By Jennifer M. DeFeo
Father’s Day is here! If you haven't gotten dear old dad (or hubby) a gift yet, the advice below should help. So get reading, then get going!
We racked our brains and came up with the perfect gift idea for any type of dad, no matter what budget you’re on. The good news is that, though they are gadgets, none are so high-tech the kids won't understand what they do. So let them peruse the list with you and choose something for pop.
- Sports Watch. If Dad’s the active type he’ll love a new sports watch. Ranging in price from $15 to more than $200 there are many styles and features to choose from. Basic sports watches are inexpensive and have a sporty look, sturdy bands, large digital faces, and alarms. If you spend in the $100 range, you’ll find iPod controls, stopwatches, and countdown timers. Spend even more and you’ll get the works, including heart rate monitors and lap counters. RedPlum Pick:Timex 1440 Sports Prize Fighter (20.00)
- External Hard Drive. Maybe your father is always on the computer downloading music and movies and editing photos and videos. If so, he’ll flip over the gift of more storage. External hard drives range in price from about $50 to well over $1000 based mainly on capacity as well as features. At the highend, which is upwards of $700 you’ll find terabytes of storage, home server capabilities, and more. In the mid-priced range, about $100-$250 you can get 500 GB to a terabyte of storage. From $50-$100 find storage capabilities between 250 GB and 500GB. Note: It takes tens of thousands of photos to fill up 250 GB drive. RedPlum Pick: Buffalo MiniStation 250GB External Hard Drive with TurboUSB ($79)
- iPod Speakers. If your dad is a music man, get him a new speaker system for his iPod. Ranging in price from $15.00 to $500 there’s something for everyone. Sub-$50 players, like the Innova Trifecta Digital AM/FM Clock Radio with Built-In iPod Dock, have radios, alarm clocks, and charge your iPod while it’s docked. iPod speaker docks that cost $100 to $250 are sleeker, have more functionality, and sound better. The speakers that cost in the $300 to $400 range will easily rock the house; the sound quality is superb, and you’ll pay for it. RedPlum Pick:Innova Trifecta ($35)
- Digital Frames. A digital photo frames is a great gift for any dad. For less than $50 you’ll get a very nice 5 to 7-inch display, memory card inserts, and USB connectivity. For $50 to $150 you’ll get at least an 8-inch display with sharper resolution and better contrast. You’ll also get more internal memory and more connectivity options. If the sky’s the limit, you can get a frame decked out with speakers, Bluetooth, WiFi and HDMI output. RedPlum Pick:Digital Spectrum NuVue 5.6-inch LCD Digital Photo Frame ($33)
- Laptop Bag Spruce up dad’s day-to-day with a new laptop bag. The least expensive option is a laptop sleeve, stylish and barebones--sometimes sans handles--cost between $15-$30. For something more substantial, made of weatherproof material with more compartments for papers, pens, phones, etc., will cost around $50-$100. For the name brand leather or nylon you’ll pay upwards of $250. RedPlum Pick:Protec Neoprene Laptop Sleeve ($28).
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