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Don’t Forget Dad: Father’s Day Gift Roundup

Father’s Day is around the corner, so we’ve been testing out the coolest tech-savvy gifts for every kind of dad, from the culinary gangster to the weekend warrior. If you’re looking for cool gift ideas for your dad (or yourself), check out our list below.

DIY Dad- The Ryobi The 40V HP Brushless Whisper Series Pressure Washer 1500

Credit: Ryobi

DIY Dad will love the power and versatility of the Ryobi 40V HP Brushless Whisper Series 1500 PSI 1.2 GPM Electric Pressure Washer. It’s a top-quality cleaning tool that provides exceptional performance and reliability. With a powerful 40V battery and a brushless motor, this machine is designed to take on tough cleaning tasks with ease. The machine boasts a maximum operating pressure of 1500 PSI, and a flow rate of 1.2 gallons per minute, which makes it perfect for cleaning driveways, decks, patios, cars, and boats and stinky shoes.

Because its battery operated one of the things that sets this pressure washer apart from others is its low noise level. It operates almost silently, thanks to the whisper-quiet motor which makes it perfect for use in neighborhoods where loud noises can be a disturbance. The 1500 PSI pressure is more than adequate for most household cleaning tasks. The machine is also lightweight and compact, making it easy to move around and store.

DIY Dad will like the range of accessories such as a 20-foot high-pressure hose, a spray gun with adjustable nozzle, and a detergent tank which makes it easy to switch between cleaning tasks. 

Cost: $600

Lawn Work Dad- OtO Lawn Sprinkler System

Credit: OtO

Lawn Dads life is about to change with the OtO Lawn Sprinkler. OtO Lawn is a game-changer when it comes to keeping your lawn healthy and vibrant. With its innovative design and smart features, this sprinkler system takes the hassle out of lawn maintenance and ensures efficient and precise watering.

More than a high tech sprinkler, the OtO Lawn Sprinkler is its intelligent water-saving technology. Equipped with built-in sensors, it detects the moisture level of the soil and adjusts the watering schedule accordingly. This not only prevents over watering but also helps conserve water, making it an environmentally-friendly choice.

The system is fully programmable, allowing you to customize the watering duration, frequency, and specific areas to target. You can easily control and monitor the sprinkler from your smartphone using the companion app, which provides real-time updates and alerts.

The sprinkler’s coverage is impressive, with a range of up to 3,000 square feet. It features a rotating spray pattern that evenly distributes water, ensuring every inch of your lawn receives adequate hydration. The adjustable spray nozzles allow you to tailor the water flow to specific areas, preventing water wastage on sidewalks or driveways.

Its intelligent water-saving technology, easy setup, and customizable features make it a top choice for Lawn Dad making lawn care a hassle-free and eco-friendly irrigation system. Say goodbye to manual watering and let the OtO Lawn Sprinkler take care of your lawn with precision and efficiency.

Cost: $350

Cooking Dad- Vermicular Cast Iron Frying Pan

Credit: Vermicular

The Vermicular cast iron frying pan is a versatile and durable kitchen essential that every cook should have in their arsenal. With its unique design and high-quality construction, this pan is perfect for cooking everything from eggs and bacon to stir fries and roasted vegetables.

The pan is made from premium-grade cast iron, which is known for its durability and even heating capabilities. This means that your food will cook evenly and consistently every time, without any hot spots or cold areas.

One of the standout features of the Vermicular cast iron frying pan is its non-stick surface. We beat the heck out of this thing, including letting our 14-year-old make eggs in it. It stood up to every test. Unlike many other cast iron pans, this one is pre-seasoned with a special coating that allows food to slide right off the surface, making it easy to clean and more convenient for everyday cooking.

Another great feature of this pan is its stylish design. With its sleek and modern look, Cooking Dad will appreciate the touch of elegance and craftsmanship in his cooking experience.

Cost: $220

Gluten Free Dad- NIMA Partners Started Pack

Credit: NIMA Partners

The team at NIMA Partners, are passionate about health and wellness and understand the challenges of the celiac disease and gluten intolerant community. It’s not just a job but a part of their everyday life. Many of them are either living a gluten-free lifestyle or supporting a loved one who is. The common theme, it’s not easy!

Their mission wasn’t to throw new tech into the marketplace and hope it sticks, but to  listen, to learn, to inform and to educate and most importantly, to change the healthcare landscape by providing a product that will keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. 

Their gluten sensor is not only the world’s first connected food sensor but a reliable, portable tool to help detect what you can’t see… the cross-contact and cross contamination of gluten into your food. The NIMA Partners gluten sensor can detect 20 ppm (parts per million) of gluten, and we are working hard to deliver the same reliable, trustworthy technology to all major food allergens. Keeping Gluten Free Dad, safe, healthy and happy.

Cost: $250

Music Dad- Sonos Era 300

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The Sonos Era 300 is a compact and powerful wireless speaker that delivers impressive audio performance in a sleek and modern design. With its compact size, it effortlessly blends into any room and provides an immersive listening experience.

The Era 300 boasts a robust sound profile with clear highs, detailed midrange, and rich, deep bass. Its custom-designed drivers and amplifiers work in harmony to produce room-filling sound that belies its size. Whether  Music Dad is streaming his favorite music or enjoying a movie, the speaker delivers a well-balanced audio experience with excellent clarity and depth.  This takes outdoor theaters and backyard movies to a new level.

Setting up the Sonos Era 300 is a breeze thanks to its seamless integration with the Sonos ecosystem. It supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to stream music from your favorite services or connect directly to your device. The speaker also works with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, giving you hands-free control over your music playback.

One standout feature of the Era 300 is its Trueplay tuning technology. Using the Sonos app, you can optimize the sound output based on the room’s acoustics, ensuring that you get the best possible audio experience no matter where you place the speaker.

The build quality of the Era 300 is top-notch, with a premium finish and sturdy construction. The speaker feels durable and well-built, and its compact size makes it easy to move around or place in different areas of your home.

Whether Music Dad is a casual listener or an audiophile, this speaker delivers excellent sound quality in a compact package.

Cost: 300- $450

Dad On The Go- The Look Shop

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Every day has different tastes when it comes to tech, Apple, Google, the rest of them. 

One thing most dads can agree on is the need to organize and utilize their individual tech is important to them all.  The Look Shop has dozens of options on high tech, well built, adjustable stands for their phones and tablets of all shapes and sizes.

The  Lookshop product lab set out to deliver and create products that elevate the experience of your daily routine, they have done just that.

The Lookstand, is one of their elegant and functional stands that rises to the occasion to enhance the experience for all smartphones looking for something to help them organize their lives. 

Tilt them, adjust the height, the angle landscape or portrait, they hold Dad on the Go’s tech in place and it’s portable. Great for holding your device, but also, online meetings, watching a movie, even gaming.

Cost: Various

Active Dad- Apple Watch Ultra

Credit: Apple

More than just a basic upgrade, the Apple Watch Ultra has been a highly anticipated release for Apple enthusiasts. Some of the new features include a larger display with highly detailed graphics, cellular connectivity, and built-in GPS. 

The watch also features: 

  • 100m water resistant, swim proof and recreational diving to 40m. 
  • Depth gauge with water temperature sensor, 
  • Certified IP6X dust resistant, 
  • Tested to MIL-STD 810H, 
  • Customizable Action button, 
  • Always-On Retina display – up to 2000 nits brightness, 
  • Blood oxygen sensor, 
  • High and low heart rate notifications, 
  • Irregular rhythm notification, 
  • Cardio fitness notifications, 
  • Temperature sensing, 
  • Cycle Tracking with retrospective, ovulation estimates, 
  • Emergency SOS,International emergency calling, 
  • Fall Detection, 
  • Crash Detection,
  • And a bunch of more functions to keep track of all of Active Dad’s data.

Moreover, the latest series offers increased customization options with interchangeable bands and watch faces, allowing users to express their style and preferences. The ultra variants of the series offer higher storage capacity and cellular capabilities, allowing users to access the internet and make calls without a phone.

Active Dad will appreciate the Apple Watch Ultra, a great addition to the Apple ecosystem and is suitable for dads and moms and really anyone who values fitness tracking, health monitoring, and enhanced connectivity. 

Organized Dad- Courant Catch 3

Credit: Courant

The Courant Mag 2 is one of our Top 50 Innovative products of the year, and the Catch 3 is continuing the tradition of innovation, ease of use and style. 

Give dad a place to store his keys, wallet, reading glasses, and charge his phone with CATCH:3. The wireless charging dock includes a catch-all tray for any miscellaneous items, and makes an elegant and innovative addition to his bedside table or an entryway. 

The Courant Catch 3 is a stylish and compact wireless charger that is perfect for charging your mobile devices on the go. It features a sleek aluminum alloy body and a stylish pebbled Italian leather surface that looks great on any desk or nightstand. With a compact size of 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches, it is easy to take with you wherever you go. 

The charger supports fast wireless charging up to 10W for compatible devices and includes an integrated USB-A port for charging additional devices. The Catch 3 is also equipped with a non-slip surface to prevent your phone from slipping off while charging. It is an excellent charging solution for those who value style and convenience.  Compatible with iPhones 8 & up

Cost: $100-$175

Well-dressed Dad- Amberjack Shoes

Credit: Amberjack

The team from Amberjack have planted their flag firmly in the dress shoe landscape. They call their shoes “The World’s Most Advanced Dress Shoe,” and we agree. 

Stylish, comfortable, durable with a nod towards sustainability and fair business practices, Amberjack will be a welcome addition to the well-dressed dads wardrobe.

Amberjack combines athletic footwear technology and dress shoe tradition, similar to some other brands, but the result is something of a hybrid shoe that looks much more like a dress shoe but feels amazing. Many other dress shoe brands have a dress shoe “upper” , an athletic shoe bottom half that may feel great but isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as a traditional dress shoe. Amberjack looks like a traditional dress shoe and feels like a running shoe when you put it on.

The tech on the inside is a special kind of foam that activates with the natural heat of your body to form to your foot. It’s like memory foam but more durable, which helps increase arch support. On the outside, Amberjack uses a proprietary outsole made from high-performance athletic technology for flexibility in the front and strong hiking boot material in the back, for support. The result is a robust, good looking comfortable shoe that provides support and shock absorption.

Cost: $189

Pizza Dad- Gozney Roccbox Pizza Oven

Credit: Gozney

Gozney, founded in 2010, is a UK-based company that specializes in premium stone and fire-brick ovens. Their flagship product is the Gozney Roccbox, a portable oven that can reach temperatures up to 950°F (500°C).

These ovens can cook more than just pizza. From roasts to bread, the Gozney pizza oven can handle it all. The even heat distribution, which ensures that food is cooked evenly and consistently every time and performs much better than the other brands in this price range. The oven’s insulation also means that it stays hot for longer, reducing the need for constant refueling or reheating.

Ease of use is another key factor that makes the Gozney Roccbox a great gift idea for Pizza Dad. There is a learning curve when it comes to temperature control, but the out of the box start up time is fast and easy. The Dome model features a simple, no-fuss design and comes in several fun colors.

Cost: $399

You can view our 2022 Father’s Day Gift Guide here:

Now you have no excuse not to put a big smile on pop’s face this Father’s Day!

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