What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

Summary: What to get this tech lover for Fathers Day is the biggest challenge of the year for my family. After lots of thought about a good gift, I only come up with one really good one.

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My wife and kids will tell you that Father's Day is one of the hardest days of the year in my house. The problem is what to get me, one of the biggest lovers of tech on the planet, for Father's Day. I admit it is a huge challenge given my exposure to all things tech. A cool gadget would be the perfect gift for a geek like me, but which one is the question with no easy answer for my loved ones.

A tablet would make the perfect gift, but which one should they get? There's no answer for that, as right now there are no fewer than five tablets in my office. They range in size from 7 inches to 10.1 inches, and cover all of the major tablet platforms. I like different things about each of them, with no clear favorite. That's not exactly a good place to start with a gift for me.

Smartphones are all the rage and rightly so, but they make no better a gift for me than the tablets. I have tested almost every top smartphone released for the past few years, and many prior to availability. My family would have no way to know which one is the gift du jour; it doesn't help that I just upgraded my own phone a week before Father's Day. I have a tendency to grab gadgets that catch my eye on a whim, and that doesn't help gift givers.

I use laptops exclusively in my work, and appreciate good ones so you'd think that would be a good gift. Sadly, right now there are no fewer than seven laptops in my office, each with its own good points. My family can't begin to figure out what laptop to get me that I haven't already used and in many cases panned for problems. The one laptop I would love to own doesn't exist yet. Take a 13-inch MacBook Air, put Sandy Bridge processors inside, fit it with two 256GB SSDs, and install OS X Lion on it. That would be my choice, but it won't be around for Father's Day, if ever.

Even gadgets that don't fit in standard categories are off-limits due to my constant exposure to gadgets of all types. A watch that talks to my smartphone to let me know when people are trying to get in touch with me sounds perfectly geeky. Unfortunately, I've already got one even before it is available to the public.

So what is my family to do for Father's Day this year? I have given it some thought and there is one gadget I would like for this Father's Day. There is one tablet that is not available yet but I would be willing to wait for it. The HP TouchPad is the one gadget I am jonesing for given its unique capabilities due to webOS. It has me excited like no other gadget in a long time. That's the perfect gift for this geek. You listening, family? The 32GB model, of course.

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  • RE: What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

    "Take a 13-inch MacBook Air, put Sandy Bridge processors inside, fit it with two 256GB SSDs, and install OS X Lion on it. That would be my choice..."

    Glad you are not my father, that thing would be crazy expensive! Also I would disown my father for using a Mac desktop or laptop lol.
    Bates_
    • RE: What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

      @Bates_ Ditto to the disowning :D Each to his own, though, I suppose. My Father-in-law wants to replace his dying 3-year-old Mac, but unfortunately he can't afford to get a brand new one, as they cost an arm and a leg. Kekekeke
      Imrhien
  • RE: What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

    To be honest, nobody I know has ever gotten anything for father's day. Mostly because there's not really repercussions. If you miss/forget/etc a Father's day, chances are the father won't care too much...while on the other hand, if you miss a mother's day, you'll never forget. Ever. It's kind of the same deal as Valentine's day.
    Aerowind
  • RE: What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

    <i>I have a tendency to grab gadgets that catch my eye on a whim, and that doesn?t help gift givers.</i>

    Sounds like my wife, except that she doesn't limit herself to gadgets. Hard to buy gifts for someone who already has everything!

    Me, I tend to not buy much, so finding a gift for me is a little easier. The downside? I don't have a lot of things I would like, so the options are many! I guess that is the opposite problem compared to buying for you.

    And I too would love a TouchPad. Can't see my wife spending that much on me, though. We usually limit Mother's/Father's Day gifts to around $100.
    jglopic
  • Yet another example of American arrogance and consumerism...

    Let's take a fake holiday and find out how we can blow money unnecessarily on tech gadgets for someone who happens to be a father. Completely lame.

    I told my family that if they wanted to get me a gift to donate some money to charity.
    omdguy
    • RE: What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

      @omdguy Not much fun at a party, eh?

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  • RE: What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

    I'd love to know what kind of work it is you do as a technology journalist that requires a Sandy Bridge laptop with dual 256GB SSD drives...
    lgpOnTheMove
  • RE: What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

    My wife informed me that she was getting me a ukulele for Father's Day and invited me on a trip to a local store that specializes in them. I'm a gadget lover with same issues as you James (except I don't get stuff sent to me for free to try). I'm also a music lover and this was a really thoughtful gift on her part. Plus, I'm having so much fun learning to play it!
    Taxman45
  • RE: What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day

    What? You don't want a tie? I thought that was what EVERY dad wants!
    sakendrick
  • One for two

    My dad's birthday always fell on or near to Fathers Day, so I only had to get one present, which assauged my attitude to Father's Day being just another day to see how much retailers could extract from my pocket by making me feel guilty if I didn't get something.
    aspir8or