With only a handful of days left to find that perfect Father’s Day gift, plenty of people are scrambling to find a present that their dad will love. If your father loves technology, gadgets, and interesting gizmos, our gift guide is bound to have a few gift ideas that would be right up his alley. Our list of tech gifts for Father’s Day 2015 includes smartwatches, laptop accessories, smartphone cases, games, robots, and even a kitchen appliance. Read on to see ten great Father’s Day gift ideas for your tech-lovin’ dad, or check out our post on the best Father’s Day gifts for dads who love to grill.
1. Newer Technology Power2U AC 20A Outlet With 2 USB Charging Ports
If your dad is anything like my dad, he’s at his happiest when he’s taking on some big home improvement project. For dads who love DIY and gadgets, this cool outlet makes a smart gift. In addition to providing an outlet for traditional plugs, as well as two USB outlets for charging tablets, smartphones, GPS units, and more.
Newer Tech provided a sample of this unit so we could go hands-on, and use it for an extended period of time. The installation process is straightforward, so even dads who aren’t great at DIY can install this themselves. The outlet is also designed to prevent “vampire drain” when the outlet is not actively being used. Built-in smart circuits are designed to prevent over-charging, while shutters protect the USB ports from dust and debris when they are not in use. This is a thoughtful gift that you can install in dad’s living room, bedroom, or man cave.
If this gift isn’t quite right for your dad, check out our guide to the best cheap Father’s Day gifts. That gift guide features ten gifts, all of which cost $25 or less.
2. Supercade Upright Arcade Game Machine
For dads who love retro gaming, this arcade-style machine is the ultimate geek gift. Rather than housing just one title, this mega-box lets you choose from 50 different games, including Alpine Ski, Anteater, Arkanoid, Asteroids, Centipede, Cloak and Dagger, Jungle Hunt, Kram, Liberator, Lost Tomb, Missile Command, Moon Patrol, Pong, Qix, Red Baron, Rescue, Skydiver, Space Invaders, Speed Coin, Tempest, Tournament Arkanoid, Video Pinball, Warlords, Water Ski, Zoo Keeper, and lots more. While this gift is a bit expensive for one person to purchase, you could consider splitting the cost of this awesome gift with the whole family.
Price: $1,995 (31 percent off MSRP)
3. Moshi iLynx 3.0 USB Hub
For dads who love gadgets and gear, this is a practical gift. This hub is a great way to link up to his external solid-state drive or a Blu-ray/DVD drive. Moshi provided a sample unit so we could go hands-on. Over the past few weeks, this hub has provided to be both speedy and reliable. A nice feature is surge protection, which protects against data loss while hot-swapping.
The hub is quite small, making it ideal for cramped desks and smaller workspaces. This small hub just happens to fit perfectly underneath a Twelve South BookArc, making it the ideal hub to use if you want to make a smart use of the space underneath your laptop rack. If your dad loves technology, and appreciates a practical gift, this is a nice option.
4. IN1 Multi Tool Case for iPhone 6 Plus
The phone cases from IN1 not only protect a phone, but also provide the owner with tons of helpful tools. Think of this case as one step up from a traditional Swiss Army knife. This accessory is also TSA-compliant, which is great for dads who travel a lot. If your dad doesn’t own an iPhone 6 Plus, he may still be able to use this functional accessory. This case is also available for the Samsung Galaxy S5, as well as the iPhone 5/5s.
Price: $25.95 (35 percent off MSRP)
5. iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
If your dad is newly single, he might appreciate a little help around the house. The Roomba 650 is great for cleaning floors, and it is especially well-suited for homes where pet hair is a problem. This advanced robot uses proprietary “Dirt Detect technology,” which makes use of an acoustic sensor to identify dirtier areas in a home, and spend more time cleaning those parts of the floor. If dad isn’t great at housekeeping, he can have this little robot clean the floors once a day.
6. @TREND Smart Strap for All Mobile Devices
Shopping for a dad who’s a bit of a luddite? This simple gadget might help him to get more use out of his smartphone. It’s also a nice gift for elderly dads and grandparents who have shaky, unsteady hands. By affixing this strap to the back of a smartphone, your dad can wrangle earbud cords, or hang on to his phone while taking a selfie. The strap can also be used to hang the device from a wall or surface, creating an on-the-go media stand.
Price: $5 (77 percent off MSRP)
7. SP Gadgets Action Bundle
If your dad already owns a GoPro (or you know someone is planning to get him one for Father’s Day), you should consider getting him this bundle from SP Gadgets. It includes a selfie stick, which dad can use to document all of his solo adventures with his new camera. This bundle includes the selfie stick pole, a rugged case, and a wrist strap.
8. Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker
This handy appliance cooks two sandwiches at once, making this kitchen appliance ideal for breakfasting couples, or for quickly assembling breakfast for the kids. Making two sandwiches takes just five minutes, and its a great way to control the quality of what you eat…and save a little money, too. If your father is spending way too much money on fatty breakfast sandwiches from the local drive-thru, this appliance will help him eat a little better, and also save some cash.
If you’re looking for a smaller appliance, Hamilton Beach also makes a single serve version of this breakfast maker. You can view that model of sandwich maker here, which may be a better choice for single dads.
9. Coleman Triton Series 2-Burner Stove
If your dad loves to go camping, this is a stellar gift idea. Two burners means he can heat water for coffee while cooking breakfast on the other burner. Each burner can put out a maximum of 11,000 BTUs, ensuring you can get a nice hard sear on meat, fish, or other tasty treats. This camping stove has a one hour runtime when used on high, and requires just one 16.4 ounce propane cylinder (which is sold separately).
Price: $47.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
10. Moto 360 Smartwatch
The Moto 360 is arguably the most beautiful Android Wear smartwatch out there. It looks like a traditional watch, but offers tons of smart features to make your life easier. If you’re looking for a premium smartwatch for Father’s Day, this is a great option. There are a variety of finishes available, including the “champagne gold” version pictured above. Whether dad prefers a leather band or a metal one, there’s a Moto 360 style that will look great on his wrist. The Moto 360 smartwatches are compatible with Android phones running Android 4.3 or higher.
Price: $199.99 (39 percent off MSRP)
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