Father's Day Gift Guide: 10 Gifts For Your Techie Dad

Gadget Gifts For Dad

Obviously, the perfect Father's Day gift is going to be different for every dad. But if your dad is a gadget lover, then you've come to the right place. We've compiled a list of top gadget gift options that should appeal to plenty of dads -- including a Bluetooth vehicle code scanner, an outdoor-oriented smartwatch (the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier) and a connected meat thermometer.

In the following slides, check out our list of top Father's Day gift recommendations.

iGrill2 Meat Thermometer

It's not unusual for dad to end up on grill duty. But that often means choosing between enjoying the company of guests and making sure the meat doesn't end up overcooked. There's now a smarter way. The iGrill2 is a connected meat thermometer will allow your perfectionist grill master dad to monitor the temperature of the meat from his phone, and send him an alert when it's perfectly cooked. The iGrill2 also includes the ability to monitor up to four pieces of meat at at time.

The iGrill2 is priced at $134.99 on Amazon.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

If outdoor adventures are your dad's goal, the Gear S3 Frontier is the version of Samsung's latest smartwatch for him. Unlike the Gear S3 Classic and the most recent Apple Watch, the Gear S3 Frontier has built-in 3G/LTE connectivity, so that all of the functionality will work as long as there's a cellular connection. The Gear S3 Frontier also meets high standards for water resistance and, of course, includes built-in GPS.

The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is priced at $299.99 on Samsung's website.

Belkin Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone

If your dad is more of an Apple guy -- with both the iPhone and the Apple Watch in his gadget repertoire -- Belkin has a docking solution for charging both at once. It looks pretty nice, too. The dock features a chrome cast arm and an Apple-esque design, and the product integrates a magnetic charger for powering up the Apple Watch.

The Belkin Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone is priced at $129.99 on Belkin's website.

Veepeak Vehicle Code Reader

For dads who love to work on their cars -- but don't always have ready access to data about what's happening inside -- this Bluetooth-connected vehicle code reader from Veepeak may be a perfect gift. The device enables users to read (and clear) diagnostic trouble codes, reset the check engine light and view sensor readings in real time using an Android smartphone or tablet. (A Wi-Fi-connected version is available for iOS devices.) Available sensor readings include engine RPM, coolant temperature and fuel system status.

The Bluetooth Android version is available for $11.99 on Amazon, while the Wi-Fi iOS version is priced at $16.99.

Syma X8C

Maybe this should be the Father's Day you finally give your geeky dad the drone he's been wanting. This quadcopter is both affordable and offers an Intelligent Orientation Control to reduce the learning curve for using the device. The Syma X8C features six-axis flight control systems, colorful flashing lights and the ability to take photos and videos with a 2-megapixel HD Camera.

The Syma X8C is priced at $69.20.

CampStove 2 Bundle

Your dad's upcoming camping adventure doesn't have to mean settling for typical camping food. The BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle is a full wood-fired camp kitchen, with the ability to grill, boil and cook meals. The CampStove 2 is smokeless, and includes both grill and kettle attachments. In addition, the product generates electricity from the fire for charging your dad's devices.

The CampStove 2 Bundle is priced at $199.95 on BioLite's website.

Bose QuietComfort 35

If you've overheard your dad expressing frustration with all of the noise in his life -- or all of the wires -- the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones should be a much-appreciated gift. The headphones offer Bose's popular noise-canceling technology while also connecting wirelessly to devices, over Bluetooth and NFC. The real gift here is freedom from two of the unpleasantries of modern life.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 is priced at $349 on Amazon.

Amazon Echo

For techie dads out there, the gift of the most-popular voice-controlled speaker is a no-brainer. The Amazon Echo offers access to the Alexa virtual assistant along with a powerful speaker. Alexa can answer your dad's questions, help manage his day, play music/radio/podcasts and accomplish a wide variety of other tasks. It can also connect over Bluetooth to external devices. If you think your dad is ready to speak with a robot as part of his daily routine, the Amazon Echo remains a strong gift choice.

The Amazon Echo is priced at $139.99.

Sonos PLAY:3

For dads who might want a higher sound quality for a streaming speaker than the Amazon Echo, the Sonos Play:3 is an alternative to consider. The speaker offers three Class-D amplifiers and three custom-built drivers for a full sound, as well as a rear-firing bass radiator for deep lows. This midsize speaker can connect to streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Prime Music Unlimited and Pandora, and it can be used as part of a home theater as well.

The Sonos Play:3 is priced at $299 on Amazon.

The New iPad

Maybe your dad loves his current iPad -- but the tablet is starting to show its age. Father's Day may be the right time to get him a new iPad with some updated specs (note: it's also more affordable than in the past). Along with a boost to speed, the 9.7-inch tablet uses Apple's bright Retina technology and features resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, while offering 10 hours of battery life. The new iPad is also just 0.29 of an inch thick, and comes in three colors -- silver, gold and space gray.

The new iPad has a starting price of $329.