Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil your dad! But living in Australia as an international student might mean your special yearly traditions look a little different. That’s why we have put together a helpful guide for Father’s Day gift ideas!
When is Father’s Day in Australia 2023?
This year, Father’s Day in Australia will be celebrated on 3 September 2023. This might be different in your home country and others around the world who observe it in June. While you may have already celebrated (or maybe even forgotten) earlier this year, Australian Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil your dad once again.
Best Father’s Day gifts 2023
Personalised Father’s Day gifts
A great option for your dad is a personalised gift tailored to his interests. If your dad starts every day with a morning cup of coffee, send him a personalised coffee mug! Websites such as Zazzle allow you to design and personalise coffee mugs with pictures or messages.
If he’s always on the move and travelling for work/leisure, maybe he would love a personalised passport cover. Other personalised gift ideas are a new custom cover for his golf club, a monogrammed toiletry case or an engraved beer mug. Whatever his interests, there are a variety of websites like Amazon that offer personalised gifts with international shipping!
Self-care and wellbeing Father’s Day gifts
For many of us (speaking from experience) self-care and grooming aren’t always strong points for our dads. This means Father’s Day can be a great opportunity to encourage Dad to look after himself. Great gift ideas can be grooming kits, a massage gun, or skin care products. Another option is a new cologne or beard trimmer.
You can also gift your dad a voucher for a local spa/massage to relax and recharge. This could be a gift card for a value you can afford, or for a specific service. Wellbeing can also mean giving your dad an opportunity to invest in his physical health. For dads that love exercise, maybe a personal training session at a gym or surf lesson depending on where they live.
Of course, some of these options can be on the more expensive side. Here is a helpful guide on how much you should be spending on gifts. Another option is to split the cost between you and your siblings or family members if possible.
Subscription-based Father’s Day gifts
A great option for a Father’s Day gift that requires very little organisation is a subscription. This is a great last-minute Father’s Day gift when you’re in Australia and they are overseas. Many subscriptions are digital, meaning your dad can access magazines, video content or groups online. Or, you can find a subscription that ships internationally.
Great subscriptions can be to things like sports magazines, or sports streaming providers. Another great option is subscriptions to online communities and groups for interests like GrillMasters Club. This online club sends your dad recipes, ideas and even boxes of spices and rubs to try at home.
Although not technically a subscription, you could also buy tickets to an upcoming concert or music gig for your dad to go to. If he’s a sports fan, perhaps tickets to the next home game of his favourite team!
Technology Father’s Day gifts
For those dads who love their tech, Father’s Day is a great chance to give them a new toy! Great gift ideas could be a new set of headphones, a portable speaker or maybe a phone case.
Gadgets and gizmos can also make great gifts. From portable chargers to automatic plant watering devices, you can find pretty much anything online. If practicality and usefulness are more his style, maybe a universal adapter or protective credit card case could be a good idea.
Father’s Day 2023: Dos and don’ts
Father’s Day gifts are most importantly a way to show your dad some love and appreciation. Try and focus on your dad’s interests, hobbies and passions when picking a gift. Something personal can mean more than something super expensive. A heartfelt card and thoughtful gift can go a long way.
If you are unsure of how much you should be spending, check out our gift-giving guide to figure out how to spoil your dad without breaking the bank.
When it comes to gift-giving, try not to think about what you may or may not get in return. However, if you think your dad might be sending you a token of appreciation in return, read up on the rules of receiving gifts from overseas.