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Father's Day is the perfect time to get your dad a tech gift
Father’s Day is getting close; it arrives for 2019 on Sunday, June 16. Tech and dads seem to go hand and hand (though not always!), so a tech gift is almost always a safe bet for dad. Here are just 10 of the best high-tech Father’s Day gifts that should be perfect to give your dad on Sunday.
Your TV fan Dad will appreciate a new Roku streaming stick or smart television
If your father is like most dads, he loves to watch television; he wants to keep up on his favorite sports teams year-round or catch up on the latest news. Maybe he’s a history buff, or likes to watch all those DIY or home renovation shows.
If he hasn’t ditched the traditional cable TV yet, a perfect Father’s Day gift is to buy him a streaming TV stick. Our favorite is the HDMI-based Roku Streaming Stick Plus, which supports video streams at up to 4K resolution. It literally has thousands of streaming TV services to choose from, and many of them are free to access. It also will add upcoming services like Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus as well.
If you have a much wider budget to spend on a Father’s Day tech gift, you might want to consider just getting your dad a Roku-based smart TV. Our favorites are the ones made by TCL, which support 4K resolution, but still allows your dad to connect his old fashioned antenna to the TV. The best news is that Amazon is selling TCL Roku TVs for big discounts for Father’s Day. You can get a 65-inch TV for $699.99, a huge price cut compared to its normal $1,299.99 cost.
Get your dad an Amazon smart speaker for music, news and more
The smart speaker trend continues to gain steam, and your dad might be interested to find out what all the fuss is about. The Amazon Echo speaker is the perfect introduction to this tech trend. It’s seven built-in microphones will pick up voice commands from your dad, so he can quickly get access to the latest news updates, stream music from his Spotify playlist or let him listen to his favorite podcasts. He can even shop with just his voice on Amazon, or get calendar reminders and much more. Amazon has a nice Father’s Day tech gift discount on the Echo; it’s just $64.99, compared to its usual $99.99 price tag
Your father can keep up with his health with a new fitness tracker
Father’s Day is also a time to reflect on how much your dad means to you. You want him to be around for as long as possible, and that means he needs to take care of himself. Buying him a fitness tracker could help in that regard. Our current favorite is the Fitbit Charge 3. It’s an affordable, and also small, fitness tracker that will give your dad clear information on the physical activities he takes on every day.
It also has a lot of smartwatch features, in case you can’t afford to buy a more traditional smartwatch. It also happens to look cool and is water-resistant to boot. For a Father’s Day gift giving promotion, Amazon is selling the Fitbit Charge 3 for as low as $119.85.
Dads can keep reading with a new Amazon Kindle
If your dad is a little bit old-fashioned and likes to read his morning paper or check out the latest biography, you can still get him a great tech gift with the purchase of the Amazon Kindle eReader. It has a very bright 6-inch display that allows your dad to read books, newspapers, and magazines even out in the sun in daylight. There’s also a front light on the Kindle that should allow your father to read for hours without discomforts.
Your dad could store thousands of books on the Kindle, and he can quickly download anything without the need for a Wi-Fi connection. It even supports listening to audiobooks via purchases from Audible. You can get the Amazon Kindle for just $69.99 with its special Father’s Day gift promotion.
The Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max will give your dad access to lots of videos
While smart speakers have been around for a few years, smart displays are just starting to become more popular. The 7-inch Google Nest Hub (formerly known as the Google Home Hub) will allow your dad to use voice commands, via Google Assistant, to bring up YouTube videos that might be of some interest, or check the latest weather report, or view his home photos. Google is selling the Nest Hub at a Father’s Day tech gift discount for just $99, down from its normal $129 price tag.
Buy the Google Nest Hub at Google for $99
For a more expensive Father’s Day gift, consider giving your dad a Google Nest Hub Max. It has a larger 10-inch display and, more importantly, a front-facing camera so that you and your father can keep up with each other with video chats. It’s available at Best Buy for $229.99.
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are perfect smartphone gifts for your dad
The recently released Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL may be two of the best mid-range smartphones to come around in a long time. These phones offer up some solid hardware specs, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, and Android 9 Pie. Best of all, your father can get the same excellent 12.2MP rear camera on these phones that are available on the higher priced Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Oh, did we mention that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be only two of four phones that can access the upcoming Google Stadia streaming game service when it launches in November? The 5.6-inch Pixel 3a is available from the Google Store for $399.99 unlocked, or you can get the larger 6-inch Pixel 3a XL unlocked for $479.99.
Give your father great noise-canceling headphones, like the Sony WH-1000xM3
Our final Father’s Day tech gift idea is perfect for your dad who loves to listen to music or podcasts, but doesn’t want to be disturbed either. The Sony WH-1000xM3 noise-canceling headphones are perfect for this job. Not only do they offer great audio quality while listening to music for hours, but they even have Google Assistant and Amazon Echo support so your dad can use voice commands to control the audio without having to touch anything
Amazon is selling these headphones currently for $298, or nearly $52 off its normal price of $369.99.