I've been taking an unofficial survey over the last few years and I've come to the conclusion that dads are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. (Sorry, dads, but it's true.) Every year, as Father's Day and their dads' birthdays roll around, I listen as my friends lament the gift-buying process. Their fathers insist that they don't want anything, or else it seems like they already have everything they need. If I had a nickel for every one of my friends who defaulted to a new tie for Dad, my own father would have a boat of his own by now. In the interest of public service, I've compiled a list of cheap Father's Day 2018 gifts you can get for under $30.
Chances are that your dad will be perfectly thrilled no matter what you pick up for him this June 17, but hopefully these ideas will help you diversify your typical Dad-focused purchases. Regardless of what you buy, though, consider the value of quality time as well. It's free — unless you're treating lunch, which you really should — and is probably a much hotter commodity to any father figure that anything they can unwrap on the big day.
Wireless Phone Charger
Dad will never be left charge-less again thanks to this wireless charger, which is compatible with several models of Apple and Samsung phones. All he has to do is set his phone on the non-slip surface and watch his battery refill... and he'll be all set to call his favorite child: you.
Promise Me, Dad
The title of this book is obviously fitting for the occasion, and regardless of your dad's political opinions, I think he'll find something to enjoy in this bestseller from Vice President Joe Biden. Perfect for the father with summer travel on the schedule! Who doesn't need a book to add to their suitcase?
Personalized Canvas Toiletry Bag
A toiletry bag is a a practical gift that Dad will be able to use for years, and this personalized (for free!) version still falls below the $30 threshold. Show off your pride in the family name by having it embroidered on the canvas case, or keep it simple with your dad's initials.
Is your dad a tad forgetful? This Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker is now 25 percent smaller than it used to be, so it can be carried quietly on a keychain or tucked into a wallet so as not to draw additional attention. Dad can pair it with his phone so that it starts ringing whenever it's close by, savings tons of time that would normally be spent searching for lost things.
Portable Table Tennis Set
Mini Quad With Camera
There aren't enough toys out there that are considered appropriate gifts for adults — specifically parents — but I think this one qualifies. This beginner drone comes with a built-in HD camera and is easy to use for dads of all tech capabilities,
Custom Golf Ball
Help Dad switch up his golf game with a set of totally customized balls. Print a sentimental "hello!" message or an inside joke to make him LOL on the course.
If your dad has come to this point in his life without being big on skin care, this straight-to-the-point facial moisturizer could be just the thing to introduce him to the wonders of a little pampering. The product is fragrance-free and all-natural, and will generally make Pops feel like a star.
Engraved Ten-In-One Game Set
Old school gamers — the kind that prefer playing cards to video game controllers — will love this set, which includes everything you need to mix and match to play ten different games. If your dad takes his dominoes and cribbage especially seriously, you can have the lid of the wooden box monogrammed with his initials.
I don't know much about the ins and outs of fishing rods, but I do know that this one has a lovely price point... and that there are few things more stereotypically fatherly than a fishing trip. Help facilitate such a nostalgic experience by picking up this gift.
Personalized Duffel Bag
Swiss Army Knife
For the dad who has everything... including a goofy sense of humor and some serious skills on the grill.
You can't go wrong with a basic long-sleeved shirt, especially one that's made with light, sweat-wicking material that can easily transition between conditions. This half-zip is available in black, dark blue, and olive green.