Dad Does Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Best Gadgets & Gifts For The Grown-Up Sized Kids in Your Life
We all have those large kids in our lives. They sometimes go by titles like husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father, grandparent, great uncle, third cousin twice removed….you get the idea. We may grow up, but we never grow tired of playing. Here are some fun gadgets and gifts for the adult sized kids in your life…
Polaroid is back! No instant prints come flying out of the Polaroid Cube, but it is a drop dead easy way to shoot HD video and snap fun photos. The Cube is a super simple video camera (just one button) in the shape of a tiny cube. With a magnetic base on the bottom you can attach the Cube to all sorts of things and shoot some fun videos…all for under $100.
Read our full review of the Polaroid Cube
Purchase the Polaroid Cube for $99 from Amazon
Yoga 3 Pro
We normally don’t get that excited about computers…but then again the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is no normal computer! With a watchband inspired hinge, that consists of 813 precision-machined aluminum and steel components, that are hand-assembled – the Yoga 3 Pro is incredibly thin, flexible, sturdy and light. A true multimode laptop, the Yoga 3 Pro will adapt to your lifestyle…rather than the other way around.
Don’t let the good looks of the Yoga 3 Pro fool you, this is also a powerful beast of a laptop as well. Thankfully with the Yoga 3 Pro, beauty is not just skin deep.
The Yoga 3 Pro from Lenovo starts at about $1249
Virtual Reality Cardboard Toolkit (Dodocase VR)
At the Google I/O conference this year they introduced the concept of Google Cardboard. What looked like a cute Maker project at the time – taking some cardboard and making a virtual reality viewer for your phone – has become a real and dare we say, pretty awesome thing! We got the DodoCase VR – which for $25 gives you everything you need (except the smartphone) to put together your own Google Cardboard style Virtual Reality Viewer.
Load up some apps made to work with Google Cardboard VR and suddenly you have a pretty impressive, immersive, head tracking virtual reality headset…for under $25! Go on a virtual tour, fly through the Grand Canyon, view museum pieces from every possible angle – all in 3D. Yes, it is still a little rough around the edges, but still the best $25 we ever spent!
Purchase the DodoCase VR for $25
Learn More About Google Cardboard Virtual Reality
Roku Streaming Stick
Perhaps this should go in the Gift Guide geared toward TVs. What do you get the “dumb” TV that is jealous of all your connected devices? The Roku Streaming Stick of course! Plug this stick into the HDMI port on your TV and suddenly you have a very smart TV. Roku offers over 5,000 channels of video content from the internet, streamed right to your TV. There are countless streaming options on the market, but we like the clean interface on the Roku the best.
Purchase the Roku Streaming Stick At Amazon for about $49
Inventio-HD Pro 1080p Video Sunglasses
Sure, some people will look at the Inventio-HD Pro Video Sunglasses and see a creepy spy cam. After spending a few weeks testing the Inventio-HD, we actually see something completely different…a very handy hands-free action camera! Going on vacation? Put on a pair of Inventio-HD sunglasses and enjoy your trip without constantly holding a video camera or your phone to try to record that special moment. Instead, simply enjoy the moment and know if anything cute happens, you will have it captured in full HD on your Inventio-HD Pro sunglasses.
Read our Full Review of the Inventio-HD
The Inventio-HD Pro Sells for $149 on Amazon
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
You’re probably looking at the photo above and snickering to yourself, “Ha, the fools at Dad Does made another mistake, putting an image of a projector in a story about a Yoga Tablet.” Ah, but the image above is correct, since it is showing the 50″ projector built into the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.
How do you make an Android tablet stand out from the crowd? Sure, you can put a stand on it, give it a QHD display and build in some serious speakers…but to really shake things up, you add a projector right into the spine of the tablet! What’s more festive, watching a video of a burning log on an 11″ screen or watching it projected to 50″ on your wall?
Purchase the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro At Lenovo for about $439
Anything from Hydro Flask
We normally don’t add a whole product line to our Gift Guide, but we are so in love with everything from Hydro Flask, you really can’t go wrong with anything they sell. What micro brew fan would not go nuts for the Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Growler. Double wall vacuum insulation and beautiful design make this truly gift worthy. What then do you drink your beer out of? The Hydro Flask Insulated Pint cup of course. Every element in the Hydro Flask line is beautifully designed and geared toward providing you with the perfect beverage experience.
Visit Hydro Flask to View Their Full Product Line.
For just $199 get Dad that Lamborghini he always wanted…well, at least for a few laps! The Supercar Track Xperience let’s you race exotic cars on real racetracks. There are a number of different drive experiences from Xtreme Xperience and they all look super fun. We hope to do a full review of our test drive in early 2015. For now, if you are not sure what Drive experience would be best, you can always get a gift card and let the recipient pick his/her ultimate ride!
LG 55EC9300 OLED 55″ TV
What would a Gift Guide be without at least one luxury gift that we can only hope some long lost rich relative would put under the tree. Of course, getting the 55″ LG OLED TV under the tree is going to be a challenge…but one we would gladly accept! We got to see a demo of the LG 55EC9300 OLED TV and let’s just say…WOW! The blacks are true black, the viewing angle is incredible – simply put, if you want the best TV you want to go with an LG OLED TV. Check out the video below, where the LG OLED TV takes on a Samsung 4K TV…
Purchase the LG 55EC9330 At Amazon.Com for $3,400
The BulletProof Diet
A book on the Fun Gadgets and Gifts Guide? We know, seems completely insane! Here’s the thing, you really can’t enjoy all your cool gadgets if you are constantly tired, wiped out and feel like your brain is operating at half speed. In reading an advanced copy of The BulletProof Diet by Dave Asprey we were very impressed with the DIY, hacker like mentality he brings to improving your diet and health. While books might not be the most exciting gift, the impact this book can have on your daily life is beyond exciting!
Purchase the BulletProof Diet by Dave Asprey At Amazon.Com for about $21
What is not to like about Man Crates? You get a crate, stuffed with awesome stuff…and you need to use a crowbar to open it! Man Crates takes gift baskets to a whole new manly level. Know someone who loves Bacon, get them a Bacon Man Crate. Got a gamer in your life, send them the Retro Gamer Man Crate. Which ever crate you select, the recipient will love what is inside, and you’ll love watching them try to pry open the crate!
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Head over to the Man Crates Site to Learn More!
Stay Tuned, More To Come:
This guide is a living guide and will be expanding as we test and review new products. Please bookmark this page and check back often for the latest reviews. Also check out our full 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for links to all the other gift guides.