If your dad is constantly fighting for the TV remote, enjoys reading news online or maybe enjoys a spot of gaming, a tablet could be a really good idea for a Father's Day present. It's an extra special gift if you live far apart, as it'll open up the world of video calls via Skype or FaceTime.
The gold standard of tablets is surely the iPad, which has recently taken a welcome price drop to £339.
Yet for under £50 you could opt for Amazon’s recently updated Fire tablet. It’s ridiculously good value and available in four colours.
That’s just two options, so why not take a look at our definitive guide to the best tablets available too?
If your dad is still toting around a creaky old feature phone or you just feel he deserves a swanky new handset, there’s always a smartphone. In our opinion, the best phone on the market is the Samsung Galaxy S8, though a tad pricey art £689 – how great has Dad been this year?!
Alternatively, the Moto G5 is an outstanding budget Android handset for the price at £169.
If your dad likes playing with the latest tech and is also into a bit of amateur aviation, drones and quadcopters can actually be surprisingly affordable. You can get the Hubsan X4 Micro Quadcopter with Camera for under £60 from Amazon.
Here also is our list of the best drones available right now, at every price point. Some can get a tad expensive, but it depends what you’re looking for.
If your dad loves TV and movies, you might find that a media streaming device is a good way to give him access to services such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer without having to fork out for a smart TV. Many also offer additional benefits such as the ability to stream content from a tablet or smartphone, for example.
Our favourite streaming stick is the Roku Streaming Stick, sitting pretty at number 1 in our best TV media streamer list.
Another undisputedly great option for around the same low price is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Simply plug it into the USB port on your dad’s telly and he’ll have a wealth of shows and films at his fingertips.
As long as its not a cheeky ploy to get him to lose weight, an activity tracker is a cool present for your dad this Father’s Day. There are so many on the market, so maybe a peek at our list of the best activity trackers is in order.
We’d pick out the Fitbit Charge 2 as the best all rounder. View the Charge 2 at Fitbit.
A cheaper alternative with many of the same features is the Misfit Ray, which is under £80 but does miss out on the heart rate sensor, display and floors climbed data.
There’s always the option to go full-blown smartwatch, so long as your dad is a smartphone user – he’d need to pair the two over Bluetooth.
Smartwatches have more features and a screen, and the go-to example for most is the Apple Watch. It’s recently had a much-welcomed price drop, but will only work with iPhone (5 or later).
Additional smartwatch options that we've been loving can be found in our best smartwatches chart.
Even if he’s blasting Rod Stewart, it’s his day, so let him. Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Here is our guide to the best.
High on that list is the outstanding Sumvision Psyc Monic. You can get it for around £40 and the sound it delivers for the price is unbelievable – the sub-bass is top notch. Even if Dad doesn’t have a Bluetooth device to pair it with, you can just plug in a music player with an auxiliary cable.
Stormtrooper Bluetooth speaker
While we are on the subject of speakers, here is a great one for the dads who are Star Wars fans out there.
This is an officially licensed highly detailed Stormtrooper helmet that is also a Bluetooth speaker. It runs off mains power but it charges the internal battery so you can use it off the plug too.
You can slo use the auxiliary connection to use it to play from your PC, laptop or TV.
If you’d rather your dad kept his questionable audio tastes to himself, you’re in luck. Headphones are an affordable item that he can use with his phone, tablet, laptop or even TV – a good pick is the Ausdom over-ear headphones. For under £40 you get great audio quality and the option to connect over Bluetooth.
For a full run-down of the best budget headphones available, here you go.
For the literary inclined father in your life, there’s always an eReader. It’s impossible to not mention Kindle. The base Kindle is only £59.99, though you may want to pay the optional extra £10 to avoid your dad having adverts on the lock screen. It is perfectly capable as a reading device; the high end £269 Oasis model has the same basic features.
For a Kindle-heavy rundown of the best eReaders, check out our guide
Without meaning to imply he should be in there all the time, there is some cool affordable kitchen tech out there this Father's Day.