5 Affordable Gadget Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Love
Father’s Day is just around the corner! If you’ve forgotten (16 June, Sunday) or are scrambling for a last-minute gift, here are some gift ideas to show your appreciation to daddy dearest.
1. Fitbit Charge 2
Price: USD 121.69
The Fitbit Charge 2 is an excellent way for your dad to get a better sense of his fitness level and how to improve it, providing a personalized Cardio Fitness Score. Not only can it track heart rate during workouts, he'll also be able to track all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. For work days or lazier weekends, he can also get reminders to move. On top of that, he'll receive phone calls, texts and calendar notifications straight to his wrist. He can even set the Fitbit to wake him up with a silent vibrating alarm if he wears it through the night. Gift your dad a Fitbit, and no one ever has to mention the dad bod.
2. Apple AirPods
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Price: USD 159.99
If your dad already has a FitBit, AirPods are the perfect accompaniment. Even if he doesn’t, these comfy earbuds are the way to go! Listening to music wirelessly has become the way to go since Apple unveiled them. With the ability to connect with any Bluetooth device, it has the battery life to last 5 hours and a quick 15-minute charge allows up to 3 hours of listening time. Instead of fumbling with a sweaty smartphone during a workout, audio on the AirPods starts when they’re being worn and pauses when they’re not. How wonderful is that?
3. Kindle Paperwhite
Price: USD 129.99
If your dad is too busy to hit the library, the Kindle Paperwhite is without a doubt the best way to read. The device features a display with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch, plus its glare-free paper reads like real paper. On top of that, the Paperwhite features 8GB of storage, enough to store all the books you could want from Amazon's 2 million+ strong library of e-books. Compacted into a sleek A5 device, he’ll have a library of his own to bring everywhere. No more excuses about having no time to read!
4. Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone
Price: USD 129.99
Your dad ever get bored of the neighbourhood? Same old sights and sounds every day…If moving is not on the table, let him see the neighbourhood through the eyes of a bird. The high-quality 120° 720P camera on this bird captures perspectives to move the most stoic soul. The RC quacopter can suspend in mid-air even with your hands off the joystick. The drone and camera can be controlled from a Smartphone app. As the orientation of the drone is in relation to the pilot, this drone is easier to control and fly back when out of sight, making an easy, stable first flying experience for your dad. He might even venture into photography or video-making while he’s at it. Hands-down the coolest gift so far. (pun totally intended)
5. igloohome Padlock
Price: USD 109
What good are drones when you’re locked inside your own house? If you’re looking for something functional for your dad, a smart lock is an essential for every man to secure bicycles, gym lockers, luggage, the shed, cupboards for important documents and assets – you name it. No more fiddling with small digits or fussy dials: unlocking can be done with a tap on the igloohome mobile app. Who needs to remember keys or codes to unlock a bike in 2019? If no one’s home for an important delivery, your dad can grant the deliveryman access to the delivery box remotely from his mobile phone simply by sending a time-sensitive PIN code – while giving your family the permanent PIN code, of course. He can also grant recurring access to the cleaner every Friday morning. The app even tracks the dates and times of access in case of suspicious activity. You’ll never have to rush home to collect your dad’s package again.
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