7 Great Father’s Day Gifts for Geek Dads
Allow me to reintroduce you to your father.
He’s the guy who changed your diapers every night at 3 a.m. so your mom could get a full night’s rest. He’s the one you asked to make sure no monsters were lurking in the closet. He taught you how to ride a bike or drive a car, and he waited up all night for you to come home after your first date with what’s-his-name.
He might also be the guy who sat on the couch in his boxers all weekend drinking beer and cursing at the television. Or he could be a Sith lord. In any case, he’s your dad, you’re stuck with him, and next Sunday is his day. So you’d better get on it.
Did Luke get his dad anything nice for Father’s Day? We doubt it. (Scott Smith/Flickr)
Because it turns out that dads are feeling a little shortchanged in the gift department. According to a recent survey by discount shopping site RetailMeNot, six out of 10 dads say Mom gets better stuff on her day.
But not this year. I’m here to help you make this Father’s Day the best one yet. Most of the following products have been Tynan Tested™ for dad compatibility. And if you order quickly, they should arrive in time for the big day.
A grill a minute
You know your dad hates slaving over a hot grill while everyone else is having a grand time. This Bluetooth-powered iGrill2 lets him join the party without burning the meal. Just plug the probe into the meat, place the sensor a safe distance from the fire, and get alerts when it’s time to flip the steaks or remove the ribs.
While wireless thermometers have been around for a couple of years, iDevices’ iGrill2 cranks up the heat with new features, like the ability to manage four separate probes for cooking different cuts, and a magnet for mounting to the side of the grill. Stumped for how to treat your meat? Use the app to look up recipes on the fly, or share your perfectly charred masterpiece on Facebook. The $100 gizmo works with the iPhone 4s and iPad generation 3 or later devices.
Internet on the fly
There are a handful of things no modern dad can live without: friends and family, beer (maybe wine), televised sporting events, and the Internet. But when WiFi is hard to come by, the $100 Netgear Mingle from Virgin Mobile fills the gap. This portable hotspot uses Sprint’s 4G LTE network to bring the Net to your dad nearly anywhere he roams.