We all love Dad, but sometimes buying a gift for him can be a struggle. Forget the socks, underwear, and ties. This year, grab some cool tech gear for Dad without breaking the bank. Here are a few of my favorite Father’s Day tech gift ideas.
The Wyze home security camera is one of my favorite gadgets of the year. It’s a camera that goes head to head with products from Nest, Netgear, and others for a fraction of the price. At just $20 it’s a great gift for any dad who wants to keep an eye on things around the house. It has built-in night vision, memory card recording, two weeks of motion detection saved to the cloud, and live viewing on any smartphone. It all comes without any required subscription.
The newest smartphones (from Apple and Samsung) now support wireless charging. If Dad has one of those phones, a wireless charger for his car could be the perfect gift. Personally, I really like the iOttie iTap Wireless Fast Charging Magnetic Car Mount. It’s a charger that mounts to your dashboard but also has a metal frame that sticks to the back of your phone so the phone can attach magnetically to the mount. It’s a simple way to both mount and charge your phone while driving. It’s not cheap, but it’s easily one of the best wireless chargers you’ll find for your car.
Google Home or Amazon Echo
$40 and up, available at major retailers
If you know me, you know I love any gadget that makes my home smarter. Does Dad have a home voice assistant yet? Perhaps he’d like a small one (Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot) for his nightstand or a spare one for the garage. The prices have come down and they often have holiday sales, allowing you to pick one up for $30 or $40 for the small versions. These devices become better with every update and can play music, read you the news, tell you a joke, read you your calendar, and even control your “smart home” devices. For the price, I don’t think you can go wrong.
As you shop for Dad this Father’s Day, I hope my suggestions will help you find that perfect tech gift to put a smile on Dad’s face.