Unless they’re under the age of 10, guys can be
very difficult to shop for. Friends and partners and brothers are tricky enough, but sometimes dads can be the toughest of all. If you’ve got a pop for whom you buy gifts every year, chances are you’ve already gotten him every baseball accessory known to man — and there are only so many pattern variations you can get of the same tie.
But there’s an easy way around this gift-giving conundrum: Get him something that will upgrade one of his pre-existing hobbies. We rounded up 29 genius gadgets to cover whatever type of dad is on your list — whether he’s more of a home improvement guy, an aspiring PGA pro, or just loves to get his camp and hike on. Pick up one of the gift-solutions ahead to be well on your way towards winning Father’s Day 2019.
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For the safety-first dad…
This LED-equipped cap will keep dad safe and stylin’ on early morning to late night runs, walks, and bike rides.
UltraKey Hands-Free LED Light Baseball Cap , $9.99, available at Amazon
For the Dude Where’s My Car dad….
“Now, where did I park my car?” You’ll never have to ask that question again with this plugged into your car. The accompanying app pinpoints your car’s location and directs you to it. And once you’ve found it, you can plug in your phone to charge.
ZUS Smart Car Charger, $34.99, available at Nonda
For the dad who doesn’t need a damn weather man…
Put this smart sensor outside, then connect it to your smartphone or tablet to get an accurate read on the weather from the comfort of…anywhere that’s not outside.
Eve Degree – Connected Weather Station, $54.98, available at Amazon
For the runner-dad…
Your dad can leave his phone at home when he laces up to go for a run with these award-winning kicks. These sneakers have a built-in technology that tracks, analyzes, and stores all his metrics so he can review and optimize his running game like a pro.
Under Armour Men’s UA HOVR™ Infinite Running Shoes, $120, available at Under Armour
For the legendary-beard dad…
This rechargeable razor lasts up to 45 minutes, so that dad can keep his beard in top shape.
Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid Rechargeable Trimmer, $49.99, available at Target
For the dad that sings in the shower…
Who doesn’t love singing (or talking on the phone) in the shower? Dads can rock out or place speakerphone calls while sudsing with this waterproof, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that charges up for eight hours worth of wireless play time.
JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $39.99, available at Amazon
For the on-the-go dad…
Help your dad ditch his old grandpa-looking briefcase with something fit for an urban traveler. In addition to space for a 13-inch laptop, this bag has extra pockets for headphones and chargers.
State Preston Messenger Bag, $145, available at STATE
For the dad who likes to play with toys…
A chance to test out an action-sports drone at a fraction of the cost (and size).
Hammacher Schlemmer The World’s Smallest Quadcopter, $39.95, available at Hammacher Schlemmer
For the dental hygiene dad…
For the dad who wants his teeth to look sparkly and clean (or the one who wants to ward off cavities), this Bluetooth-connected toothbrush will let him know anything and everything about his brushing habits.
Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, $89.94, available at Amazon
For the dad who enjoys a good fire pit…
This sleek pit is crafted to last a lifetime out of double-chamber stainless steel that circulates preheated oxygen for easy flame-fueling with less smoke.
Solo Stove Bonfire Steel Fire Pit, $299.99, available at The Grommet
For the dad who’s a movie buff…
A portable projector that fits in his pocket and connects to his smartphone for easy streaming anywhere.
LoongSon Mini Portable LED Projector, $51.99, available at Amazon
For the cyclist dad…
Maybe for some inexplicable reason, your dad recently purchased a $5,000 road bike and now rides 100 miles every weekend. This little bag — a flat fixing kit — is the perfect accessory for him to carry on his epic two-wheeled adventures.
Lezyne Caddy Kit, $29.99, available at Lezyne
For the hyper-vigilant dad…
This sleek, matte-black usb-charger doubles as a secret spy camera that can be WiFi enabled for motion-detected video surveillance.
HD Mask Kuro USB Charger Security Cam, $89.99, available at Touch Of Modern
For the vintage music collector dad…
If your dad has an extensive cassette collection, he can finally convert them to MP3 files that he can listen to on his iPhone. Next step: buying a converter for all his old records (we’ve
got you covered there, too). Reshow Cassette To MP3 Converter, $21.99, available at Amazon
For the camping dad…
This flashlight is two gifts in one. In addition to a powerful light for backcountry hikes, there’s also a USB cable so your dad can power up his phone or another device without bringing a separate charger.
Black Diamond Ember Power Light, $39.99, available at Amazon
For the dad who’s all about perfecting his putt…
Help him improve his overall golf game with this compact club-mount that uses Garmin technology to sense, analyze, and track swing mechanics including ball flights and shot results.
Garmin TruSwing™, $99.99, available at Garmin
For the frequent flier dad…
Traveling with phone cables, charging cables, earbuds, and other accessories can turn even the most organized bag into a tangled mess. Cocoon’s elastic-strap-based organizer is perfect for keeping things handy and in place.
Cocoon GRID-IT! Accessory Organizer, $15.15, available at Amazon
For the “peace and quiet, please” dad…
If you’re in the market to splurge on Dad this Father’s Day, then preorder the next generation noise-cancelling headphones from Bose — the new 700s are wireless, feature assistant support from Google Assistant
and Amazon Alexa, have adjustable noise-cancelling capabilities, Bose Augmented Reality, and four separate microphones. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, $399.95, available at Bose
For the dad who shoots hoops…
Even if the little ones are
too little to enjoy this yet, dad can hit the court to test his shots with this Bluetooth basketball. The simulated crowd noise and countdown clock in the app will totally make him feel like Steph Curry. Wilson X Connected Smart Basketball, $235.95, available at Amazon
For the dad who still croons along to his favorite Beatles songs…
An old-school record player with a modern twist and stylish red and black accents.
Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Turntable, $69.98, available at Bloomingdale’s
For the dad who lives to eat…
A members-only subscription to
I Know The Chef will give your dad access to an exclusive concierge service for reservations at popular restaurants in bustling cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. IKnowTheChef 3-Month Subscription, $75, available at iTunes
For the dad who likes to get his hands doughy….
This pizza maker has a built-in pizza stone and helps you set the perfect temperature for however thick or thin you want your crust.
Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, $169.99, available at Amazon Photo: Amazon.com.
For the dad who wants to take his music on the go…
A water-resistant speaker that’s small and portable enough to take from one adventure to the next in classic rock-n-roll style.
Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $249.99, available at Amazon
For the desk dad…
This charge-streaming stand will hold his smartphone upright while its battery recoups at 10W super speed.
Mophie charge stream desk stand, $69.95, available at Mophie
For the dad who’s his own handyman…
Carrying your toolbox around isn’t always practical. When that’s the case, it’s time for a multitool, and Leatherman’s TTI is one of the most robust, high-quality options out there. It folds up to fit in his pocket and contains over 15 tools that he can show off to all his friends.
Leatherman Charge + TTi, $169.95, available at Leatherman Photo: Leatherman.
For the dad who is a self-proclaimed professional photographer…
This wireless printer will let your dad print out high-quality copies of all his boating pictures — or the 3,000 photos he took at your family reunion.
Canon PIXMA MG7720 Black Wireless Printer, $199.99, available at Canon Photo: Canon.
For the dad whose home is a control center..
A simple way to connect all of his hood’s smart devices under one roof.
Samsung SmartThings Hub (2018), $69.98, available at Samsung
For the dad who likes to do it himself…
A complete tool set for all his power-drilling needs.
TackLife Screwdriver Bit Set & Case, $23.97, available at Amazon
For the dad who needs to take a breather…
A tracker with a built-in breathing timer for relaxation exercises.
Garmin vívosmart® 3, $119.99, available at Garmin
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