Father’s Day Gifts that Complement Dad’s Favorite Activities

June 11th, 2015 | Cobra Electronics | Chicago, IL

Next time you ask Dad what he wants for Father’s Day and he responds with one of those classic Dad lines, like “I don’t need anything,” or if he mumbles some variation of “Nothing— Just to spend time with my kids!” — don’t worry! It’s often those non-essentials (the things that Dad wants but won’t spend money on himself!) that make the best gifts.

With that in mind, we put together a few gift ideas for Dad based on some of his favorite (relatively affordable) activities to help you easily plan your Father’s Day activity and find the perfect complementary gift at several price points. Our Gift Guide is organized from least expensive to most expensive.

Wireless Speakers for Barbecuing
If you’re planning a family gathering for Dad’s big day, there is no other way to celebrate than with a good old-fashion grill out. Invite over the family and friends and set the mood with a portable wireless Bluetooth® speaker. The speaker is rugged enough to sit in the grass around the campfire, hang out on the concrete of the outdoor patio and even withstand spills if placed near the serving table. The Cobra AirWave™ Box is the perfect summer accessory for outdoor get-togethers, whether in the backyard, on the beach or on a boat. The wireless speakers have excellent sound quality and can even float if they were to get dropped in water. Another exciting feature— it can be used as a hands-free speakerphone. If Dad has his hands full grilling, he can talk through the built-in microphone. The Box automatically quiets music streaming from the Bluetooth® connected smartphone so that users can take the call.

Bonus Points- Put together a playlist in Dad’s honor that includes all his favorite bands, or songs that remind you of him.

Portable Solar Power Pack for Concerts
There is no better time to enjoy an outdoor concert then in summer. If your Dad is a music fan, find a concert to surprise him with on Father’s Day. If his favorite band isn’t in town, check out if there are any free concerts in the neighborhood park. Grab some chairs, blankets and throw some snacks in a picnic basket. Take along the Cobra CPP 300 Solar Power Charger so Dad can capture as many pictures as he’d like without having to worry about using all of his phone’s battery power. 

Walkie Talkies Kayaking
Explore the waters of a nearby lake (or ocean if you are so lucky!) with a paddle in hand, nothing but clear water ahead, and the CXT 1035R FLT Walkie Talkie on board. It’s nearly impossible to keep anything dry in a kayak, so leave the smartphone at home and instead bring a set of Cobra Walkie-Talkies to communicate with other kayakers. The great thing about these particular Cobra Walkie-Talkies is that they are not only waterproof and fully submersible— they float! The walkie-talkies have rubberized grips to help combat slippery hands, but in case you were to drop it overboard (or if you’re kayak were to tip) the radios are easy to retrieve as they’ll be there bobbing in the water right next to the overturned Kayak.

Dash Cam for Boats
For those who seek thrills beyond the speeds of a kayak, rent a small electric boat for a Father’s Day family outing. Bring along the Cobra CDR 900 Drive HD Dash Cam and a waterproof case, mount it to the windshield, switch the dash cam setting to 'Action Cam,' and record. Capture the crashing waves, the beauty of the shoreline views or the turn it around to capture the fun on board. You can also use it in your vehicle to record your ride to and from the dock for a complete picture of the day.

Bonus Points- Take the footage and edit it into a video. You don’t even have to be that tech savvy. There are free apps that can help you create a cool time-lapse video, speed up the footage and add music. Now you can remember it for years to come.

VHF Marine Radios For Fishing
If your Dad enjoys a more subdued day out on the water, plan a day out fishing. Bring along the Cobra MR HH450 DUAL Handheld VHF/GMRS Radio and keep your smartphone in a safe and dry place. It can be used like a two-way radio to talk to other GMRS users if fishing from the dock or shore. If aboard a boat, row out to the desired spot and drop the line in confidence knowing the radio can switch from GMRS Band to VHF Band. This setting may be used for routine and emergency communication, to other vessels, or from your vessel to shore. The radio also floats if dropped overboard.

Off Road Cobra CB Radio
Bring out Dad’s adventurous side and plan a Father’s Day off-road excursion. There are off-roading events, like the Jeep Jamboree USA, that organize weekend adventures all over the US. Whether you register Dad for a group outing or plan a solo exploration, make sure to equip him with a C 75 WX ST Compact/Remote Mount CB Radio with weather & Soundtracker Noise Reduction System to keep him safe. Some excursion groups require participants to have a CB Radio, and this one has all the features of a traditional CB but is compact enough to fit in the palm of his hand. Beyond off-roading, the C-75 W ST is an ideal emergency communication method for those who frequently drive routes with spotty network coverage or dangerous road conditions. The CB Radio connects Dad to other users around him for hyper-localized emergency updates and road conditions. It also has a built-in NOAA Weather & emergency radio to alert you of all weather conditions. Plus, it’s fun!

Radar Detector and Portable Jump Starter
If you have siblings or a spouse, go in on this one together. It’s a little pricier than the others, but the duo works wonders as a driver protection kit. If Dad travels a lot for work, enjoys road trips and/or extended weekend getaways— these products are a great addition to his car accessory collection. The Cobra SPX 7800BT Ultra-High Performance Radar/Laser/Camera Detector with iRadar community-based detection will protect Dad against speed traps, route him away from congested routes with real-time traffic updates, and alert him of road threats ahead. In addition, every driver should have the Cobra JumPack™ in their glove compartment. The compact power pack is about the size of a wallet. It can jump start your car in 5 easy steps, and still have enough power to juice up your smartphone in order to send out an S.O.S. signal.

Plan a stay-cation type day for Father’s Day and explore the nearby towns as if you were visitors. Make stops along the way to visit natural and manmade landmarks along the route and finally explore that place you frequently pass but have never explored.