Lots of dads are into the latest and greatest gadgets available. This guide offers some fun and creative gifts for dads who love the hottest gadgets. And with a wide variety of price ranges, you should be able to find one or more gadget gifts for dads that are sure to make your father sit up and take notice.
The company that built your family-room VCR has given us the latest and greatest digital camera. Panasonics Lumix LX1 is an 8 megapixel camera with a 16:9 native aspect ratio. In addition to its wide-screen format, the Lumix offers a 28mm to 112mm zoom and just about any other bell and whistle you can think of. This is the digital camera to beat.
If you have a dad with a collection of those old LP's (for the young, these are black vinyl records that when played on a phonograph sound a little like a bad CD), then he needs this system which will allow him to record those old LP's onto CD's for long term storage and enjoyment.
4. Ice Dozer
If you live in an area that has real winters, don't even think about using a cheap plastic ice scraper from your local parts store or drug store. You'll want to get dad the Ice Dozer. It features a large scraping blade that is flexible so it matches the shape of your windshield. It also is 7" wide, so it cleans the windshied with less effort. It is the best designed and more technologically advanced ice scraper on the market. A real gadget find for the dad in a winter climate.
If your dad is a tech geek with lots of electrical cords, he will love the power squid. This device is a power strip that has flexible arms of varying lengths to alleviate the problem of verying sizes of power boxes, plugs and converters. It's an idea whose time has come.
If your dad is one who stops at Starbucks on the way to work, he probably loves the morning cappuccino or coffee, but hates having a cold drink by the time he gets to work. This USB cup warmer is the perfect accessory for his desktop. It plugs into the USB port on the computer and keeps his cup warm. With a 176 degree maximum temperature and a light 5 oz. weight, it can keep any hot drink nice and warm.
7. Pin Clock
My dad loves those pin toys that make impressions of your hand, or some other body part or small toy. Now a creative mind has made a pin toy that tells time. The Pin Clock uses moving pins to show the current time. This is way cool!
If your dad is a little retro and dislikes things digital, this is the gift for him. Now he can get up-to-date info about traffic, email, weather whatever via an analog interface. The Ambient Executive Dashboard features three analog dials that display information based on one of thirty included facecards inserted into each dial. Operating on a free wireless network, the Dashboard keeps important info just a glance away.
The Infoglobe ($50) is a transparent sphere that displays caller ID information in just about the coolest way we've seen. The gadget also doubles as a clock and personal message center, comes with pre-programmed greetings, and you can program up to three messages of your own to display.