Is it just us or has Father’s Day crept up on you this year?

With the annual dad’s day celebration fast approaching this Sunday 4 September, we’ve pulled together some timely ideas to help you prepare for this Sunday, all while supporting your local businesses.

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute present, seeking some quality ingredients for a home-cooked meal or want to find somewhere to dine out, your local Boroondara shops, cafes, restaurants and markets have got you covered!

Tip 1: Shop local for a unique gift

With a range of stores across Boroondara’s shopping villages, you’re bound to pick up the perfect gift. Many independent food and drink sellers and retail stores sell specialty products you won’t find elsewhere. You can also consider gifting an experience like a cinema gift voucher for the movie-loving family member or perhaps a personal training gym voucher for the active dads.

Tip 2: Choose somewhere new to dine out

Take dad on an adventure somewhere new in Boroondara. Pick a café or restaurant he hasn’t been to before or revisit an old favourite you haven’t been to lately.

Pro tip: Of course Father’s Day is a popular day for brunching and lunching. Call ahead to check if you can make a booking, or consider making a dinner booking as a nice way to end the day.

Tip 3: Pick up fresh produce to cook up a feast

If your style is to cook up a feast at home, don’t forget you can pick up a great selection of fresh, local produce at the Boroondara Farmers Market, open from 8 am to 12:30 pm this Saturday 3 September. The Camberwell Fresh Food Market is also open from 7 am to 5 pm this Saturday.

Tip 4: Find a last-minute gift at Hawthorn Makers Market

If you leave your gift buying to the absolute final moment, you’re in luck! The monthly Hawthorn Makers Market is running this Sunday at Hawthorn Arts Centre from 10 am to 3 pm. It’s the perfect place to pick up a handmade gift and enjoy a wander too.

Tip 5: Picnic in the park (weather permitting!)

If the spring weather behaves and your meal is easily transportable, why not take your celebration to the park. Check out some favourite picnic spots shared by locals.

Not sure where to start?

If you need some inspiration to search for stores and restaurants near you, visit the Boroondara Love Local Life website. And if you’re a business owner and your business isn’t listed yet, add your listing.