10 Father's Day gadget gifts under £30

In case you'd forgotten, it's Father's Day on Sunday, giving us a day to say thanks to our Dads in the way only we know best – with gadgets. But

In case you'd forgotten, it's Father's Day on Sunday, giving us a day to say thanks to our Dads in the way only we know best – with gadgets.

But with money a bit tight this year, we wanted to draw up a list of 10 of the best ideas out there to treat your Dad, but for under the £30 mark. Read on to see what we found.

PicoZ Atlas – £29.95 (right)

The thing about Dads is that, no matter how old they get, they're still big kids at heart. And every Dad will love flying this around the house (or attempting to, at least), hopefully breaking as little as possible in the process.

Boasting three channels, this mini chopper can be moved forwards, backwards, left and right, as well as up and down, and there's also a boost button for when he feels stable enough to give his flight an injection of speed. It might all take a bit of practice but at least it'll keep him quiet for a bit.

Shop: Firebox

If James Bond ever wanted to be able to go fishing whenever he wanted, we'd imagine he'd have something like this in his gadget bag.

Looking like a large marker pen, it actually hides an aluminium alloy 4ft fishing rod, complete with a 5lb breaking strain line and a triple hook spinner. There is also a left and right handed reel packed separately, so you can choose the right one for you.

Your Dad will never be caught out at a perfect fishing opportunity again. They happen regularly we're told.


For the Dads who love Star Wars, this is a winner. Having a mini R2D2 on his bedside table may well be present enough, but this little guy is an alarm clock as well.

When the time comes for your Dad to get up, R2D2 will pipe up with his trademark sounds and project the time onto the nearest wall – much to your Mum's disgust, no doubt.

Shop: Gadgetshop

Every Dad needs a multi-tool, it's like the law. But instead of one filled with stuff he's just never going to use, the Kelvin.23 is kitted out with everything he'll need to sort odd jobs day to day.

The pocket-friendly tool crams in 16 different screwdrivers, a tape measure, hammer, level and even an LED to give that extra bit of light when he needs it.

Of course, get him this and then you can ask him to fix all that stuff you've never quite got round to. Bonus.

Shop: Firebox

DAB digital radios are where it's at, especially with the recent announcement that the government wants everything digital by 2015.

Pure have got a good rep in the industry, and this one comes in at a penny pinching price.

It's got an FM and DAB tuner so he can get the best of both worlds until the switchover, and will come with 16 preset stations to get him started.

Shop: Argos

If your Dad is all about Formula 1 and never misses a Grand Prix, then why not take him on a tour of Silverstone?

During the two hour tour, you'll both get get to see the Drive Workshop, Race Control and BRDC Clubhouse, as well as – of course – the Grand Prix circuit itself.

Finally, you'll get the chance to get your photo taken on the famous podium – but be nice and give your Dad 1st place, eh?

Shop: Virgin Experience Days

Father's Day is supposed to be about relaxation, and what better for him than not having to get up from his comfy chair to get an ice cold beer?

This mini fridge will stock up with a good few cans of his favourite tipple, and will ensure minimal energy output for maximum enjoyment. Just plug it in, wait for it to cool down and fill to the brim.

Shop: Amazon

While they may stay away from the oven a lot of the time, when it comes to barbecuing, Dads like to take control.

While this portable beauty will work just fine on your home patio, it also folds down to be carried like a briefcase for when he fancies upping routes and taking his barbecuing prowess on road.

You'll get a generous cooking area for plenty of burgers, and it even comes with a handy carrying case  as well.


A book full of beefy recipes is sure to go down a treat with any carnivorous Dad.

Giving him more ideas for that BBQ, this cookbook from the Masterchef judge dishes up recipes for everything from meatballs to steak.

With a serious anti-poncey attitude, John's book may just get his culinary creative juices going.

Shop: Amazon

Everyone knows Sir David Attenborough is a legend, and his narration on the Planet Earth series topped off a truly breathtaking series documenting our planet and the species that inhabit it.

Packed with unique footage never before seen on TV before, these 5 Blu-ray discs will ensure your Dad captures every last detail he might have missed on the TV.


If you've got a bit more cash to splash, be sure to check out our Father's Day top 10 gifts, all tried and tested by the team.