By Shannon Devy
Forget the No.1 Dad mug, it’s time to give pops what he really wants this Father’s Day. Luckily, our team has been working hard to track down the kiffest Father’s Day swag for Dad.
Here are our top picks!
Lamb Chop Braai Rack
This little rack keeps your chops vertical so that you can perfectly render the fat for succulent, juicy, crispy-edged chops. It’s locally made and good for gas, charcoal or wood fires.
Price: R599 from Yuppiechef
Unlike ordinary petroleum-based fire starters, the Deluxe MO'FIRE coffee fire lighter is completely natural, made with recycled wood and coffee grounds for a powerful but clean-burning flame. Great for braais and indoor fireplaces.
Ice Shot Glass Maker
This Zoku ice mould lets you make ice shooter glasses! A neat party trick, and a great way to keep dad’s Jagermeister or tequila crispy-cold. The mould makes four shot glasses.
If your dad likes to cook, he needs this useful, super absorbent and extremely stylish man-cloth from Mungo. Made from 100% cotton, it’s machine-washable and locally made to last.
No more lost keys and missing wallets. Airtags allow you to effortlessly locate whatever dad has misplaced. Attach them to keyrings, pop them in the coin pouch of your wallet, or slip them into your backpack. Ping them from your app and they make a sound, or track them using the Find My app.
Hook your dad up with an audible subscription, and he’ll have access to thousands of hours of fascinating listening, including audio books and podcasts on all his favourite topics. Great if he has a long commute, likes to run or cycle, or spends long hours working around the house and garden.
For the crispiest bacon and the most perfect patties, a cast-iron bacon press is a must. We loved this one from Yuppiechef for its classic look and significant heft.
Anyone who owns a pair of sheepskin slippers will never not own a pair of sheepskin slippers again. And after a long hard day of dadding around, Pops deserves toasty toes. They’re a bit of an investment, but they last years.
Single Brew Coffee Spoon
A nifty gadget for brewing a single cup of perfect filter coffee in minutes. Great for camping, traveling and the office.
Outdoor Bread Oven
Freshly bake bread in the great outdoors with this outdoor bread oven. Designed for use on an open fire, it’s an absolute must-have for the next family camping trip!
A Mixed Case of Wine
A nice idea for dads who enjoy a good glass of wine. Order a mixed case of Wine of the Month’s top winter picks in red, white or both for dad to try, and they’ll deliver it straight to his door!
Beer Brewing Kit
With this brew kit, dad can try his hand at brewing his own beer at home. It includes everything he’ll need to cook up his first batch.
A Masterclass Subscription
Masterclass has courses on everything from cooking to gardening, the art of negotiation to dog-training, chess, music, sport and more, presented by the world’s top experts. Learn from the likes of Gordon Ramsey, Carlos Santana, Serena Williams and Samuel L. Jackson, amongst others.
Magnetic Tool Wristband
A really nifty tool for the handy dad, this magnetic wristband holds screws, nails and washers while you work.
Lego Land Rover Defender
We don’t care what anyone says – you’re never too old for Lego! This Lego Land Rover is just plain awesome.
A Coffee Grinder
If dad hasn’t made the switch to freshly ground coffee, it’s time to change his life and make his year. A burr grinder is the way to go, and this unit from Krups allows you to adjust the grind to suit your preferred method of coffee-making.
And If You Must Do Socks…
Make ‘em sexy socks!