Best Father’s Day Gifts -Unique AND Useful

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in A frugal Life, Frugal For Everyone, Smart Shopper | 24 comments

Father's Day Gifts

Best Father’s Day Gifts
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I truly enjoyed this search for the best Father’s Day Gifts. I had no idea that all these fascinating and unique products were available so it was quite an eye-opener. Who would have thought of watches with wooden bands or a computer mouse that looks like a car or a golf bag attachment that let’s your phone/tablet record your game? What amazing choices there are and how lucky the dad who will receive one of these gifts.

Before I get started with the list I do need to explain a few things. My search took me to Amazon simply because Amazon has many thousands of products which meant all the searching could be done on one site. As the saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words”. I agree and have therefore added the images below. Clicking on any of the thumbnails will take you to the Amazon site for enlarged views of the product. Think of it as browsing a Father’s Day Gift Catalog. Be assured that clicking does not mean buying.

On that note, I am an Amazon associate and if you do decide to buy from Amazon, I would be delighted if you would order through my site. No cost to you but I will earn a small commission.

The Best Father’s Day Gifts:

  • Starting off with one of the neatest items, at least in my opinion, is this wooden watch handcrafted from high quality natural sandalwood with no two pieces of wood exactly the same. It includes a day/date calendar. Definitely a huge step-up from the tie and sock gifts of yesterday.
  • Craft beers are all the rage these days. Wouldn’t these beverage chiller sticks be the perfect accessory for dad’s favourite craft beer? All you do is put the stick in the freezer for 45 minutes then insert into a bottle of beer (or other beverage) to keep the drink cold.
  • Father’s Day is the one day to go all out spoiling dad and I can’t think of a better way than with this folding chair. The chair has a detachable insulated cooler, an electronics pocket, a fold-out side table to hold books, tablet, camera and drinks, etc. keeping everything within easy reach. Perfect for keeping dad comfortable on the beach, park, or the deck.
  • How about this portable BBQ suitcase? You have to admit, this one is very unique. Easy to carry around, this stainless steel charcoal grill can accommodate cooking for 2 people and includes a convenient mess-free ash catcher.

  • If dad is into thrillers, “Make Me (with bonus short story Small Wars): A Jack Reacher Novel” by the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lee Child will be super appreciated. Of course, it will probably mean he’ll become too engrossed in the book to be able to take time out to BBQ. Best make other plans for dinner.
  • I love this nifty Mobile Printer w/ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology that is compatible w/iOS & Android Devices. It prints 2×3 colour photos directly from Mobile Phone or Tablet via Bluetooth or NFC Technology. Great for dad – lucky him.
  • The PhoneSoap 2.0: UV Sanitizer & Universal Charger, as seen on SHARK TANK, isn’t only unusual, it’s also extremely useful. Phones are covered in disease-causing bacteria. PhoneSoap 2.0 safely kills 99.99% of germs utilizing bacteria-zapping UV rays. The germ-killing UV-C light used by the PhoneSoap 2.0 is scientifically proven to banish bacteria found on everything from door knobs, toilet seats, toilet handles, dirty laundry, and more. Fits and charges any phone or tablet and has a universal phone charger w/USB port. 

  •  For the car enthusiast, how about this Corvette Wireless Optical Mouse (HP-11CHCZRXA)? This is an officially licensed product with a unique 17 digit V.I.N. It has functional headlights with on/off switch and a built in automatic timer shut-off. A totally different way to cruise the web.
  • Bird-watching is growing in popularity all the time and this 8 X 35 BAK4 Prism Optical Waterproof Binoculars is perfect for that. Of course, it can also be used for other purposes like Concerts, Hunting, Hiking, or Stadium Sports.

  • Isn’t this stainless steel Multi-Tool the handiest thing you ever saw? It functions as pliers, knife, screwdriver, bottle & can opener, scaler, ruler & filer and comes complete with a nylon sheath and belt loop for easy access. For the active dad this little carry-along will save the day time and again.

The Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Sports Enthusiast:

  • For the avid golfer, this Golf Bag Video Recording & Mount System with a telescoping pole can be inserted in any bag and includes universal phone/tablet holder clamps that works with any device model smart phone or tablet. Drop the 54″ pole into your golf bag to provide an easy way to use your tablet or phone for swing recording, video review, and training purposes. Universal Phone or Tablet Clamp attaches to the Aluminum Extension Pole, extends out of your bag, and provides a secure hold on your phone so it will stay in place. Easy to view the screen and review your swing.
  • Even if dad hasn’t time for the course, he can still work on his game with this Portable Golf Putter Travel Practice Putting Set. This portable executive putter set comes in a zipper bag, includes a ball return cup, a screw together golf club and a golf ball. Lets dad perfect his swing anywhere. Perfect for any golf fan.
  • This Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Best-in-class sound goes wherever you go. It is the ultra-light, ultra-rugged and ultra-powerful portable speaker. It gives you 5 hours of battery power so you can take the music with you where ever you go, plug it in or play it wirelessly using its Bluetooth functionality, streaming your music with no strings or cables attached or talking hands-free with the speakerphone function. Now that’s useful.

  • For the active dad, how about these Hifi Stereo Bluetooth 4.1 Sunglasses (Polarized Black+Yellow Lens), MP3 Glasses Supports Music, Handfree Calls, Camera Shutter Remote. It’s easy to connect with high-fidelity, CD quality sound effect, able to connect more than 1 bluetooth devices and compatible with 99.9% bluetooth devices. A good mate for drivers, cyclists, runners,etc.

  • Soccer IQ: Things That Smart Players Do, Vol. 1, #1 Best Seller. Soccer IQ was named the #1 book for Soccer Players and Coaches by and named Top 5 Book of the Year by the NSCAA Soccer Journal. It includes links to free Soccer IQ companion that brings the lessons to life.

There you have it. I hope you enjoy browsing these unique and useful Father’s Day Gifts as much as I enjoyed finding them.

Talk to you again next week,


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  1. What about Dads with sweet tooths? Nothing would put a bigger smile on my father’s face than a full-sized pecan pie.

    • Hi Andy – me thinks it’s not only your father who loved pecan pies – I somehow think you do to. Somehow, I overlooked that area too. I’ll have to do better next year 🙂

  2. Hmm…I no longer have a dad but I do have a son who’s a dad. Thanks for the great ideas, Lenie.

  3. Those are some nice gifts. When I become a father I hope my kids purchase gifts like this one.

  4. Lenient, some great new and different ideas for people sick of socks and ties. Personally, might have to get that multi tool for myself. Sounds super handy!

  5. Some great ideas, Lenie! I love the idea of craft beers, as they are co expensive, but tasty! I’m sure any Dad would love a collection of those for sampling and enjoyment. 🙂

  6. I’ve given my dad different varieties of beef jerky more than a few times over the years. It’s always a hit, plus the act harkens back to when I was a kid and he would come home from town with surprise me with some beef jerky.

  7. Great gift ideas for Father’s Day!

    Our children like to make a card and buy a gift for their daddy! It is nice to acknowledge men on one day a year.

    I agree that Amazon is a great website. I often buy my daughter’s themed clothes for school events. Far cheaper and more choice than the supermarkets.

  8. They all look like wonderful gift ideas to me Lanie. I don’t actually have any “Dads” in my life anymore but I can think of a couple of friends who would love to see this so I’m going to forward your post to them. Thanks!

    • Thanks for sharing Marquita. I had fun putting this list together because I truly didn’t realize that half of them even existed – like the wooden watch. Love that idea and it looks gorgeous but who thought of it. My husband is a woodworker and he was pretty amazed that something like that was available. I like to wonder how people come up with these things.

  9. Is it bad that I want some of these gifts? The briefcase that turns into a BBQ looks lots of fun. And I love the folding chair with the cup holder. I’ve always got some sort of drink in hand (usually non-alcoholic) so I think that is great.

    This seems like a good selection for Dad. I think most of us women can have trouble for shopping for the men in our lives. I mean, how many shirts or ties does a dad need? So these are some really fun alternatives.

    • Erica, it’s not bad at all because I would love to have half a dozen of these items – can you imagine taking the PhoneSoap to the grocery store zapping all those germs on the carts, shelves, doors, etc. I’d have a greeat time zapping away (actually that is one item I’ve put on my wish list – dad can get his own LOL).

  10. These are wonderful gifts. There are so varied and different. I remember when it was appropriate to get my dad a tie.
    I don’t have any children, so I will need to pick up on of them “just for me day”. I just invented that day for those of us who do not get a mother’s or father’s day.

    • William, when our kids were very small we made up Kid’s Day so I can understand your ‘just for me’ day. Great idea and even better, when you get to choose you get exactly what you want. 🙂

  11. As a father Lenie I can confirm that there are many good ideas here. Though it seems perhaps that we fathers are seen as being a pit too impressed with gimmicks. Personally I would gravitate to the more practical like the folding chair or the multi-tool. Knowing my kids I do fully expect that I will get a craft-beer related item of some type.

    • Ken, maybe you could forward this post to them and tell them to read your comment LOL. I was rather fascinated that these things were available – like the folding chair you mentioned. A lot of thought went into that. The only thing missing is the footstool.

  12. My father passed but I still like buying father’s day gifts for my husband and my brother. I have purchased a Leatherman Tool for my husband and my brother one year and they loved it. Any tool that houses several tools is a great gift. Thanks for sharing, Lenie. These are great options.

    • Tools are a good choice for lots of men – so apparently are those golf gadgets, which shouldn’t be surprising since golf seems to be the all-time favourite sport of many men. I love that PhoneSoap one – it’s one I would love to have for myself. Thanks for the comment Sabrina.

  13. Lenie, these are really cool ideas. I like how you’ve covered a variety of price ranges. My father and father-in-law have been dead for many years and I don’t buy Father’s Day gifts, but these suggestions are also good birthday ideas.

    • Donna, aren’t some of those just the neatest? I could have found many more but then my post would have gotten way to long. I really like the PhoneSoap and the Small Printer – may have to think about those for myself down the road. I would carry that phonesoap with me shopping and zap everything in sight. LOL

  14. If my late father had been alive he would have turned 91 on May 14th. I would have taken him with me to a concert I was invited to by my alma mater. He would have loved listening to Tjajkovski and a Finnish composer that’s an extention of Shostakovich. It was wonderful and even though he wasn’t there in my mind they were playing to celebrate his birthday.

    • Catarina, what a lovely thought that you were able to share your love of music – even if only in memory. Thanks for this comment, I think the gift of sharing is the most precious gift of all. I truly wish I had started my post with that message.

  15. Thanks for all these ideas Lenie. My dad is fairly easy to buy for – at 92 years old he loves a visit or a phone call. if we visit (I live in another state about an 8 hour drive) depending on the weather we take him out to breakfast/lunch or bring it to him. Breakfast/lunch his two favorite meals.

    • Patricia, I should have added that one. Give of yourself, perfect. Older people really don’t want a lot of things anymore but spending time with their family is always treasured. Hope the weather co-operates so you can share a wonderful Father’s Day this year 🙂

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