Dad is an original. So why does he always get the same old gifts for Father’s Day?

Maybe it’s time to think outside the gift box and come up with some original Father’s Day gifts.

This list of gift suggestions is organized by Dad types because, after all, most dads have specific passions and attitudes that make them who they are.

Shoppers, whether little or big, with this list in hand, can use dad’s enthusiasms to help select the perfect Father’s Day gift or gifts while enjoying an exercise in thoughtfulness.

After all, doesn’t Dad deserve a gift as original as the old man himself?

Athletic Dad
Running store gift card
Sporty headphones
Cushioned ankle socks
Smartphone armband
Polarized sunglasses

Urban Dad
Vinyl record frames
Gift certificate for Urban Outfitters
Giant glass jar for ticket stubs
Bike bags and helmet mirrors
Public radio membership

Writer Dad
Stack of yellow legal pads
Fancy pen or assortment of pens
Hip laptop bag
Writing magazine subscription
Registration at a writing seminar

Road Warrior Dad
Carry-on rolling bag
Electronics accessory charging dock
Bureau-top valet
Leather toiletries kit
Custom luggage tags

Voracious Reader Dad
E-Reader cover
Bookseller gift card
Original edition of favorite childhood book
Set of bookplates

Yard Conqueror Dad
Weed whacker
Heavy-duty work gloves
Hand mallet
Large insulated drink cup
Electronic fly swatter

Youthful Dad
Favorite comic book collection
Assortment of plastic mustaches
Tickets to a summer action movie
Deluxe magic trick kit

Outdoorsy Dad
Pocket multi-tool
LED Solar Lightcap for water bottle
Crank radio
Survival skills book
Combo compass-watch

Film Buff Dad
Popcorn maker or microwave popcorn assortment
Favorite movie theater drink assortment
Superman Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006
Pre-purchased movie tickets
Entertainment magazine subscription

Handy Man Dad
Electric screwdriver
Tool caddy/organizer
Nail sorter drawers
Folding step ladder
Binder with page protectors for instruction manuals and warranties

Digital Dad
Music, books, or apps gift card
Smartphone portable keyboard
Gadget sleeves or cases
Sound-canceling headphones

Sports Fan Dad
Vintage look favorite team t-shirt
Portable snack/drink cooler
Tickets to a game
Bleacher seat cushion
License plate holder with name of favorite team

Top Chef Dad
Wooden carving board
Knife set
High-powered mixer
Cooking store gift card
BBQ cookbooks

Caffeinated Dad
Single-cup coffee maker
Coffee shop gift card
Flavored coffee syrups
Snazzy travel mug
Instant coffee selection

Guy’s Guy Dad
Steakhouse gift card
Six pack of WD-40
Hot sauce assortment
Beer-making kit

Cultured Dad
Theater tickets
Biography of favorite artist
Tickets to a gallery exhibit
Fine arts class registration
Desktop kinetic sculpture

Tinkerer Dad
Hobby models
Model display case
Build your own radio kit
Basic hobby tool set
Cutting mat with knives

Coachy Dad
Baseball cap with favorite team name
Custom whistle lanyard
Set of large net bags
Stack of small orange cones
Portable whiteboard with markers

Homebody Dad
Gift card to his favorite pizza delivery service
Comfortable pajama bottoms
Remote caddy

Global Dad
Scratch-Off Global Map
Travel guidebooks
Gift certificate for fair-trade items
Hippie Dad
Save the [something] t-shirt
Gift certificate to vegetarian restaurant
Set of foot bags

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