When it comes to buying Dad a gift for Father’s Day, size does not necessarily matter (size of your receipt total that is!). You can still find quality, meaningful presents that show just your how much you love him without spending all of your Spring savings.
Here is a handful of bargain gift ideas — and where to find them — at various price points.
$0 – $20
: Dads can never get enough ties, belts, sunglasses or caps — all of which can be found at most factory outlets for under $20. Find your favourite menswear factory outlets by browsing Bargain Shopper
’s listings for Sydney
: Whether your dad loves to cook or just eat good food, buying him a few gourmet food products can be the way to his heart. Hop down to your local gourmet markets and pick a few pots of olives, pesto, dukkha and some dipping bread — or anything else you see that would tickle his taste buds. Browse Bargain Shopper
's listings of Sydney markets
and Melbourne markets
• Bathroom bits
: While he might not admit it, Dad loves to be pampered as well. Track down your closest discount chemist or health store and pick up a moisturiser, shaving cream and razor, or a made-for-men body scrub and loofah. See Bargain Shopper
’s listings of discount health and beauty stores for Sydney
• Breakfast out of bed!
Don’t force him to eat your infamous sunny-side-sideways eggs again
. Instead, take him out for a morning meal. Many cafes have big-breakfast deals inclusive of coffee and juice on their menus for around $20. Pick your favourite haunt and enjoy a leisurely morning. Just be wary of Sunday surcharges.
• Get crafty
: And we don’t just mean in the pipe-cleaners and toilet-paper-rolls kind of way. We mean — think about the small (inexpensive) things that your father or man in the house loves to do and invent ways to make that experience better. Does he like to watch the footy on the weekend? If so, set up his favourite chair in front of the TV with snacks and a cold beverage-of-choice ready to go at kick-off. Does he enjoy the outdoors? Put together a picnic basket filled with his favourite foods and take a drive out of the city (just pray for nice weather!). Check out the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services
or Parks Victoria
websites for inspiration.
• Photo memories
: Put together a selection of family photographs and upload them onto your dad’s (or your children's dad's) smart phone. That way — he can take his loved ones with him everywhere!
• Movie ticket + a choc top
: Simple pleasures are sometimes the best.
$20 – $50
• Sporting accessories
: If he’s got the right equipment, he’ll perform better, right? Well, that’s what his father used to say, and his father’s father, and his father’s father’s father. It’s the little sports gear details that count, too (which are in the ideal gift-giving price bracket) — such as quality golf balls, golf tees and gloves. For these, try www.golfclearanceoutlet.com.au
(and note the $10* postage charge); or browse Bargain Shopper
’s bargain sports store listings for Sydney
: If the line between Dad's mowing outfit and his Sunday Best is beginning to blur, check out these bargain menswear retailers in Sydney
to replenish his stocks. You’re sure to find tees, shorts, underwear and more for $40 or less.
• BBQ tools
: There aren’t many places dads feel more at home than standing around the barbeque. Give him the right tools and not only will he feel better equipped, but your snags will taste better, too. We spotted a stainless steel barbecue set by Avanti on www.kitchendirect.com.au
for $39.95*, along with plenty of other tools under $40. Get cooking!
: By the time a man reaches fatherhood, he probably knows (or at least appreciates) a thing or two about wine. Pander to his palette with a nice bottle or two, or bump up your price limit and buy a half to one dozen bottles from discount wine retailers such as Grays Online Auctions
, or — if you’re in Melbourne — from the plethora of local wine clearance outlets
listed in Bargain Shopper
’s Food and Drink section.
• Sports game tickets
: Whether he’s a mad Rugby League fan, an Australian Rules supporter or just loves going to the horse races, there’s a ticket out there that’s perfect for him. Visit www.ticketek.com.au
to purchase tickets (take note of discounts when you buy for groups); or for a last-minute deal try www.lasttix.com.au
, which often offers cut-price tickets for sporting games.
: We know our dads love technology, but spending a lot of money on technology gifts doesn’t always work in everyone’s favour. He probably has very clear ideas about the kind of home entertainment system, laptop or digital camera he wants. Instead of buying expensive top-shelf products that don’t meet his needs, reach for less expensive technology accessories that he’ll love, such as a mobile phone case and card wallet in one, or an iPhone arm band for exercising. Compare prices on the website Get Price
to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
• Bulk-buy meat
: There aren't many men out there who don't love a good steak. But for the price you’d pay in a restaurant for one round of prime rump you could get weeks’ worth of meat if you bought in bulk from a quality butcher. There are many web-based butchers that deliver excellent-quality, fresh or frozen meat packs to your door. For the Sydney region, try Farm Meat Online
, where we spotted a half meat pack for $145* , or www.sydneymeats.com.au
where you can buy 12kgs of beef for $150*. If in Melbourne, try www.thefarmersmarket.com.au
, where we spotted 10kg beef packs for a reduced price of $165.*
*Prices valid at time of writing.
What will you be buying Dad for Father’s Day? Do you have any other suggestions for bargain gifts?