Best Father’s Day gifts 2017: The best technology, gadgets and other gifts for dads
Father’s Day may only come once a year, but it can still be hard to find just the right gift. Maybe he already has everything he wants and you’re struggling to think of something special to give him, or perhaps, at the other end of the spectrum, there are just too many things to choose from?
With Father’s Day just over a week away, the good news is there’s still plenty of time to find the perfect gift in time for 18 June. We’ve rounded up some of the best technology, gadgets and other gifts the internet has to offer, and they’ll all arrive in time for the big day if you order them this week. From sleek smartwatches and handy-to-have tools, to drones and toys for dads who are very much young at heart, there’s something for every father – and something for every budget, too.
Check out our list below to skip the usual gift you always resort back to and find something special for the important man in your life this Father’s Day.
The best Father’s Day gifts
Fossil Q Men’s Smartwatch FTW2109
Chances are you’ve bought him a watch for at some point. But have you ever bought him a smartwatch? The Fossil Q connected watch may just be one of the most useful gifts he ever receives, combining classic style with the latest technology so you can get notifications and control your music directly from your wrist. It’s fully customisable and also doubles as an activity tracker, so it’s the perfect gift for fashion-conscious men who are always on the go.
Philips Series 5000 Wet & Dry Men’s Electric Shaver
Who said you have to spend a fortune to get him a top-notch gift this Father’s Day? The Philips Series 5000 shaver currently has more than 50% off on Amazon – that’s a massive saving of £95 – so you can give him the gift of a perfect shave at an affordable price. With a MultiPrecision Blade System designed to catch both long and short hairs, and five-direction flex heads for close skin contact, the Philips Series 500 will make his mornings easier by taking the hassle out of shaving.
Beeline smart navigation for bikes
Even if he’s a keen cyclist who already has everything he needs, he probably doesn’t have Beeline yet. This Kickstarter-funded navigation connects to the mobile app of the same name, helping cyclists track all of their rides, discover new routes and share everything with other cyclist friends. Its four-week battery life and durable build – it’s outdoor display is both water and shock resistant – helped make it a nominee for Design of the Year 2017, so you can be sure it’s a gift he’ll love.
Sphero Star Wars R001SRW electronic robot Droid BB-8
Toys aren’t just for children – sometimes they’re for parents, too. Get him his own little piece of the galaxy with this Star Wars BB-8 droid, which will put a smile on any Star Wars fan’s face. Not only does it record virtual holographic videos of your explorations together, but it comes with voice recognition so it can react to your voice too. You can also buy a Force band for guiding your BB-8, but it will still work with a smartphone or tablet too if you don’t want to spend the extra £55.
Lego Star Wars Poe’s X-Wing Fighter™
Who doesn’t love Lego? The Lego store has endless gift options for Star Wars fanatics so you’re sure to find something for him here. And with sets ranging from £8.99 up to £169.99, there’s something for every budget. This customised starfighter’s features include four spring-loaded shooters and two stud shooters, as well as a Poe Dameron, Resistance X-Wing Pilot and BB-8 Astromech Droid Minifigures. And, if you really want to spoil him, the Death Star will keep you in his good books for at least the next year.
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
If he’s already invested in an Amazon Echo, why not help he make his home a little more connected with the Amazon Echo Dot? The hands-free device is voice-controlled just like Alexa and connects to the main device to extend Alexa’s reach around the home. Every Dot means another connected room, so it’s a great gift for the man who already has everything.
Parrot Swing Minidrone
If he’s always dreamed of taking to the skies, why not get him his own personal drone to fly? The Parrot Swing minidrone is an affordable entry-level drone, perfect for beginner pilots, with up to eight and a half minutes of flying time. The Parrot Swing minidrone can reach speeds of 19mph, fly up to 60m and has 1GB of internal storage for any photos, so it’s a great all-round drone for anyone who wants to get started with drone flying. And it’s currently less than £100 at Maplin, too!
ICE Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker
The ICE Orb isn’t just a really cool speaker that looks like it came from the future, it’s also a gravity-defying speaker that spins above a magnetic base to increase the 3D surround effect. Its in-built NFC function means it’s easy to pair with pretty much any smartphone or mobile device and its high-quality speaker system means you don’t have to worry about noise distortion if you like your music loud. If nothing else, it’s a talking point that he’ll love to show off to guests who visit!
PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer
If he loves golf but can’t always make it out onto the course (or you’ve already bought him many golf-related gifts), he’ll appreciate this pressure putt trainer. Designed to stimulate the experience of putting a real golf ball perfectly, it will help him get the feedback he needs to perfect his putt, all from his own back garden.
Tile Mate 1-Pack with 1 Zip Strap
If you want to get him a truly useful gift, look no further than Tile Mate. This handy little Bluetooth tracker easily attaches to keys, phones or anything else you wouldn’t want to go missing, so he’ll never have to worry about losing his valuables again. It’s now 25% smaller than before and the zip strap means it can be fixed on bicycle frames, steering wheels or anything else with a diameter of up to 1.74in.
Timex Ironman Unisex Quartz Sport Full-size Watch with Digital Display and Resin Strap
Active dads will love a gift that helps them improve on their fitness journey, and this Timex sports watch does just that. It includes both an alarm and stopwatch, and is waterproof up to 100 metres, so he’ll be able to time his laps and track his progress whether he’s an avid runner or serious about swimming. It’s surprisingly durable, too, with a 16mm strap, scratch-resistant case and resin case, so it will go the distance with him.
ION Audio Max LP Belt-Drive Turntable
Take a music-loving dad back to the good old days with ION Audio’s turntable. This turntable comes with built-in speakers but also connects to his stereo or home theatre system, so he can hear his music in whichever way he likes. He’ll also be able to convert his vintage vinyl records into digital audio files using the conversion software included.