dad breakfast in bed? Not me, not I! Aren't you glad then that the good lookin' folk at Little Big Sugar Salt will do it for you? Now taking breakfast bookings for the special day, the peeps at LBSS will whip Dad up the type of breakfast you could never dream of creating yourself – think chai porridge, pecorino croquettes with chorizo and soft boiled eggs, croque monsieur, or even the more traditional eggs and bacon.
Little Big Sugar Salt's barista brews a mean coffee too, which will make that hangover you're nursing on Father's Day morning just a little more bearable. Dig in.
*Looking for the perfect spot for Father's Day dinner too? Check out our list of the manliest meals in Melbourne here.
Little Big Sugar Salt | 385 Victoria Street in Abbotsford
Call 03 9427 8818 for bookings
PAMPERING - HOMMAGE AT CROWN SPA
Dad can pretend all he likes that he doesn't like being fussed over but, come on, who doesn't love a good massage? NO ONE, that's who! Lucky, then, that Crown Spa has put together the HOMMAGE Father's Day Pamper Package to spoil the beejesus out of him this year. Using the exclusive French HOMMAGE product range, the Father's Day Pamper Package includes the HOMMAGE recovery massage, plus access to the steam rooms and the incredible (trust us on this!) Aqua Spa Retreat where he can relax in Crown's version of a hammam. If that isn't enough, Dad can also work up a sweat in the gym before returning to his car – valet parked of course!
HOMMAGE Father's Day Pamper Package $265
Crown Spa | Crown Towers Hotel, 8 Whiteman Street in Southbank
Call 03 9292 6182 for bookings
PLANTS & ALL THINGS GREEN - MISTER MOSS
If your Dad is anything like mine, then he's the complete opposite of a green thumb. But that doesn't mean plants or greenery are completely are of the question! Enter Mister Moss. Created by Jenna Spence, these genius hanging plants come wrapped in brightly coloured string (or natural coloured if neon isn't his thing), and are super easy to care for – all Dad will need to do is dunk Mister Moss in some water once a week and that's it!
There's a whole heap of plant varieties to choose from, including kangaroo paw and parlor palm, plus rosemary, oregano and thyme. Feel like splurging/going for favourite child status? Then go for the Fibonacci Stand – an angular neon yellow stand with mini lemon tree attached. Perfect for his next G&T!
Mister Moss hanging plants $35 - $65, Fibonacci Stand $370
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THRILLSEEKING - MELBOURNE SKYDIVE CENTRE
You know how you're always telling Dad to just 'live a little'? Well, a booking with the Melbourne Skydive Centre will certainly see to that! Choose between two drop zones – the wine loving Yarra Valley, or the picturesque Great Ocean Road – and let the expert team at the Melbourne Skydive Centre do the rest.
They'll make sure Dad is thoroughly prepped before cruising to 14,000 ft. for the big event. He may question why you're encouraging him to jump out of a plane; however, a skydive is an experience like no other and one that he won't forget any time soon!
*TUL are not responsible for any heart attacks, wetting of pants, or similar.
Skydives with the Melbourne Skydive Centre start at $289
Call 1300 734 471 for bookings
NEW THREADS - THE WINDSOR ANNEX
Oh Daaaaad, are you really going to wear that again? By 'that' we mean his 30-year-old trusty jumper/jacket/sunnies that seem to have come screaming from the 80s. If you have found yourself in this situation too many times, then stop by The Windsor Annex to pick up Dad's gift. Curated by Australian label Elwood, the space, designed by the geniuses at Hecker Guthrie with the input of Hunt&Co., is truly unique, with tactile material and quality finishes highlighting the clothing, accessories and gifts in store. Pick up an Elwood jacket and some Persol sunnies for Dad and just watch him strut his stylish stuff.
The Windsor Annex | 83 Chapel Street in Windsor
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HOMEWARES & ART - SAFARI LIVING
Dad's man cave is looking a little worse for wear after all these years, isn't it? Jazz it up with a Father's Day gift from Safari Living, a veritable treasure trove of homewares, art, fabric and design objects from around the world. With brands such as Missoni Home, Marimekko, Tom Dixon, Areaware and plenty more, Safari Living has just the right thing for Dad whether he's a more pared back, minimal type of guy, or someone who loves bold, punchy colour. We could spend hours upon hours in at Safari but in this case we'll dedicate our shopping experience to dear ol' Dad.
Safari Living | 579 High Street in Prahran East
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