Wondering what on Earth to buy Dad this year? Wonder no more.
Don't stand in the middle of a department store wondering which windbreaker is going to look good on the old man this year. We've checked in with Dad and we know what he's really hoping to get this Father's Day.
- Ring Doorbell
- Accessories for Dad's phone
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
- Samsung SmartThings
- Amazon Echo
- Amazon Echo Dot
- HTC Vive
- Samsung Gear VR
Whether Dad's at home or not, he'll be able to see exactly who's at the door with the Ring Doorbell. If Dad's living by himself or he's constantly on the go and concerned about security, a video doorbell is a good idea.
Real time sound and video will play on his phone when a visitor rings, and he'll be able to respond as if he's right there in the house (even if he's at work). Everything is synced with the free Ring app so that Dad has a handle on who is coming around the house. Motion sensors will even detect unexpected movement anywhere on his property.
There are two versions of Ring: one that works on homes without a pre-existing doorbell and one that can be hardwired to a pre-existing doorbell. Either way, installation is simple and straightforward.
Nest products are designed to work alone or together. Help Dad build a smart home system with one or more of Nest's offerings.
Nest Learning Thermostat
After one week of use, the Nest Thermostat programs itself. It learns when you typically go to bed, wake up, and leave for work. It also adapts to the seasons, recognizing when summer heat or cooler winds settle in.
If Dad's looking to save money on his heating costs or you know he fidgets with the thermostat he's currently got, the Nest Thermostat will be an easy-to-install replacement.
Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm
How about a smoke detector that tests itself? The Nest Protect recognizes when testing is due and lights up to indicate that everything's in working order. Now Dad doesn't have to mark alarm testing on the calendar or kick himself when he forgets.
Rather than piercing alarms, a human-sounding voice provides an early warning that there's something overheating. If the alarm does go off and Dad's got the smoke under control, he can silence the alarm from Nest's phone app. No more visions of Dad waving a dish towel at a blaring smoke alarm.
The Nest Cam is a smart camera that mounts anywhere with ease. Dad can point it at the main entrance of the house, a particular door or window, or up in the corner of the family room.
The camera uses Dad's phone's location to automatically turn on when he leaves the house. Multiple phones can trigger these sensors as well. It's not only a wise tool for home security, but it works as a baby monitor or pet cam as well, sending sound and images directly to Dad's phone or any other phone that has permission to view.
How often can you say that you gave your dad peace of mind in a nicely wrapped box? Keep in mind that you're responsible for the gift wrap.
Accessories for Dad's phone
A simple way to celebrate Father's Day this year could be accessorizing the phone Dad's already using and loving. No shortage of great ideas here and many of them are decently priced, so you can treat Dad to something without breaking the bank.
Dad has a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge:
Dad has a Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Dad has a Nexus 6P
Dad has a Nexus 5X
Dad has the HTC 10
Dad has the LG G5
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
For the Dad on the go, we're recommending the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The Super AMOLED display makes photos and movies look better than the real thing and the battery life will hold up to travel and daily use as well.
It's easy for Dad to share between Android devices such as his phone, and the memory is expandable with the purchase of a microSD card. The built-in dual cameras will let you video chat with Dad from anywhere in the world while he unleashes his inner shutterbug. Get ready for a ton of pics of his latest projects around the house.
You'll have two sizes to choose from: the 8-inch and the 9.7-inch, so make sure that you select the one that's best for Dad before you check out.
A complete security and home monitoring system could be just the thing for Dad this year. Samsung SmartThings are that and so much more. You can purchase individual items if you want to give Dad a singular introduction to the product line or if you want to help him build on what he's already bought.
A good deal for your dollar is the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit. It comes with a variety of items such as a hub, outlet motion sensors, a power supply, ethernet cable, and batteries. They all work together and they're all controlled by Dad. Later, he can create a wish list of add ons, like the SmartCam, dimmer switches, and arrival sensors.
A voice-controlled, hands-free speaker that is way more than just a speaker would sound great at Dad's place. The Amazon Echo works in any room and is so user-friendly that Dad will wonder why he didn't invest in one before.
All Dad has to do is ask and the Echo will play his favorite music from Amazon Prime, Spotify, and much more. Echo will even read him audiobooks and update him on the weather. More good news? The Amazon Echo is compatible with Nest and Samsung SmartThings. Think of the endless gift giving possibilities.
Amazon Echo Dot
If you or Dad are already Prime members, the Amazon Echo Dot is an exclusive offer only available through Alexa Voice Shopping. It's a smaller Echo that is also voice-controlled and compatible with Nest and Samsung SmartThings.
The Echo Dot connects to devices via Bluetooth or to an existing home stereo with an audio cable. It automatically updates itself, and Dad can manage every aspect of the Echo Dot with the free Alexa app. If either of you is a Prime member, it's time to get one for Dad and one for you.
Has Dad been buzzing (like everyone else) about the HTC Vive? Get his name on an order pronto and maybe he'll reward you by letting you take a turn with it every now and then...maybe.
The Chaperone guidance system and two base stations establish a safe play area so that Dad's not bumping into walls or couches. The 2 wireless controllers have 24 sensors that make every gesture natural and intuitive, and the front-facing camera blends the real world and the simulation seamlessly. Whether Dad wants to roam around a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea or explore stunning natural terrain, the HTC Vive will take him there.
The HTC Vive is preloaded with three fantastic apps: Tilt Brush, Fantastic Contraptions, and Job Simulator, so Dad can paint, build, and give everyone at the office a piece of his mind in the privacy and comfort of his home.
Samsung Gear VR
If your budget can't involve breaking the bank, but you still want to treat Dad to an awesome and immersive experience, the Samsung Gear VR is the gift to get. Movies, games, and simulated worlds have never been so accessible.
The comfortable headset is compatible with Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Just slide the phone into place and whatever is on the screen suddenly appears everywhere. The headset provides a 96 degree field of vision and comes equipped with three sensors that keep the virtual reality extra-real. Samsung's library of games and apps is ever-expanding, so there will always be something new for Dad to try.
If Dad's a movie buff, he can purchase and watch movies in the Oculus Cinema and watch his favorite blockbusters in home theater or multiplex cinema style. He'll wonder how he ever enjoyed movies before.
More to give
Found a great gift that you know every Dad would love to get this Father's Day? Shout it out in the comments below and tell us why it's the perfect present for Pop!