Getting pops flying lessons is one of many Outside the Box Gift Ideas for Dad this Xmas

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If you’re determined to avoid clichés and move well away from power tools and socks for Dad this Christmas, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a world of amazing gifts out there. From sports car experiences to flying lessons, super cool gadgets, and thoughtful mementoes; with just a little bit of imagination, you’re bound to find the perfect present.

If you need a little inspiration, keep reading this handy guide to some of the most outside the box gift ideas for Dad in 2016.

1. Flying Lessons

There are a number of fully licenced and accredited flying centres in Australia. They offer a range of experiences, with the most exciting being the chance to learn how to fly a small aircraft. Your Dad will be delighted and you’ll get to send him and his cheesy Christmas jokes right up into the clouds for a while.

2. Whisky Club Subscription

Or, you could go the other way and help the man of the house to kick back and relax during the festive period. A subscription to a whisky club is a great idea because it means that’ll he get samples of the finest liquor delivered to the door for a whole month or two. And, when the subscription is up, he can decide whether he wants to keep the deliveries going.

3. Polaroid Instant Mobile Printer

You know what parents are like. You might have finally got them to join Facebook, but they’re not always happy going fully digital. When it comes to family photos, for example, most mums and dads still prefer to have physical copies to store and keep. So, pick up a nifty little mobile printer for your dad this Christmas. They plug straight into a smartphone and print mobile pictures in seconds.

4. BBQ Briefcase Set

If there’s one place in the world where you can really count on a dad appreciating a grill or barbeque set, it is sunny Australia. And now, you can get fully portable barbeque kits that slot neatly into a stylish metal briefcase. So, the alpha male of the family can feel like 007 even while he’s burning your beef burgers.

5. Desktop Terrarium

If your dad fancies himself as a bit of a green-fingered plant pro, test his skills by giving him a miniature desktop terrarium. It is actually tougher than you might think to create a fully functioning garden in micro fashion, but it can be a lot of fun. Plus, it is guaranteed to brighten up a tired office or a bedside table.

6. High-Tech Coffee Maker

Most dads enjoy a good cup of Joe or three throughout the day. And your dad deserves nothing but the best, so invest in a sophisticated, high-tech coffee maker this Christmas. There are some great models on the market right now and, because coffee machines are becoming a more popular choice for the kitchen, they’re affordable too.

7. Bluetooth Showerhead-cum-Speaker

No, really; this is a genuine invention. And it’s sure to delight dads who love singing in the shower. These clever Bluetooth speakers are easy to install and they pick up the tunes on any nearby smartphones or iPod. With the click of a button, you can enjoy up to seven hours of music. When the battery runs out, you just plug it in to recharge.

8. Hot Air Balloon Ride

If your dad has always been interested in taking flying lessons, but needs a bit of practice being in the air first, think about gifting him with a hot air balloon ride. This is a fun and exciting way to get comfortable with spending time at a great height. It calms the nerves and helps a person decide if they want to take things further and sit in the cockpit of a plane.

Why Flying Lessons Could Be the Big Hit of Christmas 2016

It can be tough to know which direction to turn when it comes to presents for dad. After years of cufflinks, ties, and slippers, things can start to feel a little predictable. However, flying lessons are a gift that he’ll be sure to love no matter what the occasion. And, as Christmas is right around the corner, why not encourage him to be bold and chase a big adventure?