Impressing dad is easy if you’re a kid. Just ride your bike off a three-inch ramp without crashing and more likely than not he’ll be beaming with pride. But impressing pops as a full-fledged wage-earning adult is a whole other story.
Lucky for us though, new gadgets are coming out at a faster pace than ever before, and this year, some budget-friendly choices are still unique, memorable, and even super helpful too. Here are my top Father’s Day gift picks for all kinds of dads.
A BETTER WAY TO RECHARGE
Sometimes the simplest gifts end up being used the most, and this 3-in-1 charging station ($29) will be dad’s gadget go-to when he’s winding down every evening. With a wireless charging spot for his iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, it takes care of all of his everyday charging needs without a twisted mess of cords and cables.
LIKE A COOL BREEZE ON A HOT SUMMER DAY
With the Summer sun looming, outdoor comfort will be hard to come by in the months ahead. This Spice of Life WFan ($35) is hands-free and wireless. Honestly, it feels like a personal body hack to beat the heat in style. A pair of powerful fans produce a cool breeze, and the built-in battery pack ensures its cooling power continues for up to six hours on a single charge. It even doubles as a portable USB power supply to top off a dead smartphone in a pinch.
Every dad loves a nice pair of shades, so combine stylish sunglasses with high-tech audio, and you’ve got a recipe that will seriously “wow” him. The new Lucyd LOUD 2.0 sunglasses ($99) have high-tech smarts built right into the frame. The connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone and have built-in “bone conduction” speakers that deliver clear music and voice calls without the need for earbuds.
There’s nothing like a fresh brewski straight from the tap to help dad wind down after an eventful Father’s Day, and he’ll be grinning from ear-to-ear if he gets to pour that brew right from his very own home tap. Hopsy’s SUB Home Tap beer system (starting at $140) lets dad pick his favorite ales and have them delivered right to his door, and the slick kegerator keeps the beer fresh and chilled until it’s ready to be poured just like at a local brewpub.
STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE
This is another gift I’ve given to both new dads and senior citizens too. The Nixplay Iris ($180) digital photo frame is a great way to get photos off of phones and in front of dear old dad’s eyes every single day. It’s not just any digital frame though. The Iris has a host of high-tech features like cloud storage and syncing with Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos, and more. Family members can upload photos via an app from anywhere, so Dad can get sweet snapshot surprises anytime. Pre-pack it with all of your favorite family memories, and it’ll be a real treat.
A HOT TOWEL SHAVE AT HOME
With all the advancements in shaving tech over the years, it’s shocking that it’s taken this long for someone to come up with a heated razor, but it finally happened. The Heated Razor by GilletteLabs ($200) is fully waterproof, and its innovative warming bar has custom temperature settings, so dad always gets the perfect shave. It delivers the pleasure of a hot towel with every stroke, and it can tackle six shaves on a single charge so it’ll always be ready to go even if he forgets to charge it between uses.
LET HIM TAKE THE BAIT
The GoFish Cam ($240) lets dad catch all the action the next time he goes fishing. It’s a tiny camera that attaches to a fishing line, and when he casts it out along with a lure, it captures the fast-paced fish-fighting action in glorious HD. Fishing fathers can even use it as a bobber, streaming live surface-down video of the underwater action right to his smartphone. No more tall-tales about the one that got away!
OMG-INDUCING UNTETHERED VR
The Oculus Quest VR headset ($400) is an all-in-one virtual reality gadget — no phone, computer, or wires required. I had this out last weekend with a bunch of dads around, and within a few minutes, they were giggling like school girls at how real VR feels now. The music-centric Beat Saber was a crowd favorite, along with a game called Moss that took them on a journey to far off lands.
TAKE HIM FOR A SPIN
This is a splurge gift that Dad will cherish forever — especially if he’s getting a little older, but still wants to get outside with the grandkids, enjoy riding, and feel young again!
The RadRover electric fat tire bike ($1,499) by Rad Power is the perfect marriage of an all-terrain mountain bike and an efficient e-bike. With a powerful 48V rechargeable battery and rugged design, it’ll tackle any terrain with ease. It’s perfect for getting around town, long rides on rough terrain, or just leisurely rides to see the sights.