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21 August 2018

Outside the box Father’s Day gifts

We all know how much dads love gifts. And shopping for dads seems easy right? Just get him a pair of novelty underpants. Or a gift voucher for a hardware store. Or a new fishing tackle box. Finding the right gift isn’t always easy though, with two thirds of dads (64%) admitting they have felt that their kids wasted money on a Father’s Day gift. (YouGov Galaxy Research 10 August 2018).

To help you put your Father’s Day money to good use this year and save money on those classic presents (we’re looking at you, “#1 Dad” coffee mug), here are three ideas for gifts your dad might find more valuable.

A gift that gives

Eco-dads are on the rise, with Aussie fathers increasing their support for all sorts of environmental and social issues from homelessness to reducing waste. This crosses over into gifts too. According to Galaxy’s research, 77% of Aussie dads said they would like to be gifted a gift that gives back to social or environmental causes.

What’s more, nine in ten dads are doing things in their household to help teach their kids about living sustainably. So why not wrap him up a gift that gives back to the environment and society? Check out ING’s Dreamstarter page to find some great ideas for sustainable gifts and help reduce the impact of wasteful gifts on our planet.

There’s Crema Joe’s SealPod, a reusable coffee pod helping divert the 3 million pods ending up in landfill daily, Seljak’s Indigo Whipstitch, a durable adventurer’s blanket made from recycled wool offcuts, and Eat Me Chutneys, delicious preserves made from rescued wonky fruit and veg to combat our 10 million dollar food waste issue. Whatever your dad is keen on, there will be something for him!

A gift that teaches

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can definitely teach an old dad new tricks. Gift your dad something that gives him skills he can use forever.

Have a look around your local area for some day courses. For instance, Classbento has a range of creative workshops that your dad can take, or enjoy with the whole family. There’s lessons like photography, chocolate making, and miniature landscaping.

You can also gift an online seminar to him. There are plenty of online lecture sites like Masterclass, which has classes from leading experts in their fields, from space exploration with Carl Sagan to basketball skills with Stephen Curry.

The classes are video lessons actually taught by the often famous instructors. Your dad can take them from the comfort of home and boost skills in something he’s always dreamed of. He’ll be calling himself an expert in no time.

A gift that’s fun

If your dad isn’t exactly the best cook in the house, this one might be for you. Giving your dad an experience-based gift is a surefire way to make sure your money doesn’t go to waste. Think of an activity that your dad has always wanted to do – or something that will completely surprise him – and get him a voucher for it.

Online resources like RedBalloon help you choose from a range of experiences, then you can select one near your local area and purchase vouchers. Whether your dad is keen to try surfing or indoor skydiving, you’ll be able to find a great experience for him.

Check out the range of Dreamstarter gifts that give.

  • Plant ten trees with every purchase of a durable and comfortable Will & Bear Hat
  • Enjoy great coffee without contributing to landfill with Crema Joe’s coffee pack
  • Contribute to small scale Aussie farming with Eat Me Chutneys
  • Reduce plastic in the ocean with a wetsuit wearer’s new best friend Surf Sock
  • Save bees and support local beekeepers with delicious Amber Drop Honey
  • Buy one, and another organic body care pack goes to a domestic violence shelter with Two Good Co.
  • Recycle wool offcuts with the Seljak Indigo Whipstitch blankets

Put those socks and jocks down and have a think about some of the other ways you can put your gift money to good use. There are plenty of ways you can spend your money on something that will boost his skills, give him an unforgettable experience, or make the world a better place.

Wrap up a Gift That Gives this Father’s Day.

This study was conducted by YouGov Galaxy in August 2018. The sample comprises of two groups:

  • 1003 national sample of Australians aged 18 years and older
  • 1002 Australian Dads aged 18 years and older

Age, gender and region quotas were applied to the sample. Following the completion of interviewing, the data was weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the latest ABS population estimates.

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