Buying gifts for dad can be tough — especially if they’re the kind that already seems to have everything. Whether it’s for your own dad or another special father in your life, here are 10 awesome tech-inspired gifts that dads everywhere will actually love and use.
A wallet is a wallet, unless it’s packed with security features like this one. In our modern age, digital pickpockets can easily snatch credit card information remotely with simple tools. But this wallet is equipped with RFID shielding protection to deter all sorts of data thieves. Best of all, it’s made out of genuine leather, and it’s also simple and stylish. If he’s not a bifold fan, ID Stronghold also has a variety of leather wallets in other popular styles. Get it here.
No, he’s not going to stop and ask for directions. And fumbling with smartphone navigation while driving is dangerous. This clever device solves both of those problems. Just open the connected app, type in your directions, and place your smartphone on the device — the display will reflect onto the glass panel, allowing easy navigation without yours eyes ever leaving the road. Get it here.
Give your dad a jump start on those New Year’s resolutions with a fitness tracker. If he’s not the tech-type, this simple and durable device will easily and automatically track activity and sleep throughout the day and send that data to his smartphone. If you really want to help get him in shape, buy two and challenge him to the various fitness activities via Fitbit’s app. Get it here.
Give the gift of peace and quiet — or noise-isolated rocking sound. These wireless Bluetooth headphones pack an impressive noise cancellation mode that blocks out 97 percent of active ambient sound. Its 40mm drivers also ensure that it’ll deliver high-quality, premium audio quality. While it lasts about 12 hours on a single charge, it can also be plugged in via a headphone jack. Get it here.
This clever gadget is dual-purpose. For one, it keeps up to 10 keys squared away and organized. But, with Tile location-tracking tech built in, these keys can also be found on a map and made to “ring” when they’re (inevitably) misplaced. It can even work in reverse — letting users find their phones, even on silent. It includes a loop attachment for a car key fob and a bottle opener. Get it here.
This smartwatch mixes the old with the new. While, on the surface, it looks to be a standard analog watch, it also packs a wide range of smart features like voice commands, push notification support, turn-by-turn navigation, and even compatibility with Amazon Alexa. Perfect for someone who wants smartwatch features without the “techy” aesthetic. Get it here.
Most people like coffee — but we all know those people who really like coffee. If dad is one of them, this highly rated smart coffee machine is the perfect gift to help upgrade his coffee game. It connects to a smartphone app, and allows for a wide range of customizable features like temperature control, pre-soak options and programmable brew start time. Basically, it allows for coffee connoisseurs to get ever closer to that perfect cup. Get it here.
This Class 1-powered laser projector is small enough to fit in a pocket, but powerful enough to project up to 150” of HD images or video at a maximum brightness of 200 lumens. It works with a variety of devices, but since it’s powered by Android, it can also be used to browse the web, check email or stream video. Get it here.
When it comes to the cool factor, it’s hard to beat a drone. But drones are actually harder to pilot than they seem. Get dad started with this quadcopter equipped with an HD camera. It’s small, reasonably priced and easy to control — and best of all, it’s made of durable materials so it can handle the unexpected minor crash (or two). Get it here.
From watching the latest games to late-night Netflix binges, a TV is a gift that’ll keep on giving for anyone — but maybe especially for dads. This 50-inch model from Samsung features impressive picture quality and a suite of other Smart TV features like a proprietary app environment and a remote with built-in voice commands. It’s also rather sleek and thin, so it’ll blend in perfectly in virtually any room. Get it here.