Five Father’s Day Gives That Won’t Break the Bank

By Mike Wheeler

Father’s Day is only a week away, so we thought we would put together some handy tech gift ideas for dad on his special day – and we’ve made sure these items won’t break the bank.

Simplism iPad Cover
First up we have the Simplism waterproof iPad cover. Invented in Japan, this cover allows you to take your iPad into the shower or bath and it will work just fine by putting in the Simplism device. The manufacturer says that the cover has no effect on the tactility of the touchscreen. This is ideal for summer when you have barbecues around the pool or at the beach. The manufacturer says it is waterproof in one metre or water for up to 30 minutes. It comes in at $49.95.

Netgear Wifi Range Extender
If your dad is a keen user of the internet and wants to speed up your connection, then check out the WN3000RP universal wifi range extender. It’s most potent feature is the ability to ramp up your wifi in your home, and the capability to eliminate any wifi dead zones, too. It is a plug-and-play set-up – in other words you don’t have to be a genius to get it to work. It comes in at under $130.

Sol Republic Headphones
Having reviewed this set of headphones I can assure you that the sound they put out is fantastic. We weren’t sold on the ear coverings, but the overall sound was impressive. There is little or no distortion, so you can ramp them up pretty high and get excellent clarity. Therefore, if dad likes his sounds, and wants to zone out without disturbing the rest of the household, then these cans may be just the ticket. Like the wifi range extender you’ll fork out about $130.

BBQ Spatula Thermometer
Most dads know how to cook a barbie, right? Or think they do. Well, this little gadget is ideal for the family to subtly tell dad that a little help over the barbie wouldn’t go amiss. As well as having the practical ability to be a spatula, it also has an LCD that will not only tell you how well the meat is cooked but also what the temperature is, too. Not bad for $49.95.

iCatchi Plugs
Finally, there is the iCatchi series of plugs. Developed in Australia, they are used to ‘plug’ the jacks in your smartphone or tablet so they don’t get blocked with gunge or fluff. Not only will they make sure your smart device is dirt-free, but you can get a set custom made with your dad’s favourite footie team logo on them. A set costs about $4.95, while you’ll probably pay a little bit more for custom-designed versions.

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