Father’s Day tech gifts


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Erin Lawrence

Dads are so hard to buy for! They always have everything and want nothing. I polled all the dads I know to see what some of their must have gadgets are this year just ahead of Father’s Day.

Apple AirPods

Apple’s AirPods are the ultimate accessory for Dad’s new iPhone X. They’re ultra compact, they sound great, and they connect automatically to all your Apple devices. I’ve been enjoying the seamless user experience, strong battery life and the supreme portability.

Apple Watch bands

Another, less expensive gift idea, is to outfit Dad’s Apple Watch with a new band. Choose from comfortable fabric webbing, silicone, or even fancy metallic options. Get AirPods, Apple Watch or Watch assessories at Apple’s website.

BlackBerry KEY2blackberry key2 new york canada smartphone price review

If dad is in the market for a new smartphone, and he’s a fan of the physical keyboard, he might be thrilled at the timing of BlackBerry’s new announcement.  The Blackberry KEY2 was revealed and it goes on sale later this month.

With larger keys than the KEYone, and a new matte key finish, the KEY2 is set to give you a more comfortable and accurate typing experience. The keyboard is 20% larger while retaining much of the existing screen size. The keys are also raised ever so slightly higher than the KEYone, meaning they’re a bit easier to type on. The keyboard gives you a built-in hidden fingerprint scanner for security, making access convenient and easy. Read about the new KEY2 here.

Meater Meat Thermometer

Meater is a small wireless, rechargeable Bluetooth meat thermometer. It connects to a free companion app and allows you to monitor cooking, check temperature and optimize your grilling or oven roasting.

The nice wooden box Meater comes in doubles as a charging station (and looks great as a gift!). With just one AAA battery you should get 100 charges, each lasting 48 hours. Plus, the back of the case is magnetic, letting you stick it to the fridge for easy and convenient storage. Read the full review and how-to here.

Google Home MaxGoogle Home max smart home speaker digital assistant review how to

Google’s Home Max speaker and digital assistant is a big upgrade for the home, meaning it won’t just be dad enjoying it, the whole family will approve.

Google Home Max is a large and heavyweight home speaker and smart digital assistant. It’s much larger than the Google Home (read my review of Home here) It appears to be designed to compete against something like a Sonos PLAY:5 and has some similar characteristics. The Home Max has touch controls, a dual orientation base, meaning you can set it flat or on its end, and of course it has the power of the Google Assistant built in.

Read the full review and details here.

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  1. Nicole H on June 12, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I am so happy I turned on the TV this morning, which I usually don’t, because I got to see your piece on gifts for Father’s Day (which I actually haven’t thought too much about yet, so thank you for kickstarting that). You did a fab job of explaining everything & I am so excited to have discovered a local tech blog that isn’t too “techie”, aka. easy to read, relate & understand!

  2. Brett Prince on June 12, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Cool idea that water cooker. Someone was thinking out of the box!

    • Grant Henneberg CRSP on June 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the new tech items. I hope to go ‘Smart House’ some day.

  3. Dave Glendon on June 12, 2018 at 10:26 am

    It’s great to see new products especially the food poacher. It opens the imagination for a new way to prepare different foods.

  4. Heather Stewart on June 12, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Tech Talk is so informative and interesting to see. Thanks 🙂

  5. Dave Glendon on June 12, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I’m always interested in watching tech talk to see new products and get another persons take on them that isn’t a sales person. Thanks for bringing great products to the show.

  6. Dianna E on June 12, 2018 at 10:11 am

    This is a great cooking machine. I don’t have one, but have been invited to a dinner that was cooked by one. And have heard great thing about it. Hoping I win

  7. Dan Maibroda on June 12, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Great Father’s Day gift ideas. Thanks! Great show.

  8. Misha Letch on June 12, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Thank you so much for the infused vodka idea ! I love that you can do more with the Joule then just meat.

  9. Jaclyn C on June 12, 2018 at 8:22 am

    “Dads are so hard to buy for! They always have everything and want nothing.”

    Truer words have not been spoken! I am always searching the nether regions of the internet for good gift ideas for my father. The new BlackBerry will be a, albeit delayed, hit. Anyway, thank you for this morning’s segment and the ensuing hours of blog reading/viewing.

  10. Thelma Langejans on June 12, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Hoping to win the Sous cooker. The Father’s Day gift ideas are fantastic!

  11. Gabriela on June 12, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I love the BlackBerry what a wonderful idea for Father’s Day gift.
    Thank you Kindly

  12. Bev Hubert on June 12, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Thank you for sharing these new technologies. Your reviews are very inspiring.

  13. Sue on June 12, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Erin is always full of great ideas and information about all sorts of products. Keep up the great work.

  14. Jaden Baragar on June 12, 2018 at 7:41 am

    These are great ideas for Father’s Day gifts. If I buy him one of these, he will want to use it but someone else will want to use it and he will never get a chance to. Thats usually how it works 😉

  15. audreyn2013 on June 12, 2018 at 7:40 am

    I’m intrigued by this souve cooking. Hubby and I love to cook together and would like to try this method. Thanks, I enjoyed your spot this morning on CTV Morning Live.

  16. Monika Jensen on June 12, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Erin, always a great review on tech products and ideas for all the hard working fathers out there. I know my dad would love any of those cool gadgets. Cheers Monika

  17. Rita Adams on June 12, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Thank you it would be wonderful to win to give for father’s day .. have a blessed day

  18. Susan Lockhart on June 12, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I am intrigued by the water bath cooker. In these days of “cook it faster” this slow cooking alternative is very interesting.

  19. Mike Grainger on June 12, 2018 at 7:34 am

    It’s so difficult keeping up with new technologies so love that you do that! Awesome cooking device too.

  20. Sonia Moore on June 12, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Awesome gadgets. Love them all. SM

  21. Stacey on June 12, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Thank you for the great ideas!

  22. Denae on June 12, 2018 at 7:34 am

    WOW getting the joule sous vid for my dad for Father’s Day would be amazing!

  23. Dana Hutton on June 12, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Hi Erin,

    Great Father’s Day ideas!. I have two!! Lucky me. Thanks for your always informative and interesting segments.

    Kind regards,


  24. Bruce Tanner on June 12, 2018 at 7:33 am

    I always love watching your segment on the news! You cover off these things really well & I would love to get one of those Joule sous vide cookers. One of the best steaks I have ever had was cooked this way by my son, he vacuum sealed some tenderloins with oil and tarragon, cooked them in the water and then seared them briefly on the BBQ, AWESOME!

  25. Susan on June 12, 2018 at 7:32 am

    OMG I’ve been following you and the joule sous vide! Sooo want this! Love all the complete, unbiased reviews!

  26. Elisa Reynolds on June 12, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Loved the CTV segment! The Google speaker and the sous cooker are definitely hot fathers day items in our household!

  27. Maria Meneses on June 12, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Great gift ideas for dads, and husbands in general. Thank you!

  28. Shayne Pardee on June 12, 2018 at 7:29 am

    What a great way to start the morning! Great Father’s Day ideas. Our growing little family would LOVE to try out this fabulous Joule sous vide machine! I am sure our little puppy will also benefit from this as our son loves to throw food on the floor to her. Keep the awesomeness comin’ Erin.

  29. Doug Springer on June 12, 2018 at 7:29 am

    I’d love the sous vide cooker, and I’d even let my kids pretend they got it for me for Father’s Day ’cause I’m nice like that. 😉

  30. Tina Stockdale on June 12, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Great ideas!

  31. Marge Berry on June 12, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Hi Erin: Always interested in the new items you feature on your segment. Regards

  32. Deb on June 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Great suggestions for Father’s day

  33. Janice MacNeol on June 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Love the tech gadgets you choose. Great ideas.

  34. Randy Procyshen on June 12, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Growing up old school, we really love how simple these awesome new technology gadgets can make our every day lives

    Love em and need em

  35. Samantha Cruz on June 12, 2018 at 7:26 am

    The Joule sounds like an awesome fathers day gift! Sous vide steak dinner!

  36. Scott white on June 12, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Love the tech talk segment on CTV. It keeps me informed of all the new gadgets out there.

  37. Kyle Finkbeiner on June 12, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Awesome gift ideas. Never heard of that water cooker before yesterday when everyone in my foursome golfing kept talking about it!

  38. Shane on June 12, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Love my airpods and would love a Joule! Hav eheard great things

  39. Katie O'Connor on June 12, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Great gift ideas today! I’m going to pick up an Apple Watch band. That never even crossed my mind. Thanks!

  40. Jodi on June 12, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Loved the segment today! This gadget would be well used in our house. Have a great day!!

  41. Jessica on June 12, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I always love watching your segment! So many neat gadgets.

  42. Jay on June 12, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Good segment on ctv

  43. Terry Biccum on June 12, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Love these new gifts.. Thanks

    • Carol mccarthy on June 12, 2018 at 7:30 am

      For the guy that has everything! That dad that you just don’t know what to buy for! What a GREAT IDEA! Sous vide by Joule. You are my pick! If I don’t win- I NEED to know where to purchase this! Pick me I’d love to win this !!

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