2019 GeekDad Father’s Day Gift Guide

Once again we blinked and Father’s Day has snuck up on us. If you hurry you could still get most of these for Father’s Day, but don’t forget the best gift of all is time spent together.


The Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 with Power Up Plate, Image: Sophie Brown, Logo: Ultimate Ears

Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 Bluetooth Speakers
Suggested By: Sophie Brown
Mfg: Ultimate Ears
Price: $150 – 200
Purchase: Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 Bluetooth Speakers

The Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 are powerful Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears. They come in a range of colors to suit any style and list an impressive array of functions. Dads who care about their audio quality will love being able to customize their own EQ settings, while outdoorsy dads will like that these speakers are impact safe and water-resistant – they even float so he can take his music out on the water safely. The additional Power-Up Plate makes charging super simple and will appeal to gadget lovers.
While far from the cheapest Bluetooth speakers on the market, you get what you pay for with the Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 with impressive sound, great durability, and plenty of options.


To Be Read Reading Journal, Images: Sophie Brown

To Be Read: A Booklover’s Notebook
Suggested By: Sophie Brown
Mfg: Abrams Noterie
Price: $6-7
Purchase: To Be Read: A Booklover’s Notebook

This pocket-sized notebook is designed for book lovers to track their reading. It’s filled with lined pages so Dad can choose how to use it to best suit his needs, and it’s sprinkled with quotes about books from famous authors. There’s also a few special pages for making book-related lists. Ideal for book-loving Dads on the go.


Hogwarts Express Wrebbit 3D Puzzle, Image Sophie Brown

3D Jigsaw Puzzles
Suggested By: Sophie Brown
Mfg: Wrebbit
Price: $25 – 50
Purchase: 3D Jigsaw Puzzles

Wrebbit’s range of 3D jigsaws come in a variety of themes including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and real-world architectural designs from the Titanic to the Taj Mahal. The puzzles are challenging without becoming stressful the chunky foam pieces will mean that Dad will be able to build even if he has some reduced dexterity. Ideal for dads who love jigsaws, model-building, and puzzles.


Get dad his own Switch!

Switch
Suggested By: Z.
Mfg: Nintendo
Price: $298.99
Purchase: Switch

E3 2019 is just around the corner, and there’s never been a better time to pick up a Nintendo Switch. Deals abound on must-own exclusives like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, amazing indies from Cuphead and Undertale to Wargroove and Dead Cells are arriving in veritable droves, and upcoming entries in the Pokémon and Animal Crossing franchises promise to impress longtime fans as well as new converts. At this point, the only thing better than a having a Nintendo Switch is having your own dedicated system that you don’t have to share with the kids!


Meals fit for a king (of the ring).

Pop Culture Cookbooks
Suggested By: Z.
Mfg: Insight Editions
Price: $19.49-$21.99
Purchase: Pop Culture Cookbooks

Whether your father is a world-class chef or has yet to master to simple principles of “shake” and “bake,” Insight Editions has a cookbook that’s sure to please. The high fantasy of The Elder Scrolls Cookbook offers rich and decadent recipes from Skyrim, Morrowind, Tamriel, and beyond, with fan favorites like the ubiquitous sweet roll and grilled leeks up to the Gourmet’s own famed Sunlight Soufflé. While it often skews toward more exotic fare—including specialty spice mixtures preferred by Nords and Imperials—cooking techniques are broken down into simple, easy-to-follow steps, and many of the resulting dishes make for both delicious dining and unique culinary showpieces. If, however, your dad is both a wrestling fan and more of a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, you can’t go wrong with the WWE: The Official Cookbook. Packed with more than 75 straightforward recipes (and just as many horrible, horrible puns), the whole family can grill and groan along with dishes like Braun Strowman’s Get These Hams and the classic N.W.Oatmeal. Yes, the names are pretty much all dad jokes, but the results are appropriately appetizing. [Review materials provided by: Insight Editions]


The only smartwatch worth having.

Amazfit Bip
Suggested By: Z.
Mfg: Huami
Price: $79.99
Purchase: Amazfit Bip

If you want to get your pop a solid, functional smart wearable that doesn’t break the bank, look no further than the Amazfit Bip. Boasting incoming telephone and message alerts, heart rate/sleep/activity tracking, and 30-day battery life between charges, it is a steal at the $80 price point!


Main image: Jenny Bristol. Inset: LEGO.

LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection: Paris
Suggested By: Jenny Bristol
Mfg: LEGO
Price: $39.99
Purchase: LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection: Paris

A trip to Paris itself might be out of your budget, but it can feel like you’re really there with the new LEGO Architecture Paris kit. A great gift idea for the favorite father in your life, he can also enjoy a bagette, some brie, sparkling drinks, and a chocolate croissant while building it to round out the experience. Though the pieces are mostly small ones, it still blows away my 10 cents per LEGO piece rule weighing in, on Amazon, at less than $40 for 649 pieces. The buildings and icons included are: the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Tour Montparnasse, Grand Palais, Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre. You can also check out other sets in the LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection.


Main image: Jenny Bristol. Inset: LEGO.

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition
Suggested By: Jenny Bristol
Mfg: LEGO
Price: $31.99
Purchase: LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition

No, you didn’t read that wrong. It hasn’t been only 20 years since Empire graced the screens. This 20th anniversary marks 20 years of the LEGO Star Wars line of toys, a very welcome addition to their products for many of us. This set includes, of course, Luke Skywalker and Dak Ralter, who both fit in the snowspeeder (with plenty of room for some blasters just in case), a rebel trooper, a ground-based gun turret, and the detailed and functional snowspeeder (it really shoots! as does the turret), including functional tow cable. In addition, it comes with an exact replica of the original Lando Calrissian minifigure on a special stand. At 309 pieces, this set doesn’t quite make my 10 cent per LEGO piece rule, but it does include four minifigures and has bits that actually do things. Pew, pew! (Note: The set includes graphic stickers to put on several of the pieces, but stickers are a weird sensory thing for me, so I chose to leave them off.) You can also check out other sets in the LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary line which contain other original minifigures to collect.


Lamo Double Face Moccasin

Lamo Double Face Moccasin
Suggested By: Jonathan H. Liu
Mfg: Lamo
Price: 99.99
Purchase: Lamo Double Face Moccasin

If your dad likes to kick back with some comfy slippers at home (or at work—we won’t judge!), these slippers will pamper his feet. Suede on the outside and fuzzy inside, with a memory foam footbed and a rubber sole, they’re comfortable and durable. I wear slippers at home most of the time, and these have kept my feet happy for a few months so far. My only caveat is that they do make my feet look a little cartoony, but I don’t mind. (Disclosure: I received a sample to try out.)

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