While Moms usually get all the attention and love, Dads need and deserve thoughtful gifts, too. The trouble is they are so hard to buy for because they buy everything they want for themselves! Despite that, we tracked down a number of cool gifts for Dad he won’t already have but will enjoy for years to come.
Automated Chess Board
Dads love games and they love to show off how smart they are. They also tend to be competitive. Square Off is an electronic chess board powered by robotics and artificial intelligence and made to play with your smartphone. You can play chess against the board’s computer, play with a friend or a player from a community of players from around the world.
Smoker Grill Box
With this gift, Dad can turn any grill into a fully functioning smoker. The Smoker Grill Box makes smoking meats and fish easy. All you need is your grill and a protein of choice and the smoker box does the rest. Add in any natural wood chunks and Dad will have smoky good meats in no time.
Personalized Spirit-Aging Oak Barrel
If you really want to impress Dad this holiday season, what about a custom barrel that lets him create his own spirits? Each barrel from Thousand Oaks is a handcrafted white oak barrel. All you have to do is combine grain alcohol or vodka with Thousand Oaks Barrel’s own signature flavor essence, like Kentucky bourbon, Irish whiskey, or spiced rum, and then age away.
Flexible Universal Tablet Stand
Dads love gadgets. And they love gadgets that let them do one thing while watching TV maybe above all others. The Tablift holds a tablet securely over your legs, leaving you to enjoy it hands-free, even when lying completely flat. It can be used in bed, on the couch, or even out in the garage as a stand when following directions or watching instructional videos.
Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer
If dad is a meat connoisseur, he knows to let that special cut of steak or roast turkey get to the right temperature before pulling it off the grill. MEATER’s smart meat thermometer and app work together to keep an eye on what’s cooking, so Dad won’t have to. The app sends you alerts and cooking times on your phone, including a warning when the food is almost done.
Kickback-Free Staple Gun
Dads love almost anything with a trigger, so why not get him something that’s useful and he can shoot? The TriggerFire gives the user extra control and a flush finish without any kickback. Other staple guns can be difficult to line up and fire accurately, so this one works great at getting into tough areas with accuracy.
Tech Repair Kits
If your dad considers himself a Mr. Fix It, put his skills to the test with iFixit. Their electronic toolkits have the tools to repair and enhance phones and tablets. Their website is loaded with tutorials and guides so dad can follow along and become a card-carrying member of the Right to Repair Revolution.
Moldable Thermoplastic Tape
Another thing Dad’s tend to do is hold onto things, almost to the point of lunacy. Get him the gift of Forj, a thermoplastic tape for fix-its and patch-ups. The self-bonding tape is lightweight and flexible and becomes moldable (and re-moldable) with heat. It hardens in minutes and has a tensile strength of over 1,000 pounds.
Teevee Table Clock
Dad’s desk is almost always full of stuff, including pictures of you and your siblings. Add to his desk decor with a Pendulux clock. This handcrafted TV clock pays homage to classic television sets of the 1950s and will be a conversation starter for anyone that enters his office. Oh, and it will also make sure he’s always on time!
Portable Jump Starter
If your Dad is even a little bit handy, he’s had to jump-start his or someone else’s car. But traditional jumper cables can take up a lot of space. The JunoJumper is a portable battery pack with enough power to jumpstart most 4- or 6-cylinder cars. It packs 12 volts and 300 amps in a box roughly the size of a cell phone. Added bonus, it charges those as well!
Do yourself a favor and get your #1 guy one of these cool gifts for Dad this holiday season. We guarantee anyone of them will be something he’s never gotten before, will use constantly, and elevate you to gift-giving superstar.