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Welcome to T3.com's Father's Day 2016 Gift Guide!
Dads. They’re fiercely protective of their children, they move silently on water and people say they can break your arm with a single blow. Hang on, that’s swans.
But like swans, dads are special - and nothing says “you’re special and I love and respect you” than the traditional Father’s Day card with its great jokes about how your dad is really, really old.
However, while Father’s Day cards are usually rubbish, Father’s Day presents needn’t be - and we’ve found gifts to suit every taste and budget. Forget about slippers and bottles of booze: these are gifts that’ll make dad’s day.
First up this year is the dad-tastic Tefal OptiGrill, a meat cooking machine that not only detects the thickness of the inserted meat but also measures how many items are on the grill at any one time, automatically adapting the temperature and grilling cycle accordingly.
It also features a large and clear LED display indicator that alters colour as the meat cooks - yellow for rare, orange for medium and red for well done - which works alongside a corresponding audible beep as different stages are reached. Oh, and it looks like a piece of tech from The Jetsons, so father should definitely dig its futuristic aesthetic.
He'll never burn the steak again!
Nespresso Prodigio & Milk
Next up is the Nespresso Prodigio & Milk, a tidy and compact coffee machine that will allow father to knock himself up a tasty beverage lickety-split.
Not only does the Prodigio allow daddy to choose from a wide range of 23 Nespresso Grand Cru coffees, but it also allows him to brew his beverage from the comfort of the couch with a Bluetooth-connected smartphone app. The app also tells papa when the water tank needs filling and capsule bin emptying, as well as allowing him to order new capsules directly in-app.
T3.com recently gave the Prodigio a good review in our Best pod coffee maker feature, with our reviewer particularly recommending the Prodigio & Milk version of the system, which while more expensive, comes with an Aeroccino milk frother thrown in for the creation of milk-based beverages such as cappuccino.
EPSON EB-S04 projector
Dad should definitely enjoy this affordable and feature-packed mobile projector from EPSON. The EB-S04's headline feature is its 3LCD technology, which helps the system generate incredibly bright images, while its optics allow for a massive 300-inch screen size.
Other things that will help father enjoy his M*A*S*H boxset in super size are the EB-S04's 15,000:1 contrast ratio, long filter and lamp duration (estimated at 15 years), power saving eco-mode and included carry case.
Parrot Bebop Drone
Dads love crazy gadgets and this high tech leisure quadricopter drone from Parrot is right up there. Not only is this badboy controllable directly from either the iOS or Android Freeflight 3.0 app, but it is also equipped with a 14-megapixel fisheye camera. This camera allows the Bebop Drone to record 1080p HD video and also take high-resolution photographs, storing both on an internal 8GB flash drive.
Other cool features include the Bebop's GPS-embedded return to home function, allowing the drone to be automatically brought back to dad's mission control, and also the ability to plot the drone's course via custom waypoints in-app.
If dearest papa spends a fair bit of time playing taxi driver, then the Dashcam X550 from Thinkware is probably a good bet this Father's Day.
The camera not only records in 1080p at 30fps, but also comes with some wizzy features, such as Super Night Vision, Time Lapse mode and a Road Safety Warning System.
It also has a built in Safety Camera Alert system, which delivers information about verified speed/red-light camera locations and known mobile speed traps hotspots.
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
Ok, this isn't really a tech present but, well, we love whiskey here at T3 Towers and the chances are very high that so will your father.
As such, you should consider The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, which is a whiskey that boasts aromas of citrus fruit and a long, smooth, creamy finish, which is perfect for drinking in the hotter summer months.
Also, the Glenlivet is a cut above other brands as it is aged in a carefully curated selection of casks, including oak and first-fill, to ensure a unique scent and taste.
Just don't blame us if daddy enjoys one dram too many!
What happens when you stick a Lightning connector on one end of a piece of plastic and a microSD card reader on the other? Well, you get the Leef iAccess, a device geared toward helping dearest papa transfer and share files with ease.
Simply plug the iAccess into dad's Apple product of choice (although an Android version is available too), a microSD card into the iAccess, and then watch as father dumps all of his photos or other files with speed and simplicity.
To quote Leef, the iAccess is the "easiest way to infinite memory".
Moto 360 Sport
T3's own Spencer Hart, when reviewing the Moto 360 Sport, said that "if you're simply looking for a decent Android Wear device, which is comfortable, and a more durable style than most metal/leather combinations, you're in luck! It's a good smartwatch." If dad needs a sporty, Android Wear smartwatch, then this is job done.
- Read more: Moto 360 Sport review
Sony PS-HX500 Turntable
Why not help dad dust off his vinyl collection with the Sony PS-HX500 Turntable? Connect the the turntable to a computer and you can also convert recordings into High-Resolution Audio, which means father will be able to listen to those golden oldies on the go too.
The Wallet Ninja is the Swiss Army Knife your father could actually take on an plane. It packs wrenches, screwdrivers, a can opener, a phone stand, a box opener and a nail puller in a single credit card-sized tool for less than five quid. Swish!
Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs
These officially licensed Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs make all the right noises whether your father is grilling Han burgers, Luke-ing for the ketchup or Chewbacca-ing down on… we’re sorry. We’ll stop now.
Dyson V6 Absolute
Offering "twice the suction of any other cordless stick vacuum", the Dyson V6 Absolute will make father's rare cleaning marathons fly by at record pace. This top of the V6 range Absolute model also delivers a direct-drive cleaner head with 150 per cent more brush bar power.
Mpow Streambot Y
If dad’s car stereo is a Bluetooth-free zone, get him one of these: the Streambot Y takes audio from your phone via Bluetooth and transmits it over FM for surprisingly good in-car sound. It’s a hands-free kit too.
JBL Synchros Reflect Sport
If your dad’s a gym rat or road runner these excellent JBL Synchros Reflect Sport headphones are hard to beat: they’re sweat-proof, designed to stay put no matter how vigorously you exercise and the cables are flat so they don’t tangle easily.
The TomTom Golfer is an amazing device thanks to its knowledge of over 40,000 golf courses, including hazard warnings. Plus the lime green detailing will go great with papa's gaudy golf trousers.
Show us the dad who doesn’t want a superheated barbecue gun and we’ll show you someone who’s just pretending to be a dad. The Looftlighter looks like a howitzer, blasts superheated air at anything dad wants to burn and even has a built-in bottle opener.
The Apple Watch is pricey and flawed, but it’s also a lovely-looking thing that’s got better and better over the last year. Plus, at Apple's recent event at Cupertino the tech giant unveiled some lovely new straps for the watch, as well as an updated OS.
Help dad perfect his steaks with this minimalist BBQ helper Steak Button, a thermometer that only has three indicators: rare, medium and well done. Yes, other thermometers are more flexible, but whose dad grills anything but steak?
Canary home security system
If your dad is already fully stocked with top tech, then why not help him protect his gear with the Canary home security system? The Canary streams encrypted HD video directly to your father's smartphone and, if it senses anything is amiss, sends him a notification. The system also monitors temperature, humidity and air quality of the room it is place in, as well as offering dad the option to sound off its 90+ decibel siren remotely and contact the police, fire and ambulance services in-app.
How’s this for smart thinking: an ice maker designed specifically for whisky drinkers who don’t want their precious drinks watered down. The Whisky Wedge melts much more slowly than normal ice cubes, preserving all the flavour where normal ice would dilute it. Swish!
Price: $17.95 (£12.59)
T3's own Spencer Hart, summing up the Fitbit Blaze in his best-in-class T3 review, said that it's "an attractive and functional wearable, and the screen adds a lot to the Fitbit experience. It should appeal to those after a cheap smartwatch with good battery life." So, if you think dad needs a solid and affordable fitness tracker, then the Blaze is probably your best bet this Father's Day.
The Robocup is a cup that looks like Robocop. Dads like Robocop. Buying your father a cup that looks like Robocop will make him happy. He will probably use it while watching Robocop. Robocop!
Help dad fight the terror of flat beer with this ingenious device. The Sonic Foamer uses ultrasonic waves to excite the bubbles in beer, creating that all-important foamy head and enhancing the aroma too.
Price: $29.99 (£21.01)
Elliot Brown Canford
If father prefers a more traditional timepiece, then why not go analogue with the Elliot Brown Canford? This is the first model the British manufacturer ever designed and is very classy, offering a polished bezel and circular grooved dial.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Help dad turn any TV into a smart TV with Amazon’s typically user friendly Fire TV Stick, which delivers Amazon’s own video service alongside iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube and various video on demand services.
Bluebeard’s Revenge Shavette
A modern take on a grooming classic, the Revenge Shavette is a cut-throat razor that delivers a classic wet shave but that uses changeable blades - so there’s no need to sharpen or strop.
Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker
A really great coffee machine can cost hundreds of pounds, but you can get the same results for a fraction of the price with the superb Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker. It makes great coffee in around 30 seconds, and dad won’t spend more time cleaning it than he will drinking its lovely, lovely brews.
Philips 55PUT6400 4K UHD TV
Want to help dad watch those Sharpe boxsets in enhanced fidelity? Then purchase him this bargain-tastic Philips 55PUT6400 4K UHD TV. When reviewing the screen, T3 said that "it catches the eye with its price and size for a 4K UHD TV, and in many ways its pictures grab your attention too."
- Read more: Best TV 2016
Nerf Modulus Recon MKII Blaster
Dad is really just a big kid at heart and, when you present him with this Nerf Modulus Recon MKII Blaster, he will be able to relive those glory days once more.
This specific Nerf gun is pretty cool as it is essentially a 4-in-1 shooter, with both the stock and barrel modifiable to create different versions of the blaster.
Just make sure he doesn't put his back out doing a commando roll!
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