Stuck for a fathers day gift? Shopping for men who already have their dens decked out with every tech toy imaginable is tough. So we’ve put together a gift guide for the Dad’s who have it all. Give your techie significant other or geeky gamer dad something he won’t expect.
R2-D2 Car Charger
R2 units are the ultimate helpers, and this R2-D2 car charger ($40) is no exception. The charger sits in a cup holder and plugs into a cigarette lighter. It can charge up to two USB devices at once, and R2’s dome even rotates and lights up. When power is connected, the bot will whistle and beep.
GoPro Hero4 Silver
The Hero4 Silver ($400) is the first GoPro with a convenient touchscreen display, which means that filmmakers no longer need GoPro’s mobile app to see what they’re shooting. It weighs only 2.9 ounces but can capture incredible 4K video at 15 frames per second and 1080p at 60 frames per second. The action camera, released earlier this year, will also be available in a surf edition (with board mount) and music edition (with mic stand and instrument mounts).
If you’re not willing to splurge but still want to get him something suited for adventure, opt for the new 2014 entry-level GoPro Hero ($130).
Smart Sensor Basketball Pack
This gift will elevate his game to Michael Jordan-status. The 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball Pack ($250) includes a regulation-size basketball equipped with technology that offers instant feedback on every shot and dribble. The ball, which has an 8-hour battery life, communicates with an app over Bluetooth. The app shows the player’s performance data (including spin and acceleration) and can also guide them through drills and other workouts.
Night Cable For iPhone or Android
Don’t you hate fumbling for bedside cables? Native Union’s Night Cable ($40 for iPhone lightning or Android micro USB) fixes that with its weighted knot that can anchor the cable to any flat surface. The cable is also over nine feet long, so there’s no place it can’t reach. Plus, its retro styling means that he’ll be happy to leave the Night cable out on display.
iPhone 6 Walnut Timber Tray
Tinsel & Timber’s beautifully handcrafted Walnut Timber Tray for iPhone 6 ($79) perfectly fits his device, watch, keys, cuff links, and other daily essentials. It’s an automatic desk organizer! Merino wool felt will protect items from scratching, and cork feet on the bottom keep the tray in place. Bonus point: the product is made in the USA.
There’s an iPhone 5/5S version ($59) too.
Powerbeats 2 Wireless Headphones
The LeBron James-inspired Powerbeats 2 headphones ($200) by Beats by Dre are tough, sweat- and water-resistant buds designed specifically for workouts. The cable wraps around the back of the head, which means it’s not getting in the way of bicep curls or bodyweight exercises. It can connect to a phone up to 30 feet away via Bluetooth, so he won’t have to worry about dropping a weight on his device. The Powerbeats will play tunes for up to six hours.
Triple C Green Juice USB Charger
This portable USB Charger in Zebrawood ($60) is both stylish and functional. Whether he’s heading to a music festival or going backpacking for the weekend, this universal battery pack can keep phones, tablets, speakers, and cameras charged. It has two outgoing outlets capable of powering up two devices at one time, and a nifty LED button indicates how much power is left in the pack.
Dashboard Windshield Projector
Garmin‘s head-up display dashboard projector ($150) looks like it’s straight from the future. The car gadget offers advanced turn-by-turn navigation, as well as speed, traffic, and safety camera alerts, right on your windshield, so there’s no need to take your eyes off the road. Data is gathered from the Garmin Street Pilot for iPhone and NAVIGON mobile apps. Installation is supereasy: just appy the transparent film on a windshield and then place the gadget on the vehicle’s dashboard. It will pair to any phone with Bluetooth capability.
Marshall Stanmore Speaker
Feeling like splurging on your audiophile? This Marshall Stanmore Speaker ($400) is the ultimate gift for any music junkie. The luxe analog knobs and brass details will make him feel like a roadie on tour with his favorite band! It’s vintage-inspired but updated for the 21st century. The speaker connects via Bluetooth or the included coil cord that can plug into any standard headphone jack.
Skylock, the Keyless U-lock
Skylock ($159 to preorder, ships 2015) is a Bluetooth-enabled, solar-powered lock that automatically unlocks when you approach, and it locks automatically when you snap the shackle into the lockbar. If your phone dies, just enter in the numeric code you chose during initial setup manually. If someone attempts to steal the bike, Skylock will send an alert.