We’re back with the WiFi HiFi holiday gift guides! Each week, we’ll release a new themed gift guide, chocked-full of great tech gift ideas for different people on your list. This week, we’re looking at great gifts for the typical dads on your list.
Philips S7000 Razor
Ideal for dads with sensitive skin, this manual and connected electric shaver provides personal guidance through the GroomTribe app that gives advice based on specific skin issues, tracks progress, and adjusts the feedback so he always gets the best results. The technology was co-developed by dermatologists, ensuring that he gets a close shave while still maintaining maximum skin comfort. $200
Meater Plus by Apption Labs
Stereotypically, every dad loves to barbecue. Is this true? No. But for the dads who do fit the stereotype, this wireless leave-in meat thermometer might be a great gift under the tree, especially if he’s still trying to get the hang of grilling. It offers internal and external temperature sensors to ensure that the meat reaches the desired doneness, and isn’t over or under-cooked, every time. Made from stainless steel, it is water-resistant so it won’t rust. It connects to the iOS or Android app over Bluetooth LE from up to 30 feet away, so dad can lounge on the deck with friends while checking on the cook from his phone. Use Wi-Fi-enabled cloud technology to monitor the cook from even further away, like while enjoying beers in the neighbour’s yard. It comes with a rechargeable AAA battery and lasts for up to 24 hours per charge. The charger includes a built-in Bluetooth repeater for extending the range to up to 165 feet. In addition to tracking finish and resting time, the app also saves your cook history and even provides cooking recommendations, tracks. When you’re not using it, store it conveniently somewhere like on the side of the refrigerator using the magnetic backing. US$99
LIVELIDS 2.0 Cap
Another stereotype about dads: they’re corny. They don’t call them dad jokes for no reason. So for the extra-corner dads, this baseball cap that has an LCD on the front he can program to play just about anything has been improved with a new second-generation model. Now with a larger and lighter 2.4″ screen, he can now upload the images wirelessly as well as to the online LiveLids community instead of having to use a USB cable and computer. It’s great for showing off (and embarrassing!) the kids but also useful for corporate events and company parties, showcasing various brands. Creative types can also show their own artwork. The hat can display up to 100 images at an adjustable transition speed using the companion app. The LCD runs for up to eight hours per charge, and recharges via a port in the snapback. Made of a blend of lightweight Poly-Elastane material, the hats come in a variety of popular colors, and arrive packaged in a chic, black box, perfect for gifting. US$149 ea.
MasterBuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker
Winter, shminter. Every season is barbecue season in Canada. And dads might be spending more time cooking outside than ever this year, now that many will be stuck at home for months. So now is the time to get them that new grill and/or smoker they have been talking about. Your mind probably immediately goes to the Big Green Egg or Kamado Joe egg-shaped smokers. But this one is a good alternative, especially for dads who aren’t as serious about smoking but want to be able to smoke their own meats and other food at home. Made by the same company as Kamado Joe grills, the idea behind the MasterBuilt model is to take the guesswork out of the process. You can use it to do everything from smoke to grill, sear, bake, and roast, setting the temperature using the digital control panel or from a mobile device via wireless connectivity. The DigitalFan maintains the desired temperature so you don’t have to keep watch on the cook for hours. Plus, there’s a GravityFed charcoal hopper that can hold up to 12 hours worth of charcoal (10 lbs. of lump charcoal or 16 lbs. of briquettes) to provide constant fuel for the fire. The grill can get as hot as 700-degrees Fahrenheit in just 13 minutes. Dad will be salivating as soon as he sees this exciting gift at the door. About $800.
Keep in mind that this mask won’t start shipping to Indiegogo backers until January 2021. Nonetheless, it might be an appreciated gift for a dad, especially those who still need to go out and about for work. The idea behind it is that it’s a mask that also includes UV-C light to filter out pathogens, smoke, pollution, pollen, and leaf mulch. Already having far exceeded its goal, receiving over $5 million from backers, the mask provides eight hours of UV-C protection thanks to the patent-pending design. Yet it also claims to offer a cool wearing experience and allows for effective circulation of air. Does it work? Not sure. Nonetheless, if you know someone who’d be interested in trying it, both during the pandemic and even after if they typically wear a mask at work, you can sign on as an early backer to get one for US$119, two for US$219, or four for US$349.
Casio G-Shock British Army x Mudmaster Watch
Get a dad on yoru list this cool watch that is designed by Casio’s G-Shock and the United Kingdom of Defence. Model number HHB100BA-1A, it was built to withstand the elements with an updated Carbon Core Guard Structure and triple-layered carbon-insert bezel, lightweight case, and a camouflage design inspired by the British Army’s Multi Terrain Pattern, along with an all-black dial. The watch might not rival an Apple Watch or Fitbit in terms of smarts but it does have quad sensors, compass, thermometer, altimeter/barometer, and step tracker. Grab one for $599.
Bartesian Cocktail Maker
If he can’t get out the bar right now to enjoy social time away from home, why not bring the bar to him? Using this handy machine, he can load up his favourite spirits then purchase cocktail capsules that come with the bitters, extracts, and juice concentrates for cocktails. Options include class favourites like old fashioned, gin martini, and margarita as well as more adventurous drinks like a negroni, gimlet, or boulevardier. Sure, he might have to enjoy playing bartender for just the family right now. But once things open back up and he’s ready for entertaining, his new drink-making machine will get lots of attention. For now, he can whip up a Manhattan and relax with a cigar on his own. The machine is $470 with free shipping and capsules are about $20 for six of the same drink or a variety pack, or 36 capsules for $108. You’ll still have to provide your own liquor but there’s no mixing or knowledge of how to make the drinks required.
Audio-Technica AT-LP120XBT-USB Direct-Drive Manual Turntable
If dad is an audiophile, or has discovered a new-found or revived love for vinyl, consider getting him a turntable like this one. This offers the best of both worlds with throwback vinyl playback along with wireless Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Also with a phono cartridge and built-in phono pre-amplifier, it can be paired with compatible Bluetooth headphones, wireless speakers, or other devices. It supports the Qualcomm Bluetooth aptX codec, or, alternatively, can be used as a standard wired turntable. He can play 33-1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records using the S-shaped tonearm with a hydraulically damped lift, adjustable tracking force, and dynamic anti-skating. It comes with a removable dust cover, detachable RCA output cable, USB cable, 45 RPM adapter and other accessories. MSRP US$299
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check back as this gift guide will be updated through to the end of 2020, and check out more gift suggestions in our other Holiday Gift Guides.