With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together a guide to a few of the coolest gift options for the geek dad on your list.
We tried to keep it simple and focus in on a few of the classic dad tropes, from kicking back with a good movie to making a few upgrades around the house, revisiting the glory days and getting his hands dirty by brewing his own beer. Just, you know, with some classic geek flair.
So start shopping, because Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19.
The Martian: Extended Edition ($19.99)
It’s a classic move that dates back centuries (or decades): kicking back in the recliner and watching a movie. If your dad is a geek dad, he’ll almost certainly love the near-future sci-fi action comedy The Martian, so why not take it a step further and snag him the extended cut for Father’s Day? This edition of Ridley Scott’s modern classic includes 10 minutes of extra footage, plus hours of special features. Bonus points: Actually watch the movie with your dad.
Star Wars BB-8 USB Car Charger ($34.99)
Dads love gadgets, and USB drives are the one thing you can never have enough of. Oh, dads also love Star Wars, and this BB-8 car charger is the best of both worlds. The geekiest part: BB-8’s head actually moves, which is just awesome. Make dad feel like his minivan is his very own X-Wing. Trust me, he’ll appreciate it.
Vintage Marvel Comics Watch ($49.50)
Dads need to keep up with the time, and if your dad is a classic comic fan, Marvel has just the thing to let him do it in style. The comic company sells just about anything, and dig deep enough in their online store and you’ll find a watch shop — with personalized faces, so you can make it extra special by adding a note (i.e. #1 DAD!). The watch features all your favorite, classically drawn heroes in an alloy case, with a leather band.
Floating Astronauts Tie ($28)
Looking good is a prerequisite for being a cool dad, but that doesn’t mean he can’t subtly show off his genre roots while doing it. So, instead of going with some over-the-top design, perhaps check out this understated astronauts design from WildTies. Your dad will thank you … and actually wear the tie, which is kind of the point, right?
Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner ($94.99)
It’s a scientific fact: 99 out of 100 dads grill. From burgers and hot dogs, to steaks and ribs, grilling is awesome. But actually keeping the equipment clean? Kind of a hassle. That’s where the Grillbot comes in. It combines two awesome things — grilling and robots — to create a little tool that does the heavy lifting to clean the grill up so you can start stacking steaks (or veggie burgers, whatevs) to high heaven.
Nest Smart Thermostat ($249)
Dads love making improvements around the house, but for a geek dad, you might need to take it a step further than a screwdriver or wrench set. So, if your pops is looking to dabble in the connected smart home arena, the Nest Smart Thermostat is a great place to start. Installation is relatively painless, and the thing is ultra-programable (and has a basic AI that tries to learn your habits and adjust accordingly). Plus, the glowing, circle touchscreen interface looks like something straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Gramovox: Vertical Turntable ($399)
There are more than a few sci-fi friendly records on the market, so if your dad is an audiophile, you can always go all out and drop some coin on this extremely cool, throwback-style record player. The Gramovox Vertical Turntable system sits up vertically, using a belt drive to spin the record. It’s the perfect way to dig into some of your favorite sci-fi/horror/fantasy movie soundtracks (while also showing off that colored vinyl/picture record edition).
The Chart of Cosmic Exploration ($38)
Just about any self-respecting dad has (or wants) a man cave, and no man cave is complete without some geek chic decor to round it out. This stunning print, which chronicles all the various projects sent out to explore our solar system,is a gorgeous place to start. The color coded chart traces the trajectories of everything from the Luna 2 in 1959 to the DSCOVR in 2015. What makes it even cooler, is that the print features hand-illustrated renderings of each spacecraft juxtaposed against the planets of the solar system. It looks amazing, and is bursting with geek-tastic information.
Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit ($39.95)
Beer. Science. What else does a geek dad need, really? This affordable little starter kit is the perfect gift to let a scientifically inclined dad dabble into the science of mixology — all while working toward the goal of creating something they can kick back and drink with a steak. This is a kit that includes pretty much everything you need to cook up your own brew, while learning about the science of beer-making along the way.
75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen ($117)
Dads young and old will almost certainly enjoy this Marvel retrospective, which traces 75 years of Marvel history. The book digs into the history of all your favorite characters, as well as the people who brought them to life in the golden age of comics. It makes for a great read, plus it looks awesome on a man cave coffee table, or on an office bookshelf.