Best gadget gifts for dad this Christmas

Dads can be hard to buy for, but these tech gadgets will make him happy this Christmas. My favorite dad gifts of the year.

Like a lot of dads, I suppose I’m a little hard to buy for when it comes to Christmas. You can’t go wrong with tech gadgets though. I’ve spent time all year looking at tech gadgets that would be great gift ideas for most dads this year. Here’s a look at just a few:

Dad may not ask for one, but drones still make a cool gift. Drones by DJI and Parrot are the most popular and have a wide selection with prices ranging from under $100 to thousands. Dad will especially like a drone that has FPV or First Person View. These drones allow you to see what you would see if you were actually in the cockpit at the controls.

The Power Up paper airplane drone is still one of my favorite gift ideas. It isn’t the best drone you can buy and it only flies for a few minutes but its body is actually a paper airplane. If you crash it (and you will crash it), you build another with another sheet of paper. The Power Up paper airplane drones are available with FPV as well.

If dad has his eye on a new TV, I love The Frame by Samsung. It has a remarkable picture but when it isn’t playing a TV show, it poses as a high dollar piece of art. It’s thin enough to hang on any wall and hides the wires. You get to choose from different pictures or paintings or you can create your own with photographs of your family.

Any television is going to be a hit with dad. If the set he’s using now is 5-10 years old, it’s probably due an upgrade. 4K UHD and OLED sets are the best on the market right now. These are available in all sizes and the price is dropping. If you’re going to get a new TV make it one of these sets. It will ‘future-proof’ your set and be good to go for the next decade or so when more 4K content is available.

If he’s happy with the TV he has now, take a look at the line of Logitech Harmony all-in-one-remotes. These universal remotes will control everything from the TV, satellite or cable and Chromecast or Fire Stick gadgets. Plus it’ll control your home theater sound system, smart home devices such as lights, thermostat and garage door opener to your computer or bluetooth speakers. Pair it with a Google Home or Amazon Echo device and you can control the remote (and TV) with your voice. Just ask your Home or Echo device to use Harmony to watch television. The remote turns on the TV and everything else you’ve assigned to it and automatically tunes to his favorite channel.

Bluetooth speakers are going to be popular gifts this year. Small speakers with good bass are the ones to look for. The Sbode Bluetooth speakers not only stream music from a phone but has an FM Radio built in. I think these are great for ballgames when you might want to listen to your favorite team’s local broadcast and then stream music later.

Dads can be hard to buy for anytime, but these gadgets will make him smile come Christmas morning.

Logitech Harmony Remote $282 at Amazon

Sbode Bluetooth Speakers $45 at Amazon

Samsung The Frame $1,800 at Amazon

PowerUp paper airplane drone $50 at Amazon

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