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Celebrating Father’s Day: Tech-related gifts and experiences for the modern dad

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Finding the perfect gift can be challenging with Father’s Day just around the corner. When Dads are asked, “What do you want for Father’s Day?” they usually respond with, “Kahit ano.” As Gen Z, we strive to give the most unique and authentic presents. We understand the value of experiences and work-life balance, and what better way to celebrate this than by creating shared experiences with our fathers? Here are some thoughtful and innovative ideas that go beyond the usual gadgets, focusing on making meaningful connections and shared experiences that will bring back nostalgic memories. These gifts are not just about the technology; they unlock joy and create lasting connections.

  1. Fitness Tracker

If your dad is into fitness or looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, fitness trackers like the Fitbit Charge, Apple Watch, or Xiaomi Smart Watch can be an excellent gift. These devices have features that monitor heart rate and stress levels, track physical activity and steps, and provide insights into sleep patterns. To make it even more fun, you can pair it with a fun challenge where both of you track your daily steps or workouts and see who wins! The winner gets treated to a Samgyupsal date!

  1. Gaming Session

Why not challenge your dad to a video game session? Whether he’s a seasoned gamer or new to the world of gaming, this can be a fun and exciting way to spend quality time together. Choose games you both enjoy, such as FIFA, Call of Duty, or Mario Kart, or introduce him to something new and thrilling. The laughter and bonding that come from these sessions are priceless. Just a heads up: Dads can get really competitive, so get ready to be a good sport! This is not just about the game; but about the fun and laughter you’ll share.

  1. Virtual Reality Headset

Introduce your dad to the immersive world of virtual reality with a VR headset like the Oculus Quest 2. It’s a fantastic way for him to experience new places, play interactive games, or even practice virtual sports. The headset’s high-resolution display and advanced tracking technology provide a lifelike experience, making it feel like he’s really there. Spend some time exploring virtual worlds together for a unique and memorable experience.

  1. E-Book or a Kindle

If your dad loves reading, consider an e-reader like the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s not just a device, it’s a portal to a world of knowledge and imagination. You can load it with a few of his favorite books to get him started, or even start a little book club and discuss books you have read. This can be a great way to connect with your dad on a deeper level, sharing thoughts and opinions on the stories that have shaped your life. This encourages engaging in intellectually stimulating conversations, fostering a stronger bond.

  1. Photography Lesson

Want to help your photography enthusiast dad master his smartphone camera? Show him tips and tricks for capturing great photos, such as using the rule of thirds, adjusting exposure, using portrait mode, using editing apps, and sharing his best shots on social media. Some brands hold smartphone photography workshops. And with the surge of “digicams” or digital cameras, maybe we can learn a thing or two from our parents! This can be a fun and interactive learning experience that improves his photography skills and strengthens your bond.

  1. Digital Photo Frame

A digital photo frame can be a heartwarming gift, especially if you preload it with family photos and memories. You can check Kodak or MAGCH for a digital picture frame. You can make a slideshow of your photos from when you were a baby until today. It’s like they’re watching you grow up all over again! This way, your dad can enjoy a rotating display of cherished moments, keeping loved ones close even when they’re far away.

  1. Vinyl Player for Music Lover Dads

A vinyl player can be an excellent gift for dads who have a passion for music, especially with a touch of nostalgia. Turntables have made a significant comeback and offer a unique listening experience that digital formats can’t match. Accompany the gift with a few classic vinyl records or even some of his all-time favorite albums— from which we get our eccentric music taste. Flea markets in Cubao, Alabang, and Makati sell vinyl records, so maybe your next parent date should be there! This can also be a shared experience where you both explore the warm sounds of vinyl together, going through records of his time and today’s generation.

  1. Smart Home Devices for a Connected Lifestyle

Smart home technology can make life easier and more enjoyable. Consider gifting your dad a smart speaker like Alexa, Google Assistant, or Mi Smart Speaker. These devices can help him control other smart home gadgets, such as bright lights, smart thermostats, or smart locks, play his favorite music, set reminders, and even get weather updates, all with simple voice commands.

  1. Personalized Tech Support Session

Sometimes, the best gift is your time. Offer your dad a personalized tech support session. Help him organize his computer files, set up a new email account, strengthen his passwords, or teach him how to use social media platforms. You can also help him update the apps or software on his devices. This can be a bonding experience and will help him feel more confident using his devices.

  1. Streaming Service Subscription

A subscription to a streaming service like Netflix, Spotify, or HBO GO can provide endless entertainment for the dad who loves movies, TV shows, or music. To make it more special, schedule a weekly movie night where you can watch his favorite films together or start a new TV show that you can watch when you’re both free!

  1. Tech-Free Day Out

Lastly, consider giving the gift of a tech-free day. Plan a day where you both disconnect from your devices and enjoy nature, a hike, a picnic, or a museum. This reinforces the importance of work-life balance and spending quality time together without the distractions of technology. It’s a day to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with each other and the world around you.

Make this Father’s Day Unforgettable

The good thing is that fathers will cherish their presents forever— if you gift them a wallet, they will use that wallet until it’s basically a skeleton. This is a testament to the thought and effort you put into choosing the perfect gift, and it’s a reminder of your love and appreciation that lasts long after Father’s Day, making them feel valued and appreciated every time they use the gift.

Father’s Day is a beautiful opportunity to show appreciation and love for our dads. We can create lasting memories and meaningful connections by choosing gifts and experiences that align with our interests and values. Whether through the latest gadgets or simply spending time together, these tech-related ideas will surely make this Father’s Day memorable.

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