37 tech gifts your dad might actually use - for every budget

r2 d2 coffee press

Hammacher Schlemmer

Guys are hard to shop for, especially if they are into tech. We're here to the rescue: We've rounded up 37 tech gift ideas for men that are sure to satisfy because, well, they're just so darn cool. The best part: more than two dozen of them cost less than $100, and some are less than $50. We have also tested many of these products and can vouch for their cool factor.

The best tech gifts for men include these affordable items:

  1. An R2-D2 coffee press ($30)
  2. A phone protector case and battery pack ($64)
  3. A home tap kegerator ($50)
  4. A slim and powerful penlight ($75)
  5. A miniature Bluetooth speaker ($40)
  6. A connected smart scale ($30)
  7. A pair of effective noise-cancelling headphones ($60)
  8. A Sega Genesis Mini retro game console ($80)

Whether it's cars, toys, fitness gear, or computing peripherals, there is sure to be a gift idea to satisfy the techie dude on your list.

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A sleeve to protect AirPods

A sleeve to protect AirPods
Incase Metallic Case for AirPods, available at Amazon, $29.95

This sheath protects an AirPods case from accidental scratches and drops while adding some color for individuality.

A Bluetooth keyboard that folds up

A Bluetooth keyboard that folds up
Plu gable Compact Bluetooth Folding Keyboard, available at Amazon, $44.95

This portable keyboard makes typing-on-the-go more comfortable, yet it folds up and doesn't take up much room in your bag.

A drone you can fly nearly anywhere

A drone you can fly nearly anywhere
DJI Mavic Mini, available at Best Buy, $399.99

Thanks to its light weight and form factor, you can pilot this easy-to-fly drone for cool aerial shots. (While it's exempt from FAA rules for consumer drone flying, do follow local regulations.)

A bike bell that drivers can actually hear

A bike bell that drivers can actually hear
Priority High Power Horn, available from Priority Bicycles, $29.99

Born out of a research project between Priority Bicycles and Toyota, this bike horn can get as loud as the one in a car. This is an excellent safety accessory for bike commuters.

A jacket that controls your phone

A jacket that controls your phone
Levi's Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google, available from Levi's, $198.00

What if you could take a photo, skip songs, receive notifications, or call up a voice assistant, just by swiping or tapping on your clothing? Using Google's Jacquard technology and your smartphone, you can with this Levi's jacket.

A tough laptop sleeve

A tough laptop sleeve
Thule Gauntlet 3.0, available at Amazon, $59.95

From the company whose cargo boxes you entrust your skis to, this MacBook Pro sleeve has a hardened exterior, and you can even use your laptop without taking it out.

A remake of a beloved retro game console that isn't Nintendo

A remake of a beloved retro game console that isn't Nintendo
Sega Genesis Mini, available at Amazon, $59.99

Back in the day, you were either Team Nintendo or Team Sega. For the latter, this miniaturized version of the old-school Genesis console comes preloaded with 40 of the best-known titles, like "Sonic the Hedgehog," "Golden Axe," and, uh, "Ecco the Dolphin" — don't judge!

A powerful handheld vacuum

A powerful handheld vacuum
Dyson V7 Car and Boat Vacuum, available at Amazon, $236.61

Vacuuming is uncool, but leave it to Dyson to create a vacuum cleaner so badass, it'll have everyone clamoring to do the chore. This version of the V7 Trigger Vacuum includes extra accessories for cleaning inside cars, boats, RVs, etc.

An action camera that is the best one yet

An action camera that is the best one yet
GoPro Hero8 Black, available from GoPro, $449.99

Of all the cameras we've tried in 2019, the Hero8 Black is the best. Fun features and great image quality make it a pocket marvel.

A French press from a galaxy far, far away

A French press from a galaxy far, far away
R2-D2 Coffee Press, available from Hammacher Schlemmer, $29.95

Beep boop, beep boop. Here's a coffee maker for Star Wars fans, because who hates R2-D2?

A massage gun for post-workout rehabilitation

A massage gun for post-workout rehabilitation
NordicTrack Recovery Massage Gun, available at Walmart, $99.99

Use this massager for percussive therapy on sore muscles. Not only will you feel relief, but it helps muscles recover faster after an intense workout.

A digital camera that feels retro

A digital camera that feels retro
Fujifilm X-Pro3, available at Adorama, $1,799.95

With this camera, you'd think you're shooting on film. The images it can produce are so beautiful, you'll fall in love with photography all over again.

A backpack for travel or commute

A backpack for travel or commute
Outbreaker Daypack, available from Tortuga, $99.00

This backpack stays flat for storage, but it has room for a 15-inch laptop, water bottle, and other gear. It's made with waterproof fabric for durability — all from one of our favorite bag makers.

A construction vehicle LEGO anyone can operate

A construction vehicle LEGO anyone can operate
LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 Excavator, available from LEGO, $449.99

Most guys fantasize about operating construction machinery. This LEGO masterpiece lets them live out those dreams, after they manage to assemble together the 4,108 (!!!) pieces. Motorized parts and a smartphone app-based controller bring it to life.

A military-grade case with a removable portable battery

A military-grade case with a removable portable battery
Pelican Protector Case with Easy Mount System Rechargeable Battery Pack, available at Amazon, $63.78

Designed to protect an iPhone 11, Pelican backs its Protector case for life. The battery attaches magnetically to the case when it's needed.

A projector that fits in your pocket

A projector that fits in your pocket
ViewSonic M1 Mini, available at Amazon, $169.99

Take your big screen on the road, whether it's for an office presentation or entertainment in your in-laws' guest room. Measuring around 4 x 4 inches, it fits into a coat pocket.

A smartwatch that will make you feel like a superhero

A smartwatch that will make you feel like a superhero
Garmin First Avenger, available at B&H, $399.99

You get plenty of smartwatch features from this timepiece, like fitness tracking, notifications, and mobile payment, but the best part is that Captain America shows up when you power on the device.

A keg for the tech cave

A keg for the tech cave
Hopsy Sub Home Tap by Krups, available at Amazon, $49.99 (beer sold separately)

Get the crisp taste of a cold draft beer without venturing to the bar. This is a great appliance for craft beer lovers. (Double-check to make sure Hopsy delivers in your state before purchasing.)

A powerful pen-sized flashlight

A powerful pen-sized flashlight
Coast HP3R, available at Amazon, $75.00

This flashlight is the size of a pen, yet its 245-lumen LED can project a powerful beam of bright light — up to 101 feet. You can recharge it via USB or use a AAA battery when in a pinch.

A portable power station to keep your gear charged

A portable power station to keep your gear charged
Goal Zero Yeti 200X, available from Goal Zero, $299.95

Goal Zero calls this device its lightest power station. With a variety of power ports, you can charge small USB devices and even larger equipment, like laptops. Ideal for those venturing into the outdoors.

A tough portable speaker that can take a dip

A tough portable speaker that can take a dip
Braven BRV-MINI, available from Zagg, $39.99

This small, portable Bluetooth speaker is not only waterproof, but it can also float on water. You can take calls using the built-in mic. We recommend you buy two: When paired, you can create a two-channel stereo setup for more pleasing audio.

A scale that measures more than just weight

A scale that measures more than just weight
Eufy Smart Scale C1, available at Amazon, $29.99

This smart scale is inexpensive, yet it can do the same things as costlier options. When paired with a phone, you can track your weight, body fat, bone mass, water intake, and more.

A tribute to a famous monster

A tribute to a famous monster
Mechagodzilla Art Figure, available at Kidrobot, $75.00

In celebration of Godzilla's 65th anniversary, Japan's Toho Studios partnered with Kidrobot to create this 8-inch homage to Mechagodzilla, the robo-villain of the King of Monsters. This figure will command any desk it sits on.

A good pair of noise-cancelling headphones that aren't pricey — you heard that right

A good pair of noise-cancelling headphones that aren't pricey — you heard that right
Anker Soundcore Life Q20, available at Amazon, $59.99

No, noise-cancelling headphones don't have to cost $300 or more. This pair from Anker's Soundcore division uses active noise cancellation tech to block out the world, so you can focus on the tunes. Memory foam earcups provide long-wearing comfort.

A sci-fi board game that will have you playing for hours

A sci-fi board game that will have you playing for hours
Scythe, available at Amazon, $59.99

Robot mechs, an alternate reality, and land-conquering tactics — all the makings for a turn-based strategy video game, except this one is a tabletop board game, and one of the best ever created.

A portable battery for jumping your car

A portable battery for jumping your car
Halo Bolt 58830, available from Zagg, $149.99

This is the ultimate portable battery. It has plenty of power to jump a car battery, but it can also recharge phones, laptops, or a small appliance.

A pair of headphones that don't mind your gross sweat

A pair of headphones that don't mind your gross sweat
Jaybird Tarah, available at Amazon, $99.99

When you hit the gym or go for an outdoor run, bring these sweatproof and waterproof Bluetooth headphones along. A built-in mic lets you take calls, too.

A mouse that helps you work faster

A mouse that helps you work faster
Logitech MX Master 3, available from Logitech, $99.99

The MX Master 3 is a customizable mouse for anybody who needs to scroll through pages quickly or if they need precise control in applications like video editing.

An indoor camera to keep an eye on your abode

An indoor camera to keep an eye on your abode
Samsung SmartThings Cam, available at Amazon, $89.00

Tired of roommates, a significant other, or kids taking your stuff and not fessing up to it? Monitor your things and catch the culprit with this camera.

A beautiful speaker in looks and sound

A beautiful speaker in looks and sound
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex Wireless Speaker, available at Best Buy, $449.98

The Formation Flex is one of the best-sounding wireless speakers we've experienced — naturally since it's from the audio experts at B&W.

A tool to tackle fine hairs

A tool to tackle fine hairs
Panasonic Men's Body Trimmer, available at Amazon, $59.99

Manscaping is made easier and comfortable with this body trimmer from Panasonic, one of the top makers of men's grooming products. It can also be used in the shower.

A tool for diagnosing your car's ills

A tool for diagnosing your car's ills
FIXD Diagnostic Sensor, available at Amazon, $59.99

When the dreaded "check engine" light comes on, there's no easy way to determine what's actually wrong with your car — unless you use this diagnostic scanner. Once you have the answer, you'll know what to tell your mechanic (or know if he is lying to you).

A stadium to play robot soccer

A stadium to play robot soccer
Hexbug Robotic Soccer Arena, available at Target, $59.99

The rules of the game are the same, but the players are not. Score goals with remote-controlled robots.

A desk pad that rolls up

A desk pad that rolls up
Grovemade Wool Felt Desk Pad, available from Grovemade, starting at $50.00

Elevate any table you're working on with this stylish wool felt desk pad. It provides a working surface for your keyboard and mouse and rolls up for storage.

A subscription to all-you-can-watch Star Wars and Marvel content

A subscription to all-you-can-watch Star Wars and Marvel content
Disney+ bundle, available from Disney, $12.99 per month (includes Hulu and ESPN)

Don't think of Disney+ as just a subscription service for kids' cartoons. Instead, it's where you'll find great movies and shows from Marvel, "Star Wars," ESPN, Hulu, and "The Simpsons."

A gorgeous coffee table book about low-tech design

A gorgeous coffee table book about low-tech design
Lo-TEK, available from Taschen, $50.00

In today's mind-numbing digital world, author Julia Watson takes a look at low-tech, sustainable architecture and how human ingenuity adapts to nature. As with all Taschen books, this one is filled with gorgeous photography.

A movie trivia game you don't have to be kind and rewind

A movie trivia game you don't have to be kind and rewind
Blockbuster Party Game, available at Target, $19.99

Blockbuster, the video rental shop, is gone, but the party game lives on. Test your trivia knowledge on 200 movies without worrying about late fees — hashtag nostalgia and dead media.

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