We talk a lot about toys here at Dad Does and various ways to help the kids be educated, entertained and happy. Sure we have our Guide to the Top Toys of 2013, but what about us Dads and Moms? We need to be entertained and kept happy as well!
Let’s get right to it then. Here are 11 Awesome Gadgets that will keep all the Moms and Dads Happy for the Holidays…
1. Lenovo Yoga 11S
It’s a laptop, it’s a tablet, it’s a TV – simply put, it is a Mom and Dad Happy Device. The Lenovo Yoga 11S run Windows 8.1 and folds and twists to become pretty much anything you need it to be. We love the multimode aspect of the Yoga 11S, it is like getting 3 cool gadgets in one. Escape to the bedroom and watch a movie that does not have animated characters. Just don’t let the kids get their hands on it, you may never see it again.
The Lenovo Yoga 11S, Starts at $749 Retail
Feeling really generous this holiday season? Step it up a notch and go with the new Yoga 2 Pro
2. Silverlit Bluetooth R/C Mercedes SLS AMG
At first glance you may mistake the Silverlit Bluetooth Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG as a remote control toy. Yeah, but can a toy also act as a wireless speaker for your iPhone? Use your phone to remotely drive around this replica Mercedes Benz SLS AMG and when you find the right spot, press a button on your phone and instantly stream your music to the large speaker in the back of the Mercedes.
To answer the question in your head – Yes, of course you need a wireless speaker in the shape of a Mercedes that you can drive all around.
The Silverlit Bluetooth Mercedes SLS AMG Sells for $79.99
3. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 Projector
The fact that we can watch videos on our smartphones is great, but really who wants to watch a movie on a 5″ screen? No, if you are going to enjoy your movies you need something that can throw off a much bigger image, say about 25 feet! The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is an amazing little projector that throws off a big and beautiful display. It might just be time to setup that Drive-In you have always dreamed about.
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500, $379 Retail
4. Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10
2012 was the year of the tablet. 2013 may go down as the year the tablet grew a spine and stood up! The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 is a wonderful 10 inch Android tablet that has an amazing 18 hour battery life. That is all great, but what really makes the Yoga Tablet stand out among the crowd of tablets is the fact…it can stand! Pop out the included stand and use the Yoga Tablet in three different modes.
The Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet Retails for $299. The 8″ Tablet 8 is $249
5. iPad Air
Does the iPad Air really need any introduction? Simply put, if you have friends or family who live in the iOS world, there is really only one tablet to get – the iPad Air. It is insanely thin, weighs almost nothing, has a beautiful display and provides great battery life. The only thing heavy about the iPad Air is the price. Android tablets like the Yoga Tablet 10 provide more bang for the buck, but if you are looking for an iOS tablet, the iPad Air is the one!
iPad Air Starts at $499, Learn More Here.
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition
I know what you are thinking – this is supposed to be gadgets for the Moms and Dads so why did we include a tablet for kids? Because we are tricky. Let’s say the budget is not there for the Moms and Dads to get their own tablet, but of course we always have money to spend on the kids. So, pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kid’s Edition for the kids. It is a 7 inch Android tablet that has a kid friendly bumper and kid interface. Here is the cool part, once the kids go to bed, remove the bumper, exit the kid interface and you have a fully functional 7 inch Android tablet!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kid’s Edition Tablet, Street Price $189
7. Tokyo Flash Optical Illusion Watch
We need to say right up front, this gift is not for everyone. If you are looking for an easy to read, practical watch – do NOT get the Tokyo Flash Optical Illusion watch. On the other hand, if you are looking for a unique gift that is a great conversation starter, this is a great idea! The watch looks to just have random lines, but stare at it long enough and the time appears. Yeah, it is pretty wild.
The Tokyo Flash Japan Optical Illusion Watch, $199 Retail
8. Keizus Quadropod and Clamp
The Keizus Quadropod and Clamp is one of those things you never knew you needed and then once you get it, don’t know how you lived without it. Basically it makes your phone, tablet and camera better! Stand up your phone, hold your tablet, put your camera in a tree – it just has so many uses. Check out our video review and it will all make a lot more sense.
Keizus Quadropod and Clamp, $39.95 Retail
9. Mosquito Magnet Commander Trap
Sure it is not mosquito season right now, but in only a few months those horrible bugs will be hatching and ruining any outdoor activity you have planned for the summer. The Mosquito Magnet Commander Trap is expensive ($999), but it absolutely works! Some advanced technology goes into this trap, including WiFi alerts when the unit needs attention. Sorry, mosquitos, you may have met your match!
The Mosquito Magnet Commander Trap, $999
10. D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender
Warning – this is one of those gifts you give and the recipient just gives you a blank stare. The D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender may not be the most exciting gift, but if you have dead zones in your house, it is incredibly useful. Have WiFi that just doesn’t reach some corner of your house? Hookup the DAP-1320 and suddenly your house is basking in high speed WiFi!
The D-Link DAP-1320, Street Price of $35
11. Romo The IPhone Robot
Finally, who wouldn’t want their very own robot? Romo is a robot powered by your iPhone. Attach your iPhone to the Romo base and suddenly your phone is moving around, talking, seeing, recording, interacting – basically putting new meaning into the term “smartphone”.
Romo The iPhone Robot, Street Price of $149