It’s the same question on everyone’s lips each year – what on earth do I get my husband/dad for Father’s Day?

Shops are full of items claiming to be the perfect gift and guaranteed to put a smile on dad’s face.  But wait, before you swipe that credit card this year hear us out, because we know exactly what dad wants and it’s definitely not (another) pair of socks or jocks.

According to a poll from market-research firm Ipsos, most dads would prefer to either spend quality time with their families on Father’s Day (40 percent) or receive no gift at all (22 percent).

In the past few years, there’s been a real culture shift with father’s spending more time with their children than ever before. Whether that’s spending an afternoon playing board games or teaching one of the kids how to juggle, what dad really wants is to spend quality time with his family.

So here’s some great ways you can spoil the special man in your life – simply by spending time together!

1. Create your own pop up restaurant

Forget the stress of going out and save some pennies by getting the kids to create a tasty meal for dad. Why not hold a pop up restaurant at home with a menu made especially for dad. Not only does it get the children actively involved in creating a present, but it can be personalised in so many ways and would certainly be memorable.

2. On yer bike!

On a lovely crisp day when the sun is shining, a bike ride is a perfect way to spend the day together. Make it more fun by getting the kids to pack a picnic full of dad’s favourite healthy treats, and plan out a fun route as a family.Melbourne has plenty of great routes and tracks for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

3. The YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run

Melbourne’s newest Father’s Day tradition is the ultimate way to treat your dad to something fun and memorable. The YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run is a fun run like no other.

With on course entertainment and plenty of surprises, everyone is invited to walk, run, and play around the 5km or 10km courses. There will be so much on offer for families to enjoy getting active together, and there will even be a pram wave, meaning even the smallest members of your family can get involved.

4. Take a trip to the beach

Whatever the weather the beach is always a lovely place to visit with your family. Many beaches like St Kilda are right on our doorstep and have some beautiful scenic views. Collect some shells, enjoy some fish and chips and dip your toes in the water if you’re brave enough! Finish it off with a walk along the pier and an ice cream.

Whatever you decide, don’t forget to give your father the most precious gift of all: love, affection and appreciation.

Find out more about the YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run and register at