The Ultimate Tech Gift Guide for Father's Day

06/09/2017 12:09 pm ET Updated Jun 12, 2017

The motto this Father’s Day should be “Tech not Ties.” Those trite Father’s Day gifts like neckties and a calendar with photos are nice, but they’re not going to impress the men in your lives.

The new technology on the market now is geared toward men with an active lifestyle. I was thinking about this recently in Miami as I had the opportunity to see the new collection of battery-operated outdoor power products from Husqvarna. Dad will absolutely love the long-lasting battery powered products like Husqvarna’s Automower, Chainsaw, Leaf Blower, ergonomic designed Trimmer and Pole Saw.

Not only are these power products quieter, but they are better for the environment too (not to mention there’s no more paying for gasoline when you can just charge up the battery, which works on the entire line of products). It’s no wonder that Landscape & Irrigation has included the Husqvarna 536LiLX trimmer in their Twenty for 2017 New Product Awards. Now, here are some other top notch products that Dad, Grandpa, your Husband or any other men in your life will love this Father’s Day.

Char-Broil Smartchef Gas Grill – This 3-burner liquid propane grill is unlike any other grill you’ve ever had on your deck or patio. With SmartChef technology, Dad will be able to easily monitor and control the temperature and cook time of that steak on his grill. Plus, this cooking system provides even heat, preventing flare-ups and it will cook juicier food. Using your home Wi-Fi connection and a smart device, you’ll get real-time notifications about the food on the BBQ. Available at Lowes.com. $799.99 https://www.lowes.com

Huawei Watch 2 – Huawei continues to be the best kept secret in tech here in the U.S. Their lightweight and comfortable smart watch isn’t just sporty, but it’s the best option on the market for the father looking for a digital health companion. Huawei’s second version of the smartwatch features a chronograph double-crown design, a highly-integrated antenna and a ceramic bezel that helps better dissipate heat. This smartwatch is lighter than most on the market, plus it’s scratch resistant and six-times harder than stainless steel. Comes in two designs: standard (Carbon Black or Concrete Grey) and classic, which comes in Titanium Grey. http://consumer.huawei.com

Samsung SmartCam PT – Every father is concerned about what the safety and security of his kids and pets. Samsung’s SmartCam PT is a gift that provides him with that constant reassurance. From his phone, he’ll be able to keep an eye on them from anywhere. The camera features a pan/tilt feature for full visibility and real-time alerts. I’ve never been a fan of interior surveillance cameras, but when we were out of town and had some contractors in the house doing remodeling, this was the simple solution to keep an eye on things. With its 1080p Full HD streaming and recording, the quality of the video is stellar. $229 http://www.wisenetlife.com

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom – If your dad or grandpa is looking for a smartphone that really stands out from the rest and takes photos like an expensive camera, present him with this new dual-camera smartphone and you’ll make his year. This 5.5-inch smartphone features a vibrant AMOLED display and high-capacity battery that lasts up to 40 days on standby. The ZenFone 3 Zoom’s 2.3x optical zoom with 12 megapixels allows for super sharp close-up photos and captures in the dark like no other phone. $329 https://asus.com

Dobot Magician Robotic Arm – What do you get the dad or husband who has it all? Why not the robot of the future. If money is no option, Dobot’s robotic arm will certainly impress him this Father’s Day. The second-generation robotic arm from Dobot lets him create amazing things with 3D printing, laser engraving, picking and placing and drawing tool heads. $1499 http://www.dobot.cc/

Mophie Charge Force Case – Does Dad get grumpy when his phone’s battery is failing him? Of course he does. Help make dead phone batteries a thing of the past with a Mophie Charge Force Case. Now available for iPhone 7/7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, this slim, leather-wrapped case is the perfect wireless accessory to keep power going directly to his phone. Each case also allows access to the Lightning or Micro-USB port for wired charging or headphones. Offered in a variety of colors. http://mophie.com

Penclic D2 Mouse – Your father knows that not all computer mice were created equal. The Penclic Mouse makes a great inexpensive gift for the tech-minded dad or husband. This ergonomic computer mouse feels and moves like a pen, providing a relaxed working position to help secure strength and increase productivity. Penclic, for Mac or PC, has five buttons and a scroll wheel with a laser sensor. Plus, it will operate on most surfaces without a pad or tablet, and it counteracts static tension in the arms and shoulder area. $69.95 http://www.penclic.se/

Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs – These earplugs were recently featured on Shark Tank and make a wonderful gift for the father or grandfather who loves going to concerts, but doesn’t like the ear ringing that follows. Vibes filter acoustics to lower the decibel levels of your environment without muffling and distorting the sound like traditional foam earplugs. $23.99 http://www.discovervibes.com

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker - Does Dad wish he could smoke his own steaks, ribs or even a full-size turkey? This 750-watt vertical smoker has SmartChef Technology that uses Wi-Fi to connect the smoker to his smartphone. Not only will he enjoy smoking meats, but he’ll be able to monitor the temperature of the food, estimate done time and receive notifications. The app even has a library of recipes. On sale for Father’s Day at Lowe’s and Lowes.com $284.00 https://www.lowes.com

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1450 – People think projectors are only used in classrooms and conference rooms, but Epson has proved them wrong. This summer you can sit outside on the deck watching your favorite movies in high definition with the PowerLite Home Cinema 1450. Launched in April, the 1450 is much brighter than their previous model, delivering 4200 lumens of color brightness2 and 4200 lumens of white brightness. This projector uses 3LCD, 3-chip technology for brilliant images with true-to-life color and it’s designed for viewing in living rooms with ambient lighting. It’s ideal for streaming shows, watching sports and gaming with friends. $1499.99 https://epson.com

Ecovacs Robotics Winbot 950 Window Cleaning Robot – If window washing is on Dad’s “honey-do list” this summer, he’ll truly appreciate having a robot take care of that boring task. He’ll love getting spotless windows with the touch of a button. With multiple sensors, the Winbot detects obstacles for fuss-free operation. The guy in your life won’t have to climb dangerous ladders to clean tall or hard to reach windows. This is the future of window washing! $394.48 http://ecovacsrobotics.com

Airmega Smart Air Purifier – Helping Dad breathe easier is the ultimate gift. With so many pollutants and allergens in the house, Airmega’s Smart Air Purifier is ideal for the dad looking to add to his smart home and ridding the air in the home of the majority of allergy causing agents. It reduces over 99% of pollutants from the air in the home and he can manage it right from his smartphone. This might be a gift for Father’s Day, but everyone in the household will benefit – especially those family members struggling with asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems. Plus, it now has Amazon Echo integration. 4 different models ranging between $649-849. https://airmega.com

Master & Dynamic for 0.95 MW60 (Designed with Leica Camera AG) – I’ve long been a fan of Master & Dynamic products because it’s so evident they are made with care and precision. These wireless over-ear headphones connect via Bluetooth 4.1 with Aptx technology and have an unbelievable 16-hour rechargable battery with passive audio capabilities when Bluetooth is disabled. They are brilliantly constructed of premium materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, cowhide and lambskin memory foam ear pads and the 0.95 features include the signature Leica red dot, red acoustic ear pad mesh and custom etching and knurling. The collaboration with 0.95 has only taken a phenomenal brand and moved it up a few more notches. $549 https://www.masterdynamic.com

Amped Wireless ALLY Whole Home Smart Wi-Fi System – If you have a father or husband who is always complaining about the poor Wi-Fi in the house, why not make this a Father’s Day he’ll always remember as the day the internet connection was fixed for good. The ALLY Wi-Fi system is the first seamless roaming solution with blazing-fast Wi-Fi speeds, MU-MIMO technology and whole home coverage. It’s easy to set up and a mobile app can be used to control it outside of the home. $199.99 https://ampedwireless.com

Nintendo Switch – Today’s 40- and 50-something dads grew up with Nintendo and will absolutely fall back in love with video gaming when they unwrap their new Nintendo Switch console. He can dock the Nintendo Switch and play in HD, plus he’ll be able to take it with him in handheld mode. It comes with all the controllers and downloadable games he’ll need to have a flashback to the 80s and 90s. $299.99 http://www.nintendo.com/switch/

NIMA Portable Speaker – If Dad is a sports fans and loves listening to music, NIMA likely had him in mind when it created its Bluetooth Speakers designed in the shape of football helmets. NIMA now offers football helmets for all 32-NFL teams and all major college football programs. He’ll be able to stream sports, music or any audio off his mobile device or laptop from up to 65 feet away making this the perfect speaker for his office, man cave or at the tailgate. $99 https://nimausa.com/

D-Link Wifi Router & Range Extender - Incredibly fast Wi-Fi speeds and a maximum-performance wireless network without dead spots will show Dad how much you appreciate him. Your father and everyone else in the house (including your guests) will enjoy HD streaming and lag-free gaming with speeds of up to 1,900 Mbps no matter where they are in the house. D-Link’s Smart Signal Indicator Multiple device management helps it prioritize traffic to give everyone blazing fast speeds when they need it most. Router on sale: $119.99 http://shop.us.dlink.com

RCA Compact Ice Maker – Everyone appreciates easy-to-make ice for their beverage in the summer months. The men in your life will love how simple it is to make a batch of ice in as little as 6 minutes with RCA’s ice maker. This beautiful silver ice maker produces 26 pounds of ice per day and you can choose the size of the ice (2 sizes to choose from). It even stores up to 1.5 pounds of ice at a time. $99.99 https://rca.com

Deco M5 Whole-Home Wi-Fi Systems - With a quad-core processor, dual-band AC1300 system and support for MU-MIMO data streaming, Deco M5 deploys the latest mesh technology to paint the entire home in Wi-Fi. Its Adaptive Routing Technology (ART) selects the best path for device connections and keeps the network running as fast as possible. The Deco M5 comes with a 2-year limited warranty and 24/7 unlimited technical support. $299 for a 3 pack system http://www.tp-link.com/us/

truMedic's InstaShiatsu+ Neck and Back Massager with Heat – Instead of getting Dad a massage gift certificate at the local spa, consider getting him unlimited massages for the same price. The new IS-3000 PRO InstaShiatsu+ Neck and Back Massager with Heat has longer arm straps, convenient Velcro, an improved long-lasting Lithium Ion Battery and three speed settings. Back and shoulder relief is always available with this wireless massager. On sale: $139.97 https://www.trumedic.com/

DynaTrap XL Bug Zapper – Whether your father can be found gardening or grilling this summer, there’s one guest that isn’t welcome -- mosquitoes. DynaTrap is a technology-driven indoor/outdoor insect trap that protects against mosquitoes, biting flies, moths, wasps, and any other annoying flying creature. Using UV light and CO2, DynaTrap is safe and simple and doesn’t use pesticides, chemicals, odors or noise. https://www.dynatrap.com/

instruMMents 01 – I used to always buy my father a new pen for Father’s Day, but in more recent years I opted for more techy gifts. The 01 from instruments is a perfect fusion of technology and a writing instrument. It’s carved in aluminum and contained within a pen, pencil or stylus. 01 rolls to capture dimensions of any object, then logs, converts and shares the dimensions through a mobile phone. The dimensions are instantly displayed on the InstruMMents iOS or Android mobile application. The 01 bills itself as the solution to old-school measuring tools. $149.99 http://instrumments.com

Zepp 2 Smart Coach – What do you get the dad, grandpa or husband who loves Golf, but has everything he needs? Zepp 2 features the revolutionary Smart Coach training system to instantly evaluate the areas where your favorite golfer can improve. It offers training programs tailored to a specific swing. Connects with Bluetooth and has iOS and Android apps. $149.99 http://www.zepp.com/en-us/golf/

Craftsman 4 Drawer Heavy Duty Rolling Tool Cabinet – So it’s 2017 and Dad already has all the hi-tech tools he will ever need. Now, all he needs is a place to keep all of them. Craftsman’s durable Rolling Tool Cabinet is the ideal size for a garage or workroom. Its drawers are 18 inches deep and comes in a beautiful red/black steel material. $299.99 http://www.acehardware.com

Yuneec Breeze 4K - The all-new Breeze by Yuneec is a flying camera that is made to take ultra HD aerial photos and videos of you (overhead selfies). This small, lightweight drone flies indoors or outdoors and is controlled by iOS or Android devices. It comes with five custom automated flight modes to make getting the shot you want easier than ever before. Post flight, you can download your photos and aerial videos through the mobile app and share them on your favorite social media outlets. An FPV controller is also available to allow pilots to view images through, creating an immersive and uninterrupted flight experience. $499.99 (FPV Kit: $69.99) http://us.yuneec.com/breeze-overview

360fly 4K – This easy to use 360-degree camera boasts a single lens to capture everything surrounding the camera. Dad will appreciate being able to put the camera down, live in the moment and capture memorable moments in full 360-degrees. The camera is waterproof and comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built in. $499 ($386.99 at bestbuy.com) http://360fly.com

Ball Coach Radar by Pocket Radar – If your father or husband also goes by the name “Coach,” this will the perfect Father’s Day gift. Ball Coach Radar is a lightweight, accurate and affordable radar option to gauge the pitching speed of players. Using regular batteries, Ball Coach is convenient for training, coaching and scouts. It’s even used by many professional baseball teams. $299.99 http://www.ballcoachradar.com/baseball

Q Acoustics M3 Soundbar – Truly one of the best sound bars on the market, this integrated Dual Voice Coil subwoofer supplies your audio performance’s heart and soul. Its low-end rumble adds depth and weight to movies, TV, music and videogames without the need for a separate subwoofer speaker unit. $349.00 http://www.qacoustics.com

Brinno TLC200 Pro – The world's first HDR time lapse video camera will be a great surprise for Dad this Father’s Day. With a 1.3-megapixel High Dynamic Range (HDR) image sensor, the TLC200 Pro produces stunning 720p time lapse video under virtually any lighting conditions, from low light to intense backlighting. While it’s professional grade, it’s still easy enough for beginners to use. Unlike DSLR cameras, the TLC200 Pro creates the AVI file in the camera so it is instantly available with no post-processing required. $219.99 http://brinno.com

Dick’s Sporting Goods Second Skin - DICK’S new private label compression brand, Second Skin is designed for high-intensity athletes. Whether the guys in your life are long distance runners and triathletes or fitness enthusiasts and obstacle course racers, they’ll love this hi-tech apparel. Compression clothing is ideal to fit Dad’s rigorous training needs. https://www.secondskin.com/

Pains and Strains Patella Tendon Care Kit - Specifically designed to quickly treat the pain surrounding the kneecap, each kit provides the latest physical therapy techniques and exercise programs along with medical grade tools to improve and heal knee pain. When used together, these tools and exercises will help to relieve pain, speed recovery, and get you back to doing the things your father loves, but pain free. The kit is easy, affordable and convenient, allowing him to continue his daily routines without expensive and time-consuming doctor visits, injections or physical therapy appointments, which will save an average of $700. https://painsandstrains.com/collections/knee-pain

BEEM UNITED: BeMe D200 – BEEM UNITED’s cutting-edge technology delivers customizable sound and high-performing active noise canceling for a unique listening experience with these Lightning Connector earphones. The connected mobile app enables Dad to listen to his music with his own personalized settings. Comes in Rose Gold, Rebel Purple, Black and Flash Green. $169.99 http://beemunited.com

Groove Ring – Is your husband or father constantly losing his wedding ring because he takes it off at the gym or before he goes for a swim? Give him the gift of not having to worry about that anymore. Groove Ring is the world's first breathable silicone ring. With Groove Ring’s new Try On program, he’ll be able to try on 5 Rings for 5 days. He’ll choose the ring he likes with the right fit and send back the rest with no risk and no shipping cost. https://groovelife.co

OV On Vocal Bluetooth Headphones - ONVOCAL just announced its OV Headphones are now available for purchase and feature Amazon's Alexa Voice Service, which unlocks a world of entertainment, communication, shopping, on-demand services, information, smart home control and more. OV is the ONLY headphone to offer untethered, voice controlled access to Amazon Alexa and a host of other music streaming options. OV features a suite of patented and patent pending intelligent Sound Controls making OV the only headphone to offer Ambient, Voice and Chat sound controls for boosting, blocking, mixing and customizing exactly what you hear. The Ambient control allows you to hear what’s happening around you in true binaural 3D sound. $399 https://onvocal.com

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