Father’s Day is on its way back around again (that's Sunday September 4th for those of you playing at home), which means it’s time to start thinking about creative gifts ideas and Father’s Day cards for dad. This year we have put together a list of creative Father’s Day gift ideas that dad will love, and also show support to Melbourne’s wonderful and diverse arts industry.
Buy Father’s Day cards online
Melbourne is a seriously good place to find a unique Australian Father’s Day card that is perfect for your dad. Most local artist have a website or Instagram page where you can buy Father’s Day greeting cards online, and bundle in a few Australian birthday cards and handmade Christmas cards while you’re at it! By buying greeting cards online you can also be sure you are purchasing directly from the artist rather than through a huge international company.
Hint: If you need a little help getting your creative card writing juices flowing visit our blog page for our top tips on what to write in a greeting card for more ideas.
Artist designed Father’s Day gifts
Our wonderful city of Melbourne has so much to offer when it comes to locally made, unique gifts. Here are a few artists designed Father’s Day gift options to get you started.
Brighten dad’s day with a colourful art print
Gone are the days where buying gifts for men means you have to stick to black, brown and beige. Get dad a bright colourful art print for Father’s Day to remind him of all the wonderful things our vibrant world has to offer!
Keep dad organised with a 2023 Calendar
2023 isn’t all that far away. Give dad the gift of organisation this Father’s day with a 2023 wall calendar. The best thing about giving a monthly wall calendar as a Father’s Day present is that if he loves it you have infinite future Father’s Day gift ideas! A 2024 calendar, a 2025 calendar, 2026, 2027…
Be unique with a quirky artist tea towel
Practical and pretty, you might say an artist tea towel is the perfect gift. The Nonsense Maker’s quirky hand drawn artist tea towels are entirely designed, printed and sewn right here in Melbourne all by small Melbourne businesses, making them a great option for a gift that supports local.
Visit a Melbourne gift shop
As a greeting card brand we are well aware that not everybody is organised enough to buy gifts and greeting cards online in advance, which is where good old brick and mortar gift shops come in handy. If you are running short on time and need a unique Father’s Day gift, find a local gift store that stocks Australian made products and independent artists. For great Father’s Day gifts we love Mr Wares in Melbourne CBD, The Hub General Store in Fitzroy, and Marcus and Burton in Prahran.
Find Melbourne Father’s day gifts at a design market
Melbourne has an amazing craft and design scene bursting with original gift ideas for Father’s Day. The best place to explore and discover local design is at one of Melbourne’s many markets. The Finders Keepers Market holds a couple of events in Melbourne each year and is the perfect way to discover emerging new artists and unique handmade gifts. There are also a few smaller pop up events throughout the year organised by the guys behind Fitzroy’s iconic Rose Street Artists Market. Take a look at their website to find one near you!
Support the performing arts as a Father’s Day gift
Supporting the Melbourne arts can mean more than purchasing an art print or original illustration from a Melbourne artists (although we do fully support that option!). We’ve put together a list of other great Father’s Day gift ideas that support creatives in the performing arts.
Father’s day gift for dads who like art - a day at the Gallery
There is something so peaceful about wandering the huge quiet rooms at the National Gallery of Victoria. The NGV has an amazing permanent collection from both modern and classical artists for you to explore. This Father’s Day you can also take dad to see The Picasso Century, which maps out the extraordinary career of the world famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. If your Father is a real art lover you might even consider getting him a membership to the gallery as a Father’s Day gift so he can go back at any time.
Father’s day gifts for dads who like music - the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
This Father’s Day enjoy a wonderful night of music and culture with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. While they mostly cater to classical music fans, the MSO also sometimes have special events, such as live movie soundtracks or partnering with contemporary musicians. Take a look at their program to see what’s coming up this Father’s Day.
Image by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Father’s day gifts for funny dads - a comedy show
Melbourne is lucky enough to host the Melbourne International Comedy Festival every April, but did you know we also have a thriving comedy scene all year round? If your dad loves to laugh take him down to Comedy Republic on Bourke St in Melbourne’s CBD to see hilarious local and international acts perform this Father’s Day.
Father’s day gifts for dads who like movies - a film festival
If you dad is a bit of a movie buff Melbourne has a huge range of amazing film festivals running pretty much all year round. Treat dad to a ticket to the Irish film festival or the Italian Film Festival, which are both running in September 2022. You could also buy a gift voucher for Palace Cinemas, or an early ticket to one of the many other film festivals running during the rest of the year.
Buy Father’s Day cards online
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