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This story is part of Father's Day Gift Guide 2020, featuring our top picks for dads who love tech.

Whether it's Father's Day, a birthday or some other special occasion, it's not always easy to find the best gifts for dad. (Full disclosure: I am a dad, and I am hard to shop for.) One reason: Dads are old -- which means they often already have many of the things they need. Another reason: They can be too low-key about the things they actually want. With all of that in mind, we present our selection of great father's day gift ideas that run the gamut from a cool drone to a sturdy hammock to must-have products for your next backyard barbecue or camping trip. No matter dad's interests, you're sure to find just the right thing among our picks of amazing gifts in this Father's Day gift guide.

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This sleek, waterproof aluminum tube has just about all of the gear a dad could need in a pinch. That includes a 200-lumen LED flood beam flashlight, a compass, a modest first aid kit and everything you need to start a fire -- each neatly packed into a modular storage puck. There's also some rope, a wire saw and a razor blade, some tape, sewing gear, fishing gear and everything you'd need to purify 7.5 liters of water. Weighing in at just under 1 pound, these supplies are the perfect gift for the camping enthusiast or outdoorsy dad -- but just as useful to stash in a car, boat or home.


The Kammock Roo Double hammock is equally well-suited for backwoods camping and a backyard. It's big enough for dad plus one -- or maybe two other pint-sized companions -- as long as you keep the total to under 500 pounds. And, crafted from ripstop nylon, it's lightweight enough to throw in any backpack or day bag.

You'll need some sturdy straps to rig the hammock to trees. However, if you're willing to splurge, I'd recommend Kammock's Swiftlet hammock stand: It's lightweight, surprisingly simple to assemble and adjust and it comes with a nice carrying case. Though it was back-ordered for much of the spring and summer, it's now in stock. 


In an era of toilet paper shortages, a bidet is a sound investment. It's also a healthier and potentially more sustainable alternative to paper goods. There's much to recommend about the Omigo. Importantly, it's dead simple to install; I'm not much of a plumber and it took me less than 45 minutes to get it up and running, with zero issues.

It has everything one could want in a bidet -- rear and front wash nozzles, a seat heater, multiple temperature and position settings and an appealing blue nightlight. That noted, at $551, the flagship model is far too expensive and the features that are exclusive to it aren't essential. Instead, I'd recommend the OmigoSL, which includes the most vital bells and whistles, and which will be on sale for $337 from Nov. 21 to 30. 

If you're working with a smaller budget, there is also the much more affordable Tushy, which serves the same underlying purpose but lacks the warmth and high-tech adjustability of the Omigo. 

Demer Box

There are plenty of great waterproof Bluetooth speakers on the market but perhaps none quite as distinctive as the Demer Box. The sound quality is top-notch: This thing has audio that's loud and crisp, with a big-time low end. Built in the USA, the "crush-proof" Pelican case is waterproof and nearly indestructible, and the DB2 model is big enough to carry dad's favorite beer and a handful of other valuables. The rechargeable battery lasts for roughly 40 hours. 

That noted, if you're looking for a much more affordable speaker, we recommend the $30 Tribit X Sound Go, which is also a great gift, and it's waterproof and delivers surprisingly good sound for the price. 

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After being sold out for months, the Nintendo Switch in now back in stock at most stores (along with the less expensive Switch Lite). But if you can swing it, the full-featured model, which costs $300, is a better deal for family gaming. It has been a consistent source of entertainment for my crew during the epidemic, with well-attended marathons of Just Dance and Mario Kart, as well as individual campaigns in the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. Pick up the console and then head over to our roundup of the best Switch multiplayer games for families. Read our Switch Lite review.

Read more: Best TVs and streaming devices for Father's Day 2020  

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A great TV is the bedrock of every dad's home entertainment system and this particular model offers the best bang for the buck, straight up. The latest version of the TCL 6-Series has killer image quality and a new THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast -- which will be especially appreciated by gamer dads. You also get great color, well-implemented full-array local dimming and the Roku TV operating system -- our hands-down favorite. Read our TCL 6-Series (2020 Roku TV) review.

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With many people working and schooling from home for the foreseeable future, a robust Wi-Fi signal has never been more important. The Google Nest Wifi features speedy performance, pleasing aesthetics and doubles as a Google Assistant smart speaker. It's easy to setup, easy to use and easy to rely on -- and we think it's the best solution overall for upgrading your home network. Read our Nest Wifi review.

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When dad's ready to move beyond his TV's built-in speakers, this is where we suggest you start. A newly updated version of our long-time favorite, the V21 comes with a compact but powerful subwoofer, HDMI connectivity and terrific overall audio quality. Hands-down, this is the best soundbar value we've come across in 2020. Read our Vizio V21 review.

DJI's Mavic Air 2 delivers everything you want in a drone: more than 30 minutes of flight time, a 6-mile range and safety features including high-quality obstacle avoidance and air traffic alerts. And the camera hardware is legit: This drone can capture 48-megapixel photos and 4K video at 60 frames per second. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, the excellent Mavic Mini now costs $399.

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At $100, this 10-ounce coffee mug is way too expensive to buy for yourself -- which could make it an ideal gift for a dad in your life. The Ember keeps coffee at the perfect temperature -- technically, 130 degrees F, though that's adjustable via the iOS- and Android-compatible app -- for about an hour. If you take your coffee seriously, it's a life-changing accessory.  Read our take on the Ember Mug.


Basic dad gear: a cooler that combines pleasing aesthetics with monstrous capacity. With its 62-quart interior, the Lifetime High Performance Cooler won best-designed model in CNET's roundup of the best coolers. It has dual-locking lid latches, roped handles and built-in bottle opener. And it costs less than $100. Read our review of the Lifetime High Performance Cooler.

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