Best Tech Gifts for Dad

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If your dad is anything like mine, then shopping for him can sometimes be tough. After all, what do you get the man who once replied to a request for gift ideas with the word, “comb.” Luckily, today’s consumer tech gives us plenty of additional options, including great gear from brands like Apple, DJI, and Bose®. Here are some of our top recommendations.

Apple Watch Series 6

One thing dads appreciate about the Apple Watch Series 6 is how incredibly useful it is. Forget about its stunning looks and brilliant always-on OLED display, the Watch is the ultimate multitool. With it, dads can manage their busy schedules, track their health and fitness metrics, get real-time directions, quickly send terse, tonally indecipherable messages, and so much more. My dad uses his to store and stream audiobooks about World War II while he’s working in the yard. Yes, he is aware you can also store music on the Apple Watch. Yes, I have mentioned it to him. No, he would not like us to show him how to set it up. Yes, thank you for asking.

Apple Watch Series 6

Roku Streaming Stick+

Another great gift for dad is the Roku Streaming Stick+. With direct access to thousands of channels and millions of movies and TV episodes—including dad’s old favorites—the Streaming Stick+ is an endless source of entertainment. Plus, it’s discreet, ungaudy, and, thanks to a straightforward interface and button layout, highly efficient. Basically, it’s the Johnny Unitas of streaming devices. (That means dads will love it.)

Roku Streaming Stick+

DJI Air 2S

If your father is any kind of flight fan, the DJI Air 2S makes for an excellent gift. The best beginner drone in the world makes it easy for a first-time flyer to feel like a seasoned vet. But don’t let the “beginner” tag or its miniature size fool you; the Air 2S is packed with many of the same features you see in bigger, supposedly badder drones. Some of those standout features include the ability to shoot 5.4K video and 20MP stills, automated filming and capture modes, and a class-leading 31-minute flight time. Plus, the Air 2S is super small, and thus, fairly quiet, so dads won’t have to worry about causing such a racket.

DJI Air 2S Drone

Bose® QuietComfort 35™ Series II Headphones

Speaking of racket: The Bose® QuietComfort 35™ Series II are an excellent pair of noise-canceling headphones that allow dads to tune out most of ours. Of course, superb noise-cancellation is only one of the many perks dad will love about these universally treasured headphones. Other fan-favorite features include incredible sound quality, reliable wireless connectivity, long-lasting 20-hour battery life, and a super-comfy fit with on-device controls.

Bose® QuietComfort 35 Series II™ Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

Sonos Roam

Like most of the items on our list, the Sonos Roam is many things in one. Part digital assistant, part high-quality speaker, part home automation facilitator, the Roam is a perfect do-everything device for even the most demanding dads. With the Roam, fathers can use voice commands to query the Internet for just about anything, including the weather forecast, sports scores, or the “name of the actor in that movie I like.” The Roam can also stream music and manage smart functions around the house, including dimming the lights or adjusting the thermostat. Or dads can make use of one of the Roam’s built-in digital assistants to complete personal tasks like managing their calendars or sharing photos—all with just the sound of their voices.

Sonos Roam

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

For the multi-faceted dad who loves to multitask, the Microsoft 13.5" Multi-Touch Surface Laptop 4 lets fathers do it all. Whether it’s working from home, playing on the go, or any task in-between, the Surface Laptop 4 offers fathers a solution for every type of challenge. This Windows 10 machine features a bright, 13.5" PixelSense touchscreen display with 2256 x 1504 screen resolution and thin bezels for a more immersive viewing experience. To maximize its impressive versatility, the Surface Laptop 4 utilizes both an 11th Generation Intel® Core™ processor as well as an AMD Ryzen mobile processor with Radeon graphics. This powerful combination will help dads multitask however they like, whether it’s playing games, exploring creative apps, or more traditional tasks like videoconferencing or delivering a presentation. With the Surface Laptop 4, you’ll be giving dad the power and functionality of multiple powerful devices conveniently packed into one.

Microsoft 13.5" Multi-Touch Surface Laptop 4

WD My Cloud Home Server

One thing my dad values is his privacy. He doesn’t want to share his political views, his feelings, or any of his digital content. If your dad is looking for a secure way to keep his private information private, a home NAS setup, such as the My Cloud Home Server from WD, might do the trick. Like all NAS devices, the My Cloud Home Server connects to your network via Ethernet cable, giving you the ability to access, upload, and share data across multiple secure, permission-only platforms. In other words, your dad will have total control over his personal data and digital files, including the ability to access those files from compatible mobile platforms, such as a web browser or media player. No word yet on what my dad decided to use his NAS setup for, but if our most recent vacation was any sort of indicator, it’s mostly M*A*S*H reruns. Hey, no peeking!

WD My Cloud Home 4TB 1-Bay Personal Cloud NAS Server

Sony BRAVIA TV

A couple of years ago, my siblings and I got together to buy our dad a new television for Father’s Day. We called it his lifetime achievement award for being such a great dad. It was something he deserved, but also something he needed, because his previous set was a 60" Zenith plasma with so much burn-in it looked like the screen was haunted. If you or members of your family are thinking about doing something similar this Father’s Day, we would highly recommend any of the new sets from Sony’s lauded BRAVIA series. Available in multiple size configurations, panel type, and image resolutions, the BRAVIA series offers best-in-class options for every type of viewer, including those looking for the crispest, clearest content in glorious 8K. In addition to the breathtaking image quality, the BRAVIA series offers a treasure trove of TV-viewing features, including gamer-approved variable refresh rates, Google-backed smart functionality, and so much more. This year, instead of a necktie or novelty coffee mug, consider getting your father a BRAVIA TV. It might not have “World’s Greatest Dad” stenciled into the side, but if you’re gifting him a picture this good, it kind of goes without saying.

Sony BRAVIA XR MASTER Series A90J 83" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart OLED TV

Transcend DrivePro 620

Most of my immediate family lives in or around Kansas City. My folks live in Oklahoma, which is about six hours away—a distance my father commonly refers to as “a country mile.” Because my family is super close and my parents love to visit, my dad is on the road a lot. And while he might consider that long stretch of highway between Wichita and Stillwater a country mile, I consider it a purgatorial wasteland I don’t want him crossing without reliable protection—which is why I bought him the Transcend DrivePro 620 Dash Cam Bundle. The kit includes front and rearview dash cameras, which allow you to record clear, hi-res video both in front of and behind your vehicle. Because of the heavy truck traffic on I-35, the features I appreciate the most are all the built-in safeguards the cameras provide, such as a collision warning system, lane departure alerts, and driver fatigue reminders. My dad, on the other hand, loves the DrivePro 620 because, according to him, it provides irrefutable video evidence that most people “don’t know what the pedal on the right does” and that the guy in the white Dodge Neon was “driving like a nut.”    

Transcend DrivePro 620 Dash Cam Bundle

Shopping for dad isn’t always easy, but hopefully our list helps point you in the right direction. If you have questions about any of the gear we mentioned, or additional recommendations on other items that would make a good gift for dad, we’d love to hear them. Write to us in the Comments section, just below.

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