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How to celebrate Father’s Day in lockdown
Spoil your dad this Father's Day with our guide to 38 ways to celebrate in lockdown.
Celebrating Father's Day in lockdown presents new challenges, but with a little imagination, you can still show dad – or whoever you choose to honour on Sunday 6 September – how much they mean to you.
From sports gear and golf membership to whisky samplers, personalised socks and the ultimate Father's Day scrambled eggs – here's the perfect gift for every type of dad.
Just remember COVID-19 restrictions mean you'll likely have to order online so allow three to five days for delivery, depending on the retailer.
Treat dad to a little indulgence with the Tipomisu from Tipo 00. Available for home delivery via Providoor.
38 ways to celebrate Father's Day in lockdown in 2020
For the foodie
Restaurant at home
You might not be able to shout him dinner at his favourite restaurant, but you can shout him a ready-made meal delivered to his door. Providoor, a restaurant delivery platform founded by Maha chef Shane Delia during lockdown, is helping keep hungry Melburnians well fed with chef-prepared meals from A-list eateries including Flower Drum, Movida, Estelle, Supernormal and Tipo 00. Pick something you know your dad will love and all he’ll have to do is reheat, plate up and enjoy.
Pizza the action
If dad is a crust connoisseur, treat him to a woodfired pizza delivery from Tremila. They offer a range of ready-made and partially cooked pizzas, all you need to do is throw them in the oven for a few minutes et voila, you’ve got restaurant-quality woodfired wonders at home. Has he got a sweet tooth? Throw in a DIY cannoli kit, too.
For the ultimate grillfather, help him look the part with a BBQ shirt from The Awesome Ugly Co. With everything from Bacon and Bin Chicken to Wingman to Winner Winner BBQ shirts, your dad will love firing up the barbie in his best Aussie-inspired attire.
Send him a sweet reminder with a cookie delivery from Sweet Mickie. Choose from Happy Father’s Day, Love You Dad or #1 Dad cookies in vanilla shortbread or ginger. Order by August 31 to ensure delivery in time for Father’s Day.
There's never been a better time to send a cheesy gift. Literally. Whether he's into stinky styles or creamy camemberts, he'll be in fromage heaven with these bitey boxes. Go local with a specialty all-Australian cheese box, or cater to his inner Francophile with a fromage a trois treat. Local cheesemongers including Harper & Blohm, Maker & Monger and Milk the Cow are going home deliveries, or check out online services such as Cheese Therapy.
For the car enthusiast
Repco gift card
Being stuck at home is the ideal time to treat your car to some TLC. So, if your dad enjoys tinkering in the garage, he’ll love being able to splash out on his wheels with a voucher for Repco. RACV members save five per cent on gift cards, which can be redeemed online.
Take it to the car wash
Nothing beats that new car smell, but a detail clean from Star Car Wash comes pretty close. Though services are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, he’ll love having a sparkling car to look forward to once restrictions ease. Members save up to 15 per cent on car cleaning.
For the lover of the latest gadgets
Home security has come a long way over the past few years. From video doorbells and keyless entry to wireless security cameras and motion sensors, these days it's easier than ever to keep your home secure. As well as being easy to install, he'll love being able to monitor the home from his phone or to keep an eye on the fur babies while he's at work. Need help installing? Find a qualified tradie through RACV's Home Trades and Services platform.
Help him find his perfect (wine) match with Good Pair Days, or send him a box of pre-cooked heat-and-eat woodfired pizzas from Tremila.
For the wine and beer lover
Take your dad on a journey of discovery with a special delivery from Whisky Loot. The three-spirit sampler is a top-shelf idea for the whisky aficiona-dad who loves to explore premium sips from around the world without having to drop hundreds on a bottle.
They say variety is the spice of life so, for the brew lover, what better way to spice things up than with a craft beer subscription. He’ll enjoy being able to sip his way through a brewquet of local and international styles. You can even get curated Father’s Day packs. Check out bucketboys.com.au, craftcartel.com.au and beercartel.com.au, or head to your local bottle shop and handpick a selection of brews to send to him.
Keep spirits high on dad’s day by bringing the bar to him. From espresso martinis to spicy margaritas, negronis and even winter-friendly hot toddies, Cocktail Porter’s home-delivered cocktail kits have a tipple to suit every dad’s tastebuds. All he has to do is shake them up then sit back and sip up.
If he prefers his cocktails already shaken, he’ll love the Everleigh Bottling Co’s classic pre-bottled cocktails. Handcrafted by award-winning mixologists using some of the world’s finest spirits, simply serve and enjoy. Newcomer The Budgie Smuggler is also delivering Australia-wide. Get around The Big Apple, Gringo or a Stolen Gem. If you live under the same roof, make them extra special by prepping some garnishes for him.
Give him the grapiest gift of all with a curated wine stash from Good Pair Days. You can tailor the delivery to suit his taste and get personalised recommendations based on his personal preferences. Every box includes tasting notes, food pairing suggestions and even recipes. Stick to his favourite familiar drops, or get adventurous with alternative varieties such as monastrell, nero d’avola or dolcetto. Plus – here’s a sommelier's guide to picking a wine your dad will love.
If you know he has a favourite local bar, bottle shop, winery or distillery, order direct. Send him a cheeky dozen of his favourite drops, a case of his go-to tinnies, a bottle of small-batch gin from his favourite Victorian distillery or a voucher for his local bar or bottle shop.
Vouch for him
For the fusspot who has everything, sometimes a gift card is the best option. RACV members save five per cent on Woolworths Wish eGift cards – which can be redeemed at Woolies, Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Cellarmasters, Big W and more – so he can spend it when, where and on whatever he likes.
For the #wfh dad
Whether he’s working from home or just fancies himself a coffee connoisseur, upgrade his daily rocket fuel with a home coffee machine. From stovetop espresso makers to press-of-a-button pod machines, there’s a coffee caddy to cater to all types of pro-caffeination. Need help choosing the right espresso swag? Here’s our barista's guide to the best home coffee machines.
Full of beans
While you’re at it, get him started with some locally roasted beans and, for the dad who’s a little bit fancy, some edible chocolate wafer coffee cups. Because keep cups are so 2019.
Support local business and nail you dad’s day gift by organising a week or month’s-worth of pre-paid espresso at his go-to coffee apothecary.
Upgrade his home office
If he’s the kind of guy who prefers practical, purposeful gifts, some new home-office supplies are sure to tick all the boxes. Whether it’s a second screen he needs, or some new filing cabinets, he’ll love being able to upgrade his workspace. Plus, check out our guide to setting up a home office.
It’s easy to get distracted when you’re working from home, especially if you’ve got kids or fur babies in tow. Help him focus with a set of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones. As well as being useful for his nine-to-five life, they’ll also come in handy if he wants to listen to music or watch sport.
Sock it to him
Just because he’s not in the office, doesn’t mean he should get around with cold feet. Up the ante with some personalised socks. Whether you put his face, your face or the family pet’s face on them, it doesn’t matter. They’re practical and personal: win/win.
Mix things up with a delivery from Cocktail Porter, he'll brie over the moon with a cheese hamper from Milk the Cow or get him to the grill with The Awesome Ugly Co BBQ shirt merch.