There’s no man on the planet quite like your dad, so this Christmas why not amp up your gift giving? It’s time to skip that same old boring selection of ties, wallets and watches, and move on to find some truly unique gifts for dad. Since we’ve been shopping for our dads too, we’ve discovered some of the coolest Christmas gift ideas that we’re sure all dads are going to be totally nuts about. We’ve found some amazing tiny technology your pop can use to make your holiday home video fest even more hilarious and horrifying. You know your dad’s gonna love that. We’ve got great dad gifts for beer lovers and coffee afficionados. Natch we’ve found cool and creative Christmas gifts for pit master papas, and dads that doodle. Basically, what we’re saying here is that we’ve come up with such a weird, eclectic, and incredibly entertaining list of unique gifts for dad, that your whole Christmas shopping experience will be transformed into an oddly interesting and joyous time. Check out these Top 10 Best Unique Christmas Gifts for Dad, and if you’re shopping for your husband who’s a dad, check out our Top 50 Awesome Gifts for your Husband. If you’re still stumped about what to buy this year, we’ve got more great suggestions in our gift lists for parents, and seniors.
1. GrillEye Smart Bluetooth Grilling & Smoking Thermometer
If your dad’s always the pitmaster, and a little geeky to boot, the GillEye Smart Bluetooth Grilling and Smoking Thermometer gives him precise control when he’s within 300 feet of Bluetooth range. That means he can enjoy the family during the holidays or other family cookouts without constantly having to monitor temperatures, because the GrillEye helps him keep tabs on the cooking process the whole time. With two temperature probes, accuracy is perfected and the LED indicators give dad readouts on both the current and target temperatures of whatever he’s cooking. It continuously monitors the grill or smoker, and lets him know when food is ready by sending a message to his smartphone. Plus, it’s made of space age materials that can withstand the most challenging grilling and smoking conditions. If he’s a little less gadgety, perhaps a lovely set of grilling mats and some nice barbecue tools would be perfect gift ideas for dad.
Price: $82.99 (8 percent off MSRP)
2. uKeg 64 Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer
If your dad loves great craft beer, but he can’t finish a growler fill before it goes flat, this 64 ounce pressurized growler is one of our favorite Christmas presents for dad. Not only is it really classy, with two toned stainless steel styling. It performs like a champ, keeping beer fresh and carbonated for up to two weeks. That gives your dad time to drink his favorite brew, without having to guzzle. That’s important, because craft beer doesn’t come cheap. If he makes his own beer, this would be a perfect way to transport his creation to share with friends at a tail gate party, or to pour right from his fridge at home. If he’s mentioned an interest in trying his hand at brewing beer, the Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Brewing Kit gives him everything he’ll need to craft up to six gallons of his favorite golden elixir. And get him giggling when he serves up his classic creations with some Funny Beer Quote Pint Glasses.
3. Umbra FishHotel Mini Aquarium
Skip giving dad a traditional aquarium and instead give him one that’s as much a piece of decorative art as it is an a fish tank. The Umbra FishHotel Mini Aquarium is an ideal starter fish tank – an award-winning, cool, modern home for dad’s new finned friends. It’s the perfect aquarium for bettas, goldfish, tetras and and other small fish. Modeled after contemporary condominium apartments, this reinvented aquarium features a sleek white shell with assymetrical windows. Individual units can be stacked to create a condo effect. And the small glass bowl is removable for easy cleaning. Five his new fish tank an even cooler look with some shimmery glass aquarium rocks for the bottom of the tank, and perhaps a plant or two.
4. MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
If your dad’s a coffee lover, he’ll never again need to wait for his next shot of espresso. No matter where he’s at, he can brew on the go with this cool little unit. We fell in love with this nifty gadget last year, and this Christmas it costs less than half the original price. Minipresso GR is the perfect portable espresso machine. It’s so compact, lightweight and versatile, he can use any variety of coffee bean or roast, which will give him lots of flexibility in trying and mixing his own coffee blends. Since he can grind his own beans, he’ll have complete control over his coffee preparation, resulting in a quality espresso shot that will please even the most sophisticated coffee aficionado. The Minipresso GR is the perfect way to let him enjoy authentic espresso at home, in the office and on the go. If you know he loves a killer dark roast, buy him a bag of Death Wish coffee beans that claim to be the strongest coffee in the world.
5. RIF6 CUBE Pico Video Projector With 120 Inch Display
Picture this. Your dad just got all the old videos of you and your sibs as little kids digitized. With this amazing tiny projector he can embarrass you and your whole family on Christmas. No, seriously, if dad wants to share photos, videos and more, this tiny tech gift will totally wow him. Designed to make a big impression, the CUBE can turn virtually any setting into his own entertainment environment. The CUBE is great for home cinema, professional presentations, education, entertainment or anything else he can come up with. Equipped with its own speaker, internal battery and SD card reader, the CUBE is a completely autonomous projection unit that can instantly bring any room or space alive with light, colors and sound. We love this amazingly cool dad gift idea. If you’re actually getting it for him to use at work, make sure to get him the specially designed hard case to protect his mini-projector from travel damage. RIF6 makes a tiny little two inch bluetooth speaker as well, so dad can amp up the music in his shop or at the office.
6. Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
If dad’s doodles are the beginnings of his next great idea or project, get him the smart notebook that can make them a reality. The uber-cool Rocketbook Wave is the world’s first reusable smart notebook that you simply microwave to erase. Crazy, right? The Rocketbook Wave provides the freedom of a traditional pen and paper notebook, while instantly blasting your notes into the cloud using your smartphone. And when you use Pilot FriXion pens with the Wave notebook, you can erase your notes using your microwave oven and reuse your notebook. Go ahead and re-read that last sentence. It can be re-used up to five times, meaning less in the landfill and more ideas in the cloud. He can hold his smart phone above the book and flip the pages. In milliseconds, the Rocketbook app detects and scans them and produces images more crisp and vibrant than the real thing. one of the truly cool Christmas gifts for dad, this one can boost his productivity and make it easy to share his handwritten notes with your whole family. At under $30, it’s one of our most affordable choices.
7. The American Red Cross Hand Crank NOAA-AM-FM Weather Alert Radio
We’ve all seen enough weather emergencies and natural disasters in the past year to know how important it is to stay connected to the outside world, whenever the power goes out. With this nifty hand-crank radio, your dad will never be out of touch with a breaking situation, so it could literally save his life. With multiple power options this little radio can recharge with the hand crank, solar power, or AAA batteries. What’s more, your dad can power up this pup and even use it to recharge his because it also has a USB port. So cool. The LED flashlight and emergency beacon means dad can find his way out of a dangerous situation, or someone can find him. This cool dad gift will help him stay tune and up to date with AM/FM radio, while the NOAA weather bands delivers severe weather alerts. It also also features an alarm clock, just in case he needs to bug out at a certain time..
8. Philips Airfryer With Bonus 150+ Recipe Cookbook
Almost everyone loves fried food, even your dad. So give him (and your mom) one of the coolest, health concious Christmas gifts for dad. With the Philips Airfryer, your pop can whip up french fries, fritters and more, using up to 75 percent less fat. With the Philips Airfryer, he an fry your favorite foods with a tablespoon of oil or less. The unique, patented starfish design circulates hot air around the entire unit, ensuring all food is cooked evenly. Food comes out crispy on the outside, and perfectly tender on the inside. The Airfryer can do more than just fry – it also grills, roasts, steams and even bakes, so dad can take over the cooking duties more often, and have the indulgent foods he loves, almost guilt free. If you’re lucky, he might even invite you over for a fried chicken dinner.
Price: $177.45 (29 percent off MSRP)
9. Bosch GLM 20 Compact Laser Measure
There are times when a regular tape measure just doesn’t cut it, especially on big projects where precise measurements are critical to success. If your dad is a DIY kind of guy, the Bosch BLAZE GLM 20 laser measure is an easier, faster and more accurate way to measure. It delivers laser precision technology and real-time measurement mode, taking instant and reliable measurements up to 65 feet, so your dad can size up any job in seconds. Square and compact by design, the BLAZE GLM 20 laser measure is ready measure, any time, anywhere. It has a back-lit display for easy viewing, even in the darkest areas like closets and under stairs. This cool laser measure is simple to operate, so users need only press one button to get accurate measurements to within 1/8 of an inch. And there’s no need to pack a pencil and paper, because he can just press again to hold the measurement. If your dad does really big jobs, the Bosch GLM 35 Laser Measure gives accurate measurements up to 120 feet. The Bosch GLM 50 C Bluetooth Enabled Laser Distance Measurer extends to 165 feet with accuracy to withing 1/16 of an inch, and has lots of hi-tech features the others don’t. Naturally it’s the most expensive of the bunch, but still a great buy at just $119.
Price: $39.88 (20 percent off MSRP)
10. Tile Mate & Slim Combo Pack – Key, Wallet & Item Finder
Now we’re not here to say that your dad’s a ditz, but if he’s the kind of guy whose brain is so busy that he easily misplaces his keys, wallet or phone, these nifty dad gifts will give him peace of mind. The slim Tile Mate easily hooks onto key chains or attaches to anything dad cares about, and his small, powerful companion for life’s little valuables. As thin as two credit cards, Tile Slim easily slides into dad’s wallet, so he can quickly find it without wasting time on a fruitless search. He can use his smartphone to make the Tile Slim or Tile Mate ring when it’s nearby, but out of sight. If it’s within Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until dad finds it. The Tile Mate and Tile Slim, mean dad can quickly find all his most important stuff in seconds.