2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Uncommonly Good Dads

November 25, 2016 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF, DESIGN STUFF

Holiday Gift Guide for Dad

I’m often told that I’m difficult to shop for. Always on the lookout for just the right watch/shirt/shoes/socks/gadget/doodad/etc., I usually end up just buying things for myself. My assumption being that my long-suffering loved ones won’t find this special snowflake of a thing on their own. Luckily, my long-suffering husband has figured out a few places to successfully shop for me.

One of those places is UncommonGoods. Papa and I have been satisfied customers for over 10 years, and whether we’re shopping for family, friends, or coworkers, they never fail to surprise with their clever, well-designed, eco-friendly gifts.

For this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, I’ve searched UncommonGoods and put together a list of some of my favorites from their collections of gifts for men and dads (check out those full collections here and here). HINT: If you’re shopping for me, this would be a good place to start…

Designer Daddy’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Uncommonly Good Dads

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FOR THE 360 SKATER DAD:
SKATEBOARD WALL CLOCK

It’s always time to shred with this sick wall clock made from recycled skateboards. Designer Jason Podlaski collects shattered boards from skate shops and skateparks and turns them into this tough, timely decor. Due to the handmade nature of this product, each clock will be different. $90
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FOR THE FASHIONABLY ON-TIME DAD:
CAN WATCH

Here’s another trendy timepiece — a snazzy watch crafted from reclaimed soda cans! In addition to being stylish and eco-friendly, the watches are assembled by people with disabilities in a workplace specially designed for their safety. $125
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FOR THE OLD SCHOOL GAMER DAD:
VIDEO GAMES COLLECTION PUZZLE

This 1,000 piece puzzle is the perfect analog break for the obsessive gamer dad. The image features a collection of vintage video game consoles, controllers, and game cartridges, and is made from recycled chipboard. $18

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FOR THE GRAND SLAM DAD:
BALLPARK SEAT PENS

A home run gift for the baseball enthusiast dad! Each rollerball pen is made from authentic stadium wood seats, engraved with the years the seat was in use, and topped with the seat’s original paint color. Choose from 16 different historic ballparks. $150-$190

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FOR THE HIGH FIDELITY DAD: RECYCLED RECORD BOOKENDS (SET OF 2)

These handmade bookends use two 45s (a 7” single record, for you youngsters), and are the perfect way to show off your vintage style while supporting your rocker bios or vinyl collection. $40

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FOR THE SLEEK, SECURITY-CONSCIOUS DAD:
SILVER BILL FOLD

Made from recycled stainless steel, this slick, metallic wallet also blocks unauthorized transmission from RFID-enabled credit cards and IDs, helping prevent identity theft. $74

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FOR THE SHARP-DRESSED DAD:
RESISTOR CUFFLINKS

Keep dad current with these snappy cufflinks made from recycled circuit resistors. As with many of the handmade items on this list, every set is unique. $140

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FOR THE SHOW & TELL DAD:
SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR

Go future retro with this portable projector that lets dad set up a vacation slide show or home movie marathon anytime, anywhere. It fits any smartphone up to 3” x 6” (including iPhone 7 Plus), and is made of recyclable cardboard. $28

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FOR THE DAD ABOUT TO ROCK:
PICK PUNCH

Whether your guitar-playing dad loves to strum or shred, he’ll never be without a pick with this nifty tool. The Pick Punch creates quick, creative (and recycled!) guitar picks out of old credit cards, gym badges, and gift cards. $25

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FOR THE DAD ON THE VERGE:
F-BOMB PAPERWEIGHT

Make it safe for dad to drop f-bombs around the house again with this clever paperweight, handmade from reclaimed steel. A-Hole Paperweight also available. $45

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About UncommonGoods

UncommonGoods is an online marketplace that connects makers and their unique creations with fastidious shoppers (like yours truly). Think of it as a virtual, high-end craft fair! In addition to its catalog of predominantly handmade products, UncommonGoods also has a strong focus on sustainability. All of the items I’ve curated for this guide contain recycled or upcycled materials. So not only are these gifts a good fit for the uncommonly good dad in your life, they’re uncommonly good for the planet. Check out their full collection of Holiday gift ideas here.

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Disclaimer: I partnered with UncommonGoods for this gift guide & giveaway, however all opinions are my own.

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2 responses to “2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Uncommonly Good Dads”

  1. April says:

    That site is awesome! I’m struggling to find a gift for my husband since it’s impossible to buy the new NES Mini system. I really like the guitar pick punch

    • Brent Almond says:

      Yeah, that one is so cool! In addition to credit cards, there’s all the gift cards you get at the holidays — so maybe some Starbucks Christmas guitar picks are in his future! 🙂

      Thanks for reading/entering!
      Brent

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