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The key to giving a tech gift is to understand how comfortable the recipient will be with setting something up.
And while we’re certainly not suggesting that your father can’t follow instructions or work with a more complex device, we’re emphasizing tech gifts for Father’s Day that are useful, fun and, most importantly, something a person would feel comfortable using right away (well, maybe after 15 minutes).
And we’re making it easy for you to buy these gifts as well — pretty much everything you see below is available via Amazon, but you could probably find ‘em at Best Buy, Walmart, Adorama or any other popular e-commerce site that sells gadgets.
Whether dad is still working or just got into video calls, he can use a dedicated webcam. This one is a well-liked, inexpensive and pretty versatile model that offers a 78-degree fixed field of view, dual integrated omnidirectional mics, built-in HD autofocus, automatic light correction and even a privacy screen that flips up and down to cover/expose the lens.
Echo Show 8
This smart display (with an 8” HD screen) can be used for video calling, media streaming, smart home controller, a smart assistant, alarm clock or any number of other useful applications (based on our interactions, it’ll be 90% “what’s the weather” queries). If dad is more Google than Amazon, the 2nd Gen Nest Hub is a worthy alternative.
Apple AirTag 4 Pack
Dad’ll never lose his wallet, phone, keys, luggage or other valuables again, thanks to Apple’s clever little trackers, which utilize Bluetooth for things he’s misplaced nearby and a worldwide Find My app/network for stuff left further away from the house. If you’re fancy, you can throw in one of Apple’s leather AirTag loops.
Nixplay’s Smart Photo Frame Touchscreen
The latest version of this smart digital photo frame offers some touch screen controls, but the real idea here is that you and your family can continually contribute to a “playlist” of different family photos to display (in landscape or vertical mode).
Withings ScanWatch Horizon
A luxury diving watch with a lot of built-in health features — you can record an ECG, monitor your blood oxygen and track your sleep (or exercise). And it looks cool, too.
Pro-Ject Automat A1
The Automat is Pro-Ject’s first fully automatic turntable. Handmade in Germany, this is a hi-fi plug-and-play option that should appeal to audiophiles and fans of this high-end Austrian audio brand.
Grovemade Keyboard Trays & Wrist Rests
This premium Portland, OR-based home office goods company recently released a new collection of wrist-saving keyboard trays and wrist rests. The former is crafted from American-grown hardwoods with a natural cork lining and an aluminum base; the latter adds a veg-tanned leather bed on top that’ll get softer with age. Your wrists, and your desk, will thank you.
If your dad, like most of us, watches TV across a dozen services and apps, he’ll need a media streamer that’s simple to use, well organized and remembers his interests. This is that device.
MeatStick WiFi Bridge Set
Check your grill from pretty much anywhere (even if you’re not at home) thanks to this clever, app-enabled meat thermometer kit. The two MeatSticks here can also handle pretty much any style of cooking, from smokers to ovens to deep frying.
Canon Zoom Digital Monocular Kit
Forget the phone: You can use this sleek telephoto lens to quickly shift from 100mm optical to 400mm optical to 800mm digital and capture HD video or still images. Comes with a charger and SD card.
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