Father’s Day comes once a year, but still we struggle to find Dad the perfect gift. Our advice? Gadgets, and lots of them! Whether your old man is an Apple fan, tech-freak or just enjoys something fun and silly, we’ve sourced 6 top products (plus a bonus last-minute gift grab) to give this Sunday.
DIY USB Cigar Flash Memory (with LEDs)
Here’s a healthy way to smoke – engineer laxap has fashioned a USB flashdrive into the facade of a cigar. When connected to your computer, the device lights up, just as a real cigar would, and can even play jazz sounds from pre-loaded music stored on the drive.
This is a quirky, cool concept that we think a lot of Dads would love. And while the design is not currently for sale, laxap has provided step-by-step instructions and a list of all the equipment [via website Instructables] you’ll need to make your own! If you have a spare cigar and flash drive hanging about the house, why not give it a try?
Let your Dad show love for Apple on his sleeve, literally, with a pair of iPod-branded cufflinks. The ‘links are a lot of fun and will add a bit of crazy to standard corporate suits. Designed by Alexa Lane and available for purchase via etsy.com, choose a range of colour and other customisable options to design the cufflinks just the way you want them. US$28 + shipping per pair.
Best Dad Father’s Day iPhone case for iPhone 4/4S
Dress up Dad’s iPhone4/4S with a ‘Best Dad’ accolade. The snap-on case by CaseCartel features a painted matte, 3D tie motiff, offers full access to buttons and ports and, best of all, lets everyone know how much you love him. US$15 +shipping via etsy.com
ION Audio All-Star Guitar
Move over, Guitar Hero – the latest guitar controller is ION Audio’s All-Star Guitar. It’s a full-sized electric guitar that houses an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and has a 14-row, 84-button, LED-lit fretboard that ION says allows for “accurate picking, plucking, shredding and strumming” via apps such as GarageBand and ION’s free All-Star Guitar app. Perfect for rockstar Dads with a penchant for air guitar! Available at iWorld Australia for $149.95.
The Indy: iPad bag
Waterfield Designs says the iPad is ‘too big for your pants pocket’ so they’ve come up with The Indy – an over-the-shoulder bag designed for the new iPad. Made of distressed leather, you can choose from black or brown designs for your Dad with six colour accents available. Additional compartments will hold everything from your iPhone to your wallet and keys. See more at www.sfbags.com. US $179 + shipping
Panasonic Ultra-light Full HD HC-V10
For the home movie-making Dads, Panasonic has a whiz-bang new camcorder with 70x zoom and HD image quality, so you and the family can capture a range of distance and close-up shots. The V10 is compact and lightweight, great for taking on holiday with you. See more at www.panasonic.com.au. $299.
Bonus tip: iTunes gift options
Whether it’s apps, music, movies or books, there’s bound to be something for every Dad in iTunes. You have a couple of gifting options to choose from, all of which are quick and easy to organise the day before!
Buy an iTunes gift card
Buy an iTunes gift card in a number of different styles, choosing from a range of denominations. You can purchase these from Apple online, an Apple retail store, or a number of outlets in Australia, including newsagents and major supermarkets. These cards can be redeemed for all of Apple’s digital content, including games, apps, music and more.
Buy an iTunes gift certificate
This is your best bet for organising a gift last-minute: Buy a certificate directly from the iTunes Store in dollar amounts ranging from $20 to A$100. You can add a personal message and choose to have your gift emailed to your Dad straight away, or print it and give it in person.
Gift a book, album and more
If you have something specific in mind, you can opt to give your Dad anything from iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore or Mac App Store, including books, games, movies, music albums, songs and apps. To do this, click or tap the ‘Gift This’ link next to the product and Apple will then send an email to your Dad to let him know he has received a gift. Upon clicking the email link, the gift will automatically download to the recipient’s account. Alternatively, you can print the certificate out and give it personally Voila!
If you have any other great gift ideas to give this Father’s Day let us know in the comments section below!