Father’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s probably a good idea to start thinking about what gift you want to get him now, before you rush out and panic-buy the same slippers and dressing gown combo you got last year!
If you really want to treat your dad this year, and force him to join the rest of the 21st Century, you might consider getting him a new gadget. But with so much choice on the market, all at difference price ranges, it can be hard to know what’s best. Hopefully, this quick guide will give you a few ideas, so when you’re celebrating on the 16th June, you’ll be able to give a gift that he’ll love.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite – £119.99
It’s very likely that your dad has completely forsaken e-readers because he ‘prefers the feel of a real book.’ While that’s a commendable stance, this could be your chance to convert him to the wonders of e-books – specifically, everything great about the Amazon Kindle range. And by far the best Kindle on the market, for newcomers at any rate, is the Paperwhite.
With a minimum 8GBs of storage (32GBs is available), the Paperwhite has more than enough memory to store hundreds of books, making it perfect for traveling. Fast Wi-Fi connectivity also means that purchasing and download new books is effortless – so your dad will never be short of reading material. What’s more, the Kindle Paperwhite is thinner and lighter than other models, as well as being waterproof, making it the perfect gadget for trips aboard, the beach, or just lazy days in the garden.
While it may not have all of the bells and whistles of the Amazon Fire range, the Paperwhite offers everything you need from a quality e-reader, and for a great price.
Away Carry-On Suitcase – £225
Now, luggage may not seem like the most amazing Father’s Day gift in the world, but if your dad’s a big fan of traveling, he’ll really enjoy this. The Away suitcase range has everything that’d you want; a durable polycarbonate shell, top-of-the-range locking system, interior compression, and a hidden laundry bag for return trips! It’s also available in a plethora of exciting colours, so no more having to pull out 5 different suitcases at baggage reclaim to find the right one.
But what truly sets Away’s suitcase apart, and makes it a must-have gadget gift, is the in-built 37-watt lithium-ion battery. This discreet electronic device allows you to charge any and all of your gadgets when you’re travelling, so you never have to worry about running out of charge when you’re on-the-go. And the best bit? It’s completely compliant with airport security, as well as being fully removable.
If your old man spends a lot of time up in the air, this could be the perfect Father’s Day gift for him.
iPhone XR – £749
By far the most expensive gadget on this list, this might be best reserved for a special Father’s Day celebration.
Smartphones are becoming integral to our day-to-day lives, and with more and more services catering to the mobile market, this might be the right time to get your dad up to speed. The iPhone XR is Apple’s ‘budget’ flagship smartphone, meaning it’s the least expensive of their most recent launch. However, that doesn’t mean it lacks quality. The XR offers everything you’d expect from a modern smartphone; great cameras, beautiful high-definition display, and a variety of functions and apps to suit everyone.
The XR is available with 64GBs, 128GBs, or 256GBs of storage, either of which should be more than enough. What’s more, this is one of the few modern iPhones that’s available in multiple colours, so you can choose the style that suits your dad. That said, if you are considering getting your dad a smartphone for Father’s Day and you’re not sure how he’s going to handle it, it might also be worth investing in comprehensive iPhone insurance too – just in case!
Google Home Mini – £49
Smart Home Tech is all the rage right now, so this would make a perfect Father’s Day gift for any dad that likes music, news, and of course, weather updates. Google’s smallest in-home helper acts as a speaker, an organiser, an alarm clock, and so much more, and it can go practically anywhere in the home as long as there’s a Wi-Fi connection.
The Google Home Mini can also be synced up with other electronics in the house, meaning that your dad can enjoy all of his gifts at once! Whether it be asking Google to play something on the TV, read an audiobook, or just stream a bit of music, it can all be done hands-free. And like other products on this list, the Home Mini is available in a selection of colours, so you can make it stand-out or choose something a little more discreet.
Fitbit Inspire HR – £59.99
If your dad is all about getting fit, then this is the perfect gadget gift for him this Father’s Day. The Fitbit Inspire HR is one of the more basic fitness trackers on the market, however, it still offers a lot for how much it costs, including a digital watch, a heart rate monitor, a sleep tracker, and an in-built pedometer to track movement. When linked with the Fitbit smartphone app, this is a fantastic way for your dad to keep up to date with his exercise – and the daily rewards and reminders will push him to be more active, more often.
The Fitbit has a one-size-fits-all strap which can be easily adjusted for the user and is available in several different colours. But if you’re looking to personalise it more, there are a whole host of third-party straps available online.
If you’re thinking about splashing out this Father’s Day, and you know he wants a flashy new toy, these suggestions are a great place to start. Just make sure you get him something he’ll actually use, and it won’t just sit in a draw until next year!