Dads and tech go together like peanut butter and jelly. Even dads who aren’t particularly proficient with the latest tech are probably at least intrigued by it. And many tech products aren’t just for fun: they offer plenty of value for dads of all ages. With that said, remove that pair of designer socks, tie, and monthly subscription box you might have had sitting in your virtual cart for the last few days and consider getting dad a cool tech gift he’ll not only use, but also love. From smart home tech to cameras, drones, big screen TVs, and more, fathers will welcome all of it with open arms and appreciate the extra thought that went into these cool gifts for dad, both for the holidays and any occasion.
Smart home gifts for dad who loves to tinker
Being able to control everything from lights to a security camera, music, TV, and more from the comfort of your couch is worth the set up required for a smart home. And with the latest tech, set-up can be done within minutes.
Start dad off with some smart lights to replace his old halogen bulbs. Grab him a starter kit so he can try it out in one room. Chances are, he’ll love it and at the next occasion, you can expand the system for him (if he hasn’t done it already himself!) Not only can dad control the lights from an app on his phone while relaxing at home, he can also set schedules and remotely control the lights from anywhere. With colour bulbs, he can also set the mood with a vibrant blue for video game night and a sultry red for date night with his partner. Smart entertainment lighting includes things like strip lights and smart light panels that can create a really cool ambiance in the living room, den, games room, or other room of the home where dad tends to spend a lot of his time.
An outdoor smart security camera is also something dad will love tinkering with, or even consider a video doorbell, which provides the freedom of not only being able to know when someone is at the door, but also seeing them. Many video doorbells work with smartphone apps and have smart replies, motion detection, and other useful features.
The hub of every smart home is a smart speaker. By now, dad probably has one like an Amazon Echo or Google Nest device. Add to that with a smart display he can set up on his bedroom nightstand, in the kitchen, study, home office, or wherever else he might find it useful. This gift for dad adds the element of video along with audio, so he can watch streaming videos, pull up a live feed from the security camera outside, make video calls, see the weather, and more.
Cameras for the adventurous dad
Dad might be a budding photographer or maybe he’s always looking for a new hobby. Even those who aren’t into photography might be inspired with a premium camera and see it as a reason to start learning. The best option would be a compact mirrorless camera, which is lightweight, compact, and a nice in-between a point-and-shoot and larger DSLR that won’t be too complicated but have tons of manual features once he gets more familiar with using it.
A new model to consider is the Fujifilm X-H2 mirrorless camera, that’s on the pricier side, but will yield photos with rich details that he’ll have fun editing on the computer, printing, and framing. He can record 8K videos as well, and because of the rugged body, he can take it just about anywhere.
For adventurous dads, a wearable action camera will give him the opportunity to record all of his adventures, whether he loves to go snowmobiling at the cottage, skiing at the local resort, hiking or cycling in remote locales, or surfing on the beach. GoPro is, of course, one of the top brands in space this with models like the GoPro Hero11. With a waterproof design, you can take it pretty much anywhere. Just make sure to grab him the necessary mounts and accessories to go with it, based on his activity of choice.
Keep in mind that most smartphones nowadays function as high-end cameras, too. So you might want to consider upgrading dad’s phone with a newer model, like the Apple iPhone 14 or Google Pixel 7. If you have access to dad’s carrier plan, you can work out the details, or grab him an unlocked device.
Drone gifts for dad who loves to have fun
Every dad loves having a new tech toy to play with, becoming like a kid in the candy store when the opportunity arises. It’s for this reason that fun gifts for dad will always go over well. Drones are one of the most popular ones, and you can get dad an entry-level model he can use to practice and get familiarized with the process of navigating it at home in the backyard before taking it out to another approved area for use. He’ll be flying, doing stunts, and snapping aerial photos and videos in no time. If you want to go the extra mile, set him up for drone pilot training courses, too.
Entertainment for the dad who loves to sit back and relax
Who wouldn’t love a brand-new big screen TV for the home? As a gift for dad, it’s a definite winner. Whether it’s for the family room, den, basement games room, or bedroom, looking at something 4K so he can get the best of the best when it comes to picture quality. A smart TV, which almost all of the latest TVs today are, will make it easy for him to access all his favourite streaming services right from the TV interface. Want to really impress dad? Get him an outdoor TV like the Samsung The Terrace TV (shown at the top of this article) he can set up on the back deck for catching the game or the latest action flick while relaxing outside.
Gaming for the dad who loves to play
Speaking of which, if dad has been getting back into gaming, or has been an avid gamer for years, one of the great gifts for dad to consider is upgrading his old console with a new one like the Xbox Series S or X, or the PlayStation 5. Grab a bundle that includes a game he can start playing right away, or grab a few new titles or an online pass so he can log in and download to get playing right away. Don’t forget useful accessories like a gaming headset, extra controllers, and maybe even a fancy new gaming chair.
Help him take his gaming to the next level with a virtual reality (VR) headset so he can enjoy a totally immersive experience either on his own, with the entire family, or while impressing his buds during a guy’s night at home. With a VR headset, he can play games while on his feet versus sitting passively on the couch, explore virtual worlds, and more.
Get gifts for dad that he’ll love
Especially when it comes to the holiday season when dad will inevitably be inundated with socks, ties, and gift cards, it’s time to leave the boring, old traditional gifts behind and opt for something dad will truly love. Whether it’s something to facilitate his passion for gaming and entertainment, a gift that might spark a new hobby, or simply a new tech toy he can tinker with, there are plenty of options to consider.
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