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8 ideas to make Father’s Day special while in lockdown

30th August, 2021

Photography: Felicity Cook

Ordinarily we’d be celebrating Father’s Day together with my family but this year is obviously a little bit different. Being in lockdown in Sydney means we’ll be at home, just the four of us, but it doesn’t mean we can’t make the day special for Luke. He still deserves to be celebrated after all! The thing with being at home means having to get creative with our celebrations as we can’t go out or have people over. If you’re in the same boat, here are some ideas for elevating your Father’s Day festivities at home.

Bring the restaurant experience to you

The thing about being in lockdown has meant that home cooked meals happen every day of the week, multiple times a day so sometimes you just need to taste someone else’s cooking! The great thing is there are so many great options for restaurant quality home delivered meals right now. You could try a service like Providoor if you’re in Sydney or Melbourne if you want a gourmet three course meal that’s pretty much ready to go, or something I love is ordering things like oysters and champagne (my go-to is East 33) to add a luxe touch to a meal.

Have an indoor picnic

An indoor picnic is a great thing to have the kids help out with. Set up a cosy spot indoors complete with picnic rug and picnic basket and pack a meal that can be enjoyed indoors, but still feels a little novel.

Embrace a favourite things day

What does Dad love doing? Whether it’s watching his fave show or sitting back for an afternoon of sport or wine tasting, try and make the day about letting Dad enjoy a series of his favourite activities. Alternatively (or even in tandem with) you could arrange for his favourite things to be delivered to your home, whether it’s his fave baked treat, a particular meal he loves or his favourite beverage.

Virtual catch up

If you would usually be spending the day with family you could still do it— just virtually of course. Try and coordinate a time where you could sit down for Father’s Day lunch, dial everyone in and enjoy each other’s company with the help of technology.

DIY spa day

A pampering session is always a great thing and it’s something that can be done at home. Run a bath complete with bubbles or offer to do a massage or a facial (use luxe products if you can, to make it extra special).

Breakfast in bed

It’s an oldie but a goodie—who doesn’t love being treated to breakfast in bed? Have the kids help out with preparing breakfast and watch them proudly present dad with brekkie.

Set up a game afternoon

Enjoy some good ol’ fashioned fun with board games or card games. Bring out classics like Monopoly or Cluedo and sit down as a family together to help celebrate dad.

Family movie night

Who doesn’t love movie night? It’s a great way to spend time together and also give dad some time to relax and kick up his feet—win-win. Pop on a great movie complete with popcorn and other snacks and enjoy some much needed time to escape reality (and lockdown) for a bit.


Cool Father’s Day gifts to spoil dad

21st August, 2020

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re probably on the hunt for just the right gift. I’ve always loved shopping for my dad an and Luke as it’s my opportunity to spoil them and show them how much the kids and I appreciate everything that they do, and the wonderful fathers they are.

I’ve rounded up some great gifts at every price point and a present to suit every kind of dad. Whether you’re buying for a dad who loves being sporty, a fashion-loving dad who’s into gorgeous accessories, or dad who loves nothing more than being outdoors, there’s a gift to put a smile on their face.

To all the dads out there—Have a great Father’s Day!

Lifestyle, Lifestyle & Social

Sophia and Grace interview Luke for Father’s Day

1st September, 2019
Best. Dad. Ever.

One of the most wonderful things about my husband, Luke is that he is an incredible father. From the moment he became a dad he’s been nothing but the most loving, encouraging, fun and caring presence in Grace and Sophia’s lives. They simply adore him. One of the many great qualities that Luke has as a father is that he’ll do anything to put a smile on the girls’ faces. From playing silly games to throwing himself wholeheartedly into playing ballerina with them or spending time splashing about at the beach, there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for the kids. We always love spending quality time with Luke on Father’s Day but this year, I thought I’d give our kids the chance to have a fun D&M of sorts. Given how close they are to their dad, I thought I’d give Sophia and Grace the opportunity to talk all things fatherhood with him. And here’s the heartwarming result…

What do you like about being a dad? 

So many things – but watching you both grow to be strong and confident makes me happy.

How did you feel when we were born?

The love and bond is overwhelming.

What’s your favourite activity for us to do together?

Any type of playing that generally turns into you both generally jumping on my back and tackling me to the ground.

What’s one thing you’d really like to teach us?

Not sure I can teach happiness – but to give you the tools not to sweat the small stuff.

There’s always room for having fun when it comes to Luke and the girls

What do you hope for us in the future?

Have a full life of adventure and happiness.

What’s one thing we do that makes you smile?

When you both cuddle each other. 

What’s your idea of the perfect Father’s Day?

Definitely to be spoiled by my three girls.

What’s something that you’re proud of when it comes to the two of us?

Your both sincere and care for one another.

Daddy’s Little Girl

What’s your happiest memory of us?

I’m sure it’s yet to come – but spending time down the beach, on holidays or at the farm watching you both enjoying the freedom of the outdoors.

What’s one thing you can’t wait to do with us?

Travel adventures as a family. 

Fashion, Lifestyle & Social, Shop

24 gift ideas that will impress dad on Father’s Day

23rd August, 2019

It’s that time of year again where we go in search of something other than underpants or socks for the dads in our life. With Father’s Day just around the corner, you may be in need of a little inspo to help find just the perfect present. I know I’m always scouring my favourite stores and sites to try and find just the perfect present for my dad and Luke. And this year, it seems there’s plenty on hand to put a smile on any dads face. So whether your dad is a keen outdoorsman, a sports fanatic or loves nothing more than dressing up in his favourite finery, there’s definitely something here to earn you status as world’s best child. In fact, maybe consider stocking up again for next year!

Shop my edit of Father’s Day gift ideas below…


Celebrating Father’s Day

2nd September, 2018

Celebrating Father’s Day every year is always special for the girls and I as we get to spoil Luke and honour the wonderful father that he is.

I always knew that Luke would be a natural at parenting but he never ceases to amaze me with just how made for fatherhood he is. He’s always extremely hands-on with the girls and is always the one to play silly games with them, read to them and do everything he can to put a smile on their face. Also, I am constantly thankful for how easy it is to parent with Luke—we’re constantly on the same wavelength with how to raise the girls so we never really ever have issues with how to approach it. I know this isn’t always the case with everyone so I’m always thankful that I get to go on this crazy journey of parenthood alongside Luke.

As the girls get older it’s nice to see that their relationship with their dad just gets stronger. They’re always wanting to chat to Luke or show them their latest toy or invite him to play with them and I hope that this bond is something that continues to grow. I can already see that Sophia and Grace will be as close to their dad as I am to mine which makes me so happy.

I would celebrate Luke every day of the week if I could but it’s nice to have one day which is dedicated to acknowledging all that he does for our little family. We’re certainly going to spoil him today! And for all the other dads out there I hope you also have the most wonderful day.

Fashion, Lifestyle

12 gift ideas that will put a smile on dad’s face on Father’s Day

24th August, 2018

Father’s Day is almost here once again and I’ve been busy trying to find the perfect present for Luke and of course my dad. It’s always a fun exercise but it can admittedly become a little tricky trying to pinpoint just the perfect gift for them both. Do I go down the clothes route? Perhaps a great accessory? Or maybe something that’s a little more utilitarian and they can get plenty of use out of? If you’re in the same boat then never fear because I’ve rounded up my edit of top picks to put a serious smile on any dad’s face come September 2.

Nike sportswear tech crinkled bomber jacket

A great casual jacket with a distinctly sporty edge that’s ideal for off duty wear.

Ralph Lauren shawl collar cardigan

A cosy cardigan that will add a touch of polish to any look.

Happy Socks gift set

If your dad’s a fan of making a statement then this collection of vibrant socks will certainly add a spring to his step.

boohooMAN sneakers

You can never go wrong with a trusty pair of trainers, especially in a versatile shade like black.

Burton funnel neck vest

This is the perfect addition to any trans-seasonal wardrobe and can easily work back with a variety of different outfits.

Tom Ford conditioning beard oil

Spoil dad with this luxe beard oil that’s guaranteed to keep facial hair soft, supple and polished.

Saba Jackson crew top

An ultra wearable top that can be mixed and matched with most things in any man’s wardrobe.

Marcs Men Bourke credit card holder

If your dad wants to go sleek and chic in the wallet department then consider a card holder that will keep all his necessities organised.

Beats by Dre earphones

A slightly more discreet version of Beats by Dre’s usual headphone style this is ideal for any man on the go.

Calibre double monk leather shoe

Dress up any look with a great pair of leather shoes that have a distinctly classic feel.

Google Home Mini

The ultimate accessory for any gadget fan, this is a handy addition to any home.

Calibre Alfred regular tie

A striking pattern that’s also discreet enough to work back with a variety of different shirts and suits.

Fashion, Shop

Father’s Day Gift Guide: present ideas for every kind of dad

31st August, 2017

Father’s Day is quickly creeping up and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect gifts to give Luke and my dad. In the process, I’ve stumbled across lots of really great present ideas that I’m sure will put a smile on any dad’s face come September 3. Whether your dad is sporty, fashion conscious or outdoorsy, if you’re after last minute gift options I’ve got them covered.

Shop my picks below…

Gucci embroidered leather sneakers

A great pair of kicks—especially of the Gucci variety—is a great way to spoil a fashion loving dad. These sneakers are versatile so you can bet your dad will have them on high rotation.

Kjus golf jacket

What better accessory for a day out on the green than this waterproof golf jacket.

Polo Ralph Lauren striped jersey shirt

A striped tee is a classic and would be the perfect addition to dad’s off duty wardrobe.

Jacquard Shawl knit

Help dad stay cosy and stylish at the same time with a gorgeous knit.

Trenery Vincent scarf

A lightweight wool scarf will help dad navigate the sometimes unpredicatable trans-seasonal weather .

Lanvin knitted silk tie

For the man who loves to look dapper, a knitted tie adds a fashion forward touch to any ensemble.

Emporio Armani Luigi watch

A beautiful timepiece always makes a thoughtful gift.

Trenery Brendon Eva Derby shoe

Elevate dad’s shoe wardrobe with this derby in a luxe suede with a chic statement sole.

Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano suitcase

If your dad is a frequent flyer quality luggage would help him jetset in style.

Links of London classic gold t-bar cufflinks

If you really, really want to spoil dad this year then these cufflinks would definitely fit the bill. They’re definitely an investment piece but a pair of gilded cufflinks would take your dad’s look next-level.

Aesop Facial Balancing Gel

Aesop always do beautiful skincare and this facial gel enriched with vitamin C will deliver light hydration to the skin and is an ultra easy addition to dad’s grooming regimen.

Polo Ralph Lauren cap

This versatile cap will quickly become a weekend staple and add a bold pop of colour to any look.

Tom & Teddy swim short

If your dad hasn’t updated his swimmers for years, a pair of fun swim shorts will quickly have him looking on trend at the beach.

Lululemon shorts

For the fitness fiend father a pair of cool shorts will be a welcome addition to his gym wardrobe.

Trenery leather overnight bag

A beautiful leather weekender bag is the type of gift dad will have for years to come.

Happy Socks Father’s Day gift box

Socks have always been a reliable go-to Father’s Day gift option but when they’re this vibrant and fun they’re definitely guaranteed to put a smile on dad’s face.


Father’s Day with Trenery

22nd August, 2017

When the opportunity to collaborate with Trenery on a Father’s Day shoot came up I was really excited. I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to do some beautiful shoots with my girls and with my mum that I wanted the same experience with Luke and my dad. But more importantly I can’t think of a better way to celebrate two wonderful fathers and all that they do.

From the moment Sophia and Grace were born I could see they had a very special bond with Luke. He is an amazing dad and the kids adore him. He’s kind, caring and has endless time for the girls.

My heart does melt when I see him with our daughters. Now Sophia’s old enough to talk it’s lovely to listen to their chats and to see that they already have such a close relationship. Luke has always been a hands-on dad and he’s constantly playing games with the girls. I love the fact he’ll do anything to put a smile on their face whether it’s pretending to be Sophia’s ballet student or playing dress ups and hide and seek. Through the good times and the bad times, I know Luke will always be the kind of father who will be there no matter what.

I know the girls will feel towards Luke the way I feel about my dad who I have a very close relationship with. He’s wise beyond measure so he’s always the person I turn to for advice. He’s a very caring person and so generous and loving. Most weekends when I was growing up Mum would be busy working so I spent lots of time with my dad and really cherished those Saturdays I had with him. Whether it was swimming classes or going to the movies I have really fond memories of our time together.

I’m lucky that I live in the same apartment building as my parents so I visit them most days to say hello. My dad is normally working at his desk when we drop by and Sophia often turns his desk into her little cubby house. He dotes on the girls and can always be relied upon to be the one that gives the sneaky chocolates out! It’s amazing that even at such a young age I can already see that the girls have a special bond with him.

Whenever Father’s Day rolls around each year I’m always thankful to have Luke and my dad in my life and my girls’ life. They’re both amazing every single day of the year but it’s nice to have one special day each year when they can truly be celebrated.

To all the other amazing dads out there—wishing you all the most wonderful day!

This post was created in collaboration with Trenery

Photography: Grace Kyo

Date with Kate


4th September, 2016


Merrick and I enjoying lunch at Mistelle while he shares his plans for Father’s Day


Merrick Watts began work doing stand-up comedy in pubs and has gone on to a 17-year career as a comic, radio host and TV presenter. The 43-year-old now hosts Triple M’s drive-time show, Merrick and Australia, each weekday. The father of two chats to me about his plans today for Father’s Day and the best part of being a dad.

How will you spend Father’s Day?

I will receive some home-made/drawn cards from the kids. I get these every year and if it never stopped I’d never complain.

How do you like to be spoilt?

Lasagne! The kids help [my wife] Georgie in the preparation and then help Dad to the couch for a lie-down after eating.

What is the best thing about being a dad?

Being loved by the very people you love the most … and lasagne.

Do your kids listen to you on the radio?

Yes, so my kids listen to my show passively because my wife will listen to it in the car when they get picked up from school. They will listen to it at home and if you ask my son what I do for a living, he says, ‘Daddy makes people happy, it’s his job’ … So that makes my job seem a lot better, rather than, ‘My dad is an egocentric wanker’, which is also correct.

What is the best aspect of your job?

I love hearing stories, that’s my favourite thing – hearing other people’s stories on the radio.

What is the worst?

I know it sounds bad – I’d say meetings. In the past, generally in radio, meetings are what really drags people like myself down.

Is there a lot of preparation that goes into the show?

Yes, sadly there is because when you listen to it, you think, ‘God, there is no preparation in that show’. But one of the great tricks of radio, they say, is to hear a show and to make it sound like not too much work has gone into it. You shouldn’t be able to hear the labour that has gone into the show.

What is the most challenging aspect of drive radio?

Just coming up with new ideas and new content and not letting things get stale. I think that’s the challenge with any radio: to have a consistency of product and consistency of content in your show. People can have an expectation, but also too you’ve got to challenge yourself to do things differently or do things out of your comfort zone … I think everyone is guilty of it today certainly, but even if you’ve got a strong work ethic you can slip into a comfortable pattern.

How do you get yourself out of that?

The hardest thing is to be aware of being in a pattern. I think you don’t realise that you’ve kind of fallen in this malaise of not challenging yourself. But I think every now and again you get a little wake-up – you’ll see somebody … [and] they’ll challenge you in one way or another and it kind of reminds you to push yourself.

What has been the most confronting situation on air? 

I think when someone tells you a very personal story, and it might be a tragic loss or a sick child – one of those stories where you’re not expecting them to talk about that and then they bring it up and you think you’ve got to be sympathetic and empathetic. But you’ve also got to remind yourself that you’ve got a listening audience. So you’ve got to balance that … As soon as you get off the phone to them, you make sure if they need any counselling or if they need somebody to talk to.

You started your career as a stand-up comedian. How did you get into that?

I was not very good at anything else … My mum wanted me to be a police officer [but] I had no ambition to do anything else other than be a fool!

Do you still do stand-up regularly?

[Yes] … stand-up teaches you to be sharp, it teaches to work literally, to hone your wit. Also it kind of teaches you and shows you, at the coalface, what’s kind of resonating with people.

Do you still get nervous doing stand-up?

I get nervous sometimes if I’m trying new material out or I’m in a different circumstance to what I’m used to.

When you have a tough audience, what’s your fail-safe joke?

Just find somebody in the room who either thinks that they’re the most powerful person in the room or somebody who has got tickets on themselves … When in doubt, target someone and bring them down … and then that way, everybody kind of laughs and usually it’s a good jawbreaker.

Were you the class larrikin at school?

I was the class clown as a small child. I think that’s why I fell into comedy because, I guess, I had no other skills. I tried builders labouring and I tried various things and I worked in hospitality when I was young as well, but I wasn’t really good at anything and I had no application.

If you hadn’t gone down the career path of media, what would you be doing?

I’d like to think that I’d be an artist, as my father was a painter … But the reality is I probably would have been a yabby farmer. Having said that, I’m still thinking about becoming a yabby farmer one day.

What else are you working on?

I continually write things … Most comedians have several little home projects that you kind of chip away at over a period of time. There is lots of little things that I’ve written or I’ve got held over that maybe one day I’ll produce it. I can’t produce now because I’m producing this radio, but maybe one day I’ll develop into something else.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

Hopefully, in exactly the same position I’m in now. I’ve done radio for 17 years at either drive or breakfast in senior level, so the two plum jobs in the country. So I’ve been very, very fortunate and I’d like to continue doing it.


WE WENT TO Mistelle, Double Bay

WE ATE Cold smoked salmon nicoise with green beans, egg, potato, heirloom tomatoes, olives and white anchovies; Buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil; Double baked gruyere soufflé with sand crab, bisque and caviar.

WE DRANK Sparkling mineral water

MERRICK WORE Calibre suit and shirt.



Gift ideas to help you spoil Dad (or any special man in your life)

29th August, 2016

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you’ve yet to find the perfect present for your dad I’ve got the ideal gift ideas to suit every kind of personality. Whether he’s into travel, loves fashion or you simple want to spoil him, there’s sure to be a gift here to put a smile on your dad’s face.


A great pair of cufflinks is always a welcome addition to any man’s wardrobe. These propeller cufflinks add a little bit of fun to an outfit.

Leather workbag

A quality leather workbag is definitely an office wardrobe staple that will get plenty of use.

Tom Ford

What better gift than a gorgeous fragrance? This one by Tom Ford will incite many compliments.


For the fashion-conscious father, this bracelet will add some edge to any outfit.



With spring/summer around the corner a great pair of shorts will certainly be on high rotation during the warmer months.


Is dad’s wallet on its last legs? Spoil him with a new quality wallet complete with fun inscription.


If your dad is a frequent flyer he’s guaranteed to get plenty of use from a brand new suitcase. This one is just the right size for a carry-on.


Aesop always do really gorgeous products and this grooming kit will have your dad feeling and looking his best.


You can’t go wrong with a great pair of sneakers. This white pair by Converse is sleek and understated so will work back with virtually everything in Dad’s wardrobe.