Last-Second Father's Day Gift Ideas for Nerdy Dads
Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea for the Nerd Dad in your life, may I suggest three different collectibles that you can find easily at any retailer that are low in price but high in joy:
- Pixel Pals These 5 inch light-up collectibles are 8-bit representations of classic gaming’s most popular mascots. Mario, Link, Mega Man, Sonic and others are a part of this collection. Other characters from franchises like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and DC Comics are also a part of the collection, but I prefer the ones that look like the actual games that they come from, and many from the franchises that I just mentioned are done in the Mega Man style of art. Priced around $15, these look great both turned on or off, and look great on book shelves, office desks, or on top of your old school rear projection TV.
- Mini Arcade Cabinets: If the Nerd Dad in your life had once dreamed of owning their own arcade, this is a fun way of making that dream a reality (and without taking over your entire basement). Depending on which style you go with, these playable arcade cabinets are 5-6 inches tall and are designed like their original cabinets. Two different companies make these, My Arcade and Arcade Classics. Arcade Classics actually has two different lines of mini cabinets, and I much prefer the LED screen collection (which I believe are now Wal-Mart exclusives) than the backlit ones. The My Arcade line are a little bigger, and at most retailers are slightly more expensive, but they are also better quality. Both My Arcade and Arcade Classics have Namco classics such as Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig-Dug, but Arcade Classics does have a larger selection of games, so if you’re looking for a specific game, you’ll most likely find it with Arcade Classics. Expect to pay between $18-35 for each of these.
- Funko Pops: Just about every single fictitious character (and many real life people) have been turned into a Funko Pop, which is why they make not only fun collectibles, but also fun items to have autographed by celebrities at conventions. These, in my mind, are the baseball equivalent of autograph-able items, and while many prefer to have the celebrity autograph the box, I like having the celebrity autograph the actual figure. So if the Nerd Dad in your life is planning on meeting a celebrity at an upcoming convention, pick them up the Funko Pop of the character that person played to have them autograph it!
Originally published on June 13, 2019