Happy Father's Day to all the fabulous fathers out there. Ever wonder why gadgets seem to be the no-brainer gift of choice for dads on Father's Day? According to the National Retail Federation, 17.8 percent of the $9.9 billion dollars of money spent on Father's Day presents will go towards consumer electronics - with High Def TVs topping many gift lists this year. With new digital cable services like interactive Optimum, HDTV owners can check out 25 high-def channels that satellite service can't deliver. You also don't have to pay for additional equipment or deal with programming charges. Definitely a great idea for dads who love watching sporting events on TV!
Earlier this week I asked you to geek out and share what you are getting, or would like to get, your dad for Father's Day. The results of the mission suggest there are going to be a lot of happy dads out there this weekend.
Your top picks included digital cameras, video cameras, digital photo frames and even a Toshiba DVD/VCR combo. The gift I think 80 percent of Dad's would love is the Kensington Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger for iPod, which woodycakes bookmarked. It's $80 and will allow your dad to listen to his iPod in his car. Says woodycakes: "My dad already owns an iPod and because he's always in the car, he can't use his iPod properly." Also because it charges the iPod, "he won't have to charge his iPod when I'm using the laptop. Everyone's happy."
If your dad doesn't have an iPod yet, my suggestions include: An IOU card with a homemade iPhone certificate - it comes out June 29 - a pair of Brightfeet Lighted Slippers or a set of Journi speakers.
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It seems to be a universal truth that dads love geeky gifts - from robots, camcorders, speaker systems to plasma screens - there are very few gadgets that any dad I know would turn down. With Father's Day on the horizon, this is the week to start thinking about what you are getting your dad or father figure. He's probably the person who bought you your first Walkman or Discman afterall.
I'm thinking of getting my dad a set of speakers for his desk, or perhaps even a sleek laptop carrier bag (the one he has right now is so boring and generic). I could of course, be persuaded to get him something more exciting. You can help me by finding great gifts you think your dad would like from all across the web, bookmarking them and tagging your finds with "dad." When you bookmark, let me know why you think a dad would like that item.
Then check back to geeksugar this week to see if I featured your bookmarks in my Father's Day gift guide.
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One thing’s for certain, I get my geekiness from my dad’s side of the family. So, whenever I get him a gift, I know he’s going to be all read up on its stats, ratings and all-around hipness. This means I have to try extra hard to stump him and find things he might not know about. I'm still a little behind schedule, but these are my top picks for my dad this year.
Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer
My dad is our family’s resident grillmeister, so I can only imagine how thrilled he would be to have a techie accessory to go along with his grill time. The Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer’s wireless belt-clip monitor tells you when your entree is ready from up to 300' away, which means dad can actually spend time with the family when the grill is on. You just insert the stainless steel transmitter probe into the center of the meat, select the type of meat and choose how you want it cooked. Get it at Brookstone for $75.
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