Father’s Day: Forget the health and fitness gadgets and give dad something he really wants

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Are you wondering what to get dear old dad for Father’s Day this year?

If you’re thinking of a health gadget like a Fitbit, think again. Most dads are already reminded on a daily basis how little they exercise; they don’t need a wristband nagging them too. If he wanted one, he’d have one already.

An Apple Watch might be a better choice, but it’s rather expensive. Besides, Ddad probably already knows he should get up and walk around more. But that tends to disturb the bowl of chips resting on his belly, so forget that.

Instead, think about things that give dad pleasure: peace and quiet. One gift dad is sure to appreciate is a good set of headphones. Newer models are incredibly good at blocking out almost all outside noise (e.g., barking dogs and screaming kids). You may have seen people wearing noise-canceling headphones on airplanes. They work just as well at home. Imagine dad wearing a pair while resting on his favorite recliner. You can almost see him smiling contentedly.

Headphones would also come in handy when he watches TV, which leads to the second gift idea: a subscription to HBO Now. (This assumes you already have Apple TV.) HBO is well known for edgy adult-oriented content. Some of their original programming is quite good. Shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver are definitely not for children. But for dad, these shows might offer a brief respite from Sponge Bob Square Pants and other family fare. Besides, with his headphones on, no one else in the house has to hear the profanity common to HBO.

The third gift idea is an e-book reader, like the new Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon.com. It’s being released on June 30, so you’ll have to give dad an IOU for now. But even the current edition of the Paperwhite is an excellent way to read books and newspapers. Dad can take it with him wherever he goes. It can be read in direct sunlight, it can download content using Wi-Fi or the cellular network, and the battery charge lasts for weeks at a time.

There’s one final Father’s Day gift that doesn’t involve too much technology: go see your dad in person, or if that’s not possible, give him a call. There’s an old saying that, as you get older, your dad seems to get smarter. In other words, you come to understand his actions better when you have more life experience yourself. If you feel that way, tell him. I’m sure he’d appreciate hearing how wise you’ve become.

 

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