Father’s Day is just two weeks away, which means it is time to get a gift for your dad. My dad has just about everything he needs, and Father’s Day is a great way for me to thank him for raising me to be the best person I can be. He worked M-F from 8-5pm, and was home every night to help me with homework, play catch, coach me in Little League and soccer, and to ask me how I was doing. I am blessed to have a father who taught me to do things the right way.
I could go on and on about how my father has impacted my life, and I am sure many of you had the same experience. For Father’s Day 2016, I have put together a list of things that your dad might not normally buy for himself. Men’s gifts are typically more challenging to pick out, but fathers are usually quite practical, since they often sacrifice their own wants for their kids. So look through the list, and find something that your dad might not buy for himself even though he would love it.
Drones are a ton of fun to play with, but they’re arguably practical too. You can take them to the park, beach, or anywhere you want. Today’s drones are incredibly powerful, have self balancing features, can shoot live video, and are so easy to use that even I could figure it out without opening the instructional booklet.
Some fathers could use them to inspect the roof and gutters on their house, while some could use drones to inspect their farms and agriculture. There are hundreds of practical uses for drones.
- Enhanced 14 megapixel fish-eye lens offers 1080p video recording and image capture
- 25 minutes of flight time thanks to a powerful 2700 mAh battery
- Equipped with powerful motors and a rear flash LED for flight in greater altitudes and better visibility.
- Parrot Sky Controller comes ready to connect to your phone or tablet. 2 joysticks make piloting easy, and the Wi-Fi extender increases your range to 1.25 miles.
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera – $900 at Amazon
- 4K (Ultra HD), 12-MP camera on a quick-release 3-axis gimbal
- HD Live View (720p streaming up to 1.2 miles away) and autonomous flight modes including follow, orbit, and waypoints via the free Starlink app for iOS or Android (mobile device sold separately)
- Dual GPS/GLONASS outdoor navigation, SecureFly magnetic interference protection, and the Starpoint Positioning System for precise flying where GPS signals are unavailable
- Intuitive remote controller with LCD screen for flight information and one-touch buttons for starting the motors, takeoff/landing, hover/pause, and going home
- Included accessories: Premium hard case, 64-GB MicroSD card that can record over 2 hours of 4K video, intelligent battery for up to 25 minutes of flying time per charge, a 1.5-hour fast charger, spare propellers and small parts
- No FAA registration required ; Jumps up to 2.5 feet high and always falls back on its wheels
- The free FreeFlight 3 app offers an intuitive control from your smartphone or tablet through Wi-Fi
- Swipe for perfect turns and hit predefined buttons for acrobatics like spins or jumps; Equipped with a wide angle camera that streams live immersive views on the piloting screen
Portable wireless speakers
Just about everyone loves music and what father wouldn’t love a great wireless speaker? If you’re looking to get your dad a home WiFi speaker, you can learn more about what speakers we think are the best here.
Turcom Bluetooth AcoustoShock – $129.99 at Amazon
- Turcom AcoustoShock outdoor speaker was built for portability and durability. Its rugged and compact design gives outdoor enthusiasts the ability to listen to music anywhere. This unique outdoor speaker is dust-proof, shock-proof, and has a water-proof rating of IPX-5, which means it can withstand a rain storm.
- The speaker contains 2 drivers and 2 active sub-woofers to deliver 30 Watts of superior bass with crisp highs even when your music is playing at high volume levels. In addition to 2.2 Channel stereo sound output, it has the capability to answer calls with its integrated microphone.
- Read our full review here.
Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker – $130 at Amazon
- Just tap the microphone button and ask for music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
- Uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music, read the news, provide weather reports, and even order a pizza
- Streams all your music via Bluetooth from your phone or tablet
- Delivers crisp sound powered by Dolby, with dual stereo speakers that provide 360º omni-directional audio
- Provides up to 9 hours of playback
- Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills
- Everything you need to know about the Amazon Tap here.
- Freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep bass
- Waterproof (IPX7) grab n’ go shape that is shockingly light-1.93 pounds
- 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range, 20-hour rechargeable battery and ultra-fast micro USB charging ( Actual wireless range and battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions)
- UE MEGABOOM app for additional features and control
- Gets better all the time through wireless, over-the-air speaker updates
- Quick pairing to any Bluetooth device, with the option to auto reconnect to the last Bluetooth device used
- Exclusive REWIND fabric covering, and bamboo front baffle and rear trim
- Controls: Power, Volume, Bluetooth pairing/disconnect
- 3.5mm stereo audio input for non-Bluetooth enabled audio devices
- Powered by internal 8-hour lithium ion battery so you can bring your music on the go
There are quite a few active dads who love to hike, mountain bike, surf, run, paddle board and more. Let Dad catch all of his active moments with an action camera. They’re superior to smartphone cameras and are incredibly easy to use.
- All-in-one unlocked 4G LTE Live Streaming Camera – No Smartphone Needed
- Live stream with the press of a button notifying friends, family and fans you are broadcasting live
- Share your experience with real-time speed and altitude dashboards that overlay the video
- Sioeye Cloud live basic streaming service included at no extra cost
- Sioeye mobile apps for iOS and Android available free to your friends, family and fans
LG 360 CAM – Get it at MobileFun
- Compact spherical Camera
- 360 degree image capture with One click
- Dual 13 MP wide-angle cameras
- 2K video recording, 16 MP spherical image support
- 5.1-Channel surround-sound recording
Many of our dads had a love for music before they had us. They might have played in bands or sang in Acapella groups, so use this Father’s Day to help your dad get back into the groove.
- Works wirelessly with your device and our apps to teach you guitar
- Sensors detect your finger placements giving you instant feedback
- Play chords in minutes with simple interactive tutorials and games
- Real strings and frets. Never needs tuning. Great for traveling.
- Also a creative MIDI tool: Play any sound with 100’s of other apps
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac and select Android M devices
The ONE Light Keyboard 61-Key Portable Keyboard Piano – $299 at Amazon
- 61 backlit, touch responsive keys
- 64 max note polyphony; 3 foot pedals
- 128 GM timbres and 6 drum kits
- Bidirectional USB MIDI port
- Free integrated The ONE app for iOS / Android.
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch – $199.95 at Amazon
- Track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes
- Get PurePulse continuous, wrist-based heart rate monitoring with no uncomfortable chest straps
- See simplified heart rate zones for quickly checking exercise intensity during workouts
- Use multi-sport tracking to track runs, cardio, cross-training, biking and more
- Effortlessly and automatically record workouts to your dashboard with SmartTrack
- Enable Connected GPS to map your routes and see run stats like pace and duration on display (when your phone is nearby)
- Start a FitStar workout on your wrist and get step-by-step instructions and graphics to ensure you complete each move correctly
- Clinically validated, medically accurate, smart upper arm blood pressuremonitor with automatic multiple user functionality
- Easy to set up, it measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and heart rate with irregular heartbeat detection
- This compact, elegant monitor works wirelessly with your smartphone or tablet (Apple iOS 7.0 or later, Kindle, Android 4.4 or later)
- Fully integrates with the Qardio product family, allowing users to upload, store and share data and trends with family or doctor
- Multiple useful and unique features: triple measurement averaging, reminders, geo-tracking across locations and many more
PlusUs: Life2Go – $29.95 at Life2Go
Compact all-in-one car charger and portable power bank
- Fits any standard car socket to charge itself and your device; also serves as portable power bank
- Can also be charged via USB for maximum versatility
- 1,000 mAh to provide rescue power when needed
- Sturdy construction and comes in blue gray, copper and light gold
- Awarded Golf Digests “Best of the 2016 PGA Show.” Designed by golf professionals, the Blast Golf Replay app has the metrics accuracy required by pro players, while featuring video improvement tips and drills to help players of all abilities improve their game.
- The Blast Precision Motion Sensor attaches to the end of nearly any regulation driver or putter and uses Bluetooth Smart technology to connect to your smartphone or tablet
- There’s no need to alter your natural swing or putting stroke, and there are no power buttons or controls to get in your way; The Blast precision motion sensor knows when you’re moving and captures your important 3D action metrics in real–time
- Capture video and track driver swings and putting strokes instantly, even store your performance metrics when the sensor is out of range and they’ll download to your smart phone or tablet as soon as you reconnect
- Easily share your highlights with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and E–mail with just one touch
- Train Like a Pro; with Blast Golf Replay, coaches, golfers and active life enthusiasts can gain the insights they need to improve their game, gain the competitive edge and show the world what they’ve achieved
Mountie – World’s Smallest Magnetic Vent Car Mount – $24.99 at Caseco
- WORLD’S SMALLEST VENT CAR MOUNT!: Simply the most convenient and smart way to mount your phone and keep it in sight while driving! Small enough to slip in your pocket while STILL mounted on your phone, but extra strong to protect your smartphone from ANY road vibrations or impacts, this mount will become your #1 necessity for all car trips.
- BEST TRAVEL COMPANION: Designed with travel in mind, our Mountie can be installed in SECONDS! An ULTRA-SMALL clip quickly attaches, as well as detaches, from ANY car vent! Adding practically ZERO volume to your phone, the Mountie fits on the back of virtually EVERY smartphone, with incomparable ease.
- STRONGEST MAGNETIC HOLD ON THE MARKET: So thin, it’s almost INVISIBLE, but so strong, it’s practically INVINCIBLE from even the most abrupt movement shifts on the go! The Mountie accommodates ANY phone, be it encased or not, providing the STRONGEST magnetic hold a commercial mount could ever provide, WITHOUT damaging your phone’s internal hardware and electronic functions.
Jaybird Freedom wireless sport earbuds – $179 at Jaybird
Freedom combines sophisticated style, incredible sound and increased comfort in the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed, rivaling anything in the wired world.
Take your tunes to the streets with a sweat-proof versatile, low impact universal Bluetooth in-ear design that is so small and comfortable, you almost forget you’re wearing them.
A new approach to in-ear speaker design that significantly reduces the speaker housing diameter while maintaining incredible sound performance. This innovation allows for a drastic reduction in overall bud size that ensures a truly universal comfort fit.
- Feather light and Feature Packed. Get all the bells and whistles without the weight. At only 24 grams, you’ll forget you’re even wearing this feather light bud.
- Bluetooth Wireless. Thanks to 30-feet of Bluetooth range, you’re not only in control, you’re free to roam.
- 8-Hour Battery Life. Zone out to music, or dial in to more calls with a solid 8 hours of rechargeable battery life.
- Feather light Flex Collar. The lightweight, flexible collar packs up to its size so you can stuff it just about anywhere when not in use.
- Supreme Sound. These light little buds deliver rich, clear audio across all types of music thanks to Supreme Sound and noise-isolating ear gels.
- Four openings (two in the front and back) to easily slide in and access items throughout the belt
- No fasteners that can cause uncomfortable chafing and the tubular, even design eliminates bouncing
- Reflective 3M logo
- Polyester/Lycra fabric for moisture wicking, quick drying, stretch, and softness against your skin
- Machine washable, and dry on tumble low or hang to air dry
GripTight Micro Stand – $29.95 at Joby
For Phones and Small Tablets
Bonus Guide – For Dads who prefer anything but tech gifts
Not all dads love tech and we have gathered a few of our favorite items that need no electricity to work.
MOVA Globes – prices vary at MOVA
- Measures 4.5 inches in diameter, fitting in the palm of your hand; slightly larger than a softball. After base assembly, measures approximately 7 inches in height and weighs 4 pounds
- MOVA Globe utilizes solar technology to rotate silently on its own with any ambient indoor light or indirect sunlight, no batteries or wires required. Handmade with acrylic shells and non-toxic fluids
- Globe comes with easy-to-assemble 3-pronged acrylic stand and user manual, all in secure foam packaging
- Unique gift item for home decorators, tech geeks, world travelers, astronomy enthusiasts, educators, and more. Globe’s silent movement reflects the steady rotation of the earth while sparking conversation and wonder for anyone who comes across its path
Book LED Light – $50 at Amazon
- A LIGHT THAT DELIGHTS What looks like an ordinary book is actually a light that provides 500 Lumens of illumination when you open its cover and will shine until you close it again
- LIGHT UP THE NIGHT ANYWHERE Compact book light can be taken with you on the go and works without cords. Use it outdoors or indoors to provide that extra amount of light that you need
- LONG-LASTING, EFFICIENT ILLUMINATION 3000mAh lithium ion battery can provide up to 4 hours of light on a single charge; Repower the battery quickly with included micro USB cable
- COOL, ENERGY EFFICIENT ILLUMINATION This light provides the same illumination as a 40-watt bulb while consuming a fraction of the power, and it doesn’t give off heat the way that a conventional lamp can
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