Best Father's Day gifts for your tech-savvy dad
If you've got the kind of dad who's always equipped with the latest gadget, stays updated on all the tech news, and is more devoted to his smart devices than you are, then you should absolutely check out this list of Father's Day gift ideas.
We've hunted down premium gadgets galore that your tech-loving dad is sure to appreciate. From next-level grilling devices to fitness trackers, smart watches, and more, these tech itemssure to please come Father's Day.
Here are the 15 best tech gifts for your dad:
An Amazon Echo Dot — $49.99
Introduce your dad to Alexa and enhance his day-to-day with the popular Echo Dot smart hub, courtesy of Amazon. With voice command capabilities, the Echo Dot will make your dad feel like he's in a classic Star Trek episode. Dad can tell Alexa to play music, check the weather, set schedule reminders, or even manage other smart devices in the house. Alexa and the Echo Dot will also make calls with other Echo devices. There's really no limit to what Alexa and an Echo Dot can do, and we're pretty sure your dad will have a blast trying it out.
A head's up GPS so he doesn't get lost — $149.99
If your dad's behind the wheel on one of those long car trips, he's probably the one getting you lost on the way there. He could use the navigator on his phone, but that isn't exactly the safest thing to use while he's driving. He needs a GPS device so that he can set out on the road with confidence.
The best-selling Garmin Drive 50 features driver alerts for road hazards like sharp turns and speed changes and keeps you up to date on the route ahead. It can even guide you using recognizable landmarks and buildings instead of telling your dad to turn at basically the last second.
Instead using charcoal or an open flame as its heatsource, this portable cooker uses sunlight to cook within a cylindrical stove that can reach 360 degrees to prepare tasty meals in as little as 20 minutes. It's portable and fits in its own duffel bag, so it's great for taking along on camping trips, tailgating, or even just in the back yard.
A Fitbit for the fitness-obsessed — $149.95
There was a time not too long ago when we worshipped the strangely alluring "dad bod," which is basically the Jim Hopper body type. But if your dad is the kind of guy who knocks out a quick 10-miler on the weekends, then a Fitbit could be the perfect companion.
From tracking calories and steps to monitoring heart rate and fitness habits, a Fitbit could be one of your dad's closest workout companions, second only to the person who spots him on the bench. It can even sync up to his phone for app notifications so that he can spend less time looking at his screen and more time pumping iron.
The average fitness tracker is fine, but there are plenty of other gadgets out there that can do just about anything a fitness tracker can do and more. Case in point: the Apple Watch.
It has all the trappings of a traditional fitness tracker, but it can also sync up to your dad's music, send and receive messages, and give provide access to a ton of apps. It's also swimproof to protect it from sweat, swimming pools, or even a post workout shower. And it does all with with the nice, fancy screen that you can expect from Apple.
Your dad definitely won't want to lose this remote in the couch. Plug the Amazon Fire TV into any HD or smart TV, and he'll get access to tons of streaming apps like Netflix or Hulu for watching his favorite shows and movies. Ask Alexa for his favorite show, and the Fire Stick will provide all the possible viewing options. It sure beats letting dad surf channels or search through an entire app just to discover that the movie he's looking for isn't even available.
There's a reason why dads everywhere are obsessed with robot vacuums: it's a smart device that cleans your floors while you get to just relax on the couch. Who wouldn't love that?
The Roomba by iRobot can clean an entire floor by employing its visual localization technology, running for up to 75 minutes before heading back to its dock to recharge. A companion app will let your dad schedule cleaning duties and customize cleaning preferences via smartphone. It's even compatible with Alexa, so dad can ask for the vacuum to start up.
A robot to clean up after a barbecue — $129.95
Unfortunately, a Roomba won't be able to scrub the grates of a barbecue when your dad fires it up over the summer. Luckily, the Grillbot has that area covered.
At the push of a button, the Grillbot runs along the grill and scrapes up any leftover cooking particles with its motorized brushes. Dad can set it on a timer (either 10, 20, or 30 minutes), start it up, and close the lid to his grill while the Grillbot does its thing. Getting a robot to do his dirty work is sure to bring a smile to your dad's face.
Smart plugs for every appliance — $61.99
Since you're equipping your dad with more connected tech to improve his life, round out Father's Day with plugs that can make anything and everything in the house smart.
When your dad plugs in a device or appliance into these Etekcity smart plugs, the power source will become compatible with Alexa so he (and anyone else) can control it with voice commands. He can even track power usage to see which appliance is using up the most energy and help lower his electric bill. A set of four plugs means he could schedule all the lights in the living room to turn on or off at the same time, or he wire his bedroom so that he can command the lights to turn off while lying in bed.
In lieu of a super pricey vacation in real life, take your dad into the world of virtual reality with his own Oculus Rift headset. This PC-compatible headset can put your dad right in the middle of VR movies, video games, or fancy tourist locations all from the comfort of his living room. This Amazon bundle comes with two touch controllers and six free games to get him started on his virtual journey. Just make sure he returns the real world every once in a while.
An R2-D2 charger for Star Warsdads — $29.99
Kids these days have probably inherited their Star Warsobsession from their parents, and dads are often among the most devoted of the bunch. Just ask this dad who made an AT-ST walker high chair for his kid, or any dad whose made an "I am your father" joke.
Any Star Warsswag would probably please the Darth Vader in your life, but we'd like to suggest a handy gadget he'll want to use every single day. Help him ease his phone-related troubles with an R2-D2 USB car charger. It features two USB ports and enough power to charge two tablets at the same time. It even features a light-up eye and plays sounds when he plugs in his phone. While it can't do as many things as the actual droid can do, it's still pretty handy — and he'll love showing it off.
A shaving subscription — $1 for the first box
One of the most common activities you'll find the average dad performing is shaving. And when he shaves, he's either plugged into the wall with an electric shaver or burning through one of his normal ones. Those hand razors are pretty temporary and can wear out or even rust over after only a few uses. Luckily, a Dollar Shave Club subscription can keep dads equipped.
And while at first pass this may not seem like a tech-centric gift idea, getting a close shave requires precision. There's a lot of technology that goes into the R&D on these razors.
Choose one of three exclusive razors, and ship dad a reusable handle based on the model he chose along with replacement handles as regularly as he needs them. You can also have other shaving supplements like shaving cream and body cleanser included in the shipment.
The first month of shipment comes at only $1, with subsequent shipments costing only $9 per delivery. You can even have the box gift wrapped for your dad.
With warmer weather upon us, dad deserves an ice cold coffee to start the morning. Instead of letting him spend $3-$4 all the time on iced coffees from Starbucks, gift him a HyperChiller that will pay for itself in as little as two weeks.
The HyperChiller can chill hot coffee by up to 130 degrees in 60 seconds without diluting it. Tell your dad to just freeze the chiller and pour his freshly-brewed hot coffee inside for an ice cold pick-me-up each morning. Dad can even use it for iced tea, whiskey, or any other liquid he needs to cool quickly.
We're pretty confident in saying no matter how much your dad writes, he probably doesn't have a pen like this. This writing utensil is like the Swiss army knife of pens, and includes a variety of attachable accessories like an emergency glass breaker in case he needs to escape a car, a flashlight, and a bottle opener. According to the product page, it's also made of aircraft-grade aluminum to withstand heavy use. This very well might be one of the only pens that is literally mightier than the sword.
Your dad may be a champion of DIY projects at home, but he's probably not immune to dropping tiny screws and nuts and cursing at himself because of it. Lessen his construction conundrums and woodwork woes with a magnetic wristband that can keep all of his tinier tool bits handy and secure. The wristband features 15 magnets so nails, drill bits, and other small magnet items will stay close by rather than falling to the ground.
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