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Father’s Day Gift Guide



Father’s Day is coming up and it’s time to show your appreciation for good ol’ Dad. Why not surprise him with a great tech gift? This year, there are plenty of great choices and most won’t break the bank. Here are some of The Online Mom’s favorites:

(Although we provide the list price after each item, be sure to check Amazon.com and other online retailers for discounts and other savings.)

Sony CD Clock Radio for iPod and iPhone

Let Dad wake up or fall asleep to his favorite tunes with the Sony ICF-CD3iPSIL Clock Radio. Thanks to a hidden sliding dock tray, the ICF-CD3iPSIL can dock with most iPods and the iPhone. Its dual alarm lets you set two separate wake-up times, with the option of waking up to your iPod, iPhone, CD, AM/FM radio, or buzzer. The Automatic Time Set and Automatic Daylight Savings Time features help ensure easy and convenient set up. The ICF-CD3iPSIL also includes a full-function remote control that lets you access all the music on your iPod or iPhone from across the room.

List price: $99.99

Canon PowerShot D10 Waterproof Digital Camera

Waterproof, freezeproof, and shockproof – this is no ordinary digital camera! It’s waterproof down to 33 feet, so you can take it scuba diving, snorkeling or surfing, and it can withstand extremes of temperature from 14-104°F, so it's also ideal for snowboarding, mountaineering or taking on safari! You get 12.1 megapixels of resolution, plus all of Canon's powerful, state-of-the-art imaging technologies. Wherever it goes, it will catch Dad’s adventures in breathtaking color and exceptional detail!

List price: $329.99

Creative Vado Pocket HD Video Cam

If Dad prefers video to still photography, try Creative’s Vado Pocket HD Video Cam, winner of PC Magazine’s Editors' Choice Award. The thin, lightweight Vado Pocket Cam has a bright 2-inch LCD with 8GB of onboard memory and captures video in 720p high-definition quality with just the touch of a button. The Vado also features an HDMI-out port, and the included mini HDMI cable allows 1080i output to a HDTV. The removable, rechargeable battery should give you about 2 hours of continuous recording.

List price: $229.99

Bose QuietComfort 2 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Let Dad hear less noise and better music with the acclaimed Bose QuietComfort 2 headphones. They dramatically reduce engine roar on planes, fade background distractions at work and at home, and help music come alive with well-balanced, detailed sound. All from a lightweight design, ergonomically crafted for a comfortable, around-ear fit. Comes with a convenient carrying case

List price: $269

Sony Reader Digital Book

The Reader Digital Book holds about 160 eBooks or hundreds more with optional removable memory cards. Its portable size makes it the perfect travel companion, allowing you to read a variety of books whenever and wherever you want. With thousands of eBook titles available at the eBook Store from Sony, you can choose to download new releases, classics and popular book titles as well as view other document formats such as Adobe PDF10, RTF, TXT, and Microsoft Word. The Reader Digital Book is available in Silver, Dark Blue or Sangria Red.

List price: $269.99

Kensington FlyLight USB Notebook Light

Whether Dad’s on a plane at night, in a darkened boardroom, or just working in the bedroom, the Kensington FlyLight 2.0 will help him see his notes and his keyboard. The FlyLight plugs in to an open USB port to provide illumination without draining your battery. It features eight ultra-bright LEDs that deliver clean, white light, with a built-in dimmer switch so you have precise control over its brightness. The flexible neck allows you to get the light to where it’s needed and it’s small enough to take anywhere. The minimal power consumption uses less than 90 seconds of battery charge for every hour used.

List price: $19.99

Acer Aspire One Netbook

Acer’s latest Aspire One netbooks feature, high-definition screens, full-sized keyboards, multi-gesture touchpads and 3G connectivity. They’re about the size of a small pocketbook, less that one-inch and weigh less than 3 pounds. The Aspire Ones come with Windows XP Home pre-installed and a choice of 3-cell or 6-cell batteries that can last over three hours or six hours respectively. Starting at under $300, the Aspire One range  clearly represents some of the best value machines in an exploding netbook market. The Aspire Ones are available in diamond black, ruby red, sapphire blue and seashell white.   

List price: from $298

SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS System

Is Dad a golfer? If so, get  him a GPS golf system, ideal for golfers who want top-of-the-line GPS assistance on the links. The SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS features a large color display with automatic backlighting to ensure easy readability outdoors, and a long-lasting rechargeable battery allowing up to 14 hours of continuous use. It's also equipped with the patented IntelliGreen technology, enabling golfers to measure the full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach, both on or off the fairway. The CaddieSync desktop software allows you to easily find courses and download them to your SkyCaddie.

List price: $399.95

Panasonic Portable Blu-ray Player

The Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-Ray disc player is designed to provide an ultimate high definition Blu-ray experience for those on-the-go. In addition to using it as a portable player, you can connect it to an HDTV via an HDMI cable and use it as a standalone Blu-ray Disc player. Like all Panasonic Blu-ray players, the B15 features an SD Memory Card slot that allows you to view and share digital photos, as well as HD video recorded on a SD card. If you want to take it on the road, the B15 comes with an optional headrest mounting bracket for in-car use.

List: $749.95



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