When it comes to gift ideas for Dad, Dads are tough. Their most common refrain when asked about a gift is “I don’t need anything.” The reason Dads do this is because they usually buy things they want for themselves when they want it not paying attention to its possible giftability. Since they won’t be helpful in providing gift ideas for Dad, they usually end up getting something they don’t need or want like more socks, another tie, aftershave, or even a sweater.
Gift ideas for Dad that he will really appreciate and use are not as hard to find as you might think. You just have to take some time and think about what your Dad likes or what he enjoys. I’m a Dad and I like things most Dads like. Tools, gadgets, and electronics are the staple gifts for me and I’ll bet your Dad likes similar gifts.
Our list of gifts for Dad has a nice mix of tools, gadgets, and electronics that are unique in their own way, new to the market, or just caught our eye. It includes a home personal digital assistant, a survival credit card multi-tool, a tactical flashlight, a battery jump starter and power bank, a bracelet multi-tool, an all-purpose axe and tool, a cordless drill and driver set, a multicart, a portable Bluetooth speaker, and a solar panel charger.
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Whether you’re looking for Father’s Day gifts, presents for Dad, Christmas Gifts for Dad, Dad gifts, Birthday gifts for Dad, we think you’ll find something for him on our list.
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Gift Ideas for Dad: 10 Unique Dad Approved Gift Ideas
The New Generation Amazon Echo Dot is our personal favorite member of the gift ideas for Dad because of its features, flexibility, functionality, and value. I use my Echo Dot every day for music, information, sports and news. My wife uses hers to play audio books in addition to all her favorite songs on Amazon Music. The latest generation model is really a bargain compared to the Amazon Echo which doesn’t have much more capability, but is much more expensive.
It’s a totally hand-free device controlled by gadget-lover’s voice with a built-in speaker for hearing Alexa’s voice and listening to music and other audio sources. It also has the latest A2DP Bluetooth connectivity, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz), and the ability to connect more capable stereo speakers or headphones using its 3.5 mm audio jack.
To use Dot, they will connect it to Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service using the Alexa app giving them access to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and even control home automation devices instantly. Alexa—the brain behind Echo Dot—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter.
To control Dot, even from across the room with music playing, they will just say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot will respond instantly. Once they have one, they will want more and Alexa will be able to respond intelligently to them from the closest one thanks to its built-in Echo Spatial Perception (ESP). Plus, Dot is so sleek and compact (1.3″ x 3.3″ x 3.3″ (32 mm x 84 mm x 84 mm)), closely resembling but larger than a hockey puck, that it will be easy to place several of them around their home without anyone noticing.
They will be able to do so much with their new personal assistant including using it as a smart alarm clock, voice-activated home automation, a smart timer in the kitchen, hands-free voice control of Amazon Music, and even voice-shopping on Amazon for millions of products.
If they love music, they will love Amazon Dot which gives them the ability to control Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or TuneIn by just asking for their favorite artist or song, or requesting a specific genre or mood. On Amazon Music, they will also be able to search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for them. If they get really into Amazon Music, they can also try Amazon Music Unlimited Free for 30 days which allows them to listen to any song, any time.
More recently, new skills have been added to Echo Dot to give it even more capabilities like ordering a pizza from Domino’s, requesting a ride from Uber, tracking your fitness with Fitbit, ordering flowers from 1-800-Flowers, and more, with even more skills being added every day.
I’m actually listening to my music on an Echo Dot right now while I’m writing this article. This unbelievably capable device is an amazing value and an amazing gift for Dad.
There are plenty of credit card multi-tools on the market, but the Smart RSQ 25-in-1 Multi-Tool Card Survival Pocket Credit Card Tool has more tools and performs more functions than most of them. Whether you need to unscrew, cut, peel, bend, measure, or open cans, letter, boxes, or bottles, this is the compact, lightweight, credit-card sized multi-tool that does it all and yet fits neatly in your wallet. It even functions as a handy smartphone stand. Your friend or family member can use it in their emergency or disaster pack, in camping, hiking, or survival kits, in their fishing or hunting toolbox, or in a bug-out or military bag.
With a new, more durable, more functional design, this stainless steel multi-tool won’t bend, break, or rust and includes a variety of useful tools including 4-screwdrivers, can opener, letter opener, cable stripper and bender, smartphone stand, 9-wrenches, key ring hole, fruit peeler, 2-rulers (inches and centimeters), bottle opener, knife blade, and saw blade.
It also comes with a black carrying sleeve that protects your pocket or wallet, a no-questions-asked 100% money back guarantee, and has to be one of the handiest tools and gadgets available.
If you think you’ve seen the brightest flashlight, you probably haven’t seen the J5 Tactical J5 Hyper V 400 Lumen 3 Mode Tactical LED Flashlight. With an ultra-bright 400 lumens, in clear conditions it can sweep bright white light over two football field lengths while allowing your tool-lover to adjust the beam by focusing it in and out. It’s powerful, but efficient enough to last all night at its brightest on only three AAA batteries or several weeks with normal daily use. This tactical flashlight is trusted by professionals everywhere including NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs Racing’s Number 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry driven by Carl Edwards. An additional special feature is its high, low, and strobe intelligent light mode. That special person on your gift list will be able to use this flashlight for all of their adventures including hunting, cycling, climbing, camping, construction, work tasks, and just about any outdoor activity. Durable and compact, its constructed from a tough aluminum alloy and can easily be slipped into their pocket or clipped to their belt or backpack. It comes with a money back guarantee and a hassle-free return policy.
One of the most popular automotive accessories, GOOLOO 600A Peak Portable Car Jump Starter and 15,000 mAh Power Bank completely replaces your gadget lover’s jumper cables and provides a compact, standalone method for jump starting their car or truck up to 6.5L gas or 5.0L diesel. It’s actually three different products in one combining a powerful 600 peak amp battery jump starter capable of starting their vehicle up to 30 times before needing recharging, with a lithium-ion mobile device external battery charger, and an emergency LED flashlight all in a compact design that will even fit in their pocket. It’s built-in 15,000 mAh power bank has dual USB charging ports and is capable of charging a variety of portable electronic devices like smartphone, tablet, cameras, camcorders, GPS units MP3 players, wireless headphones, and portable game systems. The emergency LED flashlight has three modes including flashlight, burst flashing, and SOS emergency. It’s intelligent, microprocessor-controlled battery booster has built-in safety protection against reverse polarity, overcurrent, short-circuit, overload, over-voltage, and over-charging. It also comes with a long 18-Month replacement warranty for peace of mind. In addition to the jump starter, they will get a variety of laptop connectors and a 3-in-1 charge cable that together can charge many of the most popular portable electronic devices available. Give your tool-lover the gift of safety and security.
It’s seldom that you find tools and gadget gift ideas for Dad that can be functional and beautiful at the same time, but the Leatherman Tread Bracelet Wearable Stainless Steel Multi-Tool definitely pulls it off. Completely housed in a customizable, handsome 17-4 stainless steel bracelet, it has configurable links each with a wearer-selectable tool. The tools become easily transportable and immediately accessible and its fully adjustable to fit any wrist size and customizable with the links they need most. He can take it anywhere with him and always be ready for a quick repair. It features 29 of the most needed tools including ¼-inch box wrench, 3/16″ screwdriver, 6mm hex drive, ¼” hex drive, oxygen tank wrench, 3/16″ hex drive, 1/8″ hex drive, 3/16″ box wrench, 3/32″ hex drive, 3/32″ screwdriver, 1/8″ flat screwdriver, 4mm hex drive, 8mm box wrench, 3mm hex drive, 5/16″ screwdriver, 3/8″ box wrench, ¼” flat screwdriver, #1 Phillips, 6mm box wrench, #2 Phillips, carbide glass breaker, pick/sim card tool, cutting hook, ¼” socket drive, bottle opener, and #2 square drive. This is at the same time one of the best looking and most useful gifts for the any gadget lover.
Designed to meet the needs of professional truckers, the Innovation Factory IF-221 Trucker’s Friend All-Purpose Tool is the go-to tool in any situation that requires hacking, pully, prying, or heavy hammering. Made in the USA, this charter member of the tools and gadgets club has integrated emergency tools including a curved axe, spanner, hammer, nail puller, tire chain hook, pry bar, and lever. Key construction features include an ergonomic, shock-absorbing PowerGrip over a non-conducting fiberglass handle with an extra-strong, heat-treated cast alloy steel blade and shank that are covered with a rust-resistant matte finish. So whether your gadget-lover is a trucker who needs to remove objects from tires, repair or dismantle pallets, or chopping away ice and debris or an emergency worker breaking someone out of a burning vehicle by prying up debris, or chopping kindling or pounding tent stakes in the great outdoors, the Trucker’s friend can be a handy all-purpose tool or a true lifesaver. It also comes backed by a no-hassle Lifetime Replacement Guarantee.
The WORX WX176L.1 67-Piece 20V Lithium Switchdriver Cordless Drill & Driver Set is one of the most popular drill driver’s out there thanks to its innovative design that features patent-pending rotating dual chucks that make switching between bits faster and smoother than ever. This is no toy you might see on TV. This compact and lightweight tool has a 12-speed motor, variable 2-speed gearing, precise electronic torque control, powerful 20V lithium-ion battery power, dual ¼-inch quick-change chucks, a built-in LED light, a 67-piece accessory, and handy protective hard carrying case. Its 2-speed gearing will give them the flexibility to tackle all common drilling & driving tasks, the precise electronic torque control prevents stripping of screws and potential damage to your work, environment, or materials while its rotating dual chucks will hold multiple bit pairings so they can get their work done twice as fast with less hassle. It comes with a long 3-Year limited warranty and a 30-Day money back guarantee for peace of mind. Finally, one of the tools and gadgets that lives up to the hype. That special gadget-lover on your list will love this gift that will make their life easier.
The patented Rock N Roller Multicart Model R2 Micro Cart is really an amazing 8-in-1 cart that starts at 26-inches long for easy portability even on an airplane and expands to 39 inches to carry up to 350 lbs. cargo. Its eight modes include storage transport, short furniture dolly, short platform cart, short hi-stacker, long hi-stacker, long platform cart, long furniture dolly, and wheeled hand truck They will be able to move lots of gear on its rugged, smooth-riding R-Trac foam-filled, no-flat 6-inch rear wheels and 4-inch front swivel casters. It features a textured powder-coated steel finish that is both durable and reduces slippage. It measures a compact 26 x 14 x 6.5 inches folded and weighs only 22 lbs. making it easy to store just about anywhere. Whether your gadget-lover is a DJ or live sound artist with music equipment, works in film or TV, performs maintenance, is a contractor of just about any kind, has photographic gear to carry, works with sports teams, performs scientific or field research, or needs to attend trade shows, this expandable micro cart will make their life easier.
A gadget aficionado’s best friend is often music as they sometimes work alone to work on gadgets or fix any number of problems. You should get them a Bluetooth speaker, but not just any speaker though. They need one that can take the punishment being moved from place to place while being portable to take anywhere. The Photive M90 is a powerful, durable, shockproof, waterproof, Bluetooth speaker with a built-in subwoofer that will let them pound out the tunes while making repairs. It also features an 8-10 hour battery to keep the music going the whole day. Give them the gift of hearing their favorite tunes through a powerful Bluetooth speaker anywhere they want.
If your gadget-lover find themselves off the beaten path or off the grid often, the Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel could be a lifesaver. Using only the light from the sun, it can charge a smartphone device in just 1-2 hours through its built-in USB port or 12V devices. It couldn’t be easier for them to use. They just unfold it, face it towards the sun, and plus in their device. This is no lightweight solar charger though, it features a highly portable, rugged, weather-resistant design with powerful monocrystalline panels. Give them the ability to recharge their portable electronic devices wherever they are by just using the sun.
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