Father's Day is June 20, 2010
Show your appreciation for dear ol’ dad with a present he can really use. In this slideshow are several gift ideas, starting at $10. Whether your father is hooked on his iPad, at work on projects on his Mac, or out on the town with his iPhone, these gifts are sure to make pa happy. Got a great gift idea? Tell your fellow readers about it in the comments section.
Always leaving Post-It Notes on your father's computer? The Scratch-n-Scroll ($10) is a mousepad with a surface you can scribble notes on. Erase the surface by lifting the top sheet. The Scratch-n-Scroll works with any optical or ball mouse.
Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount
You can attach this iPhone mount ($40) to a car windshield or air vent to bring your iPhone up to a better eye level. It also features an audio amplifiction system that boost the volume of the iPhone so driving instructions can be better heard.
Give your father a better iPhone listening expereince with a headset upgrade. For $50, the NuForce NE-7M features balanced sound quality that’s steps above the stock iPhone headset. Read our full review. We have more canalbud headset reviews, as well as a roundup of standard canalbud headphones (no mic).
Cocoon Harlem iPad/Netbook Sling
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots
The Sierra Wireless Overdrive (left, $99 with two-year Sprint contract) and the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 (right, $100 with two-year Verizon contract) provide Wi-Fi Internet access while you’re out and about. A great tool if your dad is always on the road. Read our reviews for the Sierra Wireless Overdrive and the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200.
Logitech Performance Mouse MX
Built for bigger hands, the Logitech Performance Mouse MX ($100) is sturdy, comfortable, and has plenty of buttons. It also comes with a rechargable battery and the tracking works on almost any surface, including glass. It’s a terific mouse for dad to use everyday with his Mac. Read our full review.
Scott eVest Clothing
Too many gadgets and not enough pockets? Pop won’t have that problem with clothing from Scott eVest. The company designs clothes with electronics in mind, so garments, like the Tropical Jacket/Vest (left, $120) and the TEC Shirt (right, $80) safely secure your gear and even keep the cables out of the way.
Does dad have exceptional culinary skills? The iHome iP39 ($100) makes for a great kitchen companion. This iPhone/iPod dock has a pair of timers that dad can use while slaving over a hot stove. And it’s designed with easy-to-clean controls and a dock that can slide in and out.
If dad seems to be constantly recording video of family events, give him a camcorder that can go just about anywhere. The Kodak PlaySport is waterproof (up to 10 feet deep) and also has electronic image stabilization. It records 1080p HD video on to SD cards, and has a 4X digital zoom.
Phosphor E Ink Digital Hour Clock Watch
Watches nowadays are more about fashion that function, so it helps to have a watch that’s unique, like the Phosphor E Ink Digital Hour Clock Watch ($195). It uses an E Ink electronic paper display and switches between a numeric display and a hour clock.