Not sure what to buy your dad for Father’s Day? Ballin on a budget? Thankfully, convenience and affordability no longer equals cheap and useless. You can find plenty of gadgets at a great value if you know where to look. Here is a list of Father’s Day gift ideas that won’t break the bank!
Roku Streaming Stick (2016) – $39
Apple, Amazon, and Google certainly have their own streaming and set top box options, but Roku is still the one to beat. The Roku Streaming Stick (2016) is the most accessible option because it doesn’t require an investment in any preexisting ecosystems. More importantly, the Roku interface is very intuitive and easy to use. As proof, I was able to teach both of my 60+ years old Korean parents how to use theirs. Now they can watch ESPN and Korean dramas to their hearts content (without my help!)
Amazon Fire Tablet, 7″ – $39.99 sale right now, (retail $49.99)
Amazon is killing the competition in the race to the bottom. The 7 inch Fire Tablet is a great value for it’s price point. The tablet uses Amazon’s Fire OS, a significantly nerfed version of stock Android that doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store (or does it?) But the interface is very easy to use and comes with all of the media apps your dad might want. At this low price, it’s almost an impulse buy. Just keep in mind that if your dad already owns an iPad or more advanced tablet then he really won’t need this.
FitBit Charge HR – Around $125 new, but you can find plenty of deals or refurbished online
The most expensive item on our list is the Fitbit Charge HR. This is probably the best gift to get your dad for his health, if you think you can convince him to wear it! This is still the best fitness tracker for most people, and it will track your steps, heart rate, and sleep. You can also use the app to compete with your dad on who can take the most steps in a day. Hopefully this will be enough to convince competitive dads to keep it on their wrists.
A Bluetooth Speaker – $20 – 200
Is your dad still listening to a CD player? You can probably do much better with a Bluetooth speaker. The Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 is our top choice given its affordability ($22) and popularity (just read the reviews), in spite of the terrible name. In the extremely rare case that your dad is an audiophile, I suggest the Bose SoundLink Mini II, or the UE BOOM. These are definitely more expensive, but you will be able to tell the difference in audio quality.
Do you have any other tech gift ideas for Father’s Day? Maybe I missed something? Comment below!