The best Father's Day gifts 2017: 32 fantastic tech presents to get your dad

T3 rounds up a top selection of the very best tech presents and gadget gifts to bestow on dearest papa this Father's Day

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What could be better than a ‘heart-felt’ card with a rubbish pun, a pack of Mars bars or a pair of slippers for your Dad? Well, anything really. 

Seeing as he’s probably taught you to ride a bike, sat through countless terrible school plays, helped with tricky homework and even had to offer awkward romantic advice, you owe him. Big time.

We’ve tracked down some top gifts to suit every taste and budget that will make his Father’s Day (and say a lot more than a cheap bottle of booze or dodgy socks ever will).

The best Father's Day gifts

2017 US Gibson M2

Reasons to buy
+Available in a range of colours+Superb playability+Awesome price
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Whether your dad has always talked about the band he used to play in throughout college or if he’s always wanted to learn how to play, getting him a guitar is an incredible way to either help him relive his glory days or set him up to be the new Eric Clapton. The new 2017 US Gibson M2 features an awesome design that’s available in more colours than the rainbow has to offer. The guitar offers superb playability at an even better price. 

Price: £390 | Buy Gibson M2

Garmin Approach G8

The ultimate pocket-sized golf GPS

Reasons to buy
+Covers 40,000 worldwide courses+Water-resistant+Built-in Wi-Fi+Colour capacitive-touch screen

With a super slim and portable design, as well as a bucket-load of top features, the Garmin Approach G8 is simply one of the best golf GPS systems on the market today.

The G8 comes pre-loaded with a whopping 40,000 courses worldwide and, thanks to free lifetime updates, even if a new course gets built you'll still be able to use this GPS on it and score well.

Neat features such as the ability to manually move the location of the pin depending on its daily location in Green View, as well as the ability to touch the colour capacitive display anywhere and get the precise distance to that mark, make the G8 incredibly versatile to use.

Naturally, the Garmin Approach G8 also delivers top stat-tracking, recording fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. What's more, the Club Advice mode records how far a user hits each club and then makes recommendations based on that data, helping them determine which club to plump for.

Father will be Rory Mcllroy in no time!

The Garmin Approach G8 is available from various retailers, including American Golf, for a price of £329.99.

Sonos Playbase

Upgrade dad's home cinema experience

Reasons to buy
+Looks great+Sounds even better+Streams music too
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If your dad's a film buff (or a telly addict) why not get him a Sonos Playbase to make everything sound better? The soundbar's designed to sit beneath a TV and is stylish, smooth and doesn't take up too much room or require wires and speakers everywhere. A must for a swanky new home cinema.

Parrot Swing drone

Perfect for fathers looking to rule the skies

Reasons to buy
+Has autopilot mode+Good controller+Under a tonne
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Parrot’s Swing minidrone makes flying a plane easy. It’s the only one of its kind with an autopilot and vertical take-off and landing mode, but the Flypad controller also means you can rule the skies with precision and master some seriously impressive stunts.

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Fan Heater Air Purifier

Place air multiplier technology at papa's fingertips

Reasons to buy
+It's a high tech heater+And also a high tech fan+Looks super sleek
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If your dad has an iron grip on the thermostat and makes do with cold rooms in the winter, or spends hours in a shed that alternates between freezing and boiling, he might appreciate the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Fan Heater Air Purifier.  Its clever air multiplier technology heats up a room quickly and evenly with purified air, while keeping a home cooler in the summer months.

SOL Republic Shadow earphones

Top earphones to help keep father fit

Reasons to buy
+Wireless+Comfortable neckband+Good battery life
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A good pair of earphones is always a great gift and the SOL Republic Shadow Wireless Bluetooth Neckband earphones are sleek and stylish. They have a comfortable neckband that's handy for working out and eight hours of battery life on one charge.

Bookniture table

It's a table, in book form

Reasons to buy
+Very portable+Available in multiple colours+Felt top
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One for the style conscious dad. The Bookniture table is made of strong folding paper with a stylish felt top and folds neatly into yes, you’ve guessed it, a book. Available in field brown, leather black and concrete grey, the table is surprisingly strong and would make a great footrest as well as a place to rest a beer after a hard day's work.

Price: £66 | Buy Bookniture

Darth Vader Toaster

The toast is strong with this one

Reasons to buy
+Looks like Darth+Toasts "Star Wars" on bread+Dual slot
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The toast is strong with this one. If your dad is a Star Wars nut, what better gift than a Darth Vader Toaster. Sadly, the themed appliance doesn’t crisp bread using Lightsaber technology, but it does print the famous film title logo on toast. Pleased with this gift he will be.

Leatherman Rebar

All the tools dad could need

Reasons to buy
+17 tools+Premium build+Engravable
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A reworked classic multi-tool, the Leatherman Rebar boasts pliers and wire cutters, as well as other tools to get the job done that can fit in a pocket. It comes in stainless steel or stylish black oxide finish and can be housed in a sheath, making it easy to stash away for an emergency.

Bosch Rotak 37-14 Ergoflex

A powerful and versatile lawn mower

Reasons to buy
+Hardened cutting blade+Large collection capacity+1400 watt motor
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Mowing the lawn for your dad may be the most selfless Father’s Day gift, but for the less actively-inclined the Bosch Rotak 37-14 Ergo Rotary Lawn Mower makes a cracking gift. Its powerful 1400 watt motor makes short work of untidy lawns and picks up 99% of cuttings, while the user-friendly handles mean better posture and reduced muscle strain.

Amazon Fire Tablet 7-inch

Treat dad to a top tablet

Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Portable+Colourful
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Amazon's 7-inch Fire tablet has a 171 ppi screen, fast 1.3GHz quad-core processor and rear and front-facing cameras wrapped in a choice of four colourful plastic bodies. Prime members can use it for streaming films and reading books and store songs and photos in the cloud for free. It’s a cheap and cheerful-ish gift for tech addicts and those reluctant to embrace the 21st century alike.

Leatherman Tread

The manliest bracelet in the world

Reasons to buy
+Wearable tools+Customisable+Fits all wrists
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This might be the most useful and manliest bracelet created. The Leatherman Tread is composed of links including usable tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and box wrenches available at a moment’s notice. The bracelet is adjustable to accommodate any wrist size and fully customisable tool-wise too.

Jam Symphony speaker

Let father listen to Status Quo anywhere

Reasons to buy
+Streams music+Can be synced with other speakers+Built-in intercom
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The Jam Symphony speaker will let your father listen to his dad music in greater clarity and works with a smartphone, making streaming music from Spotify, for example, super simple. It’s possible to pair wireless speaker with the Symphony so you can have Status Quo in every room. Great.

Luger LR binoculars

Quality binoculars at a good price

Reasons to buy
+6x magnification+Compact+Affordable
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For amateur twitchers or those who like to occasionally gaze at the sea on holiday, Luger's LR 6x18 binoculars offer 6x magnification and a 131/1000m field of view. And with change for £40 there's some money left over for an ice cream by the surf too.

UB The Alpha 1

Because dads are just big kids at heart

Reasons to buy
+App controlled+One-hour battery life+16 motor servos+Dances!
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Who doesn’t want their own robot at their beck and call? UB Tech’s Alpha 1 is the first humanoid designed for all the family and moves like a person. It can be programmed or controlled with a phone app via Bluetooth making it both educational and fun for dads and kids alike.

Tile Mate

The Tile Gen 2 could let forgetful dads find keys or anything else it's attached to. Once a phone is within 100-foot Bluetooth signal of the Tile it'll start the hunt. As you get closer to the lost object the signal will get stronger and the distinctive melody of the Tile can be heard to help you find what you’ve lost.

Google Home

Google Home hands-free speaker is a great gift to get the whole family organised. You can ask it questions, get it to play your music, use it to control your smart home and use it to make calls, among other functions. It comes with the new Google Assistant built in, so all of Google's advanced AI cleverness is only a voice command away and works with Chromecast for easy music and video access.

DeLonghi Vintage Icona espresso machine

If your dad needs a coffee to make him function in the morning, why not upgrade his coffee machine? The DeLonghi ECOV311.BG Vintage Icona espresso machine has retro looks and makes espresso and cappuccinos using Easy Serve Espresso pods or ground coffee. There's also a cup warmer, mixing system and removable water reservoir for an easy life.

Sonos PLAY:1

The Sonos PLAY:1 is the latest addition to the Sonos wireless speaker family and brings the same high-end sound quality and ease of use to a more compact form. The small speaker can stream music from different services easily and can be controlled from a phone app. It promises crystal clear sound thanks to two amplifiers and mid-woofer and can be set up or a multi-room experience.

Braun Series 9 shaver

Dapper dads need a good shaver and Braun's Series 9 Electric Foil Wet and Dry shaver is an award winner.  It features SyncroSonic technology with 40,000 cross cutting movements per minute, removing more hair in the first stroke than any other electric shaver and is 100% waterproof for speedy shaves under the shower.

Parrot MiniDrones Jumping Race TukTuk

Everyone likes a toy and the Parrot MiniDrones Jumping Race TukTuk packs an impressive punch. It can jump over 75cm high or wide on demand and always lands back on its wheels, while a wide angle camera streams live immersive views onto the piloting screen in the free app that's used to control it.  You can swipe the screen for turns or tap to perform acrobatics and a rechargeable batteries means no dashing to the shops to play again.

Bosch EasyCut 12

Powertools are a Father's Day staple and your dad will love Bosch's EasyCut 12  - the first all-purpose saw with 'NanoBlade' technology. This means the saw blade with revolving micro-chain makes for vibration-free sawing. It's cordless and can be used indoors and outdoors for lazy gardening too.

Libratone Zipp Wireless Speaker

The Libratone Zipp Wireless Speaker is a stylish device for someone who probably has impeccable music taste. With built-in rechargeable batteries, it's designed to stream any audio or video service including 1000's of internet radio stations via the Libratone app and can be paired with up to six speakers around the home, with a choice of five colours available.

Biolite Camp Stove 2

If camping trips with dad are a family favourite, why not treat him to a hi-tech stove? The Biolite Camp Stove 2 boasts 4 fan speeds and an integrated battery. But most importantly, it promises to boil 1 litre of water in 4.5 minutes. No more rubbing sticks and waiting hours for a cuppa.

UE Boom 2 speaker

The UE Boom 2 is a portable wireless speaker that produces 360-degree sound and has touch response so you can tap it twice to skip an annoying tune. Great for parties, it boasts up to 15 hours of battery life on one charge and can be even be controlled by an app.

GoPro HERO5

The GoPro HERO5 is perfect for recording family bike rides and other memorable moments. The camera is the most powerful yet with video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design. Smooth stabilised video, crystal-clear audio and pro-quality photo capture combine with GPS for professional-looking videos.

Booq Shock Pro backpack

Whether it's for work or weekends away, all men love a good backpack. The Booq Shock Pro is designed to be stylish and practical with a 'ballistic nylon exterior', rubberised laptop compartment zipper and dry compartment. There are pockets for every purpose and compartments for your laptop, camera, headphones, iPad, documents, cables and other accessories, so rummaging fruitlessly will be a thing of the past.

Philips SHB8850NC headphones

Whether your dad's a fan of new music or prefers 70s rock, everything sounds better with a decent pair of headphones. Philips' SHB8850NC headphones are cordless, foldable and include noise-cancelling technology, offering a lot of bang for your buck. They also feature NFC pairing so you can connect them to an NFC-enabled device by just touching them together.

Darth Vader / Storm Trooper / C-3PO speaker

Turning to the dark side is more than a little tempting when there's a fun Darth Vader speaker. It connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to play tracks saved in a library or streamed through a service like Spotify and offers up to five hours of battery Life. And there are Storm Trooper and C-3PO options too.

Rif6 Cube projector

If a giant TV is too big to wrap for Father's Day, why not consider a 2-inch projector? The RIF6 Cube is portable and works with laptops, tablets and gaming consoles to give you larger-than-life entertainment, anywhere. Great for watching football in the garden while topping up a tan.

Tom Tom Runner 3

One for fitness fanatics. The Tom Tom Runner 3 is a GPS running watch that tracks your time, pace and distance. With multisport modes it can also be used to chart your bike, swimming and gym prowess but one feature that runners will love is 'route exploration,' which finds a route back to start, enabling runners to keep their mind on technique and not how to get home.

iFavine iSommelier PRO Smart Wine Decanter

Last but not least, if your father's a wine connoisseur (and you have some cash to splash) there's the iSommelier Pro Smart Wine Decanter from iFavine. It helps you achieve what usually takes years of precise cellaring in just a few minutes thanks to a highly concentrated oxygen stream that removes impurities and moisture odours for better vino. Ooh la la.