If you're still trying to track down the perfect gift for Dad, think tech! Here are a few ideas that might make Dad's day.
$35 - Streaming and apps on your TV
If Dad loves Netflix or music a Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick would make the perfect gift. The small sticks plug into your TV's HDMI port. The Fire TV Stick includes a small remote to navigate the menus and load various apps. The Chromecast, on the other hand, doesn't have a menu or remote. Everything is controlled from your smartphone. For just $35 this is an easy and inexpensive gift. You can find both at most electronics stores. I checked and they are in stock locally at Best Buy.
$50-$300 - Go Bluetooth or go home
If Dad loves music or listening to sports radio streaming over the internet, a Bluetooth speaker is a must. You can spend as little as $50 but I would recommend spending closer to $100 to get something that sounds great. Personally, I like the Ultimate Ears Boom from Logitech. It's not cheap at $200 but it sounds awesome, looks good, is water resistant and has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for 15 hours on 1 charge. You can find the Boom at local electronics stores.
$250 - Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest has been out for a few years but it keeps getting better. It's now owned by Google and they just updated the software this week to add new features. It connects via Wi-Fi, can be controlled from your smartphone and uses sensors and smart technology to control your heat and A/C. A motion sensor knows when you leave your home and sets your thermostat to "away". Away mode will turn down the heat or A/C automatically. It also recognizes patterns as you adjust the thermostat and creates a custom "smart" schedule for you. Best of all, it looks super cool on your wall. You can find Nest at most local hardware and electronics stores.
$150 - Zepp Baseball Swing Analyzer
The sporty dad will appreciate a Zepp bluetooth device. The motion tracking fob connects to a baseball bat, tennis racket or golf club to help track and improve your swing. The Zepp connects to your smartphone and gives you a 3D look at your swing. You'll find Zepp at Verizon stores as well as local sports stores.