5 Practical Gifts For Your Father

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Your old man may already own everything you imagine he could possibly want but here are a few practical gifts for your father.

GOFAR OBD2 Scanner and Mileage Tracker

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Regular vehicle maintenance is crucial as it will save him from unwanted problems, reduce his fuel costs, increase his safety on the road and even help reduce the depreciation value of his car.

GOFAR is essentially a leave-in OBD device that makes his car smarter as it monitors his car’s health and instantly notifies him of any problems it detects. It also allows him to set reminders for important vehicle check-ups such as servicing, insurance and registration.

How Does GOFAR Work?

The GOFAR Adapter plugs into your vehicle’s diagnostic port. Your car’s data is then sent from the Adapter to the GOFAR app on your phone.

This gift is useful because it will make it easy for your father to consistently take care of his car by pinpointing specific car troubles; significantly lower gas mileage and issues such as engine problems as soon as they are detected.

Other features such as speed alerts and handy reminders will keep him safe while on the road so you worry less about him. This will also reduce accident costs and those annoying parking fines.

The fill-up log helps in monitoring fuel usage so your dad can use less fuel and save money. And the tracker will help him find his car in the event that he forgets where he parked it.

Danni S, only had praise for GOFAR, “It has improved my driving by telling me when I am braking or accelerating too hard, it tells me the cost of the fuel I use each trip, and a lot of other useful information. I love statistics and the GOFAR gives me a lot of them”

Superfast Portable Charger

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Smartphones are evolving just as fast as applications are rolling out on the App Store and Play Store. So until phone developers find a way to increase the current standard battery life, chances are, a portable charger could be an excellent practical gift for your father.

The Mophie PowerStation PD XL offers fast 18W charging for compatible phones (and can charge up to 2.5x faster than traditional battery packs.

The XL bit is for the extra size, giving you a decent 10,050mAh of power on the go – enough charge up most modern phones two or three times over. You’ve got a choice of USB-C and USB-A ports (a USB-C cable is included), and we like the nice, textured finish as well.

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Kimberly Duncan shares her experience with the device, “Insanely worth it!!!! This is the best portable charger I have tried to date! This thing’s insanely fast!!! I bought it to use at Disney for super quick charges so I don’t have to be away from my phone very long at all. Small and super portable as well. Worth every penny.”

Smart Speaker

Remember when you had just cosied up in your room about to watch your favorite show until your father called you to pass him the remote (sitting right in front him)? Here is a device that will almost guarantee that ends.

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The 2nd generation Echo smart speaker with Alexa will make the perfect gift for your father. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, read the news, set alarms and timers and answer questions.

With multi-room music, you can play music on compatible Echo devices in different rooms. Echo can also play Audible audiobooks, radio stations, news briefs, and more.

He can call almost anyone hands-free and instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.

Not only that but with seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears from any direction—even while music is playing.

Your father can simply needs to use his voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, find TV shows, and do more with compatible connected devices.

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Sherry had this to say, “I have an Echo & Dot in my room, which I mostly use to stream music with my Amazon Music Unlimited. I control my dad’s bedroom lights and the hallway light with the app on my phone as well as my Echo.

So I bought two more Dots during prime day sale. It’s been a game changer!! My Dad struggled, even with the app on his phone to control the lights.

Now that we have a Dot in his bedroom & an Echo & Dot in the living room, he’s very easily learned how to ask Alexa to turn on the hallway light, his bedroom light when he’s going to bed!!

NO MORE STUMBLING AROUND IN THE DARK or trying to remember where he put his flashlight!!”

Smart Plug Mini Outlet

This very practical gift for your father can make any device “smart”. These plugs can be turned on and off or set to a timer from his phone. Writer Lindsey Weber (Amazon) says “anything you can imagine plugging in and turning on can be controlled with an app.”

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The plugs work flawlessly with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT (If This, Then That) with no requirement for a hub. No matter where your father is, he can turn on/off his home electronics.

Be sure to manage unlimited electronic appliances – one electronic appliance per smart plug. One VeSync app can handle unlimited Etekcity smart essentials.

Your father will be able to start his dream smart life. He will be able to be set a countdown timer, create the schedule, track energy usage, set sunrise and sunset schedule or share devices with the rest of the family.

Setting up is pretty easy: plug in the smart plug, download VeSync app and follow the in-app instruction. The ETL certification ensures complete protection and lifetime support for technical issues.

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A happy customer had this to say, “It’s 20 bucks, it’s tiny, and it does what it says. The setup was a breeze, and the app lets you configure schedules, countdowns and just manually turn it on or off whenever. And it works from anywhere. It’s almost magical. Oh, and it does seem to track electricity usage, which is neat.”

Home WiFi Extender

WiFi connectivity has become a necessity in every household with nearly everyone using a gadget that requires access to the internet concurrently. This warrants a strong signal in every part of the house, which is not always the case.

A good WiFi extender will easily solve this problem by making sure the house is free of any dead spots. The Eero system of Wi-Fi–extending “beacons” is recommended by former tech columnist David Pogue. “The beacons are smaller, sleeker, and less technoid-looking than the other companies’ base stations (and it has a night light, which is super cool),” said David.

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The Eero WiFi System (1 Eero Pro + 1 Eero Beacon) replaces the traditional WiFi router, WiFi extender, and internet booster by covering a 1-2 bedroom home with fast and reliable internet powered by a mesh network.

As an efficient extender, the Eero Beacon is a fully-fledged WiFi access point that simply plugs into standard outlets and easily extends your WiFi connectivity to every device with more reliability than the standard WiFi booster.

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Robert Harbick shares his user experience in detail, “Unpacking – simple and clean. Download and install the app. on your smartphone before you start doing anything as it walks you through the install (and does an incredibly simple and great job of it).

Install and setup of the main hub took me all of about 5 minutes with most of that time spent finding an extension cord. Setting up the Beacons took about 30 minutes, with most the time taken in selecting location so I would have a good mesh of the signal.

Again, the App. walks you through every step, and lets you know if you have selected a good spot or if you might want to move a beacon to a different location for a better mesh.

The App. is a thing of beauty, with all the information you need right at your fingertips. The stuff you usually want to customize (like the names of the Beacons) are customizable.

Once I had all the Beacons set up I went through the house trying to find a weak spot or dead spot. Couldn’t find one – not one! Guess I won’t be sending this stuff back after all. Sure put a smile on my better half’s face! Oh, and is this thing FAST!!!”


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