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Gadgets: 14 great last-minute Father’s Day gifts – CNET


This story is part of Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020, featuring our top picks for dads who love tech.

Father’s Day comes around on the third Sunday in June every year. So why are we always so woefully unprepared for it? I have a theory: After triggering the reward center of our brains by getting a great gift for Mother’s Day, we feel such a sense of accomplishment that we wait too long to get something for Pop. And so here we are, yet again, with Dad’s Day coming up tomorrow. It might be too late to get most of these things delivered (notable exceptions: Home Chef and Topgolf), but you can clip a picture of the gift in the card. Can you be a hero on both Mom’s and Dad’s Day? Yes, you can.

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Amazon has lowered the price of the 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 back to its all-time low — just $300. That’s $100 off, making it a practical option if you’re looking for a gift Dad will really remember. The Series 5, of course, is the first model with an always-on display. If you think your dad can live without that, you should keep in mind that you can get the Apple Watch Series 3 for $229.

Read our Apple Watch Series 5 review.

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What’s more convenient than a puck-shaped Echo Dot? How about an Echo Dot with an LED clock display? This handy little gadget is back to its lowest-ever price, so you can save $25 while easing Dad into the 21st century.

Read our Echo Dot with clock (3rd gen) review.

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The WF-1000XM3 earbuds list for $230, but priced at $178, they’re undoubtedly the best value in wireless earbuds. To sweeten the deal, the WF-1000XM3 features active noise cancellation technology to reduce ambient noise.

Read our Sony WF-1000XM3 review.


The WF-XB700 is in the company’s Extra Bass line and lists for $130. As ther name suggests, these are the true wireless earbuds you should consider if you like a thick bass sound in your music.

Read our Sony WF-XB700 Extra Bass first take.

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The  WF-SP800N is Sony’s take on true wireless noise-canceling sports earbuds. They offer very good sound, solid noise canceling, water resistance and good call quality.

Read our Sony WF-SP800N review.


Entertainment complexes — from your standard Dave & Buster’s to miniature golf courses to Disney Land — were hit hard by the coronavirus and the need for social distancing. As recreation centers start to tentatively reopen, one has “dad” written all over it: Topgolf, which features high-tech virtual golf games that you can pair with its full-service food and beverage menu. Now through Father’s Day, if you buy a $50 gift card, Topgolf will add an additional $10 to the card for free. 

Amazon’s Echo Studio is, hands-down, the company’s best smart speaker, but it’s a hard sell at $200. How would you feel about $170 — and getting a free Philips Hue smart bulb for your trouble?

Read Amazon Echo Studio review.

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Amazon’s Fire TV Cube  lets you control power, sources and volume on your TV, sound bar or AV receiver hands-free from across the room, using only voice commands. It’s a superb alternative to a standard universal remote, and right now it’s within $10 of its all-time lowest price.

Read our Amazon Fire TV Cube review.


The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is on sale for as low as $236 in rose gold, which is close to its all-time low price for that color. You can also get the headphones in black and silver, though those models are priced at $50 off.

Read our Bose QuietComfort 35 II review.


The Bose SoundSport Free is a set of true wireless earbuds that offer richer sound than Apple’s AirPods and a more secure fit. The buds are water-resistant and durable, battery life is decent and a charging case provides two extra charges on the go.

Read our Bose Soundsport Free review.

Home Chef

Is your dad the one who preps most of the meals in his home? If so, he might be getting a little tired of the dinner sitch that’s forced virtually every meal to be made and eaten at home. Why not lighten his dinner load by starting him on a meal-kit delivery service? Through Father’s Day, one of the best deals around is from Home Chef, where you can save $45 — that’s $15 per box for the first three deliveries. 

Read about Home Chef in our roundup of 5 meal-kit delivery services.


Bose’s first portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker goes head-to-head with the Sonos Move. If Dad has other Bose Home Wi-Fi speakers, he can combine this to create a multiroom audio setup.

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The Bose Home Speaker 300 offers a choice of Alexa or Google Assistant. It’s able to play quite loud and still register voice commands. The Bose Home Speaker 300 is a flexible smart speaker with excellent voice assistant performance.

Read our Bose Home Speaker 300 review.

This article was previously published earlier this week.   


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