Easy Father’s Day gift ideas for every dad

An elderly man smiling broadly as he receives a gift

Jessica Taylor Yates

Posted August 29, 2022

From activities to dinners, sports, gifts and experiences, here’s a list of the best gifts for every kind of dad this Father’s Day. 

This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday September 4th, and is a chance to celebrate dads, grandpas, partners, or any kind of father figures in our lives. 

Whether your father figure loves his food and wine, a race around the track, socks and jocks, or just a great meal, here’s the best Father's Day gifts ideas that are easy and entertaining. 

Plus, RACV Members save a range of attractions, products and experiences around Australia to help make dad’s day extra special.

Best Father’s Day gift ideas

Father’s Day activities for dad

You’ve had lunch, now where to? Rather than sitting at home, why not take dad out to a fun experience the whole family can enjoy? 

If dad likes his puzzles and mysteries, get the family involved in making their way through clever clues at Melbourne’s Escape Hunt in the CBD.

Or, let him let out his inner Shane Warne and bowl him over with a legendary tour of the MCG and Australian Sports Museum. 

For a fun-filled experience with food, games and great value entertainment, treat dad to a family day at Zone Bowling – and don’t forget a victory dance on your first strike! 

Adrenalin experiences gifts for dad

Is the dad in your life hungry for excitement? Get him a once-in-a-lifetime experience he can’t forget, like a Melbourne Rally Car Experience. Here, let him feel like he’s competing in the Grand Prix by zooming around with a professional driver on a Hotlap Ride in a Turbo Rallycar. 

If you’re looking for a roadie experience the whole family can get behind, take dad indoor go-karting for a race to the finish line as Auscart Racings.

Outdoor and sport gifts for dad

Does your dad prefer a day on the green? Give him the gift many parents want – a day to himself! With an RACV Golf Season Pass, dad can tee up at one of our five stunning courses in beautiful surroundings. 

If he’s more into water activities, why not grab him a beginner’s surf lesson at URBNSURF or – not for the faint of heart – a deep dive with sharks at Melbourne Aquarium?

Sustainable gifts for dad

Is your dad the one dragging the family to the working bee, riding to work and spending his weekends sorting the compost? Give him a sustainable gift that promotes less waste, like the SodaStream ART, reducing the need for purchasing soda water in plastic bottles with its in-built carbonation leaver. Plus, it helps promote a healthy lifestyle and is one of many alternatives to alcohol dad may enjoy. 

If dad is a real MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra), consider supporting this endeavour with some bicycle accessories, or head out on a family bike ride on one of these great tracks.


father and son on the green

A day on the green with dad is sure to be tee-rific. Image: Getty. 

Pamper and grooming gifts for dad

Life itself can be stressful sometimes. Why not give dad the gift of relaxation with a pamper at One Spa? An urban oasis in the middle of the city, this wellness centre offers a range of indulging experiences, from massages to water therapy, grooming and wellness packages.

Homemade gifts for dad

Sometimes, a gift from the heart is the one that really counts. Consider making your dad a gift, such as creating some household staples like freshly baked bread, helping with some easy DIY projects around the house, or designing a photo book of all your family memories. 

Foodie gifts for dad

Does your dad consider himself to be a restaurant connoisseur? Let him give his 5-star review on a dinner cruise on the Yarra River, featuring a four-course meal and beverages while enjoying the view of Melbourne’s magnificent skyline. 

Alternatively, he could hop aboard the Blues Train, a dining and blues experience in Queenscliff with dinner and drinks available as he rocks his way down the Bellarine Railway. 

If he's more of a country bloke, spoil dad with a Farmers Lunch for two at Green Olive Red Hill, where he can enjoy farm-to-table produce and wine amongst views of the sprawling vineyard and farm.  

Lastly, if you want to end the day with a special treat, Le Petit Gateau is doing a special Father's Day cake featuring dark chocolate mousse, whiskey coffee cremeux, hazelnut sponge and chocolate shortcrust. Place orders by August 31st to have it ready for dad's big day. 

Wine gifts for dad

Does your dad have oenophilia? If the answer is yes to having a devotion to wine, grab the vineyard-loving-aficionado a bottle or two from Punt Road Winery, or the De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate. Don’t forget that RACV Members receive a 15 per cent discount on wine purchases at the cellar door. 

Entertainment gifts for dad

Is your dad a lover of all things stage and screen? Whether its discounted movie tickets to some of the best movies out right now, theatre tickets to some of the greatest shows coming to Melbourne in 2022 or an elegant evening at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, give dad a night he won’t forget with an entertainment experience guaranteed to make his heart sing. 


le petit gateau cake

The LPG Father's Day Cake can be ordered in a range of flavours, with a moustache fit for the occasion. 

Handy gifts for dad

Is your dad the ultimate ‘find me in the tool shed’-type? Grab him some tools or accessories for the car at Repco so he can tinker away from dawn ‘til dusk. This is a particularly great option if you're with RACV - members save on Repco vouchers. 

If his sword is his spatula and he just loves his cooking, consider some new pots and pans for the kitchen, a recipe book from his favourite chef, or some great appliances to encourage him to get lunch started! 

Clothing, socks and jocks for dad

An old favourite is the socks and jocks. Everybody needs them, and it helps if somebody else buys them. They may be available at a school market, or look into a funky pair of socks that make dad stand out. RACV Members can get discounts on gift cards to luxury brand likes Country Road, Bonds, and Trenery.  

Tech gifts for dad

Does your dad consider himself a bit of a Steve Jobs in the making? Let him pursue those Silicon Valley dreams with gifts like Xbox games and accessories, some flash new tech for his car or a computer set-up from JB HI-FI, or grab him some video game merch from EB Games.

Plus, if he fits in with half the Australian population and needs glasses to enjoy his tech, grab him a new pair of specs to sashay around the day in style with up to 50 per cent off for Members on lenses at OPSM, Sunglasses Hut and Oakley.


family lunch

From wineries to farms, CBD eateries and bars, there's a range of places to take dad out for Father's Day. Image: Getty. 

Smaller and cheaper gifts for dad

Looking for a cute gift for dad from the kids, or want to give him a little something along with an experience? Consider a fun novelty gift like a quirky mug or desk game, a great book or magazine subscription, or even just make him the ultimate chocolate cake he can’t say no to. 

Holiday gifts for dad

Does your dad deserve a getaway? Let him relax and unwind with a trip to an RACV Resort. With nine to choose from in locations across bushland and beach featuring fine dining, spa and gold facilities, there’s a getaway for every kind of dad that needs spoiling. 

Gift vouchers for dad

Does your dad keep saying, ‘I don’t want anything?’ He might be happier with a gift card to one of his favourite stores, like BCF, Kathmandu, Barbeques Galore, Gourmet Traveller or Rebel Sport. Plus, RACV Members save on gift cards to all the above and more of Australia’s leading retailers. 


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