25 Unique Father’s Day Gifts He’ll LOVE!

With Father’s Day fast approaching, you’re probably still wondering what to get good ol’ dad, right? Well, forget the clichéd presents; Dad doesn’t need another necktie or a beer subscription! Instead, check out our list of favorite gift alternatives (in every price range) that he’ll love and cherish.

The Professional: Saddleback Front Pocket Briefcase
A timeless gift your dad is sure to love, this exceptionally designed briefcase is a real stunner! Stylish and functional, it features lots of spacious pockets (inside and outside the bag), a removable/adjustable shoulder strap, internal key strap and even a pocket for his cigars! The briefcase is also designed to convert to a backpack for those ‘off’ days. Retails for $478.

Track It: Gear Fit
A fusion of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch, the Gear Fit by Samsung will help dad keep track of his daily activities.  Dustproof, water-resistant and weighing in at only 27 grams, he’ll hardly notice it’s even on his wrist.

Designed to run up to three full days on a single charge, dad will be able to view his emails, texts and alerts on the 1.84-inch sleek display, and even dismiss calls or alarms with a simple tap (compatible with most Samsung smartphones). There’s also an integrated personal motivator so dad can track his steps, set a personal best with real-time coaching and watch his heart rate throughout the day. Retails for $199.99.

All in One: CHINON Digital Photo Frame Clock
Chinon’s P8Z clock
is an MP3 player, alarm clock, radioand calendar in one sleek machine. This means dad can play his favorite music (or audiobooks), watch his favorite photos (on the 3.5″ full-color, high-resolution screen which displays the clock functions and can display a slideshow with 3D transitions) and listen to his music using pictures and music files from an SD card (via the 3-in-1 card reader). Retails for $59.99.

Flip ‘Em Up: Flips Audio Headphones
Unlike any other headphones on the market, Flips are a headphone-speaker hybrid that transforms the single user listening experience by featuring ear cups that flip out into speakers. These revolutionary HD headphones will let dad enjoy his audiobooks, music and more with powerful and rich audio, and then share when he wants to by simply flipping them.

The Flips Headphones feature custom vented ear cups and memory foam padding, along with a light and compact design, which allows them to fold neatly into a protective case (included). Retails for $120.

Smart Driving: Magellan SmartGPS 5390
The GPS that can turn dad’s vehicle into a connected car with smartphone integration (iOS and Android compatible), the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 offers what you find in an in-dash infotainment system. Think fuel prices (displays prices at nearby stations, based on location), reviews from sites/apps like Yelp & Foursquare (so dad can discover new restaurants, shops, and other interesting places with real-time info), along with traffic and traffic camera alerts.

The SmartGPS can also receive live search via Bluetooth (from dad’s smartphone), is Cloud connected – which will let dad sync his SmartGPS 5390, smartphone, computers & tablets to update and share information across devices, and is wireless back-up camera compatible. Retails for $229.99.

Tick Tock: Couturier Men’s Silver Chronograph Watch by Tissot
Inspired by today’s fashion trends, the Tissot Couturier is a sleek and stylish watch that boasts meticulous attention to detail. It features a gorgeous chronograph face, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that protects the dials, a stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp and push buttons for easy wear. A timepiece he’ll love and wear always! Retails for $575.

Arm Candy: Cable Style Bracelet
Tough, sophisticated and modern, this Bijouxx Cable Style Bracelet is something dad can wear dressed up or down. The stainless steel combines a classic look with hard-wearing qualities that he’ll also appreciate. Being rugged enough for daytime wear, and sleek enough for his nights out, the strap also features a panther-link centerpiece bracelet that is sure to make a statement. Retails for $79.99

Cool Sneaks: Nike Free 5.0+ Men’s Running Shoe
Designed to maximize the foot’s natural range of motion while providing protection and cushioning for a smooth ride, dad will love these sneakers – no matter what he’s up to!  The Nike Free 5.0+ also features a textured mesh full inner sleeve for a sock-like fit (making them easy to get on and off), an asymmetrical lacing system for reduced pressure on the food, an abrasion-resistant rubber under high-wear areas (making the sneakers really durable), and waffle outsole pistons for impact absorption. Retails for $74.95.

Say Cheese: Dial A Smile Professional Home Teeth Whitening System
Perfect for the dad with the handsome smile, the Dial A Smile Professional Home Teeth Whitening System (and its companion product, the Super Booster Teeth Whitening Pen) offers a convenient and effective way to experience professional results at home in just 20 minutes. The kit contains 3 complete professional whitening treatments so dad can achieve his ideal brightness quickly and effortlessly. And, the Super Booster pen will help him maintain his pearly white results. Retails for $129.

Drink Up: Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Travel Mug
A great gift for the busy dad on-the-go, the Contigo AUTOSEAL offers a spill-free solution with intuitive, quick cleanability. More importantly, the mug’s unique and patented lid automatically seals between sips, so he’ll never have to worry about spilling a drop. Not only is it spill-proof, the AUTOSEAL keeps liquids hot for up to 5 hours, or drinks cold for up to 12 hours. Retails for $20.99.

Trusty Towel: Vertty
A reinvented beach towel concept, this is the perfect gift for the trendy dad who spends his summers on the beach or poolside, and appreciates eye-catching accessories. The Vertty towels are lightweight, large in size (185 x 110) and feature a cotton-synthetic blend, which reduces the time it takes to dry. A clever sewn-in pouch makes stashing small valuables like his keys or phone easy, when he’s ready for a swim. Retails $89.90.

Connect: Motorola MS350R Two-Way Radios
An ideal gift for the dad who may find himself on the trails, camping, fishing, or simply out at the park – anywhere he may be out of cell phone range. Not only are the Motorola MS350R Two-Way Radios waterproof and can float, they feature reliable two-way communications (with up to a 35-mile range), hands-free capability, and NOAA weather channels. A gift that offers peace-of-mind in the great outdoors, allowing the adventurer dad to stay connected and hear important weather alerts when out of cell phone range. Retails for $99.00.

Pour n’ Preserve: VinEdge
A sleek and innovative, no-pump wine preserver, VinEdge is for wine enthusiast dads who wish to savor the taste and freshness of every bottle. Simply insert the no-mess wine spout and disposable Vin-sert tube into any open bottle. As the wine is poured, the tube will begin to inflate and create a vacuum suction that reduces oxidation and allows the last glass to be as flavorful as the first. Once the bottle is finished, the spout can be removed, leaving the detachable tube in the bottle for easy cleanup. A great addition to any bar to help dad pour, preserve and enjoy. Retails for $29.95.

Grill Master: Virgil’s new BBQ Survival Pack & Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook
Help dad master the pit with Virgil’s BBQ Survival Pack & Cookbook. The pack includes a BBQ cookbook, two bottles of Virgil’s BBQ sauces (one hot and one mild – and a perfect accompaniment to pork, ribs or wings), a bottle of Habanero and Key Lime hot sauce (to help add a kick), and a tin of Virgil’s signature spice rub (a mix of ingredients like paprika, chili powder, dried minced onion, dry garlic and parsley flakes). Retails for $53.

Wine Time: Damilano Barolo Cannubi
A great gift idea for the wine aficionado, this “King of Wines” has earned critical acclaim for its full-bodied notes of cherry and plum that evolve into hints of tobacco, licorice and cocoa. On the palate, the Barolo Cannubi has a harmonic flavor that is pleasantly dry, with soft tannins and a rich elegant finish that will leave dad with quite an impression. Retails for $85.

Sync It: Transporter Sync

The must-have accessory for any dad who works remotely or is always on the go, the Transporter Sync will turn any of his external hard drives into his own private cloud – which means he’ll be able to securely access, sync and backup files from any desktop, iPhone or Android device. Having Transporter Sync means dad will have access to all his files anytime, anywhere. Retails for $99 (no monthly fees).

Shoot It: Contour ROAM2
For the dad who’d love to capture his adventures – be it poolside or out on his fishing boat – the ROAM2 is waterproof, features numerous mounting options (it can easily attach to anything from helmets to handlebars), a laser alignment system (a 270 degree rotating lens that ensures the perfect shot angle) and shoots in 1080p HD for up to 3.5 hours. Your dad will love the fact that the camera comes equipped with a 4GB MicroSD card – which means he can get to shooting right out of the box! Retails for $169.99.

Grill Daddy: 6 in 1 BBQ Grill Tool Set
For the dad who loves to grill out on his adventures, the 6 in 1 Grill Tool Set features interchangeable attachments, including the Grill Daddy Fork, Spoon, Spatula and set of Tongs (all of which are made from professional grade stainless steel). The Grill Set offers a heat shield hand guard that will protect dad’s hands against flare ups and searing campfire heat, and comes in a convenient carrying case for easy storage when dad’s traveling, camping or tailgating. Retails for $39.99.

Belts With A Mission: Mission Belts, Premium Gift Box
This gift set features three interchangeable 35mm belts in black, grey and brown, with metallic buckle and brushed metal finish – all packaged inside a sleek black gift box.  Dad will love that the belts are made to adjust in size, so he can customize and adjust each one to his liking. Unlike other belt brands, Mission Belts donates a dollar from every belt sold to fight global hunger and poverty. (To date, over 7,100 Kiva micro-loans have been funded from the sales of Mission Belts). Retails for $99.95.

Power It Up: Jackery Giant
The world’s largest capacity portable external battery (12000mAh rechargeable power capacity) with dual outputs, the Jackery Giant is designed for extending mobile device battery life – which any busy dad will appreciate. Offers fast charging time, a compact and portable design, and smart safety protection circuit, this will definitely be dad’s most reliable power companion – be it for long road trips, plane flights, or whenever he wants to charge his devices.

The Jackery Giant even features a convenient flashlight that lights only after pressing the power button twice (to prevent accidental activation). Retails for $49.95.

Cuff ‘Em: Black Brushed Cuff Links
This stylish pair of cufflinks by Bijouxx will add a nice touch to dad’s dress shirt for any occasion. Sophisticated and modern, the black bubble texture, rectangular shape, and brushed finish titanium cufflinks will definitely make an impression. Retails for $59.99.

Sock It To Him: hook+ALBERT Socks Black and brown socks are such a snore. Brighten dad’s day with new whimsical designs by hook+ALBER. We’re loving Wayfarer, Check You Later and Gnarly. Not only are they fun to look at, but these Peruvian cotton socks have specialized arch support, hand-linked toes, a contoured stitched heel, plus a touch of nylon to make sure dad’s socks stay put. Retails for $30.

Put His Stamp On It: Griffin Cases
Dads dig technology, but all those steel and glass gadgets can seem rather impersonal. Customize a super-cool sleeve for his mobile devices—phone tablet or laptop—with Papernomad, by Griffin. The sleeves, made of a paper, fiber and polymer composite, are tear and water-resistant and the perfect canvas for creative markings using any pens, pencils, even crayons. Retails for $39.99-$69.99.

Take His Tunes To Go: Divoom Bluetooth Speaker Tunes make the dude. Now Dad can bring his jam on the road with Divoom: Voombox-Travel, a palm-sized, splash-resistant Bluetooth speaker that streams audio from his smartphone, tablet or laptop wirelessly for up to six hours. Choose from the manly color selection: red, blue, black and green. Retails for $49.90.

Pimp His Sports Swing: Zepp 3D Multi-Sport Motion Sensor
If the dad in your life is a player—we’re talking golf, tennis, racquetball or baseball!—help him up his game considerably, with a Zepp 3D Multi-Sport Motion Sensor. This high-tech gadget allows users to review and replay their swing in 360 degrees, offering valuable perspective on things like speed, arch, spin (in other words, how exactly that ball ended up in a bush). Data on every swing—good and bad—go wirelessly to the mobile device of his choosing, along with analysis and coaching. Retails for $149.99.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Inna Shamis Lapin
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