12 Father's Day gifts dads actually want

Jun 1, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. ET
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Sick of being stumped on what to get Dad, or worse, buying him something you know he won't use? Get inspired with some gift ideas Dad will actually use with our list of unique and fun items any dad would love.

1. Spice rubs

ultra-tasty spice rubs

Does Dad like to cook? Give him even more reason to show off his culinary prowess when you gift him with a set of all-natural, ultra-tasty spice rubs. Pick up a few (there are rubs for steak, chicken, fish and vegetables) and package them with a funky apron for a fun but usable gift for your favorite guy. (justcookfoods.com, $9 each)

2. Bocce set

Bocce ball set

Now that it's nearly summer and Dad will likely be spending more time outdoors, we love the idea of getting him a bocce set sure to make any backyard get-together more fun. The set includes a sturdy canvas bag, one red ball and eight balls. (crateandbarrel.com, $150)

3. Beer brewing kit

Beer brewing kit

What's better than downing a cold one after work? Drinking one you brewed yourself, of course. Give Dad a chance to brew his own beer with this kit that allows him to make his very own West Coast IPA. (uncommongoods.com, $45)

4. Monogrammed steakbrand and carving set

Monogrammed steakbrand and carving set

If Dad is a self-proclaimed barbecue king, give him the chance to take his grilling to the next level with a steak brand that lets him sear his initials into his favorite cut of meat. Along with a hand-forged, customized iron brand, the set also includes a personalized carving board. (williamssonoma.com, $70)

5. Moustache beer mugs

Moustache beer mugs

Even if Dad doesn't sport any facial hair, he'll still get a kick out of these kitschy beer mugs adorned with cute moustaches. Why sip beer out of regular glasses when you can have a little more fun with your favorite brew? (amazon.com, $34 for a set of four)

6. Swell water bottle

Swell water bottle

Whether Dad likes to take tea to work or needs a durable water bottle for the gym, this sleek and stylish silver Swell water bottle keeps hot liquids hot for 12 hours and cold beverages cold for 24 hours. Bonus: The Swell organization donates 10 percent of the proceeds to WaterAid. (anthropologie.com, $35 - $45)

7. Amplifier

Ipad Amplifier

Any dad who watches movies or listens to music on their iPad will appreciate this cool amplifier that increases the volume of your iPad by ten decibels. Choose from red, white or black. (Amazon.com, $6)

8. Grooming kit

Man Can grooming kit

Ensure Dad looks and feels good after even the toughest day with the help of The Man Can, a grooming kit made specifically for guys. The gallon-size container is packed with soap, shave gel, bay rum oil, an exfoliator and hand butter. (plumislandsoap.com, $48)

9. Roll-up travel charger

Roll-up travel charger

Keeping multiple gadgets charged on the go can be tough, but the process gets much easier with this portable (and stylish) charger that allows Dad to power up four devices at once, anytime, anywhere. (restorationhardware.com, $49)

10. Herbal bitters

Herbal bitters

Any cocktail aficionado will likely want to get creative behind the home bar. If that sounds like Dad, get him a bottle of Hella Bitters, made by a small-batch bitters company that creates unique and lively bitters (aromatic and citrus) to add to cocktails and seltzers. (westelm.com, $20)

11. Cooler speaker tote

Cooler speaker tote

Picnics and beach days with the family just got more fun for outdoorsy dads thanks to this roomy tote bag with built-in speakers to play music from a smartphone or MP3 player. Fill the bag with blue ice to keep snacks and drinks cold. (potterybarn.com, $129)

12. Dad whiskey stones

Dad whiskey stones

Ensure Dad's go-to single malt never gets diluted with the help of this set of nine soapstone whiskey stones printed with the letters D-A-D. All Dad has to do is place the stones in the freezer, transfer them into his drink (and let stand for five minutes) and then sip. (teroforma.com, $20)

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