The Holiday is nearly upon us and if you’re still looking for a great last minute gift, look no further. Here at T2BN we’ve put together some of our favorite recommended gifts that are sure to put a smile on your Tech Dad’s face (if you can see him from under that Oculus, that is).
The Menlo Club – $60/month
We reviewed this service on T2BN before, and we’re still loving it. This clothing club is the perfect gift for the busy dad who wants to stay current and look good, but doesn’t have the time to go shopping. Set up is super easy, you basically choose which style fits your Dad (Classic, Casual, Forward, or if you can’t choose between them, there is also a Mix option). Input your Dad’s measurements, confirm your payment and that’s it. Your Dad should start getting his first package, usually 2 items per month, and every month is different. Exchanges are easy and you can cancel anytime.
And because it’s the Holidays, The Menlo Club is offering a limited time offer of $30 Off Your First Package + Premium Sunglasses!
Not sure this is right for your Dad? Have a look at our previous review – The Menlo Club – Shop Like a 21st Century Man.
Got a Tech Dad who loves his tunes, indoors and out? This 5 out of 5 star rated outdoor speaker by Altec allows your Dad to go hands-free with Far Field Voice Control that recognizes his voice and picks up on commands using the Alexa sync. It has a 100ft wireless range and Omni-directional surround sound. This fellow will give your Dad up to 8 hours of his favorite tunes, plus it’s waterproof, snowproof and dirtproof. Nice!
HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset – $49.99
With a v-shaped sound signature, this headset boosts the bass and treble while mid-range frequencies are more recessed. In audiophile terms, that means it’s perfect for gaming as it allows things like explosions to carry more oomph while making ambient noises (ie those small sounds you need to pay attention to in your FPS games) easier to hear. Compatible with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch and PC.
And if your Dad is really into his gaming, here’s a fun stocking-stuffer he’ll appreciate…
To quote Perpetual Kid “My body has melted into my chair, my vision is blurred, I haven’t peed in hours and I feel GREAT.” If this sounds like your Dad, these little fellas will at least keep his feet warm as he loses circulation from hours in his chair (JK, love you Gamer Dad!)
Tile Bluetooth Tracker Combo Packs – $30 to $90 (depending on Model)
Sure, we know, it’s hard for Dads to admit they can’t remember where they put something…”It’s around here somewhere, I’ll find it if I just look around…” But when it comes to things that really matter, like keys, phones, wallets, even luggage (yes, Tile had global GPS location so no more guessing if your suitcase missed your connecting flight), these small little squares are a lifesaver. Tile is the world’s best selling bluetooth tracker on the market today and has the world’s largest lost-and-found community, spanning 230 countries. Just attach them to your item (or in the case of your wallet they have a slim fit model that’s the size of a credit card) and finding that item is as simple as checking your App. If your item is within bluetooth range you can signal an alarm to help you locate. If it’s outside of bluetooth range, the GPS location can be used, and if for some reason even that fails, you can tap into the Tile lost-and-found community – meaning that all other users who have Tile in the area can be used to send out ‘hits’ using their GPS in their Tile and if your item matches, you’ll get an alert.
If that wasn’t reason enough, Tile is having a packaged deal of a Sticker 4 pack + 1 year Premium Subscription + FREE Google Nest Mini for under $75 ($90 value). This limited time offer lasts through 12/31 so make sure to share!
Whether home or away, there’s no excuse for warm beer, lukewarm vodka or room temperature white wine when you have the Cooper Cooler Tailgater. Pre-fill it with ice and water, choose the container (can, bottle or wine bottle) and then turn it on. The Cooper Cooler rotates (so no worry about shaking container syndrome). Cans will chill in 1 minute, wine to perfect low-mid 50 degrees in 3.5 minutes and liquor bottles to ice cold in 6 minutes. Don’t you just love technology?
This is the perfect gift for the Dad who’s “drone-curious”. Sure you could hone your skills on a $700 model and potentially crash it on the first maiden voyage. Or you could spend under $20 and get this cool little guy. The X-Drone Nano 2.0 is made for the novice. Speed controls are dead simple – low, medium and fast, so you can get the hang of proper maneuvering without having to think too much about the throttle. Didn’t compensate fast enough? The X-Drone Nano 2.0 comes with bump guards. Oh, and for when you’re feeling the need to impress, the X-Drone Nano 2.0 also comes with a 360 Flip Switch which handles all the hard part, you just tell it which direction to go. It’s a cool little piece of engineering that will have your Dad practice perfect when he’s ready to upgrade to the pricier stuff…kinda like how he handled you and your first car.
Got a Tech Dad who loves his coffee? Java lovers know – pour over coffee is hands down superior to standard drip. Simply put, it tastes better. The downside? Your typical pour over coffee system is entirely manual, and time-consuming. You have to fill the kettle, wait for the water to boil, then carefully pour boiling water over your coffee grounds, hoping you don’t give yourself 3rd degree burns. All this while you’re half asleep and well, haven’t even had your coffee yet! Welcome technology to the rescue. The Bodum Bistro is set to deliver the same extra-hot water temperature required for the perfect pour over brew, but does so in a convenient automated fashion.
This will help your Tech Dad take his TV viewing experience to the next level. With the Hue LED Smart Light Bulbs from Philips he can access the included Hue Bridge to connect via smartphone or tablet to control the brightness and color of the lighting in one or more rooms. And it’s not just for the entertainment room. He can choose a bright, sunshine setting to start off the day or a lower, darker setting for winding down before bed; there’s a setting perfect for every activity in between.
No one wants to be the guy who goes to the mechanic only to get his wallet taken for a ride…especially not Tech Dad. This cool gadget plugs right into his car’s OBD port (installed in every car since 1996) to automatically interface with the car’s diagnostic computer. Info is downloaded into the included App to give a clear and concise diagnostic on the health of the car. Any issues are highlighted, so he can clearly communicate to the mechanic exactly what needs to be done. He can also set up the App to give reminders for upcoming suggested maintenance. Not sure how often to schedule a maintenance need? No problem – the App comes with a Manufacturer’s recommended maintenance timeline for his car. Even better – for multi-car households the App can monitor every FIXD-equipped car owned, allowing him to remotely view the health and status of all the family vehicles 24/7. A few cons to be aware of – 1) it will not detect things like airbag deployment, TPMS or ABS lights and 2) not all all-electric or diesel vehicles are compatible with the system, so be sure to check the website.