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.
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.
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.