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 a 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.
Especially this year, when so many of our activities are limited to home, backyard, and neighborhood, finding a creative gift for dad is a challenge. Maybe it’s a tech gadget, a bottle of fine whiskey, backyard barbecue tools, or home exercise equipment. The best Father’s Day gifts tap into his passions and interests, or maybe turn him on to something new.
“I think, as with any gift, it should be something special that the person might not ordinarily buy for themselves,” says gifting guru Ann Cantrell, owner of Annie’s Blue Ribbon in Brooklyn.
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. Why? Because we pored over all the stuff and found gear that he’ll love at a price you’ll like. Happy shopping.
The Best Gifts for Dad Under $50
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If you’re still on the fence when it comes to voice-controlled assistants, the Echo Dot should make you a believer this Father's Day. Using Alexa technology, this puck-shaped personal assistant can play music, make calls, read the news, control your smart appliances, set alarms, read audio books aloud and so much more. Even with plenty of background noise, it will happily obey your wishes, which — let’s face it — is far more than you can say about your actual family.
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 utensils 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.'
No doubt you’ll spend a ton of time outdoors this summer, undercooking steaks on the grill and over-rotating flips off the diving board. Both activities call for a soundtrack provided by the versatile JBL Clip 2 Bluetooth speaker. It’s fully waterproof, so even if your 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. On a full charge, this little last-minute Father's Day gift will blast your summer playlists (or the same three Disney theme songs) for eight hours straight.
Good luck pronouncing 'Hublot' or 'Patek Phillipe,' let alone affording one of their ridiculously expensive watches. Instead, we recommend this timeless timepiece from Timex. The Weekender is exactly that: a watch that fits any weekend occasion, from yanking on stubborn weeds all day Saturday to somehow pulling off a last-minute date night on Sunday. Both the face and strap are available in a myriad of styles and colors.
It's so important to keep learning, and in these stay-at-home times, dedicating oneself to gathering new expertise is time well spent. In this book, from renowned world whiskey expert Robin Robinson, you'll find the history, evolution and connoisseurship of whiskey fully and richly contained. Robinson explores the global history of whiskey and recommends the best — and the best values — from around the world. This Father's Day, you can show how much you appreciate him by helping to better appreciate whiskey.
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).
A classic design with updated materials, this military-style palm brush smooths and detangles men's hair, and also gives the scalp an energizing massage. Made with faux-leather strap and cruelty-free nylon bristles.
Help him keep his facial hair groomed and looking great with this Beard Envy kit, which includes a hydrating beard wash with aloe and soy protein, and boar bristle brush and a styling beard control product with jojoba oil.
For dads who go fishing or boating, this understated cardholder has three slots, room for folded bills, and a coating that keeps everything dry.
Every proper oenophile needs a proper corkscrew, and this is it. It has a double-hinged design with stainless steel foil cutter.
This supple leather case protects and charges your AirPods (but note, it does not work on the Pros).
The carabiner always keeps them close by, and the rugged armor case charges the Apple AirPods Pro while also cushioning them during falls.
This 18-ounce cup has a glass interior, so whatever he drinks always tastes pristine. Cold drinks stay cool for up to 24 hours; coffee will stay hot up to 12 hours.
The humble game of dominoes gets a facelift with this refreshing new look.
What's worse than no beer? Lukewarm, nasty beer. Avoid this at all costs with this beer chiller set, which cools beer without watering it down.
He can charge his Apple devices insanely fast with this cable, which wraps up neatly when he's done. The 4-foot braided cable is wrapped up and secured with an integrated leather belt so it's always ready to charge.
You can't get more understated than this sleek dopp kit from Chrome Industries. This Chrome dopp kit features a commercial grade five-bar webbing hang strap, and is the go-to accessory for guys on the go.
This flashlight has five settings, and can survive a 10 foot drop or being temporarily submerged under water. In short, it's as tough as he is.
The Bevel razor cuts at skin level, and doesn't tug or pull, thus reducing unsightly razor burn. And it works with all standard double-edge razor blades.
Headphone junkies love the sound quality and design of these affordable Audio Technicas. At just over 6 ounces, they're among the most lightweight you can buy.
So lightweight he'll forget he's even wearing it, this upgraded fanny pack is packable and has enough room for all his essentials, like keys, phone, and even a T-shirt.
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 set of two handblown whiskey glasses is a monumental twist on drinking scotch on the rocks — at the bottom of each glass is a topographic impression of Alaska's Denali, tallest mountain in North America. He'll drink to that!
Stick these beauties in the freezer. And then the soapstone and marble rocks chill whatever wine or spirit he's drinking.
French knife-maker Joseph Opinel fashioned his first single blade knife in 1890. Since then, his eponymous knives have only undergone minor changes. This beechwood-handled knife has been a classic for more than a century for good reason.
These aren't your average whiskey glasses. The Norlan glasses are made of hand-blown double-walled borosilicate glass and have an outer rim that perfectly fits his (or her) lips.
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.
This 10-inch charcoal iPad sleeve, from a fancy Australian accessories brand, has a magnetic bumper closure and a quilted microfiber lining for extra protection. It's handsome and practical.
This water-resistant portable blanket is 63 x 44 inches when unfolded, large enough for a picnic with the family or a solo reading session outdoors. It comes with metal stakes to keep the blanket secure.
A heavy-duty all-purpose gear bag that holds 4 liters' worth of stuff, this has a main compartment with a zippered pocket and two open compartments. He can use it for tech or toiletries.
If dried meat is his jam, he'll be into this jerky gun. This rather impressive cannon holds 1 1/2 pounds of meat and produces flat jerky, or round snack sticks.
He'll never leave home without this roll-up case, which has three mesh pockets for a USB, SD card, SIM card or other small items, two mesh zipper compartment for his phone, mouse, power bank, two leather compartments to store passports, plus of course, Velcro for the chargers.
Throw anything in this bag — firewood, barbecue tools, fishing gear — and go. Made from a tough, water-resistant 1,200-denier polyester shell, it's as indestructible, useful, and reliable as bags come.
Designed to fit the awesome Ooni backyard pizza oven, the Ooni baking stone works just as well in your home oven. At roughly 13-by-13 inches, it fits almost any oven and turns out the perfect crispy pie in minutes.
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.
First designed in 1948, this classic bullet pen elevates the basic task of note-taking. It works no matter what angle he's using. Even in zero gravity.
You get three hours of burn time with this portable campfire, which uses recycled soy wax. That means no smoky smell when you burn it in the yard or on your patio.
Thanks to its perfect fit, this sleek beanie can be worn anywhere, anytime, with anything.
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