Think Outside the Tie: Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Ties are great, but not all dads get excited about the prospect of getting yet another one for Father’s Day. So what can you do to show the dad in your life he’s special on his special day?

  1. Toys & Trinkets – The dads in our lives are sometimes gigantic children…in a good way. Chances are, he’s a fan of some movie or TV show that has its own line of merchandise. Consider a figurine of his favorite character or vehicle for his desk at work.

  2. Tech – Whether the dad you’re buying for seems to have it all in the gadget department or isn’t very tech savvy, there’s probably still an item out there that he’d love to have. Think about upgrading, such as getting a Blu Ray player to replace his DVD player, or simplifying, such as a universal remote control.

  3. TV & Movies – Give Dad something to do on his day off that doesn’t involve getting out of his favorite chair. He can marathon his favorite movie trilogy or a season of his favorite TV show.

  4. Tools – Not all tools are meant for the tool box. Tools can be anything from a car maintenance kit to a nice set of barbecue utensils.

This article, entitled Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas comes from Erin Ferris at

Shopping for Father’s Day can get more difficult as your children get older. If you start browsing the aisles weeks in advance and still find yourself only a few days out from Father’s Day with nothing purchased and no ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these fun, unique and interesting gift ideas for Dad:

Samurai Sword Chopsticks
These chopsticks are designed to resemble the swords of famous Samurai of the Japanese Sengoku Period and come with a transparent chopsticks rest. Perhaps my son will agree to these instead of a light saber…
Available on Amazon for $16.10

United States of America Cutting Boards
These beautiful cutting boards – available in the shape of all 50 states – are crafted from Plyboo, a butcher-block architectural plywood made from 100% rapidly renewable bamboo. A heart, placed in the location of the city of your choice, makes these cutting boards even more unique and personalized.
Available from the AHeirloom Shop on Etsy for $48.00

Wooden Beverage Tote
This gorgeous wooden beer tote, handcrafted out of redwood beams reclaimed from San Francisco salvage yards, provides a smarter and more stylish way to carry mix-and-match bottled sodas or beers. Take this gift one step farther and fill it with six of dad’s favorite beverages ahead of time!
Available from Uncommon Goods for $35.00

Power-Up Arcade Light Switch Plate
Fans of arcade games will love this (easy and safe to install) retro arcade light switch. The joystick turns the light on and off, and the little red buttons make authentic arcade sounds. A perfect finishing touch for dad’s game room or man cave!
Available from Think Geek for $14.99

Rubik’s Cube Coasters
These coasters resemble a Rubik’s Cube when stacked together, but separate into six individual coasters that will protect your tables from hot and cold beverages. If dad is a really big Rubik’s Cube fan, add on to this gift by purchasing a matching coffee mug, disk caddy, or notepad.
Available from Amazon for $15.08

Falling Bookends
These clever bookends support books at an angle and give the impression that a miniature man is about to catch them. Dad’s always looking for a way to spice up his office bookshelves, right?
Available from Amazon for $13.34

Wooden iPhone Stand
These unique stands, made from cherry wood, are compatible with the iPhone 4, 4s, and 5 as well as with the iPhone Touch. I love the simple yet elegant design of these stands, and would love even more for one of them to replace the 20+ year old clock radio my husband uses as his bedside alarm clock.
Available from the solidmfgco Shop on Etsy for $15.00

Repurposed Coin Guitar Picks
For the guitar-, ukulele-, or mandolin-playing dad in your life, consider a set of two of these handcrafted picks. Created by the artist as a “celebration of coin, music, and country”, these picks are often used and favored by musicians because of their “unique tonal qualities”.
Available from Uncommon Goods for $20.00 - $25.00

Ballpark Blueprints
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was the first song my husband taught our son, likely because it reminded him of playing catch with his own dad and many an afternoon spent cheering on his favorite baseball team within its iconic stadium. He, like so many baseball fan dads, would love one of these ballpark blueprints to remind him of the “good old days” spent munching on peanuts and Cracker Jacks and enjoying the game on a hot summer afternoon. These vintage-inspired architectural plans include the stadium’s design specs and historically-significant game statistics and highlights, are printed on museum-grade, archival paper, and come framed in black, poplar wood.
Available from Uncommon Goods for $185.00

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Erin Ferris
My name is Erin, and I’m a wife, mother, and writer living in College Station, Texas.

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