Gift Guide for Geek Dads 2017

Gift Guide for Geek Dads!

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I cannot lie, I am looking to get a SmartWatch soon and trying to decide between the Nixon Mission and the Samsung Gear S3. I had a Moto 360 1st gen and really liked it except for the fact the battery could not make it through1 day. The Nixon Mission now runs Android Wear 2.o while the Gear S3 runs Samsung’s Tizen OS.  You can run the Facer app on either of these which gives you the ability to run thousands of watch faces. it’s like having a new watch every day.

Edit: I just ordered the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 Frontier! Expect a full review next week!

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Review is up! ->

Every Dad wants the gift of Foward Looking Infrared aka FLIR and the Scout is a good entry into this realm at under $600

We’ve had the larger Green Mountain Grill Daniel Boone model which requires 120V for almost 2 years now, but GMG also makes a smaller portable Pellet Smoker that runs off 12v. This would be great for tailgating and camping (or even a small apartment!). It’s WiFi enabled and you can control it with your smartphone. (Related-> Beer Injected Brisket)

Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett Wi-Fi Portable Pellet Tailgate Grill – ~$350 on Amazon


While Yeti & RTIC Coolers seem to be all the rage, AO Coolers makes some comparable models that don’t break the bank. Available in several different colors, but Camo looks cool! (Just don’t lose it.)

AO Coolers Canvas Soft Cooler with High-Density Insulation on Camo 24 Can Capacity

4.5 Star Rating with 573 Reviews ~ $79.99

It’s no secret I am huge Amazon Echo fan and I cannot wait to get my new Echo Show on June 28! Available in both black and white, the new Echo Show also works with Ring & Arlo security cameras! Use discount code SHOW2PACK to save $100 on 2 Shows.

(Related -> Cool Things You Can do with Amazon Alexa (Echo) and IFTTT )

Amazon Echo Show – $229 each

Also, Echo Dots are on sale again for $40!

Help Dad have peace of mind when he’s not home or sleeping by giving him a Netgear Arlo Pro Wireless Security Camera System to keep an eye on things. (Full Arlo Pro review here -> ) We’ve used ours to find out we had mice and a ringtail cat in our attic! We’ve caught foxes and coyotes on it as well.

Arlo Pro Security System with Siren – 2 Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Cameras with Audio, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision

1 Camera Systems Starts at $199


Give Dad the ability to listen to some quality tunes when he’s working in the garage or out in the yard. This Cambridge Angle 3 Plus has a 30 hour play time and is water resistant!

Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 PLUS Bluetooth Speaker with 30-Hour Playtime – Water Resistant

4.5 Star Rating with 1,39 Reviews – $35 on Amazon

Every Dad need a drone so he can see what’s going on up on the roof safely without having to get on a ladder 😉

Autel and DJI are two of well-known drone manufacturers. $829 gets you the 4K Camera Autel package below that has a flying range up to 1.25 miles radio range and 25 minutes of flying time.

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Quadcopter with 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal Accessory Bundle – Includes Manufacturer Accessories + 64GB Micro SD Card + Drone Backpack + MORE

$529 gets you the 2.7LK Camera DJI Phantom 3 package. if you don’t need 4K resolution this is a fantastic deal!

DJI Phantom 3 Standard with 2.7K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal & Manufacturer Accessories + SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC Memory Card (SDSDQXN-032G-G46A) + Backpack for DJI Phantom Drones + MORE


Is Dad’s laptop getting old and slow? You can’t go wrong with this certified refurbished Acer Chromebook 14″ Display, IPS Screen, 4GB Ram, 32GB Flash, Laptop for only $185! I am thinking of grabbing one these myself to use as the “kitchen computer”.

Is Dad still using multiple remotes to control the TV? Get him this Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Smartphone App and Simple All In One Remote. Also, has an available app for iPhone & Android you can use to control devices.

Does Dad drink a lot of coffee(I know I do!) Get him the gift of French Press Coffee! While I have the 34-ounce version of this, if you go through a lot of coffee in the morning you are better off getting the X-Chef 50 oz/1.5L French Press for $29. (Related -> How to Semi-Automate French Press Coffee Using a Wemo Smart Plug)


If you can think of other gift ideas that a Geek Dad would like, let us know in the comments and we will add it to the article!

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