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We try out six of the best Father's Day gadgets for you

 

No idea what to buy for Father's Day on Sunday? Well, never fear, because Keeley Bolger has a selection of gifts sure to make a certain someone feel appreciated.

Polaroid Snap Touch, £159, Argos

For a whiff of nostalgia, this next-generation Polaroid is hard to beat. Like the old models, the camera prints pictures immediately, but with the real advantage of a slot for an SD card so pictures can be stored and printed later to avoid developing any duffers. Use the print-outs for collages and cards for dads who appreciate the personal touch.

Google Chromecast, £30, John Lewis

If a bit of peace and quiet to catch up on boxsets is the thing your dad craves the most, this Google Chromecast should suit. Essentially, by attaching the dongle to your TV's HDMI port, it'll make your TV smart, mirroring tablets and smartphones onto the telly and enabling streaming, as well as terrestrial catch-up services. There's also an option to host footage you've taken on supported Android devices, if you want to record a special message for dad.

Ruark R1 MK3 DAB Bluetooth Digital Radio, Walnut, £219.95, John Lewis

When smartphones, tablets, TVs and just about every other device under the sun can be used, you may question the value of a separate radio. And you'd have a point. But when it's as beautifully made as this Ruark digital radio, it can be a real asset. This does come with a hefty price tag, but the sound quality is better than you'll have through the aforementioned devices, plus the Bluetooth function means music can be streamed and the USB ports at the back can be used to charge devices. It certainly makes for a classy Father's Day gift.

Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill with Two 18 V Lithium-Ion Battery, £74.99, amazon.co.uk

Dads who can't resist tinkering with home repairs may appreciate this new compact cordless drill from Bosch. It can drill up to 100m in steel and 30mm in wood, while a second battery means DIY can continue for longer. Drill bits can be changed by hand via a keyless chuck, making it faster and less annoying than changing with a key.

Apple Watch Nike +, £369, apple.com

This might please fitness-fanatic fathers, but it'll make a real dent in finances. At £369, the Apple Watch Nike + is an eye-watering step up from a box of chocs, a four-pack of beer and a card from the supermarket. But if you have the readies, it does offer a lot of bang for your considerable buck. Pairing up with Nike, the watch has inbuilt GPS to keep an accurate reading of pace, distance and route during runs and bike rides. It'll also provide an update on the weather, is water-resistant to 50 metres and has a heart rate sensor, as well as the usual messages, apps and notifications that come with the Series 2.

Philips Beardtrimmer Series 7000 Vacuum Beard Trimmer, £80, www.philips.co.uk

Here’s a treat for those who live with the bearded. Rather than relying on bits of old newspaper (if you’re lucky), or less optimistically, the sink and floor, this beard trimmer comes with a vacuum attachment to suck up pesky hairs before they carpet the bathroom. The gadget cuts hair to a variety of lengths, so everything from a Salvador Dali to a Jeremy Corbyn or Ryan Gosling is catered for.

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