Best Tech Gift Ideas for Dads
by Jeana Lee Tahnk of Screen Play
From solar-powered chargers to grill gadgets, we've rounded up great tech gifts for dads that he'll love unwrapping this year. Check out even more unique Christmas gift ideas for kids, adults and everyone on your list!
Sleek is the name of the game when it comes to listening to his favorite music on his mobile phone, iPod, iPad or computer. These Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones are a great accessory for anyone who appreciates the sound of good music and wants to look cool too.
Azeca Stereo Bluetooth Folding Headset starts at $64.99
Let him be a kid again with this awesome, retro arcade cabinet for the iPad. Simply slide the device in, download the Atari Greatest Hits app and watch him rejoice in playing Asteroids, Missile Command and Pong from his days of yore.
If there’s a golfer in the house, you know that a round can make or break his day. For a more consistent game, give him the Senso Glove. Senso Glove is an electronic golf glove that provides real-time feedback for correcting grip pressure for a smoother, more powerful swing.
$89, available at Senso Glove
Logitech takes remote controls to the next level with its Harmony line of universal remote controls. Who thought a remote could be this high tech? Dad will never have to deal with multiple remotes again and can configure the Harmony to be an all-in-one changer that offers touchscreen design and intuitive controls.
Models start at $29.99, available at logitech.com
Best Foot Forward
If he needs a little more motivation to get up and get active, Striiv is a next generation pedometer/activity monitor that includes technology, gaming and even donations to charity through movement. It’s a small device that can be attached to a keychain or belt, and it monitors daily activity. The more active you are, the more games you can play and most importantly, the more you’re donating to charity at no cost to you (through Striiv sponsors).
from Striiv.com, $99
For Goodness' Steak
A wireless belt-clip monitor, the Grill Alert announces when just about any meat is perfectly cooked.
After four hours of sun, the Solio solar-powered charger is ready to rev up his cell phone, iPod, camera, game player, or GPS. Power it up the old-fashioned way on rainy days.
The Clocky alarm clock rolls off his bedside table when the buzzer sounds… and keeps rolling until he catches it.
Best Stocking Stuffer for Manicured Moms: Tidy Mouse Ring Holder
"'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" — except for this adorable miniature jewelry organizer! Mom can place it by the sink, on her nightstand or a on top of a desk as the perfect thing to store her rings while cooking, doing the dishes, washing up, and, of course, when settling down for a long winter's nap. ($10; anthropologie.com)
Gorillapod bests a tripod: It bends to securely attach a compact camera pretty much anywhere.
Kikkerland Virtual Reality Goggles
A New App and 3-D Glasses
If your dad is always looking out for the newest tech trend then he is probably obsessed with 3-D and virtual reality applications that are now available on most smartphones. What he may not know is that VR headsets don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Instead, treat him to these Kikkerland Virtual Reality Glasses that will bring all of his favorite apps to life without breaking the bank.
Kikkerland Virtual Reality Glasses ($15, bloomingdales.com)
The SolarGorilla Portable Laptop Charger allows tech-geeks/eco-nerds to power their laptops, cell phones, and even portable DVD players with the sun. Yes, it's great for the environment, but hello, it's convenient for you. Charge your stuff while your kids are at the park, you're on vacation or you're working outside.