Gear Diary’s 2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and if you’ve been racking your brain for some great gifts that think outside of the sock drawer and toolbox, then we’ve got you covered. Regardless of your budget, this gift guide will have something perfect for the dads in your life.

Galanz Retro Fridge

With its retro design, the Galanz Retro Fridge might look like a bit of a throwback, but complete with the technology of a modern-day appliance. With a capacity of 3.1 cubic feet, the Galanz Fridge is great for a man cave with its dual doors, adjustable thermostat control, and an actual freezer compartment. There’s a non-spill sliding glass shelf, two full-sized door bins, two condiment-sized adjustable door bins, you may find it hard to get Dad out of the cave after purchasing him this.

NFL Apparel

With football season fast approaching, you should really make sure that your dad is decked out with all of the necessary gear that he needs to get ready for the NFL’s 100 Anniversary. With everything from jerseys, sweaters, tailgating gear, and more, regardless if you’re rooting for Brady and Dad’s a fan of Mahomes, there’s something for everyone at the NFL Shop.

Cuisinart Portable Gas Grill

Not everyone wants a super huge grill to make their favorite meal, and if you happen to have a dad that’s always on the go, the portable gas grill delivers on performance with 10,000 BTU’s of heat that will make sure those burgers and kabobs are cooked to perfection. Not only that, but the built-in thermometer allows you to monitor the temp so you know when you meats are that perfect medium temperature.

Stainless Steel 14-Piece Grill Set

With every grill, you need a toolset, and with this deluxe stainless steel set, you’ll get a Chef’s Spatula, Grill Tongs, Silicone Basting Brush, Cleaning Brush, Extra Cleaning Brush Head and 4 Pairs of Corn Holders. Each tool is designed with elongated handles and a hanging ring for convenient placement during grilling time. When you are finished grilling, store the whole set in the durable aluminum case until the next time you grill.

XR-40 Extended Range Probe Digital BBQ & Meat Thermometer

End the guesswork for your dad with the XR-40 BBQ Thermometer. Featuring new and improved technology to make connecting wirelessly even faster than ever, so you can get cooking quicker, the XR-40 remote meat thermometer also features new extended range, which allows you to check your food as it cooks from as far as 500 feet away.

Soundcast VG5

A portable Bluetooth speaker that’s truly a first of it’s kind with its capacitive touch keypad and LED display, the VG5 is great for Dad’s garage, pick up truck or just even at the pool. Featuring aptX and AAC codec, the VG5 gets high-res streaming with it’s Bluetooth on top of NFC pairing options. But the internals are insane as they come with proprietary 6” woofer and two 3” full range drivers, and it can be paired with a second VG5 for a truly immersive sound.

VividSeats Gift Card

Whether your Dad is a fan of Rock and has a laundry list of concerts he would like to see or a baseball fan looking to spend a day at the ballpark with his family, America’s leading independent ticket marketplace, VividSeats, has you covered via the tickets available on their site as well as our gift cards; You can buy and load gift cards between $5-$1,000 directly from their.

LG PuriCare 360 Air Purifier

An appliance certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the PuriCare 360 traps 99.97% of ultra-fine dust, only needs two filters compared to the competition, and can remove odors like food and smoke from the air in your home, perfect to get rid of those harmful airborne chemicals that are in your home.

Tineco PURE ONE S12 PLUS Smart Vacuum Cleaner

If Dad’s been complaining about his decades’ old vacuum cleaner, we’ve got something that is guaranteed to put a smile on his face. the Tineco PURE ONE S12 PLUS Smart Vacuum Cleaner. It’s not only an excellent vac, but it’s also smart, quiet, and cordless! It comes with plenty of attachments including a flexible hose for those hard to reach areas. Judie will have a full review of it posted soon, but she says it deserves a mention, and it gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from her.

LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Built to save the user money in their home, the Wi-Fi enabled air conditioner by LG, the built-in DUAL Inverter Compressor automatically adjusts its own speeds to keep up suitable temperature levels. This can make sure you don’t have to continually do it yourself. It’s whisper quiet with levels as low as 44dB, and will keep any man-cave cool this summer.

iOttie iOn Wireless Fast Charger

Made for the dad that always forgets to plug their phones in, the Qi-Certified wireless charger will allow him to just simply sit their smartphone on its fabric wrapped design and charge free of wires. There’s a status indicator that allows you to know when your phone is charging properly.

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Dan describes the BOOM 3 as “among the best that you can now buy”, and that’s saying a lot. Not only can you customize the Boom 3 speaker to your liking with your own custom engraving, but you can design every aspect, from the Volume buttons, end caps, down to the fabric pattern. You can also buy a PowerUp Dock for a cost that will allow you to dock the speaker as you listen for hours on end. With a 360-degree sound, the cylinder speaker pumps out 15 hours of tune on a single charge, and will easily travel with dad anywhere.

Wicked Audio Arq

Help the special guy in your life get rid of those annoying wires when they are listening to music with the ARQ, a truly wireless pair of earbuds designed for all occasions, including commuting to work, working on the yard, or just vibing in the man cave, the Arq comes complete with dual 10mm drivers that bring a balanced sound to anything you’re listening to. On top of that, you’ll get about three hours of battery life per charge, but the case itself also allows you to charge another device, great for him charging his phone while on the go.

CRAFTSMAN VersaStack V20 Radio & Charger

The CRAFTSMAN VersaStack V20 Radio & Charger ($189) as a great gift option for handy Dads. As a radio, it features great sound quality with 4 full range speakers, 1 active subwoofer, and 1 assisted bass resonator. It offers Bluetooth streaming up to a 100 ft. range as well as a full-color display and touch-sensitive buttons. As a charger, it offers a USB charging port and runs off both battery power (which are cross-compatible with other CRAFTSMAN power tools) or corded via a wall outlet. The Radio & Charger is dust and water resistant (IP54), has rubber bumpers for shock absorption and is part of the VersaStack storage system for stowing and transporting tools.

Cinder Grill

As a fan of the sous-vide method of cooking, the Cinder Grill is a great all-in-one method of cooking your meals. Made of aluminum, the Cinder Grill will cook your meats evenly just as a water bath would normally for sous vide, but it will also sear your foods all in the same device, without wasting extra dishes and appliances. Designed for the dad who’s a self-proclaimed chef, the Cinder Grill is a way to always have a great, uncompromising deal.

Sense Monitor

If you have the type of dad that is always looking to save an extra buck by making sure the energy in your home is turned off when not in use, the Sense monitor might be better than those same pairs of socks. The Sense home energy monitor easily finds out what’s on, what’s off, and how much energy it’s costing you and when paired with a companion smartphone app, Dad will know if you turned off the Keurig before leaving in the morning. To celebrate Father’s Day, you can save $50 when you purchase the Sense home energy monitor. Visit from Thursday, June 6, to Monday, June 17, to take advantage of this special offer.

ScanSnap iX1500 Document Scanner

If dad is in the market for a new scanner, then this is the one to buy. It is a solid, reliable machine that does exactly what it promises. Best of all, while the setup takes some time, once you’ve customized the scanner and destinations to your liking (a process that takes time but is not complicated), the machine just works. When you need to scan you lift the lid, wait a few seconds for it to warm up and go online (how long it takes depends upon the settings you choose), select the destination, and press scan. That’s all there is to it, and that’s the point. A good scanner should be easy to use and help keep you organized. The ScanSnap iX1500 does just that.

LG ThinQ Speaker

Made for the man cave, the ThinQ Speaker by LG produces a high-quality sound that not only works with Google Assistant, but it also works as a smart home hub for making commands. Everyone knows a guy that would love to upgrade the audio quality to their television, and the ThinQ Speaker is probably the best way of going about it.

Pico C UnPak’d Bundle

Does dad fondly recall the homebrew he used to make back in college? Give him a way to make it at home that doesn’t require buying a ton of complicated equipment. The Pico C UnPak’d Bundle includes a Pico C appliance with brewing keg, serving keg, reusable grain and hops beer bags, and reusable bags for brewing cold brew coffee. Users will also have access to the proprietary online PicoBrew RecipeCrafter tool to create their own beer recipes.

Nanopresso Hand-Powered Portable Espresso Machine

Dad loves coffee, and that’s true even when he isn’t at home or somewhere that he can easily get a cup on the go. The Nanopresso is just about 6″ tall and it weighs less than a pound. It is one of the smallest, quality, hand-powered espresso machines on the market. The patented pumping system makes it capable of reaching 18 bars of stable pressure during extraction, comparable to what you might expect from the commercial espresso machine at your local cafe. The optional NS Adaptor will allow him to use Nespresso Original capsules and most of the compatible pods; the optional Barista Kit will allow him to create a double espresso and a larger variety of beverages.

TCL Communications Phones

  • A practical tool at an astoundingly affordable $99: A soft-suede finish provides a premium look resistant to fingerprint smudges, while durable Dragontrail glass withstands life’s scrapes and scratches. Chat, stream and capture moments worth sharing with the Alcatel AVALON V, the only phone under $100 available from Verizon.

  • An intelligent icon, almost as iconic as dad’s jokes: Lighter, thinner and still equipped with the iconic physical keyboard and security/privacy enhancements we’ve come to love. The BlackBerry KEY2 LE, available in three vibrant colors (Slate, Champagne, and Atomic), starts at $349.99 from Best Buy and Amazon.

  • A powerful performer to snap photos like a pro: Explore new camera modes on an immersive 6″ display, featuring narrow borders and contoured-edge glass for stunning clarity and vivid colors. The Alcatel 7 redefines mobile entertainment. Available for free when you port-in a number, exclusively from Metro PCS.

LG 65-Inch OLED 4k TV

Now that you’ve purchased that sound speaker for the man cave, why not improve the room with a new television? The latest OLED TV by LG boasts fast speeds that give less of a lag input that other TVs on the market. Not only that but this particular model (65C9) has razor-thin bezels which are aesthetically pleasing and will look great mounted or sitting on a tv stand.

Highcamp Flask

Every father could use a good flask, and the Highcamp Flask sets itself apart with its stainless steel tumbler. The 750 ML vacuum insulated flask comes at 11-inches with double wall insulation that will keep drinks cold for 24 hours. There’s even a no-drip lid so you never have to worry about it spilling in a bag, perfect for every dad that enjoys the outdoor life, or just an alcohol connoisseur.

Ring Home Security

Every Dad wants to protect their home, and what better way is there than with Ring? Known as one of the best ways to monitor your home regardless if you’re on the couch or in Cabo, Ring’s Video Doorbells, and Stick Up Cam Battery can be mounted to make sure that you detect stolen packages, or just to keep an end on your property.


Nothing like a father that’s organized, and even for those that aren’t, Rocketbook has man ways of letting you jot down your thoughts. But not only will they allow you to get your notes written into text, but Rocketbook’s lastest Everlast and Everlast Mini all will allow you to save the note to your favorite cloud provider then have the notes be wiped away so you can use the notebook as new.


One thing I know my dad loves to do is renovate, and fix things without paying some company to do it for him. If your dad is anything like mine, then the WALABOT DIY Plus is the perfect device for them. Being able to detect studs, metal and plastic wires, as well as pipes, this device can even detect rodents in your walls (take that as you will). There’s something about being able to do it all yourself, and WALABOT wants to make sure that your dad is happy knowing that he can with a great Father’s Day gift.



BullGuard VPN allows tech-loving fathers everywhere to create military-grade encrypted connections whenever they are connected to WiFi — ensuring total privacy on the internet and protection against data theft, privacy breaches, malware and cyber attacks. BullGuard VPN secures up to six devices simultaneously, and Dad can also use his VPN to stream his favorite content any time, anywhere. Available for Windows®, Mac®, Android® and iOS® operating systems, BullGuard VPN is available for purchase on the Apple App Store, Google Play and the BullGuard website. BullGuard VPN costs as little as $2.97 per month for a three-year subscription, One-year and two-year plans are also available

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About the Author

Greg Alston
Diehard Apple fanboy, and lover of all things tech. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Greg enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family and friends, live sporting events, good bourbon, Tetris, and pizza. In that order.