1. Sonos One Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant ($199.99; sonos.com)
Perfect for: The music lover
“Dumb” speaker setups are a thing of the past. With the emergence of a number of smart home speaker systems, listening to a favorite playlist is as simple as saying “Alexa, hit it.” The One Wireless Speaker from Sonos features an Amazon Alexa integration, which makes it officially one of the most hands-off speaker systems your music lover can get his hands on. It basically does anything an Amazon Echo might, so he can ask it to play tunes, read the news and more. This device boasts crystal-clear, booming audio capabilities and syncs up with voice-controlled devices, apps and touch commands to help him control his music in the way that makes the most sense for him. The One Wireless Speaker is also humidity-resistant, so it’s safe to bring it out to the porch deck or leave it in the bathroom, and its compact size fits snugly on a bookshelf or other tight area. It’s music to the ears of any true audiophile.
2. Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones ($99.95; bose.com)
Perfect for: The gym buff
Is the father on your list a workout fanatic? If so, he’ll appreciate a solid pair of sports headphones. This tiny device can help make sure his workouts aren’t interrupted by tangled wires or sub-par audio. Better yet for avid runners, wireless buds can also help improve their running form. When shopping for a pair, look toward headphones that are both weather- and sweat-resistant, such as Bose’s SoundSport. Looking for that durable design, along with stellar audio quality, will help ensure that no matter how he works out, whether it be in the great outdoors or in the local gym, his pump-up playlists will always sound top-notch.
3. Roku Streaming Stick ($39.99; bestbuy.com)
Perfect for: The Netflix addict
We all know people who are obsessed with their streaming services, whether it be Netflix or HBOGO. And who can blame them? Binge-watching all of your favorite shows has never been easier. But if the dad on your list is solely using his laptop for streaming, it’s time for an upgrade. Roku’s Streaming Stick can enable any television to become a “smart” one. The Stick can connect a traditional TV setup to a home’s Wi-Fi, allowing streaming stations to play directly on the television. It’s a relatively inexpensive gift your movie and TV-obsessed friends will likely use on a daily basis.
4. DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller ($899.99; bestbuy.com)
Perfect for: The videographer
Aerial drone footage is cool. Videographers can get a glimpse of stunning landscapes from high above, without investing in a plethora of equipment. DJI has created a quadcopter that’s ideal for doing just this. Its Mavic Pro supports 4K video, so the videographer on your list can capture top-quality shots. An additional gimbal helps stabilize the camera even as the drone is in the middle of high-speed motion. This helps ensure all the footage ends up smooth and shake-free. And since it allows the user to hook up the quadcopter with a smartphone, the lightweight drone can easily be controlled with his iPhone instead of a controller. At just under $1,000, this isn’t the cheapest option. But if you take a note from over 1,400 customers who rated the device at 4.8 stars, it seems to be well worth the price.
5. Tile Pro Sport Smart Tracker ($49.99; amazon.com)
Perfect for: The forgetful friend
There’s no shame in admitting you tend to lose your keys or wallet. Hey, it’s all part of life’s little mishaps. But there is a smart way to make sure all of your day-to-day essentials can be found quickly. Enter Tile, a discreet tracker that will help your forgetful friend find his misplaced items. He simply syncs up the Tile to his smartphone and attaches it to items such as his key ring, wallet or luggage. This Sport iteration also is rugged enough to be attached to outdoor gear and bicycles. If he can’t seem to find his belongings, he simply searches the last known location on his phone. It’s as easy as that.
6. Xbox One X Console ($499.99; microsoft.com)
Perfect for: The gamer
Gamers likely already know all about the Xbox One X. Microsoft bills this console as the best way to play fan-favorite games or newly released Blockbusters in a truly immersive 4K experience. The Xbox One X’s powerful design is said to pack 40% more power than any other console on the market right now. Other impressive features include high-quality display, a 4K Blu-ray player for high-definition streaming, and the fact that the device is surprisingly silent during operation. Thanks to the XBox One X, gaming will never be the same. And we’re totally fine with that.
7. Azpen DockAll Universal Docking Station ($99.99; bestbuy.com)
Perfect for: The person who already has every device
Gifting a new iPhone or tablet is great in theory. But for that dad who already owns a smartphone, an e-reader or tablet, and a smartwatch, give him a docking station instead. This will help make sure all his devices are juiced up and ready to go, in the safest manner possible. Azpen’s charging dock is compatible with cellphones and tablets up to 13 inches and also features two full-size USB ports to power up all his other devices. Set with slip-resistant pads, the DockAll will keep the devices stowed away safely. And as an added bonus, the device comes with a Bluetooth speaker system so he can crank up the volume on his favorite playlists or hold a conversation completely hands-free.
8. Garmin DriveSmart 61 GPS Device ($199.99; bestbuy.com)
Perfect for: The road tripper
For those who spend a decent chunk of time behind the wheel of a car and on the open road, a solid GPS is a must. Take a journey with this Garmin DriveSmart 61 GPS. It has a 7-inch edge-to-edge display that displays even more info, and it clearly shows how fast you’re driving and what time you’re likely to get to your destination. Powerful traffic updates ensure you can avoid congestion with this Garmin DriveSmart 61 GPS.
9. Polaroid Snap 13.0-Megapixel Digital Camera ($164.93; amazon.com)
Perfect for: The jet-setter
If he’s constantly gallivanting around the world, a trusty camera is a must. But if he’s often traveling with limited baggage space, a bulkier option might not be your best bet for a gift. Instead, a more compact Polaroid will allow him to travel with less weight, but still, snap his favorite moments throughout his journeys. Better yet, he can print out photos on the spot. The camera also houses a microSD card for digital versions to post on Facebook or combine into a slideshow. So no matter how he chooses to commemorate his trips, Polaroid’s got it covered.
10. Oster Tuxedo Electric Wine Opener ($19.99; bestbuy.com)
Perfect for: The wine lover
Think about it: Every second he spends trying to open a tough wine bottle is a second lost in drinking that prized vino. So if you want to give him a completely hassle-free wine experience, an electric wine opener can do the trick. This device from Oster, which boasts a solid 4.8 stars out of 5 on Best Buy, can uncork his favorite bottles of sauvignon blanc and pinot noir in a matter of seconds. Its heavy-duty design can handle up to 30 natural or synthetic corks in a row, making him an accomplished sommelier at holiday parties.