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Father's Day Gifts: Top Picks For Every Type Of Dad


With Mother's Day having passed and summer swiftly approaching, Father's Day is just around the corner (coming up on Sunday, June 17!) and Dad deserves something special. This year, personalize your gifts based on the things your dad loves. For the sporty dad who's worked on your fast ball ever since your first Little League game, say thank you with a pair of tickets to watch his favorite team, and for the geek dad who's helped you through long nights of chemistry homework, let him kick back and relax with a subscription to Scientific American. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart -- so click through our slideshow (everything is under $30!) to find a gift that you know will make him smile.

How do you plan on celebrating Father's Day with Dad this year? Let us know in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!

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  • The Sports Fan Dad

    Visit <a href="http://www.stubhub.com" target="_hplink">StubHub</a> to pick up tickets to Dad's favorite team's next game. Prices vary from game to game, so look through the listings to find tickets at the right price. Go team!

  • The Well-Dressed Dad

    Instead of getting Dad yet <em>another</em> tie for Father's Day (and his birthday and Christmas), surprise him with a motorized tie rack. It keeps his ties neat and compact, can be mounted in any closet, and lights up in the dark to make getting dressed a cinch. <a href="http://www.brookstone.com/motorized-tie-rack-2?bkiid=SubCategory_Gifts_Gifts_By_Recipient_Gifts_for_Dad|SubCategoryWidget|636050p&catId=" target="_hplink">$29.99, Brookstone</a>.

  • The Sci-Fi-Obsessed Dad

    Calling all Ridley Scott fans! Prometheus tickets for you and Dad will ring in under $30 and leave you with money to spare for popcorn. The sci-fi thriller, out June 8, is the prequel to the cult classic Alien. Check <a href="http://www.moviefone.com/movie/prometheus/1441561/main" target="_hplink">movie times</a> at a theater near you.

  • The Den Leader Dad

    The dad who led your elementary school Scouts group would love this pocket-sized tool. It includes pliers, a bottle opener, Phillips and flat screwdrivers, a knife, mini scissors, a nail file, and a flashlight, so he'll be prepared for every curveball. <a href="http://www.brookstone.com/8-in-1-multi-tool-flashlight?bkiid=SubCategory_Gifts_Gifts_By_Recipient_Gifts_for_Dad|SubCategoryWidget|726032p&catId=" target="_hplink">Buy one for $15 and get a second free, Brookstone.</a>

  • The Disorganized Dad

    Simplify your dad's life with a sleek leather wallet. This ultra-thin Brookstone version has four compartments for cash and cards, plus a clear slot for an ID. <a href="http://www.brookstone.com/ultra-thin-card-wallet?bkiid=SubCategory_Gifts_Gifts_By_Recipient_Gifts_for_Dad|SubCategoryWidget|711986p&catId=" target="_hplink">$24.99, Brookstone.</a>

  • The Rock Star Dad

    This Father's Day gift will make his next jam session with his buddies a whole lot cooler. This DIY Guitar Pick Punch instantly creates custom guitar picks out of expired credit cards, plastic packaging, and more with the ease of a stapler. <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/dads/e91b/#tabs" target="_hplink">$24.99, Think Geek. </a>

  • The Auto-Obsessed Dad

    Jumpstarting his car has never been easier. When Dad's car won't start, plug one end of this gadget into his car's cigarette lighter and the other end into a working car's cigarette lighter. Within ten minutes, his car will be good to go -- no messing around under the hood necessary. <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/dads/a8a0/#tabs" target="_hplink">$29.99, Think Geek. </a>

  • The Fun-Loving Dad

    Buckyballs are 216 magnetic balls that attract to one another to create endless opportunities for cubes, lines, and miniature sculptures. They're simple, addictive, and perfect for relieving stress. Who said toys were just for kids? <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=18279505b&color=070&color=070&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS" target="_hplink">$30, Urban Outfitters. </a>

  • The "Man At His Best" Dad

    "Man at his best" is Esquire's slogan; if he's not subscribed already, he'll thank you for the gift. The magazine, which covers news, politics, food, style, entertainment, and women, will be right at home in his man cave. <a href="https://subscribe.hearstmags.com/subscribe/esquire/88112?source=sem_gog" target="_hplink">A year's worth of issues is just $8.</a>

  • The Dapper Dad

    Give Dad the gift of luxury this year with a starter kit from The Art of Shaving. The kit includes pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm, and a small shaving brush. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Shaving-Starter-Kit/dp/B000PI3AWW/ref=sr_1_3?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338839246&sr=1-3" target="_hplink">$25.00, Amazon. </a>

  • The Tech Addict Dad

    Never one to be out of touch (or away from his latest game of Angry Birds), Dad will appreciate this 3-in-1 iPhone, iPad, and iPod charger that fits into his car's cigarette lighter. <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/product/H0695ZM/A?fnode=MTY1NDA0Mw&fs=m.tsOtherFeatures%3Dcharging" target="_hplink">$24.95, Apple. </a>

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