Almost everyone loves fun little gadgets. Whether it’s some kind of toy or the latest innovation to make life easier, there’s a gadget out there for everyone. That includes dad, which is very convenient for Father’s Day, birthdays, or Christmas.
While some dads may not have a use for gadgetry, other dads are basically just big kids, looking for any new and interesting gizmo. If you’re stuck for something to get him this year, it might be time to consider the wealth of new products coming out these days. It seems like everyone is having their idea Kickstartered into fruition, which makes shopping for everyone — even dad — a little easier.
If you need a few more ideas, check out our best cheap Father’s Day gifts here.
In order to help you show your father how much you love him, here’s our list of the top ten best gadgets for dad.
1. For the Golfer Dad: Arccos 360 Gold Performance Tracking System
Is your dad the competitive type, especially when it comes to being out on the links? This complete golf game tracking system records all shots a golfer takes as they play, collecting the data for further analysis. Your dad can use it to improve his game generally, or use the shot mapping rangefinder to make shot decisions. There are over 40,000 golf courses pre-mapped in the system to help your dad ace almost any course. The system allows golfers to play with their phones on airplane mode, thereby reducing battery usage and removing any worry about international data roaming. If the buy-in on the full system is a bit much, they also make the Arccos Driver Tracking System to focus only drives, including competition against friends using online leaderboards.
2. For the Firearm Enthusiast Dad: The GunBox 2.0
Responsible gun owners know that gun safety begins with keeping all firearms secure when not in use. Unlike gun safes of the past, however, the GunBox makes it so you don’t need a key to open it. There are three ways to open the GunBox: fingerprint scan, smartphone app, or included key fob and keycard. Once one of these methods are used, the box opens smoothly and quickly so you can access it with only the slightest delay over, say, just putting it in the nightstand. Even better, you can be the only one with any of the access methods, increasing security. If multiple people need access, however, you can program it to recognize several fingerprints. The battery lasts for 18 months, and the box also features two USB ports so you can charge your phone at night if you choose to keep it on your nightstand. If the box is bumped or moved, an alarm will sound. As a bonus, it’s FAA approved for firearm transport and is large enough to hold most handguns. It’s also extremely modern looking with its appealing design. It comes in six colors: Matte Carbon Black (pictured), Raw Metal, Gunsmoke Brown, Bond Black, Billet Gray/Silver, and Arctic White. The GunBox can either be mounted or tethered with a cable lock.
3. For the Dad Focused on Security: Ultraloq UL3 BT Keyless Smart Door Lock
Speaking of high-tech home security, Ultraloq have applied similar technologies seen in the GunBox to your home’s front door. Where the GunBox offers three ways in, this unit offers five different unlocking options. First is a code entry, which has the additional feature of “anti-peep password” wherein any random string of numbers will open the door, provided the actual code is embedded within them. This means that if your keypad wears over time, no one will be able to guess the code. The second and third methods use the smartphone. One is a simple app-based unlock using Bluetooth. The other is either a knock or shake-to-open using an iOS device’s accelerometer. You needn’t unlock your phone or open an app as long as the two are paired. The fourth method is a fingerprint scanner, and the final is a keyed backup, hidden at the bottom of the device. The unit uses three AA batteries that will last 8,000 openings. I recently switched to a keyless door entry solution and definitely recommend it.
Price: $198.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
4. For the Dad Who Loves to Cook: Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale
If your dad loves to cook but is also monitoring his marcos, this handy food scale could be perfect for him. Using 2,000 pre-set codes, your dad can call up the nutritional facts on a wide variety of foods placed on the scale. Great for portioning for healthier eating. If a food isn’t in there already, there are 99 custom code banks to add your dad’s favorite foods. Great for diabetics or anyone with specific food-related goals.
Price: $39.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
5. For the TV-Loving Dad: Samsung Electronics UN50MU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
If your dad has been holding out for a new TV, now is the time to get one. Smart TVs are taking over, removing the need for separate Fire, Apple, and Roku TV units. This Samsung TV combines a stunning 4K picture with the convenience of all the apps you’d need, including Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, HBO, and more. The remote can detect any other connected devices (should you still need them) and offers voice navigation for even greater convenience. I just got a very similar model and I love it so far. It’s so convenient to have it all contained within one unit, especially when mounted to the wall.
If 50 inches and 4K are too much for your dad, there’s the much cheaper TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV, which covers many of the same apps.
6. For the Espresso-Loving Dad: MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
Not every gadget needs to be powered. In fact, if you supply the hot water and ground coffee, this espresso maker requires no additional power at all. If your dad is known to enjoy a finely pulled shot now and again, especially on the go, this makes a great gift. Compared to other methods for making espresso, this is both fast and superior in terms of the final product. Put it up against the AeroPress any day.
Price: $59.95 (8 percent off MSRP)
7. For the Organized Dad: ILoveHandles Plank Floating Cell Phone Shelf with Magnetic Keyhook
Is your dad really into organization? Does he hate losing stuff? Or, perhaps, is he always losing stuff? Make his life a little easier by giving him this neat floating shelf. Hung right inside the front door, this will act as a handy place to put wallets, phones, and other small items. A magnetic strip underneath will hold several sets of keys so they’re always easily located. Available in the pictured Black Walnut, All Natural Wood, and Solid Black.
Price: $24.75 to $29.95
8. For the Handy Dad: iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit
With so many gadgets around the house these days, something is bound to break sooner or later. If your dad is good with fixing things, make sure he has the tools to address the huge amount of electronics and gizmos available today. iFixit created this kit after combing through the tools mentioned in thousands of repair manuals. Included in this kit is the following:
- 64 bit driver kit
- Anti-static wrist strap
- Small suction cup
- Three iFixit opening tools
- Nylon-tipped reverse tweezers
- Angled ESD tweezers
- Blunt EDS tweezers
- Two spudgers
- Magnetic pad
- Tool roll
If the price is a bit much for you, you could consider the AmazonBasics Electronics Tool Kit, which is similar, but might lack the hours of research iFixit has at its disposal.
Price: $69.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
9. For the Dad that Loves Music: Outdoor Tech OT4200 Big Turtle Shell – Ultra Loud Rugged Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Boombox & Powerbank
While we previously posted about cheap Bluetooth speakers, that list wouldn’t have covered something like this. Made for use outside either during yard work or for parties, this is an extra loud, extra rugged Bluetooth speaker. Water resistant to IPX-6 standard, this unit can stay outside in almost all weather conditions. A charge lasts for about 16 hours of playback or recharging other devices, since it’s also a power bank. When on its “belly”, place it in the center of the area for 360-degree listening. It can also be mounted for directional sound or paired with a second unit to increase the listening field. They also make a smaller version, the OT1800 Turtle Shell 2.0, in eight colors for a range of prices all below $100 which is just the speaker bit without the power bank functionality.
Price: $142.55 to $172.94
Buy the Outdoor Tech OT4200 Big Turtle Shell – Ultra Loud Rugged Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Boombox & Powerbank here.
10. For the Health-Conscious Dad: Bitfinder Awair Air Quality Monitor
Gadgets are supposed to make our lives better. Sometimes they do, but usually just in the sense of being more entertaining. The Awair makes life better by actively monitoring the environment in which your dad lives. If your dad has asthma or has had trouble sleeping lately, it could be the air quality in his home. Compatible with Nest, Alexa, and IFTTT, this air quality monitor tracks the levels of dust, VOCs, carbon dioxide, humidity, and temperature. As it collects data, Awair will make recommendations to improve the air. If you wanted to go all out, you could pair this gift with an Alen BreatheSmart Customizable Air Purifier to help your dad follow the advice of the Awair.
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