12 Ways to Make Dad’s Day

It’s nearly that time again. Father’s Day is right around the corner and Sunshine Plaza are here to help you make sure it’s a good day all round.

  • 15 Aug 2023
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From handmade gifts to relaxing activities, this list of Father’s Day gift ideas will give you plenty of inspiration to make Dad’s day. 

The best part? These gifts are good for the planet, good for the soul and good for the belly. So, let’s come together to celebrate all the father figures out there. Where would we be without them?

Top 12 Father’s Day gift ideas

Reusable Water Bottle
Because you can never have too many water bottles on hand. Help dad stay hydrated with a Frank Green drink bottle from David Jones or a Thermos Stainless King Flask from Myer.

Organic Coffee Beans
If Dad loves a good morning brew, treat him to a funky new flavour of beans. Head to The Source Bulk Foods or Woolworths and choose from a selection of single-origin beans or exciting blends to perk him up for the day. 

Sustainable Shaver Set
Help Dad tame the scruff with a new shaver set. Opt for an electric shaver like the Braun Wet & Dry Electric Shaver from Shaver Shop or keep it old school with a quality, reusable razor. Don’t forget the aftercare – wrap up a Kingswood Beard Care Kit from Myer to top it all off.

A Relaxing Massage
We all need a bit of self-care from time to time. A massage is the perfect way to relax and loosen up those muscles. Book dad in for a relaxing hot stone massage from Endota Spa or a more intense deep tissue massage at  Pure Indulgence. For something a little different, gift him a foot massage and pedicure at Ann's Nails for a truly relaxing experience.

A Good Book
Add another great read to your dad’s nightstand. Head to QBD Books or Harry Hartog to pick up a fresh new book for him to dive into. Here are some best sellers we’ve been loving:
‘The Art of Risk’ by Richard Harris
‘Against the Water’ by Owen Wright
‘Southern Aurora’ by Mark Brandi
‘The Caretaker’ by Gabrial Bergmoser  
‘Broken Bay’ by Margaret Hickey

Fitness Watch
Staying in shape is as important as ever, so give Dad a new jolt of motivation with a fitness watch from Rebel or JB Hi Fi. Some top brands include Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung and Apple Watch. Most brands have a range of options from affordable to premium, so you’re bound to find something in your price range. 

Reusable Coffee Cup
Whether they’re a tea, coffee, chai or hot-chocolate drinker, a reusable cup is a great gift for dad and a win for the planet. Check out the TakeAway Eco Kup from House and the Get a Grip Tumbler from Typo. They come in a wide range of colours and sizes to suit Dad’s style.

A Good Meal
Take Dad out for a special Father’s Day treat. At Sunshine Plaza, you’ll find plenty of places to tuck into a tasty meal. Try Brooklyn Donuts & Coffee Co for great coffee and a donut, or Cafe 63 for a full Aussie breakfast. For lunch, check out Coca Bar for Asian cuisine or Momo Chicken for deep fried goodness. And for dinner, grab a table at The Bavarian or TGI Fridays for a delicious, celebratory meal.

Gift Voucher
Give Dad the gift of choice with a Sunshine Plaza gift card. That way, you can spend the day cruising the centre helping Dad pick up a gift he’ll love. Head to the information desk to pick up your gift card or click here to purchase online.

Homemade Spice Rub
If your dad is the king of the BBQ, he’ll love this delicious, homemade spice rub for his next cook-up. Simply combine the following ingredients in a bowl, transfer into a jar or container and wrap up with a bow for dad.

1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp chilli powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed

Homemade BBQ Sauce
A tasty gift with a bit of zing, this homemade BBQ sauce recipe will take Dad’s next backyard BBQ to the next level. 

2 cups Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp Salt 
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder

Home-Baked Treats
Has your dad got a sweet tooth? Spend some time cooking up a storm in the kitchen making his favourite baked treat. Brownies, muffins, rocky road – you’ll find all the ingredients you need from Coles, The Source Bulk Foods or Woolworths. And If you need to stock up on baking pans, utensils and baking essentials, head to House or Robins Kitchen. 

Head to Coles or Woolworths to find all the ingredient you'll need to make Dad's day.

Whoever the father figure is in your life, we hope you get to spend some quality time on Father’s Day showing them how much you care. No matter how big, expensive or elaborate the gift, it’s the thought that counts. At the end of the day, a big hug and a heartfelt ‘I love you’ is the best gift of all.