Father’s Day is almost here, leaving many scrambling to find the perfect gift in time. Dads can be notoriously difficult to buy for, but no matter whether he’s a technology genius or just beginning to learn, any dad can find a way to use at least one of these home gadgets in their everyday lives.
Our list spans everything from a remote control to a smart speaker and more. Some gadgets aim to make his life easier, and some help him to step up his barbecue game. No matter what your price point is, or which gift you choose, your dad is sure to be impressed with these smart home gifts.
1. Sonos One
If your dad is looking for a smart speaker, the Sonos One is easily the most versatile on the market. He can select from voice control with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant to accomplish tasks like playing music or controlling smart home devices. The speaker is also compatible with Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol, so you can ask Siri on a Mac or iOS device to start playing music on the speaker. Control is also available using the Sonos smartphone app.
Available in black or white to match a home’s decor, the speaker is well-known for its rich and room-filling sound. You can even pair two speakers for stereo separation and even better quality.
To find out more about the smart speaker, make sure to take a look at our review of the Sonos One.
Wirelessly-enabled lighting is one of the most popular ways to start building a smart home. And the Philips Hue line has consistently been one of the best in the market thanks to its ease of use and a wide number of bulb choices. A great way to help get your dad started is with the Philips Hue Starter Kit.
Along with the necessary hub that attaches to your home network router, you’ll also receive two standard A19 bulbs. Each bulb can only show a shade of white light, and the output is a maximum of 800 lumens. The bulbs can also dim without needing any type of physical dimmer installed. Once installed, there are many other possible additions, including a bulb that can display more than 16 million colors, a light strip, and more.
The system is also compatible with a wide variety of smart home systems, including Amazon’s Alexa and Apple HomeKit.
The Logitech Harmony Express Universal Voice Remote looks much different than any remote control you’ve usually seen. The minimalistic remote can let you harness Alexa to power up any home entertainment system.
The small remote easily fits in anyone’s hand and features a large blue button near the top. Just select that to talk with Alexa. Amazon’s assistant can change the channel, open apps, and almost anything else you can do with the voice service. Logitech includes a small IR blaster so you can control a number of different types of home theater equipment including a soundbar, gaming console, or streaming video device with a voice command.
There’s no need to worry about batteries as the built-in cell can provide up to a month of use from a charge. If the remote ever gets lost, you can force the remote to make an audio tone using the smartphone app.
The Jackery Bolt Power Bank is a must for any dad on the go. The power bank weighs in at just 5.3 ounces and is less than 5 inches long, making it perfect for a daily carry bag or even a pocket.
Sporting a 6000mAh cell, the battery can completely charge a dead iPhone and then some. Along with a built-in Lightning plug, the pack features a micro-USB cord for other devices. You can even charge two devices simultaneously. As a bonus, the Bolt features a small LED flashlight that can bring light to any dark situation.
Help your dad, or anyone else, shoot a better video with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Gimbal. Compatible with both an iPhone or Android handsets, the small and compact gimbal holds the smartphone in either landscape or portrait position. The handset connects to the gimbal via Bluetooth.
With the DJI Go app, just select a subject, and the gimbal will actively track the subject wherever they go. While on the go, any movements will be canceled out and the handset will stay still for a better video. Camera shake will be a thing of the past. The lightweight gimbal weighs 17 ounces and can provide up to 15 hours of use on a single charge.
Your dad probably loves to be king of the barbecue, and the Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer offers some app-enabled smarts to help him grill anything to perfection.
You can monitor the temperature of up to four different meats on the grill with probes. The device is battery powered and connects to a smartphone to track each piece of meat from start to finish. Thanks to a magnetic disk, the thermometer itself attaches to any grill. And as long as your dad is no more than 150 feet away, he can kick his feet up with the beverage of his choice and watch while the meat finishes cooking.
As a nice touch, there is a LED temperature readout on the iGrill 2. With the app, you can customize minimum and maximum temperature alarms, see temperature graphs, and even share what’s for dinner with friends via your favorite social networks.
To any modern family, fast internet service is right up there with electricity, water, and other must-have utilities.
The Eero Home WiFi System uses wireless mesh technology to provide fast and reliable internet everywhere in your home. The starter kit offers a main Eero unit and two beacons that can be simply plugged into any free electrical outlet. After an easy installation, use the companion smartphone app to control the finer points of the system.
As any dad knows all too well, making sure that everyone in the house has the fastest possible speeds to stream Netflix, use an iPad, and even control smart home devices, is easier said than done.
Ordinary routers have substantial problems broadcasting Wi-Fi through obstacles and walls in a household and handling the plethora of internet-connected devices. The Erro Home WiFi System is the perfect solution to this modern problem.
Most dads enjoy heading outside to cultivate their perfect yard. And the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller can help you have the best yard on the block. As a bonus, it can save on both water and expenses.
After replacing the current old-school sprinkler controller, you can monitor and adjust the sprinkler system on any smartphone or internet-connected device. You can customize each zone of the yard and create a watering schedule.
Rachio will automatically adapt to weather and changing seasons to keep a lawn healthy, lush, and green.
No matter if your dad uses an iPhone or Android smartphone, the Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds provide a completely wireless way to listen to music and take calls. Jabra includes three different sets of EarGels to help provide the most comfortable and secure fit in the ear.
The earbuds can provide up to five hours of music playback on a single charge, and add in the included charging case, that jumps to 15 hours of use. Perfect for the gym or a run, the earbuds are sweat and dust resistant. And the built-in accelerometer can track fitness without the use of a smartphone or smartwatch.
Dad and the whole family can have a ball with Play Impossible Gameball. The main part of the system is a small, rechargeable ball packed with technology. The ball then connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.
There are 10 different free games that focus on hand-eye coordination, physical play, agility, and creative thinking. While some of the game options are just for a single player, the real fun is with the multiplayer options. For example, in Party Time, players compete in different silly and outrageous challenges with the ball that are sure to keep everyone laughing and having a good time.
Designed for ages nine and over, 20 seconds of charging provides a full hour of play. There are two different colors of the ball to select from too.
Smart Gadgets to Make Dad’s Life More Enjoyable
No matter what kind of dad your dad is, there’s a gadget out there that’s a perfect fit for him. He does a lot to keep the family running smoothly. So, there’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by making dad’s daily routine a bit easier.
And if your dad is looking to take to the skies, make sure to take a look at some of the best cheap drones with a camera for other great gift ideas.