Top 5 Father’s Day Ideas

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Who doesn’t love a made-up holiday designed to perpetuate gender stereotypes and sell merchandise? It’s that time of year again and Father’s Day is upon us. Still it fun giving you dad something, be it tickets to the ballet, a new CD player or just a hug. And it you’re looking for something for someone technically inclined we have 5 things that just might do the trick.

Klhip
If your father’s hand is starting to resemble a bear claw and if your old man responds well to vaguely passive agressive gestures he might very well love Klhip, the world’s first (and only) ergonomically correct nail clippers. Klhip features a precision engineered balance of increased leverage, enhanced control and world-class manufacturing using surgical-grade stainless steel.

Out now from The Foundry for £49.99.

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Camper Tent
If you Dad has always secretly had a thing for Mother Nature, and yearned for the Summer of Love then why not get his this officially licensed, four-person tent, which is a full-sized replica of the iconic 1965 Volkswagen Camper Van, synonmous with the 1960s counterculture he turned his back on when he married your mother and went into teaching.

Limited Edition VW Flower Power Campervan Tent: £299.99 or try and win one free from Campetition

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Philips Avance Grill
Doesn’t your pops love grilled meat but also reside on the British Isles? Chances are he won’t have many chances to get his BBQ on. Fortunately Philips are hoping to change all that with the Philips Avance Grill (HD6360), the first-of-its-kind indoor barbeque with a unique Taste Infuser, enabling you to infuse your food with natural smoky flavours, herbs, or wine, giving your dishes an authentic barbeque taste.

The Avance Grill is available from Amazon for under £120.00

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Looj
Wanna give the old man a break from hard work and give him a glimpse into the future household maintenance? Then give him Looj – the UK’s first gutter cleaning robot. Able to clear 30 feet in just 5 minutes the Looj is perfect for clogged cutters and automatically senses and adapts to the conditions in your gutter, making sure the dirtier areas get worked on until clean.
But more importantly you can say “hey Dad I got you a robot”.

The iRobot Looj 330 is available now from iRobot.com for £299.

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Orbitsound Wireless Soundbar
If your Dad loves great sound and hates cables then he and I should hang out. And while we’re hanging out we’ll be using Orbitsound’s M series wirless soundbar. We loved Orbitsounds T series wired soundbars and were delighted when they made the leap to wireless. The room-filling spatial sound enhances TV audio and had Bluetiith streaming built in. And there’s a wireless subwoofer for some all-important bass.

Orbitsound M9 and M12, £299 and £399 respectively, both available from John Lewis.

Father’s Day: Gifts for gadget geek dads

Father’s Day is on June 21, and the good news is that gone are the days when you poor dads had to look delighted when you unwrapped yet another tie, pair of socks or cufflinks. In these high-tech times, there are loads of ideas for dads, whatever your budget. So, if you’re looking for your own dad, or are a dad hoping to drop a few heavy hints, we hope we have something for everyone.

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Feature packed and compact, the X-HM50 Micro Hi-Fi system from Pioneer has a CD slot, if Dad has not managed to upgrade to digital music just yet, but if he’s a bit more ‘down with the kids’, the built-in iPod Dock will let him listen to his tunes from his iPod or iPhone and control them from the comfort of his sofa with the remote control. The system also has two powerful 50-watt speakers and a DAB/FM radio tuner for listening to the football. The price? £299. More at http://www.pioneer.eu/uk/products/42/202/227/X-HM50-K/index.html

If he loves his car and his iPhone, Oxygen Audio is offering a chance to integrate the phone with the car stereo with its O-Car, which makes the phone the central control unit for the stereo system. The integrated head unit lets you control functions through the iPhone’s touch-screen. The iPhone fits directly into the system and offers four 55W amp links to the car’s speakers so that you can listen to music via the phone’s iPod, and make and receive hands-free calls or pair with a Bluetooth headset. Find out more at www.oxygenaudio.com.

SQOOM

If you think dad should start taking care of his appearance, perhaps he’ll be persuaded by this latest techno-beauty product, which comes from Germany. SQOOM is a skin treatment system that is being sold online at Harrods and claims to make the skin look, brighter, tighter and more radiant. The handheld sonic device delivers specially developed gels into the skin, using a mixture of ultrasound and ionisation to massage deep into the skin. A number of gels are available to treat problems such as sports injuries, acnes, dry flaky skin, and scars. The device comesi n black or silver and costs a rather eye-watering £529 for a set including two gels. But hey, surely your dad is worth it? Buy online at www.harrods.com

For anyone who has an iPad a chance to turn it into an 80s arcade machine must be tempting. Step up the iCade, which lets you choose from 200 original Atari games – nostalgia-tastic! The price? £79.99 from www.firebox.com. Another goodie from the same site is Vertical Vinyl. It will play all of dad’s old records, and this record player will also save valuable space in the living room. Again, it comes in at £79.99.

If you’ve got considerably more to spend – just short of four grand to be exact – how about treating a cycle-mad dad to the latest in bike technology? Just released is the a new range of high performance electric bikes, including a special model called the Storck Cosworth EFV – the result of an ongoing partnership between Cosworth and the German bike manufacturer. This carbon-fibre bicycle sports a Shimano Deore XT groupset and hydraulic disc brakes alongside a high performance 250W motor, which produces 60Nm of torque, powered by a 25.5V Lithium polymer battery. Ian Hughes, UK distributor for Storck Bicycle said the product launch was hugely exciting for Britain’s bicycle industry. “The timing is perfect for this innovative product to be launched to the market. There has been enormous growth in the use of electric bikes in mainland Europe, and the time is right for the product to take off in the UK,” he said. Find out more at www.cosworth.com

Cycling is always fun, but the good thing is that some big boys’ toys can make rather tedious jobs more enjoyable too. That’s why Karcher has come up with The Beast, its most powerful pressure washer to date, which will have dad itching to clean the car, the patio, anything at all in fact – don’t stand still too long, that’s all we can say! The K6 features Karcher’s famed “Plug ‘n’ Clean” system with in-built regulation for the quickest and most practical way to apply detergents. Simply select the right detergent for the job, slot it in and get cleaning. “The Beast” can deliver a huge 150 Bar maximum pressure, which is approximately 40 times as powerful as a garden hose, and costs £499. See www.karcher.co.uk for more

Ideas for the Geekfather in your life

Sunday was Fathers’ Day, and if like us you forgot (sorry Dad!) and you’re looking for something special to make it up to your dad, partner, or someone who has been like a dad for you, here’s some ideas to bring out their inner geek.

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To get you off to a good start, how about this book – Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share from Amazon? Aimed at a generation of dads who grew up playing computer games and want to share their love of science and technology with their kids, there are some fantastic projects including:
Launch a video camera with balloons
Transform a room into a spaceship
Make a working lamp with Lego and CDs…
And lots more
Only £9.40 from Amazon

And every dad who has an inner geek would love their own laser – it’s just so James Bond. Okay, so Ryobi’s Self-Levelling Plumb and Cross Laser is more quick bond than James Bond, but is infinitely more practical. Part of the new Tek4 range from the DIY experts, it is powered by a single reusable 4v Lithium-ion battery that will outlast 6,000 AA alkaline batteries. Great for easy and accurate tiling, cabinet installation and stud wall construction. And if dad’s a bit on the clumsy side, the good news is that the Tek4 range has been designed to withstand water, dust and the occasional drop.
www.ryobitools.co.uk

If Dad is a racing fan, and into Scalextric (you know, that set he bought ‘for the kids’ last Christmas!) then he can fulfil his F1 fantasies racing the car that Jenson Button drove at last year’s Brazilian Garand Prix. The limited edition Brawn GP car is one of only 4,500, and is priced at £44.99.
More at www.scalextric.com

He may not be in charge of much at home, but give Dad control of the telly and he’ll probably be happy. That’s where the Harmony 3001 from Logitech comes in. This new universal remote control can replace up to four remotes, has an easy web-based setup and has five buttons that can be programmed for your favourite TV channels. The price for giving dad ultimate control? £29.99 and a summer of non-stop football. You have been warned!
Details at www.myharmony.com

And if he’s really glued to the summer of sport, how about a designer Sky HD Box? The three 1TB boxes have been designed by legendary cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, red or Dead’s Wayne Hemingway and Quadrophenia legend (and ex-EastEnder) Phil Daniels. They’re priced at £249, and you can find out more at www.sky.com/designerboxes

Finally, we are slightly stretching the gadget definition, but love this so much we had to put this is in our roundup. If poor old Dad hankers for something more exciting than the old Mondeo he uses as Dad’s taxi, how about surprising him with a tank in his garage! Okay not really, but these fantastic adhesive films will make it look like there’s small jet plane, a biplane or football team (pictured) in his garage. A bit steep at around £240 plus, but the look on his face will be priceless.
www.style-your-garage.com