Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, it’s important to consider what type of gift to get for the Dad in your life. Whether he’s biological, a step-parent or uncle, one thing is for certain; your gift has to be cooler than anyone else’s. Studies show that baby boomers have a high interest in activities like travelling, cooking, gardening and home improvement. Here are some cool gifts for Dad’s in their 40-50’s that could easily make you the hit of his Father’s Day.


Cool Gifts For Dad for Under $25:

Cool Gifts for Dad - Grid It

The Grid-It Organizer easily inserts into any luggage bag or case and is essential for any organized traveler. Studies show that a large portion of baby boomers travel multiple times a year, on both weekend getaways and overseas adventures. The first of our cool gifts for Dad items is a practical idea for any travelling parent and won’t break your bank account. On sale now on amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad-Beer Badge Our own Beer Ranger Badge is a cool gift idea for any and all beer-drinking dads. It’s a key chain, it’s a money clip, it’s a bottle opener; it’s all he needs! This gift is for a modest price range but could be a hit with any travelling, beer-loving Dad. On sale now for under $15 on BarsitySports.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - Mug

Dads love coffee and cars, and this cool gift is a combination of both. The Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug has a glossy analog temperature gage that plugs into the car’s lighter jack, which will raise and maintain the heat levels of the mug. This ensures that Dad will have hot coffee for any lengthy car rides or travel experiences. thinkgeek.com


Cool Gifts for Dad-Multitool

According to a CBC study, baby boomers account for the highest travel volume in the U.S, primarily heading places to camp. This 11-in-1 multi-tool with additional watch set is a must-have for any of these adventuring Dads. Multi-tool includes a corkscrew, Phillips screwdriver, nail file/cleaner, knife blade, serrated saw, scissors, can opener, bottle opener/screwdriver, key ring and is personalized with engraving. This all in one cool gifts for Dad item is available on thingsengraved.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - rod organizer

The LTD Fishing Rod Case organizer is cool and practical for any fisherman. One of the main hobbies enjoyed by baby boomers is fishing, and this is one of the cool gifts for Dad that will help him enjoy his pass-time. amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad for Under $50:

Cool Gifts for Dad - Dad Apron

The Tactical DAD Apron is one of our favourite cool gifts for Dad just in time for summer. It’s perfect for storing and accessing BBQ utensils, and also lets the neighbourhood know that he is ready for combat. Cooking is considered one of the top hobbies for men of the baby-boomer era, and this apron ensures that your Dad is cooking in style. Available on thinkgeek.com


Cool Gifts for dad - Mistymate

Not just a cool gift for Dads, Mom’s will also enjoy the Misty Mate that can keep any patio cool from the harsh summer heat. Once the kids are out of the house, many Dads’ begin improving their home as a hobby. This cool mega-system is the perfect stepping stone for any Dad who wants to improve the backyard, and the system comes pre-assembled for minimal installation. Exclusively available on mistymate.com


Cool Gifts for Dad for Under $100:

Cool Gifts for Dad - Hitachi

Since baby boomer Dads have a high interest in home improvement, the Hitachi FDV16VB2 5 Amp 5/8-Inch Hammer Drill and it’s accessories are cool gifts for Dad that will help minimalize the time he spends spends changing tools and getting jobs done. The hammering action of the Hitachi will let your Dad drill through tough materials faster without burning up the bit, and can easily switch to be used like a standard drill. On sale on amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad for Under $150:

Cool Gifts for Dad - Firepit

For travelling, backyards and family get-togethers; any baby boomer Dad could find multiple occasions to use this portable outdoor fire pit. The Heininger 5995 58,000 BTU Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit burns clean and smokeless for an enjoyable camping experience. It’s also easy to carry and lightweight, making it practical to bring along on any camping trips. This cool gifts for Dad idea is on sale on amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - Yard Stash

The YardStash 3 is a baby boomer’s dream. Perfect for storing gardening tools, pool supplies, bicycles or any other outdoor appliances; the new and improved storage system from YardStash is completely sealed and offers protection from dust, water and pests. Made from strong polyester to ensure durability, you can’t go wrong purchasing this cool and easy to set-up storage tent for Father’s Day. On sale on amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - Golf Caddy

Golfing is one of the most beloved hobbies of baby boomers in their 50’s. A cool gift for Dad if he loves golf is the Distance Calculating Talking Golf Caddy. It’s a palm-sized GPS unit that announces the remaining distance to the green. It can also measure the length of drives, and is easy to clip onto any visor, golf bag or belt. hammacher.com



Cool Gifts for Dad - Hedge Trimmer

A cool gift for Dad if he loves being in the backyard, gardening or just cool tools- the Black & Decker LHT2436 Hedge Trimmer has a powerful lithium 40V battery that provides plenty of power and run time and can cut branches up to 3/4-inch thick. amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - Smoker

Cooking is important to a lot of Dads and this is one cool accessory for any chef’s kitchen. The Emson Electric 5Qt Smoker is the only indoor pressure smoker that can cook up to four pounds of food at once. It can easily cook his BBQ brisket and pressure smoke any cold cheese or fish; truly an innovation for any gourmet BBQ enthusiast. Like some of the other cool gifts for Dad, this one is on sale on amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad for $150 and Up:

Cool Gifts for Dad - Water Feature

The Garden365 Water Feature is perfect for the Dad who needs a little help keeping anything alive. This easy to maintain water garden is an excellent stepping stone for any gardener-in-training. Gardening is another notable hobby for baby boomers, and this addition is perfect for any backyard. The Garden365 Water Feature is an all-inclusive kit that can be assembled in minutes with zero digging. It is available for roughly $150 on garden365.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - Beer Froster

The Beer Glass Froster will frost a beer glass in ten seconds. In other words, you just became the favourite son. Family activities and bonding are shown to be highly valued amongst baby boomers, and this fun party addition could be the perfect cool gift for Dad’s garage or basement for those family get-togethers. hammacher.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - Recliner

Every Dad loves a recliner, so why shouldn’t they have one for camping and the beach? This all-in-one LoungePac Folding Recliner offers a tote bag for towels, a cooler for beer, and a storage area for more beer. The LoungePac is also easy to carry, making it one of the best cool gifts for Dad’s who love to travel. amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - Mower

A cool gift for Dad who has a greenthumb but also likes to be green, this energy conscious GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp 20-in 3-in-1 Electric Lawn Mower is powerful, reliable and a thoughtful gift for the man of the house. The wider wheels on this model also make it easy to manuever for any Dad’s with hip or leg problems. Baby boomers love the outdoors and this environmentally-friendly mower has zero carbon footprint to ease any worry about doing lengthy yard-work. On sale on amazon.com


Cool Gifts for Dad - Kayak

This low-profile kayak for lakes and mild rivers is a modest start for any outdoorsy Dad interested in watersports. The cool gift for Dad is made from 30 gauge rugged vinyl and a sturdy I-beam floor, the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is a lightweight and easy to manipulate kayak that is perfect for camping and fishing; two of the prized hobbies of baby boomer Dads. amazon.com


Finding Perfect Cool Gifts For Dad

According to Stats Canada, men are spending more and more time with their families; rising from a total average time of 360 minutes in 1986 to 379 minutes in 2013. Father’s Day is celebrated and observed as a day to show appreciation for Fathers and Father-figures alike. Whether his interests include the main baby boomer hobbies outlined in this list or none of them at all; make sure this Father’s Day is commemorated with a thoughtful or impressive gift to let your Dad know how appreciated he truly is.


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