Father's Day Gadget Gift Ideas
The Best Gadgets For Dad
What man doesn't love gadgets? Technology has invaded every aspect of our lives so what better way to show Dad your appreciation for all that he does than with a gadget gift for Father's Day.
When it comes to choosing a gadget gift for your Dad, simply think about his interests, hobbies, and personality to determine the perfect gift for him. Is Dad a couch potato or does he have no sense of direction? Maybe Dad has dropped a hint or two about a gadget he's seen on TV or the net. In that case, it will be much easier to choose a great gift.
Below I've put together my list of favorite Father's Day gifts to suit various personalities. I know that your father will enjoy these gifts as much as my husband and my father have because they've received many of these items as gifts in the past few years.
Programmable Universal Remotes
Is Dad A Couch Potato?
If your father or husband loves watching TV, playing video games, or listening to the stereo, chances are that you have a huge collection of remote controls floating around your house. The universal remote provides a simple high-tech solution to the out-of-control remote problem.
We gave my husband a Logitech Universal remote for Christmas a few years ago and I have to say that it was one of the most well-received gifts that we've ever given him. Of course, I was as happy as he was because it meant that I didn't have to see 5 or 6 remotes on the coffee table anymore and the kids loved it too because they didn't have to struggle to figure out how to get the DVD player or the television surround sound or the Wii to work by using all those different remotes. The area behind our entertainment unit is a rats nest of cords going to God knows how many different stereo, TV, and gaming system components. Before getting the universal remote, we literally needed a manual to figure out how to operate things.
The programmable universal remote has been a life-saver. Now with the click of one button that says "Watch DVD" or "Play Wii", the remote will turn on the gaming box or the stereo or the TV and set each thing to the correct configuration to make it work. It is magical. My husband simply programmed the remote using his computer where he could select all the components to set it up. Recently we got a new DVD player and he simply deleted the old program and added the new component in just a few minutes.
Dad A Travel Enthusiast or Is He Always Lost?
Portable GPS systems that can be mounted in your car or held in your hand are the perfect gift for the father that loves to travel or the Dad that always seems to be lost, but still refuses to stop and get directions. One of the best features for a portable GPS system is that Dad can take it in whatever car he is driving around home, the rental car while on travel, or with him while walking or on a bike. Many systems not only contain street maps, but also include trail maps along with other recreational information such as park stops and even trash cans.
I bought my husband a Garmin portable GPS in 2008 for Christmas and we never leave home without it. We love that we can drive anywhere in Minneapolis without getting lost and when we want to stop at the nearest Bruegger's bagel shop, we consult the restaurant guide on the Garmin for directions to the closest one. Last year, we took it along with us to Italy where it paid for itself in a few days. All the one way streets in the small towns in Tuscany and the large cities like Florence were navigable thanks to the Garmin. We would have been lost just about every day without it. I really can't say enough about how much we love our portable GPS which is why it is one of my favorite gifts for Dad!
Cool Hand Tools
Does Dad Spend More Time in the Garage Than The House?
If your Dad is like mine, than he loves tinkering on his car or his lawnmower or who knows what in his garage shop. And my father-in-law has a shop where he builds furniture and other stuff out of wood. When it comes to buying them the perfect holiday gift for Father's Day, I usually think about finding the latest and greatest cool hand tool to make their life easier.
Some of my favorite cool tools for 2010 employ laser or digital technology. The laser level or distance measuring device along with the digital measuring tape are great choices for the craftsman while self-adjusting multi-purpose wrenches and the magnetic wristband are great options for the mechanical tinker in the family.
You can't go wrong with any gift that makes life a bit easier for Dad!
Gadgets For Dad Morning Show Video
Is Your Father King of the Grill?
I don't know about you, but my Dad couldn't boil water even if he had to. OK, maybe that is an exaggeration, but one thing I do know about my Dad is that he can grill like a champ....steaks, burgers, salmon, potatoes, asparagus....you name it and he has grilled it. If this sounds like your Dad too, then you can't go wrong with a grilling gadget.
One of my favorite gifts is the remote grilling meat thermometer. He simply inserts the probe into whatever meat he is cooking, programs the type of meat and the preferred doneness, and the thermometer beeps or talks to let him know that it is ready. I bought this for my father-in-law a few years ago because his backyard grill is downstairs from the kitchen and several yards from the house on a back patio. Instead of running down from the kitchen every few minutes, he can use the thermometer to let him know when things are ready. He loved it and we all loved that he stopped burning stuff!
Digital Cameras & Camcorders
Does Dad Love Capturing Family Moments?
Although digital cameras and camcorders have come down in price, they are still on the more expensive end of Father's Day gifts. That said, if you father loves to capture all the events and moments in your family, one of the two gadgets that I've chosen from Amazon would be a great choice this year.
I love the ultra-lite flip camcorder because you can literally fit in a pocket making it easy to transport to the kids soccer and hockey games. No one wants to lug along a big old camcorder anymore and this one is something that Dad won't mind toting around.
And when it comes to cameras, I love waterproof cameras because you never know what kind of elements Dad will be in when getting his favorite shots. We love to travel so if we are hiking to a waterfall or taking a zip line canopy tour (from our Puerto Vallarta condo rental), waterproof is essential because we never go on outings without our camera.
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When it comes to music gadgets the possibilities are just about endless. Here I've chosen 5 of my favorite music gadgets that I'm sure your Dad will love. If your Dad doesn't have an iPod nano, then it is time to get him on board with the rest of the world. This impressive light-weight MP3 player is easy to use and the newest model will even play video. The iPod nano is a must have for any music lover. And if you want a cheaper option, consider a tiny USB drive MP3 player that you can pick up for under $30.
If Dad already has the iPod, how about some accessories like waterproof speakers, regular speakers with an iPod docking station, or a wrist/belt strap that holds the iPod while he is exercising? All of these items would make great Father's Day gifts!
Radio is making a comeback this year too as people realize that you have to listen to find out what is hot in music. A personal radio player is just the ticket for a radio music enthusiast!
Is Dad A Bookworm?
Since my husband and I are bookworms, I'm a bit biased when it comes to e-readers and I vote them (hands down) my #1 favorite gift for him in 2011. That said, I know that not everyone loves reading as much as I do, but if your Dad likes reading books or even newspapers, consider an e-reader for this Father's Day!
I gave my husband the Nook e-reader from Barnes and Noble as his 2009 Christmas gift. We've been married for nearly 18 years and it was without a doubt the favorite gift I've ever given him. He loves how easy it is to use and when we go on vacation, he doesn't have to lug along 5 books to keep himself entertained when he's laying in a hammock on the beach or in a lounge chair at the pool. I love it because it is good for the environment (less trees killed to make paper) and you can make the font any size you want which is easy on my eyes.
I think any of the book readers like the Kindle or the Sony would be great too. They all have slightly different features so read the reviews and choose the one that suits you best. I have checked out out the I-pad and I'm really not a fan for reading books on it because it is more like reading on a computer versus reading an actual book. The Nook, Kindle, and Sony e-readers were made specifically for books and are the screens are not back-lit. The screen looks like an actual book page which I love. If Dad likes newspapers, I recommend the large 9.7" Kindle because you don't have to scroll around so much to read the newspaper.
I'm pretty sure that no matter what e-reader you choose, Dad will love it!