WRITTEN BY: TRAE BODGE
Is it just me or are Father’s Day gifts getting better? My inaugural Father’s Day gift guide was in 2010, and I had to dig deep to find things beyond socks and “#1 Dad” tees. Those traditional gifts are still around but I am blown away by all the available options today. Things like must-have tech gifts, tasty treats, and unique personalized gifts are making gift-giving fun this year. Here are my top picks for Father’s Day gifts on a budget.
JLab GO Talk ($49) & JLab GO Cam ($40)
For the Dad who dreams of having his own podcast, this microphone and camera will set him up for success. They are stylish enough to sit on his desk – and he’ll feel so legit. Both items took me about 3 minutes to set up and pair with my computer and I was ready to broadcast!
Is he the guy who strolls around the yard, admiring his garden? He will love this pocket-sized tool that he can use to clip stems, remove weeds, and snip dead leaves.
Putt-A-Bout Par 3 Golf Putting Green ($47.46)
This popular and sturdy home putting green with sand trap cutouts and a non-skid backing allows him to practice his putt whenever the mood strikes. When not in use, it rolls up for easy storage.
If Dad is like my husband and wears his tees until they are in tatters, a 3-pack of Fresh Clean Tees would be a welcome gift. This site offers neutral colors of size-inclusive durable tees in a variety of styles. From June 6-9, save 15 percent off sitewide + free expedited shipping on orders $60+.
On the go
Ricardo Beverly Hills Packing Travel Essentials 2.0 Garment Carrier (Originally $100, now $49.99)
He probably hasn’t traveled much since the Pandemic hit, so why not give him a gift that will make his next trip more stylish and streamlined? This 5-star reviewed garment carrier is chic and simple for a quick trip away.
Arc Lighter & Flashlight ($24.99)
A campsite must-have, this lightweight and rechargeable LED flashlight provides 100 lumens but it also has a spring-loaded bezel with a dual-arc plasma lighter inside, which offers a 1400 degree burn for fast lighting, even in windy conditions.
Food & drink
Supplant x Thomas Keller Chocolate Bars ($31.99 for a 5-pack)
If your sweet tooth Dad is trying to watch his sugar, this set of small-batch chocolate bars made in partnership with Chef Thomas Keller in Napa Valley uses Venezuelan cocoa beans and Supplant’s sugars from fiber. These sugars are a blend made from upcycled crops and are lower-calorie and have a lower blood sugar response. The set includes 5 yummy flavors, including Coffee Milk Chocolate and Orange Dark Chocolate.
Home Dough ($48 for a variety pack of 24 cookie dough balls)
If he’s not much of a cook but craves home-baked cookies, this yummy, preservative-free, frozen cookie dough will be waiting in his freezer for when the craving strikes. Home Dough is available in three delicious flavors: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Toffee, and Molasses Ginger Spice.
Sugar Plum Manly Nut Box ($38)
For the guy who goes nuts for nuts, this multipack includes six 4oz bags of kettle-cooked nuts in unique flavors, including Honey Sea Salt Almonds, Coconut Curry Peanuts, and Mexican Cocoa Peanut.
If Dad has absolutely everything, this is the gift for him. This “tea brick” is made of compressed Yunnan black tea, an ancient tradition from the Chinese Ming Dynasty. The brick is pressed with a beautiful design so it makes for a cool decor item, but he can also cut off small pieces to brew for tea.
Papa’s Pilar Daiquiri Cocktail Kit ($29.99)
Created by the team at Shaker & Spoon, this drink kit, which is inspired by Ernest Hemingway is a great gift for the guy who loves a cocktail but doesn’t want to dream one up on his own. The kit includes a mini-size of Papa’s Pilar award-winning first-ever Blonde Rum, and all the ingredients for a killer cocktail, including Naranja Agria Grapefruit syrup and Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters.
Is Dad still using that clunky old corded trimmer from forever ago? This sleek, stylish trimmer delivers up to 80 minutes of powerful trimming per charge and has plenty of attachments for all his grooming needs. Available in black or white and looks great sitting on the sink in its base.
This set contains a trio of high-quality products that are formulated for men’s thicker skin and is packaged in sophisticated black jars. The set contains a cleanser, scrub, and moisturizer, which are available for different skin types.
Knack Handy Man ($49)
This gift set from one of my favorite gifting brands includes a leather manicure kit with a stainless steel nail clipper, file, scissors, and tweezers, a cedar boar bristle nail brush, and Mixture Man’s shea butter hand balm.
Poo-Pourri Master Crapsman Set (Originally $24.99, now $18.71)
If he has a sense of humor about his time on the can, he will love this set (and so will everyone else in the house). Poo-Pourri is well-known as an effective odor-killer to be used before you “go”, and this set comes with two scents; Trap-A-Crap and Royal Flush, packaged in a faux toolbox.
Personalized gifts & gift cards
Build-a-Card by GiftCardGranny.com* (prices vary)
For the Dad who doesn’t “need anything,” a little spending money should do the trick! These personalized gift cards feature a photo that you upload and a message from you. He’ll smile whenever he sees the card in his wallet and he can save it for just the right moment when he feels like treating himself.
A fun gift for little kids to give to Dad, this eight-page space-themed 8×8 album comes with two sheets of double-sided tape chips for adhering photos plus a how-to sheet with some creative ideas. Bonus: you’ll receive up to $5 in photo prints when you purchase the album using the code FIRSTALBUM at checkout.
A personalized video is a fantastic gift, but making one can be complicated, especially if you are combining videos from multiple people. This clever tool allows you to invite people to upload their videos (it even sends reminders) and makes it incredibly easy to combine them, add effects, and send the finished product off to Dad. This is a great option for family members to work on together.
Domestika ($19.99 and up)
Does Dad need to expand his horizons? Give him a gift card to this online educational platform, which offers online courses taught by established experts in everything from 3D & animation to watercolor painting. The courses range from an hour for a single class, to four hours for bundles that involve more course work.
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