Ten... Father's Day gifts
Delights for daddy-o
Product round-up While it could be a confusing day for chavs across the country and many of us wouldn't pick up the phone let alone buy a gift, we're all reminded to show appreciation to our dads this Sunday. But with several of the El Reg team fathering new offspring this year, we reckon he should be treated to something special, particularly if he worked that hard for your blissful upbringing.
Dozens of prezzie ideas for the tech savvy father can be found through our regular Geek Treat of the Week column, but here are ten ideas anyway to get you started. Here's some tech that should make your old man one happy chap this Sunday - or perhaps on his next birthday if you're pushed for time or banknotes.
If your dad has started turning his iPad into a home music set up and loves to twang his six-string, he'll certainly appreciate some of the peripherals available to improve the experience. We think the Digitech iPB-10 is quite a peachy pedalboard, but the AmpDock from Alesis is cheaper.
The AmpDock is a simple iPad audio interface, with independent volume dials and assignable knobs for use with compatible apps such as GarageBand. It comes with an FX pedal board too. A great tool for gigging, if your patriarch still holds on the dream he can rock out in front of a crowd.
More info Alesis
iRobot Scooba 390
It would be just too easy to make a crack about your ma being your dad's robot cleaner, so here's something to keep them both free from the chore of carpet cleaing.
As we've covered the Neato XV-15 already in a recent write-up, and the Roomba has done the rounds for quite some time now, we'll turn our attentions to iRobot's floor washing droid instead. The iRobot Scooba 390 uses a four-stage cleaning process to leave floors sparkling, preparing the ground first, washing it, scrubbing it and then finally sucking up any dirty water left behind. It'll do the rounds on average about five times to ensure the perfect clean. Mop deep.
More info iRobot
Next page: Kobo Touch eReader
OK, its nice to look at some of these, but two points:
1) Why does every list like this always come out just when its too late to order any of the stuff on it in time?
2) Is there anyone on here who has EVER dropped more than about £20 on a father's day gift?
oh, and 3) James Chaldecott - I couldn't agree more. What next? The Placebo watch? Realigns your spiritual bio-energy WHILE YOU SLEEP, only £2500
Give him something cheap
Unfortunately I don't have a Dad any more as he suddenly died a couple of years ago.
If you are lucky enough to still have a Dad, save your money and give him a hug.
No, really. Forget that stupid handshake thing, this stuff matters - often when it's way too late.
For that matter, forget being British for a while and hug everyone you love, just in case you don't see them again.
Sorry about that, back to coding....
Can I have a the last one with a slight change
shooting up bankers in a used bank?
Ok, show of hands
Anyone getting their dad a £200 excercise watch this year for Father's Day?
No, me neither
Who wrote this? Is their dad gay?
Floor polisher? Is that a euphemism?
e-reader with a poovey pastel padded cover? (real mean don't read, unless it's a Haynes manual spotted with axle grease)
i-phone add-ons? aren't iphones for pooves?
as others have already pointed out, a wrist vibrator? For stress? Wopuldn't rather have a crate of Guinness and a box set of Russ Meyer films with the lads round, then?
A Sat-Nav? Don't you know how to read an AA map from 1974, then?
Headphones so we don't disturb the neighbours? Hows about a Motorhead DVD with the home cinema turned up to 11*
What was left from your list? A jogging watch? Jog on, ladies.
where's the footplate ride on a steam engine, bungee jump, paintball session...