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 Father’s Day gifts. For the dad with a sweet tooth, there are creative cakes and goodies. To the dad that enjoys media? A new e-reader or streaming device. And the for the sporty dad? A golf ball customization kit.
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.
Ice Cream Float Cake
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 $40-$60. A portion of sales are donated to charities like The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Roku Streaming Media Player
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. Plus, he can catch live sports games from the NBA, NHL, UFC, MLB and more.
Combine two of dad’s favorite foods – chocolate and bacon – into one melt-in-your-mouth treat. Yes: the bacon bonbon. Get it in the Chuao Chocolatier Gourmet Chocolate Tower ($55.95) or in the Baconluxious Chocolate Bars ($6/each).
Best Dad Golf Ball Stencil
Personalize dad’s golf balls with the Tin Cup-brand Father’s Day stencil. You can get the stencil for just $19.95 or add on some additional gifts including a leather pouch and pens (for an additional charge). Options to engrave available, too.
NOOK GlowLight Plus
The latest e-reader from Barnes & Noble offers a large, waterproof display that offers both day- and nigh-mode to help dad read his favorite books any time. This latest version of NOOK is available for $199.99.
Personalized Playing Cards
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 cards from Target use an image you provide to add the personal touch. Now, who’s ready for game night?
This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated regularly.