Fatherhood can sometimes feel like a thankless job, one filled with selflessness and dedication. So, remember, while your dad or father-figure may say he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day, he actually deserves to be shown appreciation, and is probably secretly hoping for something awesome!

The problem is, that dads seem to be among the hardest people to shop for!

We think this guide will help you to find something extra special for Father’s Day, that the husband, father, or father-figure in your life will appreciate! Our list includes some unexpected and unique gifts that will help you to avoid repeats of previous years’ tool boxes, mugs, ties and gift cards.

Happy shopping and have a great Father’s Day!


For the Cooking Dad:

Thank You For Smoking: Grill or Smoker Cookbook

Have a dad who’s at home in front of the grill or smoker? Paula Disbrowe, award-winning author and grilling expert’s cookbook ‘Thank You For Smoking’ shows home cooks how easy it is to rig a gas or charcoal grill or use a backyard smoker to infuse everything you love to eat with seductive, smoky flavors. This collection of 100 recipes features an impressive array of smoke-infused recipes including: smoked meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, nuts, grains, pantry staples, and even cocktails.

Feast By Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors

Does your father-figure love camping and the outdoors, or more specifically, cooking or eating outdoors? If so, Emma Frisch’s Feast By Firelight cookbook might be the ideal gift for them! This transporting cookbook evokes the pleasure of eating outdoors, with accessible recipes for everyday meals with friends and family. Frisch’s clear instructions make fireside cooking feel effortless and fun. She includes menu planners, handy illustrations, equipment lists, and tips showing how to prepare for any trip, even if it’s just to the local park on a weeknight. It features more than seventy adaptable recipes.



Thermopro Instant Read Digital Food Thermometer

Have a dad that loves to grill or to cook? The Thermopro Digital Thermometer is an easy and effective cooking tool to get the most accurate internal temperature in a matter of 4-7 seconds. Your dad can stop worrying about undercooking or overcooking and cook like a pro! The thermometer has multiple uses: grilling, BBQ smoker, food cooking, deep fry oil, candy-making.






3 Piece Heavy Duty BBQ Grilling Tools Set

As long as your father-figure loves the grill, America, well made products or all-of-the-above, he will probably like these grilling tools!  Whether your grilling enthusiast is at home or on-the-go, the perfect sized premium BBQ tool set is a must have. The angled spatula, fork and powerful tongs are three essential items. This 3 piece heavy duty bbq grilling tools set by Romanticist is made from sturdy, extra thick, solid stainless steel.  The grilling tools feature extra long elegant oak wood handles which will keep him far away from heat while grilling. Skewer, Grab or Flip whole chickens, racks and briskets without worrying about these utensils breaking or rusting. The multi-purpose spatula features a laser-cutout US flag, and a built-in bottle opener, which can also act as a convenient hanging loop.





Bella 12″ x 16″ Smokeless Grill

Who wouldn’t want to grill their BBQ favorites indoors, anytime of the year? With the Bella 12″ x 16″ smokeless grill, you or your dad can enjoy grilling up steaks, potatoes, veggies, or burgers all year round. No need to fire up the BBQ, or wait for that perfect sunny day. The Bella 12” x 16”  smokeless grill is outfitted with a powerful heating system and specialized cooling drip pan which allow you to grill up burgers, steaks, skewers and more without the smoke of an outdoor BBQ.





Ninja Air Fryer, (1550-watt) 4-quart

Now you can enjoy guilt-free food with a ninja air fryer. Air fry with up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods. The Ninja air fryer utilizes a wide temperature range from 105°f–400°f, and allows you to gently remove moisture from foods or quickly cook and crisp foods with convection heat. It features a 4-quart ceramic-coated nonstick basket and crisper plate (which can fit 2 lbs. of french fries for example). The combination of low fan speed and low temperature enables thorough dehydration, so you can also create flat, chip-like dehydrated foods for fun, homemade snacks.




For the Thoughtful, Family Oriented Dad:

Memorygrabber Life Story Workbook (Digital)

Recall, document and preserve a lifetime of memories with this fun to fill out, downloadable, fill-in-the-blank autobiographical workbook! Memorygrabber is a 321 page downloadable life story workbook, and is ideal for writing an autobiography or for getting an aging parent or grandparent to finally open up and tell those cherished family stories! This workbook will ask questions that will make you dig deep…and the responses that come about because of that digging, will generate the most valuable gift that you could ever give your kids or grandkids. It will be the gift of knowing about your life, their family history and their heritage.

(Memorygrabber downloads as a PDF-formatted e-book. An e-book is simply a downloadable “book” and is read using any free PDF reader, such as FoxIt PDF Reader, or Adobe Reader.)

Memorygrabber Life Story Workbook (Digital)

The World’s Greatest Collection of Dad Jokes Book

This book is a collection of more than 500 of the very best dad jokes. The jokes are clean and can be told in mixed-company. Jokes are organized in topics: silly kids, action/reaction, all puns all the time, love & marriage, one-liners, etc. This book will help dads, (and fans of dad jokes) find the perfect rib-tickler (or groaner) for every occasion.





For the Classic (Nay, Vintage) Gamer Dad:

Monarch Playing Cards

Monarch playing cards by theory11 will be the nicest deck of cards your father-figure can own. These are playing cards fit for a king, and they look like they belong in a palace. The cards are available in an elegant, navy blue, red or green designs, and feature a vintage, timeless look. They feel as good as look too.  As a neat bonus for movie buffs, these style cards were featured in the 2013 blockbuster movie ‘Now You See Me’.






Wooden 7-in-1 Vintage Board Game Combo Set w/ Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Playing cards, Dice, Dominoes and Cribbage

Does your father-figure like classic timeless board games? This elegant combo game board set is made from solid wood, with a fabric lined storage compartment for all of the games accessories. There are playing surfaces for chess, checkers, and backgammon. It also includes all the pieces and instructions you’ll need to play the different games, including: chess, checkers, cribbage, backgammon, and dominoes. There’s even a deck of playing cards included.




For the Music, Tech Loving Dad:

Trenbader Artlink Customizable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This wireless bluetooth speaker is rechargeable and wireless but features a customizable retro design with a beautifully finished wood frame. You could look at the Trenbader Artlink as a one-of-a-kind usable art project. This speaker features two interchangeable faceplates which allow you to paint your own art creation on its speaker cover! Color mix, paint brush, sponge, and more! The speaker itself is 3 watts, and features full-range, high-quality sound with a clear mid-range, and solid bass. It’s compatible with iPhone, Android, or any bluetooth equipped device. It sports a built-in microphone for voice calls, built in AM/FM radio and auxiliary audio input, and up to 12 hours of battery life.





Anker Astro  E1 Candy-Bar Sized Compact Portable Charger – External Battery Power Bank

Charge your phone on the go with this Anker Astro E1 Portable Charger. It is a
high capacity charger which should give your iPhone or Android smartphone up to 2 full charges while on the move. It features intelligent high-speed charging for all your devices, and is remarkably small (about the size of a small candy bar). The Astro E1 is powered by premium LG battery cells, for reliability and safety. (compatible with iPhone XS / XS Max / XR, Android smartphones and tablets (including the Nexus 7), and other usb-charged devices except for older devices like the iPod nano, iPod Classic, HP Touchpad, Dell Venue 11 Pro, Asus tablets and some GPS and bluetooth devices.



Sony Wireless, Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

Your father-figure can experience the private and interruption free sounds of his favorite tunes, with these Sony noise canceling wireless bluetooth headphones. These advanced noise canceling headphones cut more outside sound than others, and feature super soft, pressure-relieving over-the-ear earpads. These headphones last 30 hours per charge and have voice assistant compatibility for convenient hands-free voice access to music, information, and more.

Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones – Wireless, Bluetooth, Over the Ear Headphones

For the Active Dad:

Runtopia Outdoor Running GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Does your dad or father-figure like running, does he like to stay fit by taking a jog? The Runtopia S1 GPS Running Watch has a heart rate monitor and gps built in. It tracks distance, running data, running route and more via an app on your smartphone. The outdoor watch is compatible with both iOS and Android and features a long 25-day battery life, and charges up fast at around 2-hours. The watch also includes an audio running coach to help your dad run more efficiently. The Runtopia includes even more features beyond tracking your running stats. It can receive message notifications, call reminders, it has a stopwatch plus compass and cycling tracking.





For the Workhorse, Do’er Dad:

J5 Tactical Ultra Bright LED Flashlight

The J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight is an ultra-durable, tough as nails, ultra-bright tactical design LED flashlight, with the ability to run for hours of just a single AA battery. Keep one in your car, one in your kitchen and one in your garage, or in a pocket or purse for anyone who has to walk through a car park late at night. This flashlight is compact but includes an intense LED beam, that shines at max 300 lumens. It features an adjustable beam which can be seen over the length of two football fields on a clear night. There’s three different modes of use, high, low and strobe.





Live Green All Pressure Power Spray Nozzle Washer

Does you father-figure love to wash his car, have a boat or camper to keep clean, or love to work on outdoor projects? The Live Green All Pressure Power Nozzle is perfect for cleaning built-up dirt and mold on wood, aluminum, and vinyl shutters, concrete sidewalks, wood decks, brick, stone, rock and more. You can easily wash your car, truck, campers, or boats. Blast weeds and grime from brick and concrete patios, pool decks, and driveways. The power spray washer connects quickly to all standard garden hoses, and other size hoses with standard 1” female hose connectors.

Live Green All Pressure Power Spray Nozzle


Craftsman Waxed Canvas Work Apron w/  Leather Straps

This is a vintage look waxed canvas apron from Artisan Supply Co., it is made for BBQ grill masters, butchers, bakers, brewers, roasters, chefs, machinist and more. If any of those things describes your dad, or his hobbies, help him keep his clothes clean and protected with this canvas apron!  it is made from durable and water resistant, 12-oz waxed canvas with genuine leather straps, antique brass clips, and features handy multi-use pockets.






For the Well Dressed, or Office Dad:

Titan Neo Workwear Mens Quartz Analog Watch

Titan strives for craftsmanship and design in its watchmaking, and designs sleek, contemporary and stylish timepieces that your father-figure should absolutely love! More specifically, the Titan workwear range embraces elegance and simplistic sophistication making a Titan Workware watch the perfect accessory for professional dress or even semi-casual wear.  These timepieces come in a variety of colors and styles, brown, silver and gold. Titan watches feature smooth precision quartz movement with easy-to-read, large face dials with analog displays. They are rated for sweat and water resistance for up to 50m in general, short periods of recreational swimming.






Swatch Dark Rebel Watch

Part of the Swatch Originals Collection, this sleek and modern Dark Rebel watch features Swiss quartz movement, mineral crystal and water resistance up to 100 feet.
The Swatch brand was established in 1983 to create affordable, quality, timepieces with Swiss craftsmanship.






Alpine Swiss Men’s Leather Bifold-Trifold Wallet

Style, function, and quality are words that come to mind when describing this hybrid Alpine Swiss wallet. The fine craftsmanship and high quality, genuine imported leather will make this wallet a durable companion for your father for years to come. It will age beautifully. The front is tastefully adorned with a small signature Alpine Swiss emblem and the wallet comes neatly packaged in a classy Alpine Swiss gift box.
The wallet features a unique hybrid design that gives a sleek profile of a bifold wallet but opens like a trifold, making it compact yet spacious. The Alpine Swiss Leather Bifold-Trifold Wallet is available in a variety of colors and skins.




Buffway Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Leather Wallet

This Buffway wallet is minimalist, functional and super thin. It is crafted out of real leather, and fits perfectly in your pocket, purse or travel pack. The wallet is also outfitted with an advanced RFID blocking layer which protects against 13-14 mhz electronic signals from trying to retrieve your card numbers, expiration dates, and identifiable information.





R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, 2.2 oz

Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste is one part dry shampoo, one part styling paste and totally badass on days when you want to add texture and hold to slept-on hair. You know that sometimes guys don’t want to wash their hair or shower daily. But that shouldn’t mean their hair can’t look good! This dry shampoo paste is made from volcanic ash: to naturally cleanse and balance the scalp, coconut oil to define the hair and emphasizes thickness, Zeolite to aid in absorbing excess oil. Sunflower seed extract to protect against free radicals and repair damage, and Argan oil to soften and nourish hair.





Burt’s Bees Men’s Gift Set w/ Shave Cream, Aftershave, Body Wash, Hand Salve, & Lip Balm

Five popular Burt’s Bees products for men are collected into this handsome gift tin. This 5-in-1 unique gift set includes everything your dad needs to keep looking clean and smelling fresh. Included is Burt’s Bees Natural Aftershave, Burt’s Bees Natural Shave Cream, Burt’s Bees Men’s Body Wash, Burt’s Bees Hand Salve and Burt’s Bees Famous Beeswax Lip Balm. If you’ve used it, or you’ve heard about it, you know he’ll like it, and if your father-figure works outdoors or with his hands, He’ll need Burt’s Bees products to keep his hands and skin healthier.




For the Outdoorsy Dad:

Nikon 8397 Aculon Al11 Laser Rangefinder

This all-new Nikon Aculon rangefinder is small enough to fit in almost any pocket or pack. It is the ultimate, take-everywhere rangefinder. Multilayer coatings provide an even higher light transmittance across the entire visible light spectrum, minimizing the loss of light due to reflection. It features a high-eyepoint design providing a clear field of view for everyone, even while wearing eyeglasses. The uncluttered display functions in 1-yard increments, has true 550-yard ranging capability, and single button operation.

Nikon 8397 ACULON AL11 Laser Rangefinder

Yeti Rambler 20 -oz Stainless Steel Tumbler w/ Magslider Lid

The Yeti Rambler Tumbler is tough, and will keep your drinks as cold (or hot) as science allows. With 18/8 stainless steel construction, double-wall vacuum insulation, and no sweat design, they’re perfect for outdoor exploring, or really anytime! This tumbler comes with a Magslider lid, and uses the power of magnets to keep your favorite liquid on lock! They are coated with a durable coat of color called Duracoat, which won’t fade, peel, or crack through extended field use.




Sheffield 12913 Premium 14-in-1 Hammer Multitool

The Sheffield Camping Series Hammer 14-in-1 Multi-tool is perfect for any of your Dad’s household and or outdoor needs, or in emergency situations. This 14-in-1 multi-tool offers high quality construction, featuring polished hardwood and steel. The hammer multi-tool includes: hammer head, nail claw, linesman pliers, regular pliers, 1/4 in. slotted screwdriver, 1/8 in. slotted screwdriver, #2 phillips screwdriver, 2-1/2 in. drop point blade, 2 in. serrated blade, bottle/can opener, wire cutters, wire stripper, soft file and key ring. A bonus nylon belt pouch is included for easy storage.




Keysmart Compact Key Holder and Keychain Organizer

Does you dad mention hating bulky keys? Does he have keys that jingle in his pocket or poke? Have you seen him struggling to find the right key? Wouldn’t your dad want his keys to be easier to use and more comfortable to carry? The keysmart compact key holder is the answer! Your father’s keys can transform from bulky and unyielding down to a compact highly functional size, smaller than a pack of gum! The Keysmart is lightweight and discreet, and can accommodate up to 8, 14, or 22 standard-sized house keys. It includes a loop piece so you can attach bigger items, like a car key or a key fob.




DROCON Bugs 3 Quadcopter Drone for Adults and Hobbyists

Has your dad ever wanted a drone? Has he ever used RC boats, planes or cars?  If so, maybe he would enjoy one! The Bugs 3 makes it affordable to try out. This drone is well built with durable plastic, so it’s a great way to get started! it is longer-lasting, and faster flying than a lot of the completion in the sub-$100 price range. It can film in gorgeous HD with an action camera attached, (which is not included, though the mounting is). It can fly against the wind, do flips, dives and rolls, and has LED night lights. It features 18 minutes of flying time and a 300 meter control range, along with many other safety and usability features! The DROCOM Bugs 3 Quadcopter Drone is a great drone for beginners which can also grow along with the operators abilities.



We hope that you found these unique Father’s Day gift suggestions helpful. Any of these items, and many more great gift ideas, along with pictures and links can be found on our website at Mylocalradio.com.

All of us at mylocalradio.com and this radio station hope that you and your father-figure have an amazing Father’s Day this Sunday!