I did a click and collect from Bunnings last week for a DIY I was working on. In my box of stuff the Bunnings employees had put a Bunnings magazine. If you have one of these magazines at home from your recent click and collect order, please flick to page 17 (we will also be reading page 18 too). These 2 pages are titled ‘FATHER’S DAY LAST MINUTE gifts’ that’s right, five words, three fonts! After my brain recovered from the assault of the fonts, I looked at what they had listed. They got one thing right, these were last minute gifts, no thought put into them at all. Now there were some regular things, a tool belt (4), 2 different eskies (8, 23) and a screwdriver set (17). But that’s like buying your dad socks, like do you even know him?

There were also some things suggested that made me think ‘who’s dad is this for?’ like (16) a $5.98 Stanley knife, or (25) a $11.68 Paint roller kit. My dad would be so disappointed if I bought him either of those things, those are things you buy because you need them, unless you’re a big knife fan in which case you’re probably wanting a nicer knife anyway.

Bunnings really loves to sell nature to dads too, (2) $6.50 pocket bird house, (28) $15 insect hotel. I guess these sort of make sense from a childs perspective, like ‘you love being a dad to us, so you’ll love being a dad to birds and bugs’. The (11) $49.95 Indoor compost bin has me confused though, I don’t know a single person who wants their house to smell of rotting food, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the compost but let's keep it outside please.

Next up this one goes out to all those Pyro dads out there, we got (6) $16.98 Blow torch, now that is a reasonable price for a blow torch, If I didn’t already have a blow torch, I’d be rushing out to snap one of those up. (31) $19.98 is a wood burning kit, it’s like a pen but burning hot so you can burn the wood, duh. I think this would be good value had my grandad not taught me how to burn wood for free using a magnifying glass and the sun. That’s how I made a little grave marking for my dog, carved his name with the sun into a little cross. But again that’s free, not $19.98.

There’s a bunch of other random shit too, a security camera, and a seperate security sensor for paranoid dads. There’s multiple lighting implements, plant ideas like chilli and herbs, a bonsai plant kit, a spirit level for some reason and a vacuum. It’s really just a random assortment of shit, they obviously didn’t even walk over to the barbecue section which would be your traditional ‘Father’s day’ options. So if you were going to use this bunnings list to buy your dad a gift please don’t! Below I’ve curated my top 5 gifts for your dad!!! You’re welcome!

  1. A trophy. Dads love showing off, but a novelty trophy is not impressive, this is why I’m suggesting you buy a REAL trophy and get it engraved so it’s legit, make your dad ‘real estate agent of the year’ or something, I don’t know what your dad does, mine is in banking.https://www.trophyland.com.au/show/custom-engraving-services/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwg7KJBhDyARIsAHrAXaF1QCdnHHUA3TiktDGDCi7fWHCnwd5Smopt_9b734h3b2YLVArV6AYaAsiyEALw_wcB

  1. Get him this Bundaberg rum flavoured liqueur set, this is a good one in particular for QLD and NT dads. You can also lower your budget by picking one liqueur instead of the full set. I just have siblings so it’s easier to chip in to get a bigger gift.


  1. If you’re on a bit of a budget, can I suggest these spy night goggles? Dad’s are always trying to keep those pesky nocturnal possums away from their fruit and veges, these will make it easier for them, and show them you care about their possum war. https://www.target.com.au/p/spy-gear-field-agent-night-goggles/61590434?utm_term=61590434&utm_content=spy-gear-field-agent-night-goggles&utm_source=google&utm_medium=merchant-site&utm_campaign=merchant-site&gclid=Cj0KCQjwg7KJBhDyARIsAHrAXaFAhri4FhchXGj2kvvXo9OE0VqhtNnCdJW4k7nJYk1WPqnsCB5me6gaApSHEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

  1. Give Dad the gift of quality time by playing the certified funnest racquet sport in the world, Badminton. It’s also a good sport to play with seniors because you can play it so slowly, you can really make that shuttlecock move in slow motion, which is great for dads with knee afflictions. ​​https://www.rebelsport.com.au/p/verao-4-player-badminton-set-559993.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwg7KJBhDyARIsAHrAXaGT20AfU9hPci3R8F7dYkilMvBXDfEsRlm-Dss0OXuRNNtSZ4Uil5kaAtGCEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

  1. Last but not least I do recommend a Bunnings gift card, try and get as many of those cheap blow torches while you can, the end of the world is coming. https://www.bunnings.com.au/gift-cards?gclid=Cj0KCQjwg7KJBhDyARIsAHrAXaFQH0cTh5BnAzHm66a6jEniCjOaL7lereOJcphOBgqx6y-RYvh_lb0aAqR1EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds