If you want to treat your dad this Father’s Day, here are a few ideas for you to say thank you to the man who helped bring you into this world. Take a break from the standard bottle of whisky and new pair of slippers and give him something that he will really want!
1. ThinkGeek’s Tablet Arcade Stick JOYSTICK-IT
If your dad is a big kid at heart and loves to play video games on his (or your!) iPad, then let him re-live the days of the classic arcade by giving him one of ThinkGeek’s JOYSTICK-IT Tablet Arcade Stick. By sticking it on the virtual on-screen joypad on your iPad’s touch screen the JOYSTICK-IT will control a multitude of apps and games that are compatible, such as racing car games and shoot-em-ups. What I like about it is how lightweight it is, making it great for transportation and storage. Let the fun begin!
Available at: www.thinkgeek.com
Price: Single $24.99 / 2 Pack $39.99
2. Super Safe 4-Outlet Power Strip
OK, this is slightly less exciting, but arguably more of a necessity than an iPad’s joystick; the Super Safe 4-Outlet Power Strip does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing you to plug up to 4 connections into its strip with ultimate protection. The strip is water resistant and also offers protection from overheating and sparks; the surge protector is also a cool feature as it will stop any fuses blowing in the devices that you have plugged in and take the bullet for you. A great gift if your Dad has children, (like you?!), in the house…although I reckon he’d secretly prefer the joystick!
Available at: Wetcircuits.com
3. Angry Birds iPad 2 Case
If your Dad is a lover of the Angry Birds iPhone and iPad app, (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?!), then you absolutely have to get him this Angry Birds case for the iPad! With a clip-on design and full access to all the ports and camera hole, this will ensure that he is the most stylish and funky Dad down at the pub! It’s a realy funny design and definitely not for those who want to blend in to the crowd, but if your Dad is a bit of an extravagant personality then he’ll love this.
Available at: Gear4
4. AViiQ: Portable Quick Stand
This is an absolute must have! It has honestly saved my back and eyes from rapid deterioration! So, for anyone who spends their life hunched over a laptop, (freelance hacks, I mean you!), the Aviq Laptop Stand can save you from headaches, back aches and poor posture, all of which can lead to a pretty poor bill of health. It is really lightweight and folds out to provide your laptop with a two-inch boost off the table; this may not sound like much, but I can assure you, it’s a life saver, (or back saver!). Definitely worth every penny.
Available at: aviiq.com
5. HandStand for iPad
Another sensible but ultimately very useful iPad accessory, the HandStand fixes itself on to the back of your iPad and provides a strip of comfortable material for you to link your hand through, enabling you to keep your other hand free for typing and swiping. That’s not all though, the HandStand also raises the iPad off the table at an angle that is comfortable for viewing both vertically and horizontally which makes it great for desk use. Like I said, sensible but very useful.
Available at: thehandstand.com
6. Gear 4 IceBox Edge iPhone 4 Case
For a decent iPhone 4 case that isn’t too flashy, check out gear4’s IceBox Edge, a sleek and durable casing that will protect your iPhone 4 from bumps and drops. OK, so it’s no the most exciting looking case, but it definitely offers good protection; I dropped my iPhone in it the other day (unintentionally!) and there wasn’t a scratch on it. Plus, if you want a more flamboyant design, you can always check out their Angry Birds range…!
Available at: www.gear4.com
Price: £19.99 (UK only)
7. Balanzza Mini Digital Luggage Scale
For anyone who has ever flown with EasyJet or Ryan Air, this handy little device could save you plenty of cash in overweight baggage fines. By strapping it on to your bag’s handle and lifting it up you can read the weight that registers on the scale’s screen. You will then know what to remove in order to get the weight down to the allowed setting; plus, it’s very light in itself so you can take it with you and not wory about tipping it over the edge!
Available at: www.balanzza.com