Father's Day Gift Guide
With Father’s Day fast approaching, your mind has probably turned to gift-giving. What can you buy your dad that he will both appreciate and use?
Gadgets are a great investment and you can make his life easier with some of the new tech on the market. Whether he’s into popular culture or just enjoys good coffee, you’ll find something suitable on this list.
1. Nest Hello
Video doorbells are a great option for security-conscious fathers. He can view a live feed from his phone. And he’ll get notifications when the Hello sees someone or detects motion. The camera offers HD video and night vision. He can schedule when the camera is on or off. Which is helpful if you’re having a yard party and your dad doesn’t want hundreds of push alerts.
SkyBell and Ring both make excellent video doorbells. But the Nest Hello is a better size to fit most door frames. You can view up to three hours of footage for free; if your dad wants to view any more, he’ll need a subscription.
2. Broadlink RM Pro
Is your dad interested in starting a smart home? If he’s not ready to swap devices, consider this Broadlink RM Pro IR blaster. It converts smartphone signals into traditional IR light signals. So he can control ‘dumb’ devices with one app, like the SURE Universal Remote. These blasters offer a good stepping stone between old and new technology.
3. CHOETECH Qi Wireless Charger Charging Pad
If your dad misplaces his charging cable, consider getting a Qi wireless charging pad. He can leave it plugged in on his nightstand for extra convenience. Your dad won’t trip over the cable and he can avoid tangled wires.
Don’t feel you need to buy a charging pad from the same manufacturer as your dad’s phone. Any third-party device will work, like this model by Choetech. Its LEDs tell you the power status of the phone and the pad protects it from overheating.
4. Sonos Play:1
Does your dad listen to audiobooks, music, or the radio? Get him a speaker combining portability with quality. The Sonos Play:1 works through Wi-Fi so you get better coverage than Bluetooth models. Being wireless, your dad can take it around the house and listen wherever it suits him. Drivers in the speaker tune the acoustics to suit the room. It can stream content from Spotify or Apple Music.
5. Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
The Predator is a great option for drone beginners. It’s more rugged than other models, so it can survive small collisions. The 6-axis gyro stabilization system makes it easier to fly.
It also uses the 2.4GHz bandwidth to avoid interference from other devices. You’ll get 6-8 minutes of flight time for each charge, which takes between 45 and 60 minutes.
6. Breville Precision Brewer
Is your dad a coffee lover? There are plenty of coffeemakers available. But few give such consistent pots of coffee as the Breville Precision Brewer.
It offers six brewing modes, including iced. Your dad can change the brewing temperature and flow rate to get the cup he wants. The settings are also customizable for smaller cups. So he doesn’t need to make a full pot every time.
7. Zepp Golf 2 3D Swing Analyzer
The Zepp Golf 2 is a great option for golfing dads. It uses sensors built into the glove. The swing analyzer measures swing, length of backswing, club speed and tempo. The smart coach helps your dad adjust his stroke using personalized training programs. He can even record his swing and compare it to the pros.
The Zepp Golf 2 connects to his smartphone using Bluetooth LE.
8. Roku Streaming Stick Plus
Does your dad complain he can’t find anything to watch on TV? Get him the Roku Streaming Stick Plus. It offers compatibility with 4K and HDR for higher quality viewing. The Roku Stick offers a better signal for streaming further from the router.
With a range of video services to stream, he’s sure to find something to watch. And he can take his viewing with him when he travels. Check out our easy set-up guide here.
9. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones (Series II)
For the dad who enjoys peace and quiet, try the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones. They’re pricey, at $349. But the quality is worth the extra investment. They cancel background noise for a better listening experience. They’re also padded, making them comfortable to wear for long periods.
With 20 hours of battery life, they’re rechargeable. But there’s an option for wired setup should the battery die mid-listening. With the built-in Google Assistant, they’re a great option for voice assistant beginners.
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s compatible with his existing setup.
Over to you–what will your dad want this Father’s Day?