It can be a daunting task to buy something the old man will actually like this 16 June. That's why we've taken it upon ourselves to round up the best Father's Day tech gifts out there, because who doesn't like tech? From tablets, phones, speakers and fitness trackers there's something in this list every dad is sure to like.
We've also rounded up the best tech deals and discounts on right now across major UK retailers.
Apple iPad 9.7in (2018)
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 £319/US$329 with the 2018 model and is compatible with the Apple Pencil.
That’s just two options, so why not take a look at our definitive guide to the best tablets available too?
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd-gen)
Virtual assistants are a great gift option if your Dad loves using Google voice or Siri.
Amazon's Echo Dot 3, at £49.99/$49.99 (now reduced to £29.99/$29.99) is an obvious choice if you want something that won't break the bank. Though of course, there's the Google equivalent, the Home Mini (RRP £49/$49).
23andMe Health and Ancestry
DNA kits are becoming ever-popular gift items for Mother's Day and Father's Day alike, and thankfully DNA Kit services offer discounts around those events too.
See our full guide to DNA Kits to learn more about what sets these services apart and other promotions on now.
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 this year is the OnePlus 7 Pro, which received a full 5 stars out of 5 in our review and a Tech Advisor Recommended badge. How great has Dad been this year?!
A nice case can also add a special touch - we've rounded up all the best ones here. Many case makers will have discounts on now too, like Mujjo which make premium leather cases and has 15% off until 17 June with code #dad.
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 H107C Quadcopter with Camera for under £30/US$30 on 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 (£39.99/$49.99). 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.
Fitbit Charge 3
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 and best fitness tracker deals is in order.
We've also rounded up all the best Fitbit deals all in one place.
Apple Watch Series 3
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, which has a few models. If you don't want to go for the more expensive Apple Watch 4, you could opt for the Watch Series 3, which starts at £279/$279. If you want cellular connectivity, however, prices start at £329/$329. Compare all Apple Watches here, and click here to see options on Amazon UK and Amazon US.
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.
View the Sumvision Psyc Monic from Amazon. Available in the UK only.
Anything Star Wars
While we are on the subject of speakers, here is a great one for the dads who are Star Wars fans out there. For a straightforward Star Wars gift, check out our round up of the best Star Wars phone cases.
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.
The auxiliary connection also lets you play audio from your PC, laptop or TV.
GoPro Hero 7 Black
First off, it's voice activated, which eases operating the camera when climbing or bike riding or when having your hands tucked behind your head on a seaside hammock in Bermuda. It's waterproof up to 10 meters, touchscreen, voice-activated and can record in up to 1440p at 60 fps.
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/$40 you get great audio quality and the option to connect over Bluetooth.
If you can afford it, there's also the Bose SoundSport Free wireless in-ear headphones. We recommended them in our review and gave them a stellar 4 stars out of 5. It costs £154.99 on Amazon UK and $199 on Amazon US, though you can get them directly from Bose as well (click here if you're visiting from the US).
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 recently updated base Kindle is only £69.99/$89.99, 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 £229.99/$269.99 Oasis model has the same basic features but is waterproof.
For a Kindle-heavy rundown of the best eReaders, check out our guide
Why not pair the eReader with a subscription service?
A Readly subscription can get him a variety of great magazines with just one monthly subscription rate. Choose from titles like Men's Health, Sport, Esquire, GQ – it's like a gift that grants more gifts.
Readly comes with a 1 month trial for £0.99/$0.99 but you can get gift cards ranging from one month (£7.99/US$9.99) up to one year subscriptions (£95.88/US$119.88). See full prices here (US prices here).
One4All Gift Card
If you still can't decide what to get Dad, you can always have him choose instead. The One4All gift card works with over 130 High Street stores in the UK, such as John Lewis, Argos, M&S, Argos, Curry's Topman and many more. So whether he prefers tech, fashion, fine dining or wants a bit of R&R on a Virgin Experience Days, the One4All card has it covered.
Philips Series 3000 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver
Here's an option if you're on a tighter budget. This is tech any practical-gift-loving man would appreciate. If you're in the US, you can find a nearly identical version from Best Buy for $59.99.
The Philips Series 3000 shaver is rechargeable and can run for up to fifty minutes on a single charge. It's also waterproof, which means the recipient of this gift can use it dry, or with a gel, or in the shower.