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Looking for out-of-the-ordinary gifts for extraordinary dads?

Feature Photo by Zitona. Photo Above by chany

Father’s Day can be tough. Let’s face it, not all of our Dads fit into the usual aftershave/cufflink/universal remote control mold. Their colorful personalities deserve a little bit of extra thought and care when it comes to the ideal Father’s Day gift.

Photo by DJRiegel

If you’re panicking when June 21 rolls around this year, be sure to check out these unique gift ideas selected specifically for the Dad in your life who deserves so much more than a musical necktie:

Personalized Tools

For the outdoorsy father, these hand-engraved pocket knives are both elegant and rugged.

Dennis Riegel’s vintage-inspired designs are sure to bring that always welcome cowboy touch to any tackle-box.

Dad’s Mini-Me

Photo by j/f/photo

If the dad in your life is more of a jokester than an adventurer, you can’t go wrong with creating a miniature likeness of him in bobblehead form.

Custom Bobble can hand sculpt an exact replica of Pops all the way down to his embarrassing tattoos and his favorite shoes.

Tours and Excursions

Is your father not too into material possessions? offers experiences ranging from secret agent driving lessons to sushi rolling lessons.

Tours and excursions are offered in several locations across the United States, and range in price from the affordable – Wolf Watching at a wildlife reserve or park to the ultra fancy – Formula 1 Racecar Driving.

They even offer gift packages for recipients to choose their own adventures, grouped by price point and location.

Pocket Compasses

For the travel-lover who can’t bring himself to ever stop and ask for directions, Stanley London sells a variety of pocket compasses like this brass reproduction of an antique Mariner’s Compass.

While it may not help him find his way any quicker, it’s sure to make him feel pretty darn sophisticated as he stands bewildered on a street corner.

Beer Soap

For the beer-lover in your life, encourage personal hygiene with beer soap!

The Beer Soap Company makes soaps that double as shampoo or shave cream from a plentiful variety of ales, lagers, pilsners and stouts.

Nothing says “I love you, Dad” quite like a Guinness, right?

If these ideas don’t quite mesh with your father or baby’s daddy, share your own thoughtful gifts in the comments below!

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About The Author

Sarah Park

Sarah Park is currently spending her quarter-life crisis in the beautiful Eastern Sierra. She spends her days snowboarding, hiking and not at all slipping into a soul-devouring existential dilemma. Don't worry, she's kidding... kinda.

  • Hal

    Great finds, Sarah! I’m not a dad yet, but I wouldn’t mind one of those pocketknives…

  • Amanda, Bay Area Photographer

    I got my dad a marsmallow shooter. The gun can shoot mini – mallows about 30 feet. We opened in on Sunday and it’s awesome.

    • leah

      that is just awesome.

  • leah

    sarah-park, write more brilliant things like this!

  • Cloud Nine Gifts

    Hi Sarah,

    We thought you might like to know that one of the gifts that we get a lot of inquires about that is a real once in a life time experience for dads is a trip to the Super Bowl: It’s a guaranteed never to be outdone gift :)

  • Unique Christmas Stockings

    These are some great ideas, thanks so much for sharing. I especially liked your idea of personalized tools; I’ve never really thought of that before, but that will add a special touch and help prevent the neighbors from keeping them when they borrow my dad’s tools.

  • gift ideas for men

    Haha I like the idea of giving my dad a beer soap! It’s just so cool! I’m sure he’d love it too.

  • Looking for Unique Gift Ideas

    Thanks for sharing this!
    I love the Dad’s mini me bobble head doll idea as a gift. I think personalized gifts are the best for those you love the most.

  • John

    Wow…these are some really unique and unusual gift ideas. I love things out of the ordinary.

    I think people are searching more and more for unusual gifts that are truely unique and even personal that they can send to any age.

    People are so busy today that they still want to get that WOW factor when they give a gift but they also want it to be an easy experience as well.

  • GP Parrthiban

    Haha I like the idea of giving my dad a beer soap! It’s just so cool! I’m sure he’d love it too

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