Sure, your dad said he didn’t want anything for Fathers’ Day, but that might also have been a not-so-subtle hint that thanks to the last several holidays, he has enough ties and golf balls.

Enough of these batteries-not-required presents! Shake things up this year and give dad a gift he’ll actually appreciate. If he loves the great outdoors or if he describes himself as more indoorsy, there’s a tech toy just waiting for him. So go ahead, get your dad one of these gifts and make yourself dad’s favorite.



Dad likes his iPad plenty, but when it comes to your video games, he just doesn’t understand them. Give dad the gift of youth with the iCade. This iPad accessory transforms the tablet into an old school arcade console so your dad can shoot down asteroids the way man was always intended to- with a joystick.

Ion $99.99

Lytro 8GB Camera


Back in the days of film photography, if you took a bad picture, you wouldn’t find out until the roll was developed. Then came the digital revolution and each photo was able to be instantly evaluated. If your dad likes to be on the cutting edge of technology, the Lytro camera is the future of photography. This transformational camera allows the user to focus after the picture’s been taken, which means each photo can be manipulated and refocused any number of times. In fact, even if dad takes a picture of you that you hate, you can even refocus the print so you’re the blurry background. Everybody wins.

Lytro $399

Walkie Talkie


Believe it or not there are still places where cell phones become useless pieces of plastic. If your dad longs for the great outdoors, a pair of 23 mile range Walkie Talkies is the perfect gift. And if it turns out that his weekends get stuck being more bargain hunting than deer hunting, walkie talkies will even make a trip to the mall more fun.

Amazon $55.42

Nootropic Design Defusable Alarm Clock


Waking up for work is no fun, but if you have to get up in the morning, at least start your day like John McClane. The Defusable Alarm Clock can act like a regular alarm clock, or it can be put in countdown sequence mode, where you have 10 seconds to pull out the right wire or the clock will “detonate.” This clock is a build-it-yourself project that dads who like to tinker will love and it’s even hackable so dad can reprogram it however he wants!

AC Gears $39.99

Senso Glove


For the real golfer, 18 holes is not just a game, it’s a lifestyle. Success or failure on the course can mean the difference between a good day and a bad day. Increase your dad’s odds of a good day with the SensoGlove. This high-tech glove measures the golfer’s grip on the club and gives instant feedback on how to improve his swing. Just wait until after he’s used it to ask to borrow the car.

SensoGlove $89.99

8mm Retro Digital Camera


You can handle it at a graduation or wedding, but dad’s insistence on bringing out the video camera for every family function is getting a bit tiring. With this tiny retro designed digital camera, you won’t just update dad’s technology, you’ll update his whole look. This camera will transform dad from cringe-worthy to cool and who knows, his family documentary might even win some awards.

AC Gears $69.99

Grill Alert


One of the best parts of summer is the ability to break out the grill again. Even if your dad is an accomplished outdoor chef, no one wants to have to stand for hours at the side of a hot grill on an already sweltering day. With the grill alert, you can give your dad the gift of freedom. He can even go into the air conditioning and this wireless remote will let him know when the meat has reached the perfect temperature.

Brookstone $69.99

iPong Table Tennis Training Buddy


You dad used to love playing ping pong, until that is, you started to beat him. Give him a chance to catch up to your mad skills with the iPong Table Tennis Training Buddy. This machine shoots out ping pong balls at the speed and frequency that the user sets, allowing for you to increase the difficulty as you improve. Next stop, Olympics.

Amazon $144.49

Robo Vacuum


Cleaning up is no fun, but having a mini-robot butler do all the work for you is awesome. With the Robo Vacuum, dad can eat that pastrami sandwich at his desk, and still keep everything tidy. Bonus, mom will thank you for this gift too.

Mental Floss $14.99

Solar Laptop Charger


Outdoorsy doesn’t have to be synonymous with disconnected. With the solar laptop charger, dad can take his computer with him to whichever outlet-free location he’d like and never have to worry about draining all of his power. This gift is also great for any dad who likes to keep his energy bills low.

Eco Geek Living $249.99

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