Every year, Dad somehow ends up with a tool set, a gift card, or some high-priced item that screams “I love you, but this is the best I can do with such short notice.” Guys love gadgets, so this is your year to really put some effort into this special guy’s gift—even if you only have less than a week to shop. We’ve even simplified the process a bit by selecting gifts that both seasoned and novice tech enthusiasts can appreciate. Click through our ultimate Father’s Day tech gift guide and find the perfect match for your pop.–Terrance “BrothaTech” Gaines
To add a personal touch to your Father’s Day gift, YouEtch.com will let you generate a special Father’s Day QR Code that can be laser etched onto a dog tog necklace. Choose the color of the tag, and add a special “Happy Father’s Day” note, or get the entire family involved and make a YouTube video that Dad can watch anytime he scans the engraved code with his smartphone. It’s almost a given that Dad will crack a smile every time he scans the code.
If your pappy never goes anywhere without his smartphone or tablet, I’m pretty sure he has run into situations where his mobile devices have flat lined when he needed them most. Charging items four times faster than conventional USB batteries, the powerstation can simultaneously charge a smartphone and a tablet, and is portable enough, fitting nicely in Dad’s back pocket. This Mophie device is the perfect gift for that father that absolutely depends on his gadgets to keep him connected at all times. (Raises hand.)
If the special man in your life is hooked on the iTunes ecosystem, consider gifting him an Apple TV. That lets him play his library of songs, movies, and podcasts, as well as stream content directly from his iDevice to the TV. With the Apple TV hooked up down in the “Man Cave,” Dad can instantly access all his content in full 1080p video quality.
If Dad would prefer to take his iPad versus his laptop on trips, but still wants to get work done, the KeyFolio Bluetooth keyboard case from Kensington can make that possible. Tripling as an iPad case, stand, and Bluetooth keyboard, it is compatible with all three versions of the iPad. He can toggle between landscape and portrait view, or reposition the case to lock into several different angles. So whether your father is sitting at a desk, or has no choice but to prop his iPad on his lap, the KeyFolio case can adjust to fit his needs.
Rappers and hip-hop artists (yes, there is a difference) are finding ways to expand their brand beyond music. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges has joined the list of big-name artists offering their input and name to a line of headphones with ground-shaking bass and crystal clear sound. The SL99 Hi-Def Sound Isolation In-ear Headphones are sure to surround Dad in a full-range listening experience. The major difference with the SL99’s and other headphones backed by artists is that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to buy Dad cool, but quality headphones.
Give your Dad yet another reason to use his iPod Nano. The Chicago Collection is a new line of quality artisan-crafted leather watch bands by LunaTik, a company that takes your iPod Nano and adds the functionality of a watch with swappable bands to match any style. Now he can show off to friends as he listens to his favorite playlists, tunes in to a local radio station, and flips through images of his family; in addition to telling time with his new geeky, but fly watch.
What does Dad do with all the stuff in his pocket when he sleeps? The Sanctuary by Bluelounge is where he can put his keys and wallet, as well as charge his iPod, smartphone and Bluetooth headset. Available in white, black and dark wood, the charging station is nice enough to sit elegantly on his nightstand, all while juicing up his numerous gadgets. Compatible with up to 3,768 devices, this charging hub has a port hidden in its base that can charge his devices while keeping all those cables organized and out of sight.
If Dad’s bag is crammed with a bunch of gadgets that constantly need charging, why not get him a satchel that charges his gadgets when not in use? That feeling you’re having is what we call an epiphany. The Powerbag Messenger bag’s built-in battery allows him to carry all of his stuff in style. The battery level indicator lets Dad know when his bag needs charging, and if the built-it battery doesn’t quite get the job done, larger batteries can be swapped out to keep his tech gear ready for use.
There was really nothing special about thermostats until Nest came on the scene. This sleek device is a worthwhile investment. Dad can monitor and control Nest using his smartphone, tablet or computer, and essentially save energy. The learning thermostat takes into account the weather outside, and whether or not somebody is in the house; thus, adjusts the temperature accordingly. Nest can be Dad’s “gateway drug” into the world of home automation.
I’m pretty sure Dad wouldn’t mind whole-house audio. What he probably does mind is the work involved with running wires throughout the house. Enter Sonos, a hi-fi system that can send music anywhere in the home wirelessly. The crown jewel of the Sonos system is the Play:5 speaker. Connect this speaker directly to Dad’s router, and the speaker will play music from any computer connected to that network. Sonos offers free software for the computer, or his smartphone or tablet, which will control not only his own music library, but also other services like Rhapsody, Spotify, Pandora, and numerous Internet radio stations around the world. Why not add more Sonos devices? Adding more devices to Dad’s system, which will make “zones” of music, will allow music to be played anywhere in the house, without paying a contractor or sweating in the attic or crawlspace to run wires.