Our favourite Father’s Day gift ideas for 2020 include everything from the best wireless headphones, the latest must-reads, and left-of centre presents to win him over. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your Dad’s gear, or surprise him with a gift to pique his interest, here are some solid gifts that will impress even the pickiest of fathers this Father’s Day.
Shure’s ‘AONIC 50 headphones’
Whether your dad is a tech-spert, a music-lover with an ear for studio-quality sound, or a casual listener, there’s no denying the world-class experience of Shure’s AONIC 50 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones.
The long-standing headphones manufacturer has offered their first ever wireless headphones product. The ergonomically designed headphones feature studio-quality sound, and a 20-hour battery life for world-class audio in mere moments.
What we like: The AONICs fold flat for portability, and can be used on iOS and Android, Shure’s PLAY app, and as a full-featured music player with EQ, It also supports standard and hi-res music files.
Purchase: Find a store near you.
While the ‘Dad Bod’ should always be a point of pride in our opinion, this Fitbit design will see your dad double down on good looks, slick design, and good health too.
Fitbit Inspire has the usual features you’d expect like everyday and workout activity tracking, calories burned, plus activity milestones. However, with added perks like five day battery life and call, text, calendar and smartphone app notifications, this particular model goes the extra mile.
What we like: This Fitbit is Swimproof, so you can wear your tracker in the shower, the pool and the ocean.
Purchase: $85 on Amazon
Hunter by Jack Heath
From the author of best-selling psych0-thriller Hangman, comes the addictive sequel. Protagonist Timothy Blake – once described as “a man with the appetite of Hannibal Lecter”, has moved on as a consultant for the FBI, and now works in body-disposal for a local crime lord.
If your dad can often be found watching true crime docos on Netflix, and thinks Gone Girl is just a shallow thriller, this Hunter should satiate his cliff-hanger-loving hunger.
What we like: The blurb includes this line: “His investigation takes him to a sex doll factory, a sprawling landfill in Louisiana and a secret cabin in the woods.”
Purchase: $24 on Amazon
Friday on My Mind by Jeff Apter
If your dad loves Australian music then he’s sure to know all about George Young. Pop star, mentor and icon, George Young is considered one of the most important figures in Australian music history.
For three decades, first with the Easybeats then with songwriting partner Harry Vanda, Young ruled the Australian charts with hits like ‘Friday on My Mind’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Love is in the Air’, ‘Evie’, ‘Yesterday’s Hero’, ‘Down Among the Dead Men’, ‘Hey, St. Peter’, ‘Bad Boy for Love’, ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’.
In Friday on My Mind, author Jeff Apter (a former staffer at Rolling Stone) tells his story from the birth of the Easybeats to the creation of The Great Australian Songbook.
What we like: The book features little-known facts and stories like how George—the older brother of Malcolm and Angus Young—helped AC/DC find their sound.
Purchase: $19 on Amazon
Unfortunately, of the many, many lessons we learned from COVID-19 is that a cashless society is imminent. However, this new era of technology has brought with it a range of stylish new wallets that protect your cards and money, and also your privacy.
In Vintage Brown Leather, this Secrid Miniwallet has an aluminium core, so it won’t break in dad’s back pocket. It’s RFID / NFC protected, and due to the patented casing of the Cardprotector, which reveal only a portion of your card, your cards remain protected even during use.
What we like: The lever smoothly pops up all your cards for easy viewing and access.
Purchase: $188 on Amazon
Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub
This new StayGo USB-C Hub is perfect for tech-loving dads who are also clean freaks. Because its cord is long enough to pop at the front of his workspace, it means he won’t have a tangle of cables out the side of his computer.
Hidden out of sight and ready to go, its connections include: 4K HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, USB-A 3.0 (x3), independent SD + Micro-SD card slots and 85W USB-C pass-thru power.
What we like: The design does away with messy cables to help create a tidy workspace.
Purchase: $99.99 on TwelveSouth.com
Billy Footwear Classic High-Top Canvas Sneaker
For the classic, stylish dad who’s into no-fuss footwear, these high-top canvas sneakers from Billy Footwear are versatile and AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthosis) Friendly.
But the lace-up style with a wrap-around zip isn’t even the best feature. These shoes are stocked by EveryHuman, a local company focused on inclusivity and diversity. Its products are designed by people with lived experience in the challenges of and using adaptive clothing.
What we like: Purchasing from EveryHuman helps drive the movement of an inclusive future. What’s not to love about clothes that empower and inspire people to be proud of who they are.
Purchase: $137.95 on EveryHuman.com
Ancestry Family History Subscription
Why not celebrate the gift of family with the promise of… more family! An Ancestry Family History subscription means your dad can explore billions of historical records to discover hundreds of years of ancestral history.
If you think he’s the type to want a a breakdown of his ethnicity and to connect with distant relatives, then you can add the AncestryDNA test kit to your order for an extra $129.
What we like: You could now solve that great family myth.
Purchase: $99.99 on Ancestry.com.au
Normann Copenhagen cognac glasses
This cognac and liqueur glass is an exclusive glass that breaks the classical convention of design. Its round base gently turns, exposing the fine aroma of dad’s favourite liqueur.
What we like: It comes in a set of two, which essentially says, “I’ll have one too, thanks.”
Purchase: $80 on Top3.com.au
Chessplus chess set
Award-winning industrial designer Adam Laws has created these chess pieces with a minimalist feel and a tasteful sense of style. If this sounds like your dad you’ll also be happy to know the rules of the traditional game are thrown out the window with Chessplus with new new ‘merged’ pieces and extra queens.
What we like: Chessplus was funded via a kickstarter campaign devised by Central Coast based Australian Christian Simpson.
Purchase: $38 on Amazon
Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagons Starter Kit
Nanoleaf has changed the interior design and smart lighting game with this nine-pack starter kit. With a combination of smart technology and ultra-thin design, the modular LED light panels open limitless possibilities when it comes to placement and mood.
Using the Nanoleaf App, allow dad to customise his multi-sensory and home decor experience with touch interactions, real-time music sync, screen mirroring, and more.
What we like: The included “no-drill” Mounting Tape
Purchase: $350 on Amazon