25 Father’s Day Gift Ideas Under $50
If there’s one thing we can agree on at this time of year, it’s how difficult it is to shop for dads. “I don’t need anything,” they say. “Don’t worry about me.” So this Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up more than 25 finds that capitalize on different lifestyles and interests — sure to please even the mellowest recipient. Because whether it’s for your own father, a longtime in-law or your own partner, a personal touch goes a long way when celebrating someone you can always count on.
For the frequent flyer. Help dad make the most of his next business trip with a destination-specific guidebook. You can’t go wrong with a title from The New York Times or Monocle.
A well-stocked bath kit is a travel essential. This color-blocked canvas pouch from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. features a water-resistant interior, and is both stylish and sturdy. Tuck a soft cotton facecloth inside to complete the package.
World travelers understand the importance of sleep — especially on the red eye. A microbead-filled neck pillow provides essential support during long-haul flights, while an eye mask filled with activated charcoal promotes blood circulation.
For the new dad. First-time parents are often inundated by flashy, battery-filled toys. Glow-in-the-dark star stickers and simple building blocks let a new dad share the joys of analog play with his little one.
If you really want to win over a new father, gift him a picture frame preloaded with a photo of his kid (since you know he’ll be too tired to print one himself). This antique brass frame from CB2 will elevate even the most impromptu snapshot.
A handsome pour-over coffeemaker is something he’ll use again and again. The Chemex Coffeemaker — which has been in production since 1941 — is a classic choice (further proof: it’s on permanent display at the MoMA in New York).
For the perfect gentleman. Luxury personal care products are a great choice for impeccable dads. Go for a rich foaming face wash in minimalist packaging, or an apothecary-style shave oil to take an everyday job to the next level.
Dad will appreciate the woodsy scent and mild ingredients in this hand-cut and -crafted soap from Montreal brand Cucamanga.
Old school shoe-shine supplies will keep him perfectly on-point. Walter’s “Shine to Go” polish is an effective and economical option, while the brand’s quality buffing brush will deliver that high-gloss shine.
For the nature lover. S’well’s insulated water bottles are great for outdoorsy types, keeping drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. The Electric Eel colorway (shown) is a particularly eye-catching pick.
We love the compact size and vintage feel of RH Restoration Hardware’s Etón World radio. It also features a built-in alarm, making it ideal for taking on fishing and camping trips.
Since 1890, French company Opinel has been crafting handsome wood-handled knives. The N08 model is a perennial favorite thanks to its strength and versatility.
For the at-home chef. A granite mortar and pestle is a hard-wearing, super handy tool — perfect for dads that like to get hands-on in the kitchen. Use it to crush fresh herbs for a fragrant pesto or whole spice seeds for a flavorful rub.
For the tech-savvy cook, check out the iGrill® mini thermometer. This Bluetooth-enabled gadget syncs up with a smartphone app, making timing and temperature monitoring simple and convenient.
Peg & Awl’s artisanal cutting boards look just as great on display as they do loaded with charcuterie. Each one features a unique wood grain and is made of either reclaimed maple or walnut (shown).
For the amateur mixologist. Upgrade Dad’s cocktail-mixing game with some specialty syrups, shrubs and bitters. Toronto’s BYOB Cocktail Emporium offers some especially delicious options, like sweet-and-spicy saffron syrup (great with dark rum) and crisp angelica bitters (for a top-notch Caesar).
While these brass bottle openers by Japanese designer Oji Masanori do hover around our $50 limit, they’re more than worth the extra expense. Expert craftsmanship means they’re as strong as they are stunning.
This set of natural olivewood coasters from West Elm will look great tossed across his home bar. Made in Germany, each piece boasts its own unique shape and wood grain.