Father’s Day gift guide

Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Buy local this Father’s Day to support Victorian businesses.

This Sunday is Father’s Day. Gift guides promoting fatherly accoutrements abound, but we’ve got one with a proudly Victorian bent. We’ve collated gifts for all the father figures in your life. Appealing, universal and accessible, each of the 11 suggestions on our list boast one more commonality – all are produced in Victoria.

Production line making Sherrin footballSherrin footy

Whether your team makes it to the grand final or not, picking up a Sherrin will keep Dad kicking on well past the premiership. The iconic footballs are the official choice of the AFL, and about 500 of these beauties are crafted by hand everyday in Scoresby.

Keep Cup

Feel good about getting a cup of coffee with Victorian made Keep Cup, and if you’re feeling really generous, top it off with a bag of beans from Fitzroy institute Industry Beans.

Tradesperson making a Maton guitarMaton Guitar

Bring out the inner Elvis with a guitar from the iconic Box Hill-based Maton Guitars. From the Beatles to the king himself, Maton Guitars have been played by musical elites across the globe as well as homegrown legends Tommy Emmanuel and Paul Kelly.

Home-grown tools

Deck out Dad’s tool box with goodies from family business Sutton Tools. Founded in 1917, the business still manufactures high-quality power tools and state-of-the-art cutting tools for DIY enthusiasts.

Brightly coloured socks arranged in a circleSocks, socks, socks

From roos to flamingos, there are colourful socks made in Victoria to suit (almost) any taste. Check out Declic for a fancy pair, or Otto and Spike for some Brunswick East made finery.

Barbecues galore

Handcrafted in Victoria, Southern Cross Smokers will elevate the traditional barbecue to the next level. Top it off with some products from Cobram Estate - their award-winning extra virgin olive oil is a good bet.

Sheepskin boots

Winter may be over, but it’s never too late to gift a pair of snug foot warmers from Emu Shoes, made in Victoria with high quality Australian products.

People walking in the fields of the wineryA tour of winery, craft brewery or distillery

Hit up the hinterland, the high country or wander down the coast for a day-trip to remember at one of Victoria’s gorgeous vineyards, award-winning breweries or up-and-coming distilleries.

Six-pack of probiotic goodness

And for the non-drinkers, Kombucha might hit the right note, courtesy of Bod Kombucha, brewed and bottled by Bod Conscious Enterprises in Melbourne.

Jila mintsSweet treats

There’s plenty on offer across the state, from the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory to Ferndale's range of Jila mints and confectionery stocked at Aldi.

Go virtual

To take Father’s Day to the next level, Zero Latency is a virtual reality gaming experience that’s gone gangbusters around the world. Limited sessions are available in their North Melbourne location throughout the Father’s Day weekend.

Want to know if products are made in Victoria?

Here’s how:

  • check the label
  • ask the retailer where the products are from
  • speak with the relevant industry association
  • contact the supplier