(This article originally appeared in 2013, but has been updated for 2018.)
Now that we’ve already covered Mom, it’s time to focus on getting Dad something for the holidays—other than socks. Don’t fret. D-Link is here to help with a few ideas on what dad might like this year.
1. For the DIY Dad
For the manly, why-hire-someone-when-I can-do-it-myself dad, tools are always a great gift. And if the garage is any indication, a man can never have too many, right? Now if you’re not quite the tool aficionado that your dad is or you still don’t know the difference between a Phillips and a flat-head screwdriver, a simple gift card to Home Depot or Lowes might be your best bet.
2. For the Dad on the Move
With all of Dad’s cool gadgets for the grill and tools for around the house, make sure no matter where he is or what he’s fixing he’s got Wi-Fi available. With the AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1620), Dad can make sure his Wireless Grilling Thermometer (another fantastic gift idea) has strong wireless coverage. Whether he’s in the yard grilling or in the middle of a project and needs to lookup a quick how-to video, he’ll be good to go with the Wireless Range Extender.
3. For the Digital Dad
When the kids are asleep and dad just wants some quiet time to watch Netflix or play video games, make sure he has the right bandwidth for optimal wireless performance by getting him the D-Link AC2600 EXO MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-882). With MU-MIMO, 4×4 streaming, and QoS to prioritize bandwidth, he’ll have the best connection available, whether he’s checking his fantasy league stats, watching the newest, most explosive action movie, or leading the next raid.
4. For the Dad Who’s Big on Security
They say a man’s home is his castle, and for the dad who feels the same way, the D-Link Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8525) can help him check up on everything, whether he’s on vacation, at work, or in the other room gaming with that new router you got him.
5. For the Dad Who Has Everything
Okay, look. We know we said this guide would help you find something other than socks for your dad. But you really can’t go wrong with socks, especially if you design them yourself. With a little imagination and the right picture, the possibilities are endless.
Besides, the ones he has now probably have holes in them anyway.