As we gear up for the summer weather to come, it’s easy to forget that before the official start of that new season, it’s Father’s Day, which falls on Sunday, June 19 this year. That means trying to find the perfect gift for the dad on your list, whether it’s a father, grandfather, husband, son, brother, friend, or someone else close to you.
The first gift ideas that often come to mind are the usual suspects: socks, ties, hats, underwear, cologne, or maybe a gift card so he can buy what he wants. But why not go all out this year and get dad something tech-focused that he will truly appreciate and be surprised by. No matter what dad’s interests are, there’s a gift idea to fit.
For the dad who loves music
Whether he’s listening to tunes while commuting via public transit to work, going for daily runs, or just relaxing at home, dad could use a good pair of true wireless headphones. The JBL Vibe 200TWS in-ear sound isolating truly wireless headphones are a solid choice. Not only do you get JBL’s longstanding reputation for stellar audio quality, these are designed for an ergonomic and comfortable fit, and feature touch controls, a built-in mic, and IPX2 rating for safely wearing them while sweating at the gym or in a light rain. Plus, there are four cool colours from which to choose, but if you’re not sure of dad’s preference, just opt for basic black. If you’re considering another type of headphones, peruse our headphones buying guide to learn more about each type, what features to look for, and which might be best suited to dad.
For the fashionable dad
Help dad up his fashion game with a great accessory, like a men’s watch. He might already own a favourite smartwatch, but for more formal occasions or to wear at the office, he might appreciate a nice standard wristwatch. The Citizen Quartz 42mm Men’s Chronograph Sport Watch is water-resistant so he can even wear it in the shower or pool and its well-constructed with black ion-plated stainless steel and a deep black dial. He’ll be able to see not only the time but also the date in a dedicated window, and the luminous hands means it’s even easy to read in low light.
For the dad who loves to barbecue
Barbecue season is upon us! But any true Canadian knows that you can barbecue any time, snow, rain, chilly temperatures, and all. Now that the sun is shining across the country, however, and the official start of summer is on the horizon, it is the perfect time to upgrade dad to a new barbecue, or get him his very first one. But if you find dad already has a barbecue he loves, you can still help him extend this experience with an outdoor griddle. Great not only for trips to the cottage, camping, or enjoying a barbecue in the park, dad will also find use for this at home to make side dishes or for grilling Sunday morning bacon and eggs.
The Costway 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill is a really cool option with a nice flat top for whipping up a batch of bacon strips and eggs over easy, or making delicious homemade pancakes or grilled cheeses (remove the top for traditional grill grates). It conveniently comes with a bamboo cutting board on the side along with two side tables and a bottom shelf so he can prep and cook outside. The lockable wheels make it easy to move around as needed, and the fact that it’s foldable for storage in the off-season (if there is one!) or to bring to a friend’s place or the campsite, is a bonus for the outdoorsy dad. Learn more about what dad can do on the barbecue and other items that might be of interest in our comprehensive BBQ buying guide.
For the gamer dad
Gamers come in all forms, from the casual gamer who loves to play on their smartphone to the video gamer with a favourite console system, like the Xbox or Playstation, and the computer gamer. If dad falls into the latter category, consider a gaming laptop so he isn’t using his work computer or the family computer to get his nightly gaming sessions in. Asus is one of the top brands in this space, and the Asus ROG Strix G15 Gaming Laptop will delight any dad whose into computer gaming. It comes equipped with an AMD Ryzen processor, 512GB hard drive, 16GB RAM for ultra-fast operation and multitasking, and a 15.6-inch Full HD screen withan NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card and a 144Hz refresh rate to both display stunning images and keep up with all of the fast gaming action. Looking for some accessories for the PC gaming dad? See our PC gaming buying guide for plenty of options worth considering as well.
If dad is more a traditional console gamer, he might really love getting the Nintendo Switch to add to his games room. The great thing about this console is that you can connect it to a big screen TV used the wired LAN port to enjoy the action with friends or in full screen mode or play right on the console’s stunning 7-inch OLED screen itself. The latter is perfect for travel, playing on a lunch break at the office, while commuting, or anywhere the desire strikes. With 64GB of storage, surprise dad by opening it up, setting up an account, and loading the device up with some of his favourite games.
For the multitasking dad
Is dad often watching television with his smartphone or laptop in hand enjoying a second screen experience? He might appreciate a handy tablet that he can easily hold in one hand but that provides a larger screen than a phone. The Lenovo Yoga Tab is a solid option. With its 11-inch screen, dad can enjoy watching video clips, surfing the web, or playing games while he watches TV. Or maybe he’s simply relaxing with the tablet on its own, enjoying some quiet solitary time. With a 2K Dolby vision display and Dolby AtmosQuad speakers, he’ll even love using the tablet for watching movies or listening to music while traveling.
If he wants to use it for productivity, he can also leverage the included stylus for sketching, drawing, and jotting down notes and enjoy a solid experience thanks to the 2GHz MediaTek processor and 4GB RAM. It’s not the most powerful tablet there is, but as a secondary device, he’ll love having it around. Learn more about tablets in our tablet and iPad buying guide.
For the dad with a smart home
If dad has begun to switch out gear in his home for smart home alternatives, from light bulbs to security cameras, speakers, and more, he will love anything that he can connect to the same system and expand it even further. If he’s design conscious as well, he’ll fall in love with the Nanoleaf Shapes Triangle Panels Smarter Kit, which can be placed in any configuration he desires. Use it to enhance the gaming room, add eye-catching decor to the home office, liven up the living room, or even add some flare in the bedroom with not only light, but illumination in more than 16 million colour options. There are endless opportunities and dad will love tinkering with it, even changing the set-up for different seasons or events. The starter set includes seven panels but he can expand it further. The best part? Once set up, everything is controllable in the Nanoleaf app or via voice control, while a neat Rhythm feature will have them react in sync to sound – perfect for dance parties and gaming. If dad is particularly conscious about saving energy, see our energy efficient smart home buying guide for more suggestions.
For the fit dad
If he has recently gotten into working out at the gym, or maybe he’s running every morning, training for a marathon or simply working to on his fitness and overall health and wellness, he will appreciate a massage gun like the Theragun PRO Handheld Percussive Massage Device to help soothe his aching muscles once he’s back home. Just like you might have been eyeing a foot spa for mom on Mother’s Day, this handy gadget is a runner or fitness enthusiast’s own personal spa. He can place it on the desired spot on his body, whether it’s the thigh or neck, for example, and get a quiet and powerful massage. Since it’s portable and runs on swappable lithium-ion batteries that provide up to 150 minutes of use per charge, he can pop it until his gym bag or even bring it along with traveling. It will be especially appreciated by dads who find their bodies aren’t bouncing back like they used to when they were younger!
If you’re looking for more items to help dad set up a home gym, or add to one he already has, check out our home gym buying guide for lots of ideas.
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