Whether your guy is the outdoorsy type, or a wee bit of a nerdnik who prefers to hunker down with his digital toys, here are some ideas to make it easier for you to find just the right gift to make his day perfect.
Zepp Labs: GolfSense
This gadget is designed to analyze and record golf swing data to any iOS or Android device, giving dad the gift of a better golf game.
The glove-based precision motion sensor easily attaches to the Velcro strap of any glove and wirelessly transmits swing data via Bluetooth to any mobile device, including iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android.
GolfSense records critical data, which is stored in the GolfSense Cloud, and provides tips and recommendations to improve each swing.
Available: Apple, GolfSmith.com
Crossfade M-100 customizable, over-Ear headphones by V-Moda
These headphones were designed with serious music lovers and gamers in mind as a result of a collaborative effort from discerning critics that include audiophiles, DJ’s, music pros, journalists and gamers.
Not only handsome and comfortable, the headphones deliver plenty of bass, crystal clear vocals while offering the listener the feeling that he’s sitting front and center at a live concert or deep in the bowels of the latest post-apocalyptic world.
Handy features include Universal SpeakEasy microphone cable for Apple iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices, SharePlay extended audio cable, and a virtually indestructible SteelFlex headband. Oh, and if you’re buying for a klutzy dad, not to worry; the M-100 can withstand a fair amount of pounding.
Note that Crossfade M-100 are over-ear headphones, meaning that they’re designed with cups that completely surround the ears, helping to isolate surrounding noise.
The headphones fold up neatly and come with a hard case that makes traveling a breeze.
These headphones can be customized with any name, logo or personalized design. They come in matte black, shadow and white silver.
Available: V-moda, Amazon
Geneva Sound System model XS Bluetooth portable speaker
Do you know a father who travels and likes to take some terrific sound along? Then consider the Geneva Sound System Model XS, billed as the world’s first portable audio system with true Hi-Fi sound. This stylish retro speaker got its good looks from the classic travel clock design.
The Swiss-designed Sound System hides its speakers, amplifiers, FM radio, alarm clock and telescoping antennae inside a hard, leather-like case, which is available in red, white or black.
It works with any Bluetooth-enabled device, including iPad, tablets and other smartphones. It also works without Bluetooth by connecting the 3.5 mm line-in cable that’s included.
Weighing in at just over a pound, the unit includes a pair of tweeters, a woofer and a power amplifier.
Available: Geneva, Amazon
Website: Geneva Lab
MyCharge Freedom2000 Powercase for iPhone 5
Don’t let dad’s new iPhone 5 go naked when it could be wearing this metallic armor that not only keeps it safe, but also features a built-in Apple Lightening connector. That means double the battery life for two times more emailing, texting, photo posting and game playing. The slim case, which easily snaps on and off, comes with a USB charging cable, but note that it doesn’t feature a screen protector. Comes in metallic black or silver.
Available: MyCharge, Amazon,
Wahoo Fitness: Blue HR Heart Rate Monitor
Wahoo’s Bluetooth heart rate strap turns that smartphone into an all-in-one training partner to keep your favorite father at his physical best.
The easy to use gadget offers up heart rate information in real time so that dad can check his current, average and max heart rate along with time spent in heart rate zones. It also generates information on calories burned.
Since it’s designed to work in the background, dad can still use his apps, make calls and text without worrying about losing data.
While the heart rate monitor comes with a free Wahoo Fitness app, it also works with other popular apps. And it allows dad to easily upload his fitness results to the web via wireless Bluetooth technology.
Available: Wahoo, Amazon