NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Father's Day is just around the corner (June 21), and if you haven't had time to buy Dad a gift yet, you're definitely not alone. No matter how many times we tell ourselves to shop for dad ahead of time, somehow we keep procrastinating. Now, you need a great idea -- fast.
Sure, dad would be happy with a pat on the back, but come on -- he helped make you who you are today. You owe the guy. Get him something that he'll really love. Get to it, slackers.Here are eight quick gift ideas for every kind of dad -- from the bookworm and the grill aficionado, to the tech-savvy.
For the Tech Dad:
Leeo's Smart Alert Nightlight
The sleek and easy-to-use device is perfect for even the most discerning of dads. Once plugged in, it becomes his handiest smart home tool yet, offering peace of mind when the family is away. The Smart Alert Nightlight monitors your existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and connects to a free app (available for both iOS and Android), so that it can alert you to an emergency if an alarm goes off in your home. One device monitors a whole floor of your home.
The device also doubles as a customizable nightlight with more than 16 million color options -- to coordinate with Dad's man cave, favorite baseball team, and everything in between. You can pick one up at Leeo.com or Amazon (AMZN) for $99 and have the device delivered by Father's Day with an expedited-shipping option.
Is dad always complaining about his smartphone running out of juice before the day is done?
A good portable battery like the Power Pen could be a solution. The two most borrowed items in the entire world, a pen and a phone charger, are united in one ground-breaking device -- The Power Pen. It's a small 700mAh battery built into a brushed aluminum stylus/ballpoint pen (black ink). It includes tips for both iOS and Android devices, so no matter what phone dad has, this can power it up in an emergency.
The Power Pen is available in both black and gold colors. You can find it for sale at Firebox for $38.39, with options for expedited AirExpress.
For the Couch Potato Dad:
Does your dad enjoy spending his free time in front of the TV?
Google's (GOOG) HDMI streaming stick allows media junkies to enhance their viewing by mirroring content from their smartphones, PCs or tablets onto an HDTV. Hey, sometimes watching Hulu or Netflix in bed on a tablet isn't enough. Chromecast supports all major apps: including Pandora (P), ESPN, Netflix (NFLX), HBO and several others.
Google Chromecast costs $28.74 at Amazon with options for expedited delivery.
For the Dad Who Loves to Grill:
This barbecue companion is the answer to precision grilling. The iGrill works with Bluetooth so that dad can monitor the internal temperature of his favorite cuts from his smartphone. Whether you cook together with Dad, let him wear the chef's hat, or prepare dinner for him, the end result will probably be a little tastier (not to mention healthier). And he'll be guaranteed to get the exact medium-rare steak that he's been craving.
The device is available for $99.99 at store.idevicesinc.com or Amazon with options for expedited delivery.
For the Dad Who Loves a Good Book:
Unlimited Books on Scribd
Scribd has been described as Netflix (NFLX) for books. For $8.99 a month, dad can read as many books as he wants on his iOS, Android device, Kindle Fire or Nook tablet. The service has slowly been bulking up its library and now includes selections from big-name publishers Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, as well as smaller operations.
Oyster is a similar service, but it's $9.95 per month and only available on iOS at the moment.
For the Dad Who Loves to Swing:
No Father's Day gift guide would be complete without something to help dad break 100 on the golf course.
The SwingTIP, or "mobile swing coach," is a tiny 3-D Bluetooth device that attaches to any golf club and transmits real-time swing analysis to your smartphone or tablet. The device activates your iOS and Android device to video-record your swing for extra analysis, reproducing a 3-D animation of your actual swing alongside key performance metrics. The device shows you what happened, why it happened, and how to improve it.
SwingTIP costs $129.99, with expedited delivery available on Amazon (AMZN).
For Dads Who Love Music:
If dad is a music aficionado, you might want to introduce him to the concept of multiroom wireless sound systems like the Sonos Play:1.
Via the Sonos app, he can stream his favorite songs from his smartphone and enjoy crystal clear, powerful sound via two custom-designed drivers with dedicated amplifiers. The wireless speaker works with just about every streaming music service, including Pandora and Spotify. The best part is Dad can continue to expand Sonos by adding more speakers later -- and the more speakers you have, the better the whole system works.
The Sonos Play:1 speaker is available on Amazon in either black or white for $199, with options for expedited delivery.
For the Old-Fashioned Dad:
If you're looking for a quick and simple way to give Dad a gift tailored to his tastes, consider the Chillsner.
Love of beer is almost synonymous with all dads, and now there is a way to ensure that his lager or IPA is perfectly chilled every time. Designed like an icicle, or a "corcsicle," the Chillsner fits into a bottle's neck so that his drink will cool off almost instantly, down to the last drop.
The Chillsner costs $29.95 for a two pack and is available at corkcicle.com or Amazon with expedited delivery, just in time for you to grab a cold one with dad.