The 45 Best Father's Day Gift Ideas Across Gaming And Tech
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Father’s Day falls on June 18 this year, so there’s still plenty of time to snag a great gift for your dad. And if they’re a gamer, there are tons of great options at your disposal. Best of all, there's something for every budget. So whether you want to buy a gift for dad on your own or pool your money together with your siblings, there's bound to be something that catches your eye.
The easiest option is to simply pick up a new game. Tears of the Kingdom is arguably the biggest game available right now, making it a solid choice for anyone who owns a Switch. You could also check out Metroid Prime Remastered for the nostalgia factor, or Diablo IV if your dad is a longtime fan of the iconic ARPG series.
Beyond games, accessories always make a good gift--especially if your dad is currently gaming with old gear that’s starting to show its age. The DualSense Edge is a great option for PS5, while the Elite Series 2 is the best you can get on Xbox. And for the dad that games across multiple platforms (and on mobile), consider looking at the new PowerA MOGA XP-Ultra Wireless Controller.
Other great options include gaming-focused books, the Echo Pop smart speaker, the wireless AirPods, or an arcade cabinet--if your budget permits. From keyboards and controllers to portable monitors and headsets, here’s a look at the best Father’s Day gifts for a tech-savvy dad.
A new game
If you have an Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, or PC in the house, it’s hard to go wrong with a new game for Father’s Day. In fact, there have been some massive launches this year--and any “gamer dad” would be happy to add one of the following titles to their collection.
Diablo 4 SteelSeries products
Diablo 4 just launched, and if your dad is already sinking time into Sanctuary, consider checking out this new lineup of SteelSeries accessories, which includes a headset, mouse, and gaming mat. They’re a bit pricey, but no doubt they’d make an incredible gift. These are likely to sell out, so don't wait if interested.
WD_Black C50 Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S
Xbox Series X|S gamers will surely appreciate some additional storage for their console. The aforementioned Diablo 4 takes up 90+ GB on your drive, after all.
Western Digital recently launched an expansion card designed for Xbox Series X|S. This great plug-and-play solution comes in two different capacities: 1TB and 500GB. The WD C50 is just one of the two storage solutions that gives gamers full access to their Xbox Series X|S games. Regular portable hard drives can only store Series X|S games, not boot them. The 1TB model costs $150, while the 500GB goes for $80. The latter is the cheapest way to expand your SSD on Xbox in 2023.
More storage devices
Games take up way more space than they used to. So why not give the gift of storage space this Father’s Day? Whether they’re gaming on Xbox, Switch, PS5, or PC, there’s a storage solution for you to check out.
Tears of the Kingdom guides
$20 - $27
With 496 pages of Tears of the Kingdom goodness, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better gift for a Zelda fan. Two editions are available, but the hardcover edition is without a doubt worth the extra few bucks, as it comes with a gorgeous cover and makes a great addition to any bookcase. The official strategy guide was supposed to release right before Father's Day, but it has been delayed until July 7. Still, Dad will appreciate knowing help is on the way.
If the father figure in your life is also a bookworm, consider taking a look at some of these great gaming books. From Satoru Iwata to the console wars, there’s bound to be a topic that’ll pique their interest.
- Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata -- $16
- Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation -- $18
- Control Freak: My Epic Adventure Making Video Games -- $21
- The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept VR -- $15
- Blood, Sweat, and Pixels -- $12
- Press Reset -- $16
- The Tetris Effect -- $20
8Bitdo Ultimate Bluetooth Controller
Featuring two back buttons, custom profile switching, an included charging dock, and support for motion controls and turbo functions, the 8Bitdo Ultimate stands out as one of the best third-party controllers for Switch and PC. So if your dad is still playing with Joy-Con, consider upping his game with one of these.
Backbone One Mobile Gaming Controller
With models that support iOS or Android (and Xbox or PlayStation designs/features), the Backbone One is a great companion for mobile gaming. Whether streaming games or playing the latest mobile hit, the responsive joysticks, low latency connections, and premium build quality make this one of the best ways to experience games on the go.
PowerA MOGA XP-Ultra Wireless Controller
This modular controller works on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and mobile, making it the ideal gift for a dad who games across multiple platforms. It’s also built with a design that allows it to take on four different forms, with a detachable grip and gaming clip allowing tons of customization options.
A pro-style controller
From the DualSense Edge to the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, there’s no shortage of awesome gaming controllers on the market. And for a dad that’s always online playing the latest multiplayer games, it’s hard to go wrong with one of the following gamepads.
Baseus Power Bank
With enough juice to power up laptops, Switch, Steam Deck, and dozens of other electronics, this Baseus power bank is a great option for anyone that travels. Toss in multiple connection types and a durable design, and it’s easy to get years of service out of this powerful power bank.
Portable gaming monitor
Gaming while away from home can be challenging, but this portable monitor makes it a bit easier. Not only is it slim and easy to transport, but it offers a 144Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution, allowing your dad to play his favorite games in style while out on a business trip.
SteelSeries knows a thing or two about crafting premium headsets, and it’s hard to find anything better than the Arctis Nova 7X. With universal support for all modern platforms, 38 hours of battery life, and booming drivers, the audio design of any game can be enhanced with these on your ears. You can save a bit of money by opting for the Nova 7 (sans Xbox support). And if you're shopping on a strict budget, the Nova 1 offers great value.
$70 - $110
Upgrade your dad’s gaming rig with a powerful new gaming mouse. The SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless and Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro Wireless are among the best in the class, offering responsive performance and luxurious designs. They also boast incredible battery life, with both capable of lasting for more than 100 hours of use.
$73 - $80
If your dad’s battlestation consists of an old membrane keyboard, you can give them a massive upgrade this Father’s Day with a mechanical keyboard. Consider either the SteelSeries Apex 5 or Logitech G613, as both are reasonably affordable yet pack in a ton of high-end features. The SteelSeries might be best if you’re looking for the best performance possible, while the Logitech keyboard offers a smooth wireless connection.
NFL Blitz Arcade1Up
NFL Blitz is one of the best arcade-style sports games on the planet, and this cabinet might be the best way to experience that chaotic action. Best of all, it supports up to four players--so the whole family can join in on the fun.
Arcade1Up Golden Tee
$494 - $700
The newest version of this cabinet is a bit pricey, but it comes with eight games--including a bunch from the Golden Tee series along with Shuffle Shot and World Class Bowling. If you want to save some cash, you can pick up the older version. This looks every bit as stylish as the new cabinet, but includes only four games.
HyperX Fury S Mouse Pad
Offering seamless, anti-fray edges, a textured underside for no-slip performance, and four different sizes, the HyperX Fury S Mouse Pad is a great gift idea if your dad plays games at his desk.
$100 - $140
For a dad who loves to read, there’s no better gift than a Kindle. The Paperwhite offers a better screen, but the standard Kindle (2022) is still a great choice. It also clocks in under $100, making it a bit more affordable than the $140 Paperwhite.
As one of the newest members of the Echo family, the Echo Pop has a lot going for it. Beyond its sleek, small footprint, it offers access to the Alexa voice assistant, a unique light bar that lets you know when it's listening, and surprisingly great sound quality.