The holidays have come around once again which means you to find a great gift for your father and quick. But don’t fear if you’re low on ideas; whether your dad is tech-savvy or not, there are plenty of cool gadgets you can give him to either help out in the day-to-day or just have fun.
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A Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Versa 4
Convenient Audio: Jabra Elite Active 85t
To the Arcade: My Arcade Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition Micro Player
Smart Speaker: Amazon Echo, Google Nest Mini, or Apple HomePod Mini
Keep Your Drink Warm: CORSORI Mug Warmer
For Frequent Readers: Kindle Paperwhite
A Compact Drone: DJI Mini 2
Staying in shape is important, and a fitness tracker can help you. The Fitbit Versa 4 can track all sorts of stuff like the pace kept on a run, your heart rate, and the calories you burn each day—exactly what Dad will need to know after an intense workout. This is kept in the Fitbit app, which keeps an extensive log of different statistics over time, aiding in whatever health goals your dad is working towards.
The Versa 4 also has some features that make it a pretty good smartwatch as well. It has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, notifications for calls and messages, and up to six days of battery life. The biggest downside is the subscription—while you don’t need to pay for Fitbit Premium to use the Versa 4, it does add a lot of additional utility for working out like advanced sleep-tracking and recovery data. The watch comes with 90-days of Fitbit Premium for free, but afterward, it’ll cost $9.99 a month or $79.99 for the annual plan.
Fitbit Versa 4
A smartwatch that can be a tremendous help for working towards fitness goals.
True wireless earbuds have taken the audio world by storm, so let’s get your dad caught up with one of the best pairs on the market. The Jabra Elite Active 85t comes with a ton of great features—Active Noise Cancellation, up to 31 hours of battery life (including the extra charge from the portable case), and full support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. They’re water-resistant so he can feel safe taking them out of the house or on runs, and the Jabra Sound+ app (Android/iOS) allows for fine-tuning the audio to his liking. It’s a great pair that covers all the bases, whether it’s working out, relaxing at home, or on the bus.
Jabra Elite Active 85t
Rock out with these fanastic, noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds.
Arcades were a hallmark of the early days of gaming, and this micro player brings a slice of that back to the home modeled after one of the most iconic arcade games of all time. In the world of fighters, Street Fighter 2 is legendary, and it’s the perfect game for Dad to relive the past. The exterior artwork looks accurate, the controls feel great, and the countertop design keeps things fairly compact while still being comfortable to play on. You can even connect multiple of these machines with the included cables for some easy multiplayer.
My Arcade didn’t stop with the Street Fighter 2 though, the company has made multiple machines like this for other classic arcade games as well if your dad’s not the fighting game type.
My Arcade Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition Micro Player
Bring home a slice of classic arcade gaming in this countertop cabinet.
Whether it’s playing music or the control center for advanced smart home routines, a smart speaker can add a lot to a home—regardless of whether the home itself is smart or not. They can be as simple or complex as the user wants them to be, but choosing which of the big three you should buy is important. Mainly because of the smart assistants each use, which depending on the gadgets your Dad already owns, makes all the difference.
- Apple HomePod Mini: Does your dad use an iPhone? Because if the answer is “yes” then a HomePod is what you’ll want to get him. Using Siri, the HomePod plays best when it’s in a home with a lot of other Apple devices—whether that’s a phone, tablet, or TV. There are some fancy tricks like asking Siri to continue a song from your phone to the speaker seamlessly, but that comes at the cost of not being as compatible with other companies’ smart home tech. Many third-party manufacturers don’t support Siri, and if they do it’s in a limited capacity. Otherwise, it’s a great smart speaker for Apple fans that can also be used without an internet or cloud connection—a unique feature compared to the other two speakers here.
- Google Nest Mini: Maybe your dad’s rocking an Android phone, in which case the Google Nest Mini is going to fit best. The Nest line covers a whole bunch of smart home stuff including cameras and thermostats, and the Mini will have no issue connecting to all of that alongside Android phones. On top of that, the Nest Mini uses Google Assistant, which is widely supported in the greater smart home market, so connecting to third-party devices will be a cinch. It may not be as versatile as the Echo, but for Android users or fans of Google in general, the Nest Mini is an easy gift to choose.
- Amazon Echo: The Echo has seen a lot of changes, and the latest iteration is the best one yet with a clearer indication of when the mic is on and on-device controls for the speakers and microphone. But Alexa—Amazon’s smart assistant—is the real powerhouse behind the speaker, and brings a lot of advantages for tech-savvy dads who are into smart home tech—mainly through routines that allow you to create more advanced voice commands. As far as third-party support goes, Alexa is commonly supported by other company’s smart home devices as well, so connecting everything through Alexa is a snap.
The winter months are upon us, and there’s nothing better than a warm drink on a chilly morning. So to ensure Dad’s drinks stay warm for as long as possible, this mug warmer brings the heat. It comes with a 17oz mug (lid included) right off the bat, but more important is the actual mug warmer. You can control the temperature it stays at, so whether Dad likes things a bit toasty or boiling, this warmer can comply. It’s entirely made out of stainless steel as well so it’ll be here for the long run and is easy to clean in case of spills.
CORSORI Mug Warmer
An adjustable, stainless steel mug warmer for keeping hot drinks hot.
Paper books are great, but an eReader like the Kindle Paperwhite is a fantastic gift idea for heavy readers. With it, you can access thousands of eBooks through the Kindle Store, and Amazon Prime members able to access a large library of titles without paying anything extra. On top of that, the Kindle features a special glare-resistant screen that, combined with a front light, allows you to use it whether the sun’s glaring down on you or you’re inside in the dark.
The Paperwhite lasts up to 10 weeks per charge, and its 6.8-inch display offers plenty of page real estate. And with an IPX8 rating, it can even chill out with dad poolside and handle a light splash. If your dad’s an avid reader, this is the perfect way to get him switched over to digital while not facing as many downsides or issues as a traditional tablet.
A glare-resistant screen and thousands of eBooks makes this eReader an excellent gift for book lovers.
Drones are always good fun, and the Mini 2 is an excellent option if you’re looking for something high-end but not completely overkill. The compact body is easy to store in a bag, and the 4K footage will look smooth and clear. If your dad has always loved cameras and photography, or just wants a new toy to play around with, the Mini 2 will expand his horizons quite literally. The Mini 2 may lack the speed or advanced tech of higher-end drones, but it brings enough to the table for some cool footage while keeping things beginner-friendly.
Thanks to the low weight, the Mini 2 can even skirt by certain drone regulations that’d otherwise require a license—but we strongly recommend researching local guidelines before trying anything.
DJI Mini 2
A high-end drone that keeps things compact and beginner-friendly.