Buying a gift is easy, it’s buying the right gift that’s the tricky part.
As Father’s Day approaches, you may be wondering what’s the right gadgety trinket to gift as a sign of your appreciation.
Chances are, he may not want another portable battery pack, jokey iPhone case or a new set of Bluetooth-enabled barbecue tongs.
Thankfully, there are some genuinely useful gadget needles nestled in the haystack of consumer electronics
And since we’ve all got dads (some of us may even be dads) it makes sense to scout out a few things your ol’ Pappy would actually like to be presented with on Sunday.
For starters, he probably likes a cup of tea or coffee to start his day off. Whether or not he gets to finish it before it turns cold could be a point of contention.
Thankfully, there’s a solution in the form of the Ember mug. These temperature controlled drinking recepticles keep teas and coffees at a set temperature for up to 90 minutes. All you need to do is fire up the app and set your preferences, then the mug will do the rest.
When it comes to headphones, go for wireless, in-ear options. They’re portable and have come down in price over the years. Although every manufacturer under the sun has got a pair of wireless earphones to flog you, the best option will probably be something like the Jabra Elite 3.
They’ll work with both Android and iOS and feature actual clickable buttons for your old man to use rather than having to navigate awkward touch gestures.
Although it’s still struggling with phones, Chinese tech brand Huawei has a decent smartwatch offering in the form of the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
It’s got an ultra-clear 1.43-inch circular screen with a 466 x 466 high-definition resolution that makes reading it at a glance particularly easy.
To make it more like a normal watch it’s got a choice of either a titanium bracelet or a leather strap. There’s also a bunch of different watch face designs to choose from.
Finally, once any dad gets back from a morning walk (hopefully to find his coffee is still hot – see gift number 1), he’s going to want to do the one thing all dads would do if they had time to themselves: tinker away on a personal project.