This year, Father’s Day falls on June 21. If you’re looking for that perfect present for your dad, we’ve rounded up some creative, practical, and unusual gift ideas. Every dad has different interests, so our gift guide runs the gamut from high tech gadgets to menswear to sporting goods. We’ve even got some special interest gifts that will appeal to those “hard to shop for” dads. Whether your gift budget can support an epic gift, or merely something small and thoughtful, there is something on our list that will be perfect for your dad. Here are twenty awesome gift ideas for Father’s Day 2015.
1. The Walking Dead Arcade Pinball Machine
For fans of The Walking Dead, there’s no better gift than this detailed pinball game. The game is packed with graphics, music, and cool details that any fan will love, including a “Cell Block C” interactive prison building that’s integrated into the layout. This would look great in your dad’s man cave or garage. While a brand new pinball game is definitely an expensive gift, you can defray the cost by splitting the bill with your brothers or sisters.
Price: $7,095 (5 percent off MSRP)
2. Maker’s Mark Variety Pack
Need a gift idea that’s a little more budget-friendly? If your dad loves Maker’s Mark, a Maker’s Mark gift set is a great choice that won’t break the bank. The Maker’s Mark BBQ sauce is great on beef, chicken, or pork, and dad can use it for any summer grilling festivities. The cherries can be used to make Maker’s Mark cocktails, such as an Old-Fashioned. For even more impact, bundle these gourmet goodies with a small bottle of Maker’s Mark.
Price: $19.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
3. SONOS PLAY:1 2-Room Streaming Music Starter Set
If your dad loves gadgets or music, this streaming music starter set is a great way for him to enjoy his favorite tunes. The speakers can be used to play the same song across two rooms, or set up to play different songs in separate rooms. The Sonos app lets dad control the speakers from his tablet, smartphone, or laptop. If your dad needs compact, high-quality speakers, these make a great gift.
4. Molecular Gastronomy Books & Materials
Molecular gastronomy is a type of avant-garde cooking that is also known as modernist cuisine. It involves using precise chemical reactions to create novel, unexpected dining experiences. Whether your dad is into cooking, chemistry, or both, the art of molecular gastronomy should definitely pique his curiosity. Two gifts that he might enjoy are the book Molecular Gastronomy at Home: Taking Culinary Physics Out of the Lab and Into Your Kitchen , or the Molecule-R Cuisine R-Evolution starter kit. The book offers a simple introduction to cooking your first modernist meal, while the starter kit gives you all the materials you need to make desserts, appetizers, and more.
Price: $24.05 for the book (20 percent off MSRP), $39.99 for the kit
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5. Kicking Horse Whole Bean Coffee
If your dad loves nothing better than a good cup of black coffee, then a bag of whole bean coffee is a thoughtful, practical gift. Kicking Horse’s “Kick Ass Dark Roast” is organic and certified Fair Trade. This robust brew is perfect for those early mornings when dad needs a little rocket fuel to get out the door. If you feel like a bag of beans isn’t a grand enough gift, consider getting him another coffee accessory as well. We like the Aeropress, a single-serve brewer that’s compact, quick to use, quicker to clean, and produces a low-acid coffee (great for dads with acid reflux). You might also be interested in checking out our post on the best burr coffee grinders, which provides a list of the coffee grinders that will give dad the best possible coffee.
Price: $26.96 for 2.2 pounds
6. Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
Available for both PS4 and Xbox One, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is one of the most hotly anticipated games coming out in June. This fantastic open world is ideal for a variety of playing styles. If your dad likes battling, he can join an army or go on a quest with friends. If he’s rather craft items or explore solo, there’s a persistent Elder Scrolls world for him to traverse. If your dad is a gamer, he’ll love this title.
7. Playcraft Sport Foosball Table
Has your dad always wanted a foosball table? This fun foosball table is great for dads, as well as kids of all ages. You can keep the table in the den, a man cave, at your lake house, or even in the garage. Do note that some assembly is required, so you’ll want to set aside some time to construct the table before Father’s Day.
Price: $161.19 (19 percent off MSRP)
8. Dockers Game Day Khaki Pants
If your dad is a big fan of college ball, then you have to get him a pair of these khakis. The “Game Day” series of pants from Dockers features a subtle logo of dad’s favorite school just above the back pocket. The pants pictured above are the University of Michigan variant, but there are tons of options out there, including schools like Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, BYU, Louisiana State, University of Georgia, and Washington State.
I got a pair of these for my dad on his last birthday, and he went crazy. They are well-constructed, fit true-to-size, and are a subtle way for him to show off his love of his alma mater. Each pair of pants come in either khaki, or in a color that ties into the school team’s colors. For sports fans who follow college teams, these khakis are a professional way to wear team colors at work.
Price: $32.99 and up, depending on size, color, and school selected
9. Baxter of California Shaver’s Skincare Kit
Even manly guys like to get pampered sometimes. This upscale men’s grooming kit from Baxter of California contains a number of items to help him get a smooth, comfortable shave. Dad will receive men’s face wash, facial scrub, shaving cream, and aftershave balm in a portable travel case.
10. Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector
If dad is a speed demon, this is a gift he’ll definitely appreciate. This radar detector can detect all bands of speed enforcement radar (X, K, Ka, and Ku) from both the front and rear. Note that not all states allow the use of these types of devices. Always use your radar detector in accordance with local laws and regulations.
Price: $379.97 (24 percent off MSRP)
11. 2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio in Manhattan Midnight
Whether dad is a guitar pro or learning for the first time, this hot new Gibson is a great choice. It’s got a mahogany body with modern body rout and a figured maple top. The neck is a mahogany slim taper and the fingerboard is rosewood with trapezoid pearl inlays. This Father’s Day, your dad can finally feel like a rock star.
Price: $1,229 (40 percent off MSRP)
12. Paul Dolan Farm to Bottle Organically Grown Wines Mixed Pack
For a dad with refined tastes, we recommend this mixed four-pack of fine wines from Paul Dolan. The cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay are both nice, but the real stand-outs are the sauvignon blanc and zinfandel. The latter scored Wine Enthusiast scores of 88 and 91, respectively. These California wines are a nice choice for wine novices, as well as wine enthusiasts who are looking to try something new.
13. Osprey Men’s Raptor 14 Hydration Pack
If your dad loves being outdoors, this is a gift that will complement his active lifestyle. Whether he’s into hiking or cycling, this hydration pack will ensure he has plenty of cold water to drink. In addition to storing an ample supply of water, there are eight different pockets where your father can store energy bars, keys, a smartphone, emergency supplies, and a first aid kit.
Price: $97.50 (25 percent off MSRP)
14. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Does your dad have an ancient flip phone? It’s definitely time to upgrade him to a modern smartphone. The new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a solid choice. In addition to powerful specs, this phone has a unique “edge” design that adds some interesting functionality to the device. One cool feature of the S6 Edge is the use of color indicators on the edge of the phone. You can assign your contacts a color. When they call, one side of the device will light up with that color. No need to look at caller ID to know who’s on the other end of the line. You may also want to pick up a wireless charging pad, to take advantage of the S6 Edge’s wireless charging capabilities.
Price: $299.99 with two-year contract
15. Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker with ‘No Brainer’ Mixer
A Maragaritaville mixer is a great gift for dads who love to lounge by the pool, entertain friends, or experiment with new cocktails. Ice can be quickly shaved down and blended with your favorite liquor to create icy cold drinks for any summer party. One nice feature in this model is the “No Brainer” mixing cup, which shows you just how much of each ingredient to pour in to make classic cocktails like the pina colada, daiquiri, or margarita.
Price: $169.96 (43 percent off MSRP)
16. Vivitar DVR787HD Action Digital Video Camera
Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting your dad a GoPro camera, but you just can’t afford the price. This action cam from Vivitar is a nice alternative that’s much more budget-friendly. This camera shoots in full 1080p, and includes a waterproof case, bike mount, helmet mount, and remote control. This is a solid gift for dads who love the great outdoors, or those who love photography.
Price: $75.50 (16 percent off MSRP)
17. SiriusXM Satellite Radio SXPL1V1 Onyx Plus with Vehicle Kit
If your dad’s car has an outdated stereo system, this SiriusXM vehicle kit can introduce him to the world of satellite radio. Whether your dad is looking for new music or old favorites, there’s a channel (or a few channels) that will appeal to him. Installation is fairly straightforward, and working with your dad to install this radio can be a great bonding experience.
Price: $64.99 (35 percent off MSRP)
18. SwingSmart Duo Golf Analyzer
For dads who love golf, but hate their swing, this small device can drastically improve his golf game. Attach the device to your club, swing it, and you’ll get instant feedback about your performance. Tempo, attack angle, swing speed, and face angle are all recorded, and a 3D view of your swing is provided to help you visualize where you are going wrong.
19. NorthONE Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
Hunting for a gift that’s cheap, but still really cool? This digital tire pressure gauge is something that any gearhead dad will appreciate. Whether your dad is into cars or motorcycles, this is a practical gift that he’ll use frequently. The gauge has four settings to provide tire pressure in PSI, Bar, Kpa, or kg/cm.
Price: $9.99 (47 percent off MSRP)
20. Organic Stores Fathers Day Gift Basket
Every dad loves snacks, and this gift basket is packed with stuff that dads crave. There’s Dad’s root beer, a perfect choice for those hot summer days. Also included are a box of Brent & Sam’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies, a “steakhouse burger” spice blend, and a healthy treat of fruit and nut mix. This simple gift basket is a great gift to give in person, or have mailed to dad if you can’t be together on Father’s Day this year.
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