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Out-of-the-ordinary gifts for Dad

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Unique presents your father will love

Dads can sometimes be tricky to buy for — either they already have everything they need, or they insist they don't need anything! Surprise Dad with a holiday gift he'll never see coming.

Nexus 7 by Google

Nexus 7 by Google

For the techie Dad, Google's Nexus 7 is the next big must-have in the world of technology. The Nexus 7 is the most powerful tablet yet, featuring a front-facing camera, Bluetooth, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), a gyroscope, a microphone, GPS and much more (Google, ranging from $229 to $349 depending on GB options).

The UP by Jawbone

Fitness wristband

The UP by Jawbone tracks your fit dad's metrics — including sleep and activity — and also logs his food and drink consumption for personal health and nutrition. Compatible with iOS and Android, the fitness wristband includes a vibration alarm and iPhone and Android apps (Amazon, $130).

Can cooler

Can cooler

This isn't your ordinary can koozie! Stuff this "Beer" Thermos can cooler into his stocking this year. It features TherMax double-wall vacuum insulation, which keeps Dad's can 10 times cooler than a bare one (CafePress, $20).

Subscription box

Subscription box

With this subscription box from Birchbox, give Dad the gift that keeps on giving while eliminating his need to go buy men's products like shaving cream, shower gel or socks (Birchbox, $20 per month).

Personalized iPhone case

Personalized iPhone case

Give your dad a personalized case for his iPhone (available for 4/4s or 5/5s versions) that displays his love of sports — or whatever he's into. The glossy aluminum back displays a picture and/or a phrase, and the surrounding rubber case offers sturdy protection for the entire surface of the phone while allowing full access to all ports, buttons and functions (1-2-1 Personal Gifts, $20).

Spirits infuser

Spirits infuser

If Dad likes to play bartender, up his game with the Vodka Zinger Natural Flavor Infuser. Dad can experiment with a host of flavors using citrus fruits, berries and herbs, but the unit keeps the ingredients separate from the spirits so the alcohol is never tainted with pulp or other messes. Cheers, Dad — in a whole new way this Christmas (Brookstone, $26).

Titleist golf-ball cufflinks

Dad may have a few pairs of cufflinks already — but we're willing to bet he doesn't have a pair like this! These officially licensed sterling silver cufflinks were made from PGA Tour–licensed golf balls that were taken from the water around the famed Island Green at TPC at Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, Florida. You'll hit a hole in one with your golf aficionado-father with these (UncommonGoods, $150).

Titleist golf-ball cufflinks

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