These Father's Day gifts are sure to brighten Dad's day
Father's Day is fast approaching, and we've rounded up some of our favorite Father's Day gifts that you can give to the special dad in your life.
Gifts under $50
Moment Protective Camera Case for iPhones
While smartphone cases typically offer protection for the iPhone and little else, Moment's range of cases offer a lot more for photographers. The cases include an interface section near the rear camera, allowing for special add-on lenses to be attached for alternative camera effects. The cases start from $29.99 on Amazon, lenses sold separately.
Weber iGrill Mini
Perfect for dads who love to grill, the Weber iGrill Mini is an inexpensive, yet incredibly useful, tool. This single-probe thermometer features a color indicator to tell how far along food is at a glance, while the companion app allows for precise temperature monitoring and temperature alerts. The iGrill Mini attaches to grills — or ovens, range hoods, and refrigerators — by a magnet, ensuring it's always on hand when needed. The Weber iGrill Mini is a budget-friendly option, priced at $34.95 on Amazon.
Nomad Modern Strap for Apple Watch
A stylish leather strap can help dress up an Apple Watch, making it an essential piece of everyday carry gear. Nomad's Modern Strap is made from vegetable-tanned leather from one of America's oldest tanneries and develops a unique patina as it is worn over time. This strap is designed to fit all versions of the Apple Watch, and best of all, the Modern Strap is on sale for a limited time, now only $34.95 when you order it from Nomad directly.
Smart lights are great, but you need a good way to control them. Philips Hue are arguably the most popular smart bulbs around, but it means if you turn off the wall switch, they stop functioning until the switch is thrown again.
Lutron Aurora solves this issue. It clips onto a standard wall switch, locking it into place. Just press Aurora and the lights come on. Press again, they go off. Rotate and they can either dim or brighten. This gives you a physical control for everyone in the home while always keeping the lights connected.
PowerPort Nano III
Everyone has to charge electronics and for Father's Day, let the dad in your life power up his phone as fast as possible with the Anker PowerPort Nano III. This diminutive adapter is the same size as Apple's 5W USB power brick that ships with most iPhones, but it packs 18W of power.
With a USB-C to Lightning cable, perhaps one from our recommended list, Dad can Fast Charge his iPhone to 50% of its capacity in only 15 minutes.
It is available on Amazon for $19.99.
Tangram - Smart Jump Rope Rookie
Let your father pretend to be in a Rocky training montage with the Tangram Smart Jump Rope Rookie. Connecting to a mobile app via Bluetooth, the rope will keep track of time spent jumping, jump counts, and calorie burn, as well as offering training and unlockable awards to incentivize progress. It is available for $39.95 on Amazon, in a choice of four colors.
Wemo - Mini Smart Plug
A cheap entry point into the world of smart home technology, the Wemo Mini Smart Plug is a compact unit that plugs into an outlet without blocking others on a wall plate. Compatible with HomeKit, as well as Alexa, IFTTT, and Google Assistant, it can be used to turn devices on and off automatically. If used with a lamp, its "Away Mode" will turn lights on and off randomly to look like people are home. It is on sale for $34.99 individually from Amazon, or $59.99 (reg. $84.99) in a three-pack.
Anker Hybrid Wireless and Portable Charger
Anker has long made portable chargers that can recharge your iPhone, iPad, or sometimes even your car, plus it's also made wireless ones for Qi-enabled devices. Now it has combined the two to produce what looks like its familiar iOS charger but which you can also just rest the device on to charge wirelessly. It retails for $35.99 and that seems like a bargain.
Logitech K380 keyboard
There are a million keyboards available, or maybe billions if you're willing to put up with one designed for Windows, but this Logitech K380 is a reliable, sturdy, stalwart favorite. Portable enough to throw in your bag, it's also full-size so you can use it with even your Mac. Plus, it comes with the ability to pair to up to three devices, so with one press of a button, you can be typing on your Mac, then your iPhone, or your iPad.
Satechi USB-C Apple Watch Dock
The Satechi USB-C Apple Watch Dock is the most compact Apple Watch Charger out there. The minimal design offers just the charging puck and a USB-C connector, and that is it. Carry the puck in your pocket or bag with ease, and charge your watch from any powered USB-C port. AppleInsider reviewed the charger, and at only $39.99 we think your dad might like it too.
Twelve South TimePorter
The Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch is a small travel case that doubles as a carrying case for bands or a battery pack. The TimePorter is about the size of an eyeglasses case and has a small hole in the top for an Apple Watch charging puck. Inside the case, the cable wraps around a holder, with cutouts made for easy management. The center of the case can store extra watch bands or even a small battery pack for on-the-go charging.
The TimePorter is $49.99 and will make a great addition to a travel kit.
RAVPower USB-C PD chargers
RAVPower makes USB-C PD chargers using GaN technology. You don't have to know what that is, but the result is a thin charger capable of charging a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac laptop rapidly. The 45W is especially suitable for dads who like a flat charger. If your dad needs a little more power, the 61W version is also pretty small.
Anker USB-C to Lightning cable
Anker was started on the premise of making good cables and chargers. Dads everywhere will appreciate the reliability of a Lightning cable that doesn't break and can fast-charge. If Dad uses a newer iPhone and a non-pro iPad, the Anker USB-C to Lightning cable is what you need. The braided jacket is reassurance that they'll last a long time.
Nike Watch band
There are countless watch bands for Apple Watch, but one of the most popular is Nike's line of bands. They often use Nike's signature Volt color and come with several holes in the band itself.
The holes give the bands slightly more flexibility as well as breathability. When working out or in the hot weather, a well-vented band can increase comfort for Apple Watch owners significantly. Best Buy is currently running a sale on a variety of styles with prices under $40.
Gifts between $50 and $100
The Anker PowerPort Nano III is a great compact USB-C charger, but if Dad has a few devices to charge, the exceptional Zendure SuperPort is a better fit.
This horizontal multi-charger can power up to four devices simultaneously. There is a 100W USB-C port, an 18W USB-C port, and two 18W USB-A ports. That is enough to charge a MacBook Pro at full speed, plus Fast Charge an iPhone, juice up an iPad Pro and top off an Apple Watch all at the same time. It also makes a great portable charger when not at home on his desk.
Best yet, it is 20% off on Amazon right now, bringing the price to $79.99 from $99.
Solo NY - Zone Hybrid Briefcase Backpack
If Dad is the type to travel with a lot of gear, the Zone Hybrid Briefcase Backpack might be right up his alley. It's a rugged, military-inspired bag with a padded laptop compartment capable of fitting a 15-inch MacBook Pro, a padded iPad pocket, a zip-down organizer section, removable/adjustable shoulder straps, and aviator inspired hardware. If it gets too heavy to wear on the shoulder, this bag has hideaway padded backpack straps, allowing it to convert into a standard backpack in seconds. The Zone Hybrid is available on Amazon and sells for $58.99.
Get Dad to ditch the lighter fluid and matches in favor of a higher-tech solution for lighting bonfires and charcoal grills. The Looftlighter can get charcoal briquets glowing in 60 seconds flat with no gas, flame or fluids. Instead, it uses super-heated air for safely hit temperatures of nearly 1100F. It retails for $79.99.
Nomad Base Station Stand
The Nomad Base Station Stand is a simple wireless charger with a premium build that supports 7.5W fast charging. The dual coil design will let Dad charge his phone in either orientation, or even his AirPods. The stand uses USB-C to connect to a power source, which adds even more versatility to the charger. We reviewed the Base Station Stand, and consider it a great purchase at $99.95.
GoCube, the Smart Connected Puzzle Cube
Not everything has to be a charger. What if Dad is an engineer, or just into puzzles? The GoCube Smart Connected Puzzle is an updated version of the puzzle cube from the 1980s. It works with an app on your iPhone or iPad and teaches you to solve it or become competitive at solving racing against the clock. We reviewed the GoCube and liked it.
The GoCube is available for Father's Day in bundles starting at $79.95.
Gifts over $100
Nomad Steel Band for Apple Watch
Made from 316-grade stainless steel, the Steel Band by Nomad is a durable, high-quality metal band for the Apple Watch. The Steel Band comes in Satin Black and Silver and is perfect for guys who prefer a metal watchband. The Steel Band is compatible with 42mm and 44mm Apple Watch Series 1 through Series 5 models and is priced at $119.95.
Bungo Messenger Bag by Knomo
We've been carting a Bungo bag around for five years now, and in that time it's become a joke for how much you can wedge in it — and how it still looks new. You can get cheaper bags, including from Knomo, but this one is so versatile, so hardwearing, and can just take so much, that it's worth its $350 (although it's currently 20% off with code TOGETHER20). Knomo offers it in four interest-free payments of $87.25, too.
Arlo Pro 3
Home security is important for peace of mind, but some cameras have some privacy baggage. That's not the case with HomeKit-compatible systems like the Arlo Pro 3. They're completely wireless cameras that feature two-way audio, 2K HDR video, and night vision. The kit, which includes two cameras along with the base station, retails for $492.
This is on the higher-end of the spectrum, but are one of the most robust and reliable systems out there. They have a 160-degree field of view, motion-activated spotlights, and strong magnetic mounts.
Sonos One SL
If Dad is an audiophile who doesn't mind digital streaming, you can give him the gift of great-sounding speakers that also happen to be compatible with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. It retails for $179. It lacks any sort of microphone, offers a compact design with crisp, high-frequency audio. For additional bonus points, two Sonos One SL speakers can be paired together for room-filling, stereo sound.
For those who don't mind the microphone on the speaker, the Sonos One adds support for Alexa and Google Assistant for $20 more.
Anova Precision Cooker Pro
The Anova Precision Cooker Pro is a powerful tool to make delicious sous vide recipes. We tried it out ourselves and found it to heat and circulate water with ease thanks to 1200 Watts of power. The sleek black/stainless steel design looks great in modern kitchens, while the touchscreen offers a premium feel.
Built for continuous use, Dad can cook everything from beefy steaks to delicate salmon with ease. It can be used with an iPhone or Android device to wirelessly set temps and monitor cooking times. Once it connects and is updated with the latest firmware (watch out for special characters if your Wi-Fi password), it's a breeze to operate.
Apple hardware deals
Macs and iPads on sale
If Dad's collection of Apple hardware doesn't include recent releases and you want to treat him to an extra special gift, aggressive deals are going on now just in time for Father's Day.
Here's a roundup of some of the best sales:
Software is also marked down to complement Dad's Mac computer. This budget-friendly option rings in at $54 with coupon code APPLEINSIDER10 and features a 1-year license to Parallels Desktop 15 and 10 other popular Mac apps.
That concludes our roundup of the best Father's Day gifts. To all the dads out there, we hope you have a wonderful day!