This week’s post comes to you from Allan Calder. For more on Allan, check out his Google+ page.
With the holidays fast approaching it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas. Last week, we posted our overall top ten list of tech gift ideas, but sometimes the hardest person to buy a Christmas gift for is dad.
So this week, we decided to take a look at what sort of tech is out there for Dads this holiday season. After all, dads do love their tech gifts, so chances are there’s something out there that your dad has been just dying to get his hands on. Why not beat him to it? Then you can watch the surprise on his face this Christmas morning as he opens the gift he’s been waiting so long for.
Here are the top 10 tech gifts for dad this holiday season.
#1 The first gift on our list is one that dad will really love.
The Amazon fire TV is a new addition to the TV streaming device lineup. This box will allow you to access traditional services such as Netflix and Hulu, but it also allows you to access Amazon’s own video library. One of the coolest features of this little box is that you can simply say what you want to watch and it will automatically find your program for you. If dad finds this under the tree on Christmas day he won’t be disappointed I assure you.
#2 Do you want to get dad a really cool gift for the holidays?
How about a hover board? Self-balancing boards are a cool tech that dad will really appreciate cruising around the block on. It’s able to read speeds of up to 10 km an hour and it will travel up to 20 km on one single charge. The whole family can have a lot of fun with this one.
#3 Another great tech toy that should make any dad’s list is the Apple TV.
This isn’t a new item, but it’s been improved this year, and with a lot of new features it’s bound to be a big hit this Christmas. Some of the key upgrades this year includes access to the full App Store, the ability to use Siri to control your Apple TV, and a new and improved remote that makes using Apple TV that much easier.
#4 The Microsoft Surface Pro 4* is another great tech gift for the holidays.
This is one of the most powerful tablets on the market. With the Surface Pro 4 you have all the freedom of a tablet, and you have the full use of the powerful Microsoft tools and apps that you’re used to. The only problem you’ll run into with this tablet is trying to get dad to share!
#5 More of an iOS person? Apple has introduced the new iPad Pro this holiday season.
With a 12.9 inch retina display the iPad Pro is the largest entry in the iPad family. It has all the same tools and powerful interface that you’re used to with an Apple iPad, as well as a touch ID fingerprint sensor, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Dad will have a tough time putting this one down.
#6 if your dad’s an android fan there’s also a great tablet for him.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is a fantastic entry in the tablet market. With a screen that automatically adjusts its brightness level depending on the situation you find yourself in, Dads eyes will thank you. This tablet has a slim and lightweight design and is simply one of the best tablets on the market.
#7 If dad wants to use his new tablet without disturbing the rest of the family you might want to consider getting him a set of headphones.
The Bose Sound True II headphones are a great and affordable option. Dad will be able to check out his favorite YouTube channel with these comfortable headphones resting on his head and great sound quality ringing in his ears.
#8 If dad’s a gamer, why not consider the PlayStation 4 Call of Duty Black Ops III bundle?
With 1080p graphics, and full access to Sony’s digital content, dad will love this Playstation 4 gift set. Best of all you can help dad enjoy this one by playing right along with him!
#9 Perhaps your dad is more of an Xbox fan?
If that’s the case you may want to consider the Halo 5 Xbox One bundle. With a subscription to Xbox Live, you have access to tons of digital content. With Xbox One you can also use your Netflix account, and YouTube. The Xbox one is the ultimate gaming and entertainment system for dad this Christmas.
#10 The last item on our list may be the coolest tech gift of all this Christmas.
Do you think your dad will like his own personal drone? The 3DR Solo Smart Drone features a built-in camera for taking aerial photos and videos, and it also lets you stream right to your smartphone or tablet. How cool is that? Any dad that finds this gift under the Christmas tree will be the happiest guy on the planet.
So there you have it – the 10 best tech gifts for dad this Christmas. If you’re Dad’s a tech junkie like me he’ll probably like just about any gift on this list. The only problem you’ll have with this list is choosing just one!
Didn’t find what you’re lookin’ for? Check out our overall list of top ten tech gifts for the holiday season!
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