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Nintendo Controller Sock
Credit: urbanoutfitters.com

You can never have too many socks, making this a no-fail gift. The funky patterns will push dad out of his sartorial comfort zone, while a nod to his favorite video game system will help ease workday boredom and tide him over until 5 p.m. when he can take another stab at that tricky level.

To buy: $12, urbanoutfitters.com.