20 Last-Minute Gifts for Father's Day

... or to keep on hand for when you inevitably forget next year.

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Father's Day is right around the corner, so let the big guy know you are thinking of him and pick up one of these gifts today.

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Huckberry Hatchet
Hults
Hults Bruk huckberry.com $100.00

Hand-forged by a Swedish organization that's been operating since 1697, the Hults Bruk hatchet isn't just a tool. It's a work of art.

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Chillsner beer coolers


This unique coolers are a great idea if you want to ensure your beer isn't warm by the time you get to the end of the bottle—once you've popped the cap you drop in one of these frozen Chillsner sticks, and it keeps temperatures down while leaving the top open so you can keep swigging (which is even more important than keeping your beverage cool).

They're reusable and there's no ice diluting your drink either, so they're perfect for a summer BBQ or heading down to the beach. Your dad will thank you.

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Ballpark Blueprints


A tasteful piece of artwork is one of your other options for Father's Day and provided you know what your dad does and doesn't like, it shouldn't be too difficult to find something that he'll be happy to hang on a wall (either in the hallway or a garden shed) at a price that fits your budget.

These Ballpark Blueprints are perfect for the baseball fan, with each one laying out the specs of the stadium design and detailing some of the best games to be played there. They're printed on museum-grade, archival paper and framed in black BonanzaWood.

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PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane


Just enough of a DIY element to make your dad feel like he's accomplished something without having to waste half of Father's Day with screwdrivers and glue. Getting one of these out into the open air should be a lot of fun too, as your pop pilots around a paper airplane using his mobile.

Full instructions are included and if you buy two you can race against each other... and that beats sitting indoors playing board games with the rest of the family.

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Race A Ferrari


It's a well-established scientific fact that than buying possessions, so tap into this rich seam of contentment by treating your dad to something he's never going to forget.

Available packages depend on the company you go with and where in the country you are, but Ferrari racing seems like a surefire winner for most fathers. If he's more of a laid-back guy, try a golf day. If you shop around you can find something suitable for all physiques, interests and budgets.

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Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro


A good number of fathers love the great outdoors and this is a bit of kit well suited to wandering around away from home. It's a 3-in-1 gadget that features a Bluetooth speaker (for pumping out your tunes at the campsite), a portable charging pack (for recharging your phone after the mobile disco is over) and a flashlight (for finding your way back to the tent at the end of the evening).

It does well at all three, and comes in a rugged, water-resistant design. There are six colors to choose from.

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Makita XST01Z 18V Cordless Impact Driver Kit


If you can afford them, power tools are always a safe bet for Father's Day, but if you're going to splash out then make sure it's on something worthwhile. The new 18V range from Makita optimizes battery life through power monitoring and management, while the bespoke Oil-Impulse Technology system ensures a drive that's low on noise and high on efficiency.

There are over 100 tools in the Makita range working from the same 18V battery, so you might want to steal a look at your dad's toolbox before deciding which one to add to his collection.

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Le Mans Medium Roast by Drive Coffee
Huckberry
Drive Coffee huckberry.com $18.00

Old man loves hot cars and a great cup of joe? Drive Coffee features a line of different car-themed coffees, including this one inspired by the GT40s of Le Mans.

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Schrade SCHA5B MAGIC knife


Your dad might not be James Bond, but he can at least have a knife that James Bond would be proud of, even if he's just using it to open up packages every once in a while. The SCHA5B from Schrade brings to the table a black 3.3-inch high carbon stainless steel blade, clip point, spring-assisted opening, black aluminum handle, safety lock, pocket clip and lanyard attachment hole.

If he actually does get out into the great outdoors or take on spies from hostile countries then obviously it's going to be even more useful.

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Sonos Play:1


Sonos kit is towards the more expensive end of the spectrum, but if you want to treat your dad—and he's mastered at least one digital music service—then you can't quibble with the audio quality or the craftsmanship of the wireless speakers the company comes up with.

The Play:1 is the cheapest in the current Sonos range, though you can combine two for a stereo effect if you can afford it, and it pipes music direct from the web which you're then able to control from computers, tablets and smartphones.

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Wallet Ninja Pocket Tool


Your dad has no doubt had to take on multiple roles down the years — carer, tutor, adviser, emergency doctor, bank manager, old bore — so in that spirit get him something that's 18 different tools in one: fruit peeler, nail puller, box opener, hex wrench, can opener, cellphone stand, screwdriver, bottle opener, measuring ruler, letter opener and more.

It fits into his wallet without burning a hole in yours too, so it's perfect for a quick and inexpensive last-minute gift.

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Magazine subscriptions
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We've already mentioned subscribing to a digital service but the same option is open to you for good old physical media too. And your dad might prefer leafing through the pages of a magazine.

Another benefit of this one is the huge amount of choice on offer: music, movies, extreme sports, niche interests, gardening collecting, economics, politics, current affairs, lifestyle, science... there's all kinds of great publications to choose from to suit your dad's interests and they cost less than you might think for a year's subscription, so you're good until next Father's Day.

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eTape16 Digital Tape Measure
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A digital tape measure is one of those gadgets you don't think you need until you get one, and then it quickly becomes essential. Whether or not your dad is an avid DIY-er, he's likely to get plenty of use out of this new twist on an old classic.

The LED screen lets you accurately see how far you've gone and you can change measurement units, calculate midpoints and store figures in the device's memory with the push of a button. The tape itself extends to 16 feet (4.9 meters) and you can measure to an accuracy of 1/16th of an inch (about 1.59 mm).

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SlateGo Mobile LapDesk


If pops likes to take his laptop around the house (or office) with him then get him one of these stylish wooden lapdesk contraptions — they keep your computer and your crotch cool while leaving room for a mouse, phone or set of keys down at the side of the laptop, and it's light enough to throw in a bag too.

The final cost of the desk depends on the size of the laptop it's designed to fit, and there are larger or smaller designs available if this one doesn't suit for whatever reason.

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The Man Can


Luxury cosmetic gifts but packaged in a 'man can' so your dad's far more likely to accept them. Included in the aforementioned can you get Licorice Fisherman's scrub soap, heavy-duty hand butter, Spicy Shave Gel, Bay Rum Oil aftershave, Fisherman's hand butter and a few more bits and pieces, and when it's all used up your dad can still use the can to store sponges, toothbrushes or whatever else is lying around in the bathroom. All the included products are made from high-quality ingredients in the USA.

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Chalkboard Hydroponic Plug-in Planter


Get your old man growing his own salads and herbs without him needing to traipse outside in the rain. These hydroponic kits bring all the rewards of cultivating your own food without most of the drawbacks.

They can be used to grow plants all year round and use 80 percent less water than they would outside. This kit lets your dad grow basil, tomatoes, kale, chives, lettuce, mint cilantro, cucumbers, parsley, peppers, chervil, orchids and much more besides, and the chalkboard on the front adds a novel touch.

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Grill Master Crate


A heavy-duty kit for a man who takes his grilling seriously, the items included here have been carefully hand-picked by the team at Man Crates (and their other crates are worth a look too — there's even one for fighting off zombies).

In the box you get a brass-knuckle meat tenderizer, a cast iron smoker box, a set of four steak thermometers, some dried hickory wood chips and three different bottles of sauces and spices. Your gift comes in an actual crate, complete with crowbar, and there are no instructions — this isn't grilling kindergarten.

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Aesop London Grooming Kit


Encourage your dad to do a little self-pampering the next time he's away from home with the London Grooming Kit from Aesop. Inside this smart little travel bag your father will find shampoo, conditioner, rind concentrate body balm, geranium leaf body cleanser, mouthwash, plus parsley seed facial toner, cleanser and hydrator.

Of course you're going to find a similar range of products at most hotels you turn up at, but your dad is likely to appreciate the quality of the toiletries on offer here. Just don't tell him how much you paid for them.

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Tetris Light


Maybe mom won't be so happy about this one ending up on the bedside table, but your dad is likely to love it, particular if he's a classic video game enthusiast. Officially licensed by Tetris, the lamp is made up of several colored blocks that illuminate when they're placed together (power is actually handled via a regular plug and cable in the base block).

If the full neon blast of color isn't required then different pieces can be detached to create something that's less bright, and you can fit them into multiple configurations just as you can in the game.

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I Drink and I Know Things Grey T-shirt from Game of Thrones
HBO
shop.hbo.com $24.95

The two qualities that define some dads.

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