So, it's Christmas time and yet again you've forgotten to buy your dad that thoughtful and clever gift you've always meant to get for him. During these moments you usually scramble through malls and department stores looking for something that he'll actually have use for, or at least find somewhat amusing. You don't want him to forget about your gift the day after Christmas, just like last year. To help with this daunting quest, here is a list of the five best holiday gadgets for dad that he can use around the home. He'll be thanking you for years to come.

  1. Bluetooth Garage Door Opener

    Are you tired of your Dad always complaining about the unreliable garage door opener? You can grab a solution that'll be sure to open him up to holiday cheer — a bluetooth garage door opener that links to a smartphone app, allowing dad to open and close the garage door without having to carry around that pesky remote. It'll be perfect when unloading Christmas trees. And, since it uses Bluetooth, he won't have to worry about any radio interference problems. Also, the device can link with up to eight phones, allowing family and close friends easy access to the garage.
  2. Hidden Kitchen Island Shelf

    One of the most thoughtful holiday gadgets for dad this season is one that makes him feel like his hero, James Bond. This year, you can buy and install him a hidden liquor shelf in the kitchen's island, allowing him automatic access to his secret stash of top-shelf booze to add to the eggnog. All you need is a linear actuator and the labor involved with cutting through the counter top. It'll be totally worth it when you see that bottle of Gentlemen Jack rising from the depths and into your dad's glass.
  3. Harmony Touch Universal Remote

    Oftentimes entertainment systems can be stressful. Your dad's, for instance, might be a mess of chords and outdated remotes that are a pain to figure out. If you'd like to make your dad's life simpler, pick him up the Harmony Touch Universal Remote for the holidays. This device boasts an easy-to-use touchscreen and also is able to control up to fifteen devices around the home. And to make things even easier for faraway relatives, he can use the remote to control Skype calls via TV, making this one of the sleekest holiday gadgets for dad.
  4. Automatic Window Blinds

    If you'd like to make your dad's life more convenient, you can gift him with the ability to automatically control the window blinds in any part of his house, letting him lighten and darken rooms without ever getting off the couch. All you'll need is a motor for the blinds that can be installed easily in the head rail. Most motors run off of lithium batteries and can be controlled from one universal remote, allowing your dad to control the house like the master he is.
  5. Motion-Sensing Deck Light

    Since dad was always asking you during your teenage years to save energy on lights — turning them off when they're not in use — you can let him know you didn't forget the lesson with a motion-sensing light for his deck. It's one of those holiday gadgets for dad that'll brighten up his season. The device uses three C batteries, which usually last around one year, not to mention that it's weatherproof. With a 160 degree motion sensor and a 30 foot range, your dad can enjoy automatic lighting whenever he enters or exits the house at night. You don't want him fumbling with the key in the dark, after all.

Any of these five holiday gadgets for dad are sure to bring him plenty of smiles and convenience this season, not to mention tasty, infused beer and a liquor shelf worthy of a spy. Besides, it'll be good to know you made your dad's life a little easier when you see him activating the garage door via smartphone.