Sure, you could buy your dad an electric nose hair trimmer at Brookstone, but if he loves good design, he might want something a little nicer. Here are 10 ideas for gifts that combine function, beauty, and technology. Most of these prices range between $20 and $80, with a couple of splurges thrown in for fun.
The Jawbone Jambox ($200) is a wireless speaker that doubles as a speaker phone and connects to your iPhone (and other devices) using Bluetooth. Available in 4 colors, each style has a slightly different variegated texture. To read more, click here.
If your dad likes to have the next new thing before anyone else gets it, this $40 Jonas Damon Alarm and iPhone Dock (made from sustainably harvested beech wood) is available for pre-order. It won't arrive until August, but he'll feel cool knowing he's so ahead of the curve.
With multiple locations around the country and an extensive web shop, Flight 001 specializes in high-style tech and gear for travelers. This is their Grid-It Grey travel organizer for cameras, phones, and cords ($22).
The Ghostly Store
Ghostly's online store is perfect for audiophile dads who love beautiful headphones and speakers. For instance, their IDEA Card Speaker ($75) is the size of a credit card but has a surprisingly big sound. It also comes with a slick carrying case.
For hipster tech and workplace accessories, try this modern online store. Based out of San Francisco, they offer free shipping on orders over $50. This is the Vers iPhone Shell Case ($40), made from solid hardwood.
The Photojojo Store
Great for the dad who won't stop taking photos with his iPhone, The Glif ($20) is a "minimalist iPhone stand and tripod mount." It snaps onto your phone, acts as a vertical or horizontal stand, and has a tripod mount to connect your iPhone to any tripod.
Their motto is "stuff for smart masses." This website has a huge inventory, and although there are some cheesy things in the mix, there are also real finds, like solar powered chargers and sleek home office gear. Shown: Juice Bar Portable Solar Charger ($50).
This is the grandfather of mod travel alarm clocks, first designed by Dieter Rams in the 1970s. Braun's travel-sized alarm clocks are still available from design-minded stores — including Hive online, where they sell for $40 - $68.
The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt
Max Bill's Wall Clock ($460) dates back to 1957, and it has a certain Mad Men agency appeal. A disciple of the Bauhaus school, Max Bill favored utilitarian simplicity. If you're looking to splurge on your dad, his stripped-down clock remains a modern classic.
Tivoli's Model One Radio has received consistently high customer reviews across shopping sites. Designed with a classic casing that's available in wood, it's an AM/FM radio that's compatible with iPod and MP3 players and sells for $150.
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Photo: IDEA Card Speaker