10 Cool Gifts for Dads Who Hate Sports

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In the rolodex of generic Father’s Day gifts, next to the ties and cuff links, you’ll find sports memorabilia. There’s a pernicious stereotype that all dads everywhere love sports, but dads, like all humans, come in many flavors, and some of them find football and baseball indefensibly dull.

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Way up at the top of the list of things people appreciate but will never buy for themselves: a good back scratcher. Get him one that says you paid more than 99 cents.

Back scratcher, $10 at TYPO

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There’s a strong overlap between dads who hate sports and dads who love Star Wars. Rather than buy him a cheesy gift mug with Darth Vader on it, consider this print, which can serve as cool art for his office.

Stormtrooper 2 Print, $24 at Fab

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A hammer and a bottle opener in one — so handy.

Hammer bottle opener, $15 at TYPO

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If you dad prefers Chopped to Monday Night Football, let him pretend he’s a cutting-edge molecular gastronomist with this set, which allows you to “scent” your food, enhancing the perception of taste.

 Molecule-R Aroma R-Evolution, $35 at Amazon

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Being an adult requires signing a lot of checks, bills, and contracts; make it less boring for him with this chic brass pen.

YStudio brass rollerball pen, $100 at Mr. Porter

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If No. 2 fails, go with this. This in-depth compilation includes essays and images from one of DC’s most memorable eras.

The Bronze Age of DC Comics hardcover book by Taschen, $67 at Mr. Porter

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Now when he tries to act cool, he can at least look the part.

J. Crew Wallace and Barnes A2 Twill Bomber Jacket, $200 at Mr. Porter

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Dads only seem to buy cologne once a year, so for his annual cologne purchase, make sure it’s one that counts. Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Club scent offers a hint of minty freshness that’s a little more sophisticated than toothpaste.

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Club, $105 at Spring

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These headphones are wireless, noise-cancelling, and Bluetooth-compatible, so he can watch movies or listen to music in peace.

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless Headphones, $350 at Bose

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Who wouldn’t want an Apple watch? After all, your dad deserves it.

Apple Watch, $649 at Apple