Rather than consumables that Dad will quickly tire of once the glow of Fathers’ Day fades, here are five next-level gifts that are keepers. Never mind the quotidien hand tools and bottles of Scotch, these are mindful, handcrafted and timeless items that will keep him well appointed, while keeping you in his heart and mind well beyond September 5.
1. The Peyote Reversible Throw
This premium 100% baby alpaca throw is a personal favourite and a story I love to share far and wide. It’s made by Blacksaw Co, the lovechild of Steph and Kyle Taylor who rode a motorbike through the Andean mountain ranges where they found the herds of alpacas that would inspire their handmade blanket business. Alpaca’s attributes offered an opportunity that was eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic and sustainable. Seven times warmer than wool and as soft as cashmere, alpaca is resistant to odour, matting and pilling. It is moisture wicking, and basically pretty magical and unique in the world of natural fibres. This really is a luxe gift for Dad to throw over himself while he’s watching telly, take on a camping trip or wrap around his shoulders for meditation or headland sunrises. Or, if he’d prefer to hang it on the wall, with this custom wall mount, he can turn it into textile art.
2. Intersection 7 sculpture by Kate Banazi
Not your average Fathers’ Day gift, but if your Dad is a collector or art appreciator, this sculpture by emerging artist Kate Banazi is mind-blowing and under $1000, which is a rare combination. Part of Kate’s latest exhibition series of unique state silkscreen prints and acrylic sculptures for Curatorial+Co. it explores the dynamics of push and pull.
“Each sculpture is active in its situation, the interactions are dependent on light sources. Colour floods with saturation or is muted, obscured, every piece a portrait,” says the artist. This is an investment piece that will alter your Dad’s space as it interacts with the light, lifting his mood and sparking endless conversation with guests.
3. Pony Rider Weekender Kit
Pony Rider has put together this awesome bundle for Dad’s weekends away, which comes gift wrapped ready for Fathers’ Day. It includes:
The National Project Tee (pictured above) is part of the range in a new campaign to encourage people into the natural world to ‘find their best self.’ The project supports National Parks + Wildlife in Australia and New Zealand with initiatives like hut restoration and seedling plantation (coming soon). If Dad could use some encouragement to get in touch with his inner outward bounder, add this campfire padded seat, which is part of the brand’s recycled range created from old truck canvas. All these wonderful things are part of Pony Rider’s pioneering commitment to sustainability.
4. Port Fireplace Tools
Let’s face it, fire pits are having a moment which means fires are now enjoyed in situ - no longer seasonal and no longer stuck in the house. This gorgeous fireplace tool set is functional, stylish and portable! Inspired by jewellery with its organic shapes and delicate lines, the powder coated steel ensemble still comes off masculine and will pimp Dad’s hearth like no other. The set includes a stoker, spade, a broom and stand, and is available in black and brass. It is made by Danish brand Ferm Living who work in partnership with artisans globally, where raw materials for their products are naturally occurring.
Hand-crafted glass carafe
5. Kaawi Mouth Blown & Hand Crafted Cut Glass Water Carafe With Tumbler
Whether you think your Dad needs better hydration or could use an elegant vessel for his late-night whiskey, there is something supremely decadent about this set that has been made by hand using sustainably-sourced, recycled glass. The glass is mouth blown and hand cut, taking an artisan 14 days in the making. The 750mL capacity makes it an excellent companion for the work desk or bedside table.
Or, let Dad choose his own adventure with a voucher from Mr Porter’s Small World Collection, which is curated according to a new code, and has local communities and generations of craft at its heart.