This weekend fathers, uncles, grandfathers, big brothers, godfathers, and paternal role models will be recognized by their loved ones on Father’s Day. And what better way to celebrate these special relationships by giving them presents!
We’ve looked hard for some more unusual presents for the celebrants in your life.
Here’s what we’re digging…
We’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
We’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. But we haven’t seen anything half as cool as these Blade Runner Whiskey Glasses.
Yes, Blade Runner fans, now you can relax after a stressful day ‘retiring’ replicants by getting to grips with the very same tumbler used by Rick Deckard in the seminal 1982 sci-fi movie. And when we say the very same we mean it because the moody Blade Runner’s glass wasn’t just a prop, it was a hand-made crystal glass, mouth-blown by artisans at boutique Italian company, Arnolfo di Cambio – and so is this!
Better still, wait till it’s raining, dim the lights so you can just about make out the flickering neon kebab shop sign over the road and get sipping as you pretend you’re studying crime scene photos on your telly: ‘Enhance two twenty four to one seventy six.’ Failing that attempt to seduce your date by explaining how the Tyrell Corporation implanted her memories. It’s a surefire way to ensure she, er, flees your apartment, Rachael style.
An ideal gift for booze-loving Blade Runner fans, this quality piece of retro-modern glassware is more than a prop, it’s a truly iconic drinking vessel with a brilliant backstory.
These hand-blown crystal glass feature a unique square design with diagonal cuts at the angles. Voight-Kampff machine not included.
When we last saw this Guardian of The Galaxy, Groot had sacrificed himself before being resurrected as an adorable dancing potted twig.
Now, he’s growing up.
Still adorable, now free roaming and extremely dangerous, Baby Groot comes to life in this amazing life-size replica.
Don’t go moving to a bigger house just yet, Baby Groot stands 10″ tall and is made of foam rubber and latex.
Created using the actual digital files from the film and hand painted for incredibly lifelike detail, this home or office protector will forever be at your side.
I am Groot!
Having used the TIMP Messenger back for several months, I’ve concluded that it’s one of the best work bags I’ve ever used. The 25 liter TIMP backpack continues the tradition as another perfect bag.
The Timp bags flaunt a lightweight, minimalist design that strikes an ideal balance of style and function for urban living or off-grid adventures.
These bag features well-placed stowaway pockets, padded shoulder straps, front webbing for accessory attachments, and adjustable sternum straps. Also utilized in its construction are weather resistant TPU coated rip-stop, haul handles, reflective tape and a breathable mesh back channel.
Water-resistant and sturdy, this is a must have backpack ideal for work and play.
As any regular doodler (or actual artist) knows, there’s an immense satisfaction in the results of using dots to create a stipple to add depth and detail to your illustrations.
The flip side of that is that it’s not only time consuming, but it also eventually wears on your hand, wrist and shoulder.
The Cuttelola Electric Dotspen is one of those ideas that seems great, but could be a risky investment.
I’m happy to say that it is not only is pretty awesome, but also a tremendous addition to any illustrator’s arsenal.
The pen is chargeable by connecting it through an enclosed USB cable to your laptop, portable battery or mobile device. Despite claims that a full charge lasts 30 minutes, I’ve found that it works for a fraction of that time, but keeping it connected to a USB source does the job.
Featuring two speeds, the Electric Dotspen is easy to use and just requires a little doodling to get the hand of it. Additional ink cartridges are sold separately. This is both a fun and fantastic must have for anyone who puts pen to paper.
You don’t have to jump Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2 rocket in order to show off the sheer coolness of this officially licensed fax leather messenger bag, inspired by Evel’s iconic white leather jumpsuit.
In addition to including a faux rabbit’s foot which resembles the one Evel wore, the messenger bag features a spacious main compartment, a padded laptop pocket and a front organizer pocket.
100% Pure Evel. And no broken bones.
Featuring lightweight sport-grip materials for your iPhone, a durable clear back, and Unequal’s patented battle-ready composite padding, Trainr is fit for any situation.
Trainr Pro uniquely takes exercise flexibility to the next level with a highly reflective removable armband The case was designed for even the most vigorous workout sessions. In a “snap” and no wasted time, your iPhone will quickly transform into a supremely comfortable and adjustable workout accessory, and back again in moments.
The clear polycarbonate back protects and shows off your device, while the durable elastomer secures hold, even with the most active use and finally, the device is protected from impact by Unequal Technologies shock-absorbing composite.
Anyone who grew up reading comics fondly remembers the enticing advertisements hawking everything from a Polaris Nuclear Submarine to a Ventriloquist Device to a Teacup Monkey. And while most of us never acquired those items, those who did were often disappointed with the results.
It was the ads themselves and the promise of the magic that these products held that made is so special.
Since you’d be hard pressed to find anyone selling a real log cabin for $1.50, the promise still holds up through this amazing handmade, poly satin necktie, which will have you saving your change for a life-size monster and X-ray specs.
She’s The Joker’s main squeeze, and now she’s dancing in a luau inspired version of her costume as a Hula Girl Bobble Figure.
The influx of American soldiers into Hawaii during World War II, along with the visiting tourists after the war, helped make this type of figure one of the most popular souvenirs of all time.
From Cryptozoic Entertainment and sculpted by Varner Studios, this 8″ tall figure captures the original design of the Manic Minx by Bruce Timm perfectly.
Perfect for the dashboard or the desk, Hula Harley will dance her way into your heart.
Dead or alive.
A stunning tie that gives off the first impression that the wearer is one of significant and powerful taste.
This Monster Mash tie features retro inspired images of all of the classic monsters including a vampire, Frankenstein, a wolf man, a skeleton and a gill man.
Stylized and spooky, the electric lime green tie demands attention and is a must wear from anyone who appreciates a good scare.
Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter is reminiscent of Michael Crichton’s science thrillers and is one of the most entertaining and addictive books that I’ve read in some time (I read it in one night, finishing it as the sun was coming up).
Dark Matter tells the story of Jason Dessen. A brilliant physicist, Dessen has settled into a comfortable life in Chicago with his wife, Daniela, and their teenage son, Charlie. Jason is happy with his position teaching at the local university, but he does sometimes wonder what could have been if he had continued to pursue the research he began early on in his career. It’s that thought that’s circulating through his mind as Jason walks home late one night—and just before his world abruptly comes to a halt.
A man wearing a mask is in front of him, pointing a gun and demanding Jason get into his car. He’s taken to an abandoned warehouse, knocked unconscious, and awakens in a world where his life seems radically different from the one he knew. In this place, Jason’s never been married. He’s never had children. His work has been his life—and, as Jason will learn, he’s achieved something he never even dreamed possible.
But how did he get here? What happened to his old life? Can he find his way back to the wife and son who’ve been taken from him? His search for answers leads him on a journey far stranger than anything he could have imagined—and puts him in the crosshairs of a seemingly unbeatable foe.