Yes, it's that time of year to choose gifts for the dads and grads in our lives. Steve Greenberg is the author of Gadget Nation, and who doesn't love a new gizmo to play with?
The following are some of his favorite gift ideas:
For Active Dad-- Fitbit Flex – is a wrist band activity tracker that tracks your daytime activities such as steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and active minutes. At night, it measures your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better, and can even be set to wake you up in the morning. What’s great about Fitbit Flex is that it is with you at all times; you can even wear it in the shower. Fitbit Flex is fully focused on helping you achieve your fitness goals. You can set your own goal (such as walking 10K steps/day) and its bright LED indicator lights will illuminate to show you how your day is stacking up against it. It’s the first all-day wristband that wirelessly syncs all your info via Bluetooth 4.0 to select smartphones (including Apple and Android devices) and computers, giving you access to your stats on the go without ever having to plug it in. Flex comes in 5 stylish colors – black, teal, slate, navy, and tangerine - and allows you to easily switch wristband colors to match your daily style. Fitbit Flex is available on www.Fitbit.com for $99.95.
For the Couch Potato Dad-- Boxee Cloud DVR –lets you stream broadcast TV channels to any device and gives you unlimited recording space in the cloud. It means you can record as much as you like and watch on any screen. Just connect Boxee Cloud DVR to your TV, an HD antenna and broadband internet to start building your personal recordings library. Unlike a traditional DVR, Boxee Cloud DVR records to the cloud—so you have access to unlimited storage and you can retrieve your recordings from anywhere you have Internet on any device (smartphone, tablet, PC) with no required monthly fee. The Boxee Cloud DVR is $99 to learn more visit www.boxee.tv
For the Cool Dad-- Dyson AM05/The Dyson Hot + Cool™ Fan Heater --is dual purpose fan and heater, appropriate for year round heating or cooling. It heats up a room evenly, and faster than any other fan heater, and it’s energy efficient. Dyson Hot + Cool costs approximately 30% less to heat a whole room than conventional fan heaters, and can lower energy bills by 20% if used with air conditioning. The Dyson Hot + Cool™ fan heater is currently available at www.Dyson.com and major retailers for $399.99
For the Dad on the Go-- Magellan® SmartGPS --is the game-changing GPS device that delivers current and localized social media (including reviews and tips from Yelp and Foursquare), fuel prices, weather, traffic events and speed camera warnings, directly onto the navigation map. Combining the reliability and safety of a dedicated GPS device, with the content & mobility of free smartphone apps, the SmartGPS transcends traditional GPS solutions. The Magellan SmartGPS lets you sync with your smartphone using free Apps for iOS (Magellan Roadmate On-the-Go) or Android (SmartGPS). The SmartGPS is currently available from Best Buy for $249 (MSRP), and at MagellanGPS.com.
For the Outdoor Dad—Mosquito Mister Lantern and SideKick Mosquito Repeller-- This summer it’s easier than ever for Dad to “beat the bite” of the menacing mosquito with two NEW, all-natural solutions by Universal Pest Solutions - the portable, battery-powered Terminix ALLCLEAR Mosquito Mister Lantern and the personal Terminix ALLCLEAR SideKick Mosquito Repeller. The Lantern is perfect for dads who love to spend time outside grilling, relaxing in the hammock or enjoying time with friends and family patio-side. The Lantern quickly and safely repels more than 95% of biting mosquitoes, gnats and other nuisance insects from areas up to 300 square feet, (about the size of an average deck or patio). It works by automatically misting a 100% all-natural lemongrass formula (included) that is safe to use around children, pets, and food; is non-toxic; contains no synthetic chemicals or residues, and is safe for the environment, too. It even comes with a pocket-sized remote control that lets you control how often to mist! And, the NEW SideKick is the only all-natural, clipable mosquito repeller on the market today that delivers personal protection you don’t have to spray on your skin. Just clip the SideKick at your waistband, attach it to a chaise, or hang it on a beach chair and its fan-based diffusion technology goes to work to protect your personal space for hours. One refill cartridge (included) lasts 18 hours – 50% longer than leading chemical competitors. Both the Lantern and the SideKick come complete with everything you need to start repelling mosquitoes right out of the box. The Lantern costs $59.99 and the SideKick is $9.99. For more information visit www.terminixallclear.com.
For the Golfer Dad-- EEZ READ Golf Tool --This is the perfect Fathers’ Day gift for the Dad who loves golf. This little device called EEZ-READ is the fastest way to lower your score and have more fun playing golf. What it does is it shows you the break on the green, and once you know the break, it is so much easier to sink the putts. Basically it’s a high accurate level mounted on a stainless steel base. Get one for dad and one for his golfing pals, they'll love it! Normally there $14.99 each, but you can get a 4 pack for $39.00….that's a saving of over $20. Just type in the promotion code “Dad” when you order at www.eezread.com
For the Gadget Loving Dad—check out my book, GADGET NATION. The book contains over 100 garage inventor stories. From Bird Diapers to Sleepers with Headlights, learn how these inventors took turned their ideas into products. Gadget Nation is available in hard cover, paperback and as an eBook. For more info go to www.stevegreenberg.tv and www.gadgetnation.net
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