With Father’s Day right around the corner, here are our top picks for the best cool gadgets you can buy as gifts for dad. If you’ve been stumped for Father’s Day gift ideas, these techie gifts will definitely please your old man.
1. Black & Decker BDL170 Bullseye Auto-Leveling Laser With AnglePro
If your dad loves DIY, this auto-leveling laser would be a big help while making shelves, painting, or hanging pictures. This particular Black & Deck laser level projects both horizontal and vertical lines. The wall mount makes this level extremely easy to use.
Learn more about this DIY tool from the Black & Decker website.
2. Lifeproof Fre iPhone 5 & 5s Case
Check out PhoneArena’s in-depth look at the LifeProof Fre case in the video above.
If your dad is retired and plans to spend a good chunk of his summer at the beach or out on his boat, a waterproof phone case is a smart investment. The Fre is one of the more expensive case models out there, but that premium cost ensures that you get a rugged case that protects an iPhone very well. You can pair this case with an optional flotation device, which makes it great for use near the water.
Not a fan of the Fre? Check out our list of other waterproof iPhone cases.
3. The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family
Check out the book trailer in the video above.
A sequel to the original Geek Dad book, The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family is a guidebook to getting the most out of your weekends with dad.
The book is chock-full of techie project ideas that will help kids bond with their dad. You’ll learn how to build robots, hack toys, and create stop-motion movies. The best gift you can give you dad is the gift of spending time with him, and this book has tons of suggestions on stuff you two can build together.
4. Roku 2 Streaming Media Player
Check out CNET’s take on the bargain Roku streaming units in the video above.
If your parents are considering cutting the cord, then your dad might really like a Roku player. If your dad is still rocking a standard def TV, he’ll need the Roku 2. If your dad already has an HDTV, you might want to consider the Roku 3 instead (which, incidentally, is also featured on our list of best set top boxes.)
Both the Roku 2 and Roku 3 are solid units, but the Roku 2 has a couple of advantages over the newer model: it’s cheaper, relies less on M-Go, and it works with both SD and HDTV.
5. Samsung 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV
Check out a review of this Samsung smart TV in the video above.
For under $300, this flat screen TV is sure to put a smile on your dad’s face…and a smile on your face, because of its low price. While it may not fill an entire wall in your dad’s living room, this TV is perfect for the bedroom, kitchen, or exercise room.
Couldn’t find just the right thing? Check out AskMen’s Top 25 Father’s Day Gifts. Considering getting someone an electronics gift? Check out our Gifts section for tons of great gift recommendations, or visit our ultimate guides to the best gifts for women and best gifts for men.