Father’s Day Gift Guide

Whether Dad enjoys sitting back with a glass of wine, a weekend away or clever gadgets, here are some great Father’s Day gift choices suggested by Winsor Dobbin.

Nifty Knife 
Tiny, trendy, fun and diverse:  I’ve already found several occasions to use my new Classic Colours Collection knife by Victorinox.

With names like Smashed Avocado, Tropical Surf and Cotton Candy, these 30 small pocket knives are both colourful and an easy addition to Dad’s key ring. Just 58mm long, the small pocket knives feature a blade, a nail file, a screwdriver, scissors and a key ring. All Cellidor models also include tweezers and a toothpick.

Both functional and stylish, there are also matching accessories in the form of five different leather pouches or, as a special highlight, five fun silicone cases.

The Classic Colours Collection Cellidor Swiss Army Knife costs $47.95. Available now at www.victorinox.com.au

The real thing
If Dad likes a good whisky but is also keen on the environment, Glengoyne – with a history dating back to 1833 – are the first whisky producers to announce a 100% recyclable and smart re-usable packaging solution.

With Loch Lomond in the distance, the Glengoyne Distillery is just 25km north of Glasgow and all the new packaging materials have been sourced close to their home base and are sustainability approved.

Glengoyne, available at Dan Murphy’s and BSW stores in Australia, boasts it is Scotland’s slowest distilled malt whisky. Each whisky is matured for a minimum of six years in custom-made oak casks.

Glengoyne’s range includes 10, 12-, 21-, 25- and 30-Year-Olds, plus the highly awarded special releases including Cask Strength and Legacy Series. See www.glengoyne.com 

Oaks Hotels weekends away
How about treating Dad to a weekend away as a special Father’s Day gift?Oaks Hotels has 55 destinations across Australia and New Zealand and offers e-gift cards for a future getaway or a meal to remember at one of Oaks’ restaurants, cafes or bars.

Destinations range from Oaks Cypress Lakes in the Hunter Valley to Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites on the Central Coast or The Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort.

Options further afield for post lockdown include Cable Beach in West Australia and Glenelg Beach in South Australia.

Guests can also rest assured that bookings can be cancelled free of charge thanks to a flexible booking policy. www.oakshotels.com/en/fathers-day 

Coravin Pivot
Coravin is the company that pioneered wine preservation tools and its new slim-line Pivot model promises to keep still wine fresh for up to four weeks.

Unlike other Coravin devices, this innovative tool uses a stopper to seal the bottle and is compatible with all still wine closure types and bottle shapes.

Coravin’s award-winning patented technology replaces poured wine with the same food-grade argon gas used in the bottling process, preventing oxidation and preserving wine quality from the first pour to the last sip.

The Coravin Pivot is easy to use and is priced from $184.95. See www.coravin.com.au 

A special cocktail
There’s now more to Father’s Day than a bottle of port, or a pair of socks.
If Dad enjoys a gin and tonic after work, then he’ll probably enjoy trying some cocktails inspired by Warner’s Distillery in England.

Perhaps a Breakfast Martini, a twisted negroni, or maybe a rhubarb strudel with a toffee apple kick. 

Ingredients: 50ml Warner’s Rhubarb Gin, 50ml cloudy apple juice,  25ml lemon juice, 20ml toffee sauce. Method: Shake all ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice to create a foam and then strain into a coupe glass; garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a slice of apple.

Warner’s Rhubarb Gin is $79.99 and Warner’s London Dry Gin is $69.99. Both are available exclusively from Dan Murphy’s stores or at www.danmurphys.com.au  

Something different 
Spoil dad with a roast from The Duke of Clarence, throw in a British grocery treat, bottled cocktails or some unique grooming gifts from The Barber Shop, and they will deliver it all to dad’s door in a gift bag on Sunday, September 5 between 11am-3pm.

The Duke’s award-winning Sunday roasts include beef, pork, lamb, chicken and even a vegetarian-friendly pumpkin dish, all served in the traditional English style. You can add pigs-in-a-blanket as an extra treat; plus, there’s puddings, wines and beers.

Check out the brand-new British Grocery Store: offering hard-to-find fresh produce including gammon steaks, pork pies, pork sausages and even haggis, black pudding and white pudding for more gastronomic fathers.

Bottled cocktails include the Jasmine Tea Punch, a Chocolate Old Fashioned, a classic Negroni, and Irish Coffees, to cater to even the most discerning of drinkers.

 Or how about some home pampering from the venue co-owner’s bespoke range of Enright’s Original Gin-Scented Grooming Products. Check out https://thedukeofclarence.com/fathers-day-gifting-ideas 

A wine trip 
If Dad loves his wines, then how about buying him a special treat with a behind-the-scenes winery experience, masterclass, or gastronomic adventure in one of Australia’s world-class wine regions. 

Or treat Dad to an unforgettable weekend away with food foraging to blending experiences at one of the premium wineries within the Ultimate Wineries Australia collection.

New South Wales options for after lockdown include three of the Hunter Valley’s most iconic vineyards, Audrey Wilkinson, Brokenwood and Tyrrell’s as they team up to provide a memorable Hunter wine experience called Icons of the Hunter. 

Or in Orange, treat Dad to a discovery of the secrets behind méthode traditionnelle Swift Sparkling at Printhie Wines. 

The Sparkling Masterclass includes a private tasting of the Swift Sparkling range where you’ll taste 10-year-old sparkling wines and enjoy a three-course al fresco lunch. 

For details see www.ultimatewineryexperiences.com.au

A taste of Tasmania 
Tasmania may off limits right now, but pioneering Lark Distilling Co. has unveiled a collection of bespoke gift sets, just in time for Father’s Day. The collections start from $59.99. 

Founded in 1992 by pioneer Bill Lark, next year Lark Distilling Co. will be celebrating its 30th anniversary year. 

Lark Distilling houses a range of spirits headlined by its single malt whiskies, including the Classic Cask 43% and Cask Strength 58% and its unique blended-malt whisky, Symphony No.1. 

The distillery also produces a range of Fort Spotted gins and hand-crafted Tasmanian spirits and liqueurs. 

Gift boxes will include several flagship and special-edition releases presented alongside a Glencairn whisky glass with a laser-etched Lark insignia. Lark Distilling Co. gift sets are now available from larkdistillery.com/collections/gifts