It’s Fathers Day again, and you know what that means. Time to make the father figure, or parent figure, or anyone needing a suprise figure in your life a little something something.
I am sure all your dad needs is a hug and a peaceful Sunday to play games, or sleep in. But also, opening stuff is fun. Here is our gift guide for all the cool stuff we have checked out this year and recommend!
As always, make sure you check PriceSpy to ensure you are getting the best price possible.
Also keep checking in, we will be adding more items we test over the week.
The work from home Daddy
Has Dad been working from home since 2020? The keyboard he grabbed from the office before headed home is probably getting pretty manky by now.
Maybe the snazzy Logitech MX Keys S Combo will make his long days feel a whole lot more comfortable.
The mouse doesn’t work properly anymore Daddy
HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2
If the old fella has a new keyboard but is missing the new mouse, then the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 is a good shout. With a price of $110 it won’t break the bank. When we checked it out we really rated it for a wired mouse.
The needs new headphones Daddy
JBL Quantum 910 Wireless Headset
If Dad’s earphones have seen better days and budget isn’t an issue then you would do well to not look past the JBL Quantum 910 Wireless. We checked it out and between the quality and versatility we were blown away at these beauties.
Also fancy lights, so that’s a thing. What’s the point of having spenny headsets if the whole house can’t bask in your glow?
The “photos look like they were taken with a potato” Daddy
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
We have all been sent those photos from Mum or Dad where you have no idea what they are trying to show you. Well If $2300 isn’t too much for Daddy then the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra could be a win with serious power under the hood, and a banger of a camera.
Oppo Reno10 5G Pro
This beauty is in testing now, and so far it is really impressing us. For $1100 this isn’t the cheapest phone, but it packs a hell of a lot in for that price point.
Does Dad like flippy phones? Well when we checked the Oppo Find N2 Flip we thought it was an absolute banger. As the old saying goes, a flippy Dad is a happy Dad.
The Xbox Daddy
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Core
Has your old man been obsessively playing his Xbox Series X|S with the OG controller? Well if you want to give him an upgrade but don’t need all the bells and whistles of the Elite, then the Core still offers him a nice upgrade at a slightly lower price.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
If Xbox Daddy has all his awesome hardware, then maybe a Xbox Game Pass Ultimate sub could make his day.
For $60 he can have access to a stack of games, including EA Play games, you will have to give him some spare time to enjoy them all.
I’ve been playing Bramble: The Mountain King and Maquette and highly recommend.
A custom controller from the Xbox Design Lab
From $120 NZD you can actually design your own controller to have the exact colour scheme you want your Dad to have. You can go for the standard controller or an Elite (with the appropriate price tag of course).
For an extra $13.95 you can even get a message engraved, to make Xbox Daddy the most special Daddy.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Limited Edition PlayStation 5 Console
Has Xbox Daddy been looking at Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 with envy? Well for a whopping $1089 you can make Xbox Daddy a multi-platform Daddy with a damn beautiful PS5.
We use the PS5 and love it, and that is damn pretty. You will have to give him a note thay it is a pre-order though. Maybe you can wrap the reciept for him.
The PlayStation Daddy
With PS VR2 the PlayStation Daddy can take his gaming to the next level. The price sitting between $900 and $1k doesn’t make this the cheapest Fathers Day present, but it does make the happiest Dad.
If you aren’t sure what games to get Dad, then a PS+ sub may be what you need. With 3 month – 12 month options and 3 tiers, there is a range of prices and games available for your old man to jam and enjoy.
Xbox Series S
Maybe PlayStation Daddy doesn’t know what he is missing over on Xbox. Between the classics like Halo, Fable and Gears of War, and some of the upcoming gems like Starfield, you might not just make his day, but make his year.
Given you can get a Xbox Series S as low as $530, this may be a great chance to let PlayStation Daddy become a multi-platform Daddy.
The Daddy that want’s the neighbourhood to hear his music
The JBL Boombox 3 might not be cheap at $670, but when we tested it we deemed it earned the price tag. It is nice and portable, but sturdy and pumps out high quality sound. Whether your Dad want to jam True Colours, or You Suffer, the JBL Boombox 3 will let the town know your dad is doing yard work.
The Daddy that wants to keep an eye on the house
When we tested the Ring Battery Video Doorbell Plus we thought for $330 is a pretty damn amazing bit of kit. Super easy to install, and providing incredible video footage, Dad doesn’t need to get up from the couch to see if it’s a package or door to door sales people.
No reason to stop watching the Wahs with this keeping an eye on the front door.
Maybe Dad wants to keep an eye on that new puppy as she tears around the house while he is at work. You know how he said he didn’t want a dog, but he can’t be seen without her sitting on his lap as he watches the Wahs.
Well now he can adoringly watch her rip up the couch cushions from the comfort of work with the Ring Indoor Camera (2nd Gen). With the privacy cover he can slip that off as he goes to work and slip it back on when he gets home. We found that for $100 this is a damn nice camera.
The music on the go Daddy
Since testing the JBL Live Pro 2 TWS earbuds in January, these have been used almost every day. The sound quality, the easy of use, the battery life, and the snazzy look make these a pretty damn good option. They initially dropped for $300 but can be found as low as $178 which is a damn steal.
It also means you don’t have to listen to Dads death metal as he does his chores.
The Sports Daddy
If dad got massively into the FIFA Women’s World Cup recently, then maybe you can continue to stoke his love of the great game with a season pass to the Nix.
For the budget conscious he can go to all of the women’s home games at Newtown Park and the Stadium, including 2 double headers with the men at the stadium for $99. That’s a whole lot of football for not a lot of money.
If Dad is in love with football then he can check out the women and men’s games in one sweet membership. My recommendation is the silver membership which you can nab for $296. If Dad has a gold card it drops to $164 for the whole season.
As a long time season pass holder, I highly recommend getting behind our Nix!
The ‘needs to vacuum but the cord get’s in the way’ Daddy
Now this won’t be the cheapest option, but if money ain’t an object then the Dyson Gen5 Outsize is a banger. It is big, it is powerful, and it is pricy at $1750.
But if that isn’t a problem then there will be no excuse for Dad not to quickly bang out the vacumming each night, and it will pick up every nasty bit of dust and debris.
The “I just need a new game to escape reality” Daddy
If Dad just needs a game to play to take his mind off the world for Father’s Day, you can’t go wrong with Lego 2K Drive. Silly, mindless, and fun as hell. Instead of taking Dad out for the day, leave him alone at home with this and he will be a happy man.
Maybe some Lego racing is just too much adrenaline for Dads chill day. Well maybe he can unwind with an indie game made here in Aotearoa where the whole point is to basically chill and enjoy nature.
Maybe Dad’s issue is he needs more adrenaline, not less for his day off. Well then if he is a fan of wrestling then this flawed but brilliant wrestling game may scratch his nostalgia itch, and his new superstar itch.
The “I like to play games, but ones I can hold” Daddy
When we checked out Reload we found there was a little learning curve to get over, but once past it you had an awesome battle royale board game. This should make your nerdy Dad a happy dad.
We haven’t taken Wilds of Eldraine for a spin yet, but if Magic The Gathering is your Dads jam then this is nice and new. New cards, new everything, everything an obsessed MTG Dad needs for fathers day.
The “Fine wine and a break daddy”
Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir
Does Dad just need a nice evening watching sports with some nice wine? Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir offers some deep crimson hues lead to an aromatic flurry of cherries, spices and classic Martinborough savoury, earthy notes.
For $36 Dad can enjoy the vibrant fruity flavours and fine silky tannins at home by the glass.
Maybe you can take it to the next level and treat Dad with a trip to The Runholder itself – Te Kairanga’s newest restaurant, winery and cellar door.
The “Dad’s a wee bit pasty this winter” Daddy
Bondi Sands Men’s Everyday Gradual Foam
Is dad looking a wee bit pastier than he does in summer? Well for $22.95. Then this might give him a little colour to get through the next few months.
The “I really need to finish painting that” Daddy
With Dulux Colour forecast you can check out the upcoming colour trends. Maybe you can grab him some sample colour posts to inspire him to finally paint that bedroom, or the outside of the house. Give him some good ideas for the cheapest version, buy him heaps of paint for the, there is no more excuses. Or maybe make his Father’s Day by locking in painting the house for him.
Or just sand the house for him. Every Dad hates painting prep and it won’t cost you anything. Well anything except your soul and wrists. I hate sanding so much.