Shop Local: Father’s Day Gift Guide Featuring Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter Businesses

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Spoil a special dad, grandpa or Pops in your life for Father’s Day while supporting our local economy.

This year has been a tough one for many local businesses so we’ve put together a special Father’s Day Gift Guide featuring presents you can purchase from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter businesses.

For many of these businesses, you can order online so you can stay safe and social distance while supporting local. No matter what your dad or grandpa likes, there is sure to be a gift for them.

Class of 84 Clothing

Newcastle Fathers Day

Based here in Newcastle, Class of 84 clothing create matching swimwear for the entire family made from recycled plastic bottles. Their goal for 2020 is to remove 100,000 plastic bottles from landfill. Their range included matching father/son or daughter boardies which make for the perfect Fathers Day gift. – Approximately 50 plastic bottles are used to create one pair of shorts. Class of 84 is offering a special discount for Newy with Kids readers. Use newykids at checkout on their website and you’ll receive 15% off your order. 

Sweet B’s Creations

Lake Macquarie Fathers Day

Does dad have a sweet tooth? Order a special Father’s Day Box from Sweet B’s Creations. This box includes two cupcakes, two cookies, and five assorted slices for $40. Pick up will be Saturday the 5th from various locations: Medowie, Rutherford, Newcastle, Stockton, Branxton and Singleton. Inbox Facebook page to order.

Steel & Anchor

Find a unique Father’s Day Gift at Steel and Anchor on Darby Street. They stock a range of handpicked homewares, men’s gifts and accessories. Their online store is open 24/7 with orders despatched the next business day by Express Post. (Free delivery on all Australian orders over $50).

Newcastle Fathers Day

There are so many possibilities for Father’s Day gifts but our favourites include the Izola BBQ Multi Tool, a spatula, fork, brush, corkscrew and wine opener in one ($69.95), Wash Bag featuring a weathered vintage 1969 Aussie Rules Boot ( $49.50), All The Kings Men Leather Wallet handmade in Fitzroy Melbourne ($115), Foosball Bottle Opener ($19.95), Goorin Bros Lone Star Trucker Cap ($50) and Official VW Kombi model vehicle ($89.95).


Newcastle Fathers Day

Forget the usual boring jocks and socks, this year, give your dad some cool stuff. Among other beautiful things, local boutique Ramjet Assortments stocks the fabulous Blue Q socks, tea towels and oven mitts perfect for dad. There’s a range of humorous designs to suit every dad or grandpa. Socks are $20, while oven mitts and tea towels are $25 and you can order online 24/7.

Cookies by Elle

Newcastle Fathers Day

Order some customised cookies for Dad. Cookies by Elle creates beautiful cookies perfect for gifting on Father’s Day. Each box contains individually wrapped Vanilla Sugar Cookies decorated with fondant icing. To order, email or DM @cookiesbyelle_ on Instagram to bring your ideas to life. All you have to do is tell Elle the colour/s and text/s and or stamps you would like and she’ll do the rest. Price is $25 for 10 pack of customised cookies.

The Hunter’s Smallest Mobile Art Gallery

The Hunter's Smallest Mobile Art Gallery

Give art for Father’s Day. Martina, a Lake Macquarie based photo artist from Berlin creates unique pieces of composition art. She draws inspiration from nature and scenes around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Not your traditional landscape photographer, she loves to play with perspective and with every shoot tries to push her photography to the next level. She’s also the owner of the “The Hunter’s Smallest Mobile Art Gallery”, a beautiful little trailer converted into a lovely mobile art gallery. Normally you can find her at various markets around the Hunter such as the Warners Bay Markets, Art Bazaar and Homegrown to name a few. Visit her Etsy store to see more of her designs.

The Hunter's Smallest Mobile Art Gallery

Frontline Hobbies

Frontline Hobbies

If you’re looking for a gift for dad or gramps, chances are you can find something they will love at Frontline Hobbies. They stock hobby tools and supplies that cover everything from radio control vehicles to model building like the Steam locomotive above. Do they prefer car model kits? There’s a wide range from modern racecars to vintage classics.

Frontline hobbies car kit
Frontline hobbies car kit

They also carry a wide range of games from Warhammer and Dungeons & Dragons as well as other board and card games. To check out the vast selection, visit the Frontline Hobbies website. Their
Broadmeadow store is open and trading regular hours with COVID protocols. Please use the hand sanitiser station at the front door and follow the 1.5 metre social distancing rule when shopping in store. If you feel sick or have any mild cold or flu symptoms, stay home and shop online.

Rebekka’s Photography

Give the gift of memories this Father’s Day and book a family photo shoot. Rebekka’s Photography photographs families in Newcastle, Maitland & surrounds. Book in for a family photo shoot for $300 or bring the extended family along for $350. The price includes a one-hour photo shoot and you’ll receive approximately 20 high resolution images sent electronically. Bookings can be made by direct message to Rebekka’s Photography Facebook page or via

HESO Men’s Skincare

Treat dad to a gift pack of HESO, locally made plant-based skincare for men. The three-step Shave System includes a shave olive gel, aftershave and moisturiser and will give your dad the best shave every time, minus the irritation. ($79.95) The range is all-natural, 100% vegan and 100% cruelty-free created in small batches here in Newcastle.

Liz Anelli

How about a mug for dad? Local illustrator Liz Anelli creates detailed local maps as well as illustrations. Choose from a map of Newcastle or a Kingswood mug ($30 each).

Murrays Brewery

Murrays Brewery

Does dad drink craft beer? Purchase a Murray’s Brewery Gift Box. They come in two sizes: a Single gift box featuring a selection of Murray’s standard beers ($23) or a Drink Outside the Box which is four giftboxes in total ($92). You can also add in one of their cool T-shirts to the order as well.

Murrays Brewery
Murrays Brewery

Suds Slinger

Give dad a special beer glass from Suds Slinger, producers of high-quality craft beer glassware. Designed by a local Hunter Valley beer brewer, the range is perfect for dad’s favourite craft beer. Choose from a Suds Original Beer Glass, Suds Party Beer Glass or Suds Can Beer Glass. ($42 for 2 glasses)

Achilles Gin

Does Dad prefer gin? Buy a 500ml bottle of Achilles Gin ($79) distilled right here in Newcastle by Styx Brewery. It’s small batch gin distilled in their tiny hand-hammer copper pot using traditional juniper and locally foraged & found botanicals.

Want more ideas for Father’s Day? Here are 8 homemade Father’s Day gifts that kids can make.

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