Unique Father's Day gift ideas that are sure to make dad smile this year

Kate Mendonca
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Father’s Day is coming up soon (it’s June 21 to be exact) and it’s time to celebrate all the dads and father figures in our lives. Whether your dad is a sentimental kind of guy or someone who prefers a good laugh, the day is just another way to thank him for all of his love and support over the years. 

If you’re planning to celebrate the day this year with a gift, there are so many possibilities to show dad you care. You could go the traditional route and opt for a fancy new tie, the thoughtful route with a new addition to his favourite set of collectables, or the practical route with a bottle of his favourite scotch. 

One of my personal favourite types of gifts is a unique item that your dad may never have found for himself, but enhances his nonetheless — bonus points if it makes him laugh too. While it might take a little longer to find the perfect gift, I’ve always believed that the extra exhort is always appreciated. 

If you’re in need of a little inspiration, find some of our favourite unique Father’s Day gift ideas ahead.

Meater 33ft Range Meat Thermometer

Meater 33ft Range Meat Thermometer. Image via Amazon.

For the dad who likes things to be precise, this digital meat thermometer is sure to be a hit. Connecting to the Meater app in his phone, this wireless thermometer offers dual temperature sensors that can monitor internal meat temperature up to 212°F and external temperature up to 527°F simultaneously.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $119

Manly Travel Set

Manly Travel Set. Image via Heathmade.

For the skincare fanatic, this gift set contains everything Dad would need to stay fresh on the go. Made with the scents of bay leaf, tobacco and lavender, each set includes one gel hand sanitizer, a lotion bar, a lip balm, and a multipurpose healing balm. 

SHOP IT: Heathmade, $34

Cedar Thumb Piano

Cedar Thumb Piano. Image via Uncommon Goods.

If your dad is always humming a tune, offer him up a new instrument to put his musical talents to use. Available in both acoustic and electric versions, this compact thumb piano also comes with a songbook filled with traditional melodies like "You are my sunshine," "Kumbaya," and "Happy Birthday."

SHOP IT: Uncommon Goods, from $41

Cities Collection Discovery Set

Cities Collection Discovery Set. Image via AromaTech.

If your dad is a globe-trotter who has been itching to get back to his travels, this set of concentrated room sprays might be the next best thing. Each scent is reminiscent of six different global cities, including Vancouver, New York, Moscow, London, Dubai and Tokyo. 

SHOP IT: AromaTech, $89

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. Image via Amazon.

Now that campgrounds and back-county campsites are opening back up, it’s the perfect time to update his outdoor gear. This bestselling water filter is compact enough to fit into any pack, and ensures that he’ll have access to safe drinking water anywhere. 

SHOP IT: Amazon, $30

Personalized Fillet Knife

Personalized Fillet Knife. Image via Etsy.

Ideal for camping or fishing, this stainless steel and rosewood knife will become a keepsake item for years to come. The knife’s handle can be engraved with a personal message, and it even comes packaged with a nylon sheath and a gift box.

SHOP IT: Etsy, $28 (originally $33)

Dillon’s Bitters Gift Set

Dillon’s Bitters Gift Set. Image via Indigo.

If your dad is a whiz at crafting the perfect cocktail this set of handmade bitters will help take his drinks up another notch. Including pear, cranberry and ginger bitters, this set is made by Dillon's, a small batch distillery based in Beamsville, Ont.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $40

UV Sanitizer

UV Sanitizer. Image via Casetify.

Germaphobe or not, dads will love this sanitizing phone that keeps viruses and bacteria at bay. Not only does it clean and sanitize cell phones and other small objects, it also offers wireless charging for compatible devices.

SHOP IT: Casetify, $120 USD

Theragun Mini

Theragun Mini. Image via Theragun.

He can ease sore muscles from anywhere with this ultra-portable mini version of the internet sensation Theragun massager. Three speeds offer customizable relief, and a near-silent motor means that it can even be use after a late-night workout.

SHOP IT: Theragun, $249

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill. Image via Amazon.

No matter how much or how little space he has to spare, this indoor-outdoor grill is an easy way that he can create delicious meals. A removable pedestal can be used to avoid any Michael Scott-esque injuries, and also makes this grill easy to transport.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $135

Matter Subscription Box

Matter Subscription Box. Image via Crate Joy.

For the dad who loves a good conversation piece, the Matter subscription combines the best scientific items around. Each box comes with 5-6 unique pieces relating to archaeology, geology, history and technology to spark his curiosity.

SHOP IT: Crate Joy, from $25 USD

Bacon & Bourbon Scented Candle

Bacon & Bourbon Scented Candle. Image via Etsy.

This scented candle features a unique blend of bacon and bourbon extracts, making this candle the perfect finishing touch for any man cave or office.

SHOP IT: Etsy, $36

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