Guys love gadgets of any kind and since it's Father's Day, why not give dad what he wants? His hobbies and interests will steer you in the right direction when it comes to choosing the right gift. Hopefully this year, he won't have to pretend he likes what he sees.
Headphones: Although dad probably already has a pair of headphones, chances are they were freebies that came with a device and don't produce the best sound. If he's a music lover, he'll appreciate a pair of quality headphones that make the music sound amazing. While you can spend hundreds and even thousands for the highest-end headphones, that isn't likely a budget most of us are comfortable with. Fortunately, for around $50 you can purchase a pair of headphones with great sound quality, clarity and bass, like Sennheiser's CX300B MK model ($35).
Underwater MP3 player: If your dad hits the pool every morning, the Finis SwiMP3 Waterproof MP3 Player ($145) is the perfect gift to keep him entertained while he swims lap after lap. Using technology that transmits sound in the absence of air, this device rests on the cheekbone so music, audiobooks and podcasts can be delivered through your bones and directly to your inner ear, even when underwater.
GPS watch: The athletic dads will love this gadget that they can wear all the time. A GPS-enabled sport watch, like Garmin's Forerunner 110 ($150), allows you to track all your workouts, including distance, time, pace and heart rate. After the workout, the data can be uploaded and saved to your computer where you can analyze your progress and even see your route on a map.
Infrared thermometer: When things heat up in the kitchen, it's always good to know just how hot they're getting, and if dad is the cook in the house, he'll love having an infrared thermometer. These instant-read guns, like the HDE Temperature Gun ($22), use a laser to accurately measure the temperature of whatever you're pointing it at without any contact. This is ideal in the kitchen for determining how hot pans are, lets you get a quick read on hot oil and measures the outside temperature of any food without poking it full of holes.
Remote meat thermometer: Father's Day and grilling go hand in hand. Upgrade dad's old manual meat thermometer with a remote digital model that enables him to relax a little while he mans the grill. Because he can carry the remote portion of the thermometer with him, he won't have to stay chained to the barbecue. Some models even tell you when the meat is almost ready, like the Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer ($70). You'll never have overcooked steak again!
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