It’s already June, which means Father’s Day is right around the corner. Technology nearly always makes a good gift for men. So what can you get your Dad for $500 or less? Glad you asked.
Ekster’s luxe Parliament Upcycled wallet ($87) is made with Vegan leather from recycled cars. It’s sleek, slim, and has an aluminum RFID blocking cardholder that organizes credit cards and fans them out for easy access by pressing a bottom button. Plus there’s an elastic band for holding bills. You can also insert into one of its three pockets an optional credit card-sized, solar-powered wallet tracker ($39), which is globally traceable from within 200 yards. It’s compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant so you can “ring” it from your phone and see where you last had it on a map. The tracker charges in three hours and provides two months of juice. It’s great for Dads who tend to forget where they left their wallet.
The popular BookBook for iPhone (price varies, but $70/iPhone 13 Pro Max) is now compatible with Apple MagSafe Charger and MagSafe accessories. It aims to streamline your father’s everyday carry by combining a wallet and iPhone case into a little luxurious leather book. There’s room for an ID, bank cards and cash. And the phone is securely held in a magnetic premium leather shell that also acts as a viewing stand.
If your father loves golf and owns Meta Quest 2 virtual reality goggles, the Golf Plus VR game ($30) is entertaining and interactive. He can play digitized versions of real courses, hang out at Topgolf for a night of music and games, or enjoy cool putting courses. I’ve been toying with it often, and am still wowed by how cool it is to look up and see a virtual version of my shots actually look like they’re traveling the proper distances, life-size. Haptics help it feel as if you’re actually hitting a ball.
If your dad plays golf, consider getting him the Shot Scope Pro LX+ ($350) – a unique golf laser rangefinder that also features GPS-powered distances and artificial intelligence for personalized performance tracking. It offers advanced target lock vibration, red and black dual optics, X7 navigation, adaptive slope technology, and 900-yard range accurate to one yard. There are 36,000 preloaded course maps, with dynamic yardage to front, back and middle of greens and hazards. There are no subscription fees. Using 16 RFID tracking tags, it can capture 100+ game statistics during a round – all in the background. It’s water-resistant, and comes with a case, lanyard, carry clip, cleaning cloth and battery.
The Withings ScanWatch Horizon ($500) is a hybrid smartwatch inspired by the luxury diver watch tradition – delivering state-of-the-art health technology that can monitor heart rate, ECG, breathing disturbances, blood oxygen levels, sleep, and physical activity. FDA-cleared, its luxurious design features a sapphire-glass casing with an anti-reflection coating. A stainless-steel rotating bezel with laser engraved markings incorporates the standard codes of diving practice alongside Luminova hollow watch hands, indicators, and thick indices that can be used in low light.
Casio’s Pro Trek PRW61-1A outdoor watch ($420) is the brand’s first watch to be made with biomass plastics sourced from renewable organic substances – helping curb carbon dioxide emissions. It features a digital compass, barometer/altimeter and thermometer, as well as Multi-Band 6 radio wave reception from up to six transmission stations around the world, and Tough Solar to provide stable power for these functions and more. You can check the time, compass, and other indicators at a glance. Slits on the band above and below the dial serve as guides to quickly read the compass direction indicated by the second hand. It’s water-resistant up to 100 meters, and low-temperature resistant to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It also sports five independent daily alarms, a 1/100-second stopwatch, and countdown timer.
Give your active father a place to store his phone and charger while he’s out and about. The West Slope PRO 180 Slim ($70) is a front-facing chest pack with a sleek, low-profile design that offers close-fitting storage. It’s like a new version of a fanny pack for your upper body. It’s designed to minimize rattle during impact. Weighing just 10.5 ounces, it’s durable, water-resistant, easy to clean, and fends off abrasions and scratches.
Since gifting experiences is uber-popular right now, how about giving Dad an enjoyable day via Viator? The leading global experiences marketplace makes it easy to find and book tours and activities both locally and elsewhere – offering 300,000+ excursions with all the pertinent details. There’s truly something for every father – regardless of his interests. The company also supports you with flexibility, free cancellations, payment options, and award-winning 24/7 customer support. We used it to book a local harbor champagne brunch cruise, and the experience was super simple.
Sure, everyone it seems has a cell phone these days. So keeping in touch with one another is easy. But using walkie-talkies is retro-cool and something your father will surely appreciate. Cobra’s RX680 ($100/two-pack) is the brand’s latest, high-tech version. These are rugged, waterproof, and feature a 38-mile range. Plus they offer weather alerts, have a built-in LED flashlight, and are perfect for outdoor adventures.
Save your father the hassle of getting haircuts so often. The Trimmer from Meridian Grooming ($79) is very easy to use. Okay, it’s designed to trim, um, all body hair. The marketing folks promise that it’s waterproof, and its ceramic blades negotiate “coarse and curly hair” without painful nicks and tugging. Take that any way you want. But yes, it works on the top of the head: Out of the box, I was able to trim my wild-growing sideburns neatly within a minute. Comes with two adjustable guide combs that snap on quickly, to achieve any preferred hair length.