The How-To Geek Father’s Day Gift Guide

By Jason Fitzpatrick on June 16th, 2011

Father’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to show the dad in your life you care than to load him up with geeky booty—especially the kind you can wreak havoc upon the neighborhood with together.

Books for Your Geek Dad


The idea of “geek dads” has taken off in popular of late and as such you can easily find books oriented towards dad that are more about soldering and software than baseball and draft picks. Two great books specifically oriented towards geeky dads are, aptly titled, Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share and The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family, both available for around $12 each and packed full of fun projects ranging from robots and electronic toy hacking to Ethernet cufflinks and ultimate Slip ‘n Slides.

Although you’ll find many dangerously fun projects in the aforementioned books if you want to kick it up a notch you can also take a look at some of the books devoted to desktop weaponry and backyard warfare like Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare ($10) and Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices ($10).

In the same vein you might also want to check out Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously ($12) and The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists ($10).

While you may need to bring many of these books out to the garage laboratory and thus a paper copy might be convenient, you can also really spoil dad by loading them all on a new Kindle. And remember kids, you’re never too old to blow things up in the backyard with your dear old dad.

Hardware and Gadgets for Your Geek Dad


Speaking of Kindles, hardware and gadgets are a perennial favorite. Whether he’s an Android fan and would love a Motorola Xoom Android-based tablet ($581) or just wants to kick back and play some games and share apps with his iPhone on an iPad ($545) there’s a tablet for every need.

If games are more his thing you can skip the overhead of a tablet and go right to the portable gaming market; Nintendo DSi’s can be had for $150 and a basic PlayStation Portable is only $130.

If the geek dad in your life is hard to shop for (or you have no idea how much hardware he has squirreled away in his office) you can always get him a Newegg gift card so he can pick out the exact thing he needs for his next project.

Clothing Your Geek Dad


If the geeky dad in your life has embraced his geek identity, he’s the perfect candidate for some geeky threads and accessories. The great thing about geek culture is that regardless of how obscure the interest there is a nifty t-shirt related to it. Dad loves Dr. Who? Serenity? Bacon? Portal? Voiding warranties? Just wants everyone to know that he’s a proud Geek Dad? There’s a T-shirt for anything and everything ; $15-30 and keyword search can help you score it. If you want to go the extra mile you can even hit up a custom t-shirt site like Zazzle and make your own.

Want some more geek gift ideas? Hit up our previous Christmas and Valentine’s Day gift guides for more geeky gift ideas for Father’s Day.


Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/16/11
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