Every dad is unique, and the key to picking good gifts for your father is making it a thoughtful token of what makes him who he is. We’ve hand-picked some of the best gifts out there for the most common types of fathers people shop for. So whether he’s a tinkerer, a music lover, or a gadget addict, you’ll be sure to find something for Dad on this list.
1. The Fizzics Beer System
The Fizzics beer system is a countertop device that heralds a beer pouring revolution. This successfully crowd-funded device offers you the closest analog to draft beer at home, offering a pour that gives beer a creamy head, a smooth mouthfeel, and enhanced aromatics. The device uses an advanced vibration method that froths up your beer to offer a consistent head with improved density, stability, and texture.
This easy to use device fits containers of any size, even 64 oz. growlers, and is insulated to keep beverages cold for hours. My favorite beers to use with my Fizzics system are dark stouts and porters, which benefit greatly from the added rich and silky texture. All beer styles have a different taste when poured through the Fizzics system, so beer lovers out there will enjoy experimenting across all of them to decide which works best.
This is an inexpensive and easy to clean option for an improved beer drinking experience, but if your beer lover already has a home draft system, this isn’t going to replace it. That said, very few people are willing to make that multi-thousand dollar investment though, and the rest will be just as happy with this tabletop option.
2. Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote
The Logitech Harmony Remote is a universal touchscreen remote that makes the perfect companion to a new TV, sound system, or media streaming box. It eliminates the need for multiple remotes and offers the convenience of custom touch screen options for various devices. The Harmony Remote can control up to 15 devices at a time, including game consoles, cable boxes, streaming media players, and devices hidden behind cabinet doors.
Programming the remote is fairly easy, and simply involves downloading commands specific to the devices you use off MyHarmony.com. Warning: if your dad is not tech-savvy, be prepared to do this for him. The Harmony App adds similar functionality to Android or iOS smartphones as well, allowing Dad to double up on his power to control.
The Orbitkey is a premium leather key holder that puts an end to jingling lanyards and keyrings scratching up your phone in your pocket. Behind the Orbitkey’s sophisticated cowhide leather band is a compact and low-profile crosspiece for storing keys in a snug and safe way.
The Orbitkey can hold up between 2-7 standard keys or additional accessories like the Orbitkey USB Flash Drive and the Orbitkey Bottle Opener. Once he’s used the Orbitkey, he won’t want to be without it again.
4. Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar
Inside of every Dad is a rockstar yearning to escape, and learning guitar for the first time has never been easier thanks to the Jamstik+, a digital guitar that wirelessly connects to your iPad, iPhone or Mac. The Jamstik works as a MIDI controller that employs real guitar strings and frets to offer a new perspective on electronic music production, plus an extremely useful teaching tool. Musicians of any level can use specially designed apps to learn new scales and chords, or hone their musical dexterity.
The free app jamTutor incorporates the Jamstik+ to offer a comprehensive set of guitar lessons, and the free FourChords app employs a Guitar Hero-like minigame to teach you popular guitar hits across genres. The primary Jamstik+ App offers plenty of space for advanced users to freely develop a song, but many will opt to use the Jamstik+ as a MIDI controller for software like GarageBand, Logic, and Ableton.
Even with my several years of guitar experience, I was able to learn several new chord shapes and scales, but I have primarily taken to using my Jamstik+ as a wireless MIDI controller. Incorporating features like string bends, vibrato, tap mode, and hammer-ons with a synth voice opens up a whole new door of possibilities. This is a great pick for anyone interested in music, because it is the only device out that makes learning music and writing songs more fun than they already are.
5. pebble Time Smartwatch
While many find that the current generation Apple Watch is not useful enough to justify the price, the pebble Time is considered one of the most value-packed smartwatches on the market, offering countless community-designed apps and watch faces from experienced developers. A large variety of apps from microphone voice messaging services to media player controls are available for the pebble Time, and with more coming out every day, the Time is well worth its affordable price.
Its color e-paper display is always on, and the watch has a battery life of up to 7 days, meaning that the time is a smartwatch you can wear as often as a regular watch. The Time is also light weight and water resistant up to depth of 30 meters, meaning technology lovers and outdoorsmen alike can enjoy the convenience of in the minute updates without having to pull out your phone, Android or iOS.
Price: $169.99 (15 percent off MSRP)
6. Cycliq Fly 6 Rear LED Light with HD Camera
If your dad bikes even occasionally, the Cycliq Fly 6 Rear LED is an essential safety feature with a handy modern update that he won’t want to pass on. In addition to being a flashing 30-lumen LED light, but also an HD rear-facing camera that records audio and video in surprisingly high quality.
Bicycle commuting can be dangerous, and a 1280×720 video at 30 fps provides you with the ability to collect information about potential collisions or hazards. When I took the sample unit I was sent to review out for a ride in the rain without bike fenders, it captured crystal clear video even through the heavy rain, and I was able to see my friend cycling behind me in the video at all times.
The video from the Fly6 is stored on an included 8Gb Micro SD card. You do not need any special software to extract your video footage. Simply plug in your bike light and drag the .AVI files to your computer, where you can review footage in 10 minute chunks that are about 650MB apiece. In addition to being a fantastic LED light, the Fly6 has your back with its incredible recording capabilities. And even when you are not biking in an urban setting, the Fly6 can give you an action video up to 6 hours that is equivalent to footage from a GoPro if used on a mountain trail.
Price: $169.00 (32 percent off MSRP)
7. Akro-Mils 10144 Hardware Cabinet
Hobbies can get messy. If your Dad loves to tinker, his work station might look like a real catastrophe. IF that is the case, a Hardware Cabinet like the 10144 Akro-Mils is the perfect organizer for scatterbrained inventors and DIY repairmen alike. This cabinet’s high-impact polystyrene frame is virtually unbreakable, as are its 12 large and 32 small drawers.
The drawers are a great size for beads, hardware, and fishing equipment, but keep in mind that this organizer is far from a tool box. Large and unusually shaped objects won’t fit well into these rectangular drawers, so if that’s more what your dad will be looking for, then you can browse more tool boxes here.
8. Fire HD 8
Amazon’s Fire HD is a light, durable, and inexpensive tablet that offers fast quad-core processing, an updated user interface from its Fire OS, and a beautiful 8-inch 1280 x 800 HD display perfect for streaming movies. On the Fire OS, you’ll have access to the most popular apps out there, plus Amazon exclusive apps like the Kindle reading app, Prime TV, and the new Amazon Underground gaming app.
With 8 hours of battery life and a MicroSD expansion slot, you’ll be able to enjoy your Fire HD 8 all the time, especially since it can replace a computer or phone for many daily tasks, including reading emails, playing games, and streaming media.
Price: $129.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
9. Roku 4 Streaming Media Player
Yet another great streaming option, the Roku 4 is a streaming media player with over 2,500 streaming channels and a convenient voice search feature for browsing them all. This compact box is helping viewers everywhere “cut the cable” and get their content straight from the web. With apps like YouTube, CBSN, WatchESPN, Netflix, and more, you will find more channels for entertainment than you could ever need.
The Roku 4 is also a great option for playing 4K UHD content, plus it offers advanced up-scaling of 720p for HD TVs and 1080p HD streams to brilliant 4K Ultra HD on 4K TVs. Keep in mind that many of the apps available to Roku users require individual subscriptions, so before you purchase a Roku, do some research on if your preferred content requires a monthly payment.
10. Creative T4W 2.1 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System
The Creative T4 speakers are a wireless Bluetooth 2.1 speaker system that brings the convenience of wireless technology to the world of home audio. The two compact satellite speakers are easy to add to any workstation desktop, but the subwoofer offers enough kick to plug the whole setup into your home theater system as well.
I most enjoyed using the sample pair of T4W speakers I was given to listen to music wirelessly, as the audiophile-grade aluminum drivers deliver a surprisingly clear and balanced sound from my Android smartphone. The secret to the T4W’s top quality wireless sound is its use of the aptX and AAC high-definition codecs, which allows for improved sound fidelity and more complex sound staging in digital audio.
The sub woofer has a deep, balanced bass with very little frequency bleeding, and an appropriate crossover threshold for music and movie dialogue alike. This means that voices aren’t too boomy, and audio isn’t too seated in the mid range. The wireless convenience and versatile sound of these speakers make them a winner, plus copious connection options and an included remote to control only sweeten the deal. These speakers will definitely be appreciated by any gamer, movie fan, or music lover.
Price: $284.95 (5 percent off MSRP)