It is that time of year again – the day when we celebrate the great dads all over Australia, and the important part they play in family life! Once again it has been a challenging year, with many dads asked to balance working from home with supporting learning from home. Others will have been forced to stop work altogether for a period of time as lockdowns kicked in, putting a significant strain on many dads and families. Others still ventured out of the house as frontline or essential workers, the uncertainty of the situation causing significant challenges and stress.
What better time to recognise the sacrifices, stresses and (of course) enjoyments of fatherhood than Father’s Day? Are you looking for the ultimate gifts for dad – something really special to say “thank you” to a deserving dad in your life this year?
I have some ideas.
In this ultimate gift guide for Australian dads, there are gifts to help dad make the most of his well-earned down time. There are also gifts to help dad be more productive at work – some of them even do both! The kitchen and housework are also covered, with everything from an incredibly versatile knife to a very welcome robot! Oh, and health and security are in the mix too. Welcome to the Ultimate Gifts for Dad – 2021 Father’s Day Gift Guide!
Disclosure: Gifts in this guide were provided to Blog of Dad free of charge. For more information, visit my disclosure statement.
The Ultimate Gifts for Dad
MUSASHI Chinese Cleaver Pure-Molybdenum 220mm
As a dad who loves to cook, I am passionate about having quality knives in the kitchen. A proper blade is a pleasure to use. It makes food preparation indescribably more enjoyable and many people will tell you it also makes it safer. A sharp knife, fit for the purpose at hand, is a wonderful thing!
I have had the pleasure of reviewing different knives from some of the biggest brands around the globe, but my new favourite is the MUSASHI Chinese Cleaver Pure-Molybdenum 220mm. Seriously, you can’t wipe the smile from my face when I am preparing food for my family these days!
Other than looking absolutely incredible and being wonderfully sharp, the MUSASHI Chinese Cleaver Pure-Molybdenum 220mm is the most versatile knife I have ever owned. For any dad deserving of a very special blade in their kitchen, this is an absolutely cracking choice! Oh, and if the Chinese Cleaver isn’t the style you are after, MUSASHI have about 250 handcrafted, made-in-Japan blades to choose from!
Find out more about why I love the MUSASHI Chinese Cleaver Pure-Molybdenum 220mm in my detailed review, or check it out on the musahihamano website!
PRISM+ XQ340 PRO 34″ UWQHD Monitor
Many dads have adjusted to working from home over the past two years and it is a concept that will be with us for quite some time. Others have rediscovered a passion for PC gaming that may have been long forgotten. Either way, father’s around Australia would be thrilled to add the PRSIM+ XQ340 PRO 34″ UWQHD Monitor to their desk this Father’s Day! This brilliant monitor can supercharge everything from spreadsheets to the battlefield, with enviable screen real estate and specifications to make dad smile. I have been using this monitor day-in and day-out for weeks and love the boost to productivity that it has produced! As for gaming, I’m not sure that it has made my performances any better, but at least I get to enjoy 3rd-last place in glorious 1440p and 144hz! Oh not to mention the brilliant Quantum Dot technology that makes visuals really pop!
The PRISM+ XQ340 PRO 34″ UWQHD Monitor is a brilliant gift idea for work-from-home dads, gamer dads and every dad in between!
Find out why I am thrilled to have the PRSIM+ XQ340 PRO 34″ UWQHD Monitor on my desk in the detailed review, or check it out on the PRISM+ website!
espresso Display 15″
Productivity boosts come in many different shapes and sizes. The espresso Display 15″ is a brilliantly thin, highly portable display that dads can use to greatly enhance their work day!
It is amazing the difference that a second screen can make to productivity when working on a laptop all day. The espresso Display 15″ adds outstanding versatility to a mobile setup with its large, sharp screen and touchscreen ability. It is also incredibly thin (just 5.5mm) and light, with quality components such as aeronautical aluminium oozing class!
The cutting-edge technology on offer with USB-C connectivity makes adding the espresso Display 15″ to a cutting-edge setup extremely easy, while the inclusion of mini HDMI makes sure that legacy devices are supported too for great compatibility. In fact, the espresso Display’s versatility and usefulness isn’t just limited to laptops – I have been using it as a secondary screen on my main PC and a love the way it brings a touchscreen interface to my Windows 10 desktop setup!
McCulloch Deluxe Canister Steam Cleaner System
Us dads are more involved than ever in household tasks. However, that doesn’t mean we like doing them! I’m all for equipment that makes chores faster, easier or more enjoyable and the McCulloch Deluxe Canister Steam Cleaner System is certainly one of those!
I was extremely impressed when I put the McCulloch Steam Cleaner to the test for review, and I have been using it since as part of my regular cleaning regime. I have been particularly impressed with the amount of deeply-ingrained gunk that it manages to shift from the deepest, darkest corners of my home! Did I mention there is an included attachment for just about every task imaginable?
Less time on chores means more time with the kids – the way life should be!
Head over to my full review and enjoy the amazing before and after pictures, or find out more on the McCulloch website!
ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO T8+
The best way to make household chores easier is by almost eliminating all human involvement whatsoever! If you know a dad who would rather be spending time with the kids or kicking back with a beer and enjoying the footy than labouring away with a household appliance, then the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO T8+ is an outstanding choice!
Robot vacuum cleaners have been around for quite a while now, but this latest generation has all the features to eliminate dad from the day-to-day floor-cleaning grind!
The DEEBOT OZMO T8+ uses state-of-the-art 3D mapping technology to precisely map the house and detect even the smallest of obstacles. I have been marvelling at mine for the past few days and it certainly is impressive! It also uses OZMO Pro mopping technology to take care of two of the most tedious dad-jobs in one hit! The feather in the hands-off cap comes in the form of the auto-empty station – a contraption that holds up to 30 days of dust and dirt! Dads everywhere should come join me in the future – it is incredible!
Check out my detailed review of the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO T8+ to see why I love having it in my home, or head over to the ECOVACS website to see all of the amazing features of the DEEBOT OZMO T8+!
Fitbit Versa 3
The Covid kilos are real! At least they are for me. With gyms closed, exercise locations restricted and the unique pressures of balancing work and family during lockdown sapping energy, there are plenty of reasons why dads all over the country have struggled with exercise recently.
The Fitbit Versa 3 is a brilliant gift idea for dads looking to make improvements to their health and wellbeing. With activity tracking, heartrate tracking, sleep score, breathing and oxygen saturation monitoring just some of the many features embedded into the Fitbit Versa 3, it is an advanced and motivational health and fitness smartwatch all bundled in a sleek design! Built-in GPS is a brilliant addition for both serious runners and those just getting back into outdoor exercise alike, while water resistance to 50 metres provides dads with more great exercise options as we head into the hot months!
I’m excited to be strapping the Fitbit Versa 3 to my wrist and putting it through a thorough test over the next few weeks, but you can check out all the details on the Fitbit website right now!
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 1 Year Subscription
Many of the dads of today grew up in the first golden age of home entertainment! Some of my fondest memories come from completing Sonic the Hedgehog on the SEGA Megadrive and working through level after level of Super Mario Bros 3 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Then there was the mighty Hewlett Packard 386 and the relentless feeding of a mountain of floppy disks in order to install the original Civilisation!
Now that us dads are adults, we are fortunate enough to once again experience a gaming golden age. Our favourite hobby has evolved into a world of 4K graphics and Ray tracing, but perhaps the most significant change to gaming in recent years is the emergence of the subscription model. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is truly a gamechanger and it is a brilliant gift for dads who love games! It just keeps getting better and better too, with massive titles due to arrive later this year and Project xCloud gaming on mobile devices providing another avenue for enjoyment!
Logitech G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel
Many of us dads had childhood dreams of conquering My Panorama in a V8 or driving for Ferrari on the F1 stage. Of course, for the vast majority of us, those dreams remain unfulfilled. But they don’t have to! Not with the virtual world feeling so impressively realistic these days!
The Logitech G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel brings dad one step closer to realising his childhood dreams of fast and furious action, without the negatives (fear of imminent death, bank-draining expenses…).
The G920 is compatible with both Xbox and PC, while the twin Logitech G29 is made for PlayStation and PC, so there are suitable options for almost any dad! The Logitech G920 is an absolute blast and it has been my go-to peripheral for hours upon hours of evening wind-down fun in games Like Forza Horizon 4, Forza Motorsport 7 and Wreckfest (all conveniently available on Xbox Game Pass!). It really does add an incredible layer of immersion and racing realism that just cannot be found with a controller (and definitely not with a keyboard).
Razer Tartarus Pro
Gamer dads come in all different shapes and sizes. Some of us like fully-equipped racing simulators, some of us like sports games on a controller with friends, some of us like mobile gaming in the toilet while escaping the kids and some of us like a keyboard and mouse on a custom-built gaming PC (oh, and many of us like all those things). If dad is into PC gaming, then the Razer Tartarus Pro might just give him the advantage he needs!
The Razer Tartarus Pro is carefully crafted to give keyboard gamers the winning edge, with innovative, lightning-fast analog optical switches and 32 highly customisable keys at your fingertips. Endless macros, adjustable articulation, dual-function keys, eight quick-toggle profiles and customisable lighting all add up to an incredible peripheral that can improve dad’s performance in MMO and FPS games. In fact, the versatility of the Razer Tartarus Pro makes it a tantalising prospect for just about any game that uses keyboard inputs.
My full review of this glorious Razer peripheral is coming soon, but plenty more details about the Razer Tartarus Pro can be found on the Razer website!
GameSir X2 Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Controller
Mobile phone gaming has evolved from simple time-wasters to a serious prospect. Many of the mobile phones of 2021 have excellent processing power for an increasingly impressive range of dedicated mobile games, while xCloud gaming is set to bring an incredible experience to even basic and mid-range phones! To unlock the true potential of mobile gaming, GameSir have produced the impressive X2 Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Controller!
This excellent piece of mobile gaming gear works with the vast majority of Android and Apple smartphones, thanks to the adjustable phone cradle and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The adjustable cradle can comfortably accommodate phones up to 173mm in length and the quick action micro-mechanical buttons provide a great user experience!
D-Link DCS-8300LHV2 Full HD Wi-Fi Camera
We dads in NSW and Victoria might have spent an awful lot of time in our homes during lockdown, but the time will soon enough come when we can once again venture more than 10 kilometres from home! The D-Link DCS-8300LHV2 Full HD Wi-Fi Camera is an excellent addition to any well-rounded home surveillance and security setup. It is simple to set up and easy to use, thanks to the excellent mydlink app, but can also easily integrate into existing ONVIF systems.
The D-Link DCS-8300LHV2 Full HD Wi-Fi Camera isn’t just for keeping an eye on your home while you are away. Dads can use this D-Link Wi-Fi camera to keep an eye on the kids when they are playing in a different room – great for any dads trying to juggle work and kids during lockdown times (believe me, I know that pain!). The two-way microphone means quick and easy communication for extra convenience! You can read my full review of this excellent D-Link Wi-Fi camera, or check out the details on the D-Link website!