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The best tech and gadgets to buy for Father’s Day 2016

It's Father’s Day in the UK this weekend, landing on Sunday 19 June this year. Chances are you’re here because you’re on the look out for a good deal on some cool tech for your old man, and whatever your budget, there’s bound to be some inspiration from hereon in. There's still time if you get express delivery!

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  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • Drones
  • TV streamers
  • Activity trackers
  • Smartwatches
  • Speakers
  • Headphones
  • eReaders
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The best Father’s Day gifts: Tablets

If your dad is constantly fighting for the TV remote, enjoys reading news online or maybe enjoys a spot of gaming, a tablet could be a really good idea for a Father's Day present. It's an extra special gift if you live far apart, as it'll open up the world of video calls via Skype or FaceTime. 

The gold standard of tablets is surely the iPad Air 2, which has recently taken a welcome price drop to £349.

View the iPad Air 2 from Apple

Yet for under £50 you could opt for Amazon’s recently updated Fire tablet. It’s ridiculously good value and available in four colours.

View the Amazon Fire from Amazon

That’s just two options, so why not take a look at our definitive lists of the best tablets available too?

Click here to see our guide to the best tablets available

And here are the best budget tablets

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If your dad is constantly fighting for the TV remote, enjoys reading news online or maybe enjoys a spot of gaming, a tablet could be a really good idea for a Father's Day present. It's an extra special gift if you live far apart, as it'll open up the world of video calls via Skype or FaceTime. 

The gold standard of tablets is surely the iPad Air 2, which has recently taken a welcome price drop to £349.

View the iPad Air 2 from Apple

Yet for under £50 you could opt for Amazon’s recently updated Fire tablet. It’s ridiculously good value and available in four colours.

View the Amazon Fire from Amazon

That’s just two options, so why not take a look at our definitive lists of the best tablets available too?

Click here to see our guide to the best tablets available

And here are the best budget tablets

The best Father’s Day gifts: Smartphones

If your dad is still toting around a creaky old feature phone or you just feel he deserves a swanky new handset, there’s always a smartphone. In our opinion, the best phone on the market is the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, though a tad pricey art £639 – how great has Dad been this year?!

View the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge from Samsung

Alternatively, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is an outstanding budget Android handset for the price (as long as Dad’s on Vodafone!)

View the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 from Amazon

Here are all the best budget smartphones on the market

While here are the best smartphones if money is no object

The best Father’s Day gifts: Drones

If your dad likes playing with the latest tech and is also into a bit of amateur aviation, drones and quadcopters can actually be surprisingly affordable. You can get the Revell X-Spy for under £100. 

View the Revell X-Spy from Argos 

It beams live video straight to your dad’s Android or iOS device. Here also is our list of the best drones available right now, at every price point. Some can get a tad expensive, but it depends what you’re looking for. 

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The best Father’s Day gifts: TV streamers

If your dad loves TV and movies, you might find that a media streaming device is a good way to give him access to services such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer without having to fork out for a smart TV. Many also offer additional benefits such as the ability to stream content from a tablet or smartphone, for example. 

Our favourite streaming stick is the Roku Streaming Stick, sitting pretty at number 1 in our best TV media streamer list.

View the Roku Streaming Stick on Amazon

Another undisputedly great option for around the same low price is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Simply plug it into the USB port on your dad’s telly and he’ll have a wealth of shows and films at his fingertips.

View the Amazon Fire Stick on Amazon

The best Father’s Day gifts: Activity trackers

As long as its not a cheeky ploy to get him to lose weight, an activity tracker is a cool present for your dad this Father’s Day. There are so many on the market, so maybe a peek at our list of the best activity trackers is in order. 

We’d pick out the Fitbit Charge HR as the best all rounder. View the Charge HR on Amazon

If your Dad is after something with a few more features and even more style, the brand new Fitbit Blaze in Gunmetal colouring. View the Fitbit Blaze from Fitbit.

A cheaper alternative with many of the same features is the Misfit Flash, which is under £40 but does miss out on the heart rate sensor, display and floors climbed data. 

View the Misfit Flash from Amazon

The best Father’s Day gifts: Smartwatches

There’s always the option to go full-blown smartwatch, so long as your dad is a smartphone user – he’d need to pair the two over Bluetooth. Smartwatches have more features and a screen, and the go-to example for most is the Apple Watch. It’s recently had a much welcomed price drop, but will only work with iPhone (5 or later).

View the Apple Watch Sport from Apple

There are similarly priced alternatives such as the Samsung Gear S2 (Android only!) but also cheaper options such as the Pebble Time, which can be found for under £100. 

View the Samsung Gear S2 from Amazon

View the Pebble Time from Amazon

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The best Father’s Day gifts: Speakers

Even if he’s blasting Rod Stewart, it’s his day, so let him. Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Here is our guide to the best

Number one on that list is the outstanding Sumvision Psyc Monic. You can get it for around £40 and the sound it delivers for the price is unbelievable – the sub-bass is top notch. Even if Dad doesn’t have a Bluetooth device to pair it with, you can just plug in a music player with an auxiliary cable.

View the Sumvision Psyc Monic from Amazon

The best Father’s Day gifts: Headphones

If you’d rather your dad kept his questionable audio tastes to himself, you’re in luck. Headphones are an affordable item that he can use with his phone, tablet, laptop or even TV – a good pick is the Ausdom over-ear headphones. For under £30 you get great audio quality and the option to connect over Bluetooth. 

View the Ausdom headphones from Amazon

Online retailer reichelt also has some great savings on all manner of tech, including the excellent JVC HA-SR85S-B on ear headphones. View the JVC headphones from reichelt.

We're also very excited about Bose's new QC35s - they are available for pre-order and will ship just in time for Fathers Day. View the Bose QC35 here on Amazon.

For a full run down of the best budget headphones available, here you go.

The best Father’s Day gifts: eReaders

For the literary inclined father in your life, there’s always an eReader. It’s impossible to not mention Kindle. The base Kindle is only £59.99, though you may want to pay the optional extra £10 to avoid your dad having adverts on the lock screen. It is perfectly capable as a reading device; the high end £300+ model has the same basic features.

View the Amazon Kindle from Amazon

For a Kindle-heavy rundown of the best eReaders, check out our guide

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