Father’s day gift ideas for older dads

A younger man on the left and a older man on the right in a kitchen cooking

Father’s Day in Australia is just around the corner on 1 September. If you have a dad who’s a little older, it can be tough to figure out how to show your appreciation. For most dads, the best gift is the gift of your time. But if you can’t celebrate the day with your presence, we’ve listed some ideas for great presents that will help make his day special.

Often, the best gifts for those who are a little older are the gifts that don’t require wrapping. Opportunities to get out and try something new can be even more valuable. 

Museum and gallery memberships

Membership at your city’s top museums and art galleries comes with a range of benefits in addition to ticket and cafe discounts. Many of them, like the Art Gallery of NSW or the National Museum in Canberra will also include a program of member talks, workshops and previews events – giving your dad lots of options throughout the year to get out and attend events in his community.

Cinema club membership

These days, seniors are one of the biggest groups to attend the cinema on a regular basis. Membership to their local arthouse venue like Dendy Cinemas can allow them to go to the movies as much as they’d like, and snag them some extra treats at the candy bar. Or if they’d like to see something in style, a pair of gold class tickets at Australia’s top chains like the Hoyts’ LUX offering can come with a beer and a snack delivered right to your (reclining) chair.

The gift of good health

Sometimes, gifts for our parents can also double as subtle encouragement to take part in activities that we think might be great for their wellbeing. For people who are ageing, good health is not only about moving more, it’s also about keeping your brain engaged or your creative juices flowing. Invest in some classes at your local community centre on a topic you think they would like. There are also a range of exercise options available for seniors around the country. Ballroom dancing or chair yoga are just two examples of activities you can find on your local council’s website. Many council sites, like this one from Brisbane City Council, will list a range of different classes specifically designed for seniors.

Lost something?

Want a little gift you can wrap up on the day? Help your dad track down his phone, keys and other easily-misplaced items with a handy little gadget. From high-tech trackers that sync to your phone to devices that simply emit a sound to identify location, these ‘key finders’ are handy for people who find themselves losing track of their items around the home. Check out this Lifewire round up of some of the best ones here.

Get the support you need to do something special

If your dad needs a lot of support on a daily basis, taking him out for Father’s Day might seem like an impossible task. But you don’t need to do it alone. With Mable, you can directly engage the services of independent support workers in your area to support you. It’s flexible, so you can engage someone for a one-off event, or an ongoing basis.

Want to know how it works? Check out our blog post on ways that a support worker can help you to celebrate Mother’s Day. Or, search the profiles of independent support workers offering services in your dad’s local area.