Father’s Day 2022 gift guide: What to buy, make and do

Last year we celebrated Father’s Day while stuck at home, and with Covid-19 restrictions in place, we were limited to phone calls, mail and gifts from essential businesses only.

This year, not only can we spend time with our fathers and grandfathers in person, but there are many more options for finding the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Whether you’re planning quality time with dad or surprises in the mail, there are endless ways to make his day.

From treats to experiments to gifts for the dad who has everything, here’s our roundup of the perfect gifts for all the father figures in your life.

To eat

Give him his favorite snacks for Father's Day.  Photos / Provided
Give him his favorite snacks for Father’s Day. Photos / Provided

Wellington Chocolate Factory Chocolate

You can’t go wrong with a block of chocolate – or three – on Father’s Day – and Wellington Chocolate Factory makes these treats right here in New Zealand. Go for a classic black block or choose from flavors like espresso martini, salted caramel or Anzac cookie.

Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter

If you give dad a few jars of Fix & Fogg for Father’s Day, don’t expect him to share it – and whether he likes it on toast or straight from the jar, it won’t last long time.

Four Saucemen Spiced Rum Ribs Glaze

Next time dad pulls out the barbie, he can step up his rib game with this Four Saucemen Spiced Rum Glaze. Just in time to train for the summer barbecue season.

Beverage

Whether he's a whiskey fan or a coffee snob, here's something for every dad's taste.  Photos / Provided
Whether he’s a whiskey fan or a coffee snob, here’s something for every dad’s taste. Photos / Provided

Lyre without alcohol Highland malt

Dry July may be well behind us, but if your dad is cutting back on his drinking or just isn’t the biggest booze fan, then Lyre has the answer. This non-alcoholic version of a Highland malt is good on its own or with club soda and lemon.

Nespresso Ispirazione Italiana range

If he likes to start his day with a good cup of tea, he probably already has a Nespresso machine on the bench at home. But why not offer him a coffee with a little more flavor? Nespresso’s new Italian-inspired range will have him sipping a maple hazelnut cappuccino or a double espresso chai latte in no time.

Villa Maria pinot noir

You can’t go wrong with a bottle of red wine – tie it in a knot or add it to a gift basket of her favorite treats and you’re sorted.

To buy

Gifts for the tech-savvy dad, the kitchen genius, and the one who has everything.  Photos / Provided
Gifts for the tech-savvy dad, the kitchen genius, and the one who has everything. Photos / Provided

Heavy Duty Dutch Oven

Kiwi company Ironclad is famous for its cast iron pans – now they have produced a Dutch oven to add to the collection. One of the most versatile pots and pans, it will be a welcome addition for the dad who loves spending hours in the kitchen.

Bunnings Gift Card

He’s an oldie but a goodie – rather than buy him a present, let him loose in Bunnings and he can choose what he needs for himself.

Belkin Wireless Headphones

Liven up her commute or her home office with a pair of wireless headphones. Dad is 100% cooler than you now. What are you saying ? He can’t hear you.

Build

Prepare these sweet and savory treats for Father's Day.  Photos / Provided
Prepare these sweet and savory treats for Father’s Day. Photos / Provided

Her favorite breakfast

Who doesn’t love waking up to their favorite breakfast in bed on a Sunday morning? Try this delicious breakfast bagel, a breakfast frittata or, if he has a sweet tooth, these raspberry yogurt pancakes.

Smoked tomato chutney

If dad loves a good cheese platter, he’ll appreciate a homemade addition in the form of this tasty tomato chutney – you can find the recipe here.

Treat

Everyone loves to cook at home, so why not put your culinary skills to use and whip up their favorite treat? Whether it’s that Irish chocolate cake, those classic chocolate chip cookies, or that delicious slice of Snickers, he’ll appreciate anything made with love.

Do

Enhance your day with a road trip or a gourmet experience.  Photos / Supplied, 123rf
Enhance your day with a road trip or a gourmet experience. Photos / Supplied, 123rf

Whiskey tasting

He can sip, swirl and taste the best of the bunch at a whiskey tasting – The Jefferson in Auckland, Poquito in Wellington and Whiskey Galore in Christchurch are just a few that offer tasting experiences.

Pizza Masterclass

If going out to dinner isn’t his cup of tea, why not make it an activity? Book him for a pizza masterclass and he can get his chef to work while cooking his own Father’s Day meal.

Classic New Zealand road trip

If dad’s love language is quality time, then why not spend a weekend together doing a classic Kiwi roadie? Include lots of coffee and pie breaks, a few “are we there yet” and you’ll all be laughing.