The 10 Best Father’s Day Gifts That Not Everyone Will Be Giving

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He's a great dad and you fall in love with him just a little bit more when you see how good he is with your kids. No matter what your budget, he deserves a gift he will love. Check out these ideas for some inspiration.

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A homemade gift is always a good idea. Choose your craft based on whether the kids are old enough to help or not. My go-to place for ideas is Michael‘s because, unlike Pinterest, they rank crafts in order of difficulty and tell you how long the project should take. They offer lots of options from simple construction-paper cards to a Daddy clay dish to photo collage frames with creative photo ideas.

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Chances are Dad is attached to his phone in case you need him at work or to be sure he can catch a video of baby's first steps. Make sure that his phone can survive anything that a small child, or life in general, can throw at him, get him a Lifeproof Fre Power case that is super-strong, waterproof, and even has a backup battery in the case without being bulky.

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Dad might not realize how rough-and-tumble and wet things might get this summer, but you do. Make sure you help him be prepared for the splash park, pool, or beach with some cool Keens. One of the cutest things about Keens is that they have matching daddy-child styles (even for babies!) so that Dad can match his little sidekick all summer long.

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One of the best things I got for myself after my youngest was born was a Nook tablet. This year, I decided to get one for my husband as well. The Samsung Galaxy Nook Tablet S2 has a truly unbelievably clear display in a size that's not too big, not too small. Key features include a long-lasting battery, great camera, tons of storage, and super-fast loading times. It's light enough to hold with one hand if Dad wants to read or surf the internet while he's feeding a baby, staying up with the little one until he falls asleep, or during his commute to work. Dad can keep his Nook all to himself, or he can use it to read children's books or watch cartoons in the morning.

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Get personal … really personal. Many families of young children find that their family is developing their own language. My family still says “blank-let” even though my son who coined the term is half-way through elementary school and has perfect diction. Julia Pelly is making her husband a home-made dictionary of their toddler's made-up words so he never forgets what a “cheeser salad” or “re-fridge-for-later” is. Make a simple book out of construction paper or order one from a place like Tiny Prints and add photos.

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There are only a few things Dad is sure to use every single day, whether he's at home or work. One of those things is his keys. Get him a key chain, like this one from Isabel Grace, letting him know you think he's Super Dad, or get a personalized key chain made just for him so he'll smile a little every time he turns on the car or opens the front door.

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Is Dad counting down the days until football season starts again? For a really unique gift, check out these coasters made from the very same leather used to make official NFL footballs. Or buy him some splurge-worthy seats to a baseball game if you would rather give him a gift that's more in-season.

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He's a great Dad, so he doesn't mind carrying around your diaper bag that looks like a purse or pushing the pastel stroller … or does he? Dad-friendly baby gear exists and your guy deserves some. Check out this camouflage print stroller by Bugaboo by Diesel collection or some cool camo stroller accessories. Or, if he is in need of his very own diaper bag, check out the daddy-friendly Diaper Dude bags.

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Everyone knows the book “Are You My Mother?” but there are plenty of great books about how special Dads are as well. Get the special daddy in your life a cute book like “I Love My Daddy Because…” and give it as-is, or take a page from Megan Klay and replace the photos in the book with photos of your child and his Dad to easily make a personalized gift that both he and your baby will love.

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He loves being a Dad but may not yet have the wardrobe to show it. Get him a Dad-themed t-shirt like this one with a photo of Darth Vader saying Galaxy's Best Dad or go for a basic Super-Dad shirt. Natalie Sudia is getting one for her husband that says “Dad? That's a funny way to say Batman.”

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The 10 Best Father’s Day Gifts That Not Everyone Will Be Giving

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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