Five last-minute Father's Day gifts
Bad news, procrastinators: You've just about run out of time
to shop for the ultimate Father's Day gift.
Good news, procrastinators: I'm one of you. And as a result,
I've learned a few tricks of the last-minute-gift trade. If you
still need a killer present for dear old Dad, I've rounded up
several great items that don't require a trip to the store or even
a visit from the UPS man. And as an added bonus, they're all
1. LoJack for Laptops subscription
Dad's a practical guy, so he's sure to appreciate an insurance
policy for one of his most prized possessions. LoJack
is designed to help recover a stolen laptop. It not
only pinpoints the machine's location (assuming the thief connects
to the Internet), but also allows for remote system lockout and
Best of all, Absolute Software works directly with local law
enforcement to help Dad recover his stolen system (so he doesn't
have to go all vigilante on the thieves). A one-year LoJack
subscription starts at $39.99, and the company is currently
offering a second subscription for 50 percent off.
2. Netflix subscription
Dad loves TV, right? So why not set him up with the ultimate
TV- and movie-streaming service? A three-month Netflix
costs $23.97 (other durations are also
available) and gives Dad unlimited streaming on his smartphone,
smart TV, tablet, game console, Roku box, and pretty much every
other gizmo he owns.
3. A new Kindle book
My dad is a lifelong tennis buff, and so when Jimmy Connors'
new memoir debuted last month, I knew it would make the perfect
gift. Of course, Dad is big into e-books these days, and it's not
like you can give an e-book as a gift, right?
Wrong. Amazon now makes it incredibly easy to "gift" an e-book
to someone. Just head to the listing page for any given Kindle
title (like, say, Carl
Hiassen's new "Bad Monkey"
), click the bright yellow "Give as a
Gift" button, then follow the instructions. You can have the gift
(which comes in the form of a redemption code) delivered directly
to Dad via e-mail, or print a custom gift certificate to hand him
4. Restaurant.com gift certificate
Why not treat Dad to dinner at his favorite restaurant--or,
better yet, one he hasn't tried before? Restaurant.com offers deeply discounted gift
for lots of local restaurants, meaning that when
you spend, say, $10, you can get a $25 certificate. Or $4 for a $10
certificate. (Options vary from one location to another.)
Even better, right now there's a special code that'll get you
a $25 certificate for only $4. (Click through the above link to
find it.) Once you've stocked up on cool dining experiences for
Dad, you can print or e-mail the certificates.
5. The gift card + smartphone stand
Ah, the old standby: the last-minute gift card snagged at the
local drugstore on your way to the Father's Day festivities.
Feeling blue about your lack of inspiration? Try this: Tell Dad the
card is also stand for propping up his smartphone--then proceed to
make it for him on the spot
. (It's super-easy
once you know how.)
Now you've given him something practical and
homemade, just like when you were a kid. Score!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.