Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’ve been pondering what to get for that notoriously hard-to-shop-for dad in your life, you can stop worrying now. We’ve scoured Etsy and have found some amazing Father’s Day gifts that are bit off the beaten track, and sure to appeal to any dad.
Because it inhabits a back pocket and gets sat on all the time, dad’s wallet gets a bit ratty and squashed. There’s not much you can do to protect it from abuse, but you can give him an update every couple of years. A handmade leather wallet ($82) by Gazur is a lovely choice. It’s got space for notes, cash and cards, and we love the bright yellow band that keeps the lot together.
Your husband’s skateboarding glory days might be long gone, but he can reclaim a bit of the past with this ingeniously made smartphone acoustic amplifier ($85) by Genuine Woodworking and made from reclaimed skateboards.
For the dad in your life who’s a total geek, the Hackabot Nano Build your Own Robot ($280) by Art for My Kid is perfect. All the pieces to create a great little robot car are there, and it’s Arduino compatible, which means dad can get on the computer and program his own controller to make it do just about anything. (For non-geeks, an Arduino is a little circuitboard with a programmable chip).
For every kid obsessed with Minecraft, there’s a dad who will love a 3D-printed Minecraft bowtie ($35). Maybe you wouldn’t let him wear this tie from Ties 3D to your wedding, but why not someone else’s?
Have you ever seen a kid who can solve a Rubix Cube in minutes? If dad didn’t have the skills as a boy, here’s his chance to try again. The Rubrick Cube ($35) from Quno Toys is a mini puzzle cube made of Lego bricks so when dad conquers the puzzle, he can customise it with little Lego characters from the kids’ collection.
In a world where anything is possible, pirates battle ninjas in this awesome update of the humble chess set. Hand-chiseled and painted by Colombian artisans and made from sustainable wood, this set ($389) from Goose Grease is both awesome and socially responsible.
Every man cave needs some decorations, and this beautiful Japanese wooden puzzle ($179) is just the right kind of challenging to build with the kids, but not so tricky that it’ll end up abandoned in pieces.
We love a good juxtaposition, which is why the E3 Supply Co handmade leather smartwatch strap ($139) is so great. The leather is charmingly distressed, and the rounded stainless steel buckle is the perfect foil to a sleek, futuristic Apple watch.
Connoiseurs of fine ales, and probably growers of bushy beards will appreciate an insulated growler carrier ($49) from Moorwood Goods, made from waxed canvas and leather. Note: a growler is a large craft beer bottle, not a threatening animal.
Sitting all day is bad for your health, and while this last gift is exxy, a Klar.Worwk custom-made standing desk is perfect for a dad who works at home. Made from polished oak and stainless steel, this desk is made to order. Just send in dad’s height, and they’ll get cracking.
To all the papas out there, have a wonderful Father’s Day!