Dads don’t need praise or gifts. Their children are the greatest reward in life and the source of so much joy and pride. When we dads wake up to you prodding us to get up and play or we can help you out with a problem, that’s our thing. It’s a dad’s job. It’s what we do.
That being said, we love gifts as much as anyone else! And since we helped give you life and protected you from doom at every turn, maybe you’d consider something a little more… substantial than the coveted “World’s Greatest Dad” mug. And since you’re here on this site to get ideas, let’s assume your dad is a major geek. Have we got you covered!
Let’s take a look at some gargantuan gifts for your greatest geeky dad. Better get out your trust fund or a kidney, because if high price means anything, these gifts will be a landslide of love.
For the Sci-Fi Geek Dad
Force your way into your father’s heart with a matching pair of Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker‘s light sabers, signed by George Lucas himself. You might want to split the cost of these with your brother or sister, because at $7999 each, it’s going to cause a disturbance in the force, of your bank account.
The sabers are PSA authenticated and the seller says, “Mr. Lucas told me he has never signed one of these before when I was getting my items signed!” You need to get these for the big guy, after all he is your father. For the other 99% of us, check out some other super sci-fi gifts.
For the Magic Geek Dad
Pops always telling you to pick a card, any card? Does he have every David Copperfield special recorded? Are there family pilgrimages to Las Vegas to see Penn and Teller? Yep, your dad is a magic geek. Magic geeks love surprises. That’s the point of magic after all. Well get ready to pull off the greatest stunt since Houdini handcuffed himself and jumped off a bridge.
For $9,995, your dad can be the proud owner of one of Harry Houdini’s own skeleton keys. These are the kinds of keys that Houdini would hide in the oddest of places, sometimes on, or in, his person to help him with his epic escapes. Reveal this beauty on Father’s Day and watch the crowd go, “Ahhhhhhhh!” You could also learn a magic trick or two to show the master you’ve got the gift as well.
For the Sports Geek Dad
Not all dads are jocks, but many of them are still huge sports fans. Where that starts to enter nerddom is when the passion turns to collections. As guys get older the collectibles often become a bit more…well, more. Maybe the sports cards got a bit more expensive, maybe they start filling the garage or the man cave with memorabilia.
For the sports geek dad, this item is sure to be a centerpiece. Imagine seeing this crown as his crowning glory. A Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII helmet signed by 28 of the team.
A more beautiful bucket would be harder to find. What price would you pay to have Michael Robinson, Christine Michael, Deshawn Shead, O’Brien Schofield, Tharold Simon, Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Malcolm Smith, Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, Heath Farwell, Jon Ryan, Steven Haushka, Byron Maxwell, Bryan Walters, Ricardo Lockette, Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Mebane, Max Unger, K.J. Wright, Greg Scruggs, Luke Willson, J.R. Sweezy, Cooper Helfet, Percy Harvin and Chris Maragos all give a bit of themselves for your father’s day?
How about $3,999.95? That’s about the same price as a Super Bowl ticket, isn’t it? While you’re at it, load up his Android with these apps every sports fan needs.
For the Music Geek Dad
Everybody loves music, but the music geek dad LOVES music. Where you know all the latest stars and have a hard drive full of music, your dad knows all the musicians that inspired those stars. Maybe he even has some of those huge black CDs us old guys call albums. Some of us even think the vinyl sounds better than digital. Those dads know that even today’s best look up to the likes of Alex Lifeson of Rush fame. If Dave Grohl thinks Rush is cool, you know they’re cool.
Let your dad geek out slinging this extremely limited edition, Alex Lifeson signed and designed Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson 40th Anniversary R40 Signed Les Paul Axcess.
There’s only 200 of these guitars with the quilt maple tops with the ruby red finish. The axe also features the iconic Rush Starman logo as a medallion covering the rhythm/treble switch access cavity. Classic Lifeson tradition-busting is represented by the hardware chosen for this functional artwork.
But you can check all that out for yourself. Drop $10,699 down and watch dad live La Villa Strangiato. That’s worth the price of admission. They’ll throw in a case for it too. Do a little encore showing your dad how to connect his guitar to an iPhone or iPad.
For the Astronomy Geek Dad
It’s trite, but man has gazed to the heavens since the dawn of time. He has pondered the depths of the universe and, in doing so, the depths of himself. If that sounds like your dad, or you hear him drop names like Sagan or Hawking, give him the power to peer beyond this earth. Consider the Celestron CGE Pro 1400 HD Computerized Telescope.
For an astronomical $7,798.95 off the original list price of $17,797.95, you can give your dad the universe. He’ll count the stars with the computer-controlled motors giving him pin-point accuracy to anyone of 40,000 celestial objects. Observatory quality optics provide crystal clear vision.
Celestron says it best when they say he can, “…see amazing detail on the surface of Jupiter; see Cassini’s Division in the rings of Saturn and resolve details on the surface of Mars. Even the distant Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are within his reach.” If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, see what it’s like to look into space with these free online space telescopes.
For the Foodie Geek Dad
Does the big guy make Bobby Flay look like a short-order cook? Is his grill his shrine to steak? Do you drop everything and run home when you hear that dad is cooking? Then your dad is a food geek for sure. As any gourmand worth their girth will tell you, a chef is only as good as his ingredients.
Consider, then, the culinary delight he would have if you could present him with prized Japanese Wagyu Beef Strip Steaks; 20 pounds of it!
This magnificently marbled meat comes from Wagyu cattle that was raised according to very strict Japanese tradition, in Japan. Now, it’s not strictly the Kobe beef that you may have heard of before. For that, you’re probably going to need to book a flight to Japan, travel to the Hyogo Prefecture, and fork out a few hundred dollars for the fare.
Or you could spend a mere $2,998.95 and be able to share the experience with the whole family. Whatever you do, don’t gross everyone out with cheap $10 lab-grown meat.
For the Coffee Geek Dad
Dads with more get-up-and-go than the next guy might be dads who are keen on caffeine. Starbucks is to their coffee like McDonald’s is to the Wagyu beef we were talking about. Your dad is best in the hands of a true barista, but that can’t always happen. Equip him with the magnificent La Marzocco GS/3 Espresso Machine.
At $6,900 it’s going to take more than a few cups to recoup the cost. But can you put a price on your dad’s energy? Imagine how much faster he’ll get you to your practices, clean the house, build the shelves, who knows? Mom might even thank you for your father’s new-found energy. Perhaps you’re on a barista’s budget though, so check out some more affordable gift ideas for coffee lovers.
For the Book Geek Dad
This next bibliophile’s beauty does double duty, as any good James Bond artifact should. Maybe your dad isn’t a book geek. If he’s a Bond geek, this will be just as cherished. Place this tome of spydom and literature on his mantelpiece and you’ll be sure to have won his heart. Kind of like how 007 won against Le Chiffre. This 1953 first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, from England, is your ace up your sleeve.
If you can afford the buy-in at the poker tables in Morocco, you can ante up the $60,000 for this token of your love and appreciation for all your dad does. After all, he’s the last line of defense between the evil villains and you. Might better look at getting him some more great Bond gadgets.
For the Gamer Geek Dad
Would we be doing our job if we didn’t recognize the biggest gamer in the house? Get dad this MSI GT80 TITAN SLI-001 18.4-Inch Gaming Laptop and maybe you can get your Xbox controller back for a while. This is the first gaming laptop with a mechanical keyboard, sporting dual SLI GeForce GTX 980M graphics cards, fitted with an 8-heat pipe cooling solution, with each GPU getting its own pipe.
You know your fragging father is worth the $3,293. Every time he lifts that deck, it’ll be like seeing how you looked on Christmas morning, so many times. Dad takes care of the real world so often for you, then why not give him some respite in another realm? But remember, it’s dangerous to go alone, take these gamer gifts too!
The Bottom Line
Father’s day is approaching fast. Truly original ideas are in short supply. However, if cash isn’t in too short supply for you, you can really wow the man that wooed your mom and made your life possible. Of course, there are many other kinds of geek dads. Now you know that there is probably a prime present for his special sort of nerddom. Go forth and greet dad with something almost as valuable as you are to him.
Tell us about your favorite geeky picks for Father’s Day! Also, tell us about that rare collectible you wish you could get him.
Image Credits: boy sitting on father’s shoulders via Shutterstock, 2013 Seattle Seahawks SB Champs Team Signed Speed Pro Helmet, Harry Houdini Skeleton Key Display, George Lucas Signed Star Wars Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber, La Marzocco GS/3 Espresso Machine – Automatic AV, Casino Royale – True U.K. 1st w/Original 2nd state Dust Jacket Hardcover – Import, 1953, MSI GT80 TITAN SLI-001 18.4-Inch Gaming Laptop, Celestron CGE Pro 1400 HD Computerized Telescope 11094, Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson 40th Anniversary R40 Signed Les Paul Axcess Quilt Ruby Red (Ruby Red), Authentic Japanese Wagyu Beef Kobe Beef Strip Steaks, via Amazon.