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You still have time to get Dad a DJI Mavic Air drone and save $300

It's DJI-refurbished, so literally good as new, priced at $499.

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This story is part of Father's Day Gift Guide 2021, featuring our top picks for dads who love tech.

Drone popularity continues to (sorry) soar, as flying is a fun activity you can do from the comfort and social safety of your own yard. There are plenty of decent ones priced $100 or less, but for anyone serious about the hobby, it's hard to beat something from DJI's lineup. And if you're looking for one to give Dad, here's a particularly good deal: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the refurbished DJI Mavic Air is $499 via DJI's official eBay store. It originally sold for $799; this is the lowest price I've seen.

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I know: still a pretty expensive gift. But this is, to quote CNET's Mavic Air review, "a folding 4K mini drone that's close to perfect." The folding part is key: I own a DJI Spark, which is kind of the little brother to this model, and it's a pain to travel with because its arms don't fold. (It also relies on your phone and DJI's app for controls; a handheld remote, which is included here, is so much better.)

It's worth noting that there's a newer model, the Mavic Air 2, which has an improved camera, longer flight times and other improvements. But it's $799.

Here you get an amazingly capable quadcopter that can shoot lovely 4K video -- and it's actually small enough to fit into a pocket. OK, a reasonably generous pocket, but still. Doesn't Dad deserve something as awesome as this?

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Chefman's 3.7-quart air fryer is on sale for $39.99 (Update: Expired)

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Here's another item with dad-gift potential: an air fryer! I use mine constantly, in part because it's ideal for things like oven fries and in part because sometimes it's just easier than dealing with the actual oven. (Example: You don't have to wait 20 minutes for it to preheat.)

There are zillions of these things. Here's a particularly good deal on one: Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Chefman TurboFry 3.7-quart Digital Air Fryer for $39.99. Regular price: $79.99.

Simplicity appears to be the key here: It has digital time and temperature controls and a dishwasher-safe basket. There are both larger and smaller fryers available; this one is roughly in the middle, so ideal for one- or two-person households, not big families.

Read more: The best Father's Day gifts for dad in 2020 

This model has a 4.6-star user rating from over 200 buyers, so chances are good Dad would be happy with it. And, hey, isn't it time he switched from oil-fried potatoes to air-fried ones?

This article was published previously. It has been updated to indicate deals which have expired. 


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