I've come to really enjoy holidays with this website, as it gives me an excuse to take time out and look around the internet for great gift ideas, in this case, great, the best geek gifts for Fathers Day, 2010.
Gifts for Father's Day 2010 - background information
Before I get into my list of the best Father's Day gift ideas I can find, a little bit of disclosure. First, while I've seen these gift ideas on several different websites, I generally link to them at ThinkGeek.com, because we are an affiliate of theirs.
But, most importantly, I approached this article as I did with my recent holiday gift ideas (Geek gift ideas under $20, Geek gift ideas under $50), and I've only listed items here that I would personally be happy to receive as a gift for Father's Day, 2010.
Given that background, let's get on to the Father's Day gift ideas!
Gifts for Father's Day: Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius
Okay, I'm starting off with an extremely cool book for Father's Day. Dads can learn how to build Magnetic Pulse Can Crushers, Laser Beam Cutters, and much more.
As the ThinkGeek page says:
"Amazing projects - all of them fun, easy and inexpensive to make at home and, best of all, seriously exciting and impressive! Iannini takes the stuff of science fiction and science future and brings it down to size for the home hobbyist. Full of easy-to-follow plans and clear diagrams and schematics, and respectful of your wallet."
Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius is normally $24.95, but as of this writing, it is on sale for Father's Day 2010 for $19.99.
Gifts for Fathers Day: GeekDad - Geeky Projects for Dads and Kids
This is one of my three favorite Father's Day 2010 book ideas. I'll jump right to the book description from the ThinkGeek website:
These digital-age dads are looking for fresh ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery ... Written by the editor of the popular GeekDad blog on wired.com, GeekDad (the book) is the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination.
The ThinkGeek website lists several cool projects from the book, so I won't repeat them here. GeekDad - Geeky Projects for Dads and Kids is currently just $16.99.
Gifts for Fathers Day 2010: Metal Gyro USB 2-Channel R/C Helicopter
The Metal Gyro USB 2-Channel R/C Helicopter is the latest cool "fit in the palm of your hand" R/C helicopter, with this one featuring a unique USB-port charging feature that makes it stand out from the others. As the ThinkGeek page says, these helicopters, ranging in price from $39.99 to $69.99, are "the latest and greatest":
Here's a link to the Metal Gyro USB R/C Helicopter on the ThinkGeek website.
If you're looking to spend a little less, but still want to buy an R/C helicopter, another great option here is the Dark Blade RC helicopter, at $29.99. It looks like it will fit in the palm of your hand, has a trim dial, 7-minute fly time, 10-minute charge time, and ThinkGeek says it's the smallest 3-channel helicopter around. Here's a picture of it:
Gifts for Father's Day: BuckyBalls Magnetic Building Spheres
I first wrote about Bucky Balls as a great holiday 2009 geek gift, and BuckyBalls remain one of the hottest geek gift ideas around. If the man in your life loves gadgets, and didn't get any of these over the 2009 holiday season, Father's Day 2010 might be a great time to buy him some.
BuckyBalls are magnetic balls, or as they call them, "BuckyBalls Magnetic Building Spheres." Here's a quick description of them from the ThinkGeek website:
You can build basic shapes, complex sculptures, magnetic jewelry, or even outfit your refrigerator in bold and unique ways.
Just look at all the shapes and forms you can make with these bad boys - it's amazing! BuckyBalls magnetic toys are just what you need to help you brave the boredom of the office.
A set of 216 magnetic BuckyBalls is just $29.99 at ThinkGeek.com.
Gifts for Father's Day 2010: Steel Tavern Puzzles
There's not much to say about Steel Tavern Puzzles - if you've ever tried solving them, you already know how addictive they are. If the man in your life is an introspective, deep thinker, and likes solving puzzles, these puzzles are a great gift idea for Father's Day.
The Steel Tavern Puzzles have eight levels of difficulty, all priced at $19.99, so if "dad" solves one puzzle, there are many more you can give him later. Here's a link to the Steel Tavern Puzzles
Gifts for Fathers Day: Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)
Another Father's Day book idea, Fifty Dangerous Things is a book about "dangerous" things the "adult child" can do that are fun and interesting learning experiences, perfect for that curious adult in the house. Here's a description:
Supergluing their fingers together isn't the end of the world - in fact, it's fun and educational. Did you know that in a few hours, your finger will come unglued from your thumb?
So go on: lick a 9-volt battery, boil water in a paper cup, squish pennies on a railroad track, and go dumpster diving. You and your geekling will learn more real life skills from this book than they ever will in science class!
While I would personally prefer the Electronic Gadgets book as my number one book idea, Fifty Dangerous Things is still a great Father's Day book idea for 2010. ($25.99)
Gifts for Father's Day 2010: Tix LED Clock
I've written here before that I really like the Tix LED Clock, especially the black one, so I won't repeat everything again here. In short, this was one of my most desired gift ideas for the holiday 2009 season. Here's a picture of the black and silver Tix LED Clock models:
Here's a picture of the Tix LED Clock, courtesy of ThinkGeek:
Currently $39.99 at ThinkGeek.com, these clocks are definitely one of my favorite gift ideas in the "Under-$50" price range. In fact, if you're looking for my favorite gift idea for Father's Day, 2010, you might just be looking at it.
Gifts for Father's Day 2010 - other ideas
If I find any other great gifts for Father's Day 2010 I'll update this article, but in the meantime, I'm pretty happy with this list. I didn't realize it when I created this list, but all the Father's Day gift ideas are under $50, which is either good on the budget, or lets you buy more than one!