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Truly extravagant Father's Day gifts

Every year, one day is dedicated to recognising fatherhood and the positive impacts our dads have had on our lives. The usual dedication comes in the form of a greetings card, proudly declaring “I love you dad” or words to similar effect. Sometimes, we throw in a pressie too which, let’s face it, usually gets thrust into dad’s underwear drawer and forgotten about – because it’s usually socks, or a tie, or some slippers.

And while we’re sure dad still appreciates the gesture, we’d love to see him tear open the wrapping paper of our gift with an ecstatic look on his face. Only thing is, that can mean spending some serious cash.

In honour of Father’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of all the things we would like to buy our awesome dads, if only we had a bank balance boasting a few more zeros on the end.

 

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1.    Virgin Galactic Space trip

Celebrities are lining up to nab a spot on a Virgin Galactic space trip, expected to take flight within a mere two years, but the “future astronaut” program is open to all.

“We are happy to receive applications from individuals who share our aims of opening space to all and will add to the diversity and value of the group overall,” Virgin says. But don’t forget the hefty upfront deposit of $250,000 in US dollars (USD) , or close to $330,000 in Australian dollars (AUD).

But, if it’s good enough for Sir Richard Branson, then it’s good enough for dad.

 

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2.    World’s most expensive sunglasses from Chopard

Living in ozone-challenged Australia, a decent set of sunnies is a necessity and the ultimate accessory for the sunny days which are hopefully imminent. So while we pray for the end of the chillier months, check out this set of diamond-encrusted Chopard shades – apparently the world’s most expensive made with 24-karat gold and bearing the hefty price tag of $408,000 USD, or almost $540,000 AUD.

 

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3.    Gold shortboard from Lux Surfboards

If your dad is a wave-rider, can there be any more extravagant gift that a 24-karat gold surfboard? Lux Surfboards’ Aureus, created by British shaper Ellie Miller in partnership with gilding artist Danni Bradford is a one-off limited edition shortboard valued at around 125,000 in British Pounds (GBP) or near $216,000 AUD.

It won’t be resigned to pride of place on dad’s wall either – this is a functional surfboard and it’s meant to get wet.

 

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4.    Golf hovercraft from Hammacher Schlemmer

Ever dreamt of a golf cart that glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air? This one will do just that as well as zipping across fairways and the rough. Powered by a 65-hp twin-cylinder Hirth engine, a nine-blade axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9" off the ground without harming grass. It holds four passengers beneath a lift-up roof and two golf bags in an open rear compartment. Dad will be golfing in unbeatable style with this little number for $58,000 USD or close to $100,000 AUD.

 

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5.    Barbecue dining boat from Hammacher Schlemmer

How many Aussies do you know that aren’t partial to a bit of a BBQ? The answer is probably not many, and dads are no different. And if you can combine flame-grilled meats with a touch of gadgetry, well you’re taking the awesome into the realms of the simply sublime. This boat does all that, with its built-in grill, umbrella and trolling motor catering to 10 adults. It’s priced at $50,000 USD or around $87,000 AUD.

Even if chargrilled meats just aren’t their thing, then you can trade vessels for a hot tub boat instead. Pretty self-explanatory, it enables you to have a soak at sea.

 

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