What Dads are Looking for This Father's Day


Father’s Day is right around the corner, and if you need some ideas for what to get dear ol’ Dad, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few ideas I thought of that you may not have considered.

A Soundbar System

If Dad wants to upgrade his home audio system, but Mom doesn’t want to see more electronic “things” around the living room, then this VIZIO 3.1.2-Channel Soundbar System would be a good choice. At 3.1.2 channels, it has a dedicated center channel for enhanced dialogue, and two upward-firing Atmos speakers to simulate height effects, so the helicopter flying over the hero’s head in Dad’s favorite action movie actually sounds like it’s flying overhead. It doesn’t skimp out on the bass, either, because the included subwoofer can be placed under the couch, out of sight. It also includes legs, so Dad can stand it up elsewhere in the room. To be honest, I’ve had my eye on one of these systems ever since I got to try out a similar 5.1-channel soundbar system; I just don’t have the right layout at the moment to accommodate the rear speakers.

VIZIO SB36312-G6 3.1.2-Channel Soundbar System

A Gaming Console

Modern gaming consoles let you do much more than play games. So while a new Xbox or Playstation gaming console will let Dad do that, he can also use it as a streaming media player if he’s reluctant to get a smart TV. My TV isn’t smart, but we have an Xbox One through which we stream Netflix, YouTube, and more. So, if there’s a great show you’ve been telling Dad he just has to watch, but he keeps saying he doesn’t want to watch TV on his computer/phone/tablet, a gaming console would be a good way choice to bring smart functionality to his older TV.

Microsoft Xbox One S Roblox Bundle

A Streaming Media Player

If Dad’s just not interested in gaming at all, a straight-up streaming media player can get Dad watching your favorite shows. If he’s a Mac/iPhone/iPad guy, an Apple TV would be a good choice, since it can consolidate everything in his iTunes account. If not, there are quite a few others to choose from, including some that are controllable by Dad’s favorite voice assistant, so he can just ask it to start playing his (your) favorite show.

Apple TV 4K

A Universal Remote Control

Let’s face it: we’re all guilty of it. We set up our home entertainment system, get a fancy new remote, and we’re finished. We’re finally down to just one remote control for everything in the living room! Time goes by, we get a new Blu-ray player or cable/satellite box, some other things, we say we’ll eventually get around to programming the remote control, and now there are six remote controls on the coffee table again. On top of that, Dad forgot how to program the universal remote, so it’s now not-so universal. Start him over with a new universal remote control. Whether he wants something very basic or more advanced, it’s a nice way to re-declutter the coffee table… and couch, and end table…

Logitech Harmony 950 Remote Control

A Smart Speaker

Every now and then, I like to just sit on the couch and read or play a game on my phone, but it’d be nice to have some music to listen to. If that’s all I want to do, it seems like a hassle to turn the TV and Xbox on to get to a streaming music service. If that sounds like your Dad, then a smart speaker would make a good gift. Typically equipped, or at least controllable by, a virtual assistant, these speakers will respond to Dad’s voice. So, if he’s gotten comfortable and doesn’t want to get up, but just realized he wants some music for his down time, he can ask his virtual assistant to start whatever playlist he wants.

Sonos Move

Wireless Headphones

Wireless headphones can be a game-changer in Dad’s house. If he can’t sleep, he doesn’t have to wake up the whole house watching his favorite action movie again. Just pop them on, and he can watch his movies or shows or listen to music as loud as he wants.

Sony WH-RF400 Wireless Over-Ear Home Theater Headphones

Think any of these will be good for your Dad? Is there something on your Dad’s wish list that didn’t make it here? Let us know in the Comments section, below! As always, you can contact us by phone at 800-606-6969, chat, or email for friendly, knowledgeable advice.