Father’s Day is fast approaching this year, it will take place on Sunday, September 4th. Just about anyone can be a dad or father figure in your life, but whoever they are, chances are they’re into gaming or tech in some capacity (after all, who is not ?). That’s why we’ve put together this little gift guide, to try to give you some ideas on what to give someone for Father’s Day, no matter who they are:
GAMING GIFT CARDS
It’s not the most inventive or out-of-the-box idea, but you can’t really go wrong picking up game credit for the gamer in your life on Father’s Day (or really at n any occasion). Amazon will send you a $50 or $30 physical PlayStation Store gift card if you want to hand something tangible, otherwise you can grab digital gift cards for most platforms from places like EB Games and JB Hi-Fi which are usually sent straight to your inbox the same day.
With the recent launch of new PlayStation Plus subscription tiers in Australia, some PlayStation Store Credits are a particularly easy way to give someone access to a huge catalog of games at their fingertips.
NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT
Whether they’re gaming or working from home, there are so many possibilities now to give that desktop setup a decent upgrade. You can find some great gaming monitor recommendations in our 2022 guide to HDMI 2.1 displays, and we recently reviewed some great kits like the Razer Viper V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse and Sonos Ray Soundbar.
Brands like SteelSeries are also great if you’re looking to outfit a loved one with a complete gaming desk solution. Whether it’s the just-released Nova series of headsets like the Nova Pro Wireless/Nova Pro+ Gamedac, one of the Aerox 3, Aerox 5, or Aerox 9 ultralight gaming mice, or an Apex Pro Mini keyboard , there’s bound to be something in the -up line to really take their game to the next level.
When it comes to SteelSeries Nova headsets, it’s also worth calling the excellent SteelSeries Sonar software, a free downloadable audio suite as part of SteelSeries GG that allows gamers to enhance their audio experience, optimize their communications and easily mix their audio devices with just a few clicks. It’s packed with game-ready presets designed with input from professional gamers. So giving your parents a SteelSeries Nova headset means fewer hours spent helping them set it up after the fact.
THE GREATEST GAMES OF THE YEAR
What better gift for the parent than games than… more games? There are a ton of great recent releases to remember that the father figure in your life might have missed. Whether they’re gaming on the go with a Nintendo Switch or enjoying lounging on the couch with a PlayStation or Xbox controller in hand, there’s bound to be something up their alley. Some of our favorite recent releases include:
A NEW CONTROLLER
You can never go wrong with the second (or third or fourth) controller when it comes to equipping a family member. After all, what else are you going to do after Father’s Day dinner but tear up around a game of Overcooked 2?
Whether it’s a new DualSense controller for the PS5 in a funky color like Starlight Blue or Nova Pink, an extra Joy-Con pair and steering wheel accessory for some Mario Kart action or a appropriate upgrade for the Xbox dad with an Elite Series 2 controller there’s a controller for everyone.
SEND DAD IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Some dads may need to take time off from work, responsibilities, or the rest of the family once in a while, and what better/easier way to do that than virtual reality? The Meta Quest 2 is still the easiest and one of the most comfortable VR gaming experiences and requires no console or additional PC hardware to use, making it the perfect gift for someone who isn’t willing to sacrifice time, money and space for a dedicated VR setup.
For a limited time, you’ll get the excellent Beat Saber included, but it also has a fantastic wide range of games and apps available on the Meta Quest store, including Vader: Immortal and The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners. The Meta Quest 2 comes in two storage capacity options and there are a bunch of extra accessories you can buy for someone who already owns one:
GAME ROOM IMPROVEMENT
If you have gaming parents, chances are they’ve reserved some space at home for their playtime. Whether it’s a “cave” in the shed or nook under the stairs, why not help them dress it up with tech-based embellishments?
Nanoleaf has a great kit to make any whether it’s the playroom, the office or the garage. The new Nanoleaf lines are perfect for any environment and can be configured into any desired shape – a sick hammer, a shield, an eggplant, anything! There are a few starter kits with varying amounts of lines included, starting at $350 for a kit of nine, as well as expansion packs for adding more. There are also the more rustic looking Nanoleaf Elements panels if they go into a bar or game room situation.
FOR TABLE NERD DADDS
Video games aren’t the only valid types of games, and your parent might as well be into the tabletop variety. Whether they grew up painting miniatures or they’ve just binged on Stranger Things and have a taste for adventure, what’s great is that there are so many points of interest. entry to so many different table flavors and almost all of them have a great little freebie. playstyle kits available.
For trading card enthusiasts, there’s the Magic the Gathering Streets of New Capenna fantasy-flavoured Organized Crime Pack, or if they’re looking to get into Dungeons & Dragons, you can gift them this wonderful Core Rulebooks Gift Set for help them get started. Or why not combine nerdy and crafty with a set of wonderful miniatures from D&D Nolzur and join in an afternoon or two of painting miniatures?
SOMETHING FOR MUSIC LOVERS
Maybe the father figure in your life already has everything he needs to play, but he’s a technician who loves his music? There are many great audio solutions on the market right now, including the excellent Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless noise canceling headphones. They’re not particularly cheap at $549, but if your loved one is looking for some of the most comfortable and feature-rich cans, you really can’t go wrong.
We’re also big fans of LG’s Tone Free in-ear headphones, which are a great affordable wireless solution with great noise cancellation and an audio-engineered solution for everyone with Meridian. The FP9A model tends to sell out pretty quickly, but the nearly as good LG Tone Free FP8As are a great backup option.