November 23, 2014

Last minute gift ideas for dads and grads

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Question….You love your dad, right? That’s cool, we love him, too. He’s a pretty stand-up dude and he’s always got our back. Ok, another question… what did you get him for Father’s Day?

With only a few days between now and Father’s Day you’d better scramble to find that guy something nice. Not to worry, though, we’ve got your back and wanna help out. That’s why we’ve put together a nice list of products, accessories, services, and other stuff to help show how much you love him. We won’t tell him that you slacked off if you won’t.

Not only does this list speak to dear old dad but it also works well for anyone looking to scoop up a graduation gift. Yes, it’s that time of year when you may find yourself heading to barbecues and get-togethers in the name of celebration.

Whether the grad is fresh out of high school or just wrapping up college, there’s plenty here to help congratulate them.

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For those who cannot be bothered to leave the house, we present some of our favorite virtual currencies, gift cards, and services to check out.

  • Amazon Coins – Choose from 500, 1,000, 2,500, 50,000, or 100,000 coins which can be used for purchasing games and apps through the Amazon Appstore. While it’s normally a 1 coin=1 penny trade-off, you save money when buying in bulk.
  • Amazon Gift Card – Name your denomination and have it delivered via email. Perfect for those last, last minute buyers who have a very specific budget in mind.  Alternately, you can print out at home and make it look like you put some effort into it.
  • Google Play Gift Card – Okay, you’ll have to put in a smidge effort here and get to a store. But, doing so lets your gift-getter access paid apps, games, magazines, books, movies, and other content. C’mon, get off the couch. $10, $45, $50, and $100
  • MoviePass – All the movies you can see in one month for one low rate? Works at many movie theater chains and can be used literally once per day. We won’t say anything if you bought this one for yourself.
  • Starbucks Gift Card – Dude, really? Who doesn’t love coffee? For a limited time, Amazon is tossing in $10 in Appstore credits with the purchase of select gift cards. $25 and $50

Nest Learning Thermostat

nest Dead simple to install and manageable via your smartphone, this smart thermostat is the future of heating and cooling. And, because it learns the users behaviors and patterns, it promises to save money over the course of its life. Activity sensors detect when nobody’s home and turn itself to an energy-saving temperature; remembers what tempss keep you comfortable and creates a custom schedule. $249 at Amazon and Google Play

Sphero 2.0

sphero_hero You know that cute, little, white, robotic ball that you control with your phone? This is him. Actually, this is the new him. There’s a lot more going on with this guy; he’s way more than just a remote control orb. Download and play a number of fun games (Rolling Dead is one of our faves) with the Sphero 2.0, drive your pet nuts, or take it to the pool. Yep, he’s waterproof and looks pretty darn cool floating around at night. Customize the colors, make him dance, and teach him tricks. Toss on the Nubby accessory and he’s ready for more rugged terrain! $99.95 at Amazon

SONOS

sonos_play3The first name in wireless music entertainment, SONOS is one of those products that gets better over time. Thanks to the recent integration of Google Play Music, you’ve got just about every music source under the sun available to stream. For a limited time you can pick up a $50 Amazon Promo Credit and score 6 months of Google Play Music All Access at no extra cost. The Play:3 works well in just about all environments and fills any room with deep, rich sound. $299 at Amazon

Blumoo

blumoo Enhance an existing home theater and entertainment system with this all-in-one solution. Not only does this provide universal remote control options to more than 200,000 devices, it’s also capable of Bluetooth streaming. That’s right, all of your music files from iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and Google Music can be piped through to a television and entertainment center. Toss out all of your other remotes, this one has it under control. To be fair, it’s your smartphone that acts as the remote. Channel guides, reminders, and other features specific to you local provider ensure you get the best experience. $129 at Amazon 

Pebble

pebble Compatible with Android and iOS devices, this watch gets better all the time (see what we did there?). View notifications from a variety of apps and services, control music playback, and customize it with handpicked faces. With a battery that lasts up to a full week on a single charge, the Pebble is solid as a rock. There’s an entire community built around watchbands, apps, games, and other fun stuff. $199 at Amazon

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