relax and take Take a deep breath. There is still time to find gifts for Dad. Not just any gift, like a tie or a boring purse, but a gift he’ll cherish and talk about for years to come. You just need to act fast. From rocking to out and about, we’ve got you covered with the best headphones, fitness trackers, and more.
For more ideas, check out our best Father’s Day gifts. Our Mother’s Day picks would also make great gifts for dad. Don’t forget to check out our other guides such as Hike 101 and Best Gifts for New Parents.
Update June 17th: We’ve added five new deals, including a cooker set, a weighted blanket, a nice bike helmet, and more.
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Health and smartwatch deals
WIRED contributor Simon Hill gave it an 8/10, WIRED Recommends because it offers health tracking features such as heart rate monitoring, EKG, and blood oxygen levels, all in a classic-looking design that doesn’t scream “smartwatch.”
Jorn doesn’t have state-of-the-art fitness and health tracking, but review editor Julian Chokkattu likes it for its intuitive user interface and ease of use in discovering weather information, heart rate, and step tracking. Men’s sizes are also available at the same price.
Even on closer inspection, it’s hard to tell that the Retro Pilot is a smartwatch, but it offers music playback controls, tracks steps, monitors sleep performance, and can even be configured to pair with dad’s phone camera using a smartphone via an app.
Our thoughts on DNA testing kits are mixed, but if you and your dad understand and accept the potential impact of snooping on his genetic history, Ancestry’s kits are among the most detailed on the market.
The Homelabs clock is my favorite sunrise alarm clock, not because it’s the most functional clock on the market, but because it does a better job (or better) than a sunrise alarm clock that’s several times more expensive in all basic functions . If Dad has trouble falling asleep or waking up in the morning, a sunrise clock may be just what he needs to get in and out of bed with ease.
Triple flexible rotating heads ensure a close shave according to Dad’s facial contours. Since it’s waterproof, he can use it in the shower, as some people like to do when shaving. It also comes with an attachment for trimming the edges of his beard if he’s not preoccupied with a completely clean shaved look.
Audio and Music Deals
For small speakers, the Roam is capable of producing loud sound that doesn’t distort at high volumes. That’s part of the reason why it received a high score of 9/10 in our review. Not only does it offer Bluetooth connectivity, but Wi-Fi as well. Part of the speaker’s appeal is that it’s also the cheapest way to join the Sonos device ecosystem.
Fender’s Player series is my top recommendation for dads who want a high-quality electric guitar that’s a step up from entry-level electric guitars, but won’t break the bank. Equipped with three single-coil pickups and a maple neck and fretboard, this model provides all the typical Strat chime and brightness.
AirPods are a WIRED office favorite, but for workouts and active pursuits, the Beats Fit Pro (9/10, WIRED recommends) stay in the ear more securely. Review editor Parker Hall called them the best everyday headphones for iPhone owners, thanks to their comfortable, secure in-ear fit and excellent sound quality.
It’s not the biggest discount, but Apple’s AirPods Max are rarely on sale and say they’re the best wireless earbuds he’s ever used. Recommended by WIRED in his review, their excellent sound and build quality earned them an 8/10.
process the screen
The Go Portal (8/10, recommended by WIRED) has a 10-inch display that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, but its standout feature is that the smart camera automatically zooms and pans during video calls, making it look like there are personal camera workers .
Totalee is one of our favorite iPhone cases because it offers scratch and drop protection on a caseless phone, but at only 0.02 inches thick, it’s not thick enough for dad to feel like he’s carrying around a brick. The case is compatible with MagSafe wireless charging. If your dad recently upgraded his phone, the new iPhone 13 also has a case.
The 2021 iPad Mini includes Touch ID and a powerful A15 processor with an 8.3-inch touchscreen. If Dad likes to browse on a tablet on the couch or in bed, but doesn’t need or want the iPad Air’s 11-inch display, the Mini is arguably the best tablet for him.
The three-lens starter kit is only $39 more than the two-lens kit, so you might as well choose an extra lens. It includes an iPhone case that allows Dad to mount all three lenses that come with the kit. You can choose from a combination of lenses, from fisheye to telephoto to macro.
Home and Kitchen Deals
If Dad wants to get his boots out and start cooking, this 17-piece set will provide a solid foundation for a kitchen loadout. From frying pans and pans of all sizes to a three-piece nylon cookware set, he’ll have everything he needs to be the newest chef in the family. Just remember to tell him to use the basket that includes the fryer with caution.
Nothing helps dad doze off better than gravity-assisted pressure. If he needs a little help falling asleep at night, or he just likes to lie back comfortably on the couch, get him a 10-, 15-, or 20-pound weighted blanket, all available right now for $99.
An electric kettle heats up faster than a stovetop kettle, so if dad is the type of person who wakes up and goes straight to coffee or tea, speed up his morning with this digital kettle. If your pop is making pour-over coffee, the gooseneck design allows for more control when pouring.
The coffee is hot, the coffee is cold, but the coffee is not warm. Making sure dad never backs off from a nasty sip of room-temperature Java coffee, this rechargeable mug will keep his coffee (or tea) warm for up to 80 minutes. The temperature is adjustable from 120 to 145 degrees – the ideal temperature for great espresso coffee.
Because when dad just needs a push-button cooker he can set and forget during the day’s work, Foodi provides a list of features. This Instant Pot competitor can pressure cook, air fry, steam, slow cook, yogurt, sear, sauté, bake, roast, sous-vide, and more.
Senior Product Reviewer Scott Gilbertson likes the Gevi because it meets two important criteria for an espresso machine: it’s mostly made of metal, and it can reach 15 bars of pressure. It does all of this at a budget price when many espresso machines cost a penny.
Even with its easy-to-adjust cooking temperatures and burners, the Spirit II has become our favorite gas grill. It’s a bit small for larger families and lacks side burners, but the ceramic-coated cast-iron grill grates make up for it.
Ray-Ban’s classic Wayfarer got everyone’s attention, but the New Wayfarer is perfect for dads who might have thought the original was too big. The New Wayfarer’s lenses are slightly smaller and less forward-leaning, so Pop can have all the style in a sleeker package.
When dad is on two wheels, a bike helmet doesn’t have to detract from his style. Portland, Oregon-based Nutcase makes some of the WIRED review team’s favorite helmets, thanks to a range of gorgeous designs and Multi-directional Impact Protection (MIPS) for added rotational impact protection.
Parker Hall gives the 7S an 8/10, recommended by WIRED for its quality components and low cost (for an electric bike). It’s light at 37 pounds, has seven mechanical gears, can reach a top speed of 18 mph, and can travel 20 to 40 miles per charge. Plus, through June 20, Propella will be shipping free.
It can hardly be called cheap, but even the more affordable 52-watt version can hit a top speed of 38 miles per hour and can travel up to 40 miles on a single charge. Because when one bike takes up too much storage space, the foldable Phantom V2 can easily be brought into Dad’s office or home.
Father’s Day Retailer Pages
If you’re still looking, here are the full sale pages from some major retailers. We wish you the best of luck!