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Here's six Instagram-friendly gadgets that will impress the man we're calling, 'Tech-savvy'...

EGO Power+ 52cm Self-Propelled Mower LM2122E-SP (£729)

Dads like power tools because they’re a good excuse to take refuge in a shed and tinker. EGO Power+ makes a superb range of cordless tools, including this silent, electric lawnmower. Billed as ‘The Tesla of Mowers’, it’s self-propelled (hang on for dear life because it takes off at a fair clip) and features ‘LED headlights’. No idea why anyone would need to mow their lawn in the middle of the night, but it’s nice to have the option.

 

Pro-Ject Rolling Stones turntable

Pro-Ject Artist Series – Rolling Stones (£329)

Pro-Ject’s limited edition ‘artist series’ celebrates the best British rock bands of all time. This Rolling Stones deck is reasonably-priced (for Stones merch) and features the ‘lips logo commissioned by Mick Jagger in 1970. Strip away the artwork and you basically have a Pro-Ject Debut III, a highly-regarded audiophile turntable supplied with a high-quality Ortofon cartridge. Bourbon and opiates are extra.

 

Oculus Go VR headset (From £199)

The Oculus Go is the easiest way for dad to take the plunge into the world of virtual reality. The mundane parts of life – like forgetting to buy tin foil – will become a distant memory thanks to this standalone VR headset’s killer WQHD optics and spatial audio. There are well over 1,000 games and experiences to download, including plenty of binge-worthy TV shows. Good luck unplugging him, though.

Haynes Retro Arcade Game Kit (£25)

The people who make Haynes manuals – the quintessential dad accessory – have come up with a new idea. They’ve boxed up all the bits you need to build a tiny retro games console similar to the contraption dad would have played Pong on in the 1970s. It comes with all the electronic components and a  Haynes Manual instruction booklet. You’ll also need: a soldering iron and a lot of time on your hands.

Raybon golf putter (from £330)

Isle of Man-based Raybon Putters believe that the process of buying a golf club needs to change. They handcraft bespoke putters that not only look like gleaming works of art, but fit the individual golfer like a Savile Row suit. Each high-performance putter is finely-tooled to the buyer’s spec and can be personalised with a unique inscription.

Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker (£260)

Early-adopting dads and ‘full-throttle geeks’ will love this game-changing wearable speaker. It hangs around your neck like a travel pillow. The idea being that you can listen to music whilst cooking, gardening or generally pottering about – without plonking on for anti-social headphones. The ingenious ‘waveguide’ tech directs deep, rich sound away from other people and directly into your ears.

Snap Inc Spectacles (£150)

These video-enabled sunglasses allow the wearer to capture spherical, Snapchat-friendly clips via a camera in the frame. Ideal for the type of dad who describes himself as a ‘creator’ – or who has discovered social media and now has an unhealthy obsession with documenting everything bowel movement.

Huawei P20 Pro (£799)

This state-of-the-art smartphone will impress any tech-savvy dad. The design is edgier than an iPhone X, and it’s also waterproof. The main weapon in its armoury, however, is the 40MP Leica Triple Camera. A ridiculously over-engineered, ‘world-first’ lens uses  artificial intelligence to take perfect photos every time. But then, for £799, it had better take a good photos.

King Tong (£11)

Is this the ultimate kitchen gadget? No. But it comes tantalisingly close. The mighty King Tong is a badass, unashamedly low-tech, bamboo picker-upper that comes in very handy when serving up salad and picking up hot things straight out of the oven.  

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