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Unique and geeky Father’s Day gifts for every dad in your life

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every dad has a thing. There are golf dads and History Channel dads, dads who love crafting and dads who love their lawns. Figuring out your dad’s thing makes gifting a little easier, but he’s probably tired of getting the same University of Ohio tie or Star Wars mug year after year.

This Father’s Day (which falls on Sunday, June 16, by the way), we’ve rounded up a few unique options for all of the geeky dads out there. The dads who let you watch all of the Lord of the Rings movies when your mom was out of town and never let you win at Mario Kart. These gifts are still classics, but maybe a little less played out than just another Funko Pop.

For the ’80s dad

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Stranger Things Polaroid Camera

  • $158

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Stranger Things is a nostalgia trip for a lot of dads who were teen nerds in the ’80s. And a Polaroid Camera brings another blast from the past — a throwback to a time before Instagram. This starter set includes a pack of Stranger Things-branded instant film.

For the Marvel dad

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Thor Hammer Tool Set

  • $100

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Even the God of Thunder needs to fix a chair every now and then. With Thor rocking a new dad bod, this gift is even more appropriate for your own superhero dad.

For the sci-fi dad

Earth Break

  • $29

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The popular subscription mystery box Hunt A Killer just launched a sci-fi experience described as “an escape room delivered to your door where ‘Fallout’ meets ‘Alien.’” Dads can role-play as a survivor of an extraterrestrial plague, with new clues delivered each month to solve the mystery of what the heck is happening.

For the board game dad

For the Nintendo dad

For the book dad

Kindle Paperwhite

  • $130

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If your dad doesn’t yet have a device to load up with Dan Brown and John Grisham novels, an e-reader would make a great gift. According to our friends at The Verge, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is the best model on the market right now.

For the Game of Thrones dad

For the DIY dad

For the kid-at-heart dad

For the Lord of the Rings dad

Custom Lord of the Rings set

  • $95

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Replace your dad’s dog-eared copies of the Lord of the Rings series with this gorgeous set made to be a statement piece on his bookshelf. Juniper Books has a whole line of custom dust jackets for beloved series like Harry Potter and Game of Thrones too!

For the arcade dad