Insanely Detailed Nerd Gifts Dads Made For Their Kids

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As most parents know, there are few greater joys in the world than the look on your kid's face when you surprise them with something they never expected to receive. It doesn't come as much of a shock to learn that there are some DIY dads out there with particularly nerdy interests who have taken those surprises to a whole new level.

The internet has provided us with stories of some truly amazing and geeky gifts that dads have given their children over the years, most of which are awe-inspiring to adults as well. By using a little creativity, some crafty building, and a wealth of nerdy knowledge, these fathers have given their kids gifts they'll never forget.

In honor of all the nerdy dads out there, here are some of the best geeky presents that fathers have built for their children.

  • 1
    32 votes

    The Greatest Star Wars Playhouse Of All Time

    The Greatest Star Wars Playhouse Of All Time
    Photo: Twitter

    Colin Furze, a well-known inventor on YouTube, really topped himself with this one. Known for building true-to-life versions of classic movie and comic book gadgets, Furze partnered with eBay last year to create this Star Wars-themed playhouse shaped like a full-sized AT-ACT. Equipped with a ladder that leads to the interior of the AT-ACT's body, the playhouse is filled with nerf guns, action figures, and stormtrooper helmets.

  • 2
    22 votes

    An Amazing Father And Son Halloween Costume

    An Amazing Father And Son Halloween Costume
    Photo: Imgur

    What better way to give your toddler the best first Halloween imaginable than with an incredible father-son costume?

    One nerdy dad made this MechWarrior suit that incorporated both him and his young son into a Halloween costume. This dad went above and beyond to create an ensemble that keeps him concealed under a PVC pipe and cardboard frame. One of the best parts about this costume is that his son appears to be in control of the machine.

  • 3
    23 votes

    A Galactic Drive-In Theater Experience

    A Galactic Drive-In Theater Experience
    Photo: Imgur

    When your daughter's school has an annual drive-in movie theater night where students are encouraged to sit in homemade vehicles and watch films with their parents, what's your first thought?

    For John Stoddard it was the perfect opportunity to show off his love for The Empire Strikes Back and make his six-year-old daughter very happy. Stoddard decided to create almost an exact miniature cardboard replica of one of the film's snowspeeders for his daughter to use during the school event. 

  • 4
    17 votes

    This Dad Built His Kids A NASA Simulator

    This Dad Built His Kids A NASA Simulator
    Video: YouTube

    Jeff Highsmith's sons may be too young to visit space anytime soon, but that doesn't mean he can't try to replicate the experience for them in his own unique way.

    Highsmith constructed this NASA simulator in his sons' bedroom. With LED lights, a control panel, and even an iPhone mount, the simulator is a pretty impressive replica of the interior of a spaceship. And just in case that wasn't enough, Highsmith installed a bass shaker in the bottom of the simulator, so his sons can feel like they're really part of a rocket launch.

  • 5
    20 votes

    A Recreated Diagon Alley Set

    A Recreated Diagon Alley Set
    Photo: Instagram

    His daughter's love of Harry Potter inspired Seattle-based dad Jonathan Chambers to build this amazing life-size replica of Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter books and films. Created in early 2017, Chambers knew he wanted to make a cool attraction that people could visit for the Halloween and Christmas seasons, but he didn't know exactly what he wanted to build. His daughter pitched the idea of recreating Diagon Alley, and the rest is history.

  • 6
    14 votes

    A Mini Disneyland In Their Backyard

    Disney-loving grandfather Steve Dobbs wanted to bring the magic of the parks straight to his family's backyard.

    Over the course of eight years, this nerdy father built his kids and grandkids a miniature backyard version of the Disneyland theme park. Included are various rides and attractions, most of which are parody versions of actual rides found at the happiest place on Earth. If that isn't dedication, we don't know what is.