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We’ve got affordable gifts under $50 for every sort of dad, from the hapless car-key-losing fool to the history buff.
If your budget changes or you’re shopping for other loved ones, here are guides to gifts under $25 and gifts under $50.
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Whether you’re looking to rag on Dad or show him all the love and kindness in the world (which are really one in the same, right?), we’ve got affordable gift ideas for budgets under $50 for every sort of dad, from the hapless car-key-losing fool to the history buff and the masterful (or not-so-masterful) home chef.
Whatever it is that Dad’s into, something below is bound to make him smile, laugh, cry, or, hopefully, all of the above.
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A copper waiter’s key
Wine Waiters Corkscrew, available at Williams Sonoma, $39.95
A nice piece for the bar to replace that ratty old plastic thing he stole from Holiday Inn before you were born and life was good.
A 3-month Amazon Prime membership
Amazon Prime membership, available at Amazon, 3 months for $39
He’ll pick up on it. Just get him started.
A workout mask
UA Sportsmask, available at Under Armour, $30
Spare Dad from the dreaded mask sweat (and help him feel like an athlete) with this water-resistant, breathable face mask made for working out.
*Sponsored by Under Armour
An Amazon smart plug
Amazon Smart Plug, available at Best Buy, $24.99
If the thought of talking to Alexa blew his mind, wait till he starts using these.
A coffee table book-ode to American whiskey
“The Art of American Whiskey,” available at Barnes & Noble, $19.99
Whether or not Dad’s a whiskey drinker, there’s some deep-seated American history in Rothbaum’s collection that no one can deny.
A mimosa-infused chocolate truffle bar
Here’s Looking at You Mimosa Chocolate, available at Pacific Northwest Shop, $4.49
Maybe Dear Old Dad could stand to take a little walk on the wild side, if only of chocolate.
An Anthony Bourdain cookbook illustrated by Ralph Steadman
“Appetites: A Cookbook,” available on Barnes and Noble, $35.99
According to both Jacques Pepin and this book’s late author, no grown man should ever go without knowing how to cook an omelet.
An avocado tree starter set
Avocado Tree Starter Kit, available at Amazon, $10.95
Setting these up will be almost as enjoyable as the fruits of his labor. And while it may take a while to yield, everybody wins with this gift.
A new, ultra-lightweight headlamp
BioLite HeadLamp 200, available at BioLite, $33.71
Dad’s neck could stand a break; you’ve been a pain in it all along, and that clunky old headlamp he takes out night-fishing isn’t doing him any favors, either. Biolite’s latest edition weighs under two ounces and boasts 40 hours of battery life.
The story of Bacardi, and the fight for Cuba
“Bacardi: The Long Fight for Cuba,” available at Barnes and Noble, $19
History and rum. What more intrigue does a dad need?
A folding bamboo laptop desk
Winsome Alden Lap Desk with Flip Top in Walnut Finish, available at Target, $39.99
Or a breakfast-in-bed tray, as he likes.
A Disney+ subscription
Subscribe for $6.99/month or $69.99/year
Between Star Wars and the Simpsons, this should keep him busy for a while.
Disney+ offers unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+.
And if you need some inspiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.
A bottle of American whiskey, cut with Rocky Mountain water
Tin Cup American Whiskey, available at Reserve Bar, $35
If Dad’s a no-fuss kinda fella, this ought to suit him just right. Tin cup included.
A set of beard oils
Grave Before Shave Beard Oil 4 Pack, available at Grave Before Shave, $44
Stop letting Dad go out with that scraggly beard and get him some beard oil and balm to shape it up a little.
A chiller to keep his beer cold
Corkcicle Chillsner, available at Bloomingdale’s, $16.95
The stainless steel Chillsner fits easily into the bottle and keeps beverages refreshingly crisp.
A carry-on cocktail kit to take the edge off the flight
The Carry On Cocktail Kit: The Old Fashioned, available at w&p, $24
Dad’s sick of the same old scotch and soda he drinks on his red eyes. Help him change it up a bit.
A pillow just for naps
Casper Nap Pillow, available at Casper, $32
What’s more precious to Dad than his naps? Well, besides you…
A durable pizza stone
Emile Henry Pizza Stone, available at Williams Sonoma, $49.95
If he’s using a baking sheet — or worse, nothing but tin foil — to make pizzas, there’s no need to discuss it: It’s time for a change.
A bottle of rosé Champagne
Nicolas Feuillatte Reserve Exclusive Rosé, available at Drizly, from $49.99
If he has good taste, this will appease it. If not, it will be a test of his rock-solid masculinity as to whether he’s willing to drink it.
A chambray and leather apron
Chambray Grey Apron, available at Crate & Barrel, $29.95
No more bacon grease stains on his favorite football jersey.
A comb for life
Chicago Comb Model No. 1, available at Amazon, 11.99
This will likely outlast his hair, but when it does, he’ll look at it as a fond memory of his long-lost locks — of which, he’ll dare not let you forget, you singlehandedly stripped him during your formative years.
A cooler cup
Hydro Flask 12 oz Insulated Cooler Cup, available at Hydro Flask, $18.71
One part beer koozie (fits a 12-oz., longneck, or tallboy), one part coffee mug, this will keep his beverage plenty hot or cold, wherever he may roam.
A multi-tool utility bracelet
Men’s Utility Bracelet, available at Uncommon Goods, $40
Remind him that he is handy, and he can fix things.
An Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot, available at Best Buy, $24.99
Richer and louder than ever before, the Echo Dot is maturing with a softer look and feel, just like — no, on second thought, he might not humor that one.
All-natural foot and shoe powder
Foot Sense Foot and Shoe Powder, available at Walmart, $11.98
A not-so-subtle gift for the whole family, but if there’s ever a time to lovingly let Dad know that his feet stink to high heaven, it’s now.
A custom graphic map of his favorite city
Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, starting at $49
You can make one of your dad’s hometown, his college town, his favorite travel destination, or the place where he got engaged or married — you’re only limited by your imagination.
A guitar pick punch
Guitar Pick Punch, available on Amazon, $25.95
If Dad doesn’t already play the guitar, it’s time. There is no instrument more “Dad” than the ax. But, just as he loses his keys, he’ll constantly find himself in want of a pick. Make no mistake, this little tool will save him a few bucks over the years. Old gift cards and credit cards are fair game, but beware: so is your fake ID.
A Himalayan salt stone
Himalayan Salt Plate with Holder, available at Wayfair, $28.99
Heavy salting and charring might not be the best thing for dear old Dad’s body, but it is simply rhapsodic to his soul.
Himalayan salt tequila glasses
Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses, available at Uncommon Goods, four for $28
More salt? Yes, we know. But if Dad is anything of a tequila drinker, we’re sure there’s no better vessel from which to send (or sip) it down his gullet than these hand-carved salt glasses.
A truffle-oil-infused hot sauce
Truff Black-Truffle-Infused Hot Sauce (set of 2), available at Truff, $34.19
If he’s not into making his own but happens to be in his truffle-oil-loving phase, this’ll light him right up.
A hot toddy spice kit
Hot Toddy Kit, available at Oliver Pluff Co., $20
If he’s being a Grinch or a Scrooge, nothing will put him in the holiday spirit faster (just don’t forget to add the booze).
An exfoliating coffee scrub
Brooklyn Botany Arabica Coffee Scrub, available at Amazon, $15.95
Whether or not your father’s blackheads are shaping into braille, this scrub will leave his skin soft and smooth. As for that stubbly five o’clock shadow? Have a look at one of our shaving kits.
A shaving kit with a badger hair brush and a thick ceramic soap mug
GBS Premium Men’s Wet Grooming Shaving Set, available at Amazon, $39.95
Banish the electric razor from your house by reminding your Dad how lovely it is to shave with a real razor, a fine brush, and thick, frothy soap from a mug.
Also, check out our buying guide to the best shaving supplies here.
An assortment of liquor and beer nuts
Beer & Bourbon Nuts, available at Uncommon Goods, $30
Because no Dad should ever be left with beer or bourbon and no nuts.
All-American seasonings and rubs
Mount Rubsmore, available at Man Crates, $29.99
If Dad’s a grilling fiend, he’ll love this. Check out other options from Man Crates here.
A classic French shellfish shucking tool
Opinel Shucking Tool #9, available at Opinel, $18
A classic design that hasn’t changed in, like, forever, Opinel has been making knives of all shapes and sizes for almost 130 years. This shucking tool is an all-in-one that can handle oysters and clams.
For an oyster-specific knife, my personal favorite from spending a few months behind an oyster bar is the inexpensive Dexter New Haven Blade.
Adjustable silicone bands for organizing
Packbands Adjustable Straps, available at Amazon, six-pack for $34.95
A solution to anything and everything from organizing tools and loose wires to poorly packed suitcases.
A folding multitool for his inner chef
The Chef’s Portable Multi-Tool, available at Uncommon Goods, $32
His campfire meals can only improve with this thing along for the trip.
A refreshing aftershave
Proraso After Shave Lotion, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, $14
Help him feel fresh and clean with a slick after-shave. Also, check out our buying guide to the best shaving supplies here.
A cheese making kit
DIY Mozzarella/Ricotta Cheese-Making Kit, available at The Grommet, $29
Dad deserves artisanal mozzarella and ricotta made with love, even if he has to make it himself.
A cool way to enjoy whiskey
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge, available at Sur la Table, $17.95
Skip the whiskey stones this year and get this eye-catching conversation starter instead.
An illustrated book on sushi
“Sushi: Jiro Gastronomy,” available at Amazon, $20
Inspiration for your dad so he can finally stop making the meatloaf no one ever wants seconds of.
A key finder
Tile Mate Key Finder, available at The Tile App, $17.99
A compact key tracker for your hapless car-key-losing fool of a dad is a really thoughtful and practical gift.
A money clip full of tools
SmartRSQ 37-in-1 Wallet Multitool Card, available at SmartRSQ, $19.99
If your dad’s a tool guy, he’ll appreciate having one of these on him at all times. If he isn’t, and if he never even uses the thing, it’ll at the very least make him feel like he’s MacGuyver.
Bison-down trail socks
United By Blue Bison Wool Socks, available at United By Blue, $38
Socks might seem boring to you now, but wait till you’re a dad. Socks like these will be worth their weight in gold.
A nearly indestructible fishing rod
Ugly Stik Elite Fishing Rod, available at Bass Pro Shops, $49.99
If your dad’s the kind of guy who breaks things (aren’t they all?), this is the fishing rod for him.
A set of Waterford whisky glasses
Marquis by Waterford Double Old Fashioned Glasses, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, four for $49.99
Your dad’s a classy guy, and even if he’s not, he should be drinking from crystal — if not platinum — by now, if for no other reason than all the years he’s had to put up with you.
A pair of durable stainless steel pint glasses that keep drinks cold for hours
YETI Rambler Stackable Stainless Steel Pint Glass, available at YETI, $24.99
More things he can’t possibly break or kill.
A sandalwood-scented starter shaving set
The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Starter Kit, available at The Art of Shaving, $30
In case you’ve been looking for a way to let him know that it’s time to shave that patchy, salt-and-pepper-colored thing growing on his face.
An outdoor fondue set
Fondue for Two, available at Selfridges, $28
For “rugged” weekends in the great outdoors.
A huge custom cardboard cutout of your lovely face
Big Head Cutouts, available at Build-A-Head, from $14.99
Lest he forgets his one and only pride and joy.
A hair-growth supplement with biotin
Good Guy Hair Growth Supplement with Biotin, available at Walmart, $12.98
You’ve cost him enough hair as it is. Help him save whatever he’s got left, and appease his sweet tooth along the way.
A shiitake mushroom log kit
Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit, $30
Protein on a log? What’s not to love? A harvest every six weeks for up to three years means you’ll probably be reaping the benefits at some point too. Consider this an investment piece, just like you.
A book to make your awesome dad even more awesome
“This Is The Book to Give Your Dad: Everything an Awesome Father Wants to Know,” available at Barnes and Noble, $20
Not that he needs it.
A life-proof wet/dry electric shaver and trimmer
Wahl LifeProof Wet/Dry Electric Shaver, available at Walmart, $49.89
Whether Dad’s often running late and trying to cop a quick electric trim or shave with a wet face, or he’s just downright rough on things, he should get some mileage out of this one.
A sleek, eco-friendly lunch box
GreenLunch Bento 3-in-1 Bento Lunch Box, available at Anthropologie, $36
Don’t send Dad off to work (or school, as the case may be) with a brown bag. If you think it’s embarrassing for you, it’s definitely embarrassing for him.
Coasters made from reclaimed records
Upcycled Record Coasters, available at Uncommon Goods, $18
Remind him that vinyl will never go out of style, and neither will he.
A kit to make his own hot sauce
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $40
Help Dad ditch the Cholula and sriracha and tap into his creative side. Even if you’ve never seen it, it’s there. We promise.
Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, but Uncommon Goods has provided a digital and printable card that can be given in the meantime.