7 Gift Ideas for Different Dad Types

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Despite what you may have heard, dads are complicated creatures. Like the rest of us, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with personalities and interests to match. That being true, shopping for dads can sometimes be tough. One tie, as it turns out, does not fit all. To make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of gifts sure to please every type of father, no matter where his interests might lie.

Bose® QuietComfort 35™ Series II Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones

One thing dads always seem to agree about is that things were better in “their day.” Better sports, better movies, and most of all, better music. If your father is someone who enjoys his tunes (but not necessarily yours), why not gift him a nice set of noise-canceling headphones? Our pick? The Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II. Universally beloved, the QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones have it all: wireless capability, incredible sound quality, and a super-comfy fit with on-device controls. Plus, advanced noise-canceling technology means dad can listen to the Golden Age of Radio without having to endure any of our modern-day racket.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

Google Home

Dads are a lot like superheroes: they protect, provide, and show us right from wrong. But even with a superhuman effort, no one dad can do everything. After all, even Superman needed some help now and then. If your dad would benefit from a little everyday assistance, consider the Google Home. Using integrated Wi-Fi and voice recognition technology, this compact AI assistant can play music on command, check weather and sports scores, answer pressing questions, and so much more. This Father’s Day, get dad the sidekick he needs (and deserves).

Google Home

Apple Watch Series 4

For a dad on the go, consider a gift that galvanizes his gallivanting. The Apple Watch is a sharp-looking wearable that combines multiple devices into one. Part wristwatch, part smartphone, the Watch can help dads manage busy schedules, stay on top of their fitness, remember appointments, sends messages, and more. Plus, the newer Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a larger display and plenty of incredible new features, including fall detection and a built-in electrocardiogram (ECG). It also houses a GPS sensor, so dad can navigate without using his phone or that 12-year-old MapQuest printout he still has buried in his glove compartment.

Apple Watch Series 4

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera

For the photog father, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV is truly a do-everything camera. The compact Cyber-shot is incredibly versatile and comes with a long list of new and updated features, including a bolstered 20.1MP 1" Exmor CMOS Sensor and a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens that spans a 24-600mm equivalent focal length range. It’s fast, easy to use, and features a rugged design, meant to last. Great for action photos at the kids’ ballgames, family portraits, and all sorts of travel photo needs, this is the shooter your dad dreams about.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera

Fitbit Charge 3

Whether he's a fitness fanatic or desperate to deny his developing dad-bod, an activity tracker is the way to go for fathers focused on fitness. The Fitbit Charge 3 offers dads everything they need to stay on top of their health: it counts steps, the distance traveled, number of calories burned, and more. It even provides continuous heart-rate data. Multi-sport tracking and detection is on board, so dads can record more than just their steps. Best of all, the Charge 3’s sleek, streamlined design looks great on any wrist and is sure to satisfy even the most sartorial sect of sires.

Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Wristband

Microsoft Surface Go

For the multi-faceted dad who loves to multi-task, the Microsoft Surface Go lets fathers do it all. From taking handwritten notes and creating drawings using the optional Surface Pen to lightning-fast web browsing, the Surface Go offers fathers a solution for every type of challenge. This Windows 10 S machine features a bright, 10-inch PixelSense display with 1800 x 1200 screen resolution and super-thin bezels for a more immersive viewing experience. It can be used strictly as a multi-touch tablet, or paired with the optional Surface Go Signature Type Cover to turn it into a full-fledged laptop. With the Surface Go, you’ll be giving dad the power and functionality of multiple devices conveniently packed into one.

Microsoft Surface Go 10" 128GB Multi-Touch Tablet

DJI Spark

While so-called “Helicopter Dads” might get a bad rap, “Drone Dads” never will. If your father is a flight fan, how about picking him up a brand-new drone? DJI’s excellent beginner Spark boasts many features similar to its bigger brothers, the Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, and Mavic 2 Pro, only in a much smaller form factor. Its compact dimensions are what allow the Spark to fly where other advanced drones can’t, while still being able to shoot high-definition photos and videos, thanks in part to an advanced camera setup that includes a gimbal-stabilized camera with 1/2.3" CMOS sensor.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro with Fly More Combo Kit

There you have it: 7 gift ideas that should hopefully help when shopping for dad this Father’s Day. If nothing on our list jumps out at you, be sure to check out B&H for plenty of other great gift ideas. Or, if you’re in Manhattan, come by and see us at the B&H Photo SuperStore, located at 420 Ninth Avenue.

Happy Father’s Day!

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