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You may be wondering where to find the best Father's Day gifts for tech lovers. It's likely that smart digital assistants, TVs and laptops are at the top of Dad's Father's Day gift list this year.
But, which gadget should you buy? With so many options, shopping for Father's Day gifts can be stressful. No need to panic, we’re here to help! Whether you’re looking for the trendiest high-tech gift or a small token to show him you care, we’ve pulled together some awesome, electronics gift ideas for dad.
Twelve South BookBook CaddySack, $50, Amazon
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Help dad keep all his chargers, cables, adapters and earbuds safe and tangle-free in this leather travel organizer. The CaddySack has adjustable elastic straps and bands for all those cables, a pocket and even a slot to hold a stylus. It’s small enough to toss into a backpack or laptop bag for the dad who hates carrying a ton of things.
Streaming Media Player
Amazon Fire TV Stick, $40 Amazon
The Amazon FireTV Stick is perfect for dads who love watching TV. The tiny device plugs into the TV’s HDMI port and instantly provides access to all the top streaming channels and some you never even heard of. The included voice remote lets dad easily control the TV without having to put down his snacks.
Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones, $229 (normally $279), Amazon
Anyone who appreciates great-sounding music and does a fair amount of traveling will love Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones. Not only are they a comfortable “over-the-ear” design with padded ear cups, they boast 15-hour battery life and the ability to switch easily between two connected Bluetooth devices.
If you are looking for something a bit more affordable, we love this wireless Bluetooth pair that has over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon and is only $45.
Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Waterproof Fitness & Running Earbuds, $199 (normally $250), Amazon
Plenty of workout earbuds offer great-sounding wireless music, but Jabra’s Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds step it up a notch. The cord-free earbuds have a built-in heart-rate monitor that analyzes fitness, so users get personalized in-ear coaching or motivation to keep going. The buds are sweatproof and waterproof with a battery life of 4.5 hours.
Want something a bit cheaper? These earbuds from FOCUSPOWER are only $26 and have over 4,000 positive reviews on Amazon.
Amazon Echo Show, $150 (normally $229), Amazon
Amazon’s Echo Show is everything the original Echo voice assistant is, with an added 7-inch touchscreen. It’s great for dads who like to video chat with friends or relatives, or control devices hands free. Users can call up video from compatible smart devices such as a baby monitor, security camera or video doorbell. Get one for grandpa so he can see the kids before their dance recitals. For a smaller form factor and a lower price tag, check out the Amazon Echo Spot.
We really love all of the Amazon Echo and Alexa devices.
Google Home Mini, $50, Verizon
Google Home Mini is great for Android users and those who rely heavily on Google for search, maps and calendars. Like Amazon’s Echo Dot, the voice-activated smart speaker lets you stream music, control home gadgets and ask for information, but unlike the Dot, it can distinguish between different voices. Target shoppers with the Mini can do their shopping, including ordering another Google Home Mini, just using just their voice.
Arlo Pro 2 Home Security System, $457, Amazon
The Arlo Pro 2 wire-free smart security camera ensures dad can leave the house with some peace of mind. It shoots 1080p HD video and can be plugged in or mounted wire-free inside or outside, thanks to its weather resistant design. The cameras are small and unobtrusive, have a built-in speaker for two-way communication and the batteries are rechargeable. And it’s smart; if you have an Amazon Echo Show or Fire TV, ask Alexa to show you video from the camera.
Samsung Connect Home Smart WiFi System, $300, Samsung
Treat dad (well, more realistically the whole family) to Wi-Fi all through the house. Samsung Connect Home is a smart, mesh Wi-Fi system sending connectivity to all those hard-to-reach places like the back bedroom or that man cave in the basement. It also doubles as a SmartThings hub making it easy to connect and control smart home devices like lights, door locks and smart thermostats.
Ring Video Doorbell, $169, Amazon
With Ring's Video Doorbell dad can see, hear and speak to anyone at the front door from his phone. Users not only get notified when someone presses the doorbell button, but also when the built-in motion sensors are triggered.
Microsoft Surface Laptop, starts at $799, Microsoft
If dad's looking for a laptop that’s thin and light enough to carry around all day, with a 13.5-inch high resolution screen and comfortable keyboard, check out the Microsoft Surface Laptop. It has an Alcantara fabric keyboard that gives it a luxurious look and feel, and comes in gorgeous colors you don’t usually see on a laptop: burgundy, cobalt blue, platinum and graphite gold. It comes loaded with Windows 10 S, which limits you to Windows apps, so we recommend the free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for more flexibility.
Smartphones & Accessories
Samsung Galaxy S9, Starting at $720, Samsung
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 smartphone has some of the fastest download speeds available, according to Speedtest by Ookla. It also comes with Dolby Atmos sound technology, and charges quickly without a cord. Dads of small children are sure to appreciate that the phone is waterproof. This S9 is available on major carriers and comes in a choice of colors including midnight black, coral blue and lilac purple.
SanDisk iXpand Base, $60 (normally $100), Amazon
For that father who’s always frantically deleting photos and videos of his kids off his iPhone to make room for more, SanDisk’s iXpand Base makes backing up photos a no-brainer. It automatically backs up photos and videos every time you charge your iPhone. It comes in capacities up to 256 GB.
Nomad Horween Leather Folio Case for iPhone 7, $35, Amazon
Smartphone cases make a great gift and they don’t have to be bulky to be protective. Nomad’s Horween Leather Folio Case is made of soft leather that cradles the phone, while the folio design holds a handful of credit cards or ID and some cash for men who hate carrying a wallet around.
Anker Phone Battery, $62, Amazon
Portable power is a must for today’s battery-hogging smartphones. Anker’s Power Core 26800 is a compact power bank that can fully recharge an iPhone (multiple times) or Samsung Galaxy phone — even an iPad Air. It’s lightweight and portable so you can carry it with you all day. It has two USB high-speed-charging ports, so you can charge multiple devices at once.
For a more affordable option, try Anker's Power Core 1000 for $30. It boasts more than 7,500 user reviews and charges most smartphones up to three times with one charge.
Tile Pro AnthingFinder, $25, Amazon
Give dad the gift of never losing his phone or keys again. Tile Pro attaches to your easily-misplaced items and uses Bluetooth to track and locate them. The smartphone app rings the Tile, or shows the last known location on a map. Tap the Tile and it rings your phone – even if it’s on silent. Tile comes in a Pro Sport and Pro Style version.
Amazon Fire HD 10” Tablet with Alexa, $150, Amazon
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa has a full HD display, 32 GB of expandable storage and 10 hours of battery life for less than half the starting price of a new iPad. With hands-free Alexa (Amazon’s voice assistant) built in, this is the perfect media consumption device, especially for Amazon Prime members. Use your voice to access and control movies, audiobooks and other content.
Microsoft Xbox One X, $479, Amazon
Video gamers with a 4K TV can power up their gaming experience with the new Xbox One X. It offers quicker load times, stunning resolution and more memory, and is backwards compatible with older Xbox One games and accessories. Bonus: the Xbox One X doubles as an entertainment device since it comes with a 4K HD Blu-ray player built in.
Skagen Mens Hagen Connected Hybrid Smartwatch, $146, Amazon
Finally, watches with style and brains! Skagen’s hybrid smartwatches, like the Skagen Mens Hagen Connected Hybrid Smartwatch, integrate activity tracking and discreet text, email and call notifications into a classic watch. We also love the leather band on this Skagen watch.
LG 55" 4K Ultra-HD Smart TV, $797, Amazon
LG's 55" Ultra-HD Smart TV has outstanding 4K picture quality, with HDR and Dolby Vision, at an affordable price tag. With smart TV capabilities built right in, this is the perfect TV for someone who wants to get started streaming their entertainment.
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