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.
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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 L.L. Bean Canvas Hunters Tote
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.
$35.00 Ooni Baking Stone
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.
$30.00 Bellroy Tablet Sleeve
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.
Buy Now $39.00 Matador Pocket Blanket
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.
Buy Now $29.99 Nodpod Bead Filled Sleep Mask
This brilliant sleep mask is cooling on one side, if he runs hot. It blocks out light like a champ, is machine-washable, and is weighted, to help him fall asleep.
Buy Now $42.00 Fjallraven Gear Bag
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.
Buy Now $33.71 Carhartt Legacy Tool Roll
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.
Buy Now $24.95 LEM Products 468 Jerky Cannon
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.
Buy Now $39.99 Genuine Crazy Horse Leather Electronics Organizer Roll Bag
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.
Buy Now $47.49 Nomad Carabiner
He can clip this carabiner with a built-in charing cable to his belt, or his backpack, and always have power handy for his Apple tech.
Buy Now $34.95 Fisher Space Bullet Pen
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.
Buy Now $22.10 Peugeot Whiskey Tasting Set
Like a decanter for wine, this whiskey taster captures alcohol burn while releasing its glorious aroma, and the metal base cools the whiskey to the optimal temperature without watering it down.
BUY NOW $40.00 Radiate Portable Campfire
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.
Buy Now $29.99 Banks Journal Primary Beanie
Thanks to its perfect fit, this sleek beanie can be worn anywhere, anytime, with anything.
BUY NOW $21.00 Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit
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.
Buy Now $25.00 Wayfinder Flux Waterproof Card Holder
For dads who go fishing or boating, this understated cardholder has 3 slots, room for folded bills, and a coating that keeps everything dry.
BUY NOW $36.00 Viski 4890 Summit Signature Corkscrew
Every proper oenophile needs a proper corkscrew, and this is it. It has a double-hinged design with stainless steel foil cutter.
Buy Now $7.85 Andar AirPods Case
This supple leather case protects and charges your AirPods (but note, it does not work on the Pros).
BUY NOW $30.00 Spigen Rugged Armor Apple AirPods Case
The carabiner always keeps them close by, and the rugged armor case charges the Apple AirPods Pro while also cushioning them during falls.
Buy Now $16.99 Purist Collective Mover Cup
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.
BUY NOW $48.00 Printworks Classic Domino Game
The humble game of dominoes gets a facelift with this refreshing new look.
BUY NOW $32.00 Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller
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.
Buy Now $19.95 Areaware Drink Rocks
Stick these beauties in the freezer. And then the soapstone and marble rocks chill whatever wine or spirit he’s drinking.
BUY NOW $35.00 Opinel Pocket Knife
French knife-maker Joseph Opinel fashioned his first single blade knife in 1890. Since then, his eponymous knives have only undergone minor changes.The handle on this knife is made of beechwood.
Buy Now $19.00 Norlan Whisky Glass
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.
Buy Now $48.00 Native Union Belt Cable
He can charge his Apple devices insanely fast with this cable, which wraps up neatly when he’s done. The four-foot braided cable is wrapped up and secured with an integrated leather belt so it’s always ready to charge.
Buy Now $24.99 Chrome Industries Kilo Dopp Kit
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.
Buy Now $25.00 GearLight High-Powered LED Flashlight
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.
Buy Now $15.99 Bevel Safety Razor
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.
Buy Now $49.99 Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones,
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.
Buy Now $49.00 Rose & Fitzgerald Mugavu Geometric Bottle Stopper
Each of these hand-crafted stoppers is one of a kind, and creates an airtight seal that saves his unfinished pinot noir.
BUY NOW $45.00 Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Hip Pack
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.
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