Fathers have such important jobs in the family. These days, they’re getting the kids to the parties, making sure they take the videos and riding around in that minivan while riding strong with their dignity. So, you’re thinking, what do we get dad this year? What are you going to do for him to pay tribute to dad, to dad’s life? Let me give you a piece of advice. Don’t get him ties, socks, or underwear. Dads like to play a little bit. So if your dad, granddad, or husband likes gadgets, then I’ve got some gadgets for you that he might be interested in if you need a little help with that last minute gift.
Keyport Slide 2.0
$60 to $80
What is the thing that he is always misplacing? Keys. Everyone forgets where they put their keys at some point. So let’s talk about this little gadget. This Swiss army knife-type gadget, that’s for keys, is about the size of a matchbox. And I love that it holds up to six keys. It was made popular by the evil geniuses at Thinkgeek. It’s got a flash drive, it’s got a bottle opener, and it’s got a mini light. It is so efficient, it makes me want to shove it in my pocket. All the keys are there and not my normal clunking keys that I misplace every other day. In fact every time I misplace my keys, my wife calls me Schneider. As in that janitor, Dwayne Schneider, from “One Day at a Time,” except my daughters can’t say that. My four year old calls me Schnitzel, if that tells you anything, because she can’t say Schneider.
Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band
Well, you’ve got to stay fit. So, Garmin, the makers of those lovely GPS gadgets, have created this gadget for your arm. This is the Vivofit. It’s not a bad looking piece of eye candy for your arm. Plus it’s waterproof to boot. I like when the display says “SLEEP” because that’s what I’m doing in the morning. It beeps when you’re still for too long. So it’s like a little digital personal trainer. It reprimands you for slacking off. You would really appreciate it. Online reviews say that the battery life in this thing is outstanding. It counts your calories, it monitors your activity levels and your sleep habits. So it will get you going.
If your dad doesn’t have a way to stream Netflix or YouTube to his TV, he can use Google’s Chromecast. It’s really easy to use. You plug it into your HDTV, it connects the TV wirelessly to your mobile device, and then you can play any video or movie through your television. I like that. It’s wireless, so it’s not like you have to do anything if you’re not that tech savvy. You don’t have to go load anything. Your favorite shows come to you wirelessly. Then you just plug it into the TV and you’re good to go. It does have to be used with supported apps, like Netflix or YouTube, just so you know. But yes, online reviews say it’s really easy to setup. It takes about five minutes to set it up, and that’s good because you know how dads can be. Yeah us dads, we don’t read directions, we botch it, then we never get the thing right. They say things like, “Instructions? Oh I don’t need that. I can just put it together myself.” You know what happens next. It’s all messed up in the end.
The FiftyThree Pencil is what this is called, and it’s such a straight forward and simple name for a touchscreen stylus. It’s great for all of you dads who are using your tablets all the time for things like drawing and taking notes. I thought, and maybe you do too, that the price of this thing is a little out there. But it’s a pencil for touch screens, apparently, so you can erase with the sensor tip just like a real pencil. If dad’s an artist, or you’re a wannabe artist, you can blend with drawing. I like this one because I’m old school. If I want to use a notes app, I don’t like to type everything. I would much rather write it. So I like it for that. Have you ever tried to write with your finger? That doesn’t work, no way, so this would be much better. But for the price, you have to utilize that aspect of your tablet to make it worthwhile. Overall, it’s got great engineering and a blend of the old school with the new technology. I really like it. The pencil’s tip is 14k gold plated for accuracy, and it’s got a pretty long lasting battery.
Mophie Space Pack
$150 to $180
Made for the iPhone 5 and the 5S, it’s the Mophie Space Pack. It serves as a protective case and a charger. It provides up to 32GB of additional storage space for you. I like it because it’s a case, it’s a charger, and it’s got some storage space. There’s no need to seek out an electrical outlet. And that’s a lot of storage space, 32GB. That’s about as much space as a tablet. I love the mobile chargers, those are key. The added battery boosts the talk time up to 8 hours.