With Father’s Day coming up soon, we here at Gamerwok wanted to help you find those great geeky gifts for dad. Here is a list of all those great presents that you can get dad this year to say thanks for all the things he’s done for you.
1. ThinkGeek’s Father’s Day Tin
Price: $39.99 - $79.99
ThinkGeek has come out with three awesome tins to give to dad this year.
The first is the $39.99 tin (The Bad Kid) which includes Astronaut ice cream, Grow Your Own World’s Hottest DIY Pepper, Bacon Salt, A Butterfly Knife-Styled Pen and a three pack of ThinkGeek Annoy-a-trons.
The second tin comes in at $59.99 (The Good Kid) and includes all of the items in The Bad Kid with a few extras. You get some Gamer Grub Energy snacks (pizza), Lego Minifigs, a Mug boss and a Star Wars Han Solo Carbonite Ice Cube tray.
Finally the $79.99 tin is the big one called “Dad’s favorite” and in it you get all the previous items and a credit card light bulb, a NERF Jolt Mini Blaster and a set of BuckyBalls.
This is basically the easiest way to get some really cool stuff for dad without being lazy and getting a gift card. Personally the Han Solo Carbonite Ice Cube tray is almost enough to make me think of becoming a dad (almost).
2. GeekDad – Geeky Projects for Dads and Kids
Find it at: http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/dads/d765/
This is a really cool book full of projects for dads and their kids. It’s written by the editor of wired.com’s popular GeekDad blog and allows parents a way to interact with their kids in less traditional and much geekier ways. They tell of the timeframe and the budget needed for each project and the best ages to attempt the projects at. Definitely a good gift for dad to spend a little more time together, for science!
3. The iGrill
Find it at: http://store.igrillinc.com/igrill-black/
This is a wireless Bluetooth cooking thermometer. Obviously it can be used for more than just the grill and can be used in an oven as well. Basically all you need to do is download the special iGrill app from the app store (They’re apparently designing an Android app so eventually it won’t be only iDevices) and you can see the temperature of what you’re cooking from up to 200 feet away. The device would be pretty cool on a cold day to be able to start grilling and watch your heat from the comfort of your couch in a warm house. Surfing the internet and checking on your steak is a great present for that geeky dad in your life.
4. Zap Racket
Find it at: http://zapracket.com/?page_id=60
This is basically a tennis racket with electricity running through it. I’m not sure how many of you have tried one of these but they are actually really fun. You feel like some sort of Avengers villain zapping wasps out of the air and hearing them snap and crackle. A great gift for a geek dad, just make sure he doesn’t get a costume. A word of advice, don’t touch it no matter who dares you (unless there is money in it for you, it’s not that bad…).
5. Avengers Cologne
While I’m not sure smelling like the Hulk is the best idea ever these colognes are pretty cool. They allow dad to choose which hero he’d like to be each day and possibly smell a little better while doing it. With each hero having a totally different scent it’s a great gift to allow dad to feel a little bit geekier and a little bit more super each day.
6. Apple iPhone 4 4S Decal Skin - I’m Your Daddy
The clever iPhone skin creators skunkwraps have designed the ultimate star wars dad skin. With Darth Vader proudly proclaiming “I’m Your Daddy” this is a definite pick for the Star Wars Geek father.
7. Board Games
Price: $20 - $80
Find it at: Look up your local games store. They have great advice and selection. Mine is Revolution Games in Calgary
We’ve posted quite a few of these games on here with our Gamerwok Unplugged segment because these are a great way to be social and have a bunch of people together to have fun. There are more of these Unplugged segments coming but in the meantime go to your local store and ask them what they recommend or try watching Wil Wheaton’s new web show TableTop.
Here are some of our game suggestions from our resident geek girl Erla: