Say happy Father's Day with some raw meat, a toothbrush or a year's worth of car washes.

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Say happy Father’s Day with some raw meat, a toothbrush or a year’s worth of car washes.

OPINION: The first rule of buying a present for Father’s Day is knowing what kind of dad you have. 

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You might have a techie dad, a sporty dad, a car-mad dad, a foodie dad, a DIY dad or a well-groomed dad.

You might think your old man has nuanced and varied interests in theatre, beekeeping and local politics. You will be wrong.

Once you have worked out which “dad” your dad is, take your pick from a selection below of things he definitely, really wants. 

CAR-MAD DAD

The petrol-heads are particularly well-catered for this Father’s Day. In a very literal interpretation of the phrase, PlaceMakers is running a Father’s Dad promotion giving you 20 cents a litre off gas when you spend $50 on all those other things your dad might want – like 10 litre cans of paint, or a water blaster. 

Show your dad you care with a 20 cent saving at the pump.

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Show your dad you care with a 20 cent saving at the pump.

Nothing says “I love you dad” like a gleaming Suzuki Swift, so why not do your darnedest to win dad a year’s worth of car washes this weekend?

This is valued at $2500 which is, incidentally, more than my actual car cost. You’ll also have to visit one of JoyLab’s 20 Auckland bars and restaurants to be in the running – every $10 spent gets you one entry, so if dad likes his chariot shining it’s time to get out the credit card and cross your fingers. 

If your dad struggles to turn his motorbike indicators off by himself – gadzooks, do we have an offer for you! For just $155, mBike Gadgets is running a Father’s Day special offer on its “Smart Turn System,” taking the hard work out of turning corners.

Give your dad what he's always been asking for - $2500 worth of car washes.

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Give your dad what he’s always been asking for – $2500 worth of car washes.

FOODIE DAD

You could cook your dad breakfast in bed, but you could also present him with a box of bloody raw meat first thing on Sunday morning.

The Meat Box promises to make Father’s Day “extra special” by giving him “what he truly wants… Meat, chocolate, money and more meat”.

DIY DAD

Mother’s Day had at-home laser hair removal devices, Father’s Day has not one, but five, cross line lasers, courtesy of Bunnings.

If your dad loves measuring things to a line accuracy of 0.3mm/metre, I guess this is the present for him. Then again, maybe he’d prefer an epilator. 

Angle grinders, cross line lasers and drills are all proven to make dads happy.

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Angle grinders, cross line lasers and drills are all proven to make dads happy.

WELL-GROOMED DAD

Farmers copped a lot of flak for its Mother’s Day brochure advertising bathroom scales and seems to have decided pushing the same product to men would be the best way of balancing things out. 

I can’t see why your dad would want to dwell on his BMI any more than your mum definitely didn’t, but Farmers are offering it just the same. 

Failing that, why not get him a nice electronic toothbrush or some multi-action face wash to show him how much you care?

TECHIE DAD

If you don’t think your dad would be into any of the gifts so far, I guess that means you’ve got a “techie dad” – and hard luck him. 

The only tech gifts under a grand seem to be powerbanks and hard drives, so I hope your dad is into external storage. 

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Fathers day with NZ comedian/actress Hayley Sproull.



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