Still undecided on what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Here are a few last minute items for you to ponder on that cover a broad spectrum, since we all know our Dad’s are unique. If not for Dad, these can also make great gifts for anyone at anytime or maybe even something you’ve always wanted for yourself.
Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad
If Dad really loves his iPad but ends up carrying around his MacBook because he likes a real keyboard, then perhaps get him the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for Father’s Day. It’s a Bluetooth wireless keyboard that looks and feels like a regular laptop keyboard with nicely spaced out TruType keys as well as special shortcut keys for easy media control just like the iPad’s onscreen keyboard. It’s attached and housed in a beautiful lightweight aluminum case, for a nice little package that he can carry around anywhere he goes.
The case folds flat so he can still hold his iPad the way he’s used to and it’s only 6.4mm thin so it doesn’t add that much extra bulk to his briefcase. His iPad can be adjusted at three different viewing angles and is held upright in place using the same magnets that keeps the case closed when not in use. It connects via Bluetooth so there’s no need to worry about cables or snap-in connectors and it’s designed to run for up to 160 hours on its built-in battery between charges. The ultimate keyboard case comes in black or silver and compatible with 2nd, 3rd third or 4th generation iPad models. It retails for $99.99 in black and $129.99 white/silver and is available directly from Belkin or Amazon.ca.
If Dad doesn’t have an iPad yet and you were thinking of getting him one, the Apple 16GB iPad with Retina display, Wi-Fi model starts at $499. Should Dad need more memory you may not be aware, but there is now a model with a whopping 128GB of solid state memory and is available with Wi-Fi ($799) and Wi-Fi+ Cellular ($929) from the Apple Canada Store.
Kobo Mini eReader
If Dad is not looking for a full-fledged tablet but rather a basic simple e-reader or if you are on a tight budget, then consider giving him a Kobo Mini e-Reader. For only $79 or less, you can get him a cool pocket-sized model that features no-glare, 5″ Pearl e-Ink screen, so it looks just like paper, only no trees were chopped down. At 5″, it’s also small enough to fit in his jacket pocket so he can take it to work, read it on the bus and even read while at the gym.
It has 2GB of memory and can store up to 1,000 e-books. And surely, Dad can find something from the over 3 million e-books, newspapers and magazines and over 1 million freebies in the Kobo Library. It has built-in WI-Fi, so he can download from anywhere as long as there’s a connection.
Unlike its paper counterpart, with the Kobo e-Reader Dad can choose from eight fonts styles 24 sizes and simply has to tap to turn the page. He can also highlight passages, add notes, look words up in the built-in dictionary and share what he’s reading with the family.
For something a little bigger, 6” with a backlight and expandable memory, then the Kobo Glo ($129.99) might be another option.
If Dad is a connoisseur of sake, spirits, aperitifs, champagne or wine here’s one gadget that he’ll be really surprised to get. It’s called Tempour. It’s not electronic, but it’s certainly high tech and ideal for Dad whether he’s sitting in his chair with his Kobo or iPad or simply enjoying the family gathering.
In a nutshell, it’s a gadget for the bottle. Basically, it’s a modular in-bottle elegant one-stop, pourer, chiller, sediment filter, stopper and enhancer. No cables, plug-ins or batteries required. You simply insert it into the bottle and there’s no mess. The detachable lower portion is a chilling rod, which features a gel filled chamber that after freezing for 3-5 hours, will keep his finest liquid cold without an ice-bucket or diluting it with ice, if cold is what he wants. Tempour is made of stainless steel, so its presence in the bottle will not affect the taste of the liquid. And should Dad like to aerate his wine to bring out its flavour,
the Soirée Aerator easily attaches to Tempour or right to the bottle itself. Soirée Tempour by Soiréehome retails for $49.99 and the wine aerator for $24.99 and is available directly from Soireehome or Amazon.
Here’s to all the Dads out there!
Happy Father’s Day!
Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.