Dads deserve a break. So, for Father's Day this year, let the southeast Michigan dad in your life relax a little by enjoying one of these unique gifts. For the dad with a sweet tooth, there are creative cakes and goodies. To help him feel like a kid again? Try throwback toys that help him take care of the yard while having fun (slingshots, anyone?).
But dads should also feel like the heroes they are, so there are sweet 'n simple gift ideas, too, to let dad know that you think he's special. This year, forget the tie and consider getting dad one of these cool presents, instead.
Baskin Robbins puts its own spin on "cool" cakes with ice cream originals just for pops. This cake looks like a large pitcher but is made entirely of ice cream and frosting, then topped with a cherry. You can choose the flavors you want by calling your local store and placing your order. There are other cake designs too, like the G-Cute Dad cake (pictured), which looks like a folded shirt complete with a frosting tie (and yep, you can even choose the icing color for the tie and cake!).
What about a wallet fashioned from firefighter gear? That's exactly what you'll get with Black Helmet's wallets, which are made from decommissioned firefighter garb. The high-quality wallets are available as tri-fold or bi-fold wallets and can be purchased with or without badge holders. They're all made from recycled bunker gear and run $43.95-$58.95. A portion of sales are donated to charities like The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Handmade from a buckthorn branch with a leather pouch and latex tubing, this sturdy sling shot from Land's End will tap into dad's adventurous side ($30). You can set up a target for him to practice his aim. Or let him make the lawn a little greener by shooting seed bombs ($18 for 10). These compact balls include grass and wildflower seeds that'll start growing seedlings wherever the slingshot carries them. How's that for gardening dad-style?
Dad can upgrade his TV watching with the Roku, a small cube that lets him stream over 500 channels of video and music from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, EPIX, HBO GO and others ($49.99-$99.99). Plus, he can catch live sports games from the NBA, NHL, UFC, MLB and more. For Father's Day 2012, Roku is offering a special promotion that includes a Roku HD unit, HDMI cord, six-month Hulu Plus subscription and free shipping for just $79.99 – a $45 savings!
Kids love to create original pieces of art for Father's Day. But with this unique kit from Crayola sold at Hallmark stores, your child can not only make her masterpiece; she can then record a message just for dad ($14.95). The 9-by-9-inch recordable frame has a 40-second playtime. (Hint: This gift is also great for out-of-town grandpas!)
If your dad loves being behind the camera, consider this lens that attaches to an iPhone – turning it into a panoramic video recorder. The GoPano micro snaps onto iPhone 4 and 4S to record family vacations, piano concerts and other special events with ease ($79.95).
Combine two of dad's favorite foods – chocolate and bacon – into one melt-in-your-mouth treat. Yes: the bacon bonbon. Chuao Chocolatier's gift for Father's Day include a five-piece bacon bonbon set ($15), milk chocolate mustaches ($4.95) and dad-themed gift "buckets" ($35) full of treats. You can order online or find Chuao chocolates at Whole Foods and other select retailers.
Personalize dad's golf balls with the Tin Cup-brand Father's Day stencil. You can purchase just the ball-shaped stencil ($19.95) or the entire package ($30), which includes a leather pouch and a poker chip. You can let your child choose the colors of the pens to make the No. 1 Dad message. Perhaps combine this present with a gift certificate for a round of golf at an area course?
The latest e-reader has a new feature – a built-in light. The Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight will help dad read his favorite books any time of day – or night. The light turns on in an instant and is adjustable, which makes it perfect for reading in bed. This latest version of NOOK is available for preorder now for $139.
Does your dad love to play card games? If so, why not put your family's or child's picture, along with a message, on the back of his deck ($18.99)? These No. 1 Dad playing cards from Target use an image you provide to add the personal touch. Now, who's ready for game night?