Best Tech Gifts for Dad

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If your dad is anything like mine, then shopping for him can sometimes be tough. After all, what do you get the man who once replied to a request for gift ideas with the word, “comb.” Luckily, today’s consumer tech gives us plenty of additional options, including great gear from brands like Apple, DJI, and Bose®. Here are some of our top recommendations.

Apple Watch Series 6

One thing dads appreciate about the Apple Watch Series 6 is how incredibly useful it is. Forget about its stunning looks and brilliant always-on OLED display, the Watch is the ultimate multitool. With it, dads can manage their busy schedules, track their health and fitness metrics, get real-time directions, quickly send terse, tonally indecipherable messages, and so much more. My dad uses his to store and stream audiobooks about World War II while he’s working in the yard. Yes, he is aware you can also store music on the Apple Watch. Yes, I have mentioned it to him. No, he would not like us to show him how to set it up. Yes, thank you for asking.

Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch Series 6

Roku Streaming Stick+

Another great gift for dad is the Roku Streaming Stick+. With direct access to thousands of channels and millions of movies and TV episodes—including dad’s old favorites—the Streaming Stick+ is an endless source of entertainment. Plus, it’s discreet, ungaudy, and, thanks to a straightforward interface and button layout, highly efficient. Basically, it’s the Johnny Unitas of streaming devices. (That means dads will love it.)

Roku Streaming Stick+
Roku Streaming Stick+

DJI Mini 2

If your father is any kind of flight fan, the DJI Mini 2 makes for an excellent gift. The best beginner drone in the world makes it easy for first-time flyers to feel like a seasoned vet. But don’t let the “beginner” tag or its miniature size fool you, the Mini 2 is packed with many of the same features you see in bigger, supposedly badder drones. Some of those standout features include the ability to shoot 4K video, 12MP stills in JPEG and RAW formats, up to 4x digital zoom, and a class-leading 31-minute flight time. Plus, the Mini 2 is super small, and thus, fairly quiet, so dads won’t have to worry about causing a racket.

DJI Mini 2
DJI Mini 2

Bose® QuietComfort 35™ Series II Headphones

Speaking of racket: The Bose® QuietComfort 35™ Series II are an excellent pair of noise-canceling headphones that allow dads to tune out most of ours. Of course, superb noise-cancellation is only one of the many perks dad will love about these universally treasured headphones. Other fan-favorite features include incredible sound quality, reliable wireless connectivity, long-lasting 20-hour battery life, and a super-comfy fit with on-device controls.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
Bose® QuietComfort 35 Series II™ Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

Google Home Mini

Like most of the items on our list, the Google Home Mini is many things in one. Part digital assistant, part speaker, part home automation facilitator, the Home Mini is a perfect do-everything device for even the most demanding dads. With the Home Mini, fathers can use voice commands to query the Internet for just about anything, including the weather forecast, sports scores, or the “name of the actor in that movie I like.” The Mini can also stream music and manage smart functions around the house, including dimming the lights or adjusting the thermostat. Or dads can take advantage of the Home Mini’s built-in Google Assistant feature to complete personal tasks like managing their calendars or sharing photos—all with just the sound of their voice.

Google Home Mini
Google Home Mini

Shopping for dad isn’t always easy, but hopefully our list helps point you in the right direction. If you have questions about any of the gear we mentioned, or additional recommendations on other items that would make a good gift for dad, we’d love to hear them. Write to us in the Comments section, just below.

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