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The Best and Most Thoughtful Tech and Non-Tech Gifts for Dads

These tech and non-tech gifts can be ordered online and sent directly to Dad for Father’s Day or you can pick them up at a major retailer and give them to him on his special day.

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While every gift is thoughtful, Father's Day almost guarantees a gift that Dad may not always be able to use. Sometimes, a better gift is a present he can use quickly, like a smart stud finder, a great bottle of whiskey or steaks to grill on a summer evening, or a class he can take to improve one of his favorite pastimes.

This year, we have pulled together a lot of options for you to choose from, starting with a weeding robot. We also found gadgets any geek would love, which can be ordered right from the computer or smartphone where you're reading this right now. Whether you've grown up and live far away or you're picking up a gift your children can give on their own, we're pretty sure one of these is likely to make him feel appreciated this Father's Day.

Scosche Portable Car Jump Starter/USB Power Bank and LED Flashlight

a product shot of Scosche PowerUpScosche PowerUp 20002000A Portable Car Jump Starter/USB Power Bank and LED FlashlightScosche

How about a portable power bank for your Dad's car for Father's Day? Thanks to its Power Boost feature, I would recommend the Scosche PowerUp, a versatile tool that can jump-start gas engines up to 8.0 liters and diesel engines up to 7.0 liters, even with a completely drained battery. It ensures safety with a 6-Point Spark-Free Safety System that protects against overheating, overcurrent, overcharging, short circuits and reverses connections. Additionally, it includes a built-in power bank with a 30W USB-C PD port, capable of charging phones, tablets, cameras, laptops, and more. For added utility, it features a bright LED flashlight with strobe and SOS modes, making it an essential gadget for any vehicle emergency kit. It

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Walabot DIY 2 – The Smart Visual Stud Finder

a photo of Walablt DIY 2 Visual stud finder unboxed on a countertopWalabot DIY 2 Visual Stud Finder GearBrain

For the handy dad who likes to tackle DIY projects on the weekend, the Walabot DIY 2 Smart Stud Finder is the perfect gift. It works on a Wi-Fi connection to help you identify anything up to 4 inches behind your drywalls. And you don’t have to be technical to use it.

Check out our full review here.

The Walabot DIY 2M costs $219.95 and is available on the company website. It is also available as a Walabot DIY 2M Bundle, which costs $192.95 and consists of a Walabot DIY 2M and a protective case. You can also purchase Walabot DIY 2 on Amazon.com for $189.95.

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Father's Day Tech Gift Ideas for the Grilling Dad

A Smart Meat Thermometer For Dad

photo of Meater Block on a countertopMeater Block comes with four smart meat thermometers to help you cook your food perfect everytime. GearBrain

This Father's Day, treat Dad to the ultimate culinary upgrade with Meater's Father's Day Bundle, now on sale for $159.95—that's $50 off! Perfect for the dad who's been inspired to elevate his BBQ skills after binge-watching Chef's Table, this limited edition bundle is packed with everything he needs to perfect his grilling game and ensure every steak is perfectly cooked.

The Meater Father's Day Bundle includes an engraved MEATER 2 Plus meat thermometer with enhanced features for superior culinary performance, heat-resistant BBQ/Oven Mitts in Dad's favorite color, a dual-purpose MEATER Hanger/Bottle Opener, a versatile MEATER Microfiber Towel, and two premium Meat Church BBQ Rubs: The Gospel All Purpose and Holy Cow, perfect for elevating the flavor of a variety of meats and vegetables. This bundle adds style, convenience, and a gourmet touch to Dad's grilling sessions. Available on Meater website.

Here are other smart meat thermometer deals we have found for Father's Day that we recommend for Dad this year:

  • The MeatStick 4: costs $124.99 and is available on the company site. It works with ovens, air fryers, stove tops, smokers, grills, sous vide, and even deep fryers. Buy MeatStick 4
  • Meater Plus Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer: (Read Full Review). This smart cooking thermometer comes in a wooden block that acts as a holder and charging station. It runs on AAA batteries and pairs with your smartphone via a home Wi-Fi network. The Meater Plus costs $69.95 and comes in Brown Sugar, Honey, and Cherry. It is available on Amazon for 30% off.
  • Meater Block: The Meater Block costs $239.95 (20% off), consisting of four Meater Plus probes and a wooden charging station. The company also offers a bundle of accessories on its site. You can also buy Meater Plus on Amazon.
  • The Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub costs $139.99 and is available on Weber's site. However, the hub costs only $70, 55% off on Amazon.
  • Yummly Smart Thermometer is a smart wireless meat thermometer for ovens, grills, stovetops, and smokers. It uses the Yummly app to provide cooking assistance, timers, and alerts to ensure the best results each time. It costs only $99.99 and is available on the company’s website and on Amazon. (Read our full review here.)

Grill and BBQ cooking classes

barbecue camping fathers day gift guideThink about a gift that let's your dad enjoy the summer Getty Images/iStockphoto

It's summer, and many people who can get outside or have the space to do so will — and that means grilling. But maybe your Dad could you a little assistance with his grill skills. Or maybe he'd like to master the ones he already has. There are some excellent online classes that can get your father grilling like a champ in no time.

America's Test Kitchen has an online class called Introduction to Grilling, and you can take this class through a $19.95 one-month gift subscription or through the $179.95 one-year membership. If you want to spring for the $180 annual fee for MasterClass, your dad can watch 16 episodes of Aaron Franklin teaching Texas-style BBQ. (Franklin won the James Beard award and owns Franklin Barbecue.) Finally, the BBQ Champs Academy has annual and individual classes you can buy online, starting at just $6.98 a course.

As for grills, how about getting Dad a smart grill this year. Here are a few options we recommend for a Father's Day Gift:

Current G Dual Zone Grill: It is the world's first high-power electric grill designed to outperform gas grills. It heats up to a maximum of 700°F for exceptional searing and is ready in just 10 minutes. Experience advanced grilling with this Wi-Fi-enabled electric grill. Price: $899.00 and we are currently testing it.

GE Profile Indoor Smoker: It is a revolutionary smart appliance that brings the art of smoking indoors with advanced technology and convenience. It features Active Smoke Filtration technology to infuse dishes with smoky flavors without lingering odors and offers precision smoke and temperature controls, along with five adjustable smoke settings for perfect culinary results. Additionally, it includes six preset food settings, a Smoke and Hold feature for up to 24 hours, and GE Profile Connect+ for remote monitoring and control via the SmartHQ app.

Traeger Deals: One of the leading brands of grills is Traeger and they have a bunch of good Father's Day deals for you to take advantage of this year. Listed below is a summary of the deals we would recommend for your Dad this year:

From May 14 to June 18, Traeger is featuring significant discounts on a variety of models. Enjoy $100 off the versatile Flatrock Grill, perfect for griddling, frying, steaming, and sautéing, and the Pro 575 Grill, which simplifies achieving wood-fired flavors with Set-It & Forget-It ease. Get $200 off both the Ironwood and Ironwood XL Grills, allowing you to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ all in one. For the ultimate grilling experience, the Timberline and Timberline XL Grills are $300 off, taking outdoor cooking to new heights. Starting May 15, visit Traeger.com/sale for the full list of sale items, including first-generation Ironwood grills, Pro series grills, new sauces, rubs, and the limited-edition Traeger Louisville Slugger Maple Pellets.

Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors – The Smart Connected Golf System for Dad who loves to Golf

a photo of arccos Caddie smart sensors gift box.Arccos Caddie Gift Box Bundle Amazon

If your Dad loves golf, Arccos Golf is his perfect gift. Their Caddie Smart Sensors come with the first ever A.I. Powered GPS Rangefinder built in. This technology is in the 14 sensors you attach to every club in your bag. Once installed and connected to the Arccos app, it will adjust in real time to provide the most precise yardage for you. It will also help keep track of Dad’s game and show areas of improvement. Arccos also provides shot tracking, club distances, details, and real-time player data. All valuable insights to have in your bag.

To learn more, you can check out our review.

Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors are available on Amazon for $199.99.

Nanit Pro Smart Baby Monitor for First-Time Dads

a photo of nanit pro camera mounted on the wallNanit Pro also reads the temperature and humidity in a room GearBrain

If it’s Dad’s first Father’s Day, one good gift idea is a smart baby monitor that can track their newborn’s health while everyone sleeps. Nano Pro Smart Baby Monitor is a unique baby monitor. It can track your infant while they are sleeping. It can monitor their breathing, movements, and any other activity while they are in their crib. But one of the best features of this smart baby monitor is that it will give Dad peace of mind and help him sleep better at night too.

The Nanit Pro Camera comes with an HD computer vision-powered baby monitor, an electronics-free breathing band (0-3 months) to help track your baby’s breathing, access to science-backed support on sleep and parenting, and a year of free data and memory storage (insights Basic).

Wild Turkey Tasting Skill – Guided Bourbon tasting with Wild Turkey’s Master Distillers and either Alexa or Google Assistant

a photo of 5 bottles of Wild Turkey and echo dot on a countertopWild Turkey Tasting Skill for the Dad who likes his bourbonwww.gearbrain.com

If Dad loves bourbon and you have a smart speaker or display by Google Assistant or Alexa, here is one of the least expensive gifts for Dad. Wild Turkey has created a skill that is a guided tour led by Jimmy and Eddie Russell, the brand’s master distillers, and Matthew McConaughey, the creative director. The group shares their knowledge of the brand’s history and personal experiences with each Wild Turkey bottle you want to taste with your smart speaker.

The cost for the Wild Turkey skill is free, but the bottles of Wild Turkey might get a little expensive. The skill will take you through five bottles of Wild Turkey: the flagship 101 Bourbon, 101 Rye, Longbranch, Rare Breed, and Kentucky Spirit. And if Dad doesn’t have a smart speaker or display by Google or Alexa, that will add a little to the cost of your gift. But in the end, isn’t Dad worth it?

GearBrain’s review of Wild Turkey Skill with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Whiskey for Dad

A bottle of whiskey may be something Dad will even share with youTwo glass of whiskey with ice Getty Images/iStockphoto

Does Dad like a bit of the brown stuff? A great bottle of whiskey can't be a bad choice, then, and there are some subscription plans out there that not only take care of sending the bottle — but, in some cases, let your father choose what he'd like as well.

One, Flaviar, lets you choose between a half-year subscription for $190 and a full year for $300. They can pick the kind of whiskey they get — which almost makes this more fun. Shot Box has kits you can send from those that make cocktails to, yes, those just focused on whiskey, which start at $49.99. Caskers lets you sign your dad up for an American or World Selections whiskey club, which starts at $147.

And to give you an idea on what Flaviar is offering this year for Father's, check out this offer: Enhance Dad's campfire tales with a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, a whisky drawn from Scotland's rarest casks, perfect for the great outdoors. Each sip is intense, deep, and smoky, layered like his adventurous stories. Among the globe's top Scotch whiskies, Johnnie Walker Blue Label offers a bold aroma of fruits, sweet vanilla, and a smoky finish, ideal for savoring after a day of hiking or fishing. With only one in ten thousand casks selected, each bottle celebrates the essence of the outdoors and the fathers who teach us to appreciate life's finer moments. This Father’s Day, raise a glass to the world's greatest explorer: your Dad!

Guitar lessons

Guitar lessons for Father's DayOnline guitar lessons can be ordered, and received, immediately Getty Images

Perhaps your dad has always wanted to learn how to play guitar? There are online lessons and apps that can get him, maybe, part of the way there. Fender Play, for example, breaks down favorite songs into bite-size chords so he can learn a favorite tune. Even better, you can sign him up for an account for three months for free, and the app works on piano, guitar, and ukulele. Fender even has a new app just for the latter, the Fullerton Ukulele Series. Or get your father a membership in Playground Sessions, with video lessons for all levels of experience from beginning to advanced. Expect to pay $119.88 for an annual gift or $17.99 monthly.

Photo books

Father's DayPhoto books can remind dad of all the adventures he's shared with his family to dateGetty Images/iStock

Photo books are a fantastic way to honor your dad, especially if you haven't seen him in a while. These are easy to put together — you need a computer — and the entire book can be put together online and sent directly to your father's home.

There are many options, from Shutterfly to Amazon Prints, and you can get started on some of these sites for under $10 a book.

Steak of the Month clubs

grilled beef fillet steak fathers daySteak of the month clubs can sometimes be customized Getty Images/iStockphoto

Maybe Dad's a griller or not. But he likely would appreciate a great steak. There are some online sites that can send steaks as one-time gifts or even monthly deliveries. Kansas City Steak Company has options ranging from a full year for about $1,000 to three months, starting at $275, including shipping. Omaha Steaks is one of the classics, and they have Father's Day gifts at the ready, including a Deluxe Steakhouse Dinner, on sale for $129, which includes not only filet mignons but the apple tarts for dessert. You can also try Heritage Steaks, which keeps going until you stop, charges $145 a month and includes antibiotic-free meat.


Young father with his daughter having breakfast.Coffee can make any morning that much brighter Getty Images/iStockphoto

Java is always the best gift for anyone who drinks coffee, and most companies have monthly — and even weekly — subscription clubs that can do whole bean and ground.

Companies that have them include Peets (which starts at $18.95 monthly.) You can choose how often they come, what kind of strength, and even if you want them whole bean or ground for a certain kind of coffee maker.) Cafe Grumpy also has a monthly coffee subscription, which starts at $18 and includes a free mug with delivery. You can get free shipping with new subscriptions to La Colombe's coffee of the month. Finally, Philz Coffee, which makes each cup of coffee in their shops to taste, has subscriptions for each of its signature beans, and you can choose as well how often you want them delivered and the grind.


male hands breaking open baked bread in halfGreat bread is easy to send, and something they don't have ti display on a shelf Getty Images/iStockphoto

Perhaps people are getting tired of baking bread — but rest assured, people still love eating it. And some wonderful choices are out there, from classic breakfast snacks to heartier options for dinner. Have a Dad who loves bialys? Kossars is a bakery that's been around since 1936 in New York and ships anywhere in the U.S. You can send a dozen bialys or bagels for just $56 — including free shipping.

Zingerman's is well-known in the foodie world for its wide variety of bread, and you can create everything from a customized pastry basket to a gift with a single loaf of the company's Parmesan Pepper Bread, which starts at just $18. Finally, maybe your father has some gluten issues. Mariposa Bakery in California's San Francisco Bay Area is completely gluten-free and has everything from baguettes to almond croissants ready to send. For example, a brownie and biscotti gift set will set you back $53.95.

Grooming kits

Shaving accessories father's dayGrooming kits can be fairly inexpensive, and something Dad can use every day Getty Images/iStockphoto

Dollar Shave Club is classic, starting with incredibly inexpensive razors and now branching into shampoo and even shaving cream. You can spend under $10 a month and cancel these anytime. Also, there's Harry's, which has a $15 subscription membership program called Core, which also includes a 10 percent discount on other products from the site.

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