Dads don’t ask for much at Christmas, you just ask mine. Every year I go to him and enquire what it is he would like under the tree and his answer is always the same – ‘Half a pound of pork sausages!’ We bought him that one year and he was not best pleased. So if your Dad has been joking about this year, don’t take him at his word, instead, have a look at these gadgets, designed to make even the most technophobe amongst fathers get their reading glasses to make sure they’ve read the instructions correctly! I mean. All men love gadgets don’t they? And these are far more interesting than a pair of boring old socks!
Spy Pen – HD Video Camera – £29.99
Does your Dad fancy himself as a bit of a spy? See himself as working for MI5 or the FBI? Does he watch all the Criminal Minds programmes and guesses who the unsub (unidentified subject) is before anyone else? Well if he did we reckon that if he had this gadget it wouldn’t be far from his grasp, sitting casually in his jacket pocket ready to whip out whenever the situation required it. The beauty of the Spy Pen is that you can be a sleuth without anyone suspecting you are doing anything other than writing! When in fact, you will be recording both audio and visual evidence to gather against any suspected foul play. The Spy Video Camera Pen is the first high definition Spy Camera pen. Simply insert a TF or micro SD card and shoot movie footage in 1280 x 960 resolution with full colour and sound. When not using the spy camera, the pen is a good quality biro that can be used – great disguise! Buy from www.iwantoneofthose.com
Vita R1 DAB Radio – £179
This exquisite DAB radio from Vita arrives in a gorgeous compact design with a rich walnut veneer finish. It features a 3.5” custom high-fidelity drive unit for excellent sound quality and it’s simple to use thanks to its intuitive ‘Rotodial’ control system. There’s also a facility to adjust tone – plus a loudness option – so you can set the sound to suit your own taste. DAB text and alarm information is clearly displayed on the black and white LCD. Dual alarms allow for once, daily, weekday and weekend settings. Both alarms can be set to the volume required, depending on whether you’re a light or heavy sleeper. Also included is an adjustable sleep timer and a snooze function. The R1’s front panel features a headphone socket and a line input to connect to your MP3 player or any other audio device. And on the rear panel there’s a pair of high quality gold plated phono outputs for recording or playback through an audio system. Available from www.homevisionuk.com with free delivery, free 3 year warranty and free £15 iTunes vouchers.
Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 Waterproof Digital Camera was £99.99 now £49.99
Offered here in yellow, the Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 Waterproof Compact Digital Camera is waterproof to 3 metres and dustproof as well, making this 12 mp camera the perfect solution for sun, sand and sea holidays. Features of this colourful camera include face detection technology for rewarding photos of family and friends, a selection of scene modes effortless shooting in any scenario, and a choice of colour modes that enable you to add your own slant to any photo. The Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 Waterproof Compact Digital Camera also delivers smooth VGA resolution videos at a frame rate of 30fps. Its high resolution sensor and high quality lens give you the option of producing fantastic prints of size A3 and beyond! Thanks to the dedicated Kodak Share Button, it’s simple to tag your creative efforts for easy uploading to the web later on. Once back at your PC, Kodak’s EasyShare software makes it totally easy to share photos and videos worldwide! Buy from www.currys.co.uk
Silverlit Remote Control Classic Trainer Aeroplane – £30
If your Dad is the fun loving, technological, outdoorsy gadget loving type, with a penchant for flying, then you won’t go far wrong with getting him this amazing aeroplane, that’s if you can pry it out of your children’s hands! Hours of fun and enjoyment, he will love showing off with this sleek and contemporary style airplane. Admire and enjoy a creative piece with this sleek and sophisticated, classic trainer aeroplane from Silverlit. The mock style of some the finest works of engineering makes this perfect for a history lover who appreciates skill and craft, giving you hours of fun and entertainment. This classic trainer aeroplane from Silverlit features blue panel accents to the sleek black aeroplane and logo detailing to the wings. Also available are helicopters and a selection of cars. Buy from www.debenhams.com
HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle – £23.99
If your Dad is a bit of a health nut, he will really appreciate this gift, because, as we all know we’re supposed to drink plenty of water, especially when exercising. But life’s too short to waste time calculating how many litres, gallons, bottles or whatever you’re glugging. So thank heavens for the HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle. This stylish hydration system (okay, fancy water bottle) features an ingenious on-board computer that continuously tracks your real-time intake of H20 and reminds you when you need a drink (of water, silly) to satisfy your recommended daily intake. Because as the saying goes, thirsty is too late. The HydraCoach even dishes out advice regarding how much water you should be drinking based on your weight and the duration of your exercise routines, and can be programmed to take into account factors such as altitude, pregnancy and heat. Rehydrating yourself on the fly has never been easier or more scientific. Now if only they made one for beer. Buy from www.firebox.com