Father's Day is nearing again, and as a newly minted papa myself, I'm as stoked as every other first-time dad to suddenly have another day of the year for gadgets and doohickeys I very probably don't need.

Below, you'll find a list of goodies I reckon are pretty neat - things I'd be pretty keen to unwrap right after breakfast in bed and a dose of Saturday morning cartoons. #manchild

Got ideas of your own? Let us known in the comments below!

Now, let's do this. And, yes, I know not all of these will make it to Australia in time if ordered today, but keep 'em on your list!


Of course: LEGO

You simply can't go wrong with Lego. It's science. And the more technical the kit is, the better - because if it's actually a mental challenge to put it together, you'll get the same sense of accomplishment you enjoyed as a kid. Unless, like me, you ended up just throwing it all across the floor for your own papa to step on at midnight.

I reckon the Caterham 620R is a cracking good get, or the Creator Series Volkswagen Beetle. I know our Mandy Turner would love that, but she's not a dad, so, whatever. This one's mine. Actually, scratch that, I want the T1 Camper Van.

Last year's Porsche 911 GT3 RS Technic set would also be a good buy, even if - and this is just my opinion, of course - the final result looks like a reject from Michael Bay's already hideous Transformers designs.


For the travelling petrolhead, Lonely Planet's Epic Drives of the World would surely be a good pickup. Especially if, as much as you love 'em, you really need to escape the kids for… a few months.


Before you head off, though, you might want to make sure you've got the skills to handle unexpected situations. Our friends at Driver Dynamics are a solid option.


And look, while you're gone, you might as well ask the kids for one of these GoFar units. We spoke with the gadget's creator on the CarAdvice podcast, and it sounds like a great idea no matter how old or new your car (so long as you have an OBD2 port, that is).