A unique gift will make any man’s Father’s Day more memorable, especially if you’re competing to give the best gift against your siblings. Skip the boring, expected gifts like neckties and golf balls, and opt for something that will really impress dad. Our unique gift guide can help you shop for your own dad, your husband, or any other father figure in your life. We’ve put together a list of cool and creative gift ideas, many of which cost under $20.
1. MOCAheart Personal Heart Health Tracker
If your dad had a recent health scare, or even if he’s perfect health, he’ll appreciate this smart health tracker. The MOCAheart instantly measures his heart rate, blood oxygen, and blood flow. These factors provide a “snapshot” of his current heart health, which gives the whole family better peace of mind. The device also lets him share his data with friends, family, and health care providers using a secure in-app messaging system.
Looking for a less expensive gift? A similar gift idea he might appreciate is the Pyle Bluetooth Smart Blood Pressure Monitor, which is only $34.99 online.
Smart health gadgets not the right pick for your dad? Browse more great Father’s Day gift ideas in our post on the best Father’s Day gifts.
Price: $132.55 (11 percent off MSRP)
2. ‘Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater’
Shopping for a dad who is passionate about food? This funny memoir will offer him great insights about raising an adventurous eater. Author Matthew Amster-Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer before the birth of his daughter. The book follows father and daughter as they bond through shared food experiences, and it’s written in an incredibly funny and moving tone. The book also contains dozens of delicious recipes that are simple enough for little kids to make with adult supervision. This book is ideal for parents who don’t want to raise a picky eater. Amster-Burton’s other book, Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo, is a nice alternative to consider for dads with older children, or dads who love Japanese culture.
Price: $14.64 for paperback
3. ‘The Staircase’
Know a man who got obsessed with the Steve Avery murder trial after watching Making a Murderer on Netflix? Another true crime documentary he might enjoy is The Staircase. This eight episode series follows the high-profile murder trial of North Carolina author Michael Peterson, who was arraigned in 2001 for the murder of his wife. The wife’s body was found in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase, and the documentary explores whether her death was accidental or an act of foul play.
If he already owns this documentary, he might enjoy The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Shopping for a dad who dislikes true crime? Maybe he’d prefer the lush period drama Desperate Romantics instead.
Price: $16.92 for DVD
4. IllumiBowl Toilet Night Light
This is a funny gift, perfect for getting a laugh out of your dad on Father’s Day. But it’s also a practical gift, especially for older dads who have trouble seeing at night. The night light uses less energy than overhead lighting, and adds a fun pop of color to the bathroom at night. The light is motion activated, and the unit is easy to keep clean. It fits any toilet, and can be set to eight different color options. Pair it with one of the bidets from our guide to the best bidet attachments.
Want to see more kooky, creative gift ideas? Check out our guide to the best funny gifts for men.
5. WeWood Men’s Kappa Chocolate Wooden Watch
Wood watches are definitely a unique alternative to metal watches. Wood watches are a great gift idea for men who love the outdoors, or men who have a metal allergy that prevents them from wearing a watch with a metal band or metal back. The face of the watch is covered by scratch-proof mineral glass, for added durability.
Not sure wood watches are right for him? Browse more men’s watches on sale here.
6. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Looking for a cheap-yet-unique gift for an outdoorsman? This practical gift could help save his life in a survival situation. Designed for use by campers, backpackers, hunters, or survivalists, the LifeStraw can be used to drink water directly from a lake or stream. You could also use it to drink fresh water out of a canteen or wide mouth water bottle. The straw has a long lifespan, and will last through filtering up to 1000 liters of water. The filter removes a minimum of 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria from water, as well as a minimum of 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan parasites. Before dad takes this device out into the wilderness, remind him that the LifeStraw does not filter out chemicals, salt, viruses, or heavy metals. You can browse other outdoor water filtration products from this company here.
Price: $19.95 (20 percent off MSRP)
7. Brew Bracket Beer Tournament Hosting Kit
If you’re shopping for a man who loves beer, this is a fun gift idea. This “tasting party in a box” comes with brackets for comparing eight different beers in a blind tasting with friends. This is a great gift for craft beer enthusiasts, or for a dad who wants to pit his homebrew against the neighbor’s beer.
Looking for a little something extra to toss in with this gift? How about a funny pint glass from Someecards?
8. BOLIN WEBB X1 Argent Razor & Magnetic Stand Gift Set
Shave sets are a classic Father’s Day gift idea. Looking for a unique twist on a tried and true gift idea? This “gravity defying” shave stand is a cool way for dad to display his razor. The razor itself is made with great care. The rubber grip makes it easy to hold, while bacteria resistant materials keep dad’s face hygienic. Even though this is a high-end razor, it’s actually easy to find replacement blades. The razor is compatible with widely available Gillette Fusion razor blades, so dad can pick up refills with ease.
A shave set isn’t quite right for a guy who doesn’t shave every day. Need a unique gift idea for a man who has a full beard? Perhaps he’d be interested in this mix-and-match pomade blending set instead?
9. Sheffield Premium 14-in-1 Hammer Tool
Looking for an inexpensive gift that still has This unique multi-tool contains 14 tools in one. There’s a hammer with nail claw, two kinds of pliers, three screwdrivers, two blades, a can opener, wire cutters, wire stripper, a soft file, and a key ring.
Need more unique gift ideas that won’t break the bank? You might also enjoy our post on the best cheap Father’s Day gifts.
10. Nostalgia Retro Series Slush Drink Maker
Help dad beat the summer heat with this fancy slushie maker. The machine makes a quart of frozen drinks. He can enjoy non-alcoholic beverages, or he can mix in some tequila to make frozen margaritas. This model is attractive, but a serious Coca-Cola drinker may prefer this Coke-branded slush machine instead.
Not a fan of frozen drinks? Browse gift-worthy small kitchen appliances here, and find something your dad might like even better.