Some fathers are weirdly tech-savvy. They take to new gadgets like the first fish that grew fin legs and crawled onto dry land. These are fathers who should be celebrated (in addition to being celebrated for being a good father). You can give them tech gifts that you don’t have to talk them through a thousand times, then watch as they still revert to their previous Luddite ways. Tech gifts like these.
One reason we don’t have family movie nights outside during the warmer months is because we don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of dragging wires in and out of the house. A Bluetooth and WiFi-enabled projector solves most of that. You’ll still have to deal with its power cord, but we think the picture quality is worth a single extension cord.$190
Smart appliances and accessories have been around for a little while, but most of the early iterations were wildly complicated or annoyingly finicky. It’s not really until things get to IKEA that you can be sure they’re practical and will actually work. Which is good, because those are the two main criteria we use when trying to find gifts for Dad.$75
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Pretty much every dad we’ve ever met has complained about their allergies. There must be something about having kids that spikes your susceptibility to pollen. We like this one for techie dads because it can be used with the IKEA smart home app, as well as Alexa, Apple Homekit, and Google Home.$180
Plenty of fathers have a smartwatch these days, so we thought we’d recommend something with a decent layer of style on top of functionality. This one has all the health monitoring and notifications you could possibly want, plus an excellent AMOLED screen that comes with plenty of watch faces for some of that old analog charm.$130
Not every tech accessory needs to be packed full of wires and Bluetooth and WiFi and apps and chargers and screens. Sometimes you need an attractive, sustainably produced box to keep all your stuff organized. Don’t overthink it.$33
It feels like Reddit’s piling up with dashcam footage. We don’t know if that’s because there’s been a massive increase in people trying to commit insurance or if we’re just diving into a subreddit rabbit hole. Whichever it is, it’s probably worth getting Dad, and yourself, an extra level of protection for your daily driving.$150
Speaking of added protection. There’s a bunch of functionality built into this gadget, but we’re mostly attracted to the location tracking and the car health monitoring. You get notifications for any and all suspicious activity as well as full-on route plans for wherever the car goes.
Quick disclaimer, there’s also a monthly subscription fee (roughly $10) for the data service and app.$50
Self-cleaning is a bit of a misnomer. You still have to give the bottle a rub down every so often to get stuff off the rim and around the cap. It’s more about taking the guesswork out of tap water. The cleaning is more that the bottle purges its contents of contaminating bacteria periodically. Plus it’s insulated and will keep things hot for 12 hours and cold for 24.$99
The tail light on a bike is perennially neglected. Everyone’s out buying miniature LED suns for the front and leaving the stock reflector on the back. Here’s a quick fix for that. It’s a light that tells people when you’re braking or turning, and blinks fast and bright when you’re not doing either of those first things.$16
There’s so much plastic flying around that it’s almost irresponsible to not make something out of it all, and wireless earbuds seem like as good an idea as any. They’re like Apple Airpods without the guilt of supporting Apple or association with finance bros who won’t stop lecturing us about NFTs. At least, that’s the angle we were going to use to sell our dad on these.$80
Tile’s been around for a little while and has spent that time building consumer trust and refining its product. Really, if anything, this pick isn’t about introducing you to a new product, it’s more about reminding you that it exists and does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Help you find things you put down.$35
There’s definitely a significant number of fathers who don’t quite trust the increasing smartenization (as we imagine they call it) of the home. We like to think all they really need is a gateway gadget. Something simple, like a WiFi-enabled outlet that works with existing home assistants and appliances they already own. Something like this one.$20