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Five Last Minute Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

by Sean P. Aune | June 20, 2010June 20, 2010 8:00 am PST

Father’s Day is always one of those gift giving occasions that kind of sneaks up on you.  You can’t remember exactly what day it falls on, and you put off buying a gift until … “Oh, is that today?”  Well, luckily there are a lot of tech gifts you can buy at numerous locations at the last minute without anyone being any the wiser to your little bout of forgetfulness.

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Bluetooth Headsets

Available just about everywhere under the sun these days, who doesn’t want to go hands-free with their phone calls?  Considering all of the mounting laws in various locations about talking on your cell phone without one, this really is the perfect gift if your father doesn’t already have one.

Prices vary wildly, but it is usually a pretty good indication of the quality of the headset.  You can find them at stores such as Best Buy, Radio Shack and so on.

Cell Phones

Okay, maybe they need a phone to go with the headset, but amazingly there are fathers out there without cellphones.  The rule of thumb here though should not be high-end smartphones, but usually the simpler ones are better.  Yes, like a clam shell phone could be the perfect gift for them.  Also, due to their simplicity they tend to be on the cheap side, and actually can make an affordable gift for dear old dad.

Laptops And Netbooks

There are so many cheap options for laptops now.  The other day at Walmart I saw a decent HP laptop for $298, while it wouldn’t be a powerful computing option, it’d be a good option for someone who just wants to do Web browsing, e-mail and instant messaging.  You also could pick up a low cost netbook for similar activities.

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Netflix With A Roku Or Select Blu-Ray Players

With a combination of a Roku box, or select Blu-ray players, and a Netflix subscription, you’re giving a full library of entertainment to your dad.  Even if they have no interest in the physical DVD rentals, the thousands of movies and television episodes available through the service are more than enough to keep anyone entertained for some time.

If you have the option of which device to get, go with the Roku for sure due to its recently updated interface that allows you to control your instant queue right from the Roku without having to use a computer to do so.

Pandora

This one may seem a bit of an odd choice as it’s a free service, but no matter how many times I explain it to my father, he can’t seem to grasp how it works.  So, why not set up an account for those dads out there that don’t know how to do it.  You can start up the account, enter their favorite music for them and have it all ready for them before they even log in.  If you’re feeling extra generous, spring for the ad-free version.

What are some of your last minute gift ideas?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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