Check out these tech inspired gifts for dad


The new and amazing Amazon Kindle Oasis offers a seven-inch high-resolution display, eight GB of memory and is Bluetooth compatible. It’s the first waterproof Kindle and has built-in audible that allows you to listen to audiobooks via a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. It features a front light that automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. It retails for $249.99 plus tax and can be found at or

Every dad, whether he lives or visits Canyon Lake, needs a Yeti insulated product. Their tumblers are designed with double-wall vacuum insulation and a no-sweat design that keeps drinks colder twice as long as plastic cups. It ranges in price from $19.99 to $39.99.

Yeti coolers technology offer twice as much insulation as other brands, so it keeps the ice and your drink much colder longer. It ranges in price from $199.99 to $549.99 and is available online at, and in the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Murrieta.

For the creative dad, check out the Moleskin Writing Smart Set. It’s an incredible way to see your ideas on paper evolve to the screen. Ncoded paper technology allows the Pen+ to recognize exactly where it is in the paper tablet and can capture each stroke as you write out your thoughts, designs, or drawings.

The Moleskin Notes app transfers words and drawings from the page to the screen in real time so you can digitize text, edit, organize and share your content. The set retails for $199 at

For the Garden

If there’s something that needs watering and a sprinkler system is not an option, try a hose timer. The Nelson 56607 Timer offers an LCD Screen and runs up to 360 minutes and can run for one minute or more with intervals of at least six hours. It offers an easy swivel metal coupling and the display alternates between current time and the next scheduled program time. It retails for $33.34 at

If only one water spigot is available and you need it for more than one hose, try the newly upgraded 2wayz Garden Hose Splitter. It offers an all-metal body with a rubber splitter, a bolted design and a threaded neck that will eliminate any issues with attaching heavy duty hoses. It has two easy grip long handles which allow for smooth and easy shut on and off. It retails for $15.97 at You can also try the Rainbird 1-station Irrigation Timer that works with water pressure of 15 psi minimum and a maximum of 90 psi. It has a seven-day advance scheduling, can water up to two times per day and a one-touch override for manual watering or to cancel the watering cycle. It retails for $39.98. At the time of print, there were eight available at Lowes in Menifee.

For the Home

Amazon Alexa and voice is quickly becoming the way a lot of people receive information. Alexa devices are a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Devices like the Echo Dot for $39.99 or the Echo for $99.99 are both available at Target in Menifee and Lake Elsinore and provide access to Alexa.

If you want to add an additional item with the Echo product or your dad already has one, try the Ecobee Switch+. The smart light switch with built-in Amazon Alexa allows you to ask for the lights, music, or help with everyday tasks or turn lights on or off when you’re away all from the Ecobee app on your smartphone or tablet. It offers step-by-step videos and illustrations to set it up. Retails for $95.99 at Best Buy in Menifee or Murrieta or buy it online at for $99 with free shipping.

While our homes become smarter, so will our garages. Check the status or control your garage door from anywhere so you never have to worry if you left your garage door open or if you need to let someone in. Chamberlain MyQ Smartphone Control Home Bridge lets you control your garage door with a voice command through Apple’s Siri.

If your dad’s garage opener is by Chamberlain or LiftMaster and displays the Wi-Fi logo. then all you need is the MyQ free app. If it only displays the MyQ logo then you will need the MyQ Home Bridge that adds smartphone control to your MyQ enabled garage door openers, without built-in Wi-Fi. If it doesn’t have either logos or is a different brand, then you will need the MyQ Smart Garage Hub that adds smartphone control to most major garage door openers.

Check out to see if your dad’s garage remote system is compatible and what items you will need. Prices range from $69.99 to $79.99, depending on what products you need. It’s also available at or at Lowes in Menifee.


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