Warning, warning! Father’s Day is just around the corner – Sunday, June 19th. That’s right – it’s damn close. But don't stress because there is still a lil' bit of time. Why not get some gadgets for dad?
Before you break out into a cold sweat and start panic-buying ties and socks, we’ve had a good old think about what our Dads really love. Particularly those tech and gadget-loving dads who can't keep their noses out of new tech.
We’ve included some speakers for the Bluetooth-equipped fathers and some darts equipment for the bionic fitness papas. There are one or two retro gaming consoles for the gamer dads. Even some grooming gadgets for the well-presented man. There are gadgets for dad in every section of Amazon, and we've done the digging for you.
On the unlikely chance you aren’t inspired by anything on this list, be sure to check out Closer’s Father's Day gift guide, featuring excellent gifts for every budget.
Don't miss out this Father's Day- grab some gadgets for dad quick and be prepared for the all-mighty day.
The very best gadgets for dad this Father's Day 2022
1. Roberts Rambler DAB Bluetooth Radio
Take papa back to the good old days with this modern twist on a seventies classic. It makes for a brilliant addition to any mancave. It can even be powered by batteries and taken out for beers in the sun, or tag along on the next fishing trip.
2. Unicorn Smart Dartboard
We're still not convinced it's a sport (sorry, Dad), but this smart dartboard is bound to make someone's father a very happy man. The dartboard links up to an app, which will keep scores, save personal bests, and even offers some exciting and challenging game modes.
3. Philips Series 5000 Wet and Dry Menu2019s Shaver with SmartClean
If last year's lockdown has shown us anything, it's that men can be split into two types: those who shave even when they aren't going anywhere, and those who don't. This is the perfect self-care gadget for both camps - it'll please the well-groomed, and force every dad who thinks they can grow a beard to finally have a trim. It's got all the latest shaving mod-cons, including the ultra-manly Turbo mode and five-direction head.
4. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
If your tech-loving dad also likes to read, combine his two loves with an e-reader. The Paperwhite 32GB is our fave version of the Kindle – it's got a great screen, it's waterproof and there's enough memory to store thousands of dad's naff spy books and WW2 history guides.
5. ENACFIRE Wireless Headphones
These sweat-proof Bluetooth in-ear headphones will help any jogging dad stay motivated while listening to his favourite tunes from years gone by.
6. SEGA Mega Drive Mini Console
The ideal gadget for gamer dads. The original console came out in 1989, and blokes of a certain age couldn't get enough of it. Well, now it's back, but this time it's preloaded with forty games and works on HD TVs. That should keep him quiet. You're welcome, Mum.
7. RED5 Hawk Folding Drone with GPS
A remote control drone, plus loads of GPS and auto-tracking features – yeah, pretty sure your pops is going to dig this one. Maybe he can use the camera feature to finally find out what that bloody racket from next door's garden is?
8. Ray Gun Nose Trimmer
Wild nostril hairs, be gone. We love our dads, but some of them could do with a bit of a tidy up. The fun ray gun design detracts from any potential insult... hopefully.
9. Retro Drink Dispenser in Chrome Nostalgic Design
This sauve one-litre beer tower is a man's new best friend. Perfect for barbecues, parties, quiet nights in and bedside tables, he'll be able to live out his personal beer garden fantasy.
10. Olixar Dashboard Sticky Pad - Sticky Dash Mat
For some reason, our beloved fathers often struggle with in-car phone mounts. This sticky-ass pad resolves that issue. It also works with sunglasses, pens, keys, and other such tat that your dad's got floating around on his dashboard.
11. Ember Mug Temperature Control Smart Mug, £99.99
He does love a cuppa, but he also has a memory like a sieve. This warming and heat-regulating super-gadget will keep his beverage hot until he remembers he made it.
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The history of Father's Day
It's nice to celebrate our dads, so much so that we don't need an excuse. But do you know why we celebrate it?
While Mother's Day is a Christian holiday in the UK, Father's Day actually stems from the US, from a rather sombre affair. The first Father's Day took place in 1908 in West Virginia when a church held a special sermon honouring fathers after 362 men were killed in a mining accident.
In 1909, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd petitioned to see Father's Day recognised as a national day to honour her father, and all other dads out there, and the Washington state celebrated its first official Father's Day in 1910.
Now, countries across the globe celebrate the day, each with a different date and different traditions. In the UK, it's become popular to buy ties, socks, booze and sentimental keepsakes, but tbh, we'd pick useful gadgets for dad every day of the week.