15 Unique Father's Day Gift Ideas for Quirky Dads

Does Dad dig things like beer and beard maintenance? We've got the perfect gift list.

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May 07, 2020

If you think about it, we get some of the best things in life from our dads — and I'm not just talking about their killer genetics. Over the years, they inevitably pass down their favorite books, movies, music and TV shows (and, if you're lucky, their knack for corny jokes) and end up shaping us into some really cool people.

While you could lean into a more practical gift this year, I say switch things up and surprise your old man (or husband or boyfriend or brother) with something that speaks to his unique style. Here are 15 Father's Day gifts that will delight all the best hipster dads out there.

$19 $17

Some Dads don't wear capes — just really funny aprons. Now that grilling season is coming in hot, surprise your old man with a new garment that he can rock in the backyard. It's made from polyester and features a rich brown text that will pair well with literally everything in his wardrobe.

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If this doesn't make Dad laugh, nothing will. Stake your claim as his favorite kid with this hilarious mug that he can use for his morning coffee or evening tea. And if you really want to go above and beyond, you could even pair this gift with artisan tea or coffee. Just saying.

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When in doubt, a hipster dad could always use more beard softener. Go with this bottle from Beardbrand; it pairs warm cedarwood notes with a subtle layer of sandalwood to give him a light, woodsy scent. Better still, the softener is silicone-, paraben- and sulfate-free so he won't worry about unnecessary chemicals gunking up his facial hair.

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I should warn you that this gag gift is only for the dad who's a good sport. But if you want to make Dad belly laugh, surprise him with this jumbo remote — you know, since his eyesight's shot now that he's so old. The oversized design really works and can control up to four devices thanks to universal programming that's compatible with most AV components.

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If Dad used to haunt the arcade back in the day, surprise him with a Pac-Man-themed lamp that will remind him of his glory days. In addition to a color-changing mood light setting, the device has a special party mode that he can enjoy (hopefully) when nobody's home.

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Maybe Dad needs a reminder that "there's no such thing as mistakes, only happy accidents." Or maybe he needs a little something to look after. Either way, he'll crack up when he sees this Bob Ross Chia Pet. All he has to do is add water and watch Bob's hair grow to full size in one to two weeks.

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$149.95 $129

For the man who's all about using fresh ingredients in the kitchen, I suggest snagging this herb garden starter kit. Since it's so compact, the gadget will fit neatly on the counter while growing Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil and mint. (All of which are included.) Best of all? It basically takes care of itself, so Dad doesn't really need a green thumb to enjoy this one.

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Make your Star Wars-loving father feel like a master of The Force with this Darth Vader-themed light clapper. After plugging it in, your dad only needs to clap once to hear Vader declare, "The Force is strong with this one" and again for the iconic line, "You underestimate the power of the Dark Side." If you preorder it now, it'll ship in plenty of time for Father's Day.

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$25 $16

If your film buff of a dad has seen every classic and cult flick out there, then he could probably use a copy of Eat What You Watch. Featuring more than 40 recipes from time-honored movies (like New York-style pastrami from When Harry Met Sally and those giant pancakes from Uncle Buck), this fun cookbook will allow him to experience iconic scenes in a tangible and tasty new way.

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Now, this is a shirt that Dad will proudly wear. While the kids paint a picture for the World's Greatest Dad, you can give your guy a good laugh with this t-shirt that honors his other title. Since it's made from 100-percent cotton, it's super soft —which means that he'll probably never take it off.

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If Dad loves to debate who did it better: Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield or Toby Maguire, surprise him with this special Spider-Man Tech Holder. He can use the web-slinging hero himself to prop up his phone or even hold his video game controller.

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Chris Erskine has been a columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times pretty much since the paper's inception in 1881. That's somewhat of an exaggeration but only a slight one. And it should tell you everything you need to know about his book, Daditude, a collection of columns all about the joys and absurdities of modern fatherhood. This gift is perfect for a husband, brother or friend who's recently become a new parent.

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Only a dad would appreciate a joke like this. Treat the tech-loving man in your life to a new AirPods case that comes with a built-in compliment. He'll love flaunting it off to your family and to his colleagues during Zoom calls.

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Beer flights are so last year. Gift the dad who's always one step ahead of the game this raw honey flight instead. He'll be so impressed that the box contains nine different vials that he can use in the kitchen.

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If he spends a lot of time in the garage, then I suggest you treat your family's favorite handyman to a cool toolbox-shaped refrigerator. Four casters allow him to move the piece around the room, while a stainless-steel door opens to shelves stocked with cold ones.

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