2020… What can I say…? At least we made it to the and, frankly, it is time for some proper celebration! No idea what to get a dad for Christmas in this craziest of years? I have some ideas! Welcome to The Christmas Gift Ideas for Dads – 2020!
Disclosure: Products featured in this guide were provided to Blog of Dad free of charge.
When I reviewed the D-Link DCS-8526LH Full HD Pan & Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera earlier this year I was thrilled with its ease-of-use and extensive features. The 1080p, 30fps picture quality is excellent and the wide field of view enables easy monitoring of just about any space. Whenever we leave the house (which, let’s face it, isn’t too often at the moment) I feel that little bit better knowing that I will be quickly alerted to anything out of the ordinary.
The D-Link DCS-8526LH Full HD Pan & Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the perfect gift for the security-conscious dad!
I like to look for silver linings in the world around me and one great advantage of spending most of my time in the house during 2020 has been rekindling my love of PC gaming. Many of us dads put these kinds of things on hold when the little ones arrive, but now that my youngest is firmly settled in and bedtime routines are in place, there is that precious little bit of evening time that can semi-regularly be dedicated to some quality R&R through video games.
Earlier this year I reviewed the outstanding PNY GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition and it is a cracker of a graphics card! It handles just about everything I throw at it in 1080p gaming and will be a quality card for a while yet. Since then, PNY has released the even better 30-series range of XLR8 GeForce GPUs, starting with the excellent value PNY GeForce RTX 3070 XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB 8GB card, and going up to the mighty PNY GeForce RTX 3090 XLR8 Gaming UPRISING EPIC-X RGB 24GB monster.
A PNY XLR8 30-Series Graphics Card makes a great gift for any dad looking to take their PC gaming experience to the next level!
Xbox Game Pass was the greatest revelation of 2020! If the dad in your house has an Xbox or a PC (or both), then an Xbox Game Pass subscription should be mandatory. Frankly, in my mind this is the model of gaming moving forward. Much like I haven’t purchased a single CD since Spotify became a thing, I doubt I will be purchasing too many stand-alone games ever again. Xbox Game Pass provides access to over 100 games for a (surprisingly small) subscription fee.
There are new games added each month, and some titles leave the platform as well. Since starting my subscription three months ago I have played a wealth of games that I would never have thought to buy, but that I have thoroughly enjoyed! On the flipside, I have tried a couple of games that I thought I would love, but that I didn’t connect with and it was great to realise that I hadn’t wasted a cent on them.
There is a version of Xbox Game Pass for consoles, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Give dad the gift of being neck-deep in games this Christmas!
Yes, I have just sung the praises of Xbox Game Pass and stated that I won’t buy too many stand-alone games ever again. However, there are the occasional gems that I just have to add to my collection on a permanent basis. If Dad is an old-school Star Wars fan, and especially if he can’t get enough of the space dogfighting scenes, then Star Wars: Squadrons is a game well-worth adding to his collection.
Star Wars: Squadrons is an awful lot of fun in multiplayer, especially when you are able to wrangle a couple of mates together and launch into full-blown space warfare. The game looks and feels authentic, providing a solid nostalgia hit to many dads. I am terrible at space dogfighting, but that doesn’t stop me enjoying myself.
Star Wars: Squadrons is sure to put a smile on the face of any Star Wars-loving, Dog-fighter-wannabe dads!
The family PC isn’t all fun and games in 2020. With more of us than ever working from home at least part of the time, the ability to connect with our colleagues remotely is a must. If the dad in your house has had to suffer the indignity and poor-quality-induced frustration of a Zoom meeting through a built-in mic and camera, then he will surely appreciate the upgrade in quality that comes with the Logitech C922 Pro HD Stream Webcam.
The 1080p 30fps camera will have him appearing crisp and clear, while the stereo microphone will ensure that his voice is heard. The included fully adjustable tabletop tripod with swivel mount will help dad to position the C922 Pro HD Stream Webcam in such a way that it is not looking directly up his nose, or at his rapidly-thinning hairline, helping to pull off that trickiest of appearances in a work-from-home environment – professionalism!
Of course, a webcam isn’t just for those of us who have brought the office home in 2020. It also helps to make connections with family and friends better. Also, if you happen to have gone all-out and invested in all of the above gaming and PC goodies for dad, he might just be able to use the Logitech C922 Pro HD Stream Webcam to launch his new career as a professional gamer or streamer! Brilliant!
Every dad deserves quality knives in the kitchen. I was extremely impressed with the look, feel and sharpness of the Cangshan TS Series 1020496 Swedish Sandvik 14C28N Steel Forged 2-Piece Carving Set when I recently reviewed it. The more specialist knives I add to my collection, the more I appreciate their purpose. Carving perfect slices of roast meat has never been easier than it is with the Cangshan Carving Set. As an added bonus, this gift might just inspire dad to make more of his legendary roast meals! I’m not saying you should buy a gift just because you may benefit from it, but…
If you do give dad the Cangshan TS Series 1020496 Swedish Sandvik 14C28N Steel Forged 2-Piece Carving Set for Christmas, just make sure you give it to him before it’s time to carve the Christmas dinner! There’s nothing better than seeing dad enjoy using his present on Christmas Day!
Any dad who enjoys gaming or watching movies knows that the audio tells half the story. A thumping soundtrack can pump you up, a roaring engine makes you want to go faster and the sound of a bullet whizzing past your left ear can make you duck for cover before that pesky sniper takes you out for good. Excellent sound quality is not only immersive, but it can also help provide a competitive advantage.
Unfortunately for many of us dads, the only time to enjoy gaming is once the little ones are in bed. A rumbling 7.1 speaker setup isn’t going to cut it when anything above a whisper can wake the household. Thankfully EPOS SENNHEISER have the solution, and it comes in the form of the GSP 601 Gaming Headset. The EPOS SENNHEISER GSP 601 Gaming Headset blew me away with it’s awesome sound quality several months ago and it has been a key part of my gaming enjoyment ever since. I seriously can’t get enough of the audio goodness on offer from these headphones, whether I’m neck-deep in Halo multiplayer action, enjoying a movie or listening to my favourite music. Even after using them for a while, they still have the ability to take my breath away when a favourite song comes on or an intense battle breaks out.
The EPOS SENNHEISER GSP 601 Gaming Headset is an amazing gift for any dad who needs brilliant audio this Christmas!
The EPOS GSX 300 External Soundcard is the addition that can take the EPOS SENNHIESER GSP 601 Gaming Headset (or any other headset) to new heights. Not only does the EPOS GSX 300 External Soundcard process audio far better than most motherboards, it also adds the ability to customize sound for specific scenarios and adds virtual 5.1 surround sound. That spatial awareness can make all the difference in the heat of battle.
The EPOS GSX 300 External Soundcard is a brilliant gift for any dad who truly appreciates fine audio.
If dad likes to spend time in the kitchen, then the Ninja Foodi Grill is definitely worth a look. I have raved about the Foodi Grill since reviewing it earlier this year. Frankly, I’m not at all surprised that the Foodi Grill review is one of the most-visited Blog of Dad pages this year!
What reviews often don’t tell you is how the appliance fares over the long term. Is it a nice gimmick for a few weeks that then gets shoved to the back of the cupboard and never used again, or does it genuinely become a long-term, loved and used feature of the kitchen? Well, the Ninja Foodi Grill sits firmly in the latter category in our household. I use it weekly – sometimes more. In fact, I used it tonight to cook home-made potato wedges and put the finishing touches on a brilliant pressure-cooked beef rib.
The Foodi Grill is amazingly versatile and easy to master. It’s multi-function nature gives it the edge over stand-alone air fryers and the indoor grilling capability is incredible! I never imagined that I could get such great results grilling meat indoors, the Foodi Grill even does an amazing job from frozen! Oh, and it’s ridiculously easy to clean.
The Ninja Foodi Grill is an outstanding Christmas gift for any dad who loves to cook!
Serious cleaning requires serious power. If dad loves nothing more than a spotless patio, shiny windows and a squeaky-clean car then the Husqvarna PW 235R Pressure Washer is the gift for him this Christmas. Help dad make light work of the weekend chores with 135 bar max pressure, which can deliver extreme cleaning power through its included 8 metre hose. High-quality components such as remote pressure control, a metal pump, foam sprayer, flat jet nozzle and rotary nozzle combine to provide a versatile and easy-to-use experience. On board storage keeps everything together, right where dad needs it.
The Husqvarna PW 235R Pressure Washer is the ideal Christmas gift for any dad who wants to spend less of the weekend cleaning and more time with the kids.