So you still haven’t picked out a Father’s Day gift for your old man, eh? Join the club. Instead of grabbing a “World’s Greatest Dad” mug or an obligatory slab of beer down the supermarket, show him you care with one of these life-hacking pressies. Categories range from virtual reality to “smart” cooking with prices starting at just $29.
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The following products are all available from local online retailers which means you should get them in time for Father’s Day. Where possible, we’ve linked to the manufacturer’s official e-store instead of online deals which have a tendency to disappear without notice. With that in mind, you can probably find cheaper prices by searching around online.
Lifehacker’s Father’s Day Gift Guide is brought to you by the new Fitbit Charge HR activity wristband — now with continuous heart rate tracking — and the Fitbit Surge fitness super watch. Heart rate, calories, steps and sport tracking with long battery life, call and text notifications, auto sleep monitoring and more.
The Aeropress takes coffee brewing and strips it down to the bare essentials. Yes, it’s just a coffee press but it’s a damn good one. Using the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure, the brewing yields rich flavour with lower acidity and reduced bitterness. It also uses a micro filter to ensure coffee remains grit-free. The best thing about this gift is you’ll get to personally enjoy the results every time you visit your parents. Buy it here.
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The Fitbit Surge is a “Fitness Super Watch” designed with runners in mind. It comes packed with eight sensors (including a built-in GPS) that can track your dad’s running routes and give him access to all kinds of workout data. Naturally, it also comes with every other Fitbit feature including the Fitbit HR’s heartrate monitor, and gives you a manufacturer-estimated seven days of battery life too. Buy it here.
In a bid to stand out from its smartphone competitors, Navman’s latest GPS unit has packed in more features than ever before. This includes spoken safety alerts, live traffic updates, a Zomato Restaurant Guide and free lifetime monthly map updates. If your dad is getting long in the tooth, the MY650LMMT should serve him well: it gives spoken directions based on what’s outside the windscreen (such as the colours and brand names of buildings.) 3D landmarks are also presented on the mapping screen. Buy it here.
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