Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Gifts Can Be Difficult

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Gifts Can Be Difficult

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Vani Naidoo

I FIND that settling on a gift for my dad or husband is quite an exhausting exercise. The main problem is that their wants are few a well, fewer than mine anyway. They either already have the natural things that come to mind or they would prefer to choose those important items for themselves.

Here's hoping these suggestions will allow you to tick a few goodies off your list or inspire you to find the perfect present.

For dads who like to exercise and stay active, sportswear and equipment would be a good place to start. Shy away from large pieces like treadmills, rowing machines and cycle machines, which work best when matched with personal choice. Perhaps opt instead for boxing equipment (from $79.99 at A-Mart Allsports) or a watch with a heart rate monitor (from $199 at Rebelsport).

Most large sporting and department stores also carry a large range of fitness clothing and bags. Target has a good middle of the range offering with T-shirts starting from $19 and running shorts from $25.

If your dad isn't already an avid golfer he probably has it on his to-do list. Most golf courses have a shop with experts who can offer advice on clubs and equipment. They also offer golf lessons, which usually start from $70 for an hour. Speciality golf shops like Drummond Golf, The House of Golf and Golf World carry an extensive range of clothing, clubs and technical equipment.

At Golf World until November 30, purchase any Nike Series eight-piece iron sets and receive free a Nike Extreme Sport IV Stand Bag valued at $189.99. Drummond Golf has discounted their SureShot Micro Golf GPS to $149 (from $249.95).

Fathers and power tools seem to go hand-in-hand. If yours fancies himself as a Jack-of-all-trades even though he may leave a long list of half-finished projects in his wake, the least you can do is play along with the charade. Home Hardware has an impressive deal on the Bosch Lithium-Ion Driver Drill set ($169) which includes three masonry and wood bits, eight screwdriver bits, two batteries and an accessory set. Bunnings is always a good stop for tool boxes (from $35) and screwdriver sets (from $9. …

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