Time's running out for Father’s Day shopping, and we know you want to be a little more creative than the same-old-tie routine. Dads deserve the latest gear to make their lives fun and convenient, so we've rounded up 21 great gadget-y gift ideas to make it easy for you to show Dad just how much you love him this Sunday, June 15.
Check out our Father’s Day tech-gift picks below, with something for every budget and every kind of dad.
Father's Day Gifts Under $49
Google Chromecast - Play Store, $34.99
The Chromecast is Google’s answer to HDTV streaming for the budget-conscious consumer. Instead of remote controls, Chromecast relies on Android smartphones or iPhones to “cast” streaming content from Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO. For dads who don’t own a smartphone or are unlikely to use theirs as a remote, scroll down for the Roku 3 ($99).
Pocket Tripod - Geometrical, $25
IPhone stands are all over the place, but only one can fold down to the size of a credit card. The Pocket Tripod fits conveniently into any standard wallet and gives Dad the perfect stand on the go. With up to 360 degrees of movement, it can offer Dad the perfect viewing angle.
Tactical Chef Apron - ThinkGeek, $29.99
Grillmaster dads are often juggling spatulas, tongs and barbecue sauce while out on the patio during the summer. The Tactical Chef Apron aims to solve this problem with a number of pouches and hooks, so everything for the grill is always within reach.
Roku Streaming Stick - Roku, $49
The Roku Streaming Stick is a neat option for dads who hate clutter but don’t want to miss the latest Netflix exclusives. Formerly a division of Netflix, Roku released the Streaming Stick in March, and while it costs $15 more than the Chromecast, it ships with a remote control and still supports more streaming services than Google’s dongle.
Father's Day Gifts $50-$100
Veho Muvi Pro Micro DV Camcorder - Veho, $54.99
The rugged yet frugal dad will appreciate the Veho Muvi Pro Micro DV camcorder, which is the smallest video camera in the world featuring a high-resolution 2-megapixel camera. Its size is perfect for easy and inconspicuous handling. This camera is best for activities where you’re likely to get dirty.
The camping enthusiast dad will go for the Motorola MR350R two-way radio, which picks up frequencies up to 35 miles between. The radios are also equipped with 11 weather channels and accept 121 privacy codes. These radios are best for far-off trips where constant communication is necessary.
Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo, $60
“Mario Kart 8” is the gift that keeps on giving. Though you can buy it for your father, your mom will probably love it too. So will your sister. And probably your brother. The racing title, which features classic Nintendo characters, 32 courses and a variety of racing vehicles, really delivers fun for the whole family.
Xbox Live 1-Year Gold Subscription - Microsoft, $60
The Xbox Live Gold Subscription works for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. It will give your dad access to exclusive Xbox content like beta tests, pre-releases and more. And for the price of a video game? Not a bad deal.
Roku 3 - Roku, $89
The Roku 3 is the crown jewel of the company’s streaming boxes, and in our opinion, one of the best. The American manufacturer released the Roku 3 in March 2013, but it still has the best support for streaming services outside of the Chromecast and works with Amazon.com’s Prime Instant Video service, while Google’s dongle does not. The Roku 3 comes with a neat remote that has a headphone jack, so Dad can binge-watch “Orange Is the New Black” even after Mom goes to bed.
Amazon Fire TV - Amazon.com, $99
Amazon’s foray into streaming boxes has one neat little trick: voice search. Dads obsessed with the latest tech might enjoy asking Fire TV to stream their favorite shows, but those on a budget might do better with a Chromecast ($35) or the Roku 3 ($89). Amazon is giving $15 away in Prime Video credit with a purchase, to buy shows and movies not yet available on Netflix.
Father’s Day Gifts $100-$199
Portenzo Alano iPad Air Leather Case - Portenzo, $134.95
Carry that iPad Air in style with the Portenzo Alano leather case. The case is handmade in the USA out of high-quality materials and comes in several different styles that will impress anyone who sees it, making Dad the envy of his friends.
Jawbone Up24 - Jawbone, $149.99
For fathers who are health nuts, the Jawbone Up24 can track their activity from morning to night, everything from calories burned per step to overall sleep quality. And with a seven-day battery life, Dad won’t have to worry about constantly charging the device.
Livescribe 3 Pen -Livescribe, $149.95
The best tool for the business-minded father, the Livescribe 3 pen makes meetings a breeze. This pen goes way beyond your normal ballpoint; it can record handwriting, audio and sync via Bluetooth to his iPad, iPhone and computer. Notes can be tracked and archived digitally and even converted into printed text.
ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones - Audio-Technica, $169
Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x headphones offer professional-level sound with around-the-ear coverage, so Dad can escape for a few hours in a world of music or movie sound effects. The ATH-M50x is foldable, making it easy to store them when they’re not in use.
Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill - Coleman, $179.99
The grilling enthusiast dad will appreciate the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill, which is compact for easy storage and travel. This grill features 285 inches of cooking space and porcelain-coated cast-iron grates for durability and easy cleaning. This grill can be used at home or away, but it's best for travel, like camping or tailgating.
Nintendo 3DS - Nintendo, $189.00
Show Dad how far portable video games have come since he bought that first Game Boy in 1989. Though it’s a little pricey, the device comes in an array of cool, masculine colors that your gamer father will love.
Father’s Day Gifts $200+
Nest Learning Thermostat - Nest, $249
Not too hot, not too cold, just right. The Nest thermostat is the perfect gift for the father who’s looking to modernize his family’s home. Nest learns a user’s temperature changes and automatically creates a thermostat schedule to their needs, so they can sit back and relax with one less thing to worry about.
Garmin Virb Elite Action Camera - Garmin, $399.99
The rugged dad will appreciate the Garmin Virb Elite action camera, which is a true 1080p HD camera with Wi-Fi and GPS. This camera is best for capturing sports like biking and roller skating.
Harmony Ultimate One - Logitech, $249.99
For that dad who needs one remote to rule them all, there’s the Logitech Harmony Ultimate One. Featuring a touch screen, backlit keys, rechargeable battery and easy programming, this universal remote will have dad surfing television in style without the need to juggle between controls.
iPad Air - Apple, $499+
The iPad Air is the perfect gift for dads who obsess over new gadgets. From business spreadsheets to hit games, iPad Air will help your dad get work done while on the go and impress his friends and family by getting the coveted 2048 tile. With more than 1 million apps available on the App Store, the iPad Air is ultimately customizable, allowing any father to get the best out of this device.
Razer Blade - Razer, $2,300
If you really want to show Dad how much you appreciate all those home algebra lessons and visits to your baseball games, spring for the Razer Blade. Because nothing says "Happy Father’s Day" like a $2,000 laptop.