Father's Day gift guide: For geeky, gamer and sporty dads

Father's Day gift guide: For geeky, gamer and sporty dads
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If you are unsure of what to give your dad this Father's Day, take a look at our gift guide for geeky, gamer and sporty fathers. The gadgets, gizmos and accessories should put a smile on his face.


For dads who love geeky stuff

Motorola Moto 360
$380; available only at rakuten.com.sg and Mstation at The Verge

If your dad hates the walled garden of Apple and prefers the endless customisability of the Android kingdom, then let him wear the Motorola Moto 360. It is arguably the best Android Wear smartwatch right now. Its circular stainless steel case has a bezel so thin that the 1.56-inch touchscreen display (320 x 290 pixels) looks as if it all but covers the edges. Its minimalist design makes the Moto 360 the best-looking smartwatch. Running the latest Android Wear 5 operating system, the Moto 360 syncs with any Android OS 4.3 smartphone to provide notifications and subtle alerts. It also accepts voice commands.

Forbidden Desert
$39.90; available at myfirstgames.sg

New board games in recent years have proven to be highly imaginative and span genres from zombie survival to science fiction. Forbidden Desert is one such imaginative game. Your plane has crashed in the desert. Players, who each take up a different role with its own special ability, must work together to find spare parts for an ancient flying machine and escape the desert before it kills them. The game is accessible because of its simple rules. But it is also complex enough to offer players plenty of options. In short, it is a great game to play with your family.

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
$47.17; available at sg.rs-online.com

If your dad loves to tinker with computers, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B credit card-sized computer should be right up his alley.

Despite its tiny size, it runs on a 900MHz Cortex-A7 processor with 1GB of system memory that lets it run the Raspian operating system (OS), Ubuntu OS and even the soon-to-be-released free Microsoft Windows 10. It even has four USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a microSD card slot for loading your OS and storing data, as well as a micro-USB power port. So, all your dad needs to do is plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor.

Those, I am sure, he has plenty of.

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (Blu-ray)
US$30.16 (S$41); available at amazon.com

Do sitcoms laced with tech jargon and in-jokes sit well with your dad? If so, he should check out HBO's Silicon Valley. The show, which is about a nerd who creates a game-changing compression algorithm and a big company that wants the technology at all costs, was created by Mike Judge (of Beavis And Butt-head and King Of The Hill fame), who tapped his own experience of working at a start-up in the Valley. The show pokes fun at Silicon Valley, from the deification of tech figures, such as Steve Jobs, to the characters' lack of social skills.

Uniqlo Star Wars UT
$24.90

These are for the Star Wars-mad father so he can wear his fandom with pride. These Star Wars-themed Uniqlo T-shirts are available in 16 designs for men. The designs are by the winners of the Star Wars-themed UT Grand Prix 2015 T-Shirt design competition, as well as from the judges, who include Lucasfilm executive creative director Doug Chiang, and Star Wars Rebels art director Kilian Plunkett.

You can choose from designs, such as I Am Your Father (how apt!) to Darth Maul or Darth Vader portraits. If you cannot decide, just take your dad to a Uniqlo store. Available while stocks last.

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