It’s always challenging trying to pick out the perfect Father’s Day gift. Not a huge, insurmountable, running-the-New-York-Marathon challenge but difficult nonetheless. It can take months to figure out what to give my Dad and my husband but not this year! Surprisingly, just when I thought I had found the perfect gifts for them, I kept discovering more cool things. Here are 30 outstanding options that won’t break the bank.
Easy, Tiger Beer Snob Can/Glass ($11.99) at Cards for Awesome People
Whether he’s a PBR fan or prefers a growler of small batch craft beer made in a garage, two things are true: He has a favorite brew, and he’s probably pretty stubborn about it. With its beer-can shape and fancy gold-foil lettering, this glass is the perfect combination of high and low. After he unwraps it, no other glass will do.
Yoga for Flexibility DVD With Kevin Love ($11.99) at Gaiam
If he’s stiff and grumpy after his workout, this DVD featuring NBA all-star Kevin Love and sports-yoga instructor Kent Katich will loosen him up. He can choose from four 20-minute exercises, which are designed to turn him into a pretzel and back, leaving him relaxed and limber. My husband can’t stand workout DVDs, and even he has consented to trying it.
Engravable Book Mark ($11.99) at JCPenney
If he still enjoys reading an actual book, he will love this simple, personalized bookmark. No more folding down pages or shoving whatever he can find between them to mark his place. This online-only gift also comes with free monogramming. If you want to complement this present with a book, check out our list of summer must-reads for inspiration.
Pact Tees ($19) at Pact
As the silkiest, softest tees around, these shirts are 60 percent organic cotton and 40 percent recycled polyester. Better yet, they’re fair trade and made without any bad stuff like pesticides, fertilizers, bleaches and, most importantly, sweatshops.
Kiqplan Beer Belly Blaster ($19.99) at Target
Speaking of drinking, if he regularly bemoans his beer belly, this digital coach will get him on the right track by designing a weight-loss plan with personalized targets and tips based on info gleaned from his activity tracker. The Beer Belly Blaster is compatible with his Fitbug, Jawbone, Nike+, Fitbit and Withings trackers as well as smartphones with Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7 or higher.
Brookstone Nap Travel Flight Kit ($34.99; on sale for $19.99 with the exclusive RetailMeNot code RMNDAD) at Brookstone
We all love to nap on the plane, but those crying kids, chatty row mates and glowing iPads make it nearly impossible to sleep. This kit contains a soft, inflatable pillow for him to rest his weary head on as well as an eye mask and earbuds.
Circuit Board Photo Frame ($24) at Ten Thousand Villages
Now you have the perfect frame for that awesome family photo for Dad. This unique piece is made from repurposed, pre-consumer computer parts that would have otherwise gone in the dump. It’s also fair trade and handmade in India.
Darth Vader and Yoda Mug Set ($24.95) at Hallmark
Get a little something out of the bargain with this awesome Star Wars–inspired mug set. The big guy gets Vader, while you sip from the cup of the much wiser Yoda.
Moonshine Lantern ($24.95) at Eagles Nest Outfitters
If there are plans to pitch a tent at least once this summer, this lantern must be in his backpack. Available in four colors, it also boasts four lighting options: 60 lumens white, dim, color and strobe. Called a hammock-specific lantern, this versatile camping accessory can hang from a branch or line or be set on a solid surface. (Three triple-A batteries required.)
Never Have I Ever ($24.95) at Barnes & Noble
He’s probably belly laughed while watching celebs play this adults-only card game on Ellen and Watch What Happens Live. But now he can play at home! He’ll finally have the opportunity to score points for some of his worst decisions and most awkward moments.
Tobacco Leather Business Card Holder ($25.75) at Nine Space
Don’t let him head off to the next conference with his business cards in a rubber band. This soft and simple leather card case has just the right amount of sophistication and style to impress his new contacts.
Loudmouth Trucker Hat ($28) at Headsweats
These comfortable, moisture-wicking, trucker-style hats are just the thing for the guy who likes to make a statement that doesn’t involve a sports team. They come in a bunch of wild patterns, but if he’s the quiet sort, there are plain ones ($20), too.
The USB Travel Shaver ($29.95) at Hammacher Schlemmer
I love this compact, rechargeable shaver for the guy on the go—or the guy who grows a beard by quittin’ time. It’s the size of a deck of cards and can be charged off of his laptop or any other USB adapter via the retractable connector.
Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition($34.54) at Amazon
Never mind buying hotels for Park Place: Do you have what it takes to survive in a world crawling with zombies? Monopoly takes on a whole new life in this creepy Walking Dead version.
Mission Belt Solids Classic ($34.95) at Mission Belt
You might recognize this from Shark Tank. This belt has an innovative, never-fail buckle and comes in lots of sizes, styles and colors. It will immediately become Dad’s favorite. What’s more is that the maker, Mission, donates a portion of the proceeds to fight hunger and poverty around the world. I love it so much that I snagged one for myself!
Timbuk2 Lift Toiletry Dopp Kit ($38.95) at Shoebuy
This is one of the best Dopp kits I’ve seen. Between the modern gray-white camo pattern, the elastic straps for holding things like razors and toothbrushes, the roomy compartments, the slim pockets for smaller items and the ability to fold it flat for storage, this bag rocks.
The Golfer’s Grill Clubs ($39.95) at Hammacher Schlemmer
Who can resist tools that come in a mini golf club bag? This grilling set contains four essential utensils, all with golf-grip shafts for fantastic functionality.
ManCave Originals Men’s Grooming Gift Set ($39.95) at Target
He may not want to take care of his skin, but perhaps this manly set with a “view” of the woods and invigorating ingredients, such as caffeine and tea tree oil, will change his mind. The kit includes face cleanser, face cream, shampoo, conditioning hair-styling cream and shower gel, all packaged in a fun box with a wood cabin and forest motif.
Ogio Clutch Backpack ($42.49) at eBags
This cool pack will take him from the office to the hiking trail. A padded laptop sleeve, roomy interior, water-resistant aluminum zipper, stylish colors—what more could a guy want? I challenge you to find another backpack for this price that looks as good and is such high quality!
Monogrammed Catchall Tray ($44) at Olive & Cocoa
“Where do I put my random stuff?” he asks himself every day as he adds his keys and change to a growing pile on the nightstand. In this faux-leather, monogrammed tray, of course. With snaps that allow it to lie flat in a suitcase, this catchall can travel easily, too.
Mack Weldon’s Major Dad Sock Pack ($45) at Mack Weldon
Give Dad a little help in the style department with this four-pack of sophisticated socks in a mix of stripes, camo and polka dots. These 80 percent combed-cotton, slouch-free socks fit sizes 8 through 14 and are packaged in a handy, reusable drawstring pouch.
Dakota Clip Clock ($45) at Dakota Watch
Did you ever notice that hotel clocks are either rarely the right time or too tricky to figure out? This little travel clock with dual time and built-in alarm will ensure he gets up on time when he’s on the road. If he’s feeling active, it also clips onto his backpack and has a stopwatch! Available in four colors.
Kate Spade His and His Highball Set ($50) at Kate Spade
What do you get for two dads? His-and-his glasses, obvs. Leave it to clever Kate Spade to come up with these elegant, 16-ounce, etched glasses that come pre-boxed. You can’t go wrong.
The Hoodie Cotton ($75) at ScotteVest
Sure, he has a hoodie, but does his hoodie have 10 pockets that are so well engineered that even if he uses all of them he won’t feel bulky? This ultra-soft, cotton-polyester blend will become so much of a staple that he’ll need one in all four colors.
Motorcycle Messenger Bag ($60) at Fair Trade Designs
If he likes to make a statement, he’ll dig this messenger bag, which comes with multiple pockets and a snap hook for keys. Even better, Cambodian fair-trade workers handcrafted the bag, using recycled motorcycle seats and repurposed netting. Something so hip that does some good in the process? He’ll love it.
Trademark Games Beveled Wood Dart Cabinet ($90.99) at Amazon
If his game room doesn’t have a dartboard, it’s time to change that. This classic wooden dart cabinet is a functional showpiece with everything he needs for a serious game, including built-in dart storage, dry-erase scoreboards and doors with an antique-brass finish to hide the target when playtime is over.
Stretch Zion Pant ($79) at Prana
Pants for Father’s Day? Normally I would say no, but I’m making an exception. Made with water-repellant, four-way stretch fabric that moves like workout pants but holds its shape, these unbelievably comfortable pants can be worn just about everywhere, from a casual day at the office to a fishing trip. They even have a roll-and-snap feature on the legs in case any wading is required and a ventilated inseam for sweaty days. Check them out in seven colors, three inseams and sizes XS through XXL.
HP Envy 4500 e-All-in-One Printer ($79.99) at HP
Give his home office an update with this ultramodern printer housed in a tiny body. It not only produces printer-quality photos and documents but also kicks it up a notch by letting him print virtually anywhere from his smart device.
XQISIT LZ380 Wireless Foldable Over-ear Stereo Headphones ($79.99–$81.99) at Overstock.com
Isn’t it about time that someone treated Dad to a fabulous pair of headphones? These wireless Bluetooth ones come with a 10-hour battery life and fold into their own case. Plus, they have such great sound for calls and tunes that he’ll feel like he’s at his first live show every time he uses them. The best part, though? They’re way less pricey than thosemore famous headphones.
Lemur Vehicle Monitors BlueDriver ($99.95) at Amazon
If Dad’s not one for sliding under the car when something is wrong with it, this gadget will pair with his smart device (via Bluetooth with Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7 or higher) to help identify that knocking sound. It displays diagnostic info and repair advice specific to his vehicle (1996 or newer).