Father’s Day gift ideas 2023: best last-minute presents to get Aussie dads this year

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Father’s Day is under a week away, falling on Sunday, September 3 this year in case you forgot. That means there’s not much time left to buy your dad or the father figure in your life a present, but don’t stress, we’ve got plenty of last-minute gift ideas that don’t even require a trip to the shops.

Our list of last-minute presents for dad includes streaming subscriptions and meal delivery kits, to ebook memberships and once-in-a-lifetime adventures – there’s something for dads of all kinds, and he won’t even suspect you left it until the last minute.

Father’s Day gift ideas: quick links

Here’s a quick look at which Australian retailers have curated products specifically for Father’s Day:

Last-minute gift ideas

Audible

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Audible offers more than 400,000 audiobooks, so whether dad loves true crime stories, autobiographies or getting lost in sci-fi fiction, there’s almost guaranteed to be something he’ll like listening to. Along with access to Audible’s extensive catalogue, subscribers get a credit each month to buy any title they like, and they can keep it even if they cancel their membership. Prices start at AU$16.45 a month, but a 30-day free trial is also available.

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HelloFresh

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Whether your dad’s in dire need of some inspiration in the kitchen or he’s looking for a way to eat healthier meals, HelloFresh can certainly help get him there. It can also be a genuine time-saver, as most of the ingredients he’ll need will be included with each delivery – he just needs to follow the recipe instructions.

HelloFresh’s subscription plans can cater to two, four or six people, and you’ll get between three to five recipes sent to you each week, depending on what you pick. If you use our code FUTURE, you’ll also save on your first order for dad.

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Amazon gift cards

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Some dads would just prefer to shop for themselves, and if that’s the case for your dad, an Amazon gift card is a good shout. This will give him an almost endless choice of items to choose from, so he’s bound to find something he likes, and isn’t that what really matters?

Amazon lets you purchase gift cards for other stores and services as well, so you can buy dad a voucher for retailers such as Barbeques Galore, Myer and The Iconic. If your dad travels a lot, Amazon’s got gift cards for Airbnb and Uber, too.

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Kobo Plus

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Is your dad an avid reader? Kobo Plus is an ebook subscription service that will get him access to over 1.5 million titles from an ebook library that’s continuing to grow in Australia. What we like about Kobo is the ability to download as many of these ebooks as you want, so while you don’t quite ‘own’ them, they’re always available at your fingertips.

The subscription works for those that have a Kobo ereader, but it’s also easily accessible through desktop or via the app on a phone or tablet. If your dad likes audiobooks, Kobo can also get him access to over 150,000 audiobooks in its subscription choices. But what about if dad’s got a Kindle ereader? A Kindle Unlimited subscription will suit him better.

Read our full Kobo Plus review

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Kindle Unlimited

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Kindle Unlimited will be best if dad’s already got a Kindle ereader, though it’s also available to use on phones and tablets via the Kindle app, as well as desktop. Kindle Unlimited counts millions of titles in its ebook library, so it has more variety than Kobo Plus. However, Kindle Unlimited only allows you to borrow up to 10 books at a time, and you’ll need to return one before you can borrow another. If dad’s a power reader though, he might not be too fussed.  

Read our full Kindle Unlimited review

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Binge

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Binge is the home of HBO in Australia, so if you want to give your dad access to huge hits such as Succession, The Last of Us and The White Lotus, along with classics like The Sopranos, The Wire and Curb Your Enthusiasm, you can’t go wrong with a Binge streaming subscription. It has a good selection of movies, documentaries and kids content too, so it won’t just be dad who benefits.

Binge offers a 14-day free trial, and you can get signed up for as little as AU$10 a month, though that’ll only let you stream on a single screen at a time with ads. If you’ve been thinking about signing up to Binge for yourself, then you could consider the standard plan, which costs AU$16 a month, and allows two simultaneous streams at once in HD.

Read our full Binge review

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Kayo Sport

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Got a sports-mad dad? A subscription to Kayo will be the gift that keeps on giving. Signing up to Kayo this Father’s Day will get your dad almost everything sports-related that’s available on Foxtel – there’s over 50 sports live and on demand, plus a bunch of excellent features not available on any other platform.

That includes SplitView, which allows you to watch multiple streams at once, and a No Spoilers mode on replays to ensure you don’t see the scores of the matches you’ve missed. Kayo offers a 14-day free trial and, after that, you can get a single stream for AU$25 a month, or two for AU$30 a month.

Read our full Kayo review

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Disney Plus

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We think Disney Plus is one of the best streaming services out there, and if your dad’s a fan of Star Wars or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ll really get your money's worth. Along with content from Disney’s vault, Pixar films and National Geographic documentaries, there’s also excellent shows such as The Bear and Only Murders In The Building available to stream – that’s a win for you and for dad.

You can get a 14-day free trial of Disney Plus, and from there, prices start at AU$13.99 a month or AU$139.99 a year.  

Read our full Disney Plus review

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Red Balloon

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If your dad isn’t one for material things, a little adventure is something special you can do together. Red Balloon is currently offering up to 15% off selected experiences, with everything from Ferrari hot laps to skydiving and jet boat riding available. If something more relaxed suits him better, there’s also whale watching expeditions, catamaran cruises and more to do with dad.

Buy a gift card from Red Balloon

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Magazine subscriptions

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If your dad still loves to read something physical, consider signing him up for a magazine subscription as a last-minute gift idea. We’ve got to shout out a few of our expert colleagues at TechRadar, who also write for various tech, gaming, photography, AV and guitar magazines in Australia. To take a look at all the titles our colleagues are writing in, go and check them out at techmags.com.au, where you can also sign up for a gift subscription for dad.

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Chromecast with Google TV

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Even if dad doesn’t have a smart TV, there’s an easy way for him to watch Netflix, Binge, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime on his current telly – and it doesn’t require spending hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, on a brand-new screen.

A Google Chromecast is a dongle that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, and you just need to connect it to Wi-Fi to start streaming from your favourite apps. It comes with a dedicated remote so dad can easily find what he wants to watch, and two versions are available – one for HD streaming and another for 4K quality (dad will need a 4K TV for the latter).

The user interface is easy to wrap your head around, and it’ll likely take dad a matter of minutes to get used to streaming his favourite movies and TV shows.

Read our full Chromecast with Google TV review

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Tile Slim Bluetooth tracker

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Your wallet and your passport are two valuable items you do not want to lose, so if your dad can be a bit forgetful at the best of times, a Bluetooth tracker such as the Tile Slim is worth every penny. The Tile Slim is shaped like a credit card so it can easily slide into wallets, luggage tags or passports. More importantly, it’s operating system-agnostic, meaning it can be paired with any Android or Apple iPhone to receive alerts.

If you want something smaller than the Tile Slim, there’s also the Tile Mate, which is designed to be hooked onto something like a key ring, while the Tile Sticker can be attached to all kinds of items including remotes, bicycles, skateboards, pet’s collars and more. Each of Tile’s trackers has a Bluetooth range up to 76 metres and a loud ring to help you find them when things go missing.

Read our full Tile Mate, Tile Slim, and Tile Sticker (2022) review

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Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Power Bank 5K

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A power bank might not sound like the most flashy gift, but this magnetic wireless option from Belkin is rather stylish. It’s been designed specifically for iPhones with MagSafe, so the iPhone 12 range and newer.

This portable charger will magnetically stick onto the rear of an iPhone and top the battery up wirelessly – not a single cable in sight. The power bank is also slim enough that you can even make phone calls while it’s attached. Its design includes a small kick stand on the back, which will prop the handset up on a table if dad would like to watch a video or two while his phone’s topping up.

Note that it delivers 7.5 watts of power, so it’s not as quick as plugging the iPhone into a power point via a Lightning Cable, but the upside is you’re not tethered to the wall. Belkin says it’s got enough juice for 19 hours of video playback, which could translate to around 20-22 hours in general usage if dad doesn’t stream videos all day.