Gifts for Dad: top gift ideas

Whether he loves the latest gadgets or a backyard session, here are some super thoughtful gift ideas for your dad.

Last updated: 18 October 2023

It’s time to show Dad just how much he means to you. But finding the perfect gift for the man who says, “your presence is the best present”, can be a real head-scratcher. That’s why we’ve put together a curated selection of gifts tailored to suit your dad. Whether he loves a good fishing trip or a backyard session, here are some super thoughtful presents.

1. For the gadget guy

If your dad’s idea of a good time involves the latest tech and staying ahead of the curve, these gifts are sure to put a smile on his face:

Amazon Alexa Speaker

Introduce your day to the future of smart living. From playing music to managing schedules and writing shopping lists — the Amazon Alexa speaker will do it all for him.

See all our listings for Amazon Alexa Speakers here.

Air fryer

Let your dad indulge in more of his favourite meals, without compromising his health. An air fryer means you can make crispy, mouth-watering meals, with a fraction of the oil. He’ll love it!

Browse all our air fryers here.

Nintendo Switch

For the dad who’s a kid at heart, the Nintendo Switch will give him awesome entertainment — on the go. 

See our Nintendo Switch listings here. 

2. For the fisherman

Does your dad find peace and joy by the water? Then it’s time to reel in some brownie points with these fishing essentials:

Premium tackle box

Keep dad’s fishing gear organised and easily accessible with a high-quality tackle box. Opt for one with adjustable compartments and durable construction, so it’s perfect for all his fishing adventures. 

Check out our tackle box listings here. 

Fishfinder with GPS

Help dad locate the best fishing spots with a state-of-the-art fish finder equipped with GPS technology. It’s a gift that really improves his chances of a fruitful day on the water. So really, it’s a pressie for the whole family. 
Browse our fishfinders with GPS listings here.

Fishing rod and reel combo

Whether he’s angling for bass or casting for trout, a new fishing rod means he’s closer to bringing home some fish for dinner!

Here are all of our fishing rod and reel combos on Trade Me. 

3. For the sports lover

If your dad’s summer workout involves swinging a golf club, a tennis racket or possibly, a BBQ spatula, then these gifts will help you become the undisputed favourite — sorry, mum! 

A golf bag buggy

Make his golf day more enjoyable with a buggy. These three-wheel trolleys mean he can effortlessly navigate the golf course with all his gear in tow. Perfect for those summer days where walking 18 holes in the hot sun is a rather big feat. 

Here are all of our golf buggy listings

Premium tennis racket

Help dad dominate the tennis court with a top-of-the-line racket. Look for one with advanced technology for better power and control. 

Here are all the tennis rackets we have available on Trade Me. 

A Kubb set

If your dad loves spending afternoons in the backyard with friends and family, a Kubb set is the ultimate gift. It’s a simple yet strategic game that provides endless fun and friendly competition. 

Browse our Kubb sets here. 

4. For the king of BBQ

Is your dad in charge of the BBQ — responsible for perfectly cooked sausies and burgers? These BBQ tools will help him really ‘wow’ at the next family get-together:

BBQ tool set

From tongs to skewers, a premium grill set will include all the utensils he needs to grill to perfection. 

Check out our range of BBQ tool sets here. 

Pizza oven

Not technically a BBQ, but a pizza oven is an awesome addition to his love of outdoor cooking. Designed to create perfectly crispy, wood-fired pizzas with that authentic pizzeria taste. And he can also use it to roast meats or bake bread. 

Browse our full range of outdoor pizza ovens here. 

BBQ cover

There’s nothing a dad loves more than a practical gift, right? So, why not help him protect his beloved BBQ from the elements with a heavy-duty grill cover? Just make sure to choose one that fits his specific model. 

Check out our BBQ covers here. 

5. For the homebody

Do you think of him as the grand master of relaxation? These gifts will make your dad feel like the royalty he is:

Nespresso coffee machine

Whether he prefers a robust espresso or a creamy latte, a Nespresso coffee machine will turn his kitchen into a barista-worthy café. With easy customisable settings, you could even make his favourite brew for him. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! 

Check out our range of Nespresso machines here. 

Relaxing hammock

Give your dad the gift of ultimate relaxation with a comfortable hammock. Whether you set it up in the backyard or right on the porch, it’ll be his sanctuary. You could even pair it with a sign that says, “Do Not Disturb”, for when he reads or naps. 

Check out our hammock listings here.  


Why not bring family night to a whole new level with a game of Monopoly? Your dad will love acquiring properties and all the strategic trading but mostly, spending more time with you!

See our listings for Monopoly here.

Make Dad’s day

Finding the perfect gift for Dad has never been easier. Whether he's conquering the wild outdoors or holding court at the BBQ, these gifts are bound to bring a smile to his face. Once you’ve chosen, wrap it up with a bow and get ready for the warm, fuzzy feeling of making your dad's day. 

With Trade Me, the gifting possibilities are endless, no matter your budget. Dive into our thoughtfully curated selection and surprise your dad with a gift he’ll truly appreciate.

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