Father’s Day is coming up fast. If you don’t have your soap-on-a-rope game together yet, you’re in luck! We’ve assembled ten of the coolest gadgets and gifts that your dad — or really, any man — would love to receive.
Behold the Leatherman Tread, a wearable, stainless steel multitool bracelet with interchangeable links that sport a variety of wrenches, screwdrivers and other tools — even a box cutter. The Tread comes in a natural steel finish or sleek black, and there’s an optional water-resistant timepiece with a shock-resistant sapphire crystal.
Did your dad ever fly remote control planes with you? Maybe hand you a Polaroid camera and tell you to have at it? Return the favor by getting him his very own not at all creepy flying drone, with a built-in camera that streams HD 1080p video and still photos to his iOS or Android device. He can even preprogram it with GPS navigation and automated camera movements. You don’t have to be MacGyver to put this thing together; as soon as the battery charges up, your dad can start cranking out professional-quality aerial videos of the neighbor’s dog going nuts.
Your dad. Shooting balls of fire from his open palm. What could possibly go wrong?
No, seriously. That’s just what this thing lets him do. We suggest pairing it with a flame-retardant shirt and a fire extinguisher.
The double-barreled AF2011-A1 from Arsenal Firearms pays tribute to the legendary Colt 1911-A1… twice. That’s right, you’re looking at twin barrels in a fully functional .45-caliber sidearm. The duplex single-column magazines hold a total of 16 bullets, and a full payload can be delivered in about 3 seconds. Many of the parts are also interchangeable with the classic 1911-A1.
Every watchmaker wants to sell you the promise that its watches are toughest — but Victorinox goes further than most by crushing their INOX watches under military tanks, torching them for more than a minute, gleefully flinging them off three-story buildings onto concrete, and marinating them in every toxic, corrosive chemical they can think of. And they look pretty darn good, too.
Don’t worry — there’s a lightweight NIJ IIIA bulletproof liner hidden in there, providing the same protective coverage as traditional law enforcement body armor. But until the bullets start flying, this is just a legitimately good-looking jacket made of soft lamb leather, with multiple inside pockets and a heavy-duty brass zipper.
BulletBlocker also has your goods covered with the NIJ IIIA bulletproof backpack. Whether he’s using this as a bugout bag or hauling his day’s work in the padded laptop sleeve, the bulletproof Kevlar liner and a number of tactical features, including a Backup Belt System™ compatible hidden pistol pocket, ensure your dad will be ready for anything.
Hardcore, long-distance backpackers and preppers both love their bombproof ultralight shelters. Check out the the ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent, made of crazy-light, crazy-strong cuben fiber: You get a fully enclosed inner screen and storm doors for less than a pound, or use it as a tarp for less than half a pound. We’re pretty sure the tarp would fit in your pocket. Better get right on that order, though — this awesome shelter sometimes has a weeks-long backlog.
9. 3Doodler 2.0
Forget doodling on paper. Next time Dad is bored, he can doodle 3D objects out of thin air with the 3Doodler 2.0, a major upgrade on one of the first 3D printing pens. This little gadget heats plastic threads then quickly air-cools them, letting you “draw” in three dimensions — and it has lots of cool sub-gadgets, like interchangeable nozzles for different effects, a portable power pack, and a foot pedal that eliminates the need to click with your fingers.
Reveal the superhero powers you always knew Dad possessed by strapping him into the JetLev-Flyer Shark’s jetpack. The Shark watercraft is small enough to fit on even a smaller yacht’s swim platform, but powerful enough to launch your father up to 45 feet into the air and power him through some pretty crazy dives and mid-air maneuvers. Better yet, the delivery includes a multi-day flying lesson, so you know he’ll come back in one piece. You can also buy a jetpack add-on to retrofit Seadoo and Yamaha watercraft for flying fun.