Choosing just the right Father's Day gift can be challenging, especially when you want to venture beyond the predictable ties and power tools. The present can be as different and as unique as your old man, regardless of his hobbies and areas of interest.
Test Drive an Exotic Racecar
It is a dream for many dads to own a McLaren or Lamborghini. It's an even bigger dream to push these machines to their limits on a real race track. At Dream Racing in Las Vegas, that dream can become a reality for a few laps at a time. Boasting a collection of exotic supercars and true racing cars, Dream Racing lets drivers get behind the wheel to take a test drive.
Prices start at $199 for five laps of the test track in a Porsche Cayman GTS. If you want a grand experience, you can go for 40 laps in a Ferrari 458 GT Race Car for $4,899. You would also need to transport your dad to the Las Vegas Speedway.
LUXA2 P-MEGA Power Station
Between his smartphone, his tablet, his smartwatch, his activity tracker and his action camera, dad might have too many gadgets and not enough places to charge them on the go. Smaller USB power banks are great for a small top off, but the LUXA2 P-MEGA boasts enough power to charge all his portable electronics.
The LUXA2 P-MEGA has a total capacity of 41,600 mAh, which is enough to charge a typical smartphone almost 20 times. Also, it comes with six USB ports to charge several devices at the same time. The stylish silver cube with blue LED lighting retails for around $130.
Portable Briefcase BBQ Grill
Why restrict backyard grilling to just your backyard? Cook those juicy burgers and delicious steaks on the go with the Portable Briefcase BBQ by Kikkerland. Measuring just over 12-inches wide, this portable grill looks just like a regular stainless steel briefcase when it is closed, aside from the metal legs on the bottom to keep it upright.
The charcoal grill infuses meat and vegetables with mouth-watering flavor and the convenient ash catcher allows for mess-free cleanup. The grilling surface is large enough to cook for two people. The Kikkerland Portable Briefcase BBQ retails for around $85 online.
OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator
For dads who enjoy a round of golf, making it out for a full 18 holes can sometimes be a challenge with such a busy schedule. It can also be unpleasant if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. Help your father brush up on his drives and chip shots with the OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator.
This nifty gadget lets your dad play a virtual game through famous courses around the world. Connecting to a computer and displaying the results in real time, the golf simulator allows players to use their clubs, measuring them through impact using infrared optical sensors. Selling for around $325 on Amazon, the OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator is compatible with both Mac and PC.
Blair's Ultra Death Sauce
Makers of the world's hottest hot sauce, Blair's also produces a wide array of other hot sauces that are still remarkably spicy but a little more manageable. A great example is the company's Ultra Death Sauce, the hottest of their Death Sauce series at a rating of 800,000 Scoville units.
Blair's warns that this sauce "contains ingredients 900 times hotter than a jalapeno chili" and recommends diluting the product before using it. For dads who love to turn up the heat, or are gluttons for fiery punishment, the Ultra Death Sauce could be the perfect Father's Day gift. Individual five-ounce bottles are $13 each. Blair's also sells half cases of six bottles and full cases of 12 bottles.
Ricoh Theta S 360 Degree Spherical Camera
If your dad is more technologically inclined, he might be interested in experimenting with some 360-degree video. The Ricoh Theta S is one of the best and more affordable options, consisting of dual 190-degree image sensors that can capture spherical video in full HD or high-resolution spherical images of up to almost 14 megapixels.
The resulting spherical photos and videos can be uploaded to such social networks as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, as well as through sites like Google Maps and YouTube. The Ricoh Theta S sells for around $350.
Red Head Bootleg Whiskey Making Kit
Many dads enjoy a nice glass of whiskey. While a premium bottle of whiskey may make a great gift, go for something more unique like a bootleg whiskey making kit from Red Head Barrels. The whiskey making kit comes complete with a white American oak barrel, your choice of liquor essence, barrel stand, shot glass and more.
Dad can use the oak barrel itself for years. He simply needs more essence bottles to make more batches of his favorite homebrew whiskey. Pricing ranges from $50 to $250, depending on the size of the kit as well as any optional upgrades and add-ons like engraving or extra flavor enhancers.
Wagan 12V Heated Travel Mug
A terrific cup of coffee can quickly go south if it gets lukewarm. Help dad's cup of joe stay nice and warm with the Wagan 12V heated travel mug. Plugging into the 12V port in the car, the insulated mug holds up to 16 ounces of coffee, tea or any other hot beverage. Even after it is unplugged, the drink should stay hot for up to two hours.
What's more, should dad's morning java get cold, he can heat it back up in about half an hour. The universal 12V power cord is detachable and the silver finish offers a classic look for any dad. A pair of the heated travel mugs sells for just over $16 at Walmart.
Tom Bihn Western Flyer Travel Bag
Fathers who travel often will understand the incredible value a great carry-on bag can provide. What's unique about the range of travel bags from Tom Bihn is their modular nature. This allows dad to customize his bag with a series of inserts and packing cubes for optimal protection and organization.
The Western Flyer by Tom Bihn is the company's smallest main carry-on travel bag, perfect for quick overnight trips. The company uses high-end materials throughout, with two main compartments, multiple zippered pockets, and comfortable, hide-away backpack straps. The base price for the Western Flyer bag, available in multiple color combinations, retails for less than $250. Options like the Brain Cell laptop case and the Freudian Slip organizing sleeve are sold as separate add-ons.
Thinking of Dear Old Dad
Showing your dad that you care on Father's Day is important. There are plenty of cool gift ideas out there, but you know your dad best. Give him something that he'll love and appreciate, but perhaps something that he may not have purchased for himself. That will make for the best Father's Day ever.