Father’s Day is around the corner and The Wonder of Tech wants to help you find the perfect gift for Dear Old Dad. To prepare this year’s list, I consulted with Gazelle’s Chief Gadget Officer, Anthony Scarsella, who gave me some great ideas for gifts for dads. I’ve supplemented his list with some other fun tech gifts your dad might like. Whether or not your dad is a techie, there’s bound to be a gift here that he will enjoy.
$50 and Under – Anthony from Gazelle
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invisible SHIELDs start at $15 from Zagg.
Apple Digital AV Adapter
Get Dad this nifty gadget and he can hook his iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch up to the big screen. This accessory mirrors the device screen onto the big screen so he can play games, watch movies and photos or just browse the web. For those who don’t have Apple TV and want to get their iPhone or iPad on the big screen, this is the best little gadget to do it.
The Digital AV Adapter is available for $39 at the Apple Store.
Bushnell 5×20 Golf Scope Rangefinder
This rangefinder can be Dad’s new best friend on the golf course. The Bushnell 5×20 Golf Rangefinder estimates the distance to the flag from 50 to 200 yards/meters. It easily fits in a pocket or golf bag too.
The Rangefinder is $20 at Amazon.
Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit
This kit is the perfect gift for any dad who’s an automotive enthusiast. From Meguiar’s, this car care kit comes with everything Dad needs to get his car back in showroom condition.
This car care kit is available for $40 from Amazon.
Nokia Lumia 710
For those dads who are just making the jump to a smartphone, the Lumia 710 for T-Mobile is a great choice. This Windows-powered phone features a simple user interface, 5MP camera, GPS and 720P video recording. Windows Phone is the easiest step up to a smartphone, it’s very intuitive.
Best of all, it’s only $40 with a two-year contract at T-Mobile.
Conair iStubble Beard Trimmer
No, it’s not an Apple product, but it is one cool gadget. This trimmer features a motorized adjustable head that can give your dad a fashionable 5 o’clock shadow at the push of a button.
The iStubble is available for $45 at Target.com.
Case-Mate iPad Pop Case
This is one my favorite cases for the iPad – it features top quality protection, a built-in stand and it comes in a variety of colors. It’s a case and stand molded into one, it’s a great buy.
This case is available for $50 from Case-Mate.
$50 and Under – Carolyn
Underwater Disco Lightshow
If your dad likes to disco dance, get him the Underwater Disco Lightshow, to make bath time fun time! This waterproof disco ball can transform a bathtub, pond, swimming pool or hot tub into a lighted dance floor.
The Underwater Disco Lightshow is available for $12.29 from Firebox.
Click and Dig! Keyfinder
If your dad is constantly looking for his keys, check out Click and Dig! Keyfinder. This gadget comes with key fobs to attach to your keychain. When you can’t find your keys, you hit a button on the transmitter and the key fobs will chime. You can also use this to find lost remote controls, pets, and other items.
Click and Dig! Keyfinder is available for $27.95 from Amazon.
$50 to $100 – Anthony
Tumi Debossed iPhone 4 & 4S Cover
This stylish case for your dad’s iPhone 4/4S blends great protection with good looks. If your dad wants to keep the scratches off his phone but doesn’t want a geeky case, this model from Tumi will do the trick.
The Tumi case is available for $65 from Zappos.
If your dad wants a dedicated e-reader that he can take to the beach this summer, look no further than the Kindle. For under $100, you can get him reading books and off your back in no time at all. This is going to be one of the most popular gifts for Father’s Day.
Kindle ereaders start at $79 from Amazon.
$50 to $100 – Carolyn
Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. Gaming Mouse
If your father likes computer gaming, get him the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. gaming mouse. This mouse allows you to easily customize its size, weight and grip style. You can program eight different buttons for game commands and adjust the sensitivity of the mouse. Cyborg allows you to program three different modes for different gaming styles.
The Cyborg mouse is available for $57.24 from buy.com.
$100 and Up – Anthony
Nike + FuelBand
Is your dad a fitness freak? Get him the Nike + FuelBand – the coolest gadget around that tracks all your activity via the built-in accelerometer. The FuelBand can sync up to your smartphone or PC to monitor your progress. Dad can set fitness goals and push himself to the limit with the Nike + FuelBand. When it first came out, this was impossible to get but now it’s in stock at Nike.
The FuelBand is available for $149 at Nike.com.
Amazon Kindle Fire
The best selling Android tablet on the market is a perfect gift for Dad. The Kindle Fire is ideal for dads with Amazon Prime who want a tablet primarily for reading e-books and digital magazines and streaming movies. The 7” screen is also great for gaming. It features 8GB on storage with optional Amazon cloud storage, too.
The Kindle Fire is $199 at Amazon.
HTC One X
The new One X camera from HTC is simply at the top of its class. This high-powered 4G device features Android 4.0 ICS with the new HTC Sense user interface. It also sports a stunning 4.7” 720p display and amazing 8MP camera for those multimedia-crazed dads out there.
The HTC One X is $199 with a two-year contract at AT&T.
Playstation PS Vita
If your dad is a serious gamer, a phone or tablet just won’t cut it. The PS Vita is simply the best in portable gaming today. With a stunning 5” OLED display and Cortex -A9 processor, the Vita brings PS3 style graphics right to your palms.
The PS Vita is $250 at BestBuy.
Apple iPad (3rd generation)
The ultimate Father’s Day gift has to be the new iPad, which features an all new retina display, A5x dual-core chip and 5MP camera. Your dad will enjoy Internet, email, movies, e-books and games, all from one sexy device. It’s my top pick.
Starting at $499 at Apple (those looking to save some cash can check out the iPad 2 for only $399.)
$100 and Up – Carolyn
Star Wars Force X Light Saber
If the Force is with your father for Father’s Day, get him the Star Wars Force X Light Saber. When activated, this saber illuminates and vibrates with sound effects, sure to fool his enemies into thinking your dad is wielding an actual weapon.
The Star Wars Light Saber comes in styles such as Anakin, Darth Vader, Luke ROTJ and others. The Saber is available for $119.99 from ThinkGeek.
Nokia Lumia Batman Phone
If your dad is a Batman fan, get him a bat-mobile phone. Nokia is releasing a limited edition Batman Lumia 900 Windows Phone. This phone was released in the UK on June 1 and is due to be available in the US soon. Only 900 of these phones are being made so grab one for your father soon.
The Nokia Lumia Batman phone is available from Phones4U in the UK for £600 off-contract.
€11,000 – Carolyn
If you want a unique gift for Dad, consider iTree, a custom-made dock that is carved out of a tree. He can choose from cherry, oak or poplar trunks and have it connect to his iPhone, iPod or other MP 3 player. As each dock is crafted according to the buyer’s specifications, the iTree won’t be ready in time for Father’s Day, but you could show him a picture of it!
iTree is not currently available.
Many thanks to Anthony for all of his help with this article!
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Happy Father’s Day!