You might want to give your son who is now a millennial dad a little bit of understanding. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that he was enjoying his freedom as a recent grad. Now he’s still got many of those urges to have fun, along with the responsibilities of being a dad. So we’ve tried to come up with some gifts that will satisfy him on all fronts.
LG Watch Sport Smartwatch – This watch is more sport than watch. It’s already developed a reputation as being more capable of fitness tracking than either the Apple Watch or Samsung’s Frontier Smartwatch. It’s smart enough to figure out what activity you are doing. It uses the new Android Wear 2.0 operating system and has a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon processor made for wearables. And it does something else that will make the millennial Dad’s life easier, it will let him make phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. He will need a SIM card for the watch. That’s why the watch is being sold by carriers including AT&T or Verizon. Price begins at about $250.
Sony Mobile Projector – Your son may not yet have the wherewithal to go out and get a big screen TV, but with this tiny projector, he can get an HD image on any wall. That will provide a great viewing experience with far less expense. The Sony MP-CL1A is about six inches long and weighs in at 7.4 ounces. It’s small enough to slip into a pocket or backpack. As with most short throw projectors, ambient lighting is going to be a big factor in what and where your millennial dad can watch. In modest lighting, you can get a 40″ image at four feet. Go out to twelve feet from a wall in total darkness and you’ll get a great 12-foot image. It charges with a micro-USB port, and has an HDMI connection, though he’ll also be able to receive over wi-fi. There’s a small speaker, but it also has both a 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth for getting the sound to headphones or speakers. Price is $400.
Sony Hi-Res Audio Player NW A26/27 – If the millennial dad in your life is ready to take a step up in his portable music, Sony’s entry level Hi-Res player may be a great first step. If he hasn’t already discovered Hi-Res tracks he’ll find a world of improvement from the MP3 tracks he grew up with. It comes in a variety of colors. The only difference between the A26 and the A27 is storage, and of course, price. We like the NW A20 line because it offers listeners who’ve been nervous about upgrading into to the world of Hi-Res audio an easy way to stick a toe in the water without spending thousands of dollars. Price for the A26 with 32 GB of storage is just about $320. The NW-A27HN has 64 GB of internal storage, a micro SD slot, and is only available in silver. Price is just about $400.
Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler – If you live in the western United States you probably know that Yeti’s coolers have achieved something close to a cult following. The Yeti 35 is the company’s smallest in the Tundra line, yet will still keep ice cold for days (how long depends in part on how often it’s opened). If your millennial dad is off for a day at the beach, an overnight camping trip, or a picnic with the family, this will hold 20 cans using a 2 to 1 ice to content ratio. It is bear resistant and comes with three inches of Yeti’s PermaFrost insulation. Price is $300.
Rainier Campers Combo – Surely something in that cooler is going to need to be cooked, and this portable propane two-burner stove is capable of cooking it on a grill, on a griddle or in a pot or saucepan. The combo stove has two burners, a three-sided wind barrier, and matchless ignition. The included grill & griddle are non-stick coated aluminum and the drip tray is stainless steel. Has both a handle & a carry bag. About $125.
Coast Polysteel 600R Rechargeable Flashlight – We think the millennial dad in your life will find this a pretty useful device to have at home, in the car, or on a camping trip. It features a tough waterproof, drop proof and crush proof case. He can power it using either the rechargeable Lithium-ion power pack or with 4 AA batteries. It has a charging port for USB devices, which means juice for a smartphone. It has an adjustable focus. It puts out a 530 lumen light and it will run for as long as 35 hours on a charge. Price at Amazon is just under $69.
Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill – Even though it’s great to grill outdoors, the weather isn’t always cooperative. So the folks who bring you Johnsonville sausages have created their own indoor electric grill so dad can cook up his brats all year round. It will cook five sausages in just 10-15 minutes. It has a temperature probe to let dad know when the sausages are cooked through. And it comes with removable cooking plates and drip tray that are dishwasher safe for no-hassle cleanup. Price is just about $80.
Armitron Adventure Chronograph – If you are considering a watch for your millennial dad, the first question is whether he will actually wear a watch? Second question, can he tell time without a digital display? If the answer to both questions is yes, he might really enjoy this multi-function chronograph that won’t break the bank. It features a mineral crystal lens; matte black dial with day, date, and 24-hour subdials; green luminous markers; black hands with green luminous filling; and an orange sweep second hand. It is water resistant down to 100 meters making it suitable for swimming but not diving. Price is $125.
Zmodo Pivot Security Camera – This is a convenient way for your millennial dad to see what’s going on at home, no matter where he is. And it’s also a great way to record those memories at times when he didn’t think about taking a picture. Among its features: full HD with Pivot’s wide angle 1080p camera, 16GB of built-in storage so he can record days of video. Pivot will act as a hub and comes with two door/window sensors to alert you when something’s open. When your door or window is opened, Pivot will automatically rotate and capture what happened. It also provides readings of temperature and humidity, acts as a Bluetooth speaker, and allows you to talk with people at home. It is a powerful all-in-one solution for monitoring. Price is $99.88
Coast FDX300 Folding Knife – A good pocket knife is an essential tool, whether for doing work around the house or on the trail. The knife features a patent-pending locking system. When the knife blade is opened, the Frame-Lock automatically engages which locks the blade open. For added safety, the user can push the Double-Lock switch on the top of the handle forward which engages the Double-Lock system. Closing the knife is just as simple by reversing the procedure. The FDX open frame construction provides a light, yet solid stainless steel frame with a unique handle pattern. The tough, durable blade is constructed of 7Cr17 stainless steel. We’ve seen it priced between $13 and $20.
iClever Portable Folding Keyboard – This little Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad folds up small enough for millennial dad to put in his jacket pocket or backpack, and can be used not only for an iPhone or Android phone but Windows or Mac tablets as well. In fact, up to 3 devices can be connected to the keyboard at once, and easily switched with a tap on a function key. Rechargeable & said to last up to 60 hours in use, 90 days in standby. Weighs just 7 ounces, priced under $50.
UA Storm Polarized Force Multiflection – Dad or grad will appreciate these snazzy sunglasses from Under Armour, with polarized lenses to eliminate glare. The Storm lens resists salt water & oils – such as might be in bug sprays – while blocking 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. They fit securely in medium-large size and have an adjustable nosepad. The frame is both strong and flexible. $159.99 in black frame with blue lenses or tortoiseshell frame with green lenses.
Periodic Audio Be – Millennial dad an audiophile, or does he just really appreciate really good sound? Then these high-end earbuds may be for him. Periodic is a relatively new company in the market, and their Be (for Beryllium) earbuds are definitely not like those inexpensive plastic things you can pick up in a drugstore, although at first glance they may not stand out. But the Be has rich bass & overall sound clarity that puts other buds to shame. They come with a variety of ear tips, a 1/4-inch adapter, and an airplane jack adapter. $299.
Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset – Listen & talk with more clarity using this Bluetooth headset which will connect to any phone, tablet or computer. The headset can be controlled by voice command as it works with Siri, Google Now or Cortana. It tells you the name of callers, so you can tell it to “answer” or “ignore” without pressing a button. The headset eliminates wind noise and other background noise (so Dad be careful crossing a street while talking!) Up to 7 hours talk time, 9 days standby, and 90 minutes for a full recharge. Price: $120.
Eddie Bauer K-6 Boot – These boots are made for hiking, made of waterproof full-grain leather with a Vibram outsole, a cushioning midsole, and an ergonomic footbed. It’s a design that first appeared in the Eddie Bauer catalog some 20 years or more before millennial dad was even born, but that doesn’t make them any less rugged or useful on the trail. Available in two colors and men’s sizes up to 14M. $180 direct.