Once upon a time, Dad’s got either a tie or a power tool for Father’s Day, and grads got a fountain pen.
Aren’t you glad those days are gone?
These days, Dads want everything from super cool phone accessories, to digital streaming devices, to high tech drill tools. And today’s grads? They probably don’t even know what a fountain pen is.
The KidzVuz Dads and (Elementary School) Grads Gift Guide is here to help you pick the perfect gift for your dad or first time grad.
But if your Dad still wants a power tool – well, who are we to deny him?
For the Tech Geek Dad:
If it seems like your Dad is with his iPhone from the moment he wakes up until the instant he climbs into bed at night, then the iHome iA9 App Enhanced Dual Alarm Clock Radio is for him. Designed to take advantage of the iHome Sleep and Radio Apps, this clock is programmable so you can wake up to a different playlist every day. Best part is, he’ll have an excuse to have his iPhone with him every minute of the day!
The Ultra in UltraBooks: We know, we know, everyone’s all abuzz about iPads. But there’s a new game in town – with the portability and lightweight appeal of an iPad, but the power of a Intel Core i7 processor, and a real keyboard…attached! We absolutely love the super sleek Asus Zenbook. It’s ultra-thin – at it’s thinnest point – only 0.12″. It’s ultra-light – at only 2.43 lbs, and ultra-fast – because of that Intel processor. Best of all, it’s pretty much instant on – returning to active mode in just 2 seconds.
You’re welcome, Dad.
For the Tech to Be Elementary Grad
Today’s rising sixth graders know a thing or two about the digital world –it’s their world after all. So what can you get them that will wow them? How about a Hex Watchband for their iPod Nano? It’s a watchband that turns their Nano into a watch! We love ‘em because they come in all sorts of styles and colors, but mostly because when your kid is wearing their Nano – it’s harder for them to lose their Nano!
Kindle Fire –
Your elementary school grads might think they need an iPad, but you know how tweens can be…they’re not the most responsible. A certain middle schooler I know lost three jackets in one week this school year. Really! So maybe an iPad is a bit too much of a risk.
And trust me – they’ll love the Kindle Fire, too. It’s great for streaming movies, downloading apps, and more. Plus, it comes with free 8G of storage on the Amazon cloud. Watch from anywhere. And at a third of the cost of an iPad, it’s an amazing buy.
For Dad the Chef
Not only does this awesome Maverick grill set come with every tool imaginable, but the fork even has a built in thermometer to check for doneness. (In case Dad isn’t the grill master he thinks he is!).Add a clip on Solar Powered LED grill light by Maverick, and he’ll be grilling up a storm.
The Delongi EC155 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker Men love gadgets. So why not get him one that will get you an awesome cup of coffee? Not a coffee machine – a technical, coffee connoisseur’s dream. And did I mention, he’ll use it to make you an amazing cup of coffee?
For the Creative Elementary Grad
Help them gather their elementary school memories all in one place with the Faber Castel Best Friends Scrap Book. It has everything they need to put their school pictures, drawings and more together beautifully. Add in the Alex Toys Friendship Wheel friendship bracelet maker so she can give all her friends a graduation gift, too.
Boys can be crafty, too. Melissa and Doug’s Decorate Your Own Race car Bank lets them let their creative side through – while maintaining a tough-guy, I-only-play-with-cars exterior. Plus, it’s inexpensive enough (under $10), that you can throw in some cash to store in the bank once he’s done.
For the Shutterbug – Dad or Grad!
There are so many great point and shoot cameras on the market – and so well priced – that it’s not even necessary to split them up into Dad or Grad categories. Even well priced cameras take great pictures and have so many great features, anyone will love them.
Like the Olympus Tough Series TG_820. Waterproof, freezeproof, shock proof and crush proof, this camera can withstand anything an elemen tary grad or an adventure seeking Dad can dish out. Plus, it’s desgined to work best in less than ideal conditions — low light, rain – you name it. It even takes digital video. Great for anyone who loves to take pictures no matter where they are.
Of course all of this tech stuff is great. But don’t forget: Dad also likes a beautiful card. And grads, well, if it’s from elementary school — a trip to the ice cream store is always a good idea!
This post was sponsored by J&R jr. All opinions and selection of the items was at the discretion of the editors.