Top Father's Day gifts for dads who love Apple
Father's Day is June 16, so if you were planning to buy someone more than just a card or a nice meal, now's the time. Here are some last-minute tech gifts that neatly tie into the Apple ecosystem.
JBL Endurance Peak
The all-wireless Endurance Peak ($119.95) is very underrated, in our opinion. It's a little bulky but sounds absolutely fantastic, and unlike AirPods, you don't have to constantly readjust the buds to keep them in your ears. They're even IPX7 water-resistant, making them better at blocking sweat and rain than even Apple's Powerbeats Pro. An included charging case extends battery life by another 24 hours on top of the onboard 4.
Apple Watch bands
If someone already has an Apple Watch, it's hard to go wrong with new bands if you already know what they wear. From Apple directly we'd probably recommend a Sport Loop ($49), in colors ranging from "Cape Cod Blue" to "Canary Yellow." You can contribute to charities at the same time by buying Pride Edition or (PRODUCT)RED models.
Apple TV 4K
An Apple TV 4K (reg. $179, on sale for $169) is bound to be popular with dads who don't already own a high-end media streamer. It supports standards like Dolby Atmos, Vision, and HDR10, and of course has access to dozens of services via the tvOS App Store.
An often overlooked benefit is its use as a HomeKit hub — meaning it can manage automations even when you're away from home. It's also great for party games like the Jackbox series.
5.11 Tactical RUSH72
A backpack might seem like an odd choice, but the RUSH72 ($169.99) might be the last one dad ever needs. It's incredibly tough — as it should be, since some of 5.11's clientele include soldiers, medics, police, and bodyguards.
The tech angle comes from a multitude of compartments, able to fit everything from headphones and cables through to iPads and MacBooks. Combined the RUSH72 can hold up to 55 liters, making it suited for everything from work commutes to weightlifting and weekend hikes.
It's a cliche that dads are zealots about their thermostats, but the ecobee4 ($193) is something anyone can enjoy if they're used to conventional models. It supports HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant — in fact it has an Alexa speaker built in.
While you can of course take advantage of features like automated schedules, the ecobee also has presence detection, and comes bundled with a remote room sensor that ensures consistent temperatures.
Weber iGrill 2
Its no coincidence that Father's Day lines up pretty well with grilling season. If you've got a grill-master at home, we suggest checking out the iGrill 2.
The Weber iGrill 2 is a digital leave-in thermometer that can be used to track the doneness of up to four cuts of meat at a single time. It's Bluetooth enabled with a companion app that allows remote monitoring and can alert you when a cut of meat is perfectly done. Never fear overcooked chicken again. The iGrill 2 is available at Amazon for $65, and ships in time for Father's day.
Marshall Kilburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Perfect for moving from the office to the garage or to the bedroom from the deck, the Marshall Killburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a great gift for any music-loving dad.
Not only does this speaker sound as good as it looks, it's also portable, with a heavy-duty leather carrying strap, Bluetooth connectivity, and weighing in at under 7 pounds. You can snag it from Amazon for $164.94.
Mophie Powerstation XXL
If you've got a guy in your life who has devices that are constantly running on empty, it might be time to get him a Powerstation.
The Mophie Powerstation XXL is strong enough to charge a USB-C laptop, but smart enough to charge even the smallest accessories. The Powerstation XXL is available from Amazon for $149.95 and ships in time for Fathers Day.