While restaurant bookings and group activities might be restricted this year, that doesn’t mean you have to restrict gifts for dad to socks and undies this Father’s Day. There are plenty of unique gifts that are easy to create in your own backyard.

For those looking for a little DIY this Father’s Day, Narelle Peart from Scott’s Performance Naturals has shared her top five unique garden gifts for dad.

“With all the extra time spent at home this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to get crafty in the backyard and give Dad something he will truly enjoy. You don’t need to be an expert green thumb either, you just need to know Dads favourite herbs,” says Narelle.

Plant a herb garden

Dads are known for loving the BBQ, so why not spice things up and create his very own outdoor herb garden so he can easily season his favourite meat. For a flourishing herb garden, start with a shallow pot or container and give companion gardening a try. It’s the idea of planting certain varieties together for beneficial results like naturally deterring pests, improving growth and even enhancing flavour. For example; Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram, Oregano and Lavender are great companions as they have similar sun, soil and water requirements. For best results, invest in a specially formulated all-natural fertiliser such as Scotts Performance Naturals Vegetable & Herb Organic Based Fertiliser and place your finished herb garden on a table outside or near Dad’s barbeque.

Plant a chilli garden

If herbs aren’t his style, that doesn’t mean you can’t get planting. Chillies can bring a hit of flavour and spice to any meal and are easy to plant in the backyard or balcony planter box. Even better, chillies are a gift that keeps on giving with one plant having the ability to provide hundreds of delicious chillies – meaning there is a fantastic flavour-to-space ratio. To give your Dad’s new garden the best chance of flourishing, rake in a specialised soil improver to ensure your garden bed has all the right nutrients to grow strong and healthy chillies.

Create a literal beer garden

For Dads who love beer, try creating a literal beer garden. A beer garden takes the concept of a container garden centrepiece and transforms it using upcycled beer bottles. The best plants to grow include hops, lavender, cilantro, mint, sweet woodruff, cardamom, ginger and berries. Not only will this quirky centrepiece be a great conversation starter at your next family BBQ, it serves a practical purpose as well – all the herbs and berries can be harvested for use in cooking and actual beer making!

DIY upcycled garden tool storage

For those Dads known as ‘Mr fix it’, give him somewhere new and handy to store his garden tools. All you need for this DIY project is an old metal rake and you are good to go. Simply remove the handle, turn it upside down, and attach it to the wall of your garden shed with the prongs facing outwards. Once you’re finished, hang Dad’s tools using the prongs to hold the tools up. Dad will never have to go searching for his gardening tools again!

Personalised pot plants

For those who are just looking to give gifts for Dad that are simple, sweet and sentimental, try creating a personalised pot plant. This idea is great for kids as it gets their creative juices flowing and provides them with the chance to make something that Dad will treasure forever. Make sure you invest in a premium potting mix with the Australian Standard red tick to ensure that whichever plants you decide to grow in the newly decorated pot will get off to the best start.

For more gardening ideas and inspiration visit www.lovethegarden.com.au

What other unique gifts for dad can you add to our list? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • The beer garden sounds a fascinating idea – I must google it. Need some more things for Dad to do as he is getting bored with his lot here in Melbourne.


  • I sent my Mother-in-law’s husband a chocolate box from Edible Blooms. They told me how much he loved it.


  • My son ordered ‘pub in a box’ for his Dad this Father’s Day. It did not arrive on time so we had to print out a picture of it. Everything you need – craft beers, beer snacks, bar mat and more.


  • Lovely ideas.


  • My man has been a gardening machine during lockdown. He got more supplies for the veggie patch this fathers day.

    • Lol, my husband is the opposite, loves to run away from the garden and leaves it all up to me.


  • Herb garden sounds very interactive for the kiddies fo help dad continue to grow…but he would love the beer garden too ????


  • Such lovely ideas to show your father how special he is too you. The Herb garden would be a great activity for small children to help to create.


  • Cute idea for dads with young kids is get a balloon letters D A D and take photos in diffrent position with the baby/kids holding the D then the A then the D balloons and put them in a long frame to spell out DAD


  • Some lovely ideas ! However my husband hates gardening and would rather have everything concrete and he’s not a DIY-er


  • Some pretty good ideas. Would have loved to have seen some pictures of the beer garden upcycle project just for ideas

    • When you google it you’ll bump into lovely ideas :)


  • I love the garden idea. Quite nifty to repurpose


  • A beer garden is a great idea!


  • I’d love to do a herb garden but more for me haha


  • Would love to know more about this beer garden!!!
    I get my husband a photobook of our bub. This will be the second year he will get one.
    The first one brought tears to his eyes.

    • A photo book is always a good one, a valuable gift lasting a lifetime :)


  • Clever ideas for the right kind of dad.


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