10 Father's Day Gifts for Tech-Savvy Dads

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-06-06 Print this article Print

Father's Day is coming up, and in the year 2014, showing your dad thanks requires a little more than a coffee mug or new tie. The frantic nature of modern life means today's fathers are working harder and juggling more obligations than ever before. Thankfully, technology has also kept pace with the speed of life, and what better way to say, "Thanks Dad!" than with a Fitbit fitness tracker, shiny new smartphone or snazzy Bluetooth speakers? According to NRF's 2014 Father's Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for the holiday is expected to reach $12.5 billion. The survey also found that those celebrating Father's Day will spend $1.6 billion on electronic gifts such as smartphones and tablets, and another $1.8 billion on gift cards, letting Dad pick his own special gift. Family members will be using their own smartphones and tablets to research and purchase gifts for Dad this year. Nearly one-quarter of smartphone owners said they will research products and compare prices on gifts using their smartphone, and three in 10 tablet owners said they will do the same. Nearly one in five said they will purchase products with their tablet for Father's Day.

  • 10 Father's Day Gifts for Tech-Savvy Dads

    By Nathan Eddy
    10 Father's Day Gifts for Tech-Savvy Dads
  • Stay Charged Up on the Go

    With so many portable devices to tote, keeping them charged can be a challenge. With the iContact Power Bank, charge the device for just a few hours and you'll be able to recharge when batteries are running low. Simply attach your device's compatible USB charging cable to the Power Bank, and Dad's smartphone, tablet or other compatible device will be back in service.
    Stay Charged Up on the Go
  • Keep Dad Connected With Iomega

    The $100 Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station can add WiFi support to any USB drive or printer you may have, and it comes with four USB ports that let users share media from attached drives over the home network or over the Internet. Users can also print to a home printer from anywhere, and it boasts a set of advanced media features, such as the DLNA-certified UPnP AV media server and iTunes server so that content can be shared between computers.
    Keep Dad Connected With Iomega
  • Get Him in Touch With His Inner TIE Fighter

    Well come on, there has to be at least ONE necktie on the list, and what's better than ones that feature logos from the Star Wars franchise? In four different styles and color combinations and priced between $54.99 and $64.99, these 100 percent silk handmade ties allow Dad to display his geekdom in the midst of a corporate hierarchy. The Darth Vader Red (red fabric with black Vaders) and Rebel Logo Blue are among the choices.
    Get Him in Touch With His Inner TIE Fighter
  • Track Time (and Everything Else) With a Pebble

    Compatible with Android and Apple devices, the Pebble smartwatch made a big splash when it was thrown into the market, as it allows users to view email and text messages and control music playing on iTunes and Pandora. Plus, it lasts between five and seven days on a single charge. Featuring an e-Paper display that can be read easily even in direct sunlight, the waterproof, scratchproof device packs a lot of usability for a modest price of $149.99.
    Track Time (and Everything Else) With a Pebble
  • Classy Cufflinks of the Circuit Board Variety

    These cufflinks are made from upcycled circuit boards with domes that create a reflective 3D optical effect. Each piece is unique, but all have the same beautiful azure background, showcasing their intricate patterns and electronic components. And for just $45, they fit neatly into anyone's Father's Day budget.
    Classy Cufflinks of the Circuit Board Variety
  • Take Tunes to the Park

    Seamlessly stream everything from music to movies, games, phone calls or even conference calls from anywhere with the Jawbone Jambox wireless Bluetooth speaker. Starting at $99.99, the device can be updated with apps, software and new features through Jawbone's My Talk portal, and the powerful battery lasts up to 10 hours.
    Take Tunes to the Park
  • Black Coffee at Castle Black

    You knew there had to be a mug on this list too, right? Everyone's current epic TV obsession, "Game of Thrones," gets in on the caffeine train with mugs featuring the Tyrell and Baratheon sigils. Dishwasher- and microwave-safe, they're the perfect hot beverage holder.
    Black Coffee at Castle Black
  • A Crystal Ball of Data

    The LaCie Sphère hard drive ($490), designed by Christofle, a manufacturer of fine silver flatware and home accessories based in France since 1830, features embedded technology by LaCie, high-speed USB 3.0 ports and 1TB of storage to give Dad enough space for years of backups or an extensive photo, video and music library. The company's Private-Public software ensures files remain completely confidential, and automatic Eco Mode lowers power usage by up to 90 percent when the drive is idle.
    A Crystal Ball of Data
  • Put Some Flex Into Dad's Fitness

    This slim Flex Fitbit ($99.99) is worn all the time. During the day, it tracks steps, distance and calories burned, and at night, it tracks sleep quality and wakes the user silently in the morning. By checking out the LED lights, users can see how they stack up against personal goals. Maybe it can't make Dad hit the gym more often, but it will let him know how healthy he is.
    Put Some Flex Into Dad's Fitness
  • When You Really Want to Say Thank You

    Buy him a Tesla Model S, a luxury electric sedan. Consumer Reports' top-scoring car of all time and a frequent presence on "best of" lists, the Model S combines eco-friendliness with style. It might put you back a bit (the base model starts at just under $70,000), but it sure beats another "World's Best Dad" necktie.
    When You Really Want to Say Thank You
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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