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Top gift ideas for dads and grads

Updated: June 11, 2011 11:00 AM EDT
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The summer gift-giving season revolves around graduation and Father's Day. This year, technology tops the most-wanted list and offers a variety of options for gift-givers.

If you're looking for a high-tech gift that will stand out, consider one of these gift ideas:

New grilling technology is sure to impress

Does your loved one enjoy spending time outdoors grilling tasty meats and veggies? If barbecuing is a favorite pastime, a new grill with some extra tech-savvy features can take grilling to a whole new level. The biggest buzz in outdoor grilling is infrared technology, which provides higher cooking temperatures than a traditional gas grill. Dad will be able to get hotter temperatures in much less time so he can cook tasty creations quickly and efficiently. Look for other grilling extras - like side burners, steamers and smoking options - to get the ultimate grill setup.

Score big with a 3D TV

Dad, and granddad too, is sure to be the coolest on the block when he brags about his new 3-D TV, and with ample availability, this gift is more affordable than ever. When shopping, look for passive 3-D technology that eliminates clunky glasses in place of comfortable light-weight options that don't require batteries. One of the most popular models is the LG LW5600 HDTV featuring Cinema 3-D technology. The LG Cinema 3-D HDTV provides a full HD 1080p picture with LED Plus technology, which helps to provide crisp bright images, a wider viewing angle, and greater energy-efficiency. It also offers lightweight and comfortable 3-D eyewear. These glasses are reasonably priced, making it easier than ever to stock up for movie night so everyone can enjoy the fun.

The gift of cinema at home

If you want to give the gift of cinema that is a step above the rest, consider giving a Blu-ray Disc Player. For those considering a 3-D TV, you'll want to get a 3-D-capable Blu-ray player. These players embrace high definition in a way that everyone will love come movie night. Some options have the capability to instantly stream Netflix, YouTube and Vudu. You can even connect to your home's wireless network and other connected devices with players from LG, so ask about the extras before you purchase your gift.

An e-reader makes reading cool again

Whether for a dad who loves a good read, or a grad who is heading off to college, an e-reader makes a great gift. These space-saving devices are surprisingly affordable, and with e-book options expanding every day, you can read just about any book/newspaper/magazine you want in its electronic version. Before buying, think about how the person will use the device - a student might need a lightweight size that fits in a backpack, while someone who wants to read the Sunday paper may want a larger size. Many e-readers have wireless access and advanced display technology that allow for easy reading both inside and out.

Work hard, play hard with a slim computer monitor

Whether you want to reward your recent grad or that hard-working dad in your life, a new slim LED monitor  is a great gift as it can be used for both work and play. New slim monitors have drastically come down in price compared to just several years ago and technology continues to provide better quality packed inside a slimmer frame. This is a top choice for the home office or the dorm room.

Father's day and graduations are the perfect times to let someone special know that you appreciate then and are proud of their hard work. If you're looking to spoil your dad or grad this summer, look to technology for inspiration and a gift that's sure to please.

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