What would Dad want for Father's Day in 2021? Well, don't hazard a guess – take a look at the latest dad-related data! According to Google Trends, the most popular ideas in Australia for Father's Day gifts are DIY, crafts and photographs. Surprised? Don't be! Research from Roy Morgan has shown that Australians are shifting away from wanting goods and products and are instead seeking out unique experiences!
In today's mass-produced, fast-paced world, people are becoming increasingly curious about how things are made (which explains the popularity of DIY gifts) and are craving something more personalised and unique (which explains the resurgence of arts and crafts for adults). Arts, crafts and DIY activities are a great way for fathers to bond in a meaningful and memorable way with their daughters and sons, but they can seem daunting at times!
In some cases, getting crafty can require you to put up quite a bit of money in order to purchase equipment (e.g. a potter's wheel), and often, sourcing your ingredients and equipment can be tricky. You'll likely be buying at retail prices rather than wholesale prices, and of course, driving around to various specialty stores or waiting for deliveries can be a hassle. And then there's the challenge of DIY – following YouTube "how-to" videos can work in some simpler cases, but often, it's much better to have in-person feedback and demonstrations to really kickstart your creativity.
Our locally-run creative workshops are a fantastic way to say "Happy Father's Day" to your dad in a meaningful way – so you can save yourself the hassle of gift-giving and focus on spending quality time with your papa in 2021! Already exhausted the list below? Check out our top 10 Father's Day gifts in Sydney!
Choosing The Most Unique Father's Day Gifts
You might like to take Dad out for a one-on-one experience, or perhaps make Father's Day an occasion for the whole family to enjoy with one of our kid-friendly classes. There are even online classes and DIY craft kits suitable for first Father's Day gifts Australia-wide. Alternatively, give Dad some space and let him enjoy something by himself or with his mates.
If you've got an easygoing dad (and you've got a pretty good grasp on his schedule and preferences) you can easily book a crafty workshop, cooking course or art class and take him along as a surprise. On the other hand, if your dad is more of an enigma (or one with an erratic and hectic schedule), it might be hard to find him a suitable Father's Day gift. If that's the case, let him choose his own adventure and spoilt him with a gift card. Our experience gift cards one of the best presents for dad and make for wonderful gift ideas if you've left the present-seeking process a little too late – we won't tell! You can buy our experience gift cards anytime, anywhere and use them immediately on our curated collection of workshops, classes and unique experiences. Looking for physical gift cards? We can send you a real gift card within one business day if you (or your dad) live in a metro region.
Let dad do something a bit unusual and create something for himself. Give him a relaxing time where he can really recharge and smile. He might love creating a miniature garden landscape, filling it with pebbles, plants, moss and more. Terrariums last for a long time with minimal care required and are a great way to bring some fresh greenness to his desk.
Father's Day is a great excuse for some gluttony. Discover the magic of creating chocolate with dad at a chocolate making workshop in Lilyfield! Under the guidance of an expert chocolatier (who's been providing classes to enthusiastic audiences for over 15 years, no less), you and Dad will make sweet memories as you learn to create melt-in-your-mouth truffles from scratch. Whether you're interested in the basics or more advanced techniques like tempering, you'll find something that suits your skill and interest level. Macaron making is also a fun idea; learn the skills you need to make these beautiful treats at home. Or, if Dad's a bit health conscious, encourage him to attend a vegan Japanese cooking class, where he'll pick up some healthy and yummy recipes and the skills to bring them to life. As a side bonus, you may be the lucky recipient of some tasty home-cooked meals in future – you're welcome!
If your dad is suffering from a bit of digital addiction or work overload, bring him back to earth and encourage him to totally disconnect and relax with a pottery class. He can't be checking his smartphone while his hands are full of clay! Allow him to immerse himself in the process of shaping clay, something that humans have been doing for millenia; he can even create bowls, teapots, vases and much more to use and treasure far beyond the class.
For a dad that doesn't take things too seriously and loves to have a laugh, throw him into a juggling class. Whether he's dropping balls all over the place or he's surprisingly agile and coordinated, he'll have a hilarious time and get in a nice workout too.
Finally, if your dad likes to be a bit distinctive, extend his personal style with a fragrance workshop, where he can mix and blend various notes and ingredients to build a fragrance that suits him perfectly, having lots of fun on the way.
Taking a nice family photo is always a great idea, but wouldn't it be nice if you had the skills to take it yourself, not only for Father's Day, for on any occasion in future? Try a photography class in Sydney, where you'll be taught not only the technical aspects of how a good photograph is put together, but also how to develop your personal artistic style. Put these together and you'll be creating beautiful photographs in no time. Do it in the scenic and photogenic surrounds of The Rocks in Sydney and give dad an engaging and rewarding experience.
Whether you want to get better results from your smartphone's (incredibly powerful) camera or wanting to improve your DSLR skills, you'll find a workshop that suits you. These just a few suggestions and we have way too many classes to mention! Have a look through our full list of workshops or get a gift card and take your Father's Day gifts to the next level in 2021. Here's to a happy dad on Father's Day and beyond.