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- Father’s Day is June 20, and the holiday is fast approaching.
- If you’re looking for thoughtful, affordable gifts, start with these 49 ideas, which cost under $50.
- Need more gift ideas? Check out our overall best Father’s Day gifts and our specialized guides.
Editor’s note: It’s likely that many families will be spending Father’s Day apart this year due to the impact of the novel coronavirus. Nothing takes the place of time spent together, but if you’re looking to send a gift to Dad in lieu of a visit, we hope this list will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Ideally, you’d be able to empty the coffers for dad on Father’s Day. If money was of no object, you could rent out an amusement park or buy him a little quaint island for when retirement rolls around. But, if you’re working with a more realistic budget, you can still give him roughly the same feeling with any of these thoughtful gifts under $50.
To help with your shopping, we’ve put together 49 gifts that fit the bill. Even if you just grab a comfortable throw blanket for a night of movie and popcorn, Dad might just love the gesture most.
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- Father’s Day gifts for grandpas
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Below are 49 gifts under $50 for Father’s Day:
Perfect for everything from camping to everyday use, this Hydro Flask water bottle is our top pick for the best water bottle you can buy. During Outdoor Gear Lab’s testing, ice resisted melting for nearly 24 hours, and water was ice cold for more than a full day.
Delicious, guilt-free cereal
Magic Spoon is a new “childlike cereal for adults” that’s high in protein and low in sugar — and all four flavors are delicious. If you want to treat him to cereal that tastes like it should leave you with a mouthful of cavities without actually doing so, check it out.
A waterproof speaker
Perfect for the summer months spent at the beach, barbecuing by the pool, or simply for the demands of the rugged lifestyle of dads everywhere, a waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker is always a good idea.
A luxurious shaving kit
If your dad could stand to take more time for himself, setting him up with nice tools for a quick — but nonetheless indulgent — routine is a great gift. The option to engrave Harry’s Winston Shave Set is a thoughtful and practical gift you can feel good giving, especially if dad is still using disposables.
White Walker scotch
An ode to eight beautiful, bittersweet seasons of “Game of Thrones” fandom.
A beard trimmer
If your father likes to sport facial hair, this is the perfect tool to maintain it when he doesn’t have time for an old-fashioned shave. It also comes with a foil shaver head and ear and nose trimmer. Plus, it’s easy to clean with water.
A throw blanket
This plush throw is a great option for dad when he refuses to turn up the thermostat during the cold months. It features soft fleece on both sides making it a great accompaniment whether he’s watching the game or a movie.
A pair of shoes
For dads who love practical shoes, the Merrell Jungle Moc is an excellent choice. Whether he likes to go on weekend hikes or just needs something to throw on while running errands, these waterproof slip-on shoes can handle all sorts of weather and will last him for years to come.
The Echo Dot
Alexa can tell dad jokes or the weather forecast, order him pizza, and play his music among lots of other helpful skills.
His new favorite jerky
For jerky-loving dads, we’re fans of Chef’s Cut. The flavors in this Chef’s Sampler run the gamut so he can try a little bit of everything.
A personal styling service
Shopping isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, or, if it is, not all of us have the time for a trip to the mall. That’s where the stylists at Stitch Fix come in. A great gift for busy dads, the service delivers the newest trends and styles to fit any occasion and price point.
A fancy shaving cream
Grabbing a nice shaving cream that smells like sandalwood is an easy way to get dad into enjoying daily luxuries.
A nice leather case for his phone
An understated, rugged leather case will keep his phone safe and hopefully blend in seamlessly with the rest of his gear. Especially if he’s a man of few accessories, why not pay extra mind to the ones he does have?
A tablet he’ll love using
For casual internet perusing, Facebook updating, and game playing, Amazon’s Fire Tablet is a tough value to beat. It isn’t exactly high tech, but it’s $50 and works well. If dad isn’t a self-proclaimed tech fiend, it’ll do what he needs it to do.
A make-your-own hot sauce kit
If your old man is big into the make-your-own movement, he’ll probably have a lot of fun mixing his own hot sauces — whether they turn out well or not.
A card that shows you appreciate his dad humor
No matter which gift you decide to give Dad, odds are good he’s going to be most thankful for a thoughtful card that makes him feel celebrated and appreciated. If you want to make his day (and give him something he can hold onto if he wants), a fun card is a great addition.
A useful external battery
Perfect for dads accustomed to running around, a portable charger will keep his gadgets ready to go whenever he needs them.
A stainless steel tumbler to maintain his drink’s temperature
This stainless-steel vacuum-insulated tumbler was built to withstand the extreme conditions of the outdoors, and the over preparation for day-to-day life is pretty great. This will keep your dad’s cold drinks cold, and hot drinks hot, for hours on end.
A Tommy John gift card for comfortable clothes he can pick himself
Tommy John makes some of our favorite comfortable loungewear (as well as basics like underwear, which is where most of their recognition comes from). You might not know exactly what to get your dad or in what size, but a gift card lets him look around for himself (with you still covering the tab).
A family movie night
Whether there’s a new summer blockbuster out or not, nothing beats going to the movies with his kids.
A breakfast sandwich maker
If he loves breakfast sandwiches, he’s probably going to be pretty enthusiastic when he opens this. It might seem gimmicky, but it has nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and a 4.6 rating overall.
A must-read book
If dad loves reading, medicine, or moving books, “When Breath Becomes Air” is a must-read — and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. To lend extra meaning, write your own inscription to him on the inside cover.
A wireless charging pad
What’s a better gift than total convenience? If he has an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, or the iPhone 8 Plus, he’ll be able to set it down on this pad and see it instantly charging. This one is our top overall pick for the best wireless chargers you can buy.
Smart light bulbs
These smart light bulbs connect to the internet and can be controlled through an app on his smartphone or a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home. Overnight, he’ll never have to get up to dim the lights for the perfect late-night reading or movie-viewing experience again.
Tickets to the next big show or game
Is there a good concert, play, or game coming up in the next few months he’d love? Grab tickets and make a night of it — or, if you live far away, make sure he gets to go with a friend or two.
A cheesy mug
Every dad deserves to have at least one unapologetically cheesy mug for his morning coffee. This one is well-placed to become a regular.
A Himalayan salt block to spice up cooking
If he loves to cook, salt blocks will bring his meals to the next level. Himalayan salt is supposed to give a more nuanced flavor than regular table salt, and the amount of saltiness will be auto-regulated by the type of food (moist food absorbs more, fatty foods repel it).
Bourbon and coffee, what’s not to love?
A gift set of fun socks
Socks are every outfit’s opportunity for some flair. If Dad might appreciate a few unforgettable pairs from a new brand, check out Happy Socks’ Father’s Day Gift Box. As with any holiday set, it arrives looking gift-ready.
A fun, local class
Local pasta-making classes, wine tours, pottery workshops, secret concerts, nature outings — you can book thousands of local classes and activities on Airbnb Experiences to make wherever you live feel new, exciting, and full of possibilities.
A leather passport holder
For big upcoming adventures, a leather passport cover and luggage tag (which you can engrave) is likely not something he’d pick up for himself but will love having.
A trusted babysitter
If he has young kids, one of the most impactful gifts you can give is probably a worry-free night out. Nationwide service UrbanSitter is home to more than 150,000 trusted babysitters and gathers mutual connections and recommendations from their community of fellow parents. Give a gift card to dad for the service; a $34.95 one-month access pass (or $99.95 annual membership) allows parents to browse, interview, and book a sitter that meets their needs.
His new favorite summer shoes
Do Dad a big favor and pick up what will undoubtedly become the pair of shoes he spends the whole summer in. Comfortable, breathable, lightweight, and travel-friendly, they’re a natural-born default.
A craft beer-making kit
Gift Dad the tools to make his own craft beer. This kit comes with easy instructions, customer service to contact for troubleshooting, and all the essentials. It also has one of the most positive ratings online and earns an “A” grade from FakeSpot.
A media streaming stick
A straightforward interface and lots of streaming options make Roku’s streaming stick among the best streaming devices out there, especially in affordability.
A lifetime REI membership
An REI membership offers a lifetime of benefits for a one-time purchase. That includes 10%-back dividends, special offers, access to in-store REI Garage sales, and special pricing on REI classes and events. Find out more here.
“Game of Thrones” Monopoly
Use this to give a nod to his “Game of Thrones” fandom, and institute a family game night.
Really nice face cream
If he isn’t married to a skin care routine yet, he might love Kiehl’s. It’s nicer than what he’d pick up at the drugstore but not so expensive he can’t bring himself to replace it when this pot runs out.
A handy dopp kit
A nice dopp kit goes a long way in making Dad’s life easier and his essentials more organized. Dagne Dover’s neoprene makes this look much more luxe than its price suggests.
A personalized coupon book he can redeem
This personalized Father’s Day coupon book is sweet and thoughtful, but more polished than if it was entirely homemade. You can gift him his choice of TV, free take-out-the-trash days, or anything else that might make his next few months better.
A gift card to Patagonia
If Dad loves the outdoors, you might put the purchasing power in his hands for a change. You don’t need to haunt his friends, siblings, and other family members for ideas. Instead, he can shop for the latest edition of something or replace the old.
An engraved money clip
Understated, elegant, and personalized, this money clip looks nicer than its price suggests.
A body wash he can’t find at the drugstore
Nicer than what he might pick up at the drugstore, this MALIN+GOETZ body wash smells great and uses natural glycerin and amino acid technology to cleanse the skin without stripping it.
A craft beer flight holder
He most likely doesn’t have this yet, but a beer flight holder is great for entertaining — or just having more fun with the hobbies he already loves.
A great beard oil
If Dad is letting his stubble grow out, or he’s already sporting a beard, this is a grooming product he should have, but might not.
A backpack cooler
This cooler is perfect for when a picnic or tailgate party involves more gear than he can carry in two hands. Its 20-liter capacity will hold a 12-pack plus ice, and two side pockets with adjustable toggles can handle wine or water bottles.
A cookbook that is one long “ode to the Southern breakfast”
This is basically the how-to book for every mouth-watering Southern breakfast dad might ever want, and he’ll probably have a lot of fun making his way through each.
An engraved docking station
This custom engraved docking station is perfect for making things look organized and neat with a personal touch. It will make it easier to find all that he needs and ensures none of his charging cables become tangled.
A cool beer foamer
This device gives any beer-loving dad that soft, rich creamy foam feel they love. Just attach it to the top of any beer bottle and push the button.
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