Parenting is its own reward, and you can’t put a price-tag on love. We all know it. And yet, when Father’s Day rolls around each year, that’s sort of the task before us — scouring the Internet for the best Father’s Day gift that will reflect how much we value everything dads do. And it can’t just be a generic expression of gratitude — it’s about finding a gift for dad that he’ll actually appreciate and put to use.
This year, when so many of our activities are limited to home, backyard, and neighborhood, finding a creative gift for dad is a challenge — and an opportunity. Father’s Day gifts tap into his passions and interests, or maybe turn him on to something new, which is what all of the sub-$50 gifts below reflect. Chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to find something on this list that the husband or dad in your life will love. Happy shopping.
The Best Gifts for Dad Under $50
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Whether basting a pork butt or tugging a rack of ribs to a different heat zone, a good pair of grilling gloves keeps your hands — and forearms — protected from the heat. This monster pair from Spitjack have five layers of protection that make them feel damn near indestructible. We say feel because no gloves are fire proof. But with these, you can pretty much pick up a hot coal for a second to move it around and not feel the burn.
Stainless-steel tumblers are at the heart of high-end hydration, and the Elevation 20 is a magnificent specimen from a company that’s known for durability. But the whole 'keeping drinks hot or cold for hours' angle is only half of the story, because you can accessorize the hell out of this thing with lids. In addition to a standard one for controlled sipping, there’s shaker lid for mixed drinks ($20), a French press lid for coffee ($30), a flavor infuser lid for tea ($30) and thermal lid for extra insulation ($35).
The handy dad can keep his tools organized with this Carhartt tool roll. It's got 18 slots for different tools;, plus three small parts pockets with hook and loop closures for small tools or utility items. It's just as suitable for tech gear, camping utensils or even art supplies.
Have a dad who loves getting everyone together for wiffle ball? He'd love Blitzball. The hexagonal paneled design of the ball makes it easy for young pitchers to throw sliders, curveballs, change-ups, and even knuckleballs, R.A. Dickey-style. The included 'power bat' evens the odds, giving hitters the chance to whack Blitzballs up to 200 feet. That might be a shallow fly in the majors, but it's pretty epic for backyard ball.
For decades, electric razors were instruments of face destruction, guaranteed to leave you with a patchy beard and missing flesh. That’s all changed thanks to high-tech shaving tools like the Philips OneBlade. With a cutter that slices at 200 rotations per second, this sleek hybrid razor can trim, edge, and prune any length of hair at practically any angle (even directly against the grain). It comes with three stubble combs: 1mm for a tight trim, 3mm for a persistent five-o’clock shadow and 5mm for a look that says, 'I can’t quite make up my mind about this whole beard thing.' It's a great last-minute Father's Day gift.
This popcorn maker does what a good popcorn maker should — cook kernels until they bloom into soft-crunch movie treats. But it also does it without spitting half the popped corn onto your counter instead of the bowl. The funneled lid guides them where they need to be.
Cast iron is as simple, tough and adaptable as it gets — cook anything over a campfire, on the grill, in the oven. From Salt Lake City–based Barebones, this skillet will do it all — hammer in tent stakes, or make perfect seared steaks at home. The skillet is pre-seasoned so you can use it right away.
This pairs nicely with the Ooni pizza stone (above). From baker-surfer Chad Robertson, who co-founded Tartine Bakery in the Bay Area with his wife, pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt, this bread bible will put the superpower of creating rustic artisanal sourdough bread and pizza into his hands.
This bluetooth speaker is fully waterproof, so even if a kid unclips the rugged carabiner and chucks it in the pool, you’re covered. Plus, thanks to 'daisy chain' technology, you can stream music to more than one speaker at time. Either way, it's able to blast your summer playlists (or the same three Disney theme songs) for eight hours straight.
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