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How awesome is Dad? He's out there every day, bringing home the bacon, cleaning the garage, fixing whatever's broken, and just generally being a heck of a guy.
If you haven't thanked him lately, your mandatory once-a-year chance is just around the corner: Father's Day is Sunday, June 16. And what better way to show your appreciation than with something techie?
All dads love gadgets and gear, so I've rounded up five gift items sure to put a smile on the big guy's face.
If Dad doesn't already have a tablet, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (16GB) might just be the best deal going. On sale for $249 when you apply coupon code DADSFIRE at checkout, this big tab offers a high-resolution screen, stereo speakers, a front-facing camera for video chats, and more--plus access to Amazon Prime and all the video-streaming benefits therein.
If Dad's into music, nothing beats a good pair of earbuds--especially the kind that create a seal inside the ear canal, blocking out most ambient noise. Moshi's Mythro, which CNET called "a bargain at their price of $30," comes in your choice of six stylish colors (best bet for Dad: gunmetal gray) and includes an inline microphone so he can take calls in between "Pet Sounds" tracks.
If Dad travels a lot, don't let his gadgets run out of juice. The Peak 6000 is a portable power supply that can recharge a smartphone, e-reader, tablet, and other mobile devices. And it's entirely self-contained, plugging directly into a wall outlet to charge its own 6,000mAh battery, then powering other hardware via built-in ports and connectors (USB, microUSB, and Apple 30-pin). Best. Travel charger. Ever.
This is such an obvious choice, I'm almost loathe to include it--but the reality is that the Roku 3 is thesingle best streaming box you can buy. It has a Bluetooth remote, thus eliminating the pesky line-of-sight issues common to past Rokus. Even better, that remote includes a headphone jack, so Dad can fall asleep to episodes of "Game of Thrones" without disturbing Mom.
The Wally Dad's a practical guy, meaning he'd probably jump at the chance to ditch that bulky old wallet he's been sitting on. The Wally is a slim leather pouch that sticks to the back of an iPhone and accommodates up to three cards (credit, business, etc.) and some cash. A pull-tab makes it easy to extract everything. It normally sells for $49.99, but in honor of Father's Day, it's on sale for $39.99--and you can get free shipping when you apply coupon code 1STCLASSWALLY at checkout.
Have you found any other great gadget gifts for Dad? Tell me about them in the comments!
Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC World and Wired.