You know dad wants gadgets, and you know grads want gadgets — now you need to find the right ones! Our dads and grads gift guide can help, letting you in on some of this year’s hottest gadgets, along with a few unexpected gems. You could get lucky, too — we’re giving away a box of Super Mario goodies, and that’s something dads and grads alike can love. The box includes Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, an Amiibo figure, a Super Mario Bros puzzle, and a Super Mario themed water bottle. Enter below to win.
Keyport Pivot Multitool
The multitool! Can’t go wrong — whether it’s a dad or grad, they’re virtually guaranteed to get some use out of it. This modular modern Swiss Army Knife has space for keys, a pocketknife, a pen, and even a USB flash drive. The Keyport Pivot can be customized, so you can just get the modules your dad or grad needs.
Keyport – starts at $20
InstruMMents Measuring Pen
Back in the day you’d probably buy dad a box full of tools that included a tape measure. But it’s 2017, and instead of giving dad an old school tape measure, get him the InstruMMents Pen. This pen is able to measure depth, height and length, and it will send all of the measurements to your smartphone. Every handy dad will love this tool. Oh, and it also works as a pen and stylus.
InstruMMents – $179
Why get away from what works? The Beats Pill+ has been rocking since 2015, and with great volume, long battery life, and a much more balanced sound than Beats was previously known for, this still stands out as one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. All that, and it’s still small enough to go almost anywhere — like the park, the quad, or dad’s riding mower.
Apple – $230
Lego Architecture London Set
Yet another guaranteed winner for dads and grads alike. The Lego Architecture series of sets covers some of the world’s great buildings and skylines, but we’re partial to this London set that ropes in Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and the London Eye.
Lego – $40
Nomad Leather Folio Wallet iPhone 7 Case
An expensive phone deserves a classy case. As usual, Nomad is delivering the leather goods with this beautiful folio wallet case. Great for a grad who has to start pretending to be a professional soon!
Nomad – $50
Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker
Despite appearances, there’s no digital assistant to get activated by the next stupid commercial here. The Bose SoundLink Revolve is all about the music. The Bluetooth speaker emits sound in a circle, using multiple drivers, two opposing passive radiators, and a transducer to produce room-filling sound. If they’ve been really good, get them two — any two Bose SoundLink speakers can be synced wirelessly for stereo sound.
Bose – $200
HP Heavy-duty Canvas Backpack with Battery Charging Pack
Giving a backpack to a student as a graduation gift seems like it’s in the same vein as giving mom a vacuum cleaner for Mother’s Day, but hear us out. This isn’t so much a backpack as it is a guarantee that your grad will never suffer a dead battery on the go. It has a huge 22,400 mAh battery pack, which is enough to charge several smartphones and tablets multiple times. It can even be used to safely charge laptops, and has a heat sensor that will shut things down if danger is detected. You’ll need an HP power adapter to charge the backpack’s battery pack, though, so if your grad doesn’t already have one, you’ll have to buy the more expensive bundle.