Ditch the cheesy tie or random gift card this Father's Day or graduation season--your gift should deliver that sense of speechless amazement this June in the very best way. Gifts for both dads and grads often leave gift givers running to the local drug store for a gift card or heading back to the box of crayons to hurriedly make "free car wash" coupons. Cash is often at the top of many gift giver's lists but that's one of the most impersonal gifts you can give.
Don't spend Father's Day or graduation season at the ATM or feeling you missed the mark. Peruse this handy list of gifts instead that will beautifully work interchangeably for any dad or grad.
Technology That Will Blow You Away
If multitasking is a priority, the Alcatel TCL Xess is a tablet that will truly allow you to do it all. The perfect gift for any dad or grad, the Xess integrates well into families and for group use, as the Xess allows for multi-window viewing thanks to its 17.3 inch screen and full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Nuts and bolts include a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT8783T processor along with 3 gigabytes of RAM. Expansion is easy for a busy family or individual with growing tastes as the Xess includes 32 gigabytes of on-board storage and microSD expansion of up to 64 gigabytes. Software-wise, the Alcatel OneTouch Xess administers the Android 5.1 Lollipop with plug-and-play ease.
Beyond this tablet's internal power, the Xess's makeup is like no other tablet on the market--you can virtually use it any way you choose. From laying it flat on a surface to propping the kickstand in a 30, 50 and 75 degree angle, users find functionality in abundance.
The Xess also doubles as a top of the line camera because it houses a 5MP front-facing camera that captures still images but also allows you to go live for online meetings and gatherings. Sound quality during those interludes is exceptional because the Xess boasts 3-watt JBL speakers, designed for state-of-the art sound quality.
Another handy tech gadget, ideal for any family is Triby, the multi-dimensional phone that can adhere to your fridge and allows users to make free Wi-Fi calls, play music and become the central "go to" phone location for any busy family. Triby takes the home phone concept one step further by providing a space to include hand-written messages using its e-ink screen, accessible for the youngest member of the family. You can even leave a hand written message on Triby through your Triby app--perfect for remote messaging. The phone program connects to its own VoIP network and has both Bluetooth and FM music capabilities. For families who gather and make the kitchen mission control, the Triby phone and communication system is a must have.
If finding the right sound is what your dad or grad seeks, check out the Roam Ropes Wireless Bluetooth earphones. Light and free, these headphones may look unassuming but pack a powerful punch. Fashionably forward, Roam Ropes are available in black, red or "Stand Up To Cancer" orange, where a portion of the price goes to charity. Not only do these headphones look fantastic, they fit as though they are designed especially for the wearer. Included is the EQ Engine that contains a commanding amplifier along with a 4.0 Bluetooth chipset, bypass and multiplexer circuitry in addition to the battery and the location of the 24-bit DAC and ADC. Controlled by a three-button remote control and microphone, the EQ Engine allows the user to adjust levels to design a signature sound.
Is a time-keeping piece more suited for your dad or grad? The Huawei Smartwatch features scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass on a traditionally designed watch face, but loaded with the latest technology advantages. Available in gold, silver or black, the Huawei watch dimensions are 42mm with a thickness of 11.3mm and bezels only 0.6mm thick. The display is ample--1.4-inch 400 x 400, with a ppi count of 286, offering 360 degree visuals. The battery life with this IP67 water resistant watch runs on a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM, along with 4GB of on additional storage. With regard to function, the Huawei is pre-loaded with Google Fit for activity tracking and an optical heart rate tracker.
A bevy of recent grads and dads are searching for a TSA friendly backpack that not only can hold all their books and things, but one that also charges devices while on the go. The Energi+ Backpack contains a 10,400mAh battery pack that will charge tablets, mobile phones and any device with the pack's 4.2A output. The pack can be recharged with any micro-USB connector and the interior design of the backpack allows for the clean organization of all the cables. Embedded in the soft-core design is a hard shell pocket, ideal for storing fragile items. Prefer to use the backpack with your rolling travel bag instead of wearing it on your back? The Slide Pocket transforms, allowing the backpack to be easily slipped through any carry-on travel handle to create an all-in-one travel experience.
Memories to Display and Cherish
Any dad or grad will love to walk down memory lane with the Nixplay Edge 13-Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame with full HD 1080p. This digital frame receives photos via email or your dad or grad's iPhone or Android app--load your favorites before you give this as a gift to create a special playlist. Integrate photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr and Picasa and manage up to five digital frames from one Nix play Cloud account free of charge. The Nixplay frame allows for 10GB of photo storage, along with high definition video playback through a USB/SD/SDHC card. Sold in either an 8-inch or 13-inch slim black finish.
Looking for something a little more traditional? Send your dad or grad a Chatbooks or give a Chatbooks gift certificate. Available in both soft and hard cover, create a Chatbooks by documenting your favorite dad or grad's life or experiences in a matter of minutes. Celebrate a theme or event in a custom Chatbooks, or design an ongoing Chatbooks series by transforming your photos to a traditional, professional-looking photo book. Photos can be uploaded from a variety of sources including social media or your personal camera roll. With the Chatbooks series, each time 60 new photos are uploaded, another new volume is completed. A custom Chatbooks can hold from 30 to 366 pages--just select a cover photo, add captions, customize and go! Not sure how you'd like to create your book and would rather allow the dad or grad to have control over book creation? A Chatbooks gift certificate makes the perfect gift, providing an opportunity to collaborate on book creation.
Frame dad's favorite image or give the busy grad a gift certificate to Framebridge for that proud diploma display. Framebridge is the perfect service for busy people who haven't had time to get that piece of art work framed or simply can't make a decision at the frame shop. Simply visit the Framebridge website, select the frame style and mail or digitally send your art or image to the company--all for under $159. The largest piece Framebridge accepts is 32 x 40. Not only will Framebridge handle framing, you can use their special gallery advice wall service for decorating purposes.
Dads and Grads Who Want to Have Fun
Man Crates are designed to make your man or grad sweat and work to earn his treat. Choose from more than 50 tightly sealed crates, cradling just about anything he desires-choose from a whiskey or sriracha themed crate to a clean shave, PitMaster or the Everest grilling crate. Getting to the prize is half the fun. Each crate is sealed so tightly, your dad or grad will need to use the laser-engraved crowbar to open their gift-and Man Crates isn't giving them any directions on how to accomplish this task! If you are looking for a gift that is part quirky, part memorable and completely satisfying, put Man Crates at the top of your gift giving list.
No dad or grad is ever too young or too old to receive one of these new in 2016 LEGO products. The LEGO Star Wars Resistance Troop Transporter is perfect for the ultimate Star Wars fan. Transporter set includes everything you need for battle including hatches that open, a lowering ramp, dual flick missiles and space to hold Princess Leia, Admiral Ackbar and 2 Resistance Trooper (and helmets) figurines.
For the architecture buff, check out LEGO Architecture New York City or LEGO Architecture Berlin! Construct the Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty, along the New York City skyline. Next, swing over to Germany and construct Berlin's breathtaking Reichstag, Victory Column, Deutsche Bahn Tower, Berlin TV Tower and the Brandenburg Gate. True to life color and construction, these sets include a booklet with facts and history about each building and the city that should not be missed.