Technology is an essential part of everyday life, and because of its proclivity for change, there’s always something bigger, better, and more capable in the pipeline. Because of this, the ability to keep up with all of the industry’s most cutting-edge offerings can be quite the task, especially for our parents, who, for the most part, have a hard enough time learning how to set up their various social media accounts or program their remote. But as with anything, there are always exceptions to the rule.
Below, we’ve crafted a tailor-made guide to some of the coolest and most interesting gadgets, helpers, smart devices, and general quality-of-life enhancers for the technologically-savvy parent. From smart brewers and tracking devices, all the way to fun-focused pastimes like drone photography and singing in the shower, we’ve covered all the bases when it comes to picking out the perfect gift for your dad on his favorite day of the year.
Tile Slim Tracking Device
Have you ever spent the better part of an afternoon looking for your wallet, keys, or other important items that seem to have slipped away? Tile’s Slim Tracking Device is a great way to remedy situations like those, thanks to its sleek stature, Bluetooth tracking capabilities, and community features, which allow for other individuals to search for your lost items via a smartphone app. If you’re within 200 feet of your missing object, you’ll be notified via an audible phone notification, directing you to a map for ever greater accuracy.
Mophie Powerstation Plus
Mophie’s Powerstation Plus was built to keep all of your most important tech accessories charged and at the ready. Thanks to its 600mAh portable power bank and fast-charging Lightning cable, you’ll be able to fully charge your AirPods, iPhone variants, and USB-C devices whenever they’re running low on juice, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about running out of power in the most inopportune moments.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Your dad’s traditional coffee mug is a time-tested companion that can never be replaced, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t introduce a more technologically advanced counterpart into his life. Ember’s Temperature Control Smart Mug is one such example, boasting a stainless steel construction, scratch-resistant ceramic coating, and IPX7-rated water resistance that can handle water up to one meter deep. With over 80 minutes of operable time per charge, your dad will be able to keep his favorite beverage between 120° and 145°F, resulting in fewer trips to the brewer (or microwave) for a warm-up. He’ll even be able to utilize his favorite customizable presets, change his temperature, and receive notifications through his smartphone, allowing him to take on other tasks without worrying about returning to a cold cup of joe.
Kohler Moxie Showerhead
The days of playing music outside of the shower are over, thanks to Kohler’s Moxie showerhead. With this unique offering, your dad will be able to stream all of his favorite classic tunes, personalized playlists, or podcasts while he’s taking part in his morning routine. It’s even able to sync with Bluetooth wireless devices — like smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, and laptops — up to 32 feet away, meaning that he won’t have to press pause on his favorite program whenever he decides to hop in the shower.
Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbuds
Sony’s WF-SP800N Truly Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbuds are one of the industry’s newest offerings, and thanks to their athletically-inclined nature, they’re perfect for any dad who’s looking to take on the worlds of fitness and nutrition, without having to worry about slippage, sweat damage, or other natural inhibitors. As a result, he’ll be able to don these great-looking headphones while he’s at the gym, in the yard, or working on the car, all while listening to his favorite tracks, courtesy of the WF-SP800N’s unparalleled bass and digital noise-canceling tech.
Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. Wireless Headphones
Marshall’s Monitor II A.N.C. Wireless Headphones are a love letter to the genre’s high-end audio peripherals. Inspired by the company’s very own in-studio heritage, these all-encompassing headphones bring advanced active noise-canceling technologies, 30 hours of wireless playtime, and an authentic silhouette to the table for modern-day listeners. With a time-tested company like Marshall at its back, you can be sure that your listening experience will be relatively unmatched.
Joy Resolve Barisieur Immersion Edition Brewer
Joy Resolve’s Barisieur Immersion Edition Brewer is a high-tech essential that’ll turn your dad’s kitchen into a full-fledged coffee/tea shop. This unique smart-brewer boasts a proprietary induction coil, chamber, strainer, and bung, allowing for unparalleled precision when taking on loose-leaf tea, traditional coffee, or any other heated beverage. But what makes it truly interesting is its vintage design, which utilizes walnut/blond timber, retro digital displays, and a handsome layout that’s inexorably linked to the history of artisanal drinks.
Polar Grit X Multisport GPS Watch
Polar Grit’s X Multisport GPS Watch was built with exploration in mind, but it’s equally as viable during those weekly runs to the driving range. Not only is this lightweight timepiece a functional, utilitarian take on the smartwatch genre’s most prominent models, but it’s also been tailored to become the ultimate training platform, thanks to implementations like an altimeter, compass, and various coaching features that can help you to prepare for impending tasks.
Apple iPad Pro
Apple’s iPad Pro is yet another essential tech piece from the Cupertino-based brand, but its most recent generation has certainly set the bar for the industry’s competitive offerings. The newly-released 2020 iteration boasts the latest version of Apple’s operating system, as well as magic keyboard compatibility, a powerful A12Z Bionic chip, LiDAR Scanner, and a 120Hz liquid Retina display to ensure that all of your dad’s favorite media is presented in a clean, smooth manner.
DJI Mavic Air 2
If your dad’s a child at heart, he’ll love DJI’s Mavic Air 2. This genre-defining drone boasts one of the best architectures in the industry and even sports a 4K sensor that can record at up to 60 frames-per-second — allowing for crystal-clear shots, sharpness, and dynamic range. If he’s into photography, he’ll be able to do that as well, thanks to the device’s unique “Smart Photo” mode, which analyzes its surroundings to find and recommend the most viable options for shooting, as well as auto-assisted recording. Plus, for its most recent offering, DJI has improved upon the aerodynamic design of its past Mavic Air models, introducing various tweaks, revised rotors, and 50% more flight time, overall.
The 10 Best Smart Home Devices
Whether your dad absolutely loves tech or you’re just trying to keep him up to speed with new technologies, you’ll find the perfect Father’s Day gift to manage that on our list of the best smart home devices.