Anyone else leave buying presents to the last minute? Reserch shows we’re a nation who leave things to the last minute, with Google searches for ‘Father’s Day gifts’ spiking by more than 50% between the last week of May and the first week of June last year.
So, to save you stress, we’ve pulled together a crunch-time Father’s Day gift guide and are keen to keep away from the usual option of cufflinks or a tie, we have you covered, with a selection of must-have Dad-gadgets from Google – including the brand new Pixel 3a.
With everything from gifts for music lovers and budding chefs, to gadgets that help Dad unwind and keep the family in check, the range of handy hardware will help anyone save face when leaving things late.
Pixel 3a and 3a XL
The newly launched Pixel 3a & 3a XL come packed with an array of features that any Dad will love. All for half the price of Pixel 3 from only £399. For the keen photographer, the devices have an industry leading camera, which mean Dad can capture his most memorable moments in the highest quality. And with Night Sight, he can even take striking photos when the sun sets. What’s more, with new Augmented Reality maps, your Dad will never get lost on the way to meetings again. Finally, Pixel 3a stays charged for 30+ hours.
Price: Pixel 3a: £399.00, Pixel 3a XL: £469.00
Availability: Pixel 3a & 3a XL is available now from the Google Store, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, and eBay.
Google Home Hub
Is your Dad a fitness fanatic, but too busy to exercise? Google Home Hub can help him get active by using Google’s virtual personal trainer Fitstar. Alternatively, for those that need help relaxing, Home Hub can help them to meditate, simply say ‘Ok Google, play meditation track’ and let him sit back and unwind. The handy device can also be used to help Dad schedule and share the household chores through setting reminders, making it a little easier to keep the family in check.
Availability: Google Home Hub is available now from the Google Store, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, and eBay.
Google Home Mini
Whether Dad thinks he’s the next Gordon Ramsay or knows he’s simply hopeless in the kitchen, Google Home Mini can provide the answers to all his culinary questions by helping him master step by step recipes. Powered by the Google Assistant, Home Mini is also there to tell Dad the weather forecast, help him set reminders and even read out the daily news headlines. With the selection of different colours to choose from it will blend seamlessly into any rooms. And at £49, it’s affordable too!
Availability: Google Home Mini is available now from the Google Store, Currys PC World, Maplin, John Lewis, Argos, EE and Carphone Warehouse.
Google Home Max
Does your Dad love to throw a party? Does he enjoy blasting his favourite tunes through the house? The Google Home Max is the ultimate Dad gadget, providing maximum volume to play his favourite tracks. This premium smart speaker is complete with clever features such as Smart Sound, an audio experience powered by AI which automatically adjusts the equalizer settings to match the acoustics of any room.
Availability: Google Home Max is available on the Google Store and exclusively at John Lewis
Treat Dad to a weekend on the sofa with Google Chromecast. Chromecast opens up access to a world of entertainment, meaning he can binge watch his favourite films. He doesn’t even need to move to change the channel, he can simply ask his Google Home device to play the show. What’s more, the device allows for the storage of photos and endless gaming entertainment.
Price: Google Chromecast £30.00
Availability: Google Chromecast and Google Chromecast Ultra are available on the Google Store or at Currys PC World, Argos, Tesco, John Lewis and Maplin.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest Learning Thermostat can help Dad look after his home. The handy device allows him to change the temperature from anywhere, be it on the way back from a chilly football match or whilst on holiday. Nest Learning Thermostat also adapts to the behaviour of the household by learning his schedule, making home as comfortable as possible throughout the day.
Availability: Nest Learning Thermostat is £219 without professional installation, £279 with professional installation and comes in Stainless Steel, Black, Copper and White, and is available from Nest.com.