Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18 and it’s (well-past) time to start thinking about how you want to show appreciation for the favorite dads in your life. Most dads would appreciate some family time and a good meal, but if you want to get him a gift, here are some ideas that would be useful to a lot of dads. These options are all under $45 and most are well under that price – and Amazon ships fast, so you’ll get it on time if you order through Prime (it’s a good time to start a trial if you aren’t already a member). If you have little money to spend, don’t be afraid to get creative. People assume dads won’t appreciate homemade gifts as much, but the drink coaster that I made my dad in 4th grade is still in use on his side table. He doesn’t care what something looks like, as long as it’s functional.
If your dad has specific hobbies that make gifting easy, consider yourself lucky and go with something you’ll know he’ll use. My dad is notoriously hard to buy for. He’s retired and doesn’t have many hobbies other than rebuilding classic cars. One year I made him a photo collage of the favorite cars he’s rebuilt in the last several years. He likes to be able to show people the cars once he’s sold them, so this was something he could take along to car shows if he wants – or just set on his stand as a memory of the cars. It was a simple and inexpensive gift. I just had my mom email me photos of the cars, uploaded them into a collage design in the drugstore online photo center that I used, picked up the print a day later, and put it in a 8×10 frame that I bought at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon.
If your dad travels or is into gadgets, buy him a Grid-it Organizer to manage his stuff in his carryon or suitcase. It keeps gadgets, cords, chargers, or other small personal items organized in one place. They come in different sizes to keep just a few, or many, things together. Another good idea for traveling dads would be a new toiletry bag filled with a few of his favorite travel-size items. You can pick up toiletry bags as discount stores like TJ Maxx or splurge for an embossed leather bag.
Shaving brushes and shaving soaps are back in style as the best way to get a close comfortable shave. Pair it with a few of his favorite razors, aftershave, or an inexpensive subscription for monthly razors with the Dollar Shave Club, and he’ll get a smooth shave every time.
There are many options for dads who enjoy a drink now and then. He can make his own batches of beer with a Mr. Beer Premium Beer Kit or keep his favorite beer cold from start to finish with a Chilsner Beer Chiller. If he prefers a stiffer drink, these whiskey stones will keep his drink cool without diluting like ice does.
For an adventure seeking dad, this Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet is made up of 12 feet of paracord that can be used in a pinch for camping, boating, hunting, hiking, and more. Whether he’s out in the wilderness or just the backyard, a Bear Grylls Compact Multi-tool features that 10 tools in 1 will give him the essentials to handle many tasks. If you’re looking for something smaller, a keychain multi-tool is the size of a standard key and clips onto your keyring for 6 tools in 1. I’ve purchased this one for all of my male relatives.
If he’d rather relax in a hammock with some good reads, order him his favorite magazine subscription or two.
Flashlights are one of those things of which you can never have too many. They never seem to be where you need them, when you need them. Or the bulb or battery is dead. Grab a new one for your dad (including batteries) at any store, or get him this waterproof, floatable flashlight that has great reviews if he’s likely to be around water. If he’s more likely to be in the garage than near a river, a SquidBrite Work Light features a unique wrappable design that allows him to affix it to any area in which he needs to direct the light.
Toolboxes can be heavy and almost impossible to carry around the house easily. The Bucket Boss Tool Organizer fits into a standard 5 gallon bucket (buy separately) and will help keep his favorite tools together and make them easy to transport.
If he’s as comfortable with tools as he in the kitchen, these tool-inspired gadgets are quirky and useful in the kitchen. He can cut his pizza with a Circular Saw Pizza Cutter, slice a cake with a Table Saw Knife, or use this Beer Hammer for a project and then flip it over to use the bottle opener to enjoy a beer after his hard work.
If he enjoys cooking, every kitchen needs a cast-iron skillet. A pre-seasoned Lodge cast iron skillet will become his new favorite pan. They are non-stick (if cared for properly) can go from stovetop to oven and even campfire or grill, and will last for decades. If he’s set on using non-stick pans, get him a new one. Non-stick pans need replaced every few years as the coating starts to flake off, which can add toxins to your food. This inexpensive non-stick skillet was rated the best by Cook’s Illustrated because it stayed exceptionally slick with a durable nonstick coating that provides top performance and even heat in cooking. Other obvious options are grilling gear such as grill pans, meat branding irons, new grill tools, or even a gift basket of BBQ rubs and sauces.
If your dad is as concerned about the weather as my dad, he may enjoy a Wireless Advanced Weather Station with Temperature, Dew Point, Barometer and Humidity. The sensor can be installed indoor or outdoor to give up to the minute readings on exactly what’s going on outside, along with the forecast based on up to the minute readings.
Finally, if your dad is as hard to buy for as mine, favorite food gifts may just be the best option. Consumable gifts are a great option because they aren’t something that will sit around and collect dust. In a basket for my dad, I would include homemade cookies or brownies, cheeses (nothing fancy for him), black jelly beans or other candy, nuts, drink mixes (he hates plain water), a few soft drinks, chips, and a can of Spam. While they may not be the healthiest choices, they’re what he’d enjoy and won’t hurt him to have on occasion.
Father’s Day is about showing the dads in your life how much you love and appreciate them. If you can, spend some time with them and put a little thought into buying them gifts you know they’ll appreciate without breaking the bank.