Cool and Unusual Holiday Gifts for Dads

Every dad is different. Some like cooking, others like working with their hands – and more than a few fathers love lounging in slippers. Whatever you get the dads in your life this holiday season, make it meaningful and true to his character. The thoughtfulness of the gift will reveal itself naturally. And, if you need a little inspiration for the metro Detroit dude in your life, here are some cool picks we think he may dig.


Cardboard Animal Heads

Let dad unleash his inner Hemingway – and display his cardboard kills on the wall. Don’t worry: No animals will be harmed in the creation of these easy-to-assemble animal mounts. Turn heads and transform the room into a classic hunting lodge with a modern twist. Choose from two sizes of the elephant, deer or moose. They run $28-$58 on Uncommon Goods.


Alarm Dock Beech Areaware Clock

Alarm clocks just aren’t what they used to be. Dad can pay homage to the bedside clocks of his youth with this classy iPhone docking station. Plug in the phone and turn on a flip clock app to transform the nightstand into a classic clock/alarm that’s both nostalgic and modern. Made from sustainable beech wood. Get yours for $40 at Horne.


Roberu Leather Key and Coin Case

For a quality gift that has a lasting meaning, go for something dad will use every day. This gorgeous Roberu leather key and coin wallet will be pops’ new favorite accessory – and he won’t leave home without it. Clip keys on the brass rings, stash other miscellaneous items into the zipper pocket and fold into your coat pocket. Classy and utilitarian. Get one on Hickoree’s for $150.


Meyer Lemon Tree by Williams-Sonoma

In the kitchen, there’s nothing more satisfying than using something you’ve grown or picked yourself. Next time dad’s mixing cocktails for friends or needs a wedge of lemon for those freshly broiled pieces of tilapia, he’ll reach for a Meyer lemon off his very own tree. How cool is that? Procure a tree via Williams-Sonoma for $69.95.


Sugru Hacking Putty

Dad will be fixing everything with “hacking” modeling clay from Sugru. This self-adhesive clay putty is great for patching a broken headphone or phone charger cords, mending broken glasses and patching leaks. It doesn’t crack when hardened, is waterproof and will stick to almost anything. Nab a pack from Think Geek for $16.


Toms Burgundy Woolen Men’s Classics Slippers

How about a gift for dad that helps those in need at the same time? Toms, the popular altruistic shoemakers, will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need with every pair you purchase, including these super-cozy slippers dad will love. Get a pair from the Toms website for $54.


Brownie Bar Factory

Late-night brownies and milk are something any dad can appreciate. Make his chocolate dreams come true with this brownie bar maker that can bake up six brownies in a quick 15 minutes. Get them while they’re hot! Buy your factory at for $19.99.


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