If you're anything like me, you know that the toughest person on your list to shop for is, without a doubt, your dear old dad. If you're smart, you are always keeping your eye out for some cheap gift ideas for dad. Ideally, you'd love to pick out a gift he loves without spending an arm and a leg on it.
My dad likes to think that he's easy to shop for. But, I beg to differ, because he never actually wants anything. I'll never understand why people think that selfless quality makes them easy to shop for. In reality, the people who have all sorts of different things on their wish lists are the ones who are easy to shop for. So, year after year, when my dad claims there's nothing special he wants for the holidays, he ends up with a pack of socks or a new tie.
This year, I've decided I need to step my gift-giving game up. But that doesn't mean I'm going to take out a loan to do it. I've scoured the Internet for some perfect (and cheap!) gifts that pretty much any dad will love. Check these out, and prepare for one of your dad's famous bear hugs.
1. Cast Iron Tool Bottle Openers
Your dad deserves a beer or two after a long life of raising you. So, he's sure to appreciate these ultra cool bottle openers.
2. Heavy Duty Soap
Dad definitely can't complain about this gritty, rugged bar of soap. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer!
3. Hockey Mug
For the sports-loving dad, this hockey mug is perfect for a warm bowl of soup, or a delicious mug of cocoa. Plus, your dad can act like a kid again by trying to shoot his soup crackers or marshmallows into the net.
4. Golf Coasters
Maybe your dad is a golf enthusiast. Or, perhaps he's a drink enthusiast. If he's both? Well, then these stone coasters are a must.
5. Tactical Notebook
Is your dad preparing for the zombie apocalypse? If so, he'll need one of these super durable tactical notebooks. If nothing else, this handy little journal is a rugged choice for his daily notes.
6. Yoda Mug
Dad can't get by without his morning cup of coffee. Plus, if he's been flipping out about all of the recent Star Wars hype, then you know he'll love this mug. You're never too old to remind dad how great he is.
7. Beer Glass
A beer glass is always a fitting choice for dad's gift. And, this one that looks like an upside down beer bottle? It's pretty clever.
8. Portable Phone Charger
If your dad is anything like mine, his phone is constantly dying. Luckily, this portable charger will be there when he needs it.
9. Beard Wash
Is your dad rocking an amazing beard? Help him keep it clean with this aromatic beard wash.
10. Kabob Grilling Baskets
If your dad is the grill master in the family, he needs the proper tools. So, he's sure to love these kabob baskets. Plus, it'll up your chances of getting some delicious kabobs come summertime. It's a win-win for you!
11. World Map Watch
A watch is always a safe gift choice. And, this vintage looking one with a world map in the face is probably unlike any others your dad has seen.
12. Build On Brick Bookends
Everybody loves legos. These bookends will be the perfect workday distraction in your dad's office.
13. Pizza Cutter and Server
Maybe your dad isn't a gourmet chef. But, chances are he could eat pizza every day of the week. This innovative pizza cutter and server is the perfect pizza companion.
14. Beer Chemistry Glass
Chances are, your dad didn't actually pay attention in high school chemistry class. Luckily, this beer glass will teach him everything he needs to know.
15. Morning, Noon, and Night Coffee
Of course, your dad looks forward to his morning cup of coffee. But, with this variety pack, he can enjoy a mug of his favorite beverage, no matter what time of day it is.
16. Personal Pocket Safe
Help dad keep all of his important documents protected with this super safe USB flash drive. With a DataLock PIN, military-grade encryption, and an epoxy field that destroys contents upon forced entry, it keeps all of his information safely locked away. Not only will it upgrade his security, but it'll also make him feel like a secret agent.
17. The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board
Perfect for the OCD dad, this cutting board has tons of lines and grids to help your dad cut his fruits and vegetables into perfectly even slices.
18. Lake Michigan Blueprint Map
Deck out dad's office with a cool blueprint map. If he's not into Lake Michigan, there are plenty of other cities and landmarks to choose from.
19. The Godfather Classic Quotes
20. Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask
No dad will complain about getting a flask as a gift. And, this personalized leather version is perfect for sneaking into all of those outdoor sporting events.
21. Laser Engraved Golf Tees
It may be winter, but you'll have dad looking forward to summer with these personalized golf tees. They're the perfect gift for your golf-loving dad!
22. Sports Team Cuff Links
These customized wooden cuff links will have your dad showing pride for his favorite team! They're definitely a little dressier than his old, beat up jersey.
23. Record Coasters
Dad can relive his glory days with these coasters that look just like his favorite old records. Just be prepared for him to start singing some of those classic old school jams when he's feeling nostalgic. You've been warned.
24. Utility Work Gloves
You can always count on your dad to fix everything in your apartment. He's that handy guy who loves to retreat to the garage and tinker with things. So, these work gloves are just what he needs!
25. BBQ Apron
Dad will love this personalized BBQ apron for all of those grilling parties in the summer. Plus, it will protect him when he inevitably spills on himself.
26. Home Plate Doormat
If your dad is a baseball fan, make him feel like he's scoring a home run every time he walks through the front door with this clever doormat.
27. Beer And Food Pairing Guide Towel
Dad will always know exactly what snack to eat with his favorite beers with the help of this handy kitchen towel. Plus, your dad will love any excuse to drink a few more brews.
28. Foot Warmers
Keep your dad from getting cold feet over the holiday season with these microwavable foot warmers. They're perfect for a long nap during Sunday football!
Every dad needs a good pair of headphones. So, he's sure to appreciate the noise cancellation and soft ear pads of these!
30. Carry-On Cocktail Kit
This handy kit provides everything dad needs to mix two of his favorite cocktails at 30,000 feet. You can choose a kit for an old fashioned, a gin and tonic, or a Moscow mule. It's been tested to make it through security, and it'll fit just fine in your carry on!
31. Picture Frame
Of course, you're the greatest gift your dear old dad ever could've hoped for. So, remind him of your special bond with a framed photo. Just be prepared for the inevitable waterworks.