What Dad Wants – 2018 Christmas Gift Guide for Australian Dads

2018 Christmas Gift Guide for Australian Dads

Welcome mums, children of dads, and anyone else who has wandered over to this little corner of the internet in search of gift ideas for a dad. Isn’t it frustrating that dads are never willing to say what they want for Christmas? I bet you’re here because he said “nothing” when you asked him. Am I right?

The thing is, he is telling the truth. In dad’s eyes, Christmas is all about the kids. He remembers the magic from his childhood and nothing makes him happier than watching the children open their presents, wide-eyed on Christmas Day.

But just because dad doesn’t want anything for Christmas, it doesn’t mean he should have nothing. Dads of all shapes and sizes bust their behind all year long for the sake of their family, whether they are stay-at-home dads, part time or full time workers. Just imagine the look on dad’s face on Christmas Day when he opens his surprise gift and finds something truly amazing!

I’m here to help. I have spent the last few months thinking about the perfect gifts for all kinds of dads this Christmas. What did I come up with? An amazing collection of the most awesome ideas ever found in one place! I present to you: What Dad Wants – 2018 Christmas Gift Guide for Australian Dads.


Disclosure: These amazing gifts were provided free of charge to Blog of Dad so that I could feature them in this guide. Lucky me! All thoughts expressed below are my own, based on my experiences with the products.


For The Home Tech Support Dads – Western Digital My Cloud Home Duo

WD My Cloud Home Duo

Who is the person in your house responsible for making sure everything works? The person who backs up the computers, knows how to work the smarts of the Smart TV and resets the Wi-Fi when it drops out? If that person is dad, the WD My Cloud Home Duo may just be the perfect gift for him!

The WD My Cloud Home Duo makes backing up and/or streaming content easy. It is simple to set up, easy to use, and made by the kings of hard drive reliability – Western Digital. Once dad has the WD My Cloud Home Duo set up, he can rest easy in the knowledge that the family’s precious memories are being saved on the device. Even better, thanks to WD Mirror Mode, he will know that a hard drive failure won’t mean a data catastrophe! The WD My Cloud Home Duo automatically saves your data to both drives simultaneously, for extra security.

With the activation of Plex (which comes preinstalled on the WD My Cloud Home Duo), the My Cloud Home Duo can become a home server for all your families precious memories. Easy access to home videos and family holiday snaps from any compatible screen in the house sounds like a pretty great Christmas present to me!


For The Domestic God Dads – Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless Vacuum

Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless Vacuum

Us modern dads are versatile people. Some of us work full time, some of us part time and some are stay-at-home-dads. Whatever role we take, one thing is for sure – dads are taking more and more of the load when it comes to domestic duties. If the dad in your house is the vacuum man, he will surely appreciate the gift of the most versatile and user-friendly vacuum that I have ever used!

The Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean is the ultimate in cordless cleaning convenience, thanks to the genius idea of swappable batteries. There’s nothing worse than a job half done, but with the IONFlex 2X DuoClean, those days are in the past. Just swap out the battery and finish the job every time!

It’s not just the batteries that make the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean great! Shark have used their years of quality vacuum-building experience to create wonderfully powerful suction and thoroughly impressive cleaning performance, thanks to their DuoClean technology. Thoughtful additions like headlights, swivel steering, Smart Response and MultiFLEX technology help to make this cordless vacuum absolutely brilliant!

Make this household chore a whole lot easier in 2019 by giving the vacuum that all domesticated dads deserve!


For The Dad’s Taxi Dads – Navman MiVUE860DC TYRE Dash Cam

Navman MiVue860DC TYRE

One of the greatest things about being a dad is you get to live your taxi driver ambitions. Of course, you don’t get paid, but you do get to spend plenty of time on the road!

Unlike real taxi drivers, you also care a great deal about the safety of your occupants. That’s why this Dash Camera from Navman is the perfect gift idea for on-the-road dads. Not only is the Navman MiVUE860DC TYRE a brilliant dash camera for capturing any important moments while driving (thanks to its Low Light Sony Sensor), it is also packed with a whole suite of safety features that you usually only find in new, high-end cars. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, front departure warning and driver fatigue alerts make this Navman dash cam and impressive piece of safety gear. Parking Mode (automatically record if the car is hit or damaged while parked), and the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System puts the icing on the safety cake.

A gift for dad that makes the whole family safer? Genius.


For The King of the Kitchen Dads – Philips All-In-One Cooker

Philips All-in-one Cooker

Take dad’s kitchen game to the next level with the Philips All-In-One Cooker. With the intelligence built into this device, dads can choose from slow cooking, pressure cooking or multi cooking, all in the one machine!

The Philips All-In-One Cooker is brilliant for novices and Iron Chef dads alike. Pros will love the versatility of the cooker and the excellent results it produces, while novices will love the inbuilt pre-sets and handy cook book full of delicious ideas. It doesn’t matter what level dad is at, he can achieve great results.

Again, the best gift for dad is a gift that the whole family can enjoy. And with dad knocking up amazing gourmet meals in the Philips All-In-One Cooker, everybody wins!


For the Big Boy’s Toys Dads – Tello Boost Combo, powered by DJI

Tello, Powered by DJI

All dads need downtime. Give the gift of a whole lot of fun this Christmas, with the Tello Boost Combo, powered by DJI. With the Boost Combo, dads can enjoy over 30 minutes of fun-packed fly time between charges.

You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face when I launched the Tello for the first time. And with brains provided by the powerhouse of drone technology, DJI, the Tello is an extremely user-friendly aircraft for learners. The Tello can be flown indoors with relative safety, thanks to its small size, propeller guards and vision positioning system.

Clever features such as Throw & Go, and Hand Landings make you feel like a pro drone pilot in no time, while the intuitive controls via your mobile phone make learning the basics of drone lying easy to master.

With a 5MP, 720P camera, the Tello, powered by DJI, is a great device for capturing moments of family fun from a different angle. Speaking of fun, the Tello is a blast for the whole family. Hannah was thrilled to watch the Tello take off and buzz about. She now asks if we can fly the “buzzy bee” again!


For The Smart Home Dads – JBL LINK VIEW


How amazing is living in the future? I’m constantly astounded and impressed by the rapid pace of technological change in consumer devices. Earlier in the year I was blown away by the first smart speaker to enter my house, yet here we are just months down the track and that screenless speaker is beginning to look a little dated. Why? The JBL LINK VIEW.

The premise behind the JBL LINK VIEW is as simple as it is genius – take a smart speaker (naturally, with brilliant JBL sound) and whack a screen in the middle of it. The result is something so much more useful than I ever could have imagined.

With Google Assistant integrated, the JBL LINK VIEW has excellent voice-activated smart capabilities. With the touch screen, those capabilities are enhanced to include time and weather, a constant display of brilliant professional photos (or your own family photos), You Tube, step-by-step visually-guided recipes, and the ability to cast images and audio from a mobile device.

Now dad can listen to his favourite music while preparing pastries, or catch up on episodes of his favourite shows while waiting for the pasta to boil.

The future is here, and it might just be what dad needs this Christmas!


For The Gamer Dads – Logitech G703 Wireless Gaming Mouse

Logitech G703 Wireless Gaming Mouse

According to the Entertainment Software Association, the average gamer is 34 years old. Or as I like to put it – dad aged. The fact is that most of us dads grew up knowing the wonders of 8-bit heroes side-scrolling across tiny square screens. As we matured, so did our gaming habits. Many dads have been PC gamers since their early teens.

For the PC-gaming dads, there are few things more important than responsive equipment. In the world of gaming, milliseconds matter. The Logitech G703 Wireless Gaming Mouse could be just what dad needs to take his gaming to the next level. With a 1ms response time over Logitech’s Lightspeed Wireless technology, the response of the G703 is indistinguishable from a wired mouse.

The G703 Wireless Gaming Mouse is ergonomically designed, highly responsive and customisable via Logitech Gaming Software to make it suit the needs of any dad gamer.


For The Bookworm Dads – Books!

the uncollected plays of Shaun Micallef

Regular readers of Blog of Dad know we love books. Each month we bring you the best-of-the-best picture books to enjoy. But being a dad doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a life of fun picture books, there is a whole world of grown up literature out there for us to enjoy too! From detailed recounts of historic Australian events to informative texts about the best places in this great country to explore, from instructional Dude Crafts to biographies of childhood heroes, or perhaps dad just enjoys a good story… whatever types of books the dad in your house enjoys reading, I have you covered. Click the links below to visit the official websites, or view my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide for Australian Dads Book Supplement for more information.


Less – Andrew Sean Greer

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear – Kim Brooks

Brief Answers to the Big Questions – Stephen Hawking

The Crappiest Refugee – Hung Le

The Great Australian Bucket List: One-of-a-kind Travel Experiences – Robin Esrock

Black Snake: The Real Story of Ned Kelly – Leo Kennedy

The World’s Best Whiskies – Dominic Roskrow

Something For Nothing – Any Muir

Perfect Criminals and Tunnel Vision – Jimmy Thomson

Being John Lennon – Ray Connolly

Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton – Philip Norman

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography – Eric Idle

Fatherhood: Stories About Being a Dad – William McInnes

Dude Crafts – Mike Warren

Father Figures – Edited by Paul Connolly

the uncollected plays of Shaun Micallef – Shaun Micallef

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