Last Minute Dads & Grads Tech Gift Guide 2018

I imagine its last minute and you are trying to figure out what to get dear old dad but he has enough suits and cigars in the collection and is fond of some tech. Here are some options bound to light up his day and can also work for that graduating person in your life that deserves a lovely tech gift for all the hard work they have put in to get to this moment in their lives. We have some ideas that could put a smile on that dad or grad in your heart.

Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit’s first step in the smartwatch age starts with the Ionic. It has a colorful display great for showing off your daily activities whether that’s running miles or getting tons of sleep in. Battery life is solid and Fitbit has put in NFC which can be accompanied with Fitbit Pay so you don’t have to pull out your smartphone or even your wallet out to purchase items in the future. Ionic comes in a bevy of styles to fit any look for your dad or grad.

Buy It Here: Fitbit
Price: 249.99

Ekster Wallet

Even with the age of digital it’s just as important to still have physical items and the leather wallets from Ekster are a good fit. They are ultra slim with compartments to hold just the essentials needed and also are equipped with button to pop out your most desired bank cards with ease. There is an optional slot if you want to add a Trackr card to help retrieve your wallet in case of any misplacement. They come in a variety of colors and styles depending if you need more or less.

Buy It Here: Ekster
Price: Starting at $69

iRobot Roomba 690

Like cleaning but just can’t manage the time? iRobot has a solution for you. Its Roomba 690 comes at a great price and provides nice value. It has multiple clean brushes to pick up anything from dust to larger items and has a Dirt Detect feature to do heavy cleaning in areas needed. It can be considered a Smart Vac as you can control it with your Alexa device if available. With the iHome app you can set up schedules to do things while not home. It is suited for more open spaces so if you are clutter bug iRobot will have problems getting around. I love how it can adapt to your environment though over time and become more self-sufficient.

Buy It Here: Best Buy
Price: $299.99

Shark APEX DuoClean

Looking to get more hands-on with cleaning? Shark’s APEX really does Dual cleaning as it allows you to clean upright normally or can go with the nozzle and get stuff up separately. It has multiple modes whether you are doing hardwood floors or carpet and can be changed and felt in an instance. For folks with allergies like myself it keeps everything sealed thanks to its Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Tech and nothing comes out till you empty it out. Been using ever so often and wonder how I lived without it. You can drive it like a car in the darkest of places with its LED lighting and swerve smooth like one too with its Active Glide.

Buy It Here: Walmart
Price: $299.99

OnePlus 6

If you don’t want to break the bank but don’t want to miss out the OnePlus 6 has it all. OnePlus is equipped with a 6” AMOLED display, dual lens for picture taking, various ways of unlocking your phone including facial unlock, and is being backed up by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. Its fast charging feature is also one of the fastest of any smartphone on the market today. Best of all its unlocked(via GSM) to fit with most carriers.

Buy It Here: OnePlus
Price: Starting at $529.99

LG G7 ThinQ

For the audio lover in your life the G7 ThinQ by LG is pretty suited to fit those needs. It has a Quad DAC built-in to give you premium sound and also has a boombox speaker that pumps out killer audio and can be felt thanks to its resonance chamber. Also if they are a fan of taking photos the G7 take detailed shots thanks to its AI camera and there is a wide-angle lens so nothing is missed out. Right now T-Mobile has a BOGO offer if you are interested in two with two available colors.

Buy It Here: T-Mobile 
Price: $749.99 or $30/mth

ASUS Zenbook 13

Guaranteed for portability and convenience on the go is the Zenbook by ASUS. Its equipped with various ports ranging from HDMI, USB ports and even a microSD card reader. The Zenbook has a colorful 13” NanoEdge display that holds up whether you are reading your daily articles or watching the latest reviews on YouTube. It has a battery slated to get 10+ hours of power and can be recharged all within an hour. It’s great for productivity if you want to edit a clip or play a game thanks to its NVIDIA GPU chip. Also if security is your thing its uses WIndow Hello and has a fingerprint sensor to get you right back in the game.

Buy It Here: ASUS
Price: $999.99

Huawei Matebook X Pro

If you need a bit more screen real estate the Matebook X Pro has a killer 91% screen ratio on its 3K display thanks to moving the camera from the screen area to inside the keyboard for privacy and also convenience. Its equipped with Type C ports that can be used for data transfer or even charging while a USB port sits on the other side for connectivity of other devices. There is also a fingerprint sensor next to the spill proof keyboard which comes in handy for those “accidents”. It’s an elegant piece of machinery and will be an eye catcher wherever you pull it out.

Buy It Here: Huawei
Price: Starting at $1,199.99

Sonos One

One of the best sounding Alexa speakers comes from Sonos. They have updated their Play:1 speaker to give it hands-free capability and ask your Sonos speaker to do everything from playing the latest songs or even finding out what the weather is. One can also be paired with other speakers such as another One or even a Playbase to keep you immersed in the audio experience.

Buy It Here: Sonos
Price: $199.99

Ultimate Ears Blast

One of the better “on the go” speakers is from Ultimate Ears with their Blast series. They provide hours of music wherever you go, durable and best of all waterproof so you can have them poolside and not worry about a splash. Alexa works via WiFi or you can stream your other music apps like Spotify via bluetooth for endless possibilities. You can go with the Blast or go big and try the MegaBlast.

Buy It Here: Ultimate Ears Blast or MegaBlast
Price: $145.99-$199.99

Troy-Bilt TB30 E Riding Mower

You be surprised how much dads have to do weekly gardening chores but the TB30 E by Troy-Bilt could be right up their alley. Its lithium-ion battery based so that means no gas fuel is needed and takes 4-6 hours to charge. With that you can get 1 hour of mow time which can turn out to be about an acre of lawn cut depending. Also its quieter so those weekends dad is out riding the mower it won’t be as disturbing while you get that morning sleep in.

Buy It Here: Lowes
Price: $2,499.00

NVIDIA Shield TV

I know we included the Shield TV in our Dads/Grads guide last year but it’s interesting how NVIDIA makes this device get better with age. It’s the ultimate set-top box if you want to watch content in 4K HDR, cast apps from your smartphone or PC and even play some NVIDIA games or some Android titles. Since then they have enabled Google Assistant for hands-free controls to control your TV or smart devices and supports PLEX to become a full fledge server for all your other content. Shield TV is a no brainer in my book and hard to find anything touching it.

Buy It Here: NVIDIA 
Price: Starting at $179.99