Cool Gadget Roundup: The Top 5 Gifts for Dad

BY: Christina Hansen


Listen up, kids. Father’s Day is coming fast, and it’s time to start thinking about what would really make Dad smile. So put down the goofy tie, walk past that “World’s Best Dad” barbecue apron, and type into your browser. We may not lead the pack in greeting card sentiments, but when it comes to gadgets that will make the Big Guy happy, we’re the experts to turn to. Whether Dad’s a handyman, loves the outdoors, or is into electronics, we have 5 great suggestions for gifts that are creative, useful, and sure to get a far better response than last year’s beer-dispensing hat.

DISTO D5, LI-764553Leica Geosystems DISTO™ D5 Distance Meter

If your Dad is the kind of guy who would enjoy a laser (yes, we said laser) that he could whip into and out of a holster and use to measure distances up to 200 meters, then we’re pretty sure that the Leica DISTO™ D5 Distancemeter would be a Father’s Day dream come true. We’ve covered its main points, so let’s move on to features; this distance meter is the first of its kind with an integrated digital Pointfinder to help locate targets, and has the ability to measure squares and volumes at the touch of a button. Whether he’s plotting out a landscaping project or measuring room dimensions, the DISTO™ D5 will help Dad get the job done quickly and accurately.


Heat Shrink Tubing KitHeat Gun/Heat Shrink Kit

What do you get for a Dad who’s more into custom cars and computers than tools and home improvement? Heat shrink, of course. While it may not sound like the most exciting gift for a gadget guy, heat shrink tubing can actually be a lot of fun to use, and is incredibly useful for small repairs and wire insulation. It also becomes an extra-interesting gift when accompanied by a heat gun. We suggest covering all the bases with one of our heat shrink tubing kits; these compact, compartmentalized cases are filled with heat shrink in assorted sizes and colors, so Dad’s sure to have the right type on hand for whatever need may arise.


MagneSpotIf Dad’s a home theater or audio Do-it-Yourselfer whose hobby goes as far as pulling in-wall cables, make his job easier with the Magnespot. Designed to eliminate frustrating trial-and-error hole cuts and the drywall repairs that inevitably follow, this handheld locating system is made up of a thimble-sized magnetic marker used in conjunction with a handheld locating device that’s no bigger than a standard highlighting pen. Operation is simple: the magnetic marker is placed on the backside of drywall or above a ceiling - wherever a cable penetration hole needs to be cut. Then it’s traced from inside the room with the electronic finder, which locates the marker to within 3 inches of its exact location, and clues Dad in to the exact spot where a hole needs to be made.



Autoloader Multi-Bit ScrewdriverAutoloader

Think back to when you were growing up. How many times did you hear phrases like “*#@*^@!!!!” reverberating from the general direction of the garage? It’s a common memory that many of us share, and it’s pretty much universally linked to those times when our Dads couldn’t find the precise tools they were looking for. Luckily, tools have evolved to the point where we no longer need to own multiple variations of the same basic implement. Case in point: the Autoloader® Multi-Bit Screwdriver, an all-in-one solution that integrates 6 of the industry’s most commonly used screwdriver bits into a single tool. Thanks to its revolutionary pump-action design, the Autoloader® lets you select and load the bit you need in just seconds. Isn’t time to end Dad’s hunt for the right screwdriver?