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10 Father’s Day gifts for nerdy dads

From classic arcade games to mini movie projectors

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5 arcade cabinets lined up against a blue background Image: Arcade 1Up

Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 21, and while social distancing may be keeping you away from your dad (or other father figures in your life) this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t show him how much you appreciate him with a thoughtful Father’s Day gift.

Of course, no two dads are the same. There are golf dads and history dads, dog dads and grill dads. But we here at Polygon are most familiar with the nerd dads. The dads who love arcades and Dungeons & Dragons. The dads who are constantly quoting Star Trek or Star Wars. The dads whose ideal Sunday is spent building a Lego set. If you’re searching for a Father’s Day gift for one of those sweet, nerdy father figures, we rounded up some options below.

For the retro gamer dad: Sega Genesis Mini

For the competitive dad: Klask


  • $50

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Invented by a Danish dad, Klask is a tabletop bar game that’s cheaper, more convenient, and more fun than air hockey. It’s easily played with a beer in hand, and fodder for plenty of trash talk.

For the NASA dad: Lego International Space Station

For the puzzle-loving dad: Crossword jigsaw puzzle

For the goofball dad: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

For the dad with a bad back: Secretlab Gaming Chair

For the tabletop gamer dad: Gloomhaven

For the arcade-loving dad: Arcade 1Up cabinet

For the movie night dad: Nebula Capsule

Anker Nebula Capsule

  • $280

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Lots of families have been building makeshift movie theaters in their backyards as social distancing has forced us all indoors. Anker’s Nebula Capsule projector is the size of a soda can, and projects streaming content up to 100 inches.

For the Disney dad: Disney Plus

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