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The 17 best Father's Day gifts for father figures

Stepdads, uncles or any father figure in your life will love these unique gifts.
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He doesn’t have to be related by blood to be a great father figure. So, let’s celebrate all surrogate dads, be it a stepdad, uncle or whoever you turn to for fatherly advice, this Father’s Day with a special gift to show him you care about and appreciate him.

But this year, we're not just going the usual mug or T-shirt route. Instead, we rounded up 17 picks to truly make your father figure feel special. From crowd-pleasing cocktail mixers to practical outdoor tools to sentimental photo albums, we've got everything you need this Father's Day.

Father's Day gifts for father figures

On The Rocks Crystal-Clear Ice Ball Maker

For the “cool guy” who enjoys a drink, this ice-ball maker is as neat to look at as it is practical. Circular cubes have less surface area exposed to a liquid, so they melt slower. This kit has a cutting edge icebox, trays and its own special water system to give him a crystal-clear sphere. (If your budget is a bit tighter, try this spherical ice mold to keep his cocktails looking cool.)

Powell & Mahoney Classic Margarita Cocktail Mixer

Whether your second-dad enjoys whiskey, rum, vodka, or tequila, there’s a mixer for him. These cocktail mixers come in 12 different varieties from brunch-focused mimosas and Bellinis to happy hour-approved spicy margarita mixes. Plus, at only $7, you can get him enough to fill his entire bar cart.

Spine Deck Spinal Lumbar Back Stretcher

There's no better way to say thank you for always being there than with a gift of relaxation. This device is set up to do just that. After a long day, just have him lay on The Spine Deck, a lumbar stretcher, for instant lower back relief. Or, if his neck is more of an issue, there's a pillow option specifically designed to relieve sore neck muscles — and it comes in four colors.

Deejo Ultra-Light Folding Pocket Knife with Belt Clip

Let your surrogate dad know he’s one sharp dude with a practical and pretty stylized utility knife. Deejo makes ultra-light, sleek models with dozens of laser-etched designs for everyone from cyclists to fishermen. And most of them clock in at under $90.

Albatross 6-in-1 Folding Pocket Knife

For the second dad who is more of an outdoorsman, or just likes to have all of his tools in one place, this carbon-steel utility knife is a great pick. At under $20, this folding knife has a super durable and sharp blade, as well as a flashlight, bottle opener, rope cutter, fire starter and more.

Ryobi Cordless Jet Fan Blower

Though leaf blowers may not seem like the most exciting of Father's Day gifts, if your second dad loves a tidy yard, he will definitely appreciate the power in this cordless fan blower. (You can also get him this cordless grass shear and shrub trimmer to meet all of his lawn maintenance needs.)

Corona Succulents Twenty Succulent Cuttings

Whether he has a green thumb, or struggles to keep plants alive, these bestselling succulents are as hearty as they are stunning. The clippings come in an assortment of succulent types for you to plant how you want — like in one large pot or a bunch of mini planters he can put on the windowsill.

Yitee Mason Jar Solar Lanterns Lights

If you are going the backyard route, help him make the space look even more inviting with these trendy mason jar LED lights. Easy to hang and hard to break, they add a nice touch to any outdoor space. There is also a solar option if his yard gets lots of sunshine.

Etsy Pure Copper Nugget

Let him know he’s the rock of the family with a collectable rock of his own. This large and affordable piece of copper from Michigan is not only a great paperweight or book end, it’s said to help with the root chakra — if your second dad wants to get in touch with his sensitive side.

Doc Spartan Combat Ready Ointment Triple Threat

Does your surrogate dad like to be prepared? These products, all based with natural, nourishing emollients, can be for used for burns, wounds, rashes and more. Better yet, first responders and members of the U.S. military will get 50% off the brand’s Combat Ready Lotion with code: GovX.

CarbonKlean Peeps Eyeglass Lens Cleaner

Keep him seeing clearly with these innovative lens cleaners. The groundbreaking technology used in this gadget is what NASA uses in space to keep glass spotless for its astronauts. It comes in 16 colors, and is available with or without a brush. Both models include a sleek carrying case.

Fenix USB-C Rechargeable LED Flashlight

Tell him he’s a “bright light” to you with this super-strong Fenix flash light. With 3,000 lumens, its beam shines almost 800 feet. It’s compact, lightweight and has six brightness settings. It is also usable for up to 50 hours on a single charge.

AncestryDNA: Genetic Ethnicity Test

Does your father figure love knowing his heritage? This DNA kit from Ancestry, which is running a special price of $59 for its DNA-plus-traits option, is perfect for any second dad who love history and family.

Wisdom Panel DNA Test for Dogs

But being curious about ancestry doesn't have to stop at him. The Wisdom Panel does the same for dogs. It’ll answer questions for the man — and man’s best friend. (There is also an option for the cat dad, which is currently $20 off with code CATDAD.)

Foam Party Hats Wig with Large Bow

Is your father figure a joker? How about helping him get a laugh with a topper from Foam Party Hats. The brand — as seen on Shark Tank — brings tons of fun to any room with just a few ounces of foam. Choose from hundreds of designs, many with dads in mind. Dad’s foam beer bottle hat can even be customized with his name.

Legacybox 10-Piece Family

For the sentimental dad — or the sentimental you — preserve memories in a couple of ways. converts analog tapes, old home movies and photos, to digital, thumb drive, or disc. Allow dad to enjoy his life’s moments in perpetuity, starting at $27 for two items.

Shutterfly Photo Gallery Art Print

Or, send him your favorite image in a beautifully mounted statement piece.You can turn your photos into showpieces mounted on canvas, wood, or have them framed. Just upload a photo and it will typically ship within one to two days. Meaning, even last-minute gifters can get this one in time.

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