It’s hard to believe, but Father’s Day 2022 is already just around the corner, and graduation parties are already happening all over the country. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your dad or a recent college graduate, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are some really unique finds for dads and grads in 2022, and there’s a little something in every price range too.
If you want to keep an eye on your house, but don’t want to spend too much time or money to do it, grab a Wyze Cam V3 ($35.98) or two ($70.96). This is the inexpensive do-it-all, indoor/outdoor smart security camera with color night vision, intelligent motion detection, voice control, a built-in siren, and local video storage — including a MicroSD card slot for 24/7 continuous recording — that doesn’t leave the device or your control. You can have it up and running in about five minutes with step-by-step instructions in the Wyze app (iOS, Android). It really is a drop-dead simple way to start your smart home.
The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is the ultimate smart clock for any room, and the perfect nightstand companion. The big & bold LED display shows time, temperature, weather, and more. When it’s time for bed, its auto-dim display darkens too, but you’ll still be able to see the time. It also doubles as a smart speaker for streaming music, podcasts, audiobooks, etc. You can connect multiple devices to create a multi-room speaker group and intercom system. Smart home control system. Alexa-built in gives you all the functionality of Alexa and connected accounts. Privacy First. The Smart Clock Essential is built without a camera, and with a mute switch for privacy.
Music is one of those things that we all universally enjoy in one form or another. With that in mind, JBL’s Go 3 portable Bluetooth speaker is an easy home run for anyone gifting their dad or a recent college graduate. It’s an ultra-compact speaker that offers full-spectrum audio in a package that fits in the palm of your hand. The Go 3 also features IPX7 waterproofing, meaning it can withstand being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. Despite its small size, the JBL Go 3 gets surprisingly loud and offers clear sound quality that’s perfect for enjoying music indoors or outdoors.
While your dad or grad is rocking out to their favorite tunes, they might break a sweat, and that means a post-workout protein shake is in order. For that, the BlendJet 2 is a no-brainer. This portable blender can whip up a shake in seconds and comes with a carrying case, so it’s easy to take on the go. The BlendJet 2 is also great for making smoothies, soups, sauces, and more. Simply add your ingredients, twist on the lid, and press the button to start blending. When you’re done, the BlendJet 2 is easy to clean — just pop the blender blades into the dishwasher.
One of the smallest and most portable little analog cameras on the market. Pocket-sized and built to go go go wherever adventure takes dads or grads. Super cute, but also kind of fancy, featuring artful double exposure, a selfie mirror, and a self-timer for the days you step inside the frame. They just announced that it now comes in red in addition to the black and white models, and new filter set add-ons: one for blue, red, or orange-tinted photos, and matte-black frame instant film for drama that kicks. You still have to stock up on a ton on film, and 16-photos run about $20.
We’ve all been taking care of messes for grads — and dads — long enough, so give them the power to crush their own messes, and maybe it’ll save us some work, too. The Innova NEU700 by Eureka is its latest high-end vacuum with a ton of impressive tech specs to get excited about: 1440 watts of ultra-powerful suction for a deeper clean, WhirlWind Anti-Tangle Brushroll Technology, so it breaks hair and prevents tangles and clogs, and an on-board HEPA filter. The ultra-tight seal system to traps up to 99.9% of dust, dander, and allergens, and the vacuum features adjustable quiet and max modes, 11ft of extended reach, a motorized anti-tangle pet tool, and advanced swivel steering. It’s also a Walmart exclusive that comes in just under $200.
If you think there’s nothing new in the world of toaster technology, sit back and get educated as I tell you about Balmuda. Balmuda’s high-end toaster ovens are like the Cadillac of rapid heating appliances. The Balmuda The Toaster oven ($299) is a sleek appliance that would look great on any countertop. It features an easily-removable wire rack, a crumb tray, and a variety of settings options. But the real magic of the Balmuda toaster is in its hyper-efficient heating elements and use of steam to give bread the springy, crispy goodness we all crave.
Standing desks are all the rage these days, and I just picked up a new one for myself that I highly recommend for just about anyone. It’s the FlexiSpot E7 Pro Plus standing desk. It’s been designed for hard-core workaholics, it’s super durable and stable, and features a dual-motor lift system and a desk frame made of carbon steel, so it’s incredibly stable with no wiggles. It can hold up to 355 pounds with ease, and it also comes with a 15-year warranty. Their standing desks start around $200 – but this beast is just under $600.
Here’s another big gift for the dad or grad who has absolutely everything. Seriously, this is like the end-all-be-all of awesome gifts! This new GOLDEN TEE 3D home arcade machine — yes, it’s the number one bar arcade game of all time — and you can have it in your home, man-cave, first apartment, or anywhere else! It’s one of the newest products from Arcade1Up, which specializes in bringing arcade games home. It’s especially cool because you can display your top Golden Tee scores on the online leaderboards, and with the US Open coming up it’s the perfect time to tee up and take your bragging rights worldwide. This one will cost you around $700, but it’s oh-so-worth-it.
Samsung’s Serif TV is the latest and greatest, and it can sit on any flat surface or stand on its own four legs — you don’t just have to jam it into a corner. It’s a gorgeous statement piece all on its own with the standalone design, and it’s perfect for Dad’s upscaled man-cave or a new grad’s first real bit of grown-up furniture. With Quantum Dot Technology and 100% color volume, your dad or grad can watch their favorite movies and sports with more than a billion colors brought to life. And with one toggle to Ambient Mode+, you can get your favorite photos and artwork displayed on-screen, too, with prices starting just under $800.