Dad gifts and gadgets we love this month

Check out our round-up of the coolest items to help make fatherhood fun.



Each month we’ll be rounding up tech and home stuff we think will make your life a whole lot better. Whether that’s when you’re playing with the family, working from home, smartening up your house, or just for you to put on your birthday list.

Aura Carver Smart Photo Frame

aura photo frame

This digital frame comes in a variety of colours and looks great on a sideboard, unlike some of those plastic-y alternatives. The photos are crisp and there’s a nice feature where the frame automatically splices two portrait photos together so you don’t have negative space on the landscape background. Everything is handled from an app, but there is a swipe bar on the top of the actual piece if you want to spool through. The only thing we couldn’t get to grips with was making the frame display all our gallery pictures, rather than specific albums, but that’s a small gripe.

Buy at Aura website

EPOS Sennheiser Adapt 165 USB Headset


Over the past couple of years, we’ve become more comfortable sitting with a headset on wherever we work at home and this is an excellent tool to help you get through the day. This ADAPT 165 USB unit from audio brand EPOS (which has a co-branding deal with Sennheiser), worked really nicely on a Microsoft Teams call (it’s Teams certified). It’s comfortable, the audio both in and out is good and the mic doesn’t get in the way. There’s also noise-cancelling technology. We particularly like the mute button on the plug itself, which means you don’t have to fiddle around finding that little icon when you’re in the middle of a meeting.

Buy at Epos website

Flapjackery flapjack selection


If you’re bored of your regular snacks or want to send a thank you to your staff, then this flapjack box makes a nice change. They’re handmade in Devon, gluten-free, but still feel luxurious. We tried a variety pack, which included the highly recommended salted caramel. But there are loads of different options depending on your budget, plus you get to help a homegrown business.

Buy at Flapjackery

Planet Junko’s Zoomer eco-friendly toy kit


Struggling to think about what to do next with the kids this summer? Then try a JUNKO kit which helps you turn your household recycling into a cool toy. We tried the Zoomer! one and while our craft skills are next to zero, what we came away with wasn’t half bad (no, you can’t see it). We also got to talk to the children a bit about sustainability. Hidden learning and playing? It’s a miracle. There are versions which use old cereal boxes, as well as add-ons which go in water, so with this variable weather, why not have this as a quality indoor back-up.

Buy at JUNKO

Wahl Clipper & Trimmer Cordless Grooming Set

wahl clipping set

Now that everyone has got better at doing their own hair thanks to lockdown, this is a great addition to the home grooming set-up. It comes in a lovely metal case with lots of accessories, including blade oil and plenty of different grade attachments. The smaller clipper is battery-operated, as is the nose and ear trimmer, which did a very good job with our reviewer’s stray follicular growths. They look good and feel professional too.

Buy at Wahl

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