Rev up those Father’s Day gift engines, it’s that time of year again! Yeah, I’m a bit late in getting together my list of products that you might want to consider for your dad for Father’s Day, but you will still have a few days to get those gifts (or write up a nice IOU card). Anyway, this is a gift guide of products that I have reviewed since the last Father’s Day (you can always look back at my 2011 Father’s Day gift guide for ideas as well). I have tested these products out (and may actually be still using them).
So let’s cut straight to the chase here. Here is a chronological listing of products that I have reviewed over the past year, what they are, the price, my overall rating of that product and a link to the full review on HighTechDad.com. And I haven’t included every product that I have reviewed here. There are some items that aren’t quite appropriate for Dads and my car and automobile reviews can all be found here.
Clamcase for iPad
A bluetooth keyboard for your iPad. Do note, these have, I believe, been updated to the latest versions of iPad.
NUU Mini Keys Keyboard
A bluetooth keyboard case for your iPhone – for all of those people who miss a tactile, physical keyboard.
Scott E. Vest – Expedition Jacket
A jacket that has 37 pockets – my personal favorite jacket for all of my gadgets!
FosterWeld Handmade Belt Buckles
Get a hand made metal belt buckle made with any type of artwork you want!
Price: varies depending on style
Contour GPS HD Video Camera
This ultra-portable HD video camera is small and can be strapped anywhere (e.g., helmet, bike, goggles, etc.)
Moshi USB to Ethernet Adapter for Mac
If you have a MacBook Air that doesn’t have an Ethernet port, the Moshi USB to Ethernet adapter gives you that connectivity.
Honeywell Air Purifier HHT-145
Are you battling allergies or pollen? This air purifier is your ticket to easier breathing!
D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Wireless Router
If you are looking for a very geeky yet powerful wifi router for your home setup, the D-Link DIR-655 is your ticket to high-speed wireless.
Scott E Vest Classic Men’s Travel Vest
There is a pocket for everything in this vest – beware, sometimes you can lose your stuff! But it’s comfortable and incredibly handy!
Norelco Mustache Trimmer & SensoTouch 3D Shaver
This is the ultimate shaver that has a complete automated cleaning solution as well. And paired with the mustache trimmer, it’s an unbeatable pair!
Price: $250 for shaver & $60 for mustache trimmer
Rickshaw Bagworks Custom Bags
The nice thing about Rickshaw Bagworks is that you can make any case design extremely personal, choosing design, fabric, material and stitching for just about any design.
Asus Zenbook Ultrabook
Ultrabooks are a new type of slim, sleek, fast, powerful laptops that turn on quickly and have incredibly long battery life while using full performance chipsets.
Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid SSD
Want to give your older laptop a boost? If you have already bumped up or replaced the RAM, your next upgrade should be a hard drive and the Hybrid SSD from Seagate will transform your laptop to almost that of an Ultrabook.
Casio Edifice EQS500C-1A1
You can’t go wrong with a wristwatch, especially if it is multi function, solar power and stylish, AND by Casio!
iRadar Radar Detector
It’s great to have a radar detector, and even more fun when it integrates with your smartphone!
BenQ JoyBee GP2 Portable Projector
Having a way to bring a big screen experience but simply using a small, lightweight projector is truly great. Simply hook up the projector to your media device (e.g., smartphone, computer, DVD player, etc.)
Western Digital My Book Live Duo
Having a storage solution is critical at home or work, and when this storage can handle terabytes of data as well as other functions make this a balance hard drive.
Samsung Rugby Smart Android Smartphone
Want a rugged and waterproof (I actually tested it) Android smartphone? This solid smartphone can really withstand quite a lot of wear and tear and being dumped into water!
Price: $99.99 (w/ contract)
Honeywell HPA-150 HEPA Tower Allergen Remover
Plagued by pollen, dust and dander? This filter will clear the air and get you back to breathing normally again!
Seagate Satellite Wifi Portable Storage
Portable storage devices are great to have, but when you can use it to expand your smartphone or tablet’s storage and stream media via wifi in an easy way, you then have a product that is extremely useful.
Blackberry Playbook Tablet
If you are looking for a reasonable tablet, that actually CAN run Android app while not being based on Android and that has a strong set of hardware components driving it, take a look at the Blackberry Playbook.
Setting up an easy webcam streaming solution is now really a reality. With the VueZone solution, you can easily monitor your home, business, kids or pets from your mobile device or computer from anywhere you are.
Sleep Number’s In Balance Bedding Solution
While not exactly a gadget but definitely powered by technology, these bedding solutions will help you get a more balanced temperature-controlled sleep.
Price: $229 – $329
Whew! That is a lot of possible gift options for your Dad or the father in your life!
But again, remember that Father’s Day is not about giving gifts (although they are nice), it is more about telling your dad thanks and showing them that you appreciate and love them!
HTD says: Have a wonderful Father’s Day!