Dad and grad gift ideas

May 23, 2009 5:30:18 AM PDT
It's that time of the year when students are gearing up to receive their diplomas, but we also can't forget about dear ole dad and Father's Day coming up. Dr. Cool Tech David King joined us with some gift ideas. If your dad or grad happens to be into photography, take a look at Samsung's new 10.2 megapixel SL420. The new SL420 offers a range of advanced features, including a powerful 5x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, as well as a large 2.7 inch LCD screen for framing shots and reviewing images. The SL420 also incorporates Samsung's new Smart Auto mode. Smart Auto is a new automatic shooting mode that makes it easier than ever for anyone to take a great photo. When set to Smart Auto, the Samsung SL420 will automatically recognize what the user is shooting and select the appropriate scene mode for the best results possible. No interaction with the camera is required - all the user needs to do is point-and-shoot. The Samsung SL420 is available now for $179.99 For more information regarding the Samsung SL420, visit

You want to keep busy dads and grads going, without missing a beat, the newly redesigned Magellan Roadmate 1470 GPS device features a unique 4.7" color touch screen and ultra-thin design, offering powerful navigation in a compact unit. The GPS is easy to use and gives you the confidence and peace-of-mind while on the road. It has some great new features like AAA Tourbook, highway lane assistance, spoken street names, multi-destination routing and pre-loaded maps of North America. And it has OneTouch personalization, so that you can easily bookmark your favorite destinations and find them anywhere you go! It keeps all your favorites at your fingertips. For more, visit

If dads and grads are still carrying around their same old cell phones, they've probably been coveting one of the newer devices. Well here's a great tip -- you don't have to pay hundreds of dollars to get the newest phones. For example, two of the newest phones from Blackberry -- if you go to the store, these will cost you up to $300-$400. BUT if you go online to, an authorized online wireless retailer, you can get these brand new models and many other amazing cell phones, for free - regardless of your service provider! Wirefly is the internet's #1 authorized retailer of cell phones and wireless plans. They handle everything online - including your application and activation with the carrier! And they provide fast, free FedEx shipping to all 50 states on ALL purchases. For more information, visit

Dads and grads tend to get a lot of junk mail and here's a great way to help them safely dispose of it. The Fellowes' PS-79Ci paper shredder is a perfect way to make sure their sensitive paperwork is destroyed so that your dad or grad won't fall victim to identify theft. The shredder features 100% jam proof technology, which instantly calculates the amount of paper being fed into the machine to stop a paper jam before it occurs and it has the ability to power through tough jobs! A light bar lets you know when you're nearing sheet capacity. A green to yellow light means you're good to go and a red light means there's too much paper. It also features SafeSense Technology which automatically disables the shredder when sensing hands or large pets are too close to the paper opening. It even has cross-cut capabilities and can handle CDs/DVDs, credit cards, staples and paper clips. Available at Office Depot for $199. For more, visit

CVS/pharmacy offers great personalized photo gifts both online and in-stores. The online photo gifts take about two weeks for delivery and include high quality photo books, personalized ties, desk ornaments, playing cards, travel mugs and more. If you need a personalized gift in a pinch, simply bring digital photos to your local CVS Pharmacy Photo Kiosk to create an in-store photo book in minutes and take home immediately. Available in three sizes, $5.99 - $14.99, shoppers can customize with various themes and text. For more information regarding online photo gifts visit

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