Gift Guide: What to Buy Dad

This gift guide will help you outfit your dad with the coolest tech, such as a smartphone or mobile accessory that complements his awesomeness.

Show Dad you care with some of the latest gadgets. Our gift guide highlights some of this year’s newest technology sure to improve Dad’s life in ways he hasn’t even dreamed. Go ahead and spoil him with something he might hesitate to buy for himself.

1. A smartphone, just for Dad

HTC One (M8)
To go along with that “#1 Dad” card, your pop deserves a smartphone that complements his awesomeness—and he really needs an upgrade from that basic phone he’s been holding onto for years. The all new HTC One® (M8) leads in innovation—with camera settings so Dad can make photos look 3D and dual front-facing speakers that enhance his video watching and game play. Dad can even follow his favorite team while shopping with Mom thanks to the Live Sports section of HTC Sense TV™ on the all new HTC One (M8).

Why buy Dad a smartphone?

  • He’ll be able to video chat with the kids or grandkids when distance separates them.
  • He can take awesome vacation photos without lugging around a heavy camera—and then easily post them to Facebook.
  • He’ll never get lost again with Google Maps on his new phone.
  • He can exercise his mind with apps such as Mind Games and Words with Friends.
  • He can take control of his health by monitoring his heart rate, logging his activity and diet, and staying connected to his doctor’s office.

2. A tablet for at home and out and about
Verizon Ellipsis 8

If he doesn’t already have one, grab Dad a Verizon Ellipsis™ 8 tablet. With its 8-inch HD display, long-lasting battery and powerful processor, Dad will stay busy for hours. It’s convenient to take to work and catch up on emails, and when it’s time to unwind, your father will be able to play games and check on his favorite sports teams from the comfort of his favorite comfy chair.

3. Get in the swing of things

If your dad dreams of winning the green jacket in Augusta, then consider giving him ZEPP™ Golf and the free ZEPP Golf app. He can attach the lightweight sensor to his glove to track his swing and hip rotation and analyze his stats using a smartphone. This smart accessory captures 1,000 data points per second to give a 360-degree image of his swing. ZEPP helps identify his strengths and weaknesses and gives tips on how to improve his golf game. Hole in one!

4. Safeguard his gadgets

Smartphone Cases
If your dad is the handy sort, he’ll benefit from putting a protective case, holster or screen protector on his smartphone to keep it scuff- and scratch-free. For a guy who’s hang-a-picture kind of handy, choose a sleek option such as the Case-Mate Brushed Aluminum Case to do the trick. If he’s build-a-deck kind of handy, then a tougher alternative like the OtterBox® Defender Series® Case is a smart choice.

5. Deck out his garage

Chamberlain MyQ Garage
Is the garage your dad’s personal toolshed, auto shop or man cave? Consider gifting him the Chamberlain MyQ Garage™, a smart accessory that ensures that his personal space is closed up and his precious tools are safe at all times. The MyQ Garage is also just downright cool for monitoring garage doors via smartphone.

6. Nonstop access to live TV

Slingbox 500
The King of the Remote Control deserves some cool tech to help him catch every game or the newest episode of his favorite TV show. With the Slingbox 500, live TV is never more than the press of a button away. Hook up the set-top box, connect it to your home Wi-Fi, download the app and then watch live TV on your smartphone or tablet. Yes, it really is that easy.

7. Stream video to the TV

06-fathers-day-gift-guide-3399-800x500-mainIf Dad gets tired of binge-watching his favorite shows on the small screen, then he can easily cast online video or music to the biggest screen in the house with Google Chromecast. Your pop can enjoy video, music and more from his phone or tablet on his TV via supported apps like YouTube™, HBO Go® and Pandora, or from his laptop via Chrome™.

8. A better way to jam out

Bose Bluetooth speakers
If he doesn’t want to keep the entertainment to himself (or he really wants you to hear that remastered Rolling Stones album he just downloaded), then perhaps a wireless speaker is the perfect gift. The Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® III could be Dad’s new best friend. This compact yet powerful speaker lasts up to 14 hours before it needs a charge. Or, opt for the Bose® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® Speaker for powerful sound in a portable package—small enough to fit in the palm of Dad’s hand.

With these accessories and more, you’ll turn your dad’s new smartphone into his favorite, most indispensable piece of tech.

None of these feel right? Check out more cool gift ideas for Dad.

This content was created by an author contracted by Verizon Wireless to provide helpful information on mobile technology. The thoughts, opinions and suggestions of the author may not necessarily reflect those of Verizon Wireless.

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