Five great tech gifts for Father's Day
How awesome is Dad? He's out there every day, bringing home
the bacon, cleaning the garage, fixing whatever's broken, and just
generally being a heck of a guy. If you haven't thanked him lately,
your mandatory once-a-year chance is just around the corner:
Father's Day is Sunday, June 16.
And what better way to show your appreciation than with
something techie? All dads love gadgets and gear, so I've rounded
up five gift items sure to put a smile on the big guy's face.
If Dad doesn't already have a tablet, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD
8.9 (16GB) might just be the best deal going. On sale for $249 when
you apply coupon code DADSFIRE at checkout, this big tab
offers a high-resolution screen, stereo speakers, a front-facing
camera for video chats, and more--plus access to Amazon Prime and
all the video-streaming benefits therein.
If Dad's into music, nothing beats a good pair of
earbuds--especially the kind that create a seal inside the ear
canal, blocking out most ambient noise. Moshi's Mythro, which CNET called "a bargain at their price of $30,"
comes in your choice of six stylish colors (best bet for Dad:
gunmetal gray) and includes an inline microphone so he can take
calls in between "Pet Sounds" tracks.
If Dad travels a lot, don't let his gadgets run out of juice.
The Peak 6000 is a portable power supply that can recharge a
smartphone, e-reader, tablet, and other mobile devices. And it's
entirely self-contained, plugging directly into a wall outlet to
charge its own 6,000mAh battery, then powering other hardware via
built-in ports and connectors (USB, microUSB, and Apple 30-pin).
Best. Travel charger. Ever.
This is such an obvious choice, I'm almost loathe to include
it--but the reality is that the Roku 3 is the single best streaming box you can buy
. It has
a Bluetooth remote, thus eliminating the pesky line-of-sight issues
common to past Rokus. Even better, that remote includes a headphone
jack, so Dad can fall asleep to episodes of "Game of Thrones"
without disturbing Mom.
Dad's a practical guy, meaning he'd probably jump at the
chance to ditch that bulky old wallet he's been sitting on. The
Wally is a slim leather pouch that sticks to the back of an iPhone
and accommodates up to three cards (credit, business, etc.) and
some cash. A pull-tab makes it easy to extract everything. It
normally sells for $49.99, but in honor of Father's Day, it's on
sale for $39.99--and you can get free shipping when you apply
coupon code 1STCLASSWALLY at checkout.
Have you found any other great gadget gifts for Dad? Tell me
about them in the comments!Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.