23 Father’s Day Gifts That Dad And The Kids Can Both Equally Enjoy

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Dad’s definitely going to need some help getting the most out of these prezzies.

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A 79-piece, Playmobil Ghostbusters Ecto-1 playset with sounds and functioning lights, because dads love quoting this movie and a working proton pack is just too expensive (and radioactive).


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I got a chance to see (and play with) this Ghostbusters set at Toy Fair earlier this year, and my first reaction was, «Wow, it even has a Janine Melnitz figure!» The Ecto-1 also comes with Winston Zeddemore, proton packs and traps, a removable roof, and attachable silicone slime splats. This playset is certainly a new fun way for dads to enjoy their favorite film and get their kids to watch it with them. Just remember, whenever you hear the phrase, «Who you gonna call?» the answer is always «your father.»

Get it from Amazon $37.40.

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A Nerf N-Sports Turbo Jr. football that’ll incur minimum indoor damage when thrown around the house as you regale (re-bore) your offspring with tales of high school gridiron glory (since you had a really great view from the bench).


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Promising review: «Got this to play with my 8-year-old daughter, after she got really into running simple patterns and catching passes (we started playing with a generic round ball that was so light it was hard to throw far enough). This Nerf Jr ball is definitely smaller and lighter than a full-sized Nerf football, so it’s perfect for little kids who could get hurt by taking a full-sized ball in the face but still want to catch longish passes and throw a decent distance.» —A. Perry

Get it from Amazon for $13.38.

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A gray Nintendo Switch Lite Console so you and the kids can play some Animal Crossing and then when they’re asleep fire up some Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., or Zelda and plead ignorance the next morning when they ask why the battery is so low.


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Promising review: «I love my gray Switch Lite! For those of us who had a DS, this is the perfect upgrade! First off, it’s the perfect color for those of us who don’t like bright colors. The quality of the product is superior to that of the flagship Switch in the sense that it can run graphically demanding games just as well, with the only functionalities missing being vibration and motion controls. If you’re a fan of handheld gaming or are always on the go this is the perfect console for you.» —ESM

Get it from Target for $199.

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A weatherproof, wind- and rain-tested, Coleman sundome tent with an «E-port» to run an extension cord through, because it will be only a matter of minutes before the kids get bored with the great outdoors and need to plug into something.


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Promising review: «Love this tent! We’re not big «outdoors» people, I needed a tent that’s easy to set up and comfortably fits a queen size air mattress…this tent exceeded my expectations! This is a dream to set up. I put the tent together in our backyard by myself and inflated the air mattress within the tent. I also hung a little LED lantern from the center inside the tent. We had some extra room along the side of the mattress, but I wouldn’t recommend this tent for more than two adults. Enjoyed our night under the stars with one adult, one 9-year-old, and a French bulldog. Breaking everything down was a breeze too!» —C. Sisbarro

Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in four sizes and two colors).

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A 23andMe «Ancestry and Traits Service» personal genetic DNA test for the family tree school project that kids always have to do, which hopefully won’t reveal any Maury Povich-level surprises about dear old dad.


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Promising review: «I had wanted to do an at-home ancestry test for a while, and I’m so glad I finally did. The kit arrived, I followed the easy instructions, and I sent my sample to the lab. A couple of weeks later, I got my ancestry report, and it’s been the beginning of a fascinating journey for me. My kids love knowing more about themselves through learning about my heritage, and the surprises in my results have been so cool. I like that you can opt in to answer questions for genetic research, as well as the fact that you can opt in to be notified of any genetic matches, however distant. So far, I’ve found a whole bunch of second and third cousins but no secret half-siblings so far.» —Alison

Get it from Amazon for $99.

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A four-player Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade machine featuring two classic games so dad can flex his T-U-R-T-L-E power without having to leave the basement to round up a pocket full of quarters.


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I remember spending a small fortune on game tokens at Sportime USA in the ’90s on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. It took four of us, working as a team, to beat the game but it was totally worth it. Now dads can get the crew back together in the comfort of the basement, order some pizza, and play as their favorite «hero-on-the-half-shell» once again (I call Raphael). This slightly smaller stand-up machine also includes the Turtles In Time. There’s even a matching adjustable stool so pops doesn’t have to play on his feet the whole time.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $399.95.

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A Ninja personal blender that quickly and efficiently slices through ice, fruit, and veggies (although not quite as quietly as an actual ninja would) so dad can make his smoothies, shakes, or juices in 18- and 24-ounce cups.


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Promising review: «Don’t worry about power, this thing will blend anything you throw into it! This has provided silky smooth results every time. My last blender was a traditional glass blender, what a nightmare to clean that was… but this Ninja is a dream when it comes to cleanup time. The only thing I wish this could be better is with the noise level — I would not recommend using it very early or late if you live in an apartment.» —Honest Reviewer

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

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A Bob Ross Chia Pet to bring the «joy of painting» to an entirely new level. Watch that fro grow with your own happy little squirrels in a matter of two weeks.


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Promising review: «This was a middle-of-the-night impulse buy and I regret nothing! Bob Ross, rest his pure and shining soul, will always have a place in my life. The terracotta is well made, nice and smooth. The chia seeds are plentiful, enough for multiple crops and the instructions are helpful. The seeds are fresh and sprouted immediately. 100% pleased.» —M. Gode

Get it from Amazon for $16.04+ (available in ten different shapes).

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A textured foam roller for some deep tissue massage of dad’s back, lats, quads, and calves, which you’ll reap the benefits off when you show him how to use it. Then get ready for the eventual «Well, it didn’t get rid of the pain in my ass. You’re still here» joke.


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Promising review: «If you are active in sports, weight lifting, or just someone wanting to increase their flexibility, then this is the roller for you. This will work the tightest muscles and knots out smoothly, either before or after a workout. I prefer to use this prior to a workout, to loosen me up and avoid an injury. I stuff all my gym thing on the inside so it’s easy to carry. This one is very firm so you can hit the deepest muscles.» —Kristopher

Get it from Amazon for $34.95+ (available in five colors)

10.

A set of four dishwasher-safe, silicone zombie ice pop makers with reusable skeleton sticks for making frozen treats from juices, yogurt, pureed fruits, and smoothies that require dad to merely shamble to the fridge rather than chase after the Good Humor truck.


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Promising review: «My daughter loves sweets so what better way to give her what she wants and make her yogurt Popsicles! These are small enough that the frozen stuff doesn’t melt away faster than she can eat it. I was really impressed with how easy they were to take out of the molds once frozen! We are a big zombie fan family so the design is perfect too!» —Arbez

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

11.

A super compact and portable Anker Nebula Capsule smart Wi-Fi mini-projector with a display up to 100 inches that’ll stream up to four hours of playtime for family movie night double features.


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Promising Review: «This mini projector is simply amazing. The size is the first thing that grabs your attention. This thing is tiny. It’s the size of a soda can. So I was skeptical that the images wouldn’t be very good. Boy was I wrong! The sun hadn’t even gone down yet and we were playing it out on our terrace and the image was still bright and vibrant. The ability to download apps like NetFlix, Amazon Prime, and Plex is huge! The companion Capsule App for IOS works great. The standard remote is fine but with the app, I don’t have to worry about bringing one more thing.» —Buddhagem

Get it from Amazon for $279.99.

12.

A pack of 300 instant, self-sealing water balloons, so dad doesn’t have to spend all afternoon attached to the garden hose and can quickly get it on the fun of hurling water bombs at his progeny.


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Promising review: «If you need a lot of water balloons quickly then buy these balloons. Cuts the time of filling water balloons down incredibly. I would say it is not a fast as they say but pretty close considering. Just make sure you fill the balloons into a water bath like a cooler or kiddie pool as these balloons will pop on the ground. My son loves filling them up and throwing them around as they are the perfect size. There is really no more mess than regular balloons except for the small plastic bands that help make these balloons hold water so be sure to clean up after using them.» —Eric Wentz

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

13.

A heavy-duty but still lightweight Igloo cooler with rust-resistant, stainless-steel hinges and rubberized latches that’ll keep dad’s cold ones or kids juice boxes totally chill with up to four days of ice retention.


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Promising review: «I am a die-hard Pelican cooler fan. My friend a Yeti fan. We are always seeing which one performs better with ice retention in the field while we work. Honestly, they are very close. Those come at a high cost. This Igloo BMX cooler is doing just as good as my Pelican at a fraction of the cost. It’s a little lighter the handle and straps seem to be heavy duty. It’s got a great look and works just the same! Very happy with this.» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $59.31+.

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A Furbo dog camera with 1080p full HD and night vision livestreaming so dad can keep an ever-watchful eye on his undisputed favorite child while he’s away (plus the rest of the fam can feed the pup treats).


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Promising review: «We love the built-in camera so that we can quickly check-in on our dogs and see what they’re up to while we’re away at work. They hate being left at home so the Furbo makes it more enjoyable for them and we don’t feel as bad. We can even talk to them through the speaker and they actually hear us! If they’re being good or are distressed (you can set it up to get notifications for when your dogs bark), we reward or calm them down by tossing some treats. With a swipe of your finger in the app, the Furbo makes a cute sound and spits out a treat. Now, every time they hear this sound, the pups perk up and get excited for their treats.» —Jeff S.

Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

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A bocce set with eight balls, pallino, case and measuring rope that’ll give dads yet another excuse to really want to mow the lawn or build their own backyard bocce court.


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Promising review: «I come from an Italian family where we take bocce ball very seriously (not as seriously as we take meatballs, but pretty close). Anyway, I have high bocce standards and there are a lot of crappy sets out there. This set is perfect regulation size and weight — no complaints from my old school uncles who’ve been playing for half a century. The carrying case has nice dividers to keep the balls in place, but it’s also flexible so it’s easy to carry. Overall great in both style and quality, a great buy!» —Lynn

Get it from Amazon for $53.99.

16.

A History of the Marvel Universe Treasury Edition (that means it’s oversized) to revisit every time a new MCU movie comes out so you and the kiddies can all nerd out together.


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While writing this very story, a dad-friend asked me what were some good books for getting his kids into comics. I immediately suggested The History of the Marvel Universe written by one of the finest superhero scribes out there, Mark Waid. Learn about nearly every major and minor character and event beautifully illustrated by Javier Rodríguez encompassing the past, present, future, and end (gulp) of the Marvel U. Plus there’s not much action so the little ones can start learning all about Galactus as early as possible.

Get it from Amazon for $19.89 oe Bookshop for $26.99 (to support local bookstores).

17.

A pair of folding, high-powered compact binoculars for daytime and lowlight conditions that dads can use for bird watching, hiking, hunting, or snooping on the neighbors (only kind of kidding).


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Promising review: «These are great binoculars at a reasonable price. Over the years I owned several pairs of binoculars many of them quite expensive. These surprised me. They are ergonomically very well designed and fit the hands in a very natural way. They are true 10 x 25 glasses and have excellent and precise focusing throughout the field of focus. What really caught my attention is their light-gathering ability in low light conditions. This I put to the test on the 4th of July at a fireworks show. I had an excellent view even after the sun went down. I strongly recommend these binoculars to anyone looking for precision optics and above-average durability.» —Pappajohn372

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

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A 20-piece, heavy-duty, stainless-steel grill tool set with an aluminum case so dad can grill up your favorite eats in the backyard or anywhere else a BBQ calls for his unique set of culinary skills.


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Includes a spatula, fork, tongs, basting brush, grill brush, salt and pepper shakers, eight corn holders, and four skewers.

Promising review: «As an avid griller, I wanted a nice (complete) set of tools to use while I grill. This comes in a nice/portable carrying case that easily fits under your grill. The tools are easy to clean, and work very well. I’m so glad I bought this set, especially when similar sets sell for two to three times the money. You can’t go wrong….» —Ryan

Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

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A two-pack of safe-to-touch, USB rechargeable bug zappers, with an LED light, because no mosquitoes are going to ruin backyard family time and, it turns out, swatting flies is way more fun to play than tennis.


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Promising review: «I don’t know which is more fun, the loud crack and flash of sparks when you make contact with the mosquito, or the huge grin on everyone’s faces the first time it happens. These things are serious mosquito killers. Flys are harder to get because they can see it coming and you can’t really swat them or you risk damaging the paddle. In any case, we bought them for mosquitoes and they do the job plus they’re a blast. I used to hate the mosquitoes on the back porch and now I’m a little disappointed when they don’t come around.» —J. McCarthy

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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A 10-inch Nixplay smart digital picture frame for privately sharing photos and video that looks just as good sitting on a desk as it does hanging on the wall. Works with Fujifilm if you want actual photo prints too.


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Promising review: «Great frame. Good screen and overall aesthetic. Easy to set up. Easy to share pictures. Preloading the frame with pictures is nice to gift to someone, but you will have to do a new setup once it is gifted if you want them to have full control through the app. This essentially clears out everything you had set up. It’s such a quick setup and sharing process you might as well do it after you gift it. Pictures sent remotely to the frame really do arrive in seconds and the receiver of the pictures gets a notification of the new arrivals. Great product.» —John Duggan

Get it from Amazon for $179.99+ (available in three sizes and multiple styles).

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A rugged, waterproof, wireless, Bluetooth outdoor speaker with up to six hours of playtime from its rechargeable battery, so dads can spend the entire afternoon in the garage, driveway, or backyard rocking out in a judgment-free zone.


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Promising review: «I love this speaker so much that I bought a second one for my sister. I travel frequently for work and I always throw this in my bag. It’s compact, easy to use, sounds great, and best of all its waterproof! I’ve only showered with it but wouldn’t hesitate to take it to the pool with me. I’ve had zero issues with this speaker. It’s used daily and I’ve had it since August of 2017. I will most likely purchase another one to link with my first unit for “party mode” during camping trips.» —Mitchell

Get it from Amazon for $99 (available in three colors).

22.

A handmade, folding, wooden chess set with secured storage compartments in the board for the dad who never «let» you win anything (so finally beating him on Father’s Day will be extra special).


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Promising review: «The handmade pieces are awesome, the fold-up board is awesome, the box it came in is awesome and the quality is also awesome for the price. The pieces are not weighted and they are lightish. They tend to slide if they are moved too fast (in other words not suited for blitz games), but they are handcrafted from solid wood and do have enough weight for a casual, untimed game at home. The board and pieces are huge and this set can be displayed in your living room with confidence. The craftsmanship is something to behold and catches the eye immediately.» —Chris N.

Get it from Amazon for $56.56.

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A compact, foldable, lightweight, multi-function work table and sawhorse with quick clamps and holding pegs that’ll help dad finish all of his household projects regardless of what part of the house they’re in.


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Promising review: «I love this table. It sets up in seconds and is very sturdy. Folds down fast and stores well. Some people complained about it being heavy, but I like the weight. It is a ‘work’ table. You want it to have weight to it doesn’t move around when you lean into it for an accurate cut or whatever you are doing. I’m glad it has substance to it. The feet grip the ground very well, too. Impressive. The handles are fine for walking short distances with it. Two people can carry it easily for longer distances. I will get another one so I can group them for larger projects.» —Creative Muse

Get it from Amazon for $131.80+.

Memorize this face. That’s the look your dad will give when you joke about how much you’re also going to enjoy his Father’s Day gift.

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