Great Gifts For Dad That Won't Break The Bank

by Kaitlyn Wylde

Dads can be incredibly difficult to shop for. Either you know exactly what you want to get them and have known for months, or you're scanning the web for an inexpensive, dad-friendly gift that you didn't already get him for Father's Day. Did you already get him a subscription to Golf magazine? Did you already get him two of those World's Best Dad mugs? What about that tie contraption, did you get that for him last year? You can't keep track because there's so much impersonal basic dad stuff out there.

But you don't want to get him another gift that neither of you can remember. You want to get him something that he'll actually use or appreciate. You want to get him something that shows you care and that you took the time to think about him. At the same time, you don't want to break the bank. Besides, your dad would probably be furious if you spent a lot of money on him, he'd rather you handle your bills and adult expenses. That said, if you have the kind of dad who says he doesn't want anything, don't be fooled, he might use it against you as ammo in the future. It's always safer to get your dad something. Here's some dad-spiration:

Foldable Headphones

TJ Maxx

For the dad who hates earbuds, these soft, collapsable headphones are the perfect sporty alternative.

Foldable Headphones With In Line Mic, $13, TJ Maxx

Men's Fashion Book

TJ Maxx

Better than another magazine subscription, the GQ coffee table book is an encyclopedia of style.

GQ Men's Book, $50, TJ Maxx

Leather Wallet

TJ Maxx

Dads tend to use the same wallet for way too long — it's like, basically disintegrating before they get a new one. Do him a favor and give him something simple that he can swap with.

Pebble Leather Billfold Wallet, $20, TJ Maxx

Subscription Box


Birchbox makes the most incredible packages for men, too. Gift your dad a three-month subscription of samples he'll love to test out.

Birch box Men's 3 Month, $60, Birchbox

Beer Kit


Give you dad a gift that he can get involved with. This beer-making kit has everything he'll need to make a whole gallon of beer.

Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit, $48, Overstock

Darth Vader Oven Mit


Now your dad can cook or grill out Darth Vader-style. It's funny, but it's useful!

Star Wars Darth Vader Silicone Oven Mit, $10, Think Geek

Bluetooth Key Ring


For the forgetful dad who can't ever find his keys, search no more! This device will pair with his phone and he'll never lose his keys again!

Bluetooth Tracking Tag, $40, UncommonGoods

Himalayan Salt Slab


For the dad who loves to grill, this gift will seriously elevate his culinary game.

Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank, $30, UncommonGoods

Omelet Dish


The perfect omelet is hard to make, but with this stoneware clay dish, your dad will make the perfect omelet every time.

45 Second Omelet Maker, $25, UncommonGoods

Gear Key Holder


If your dad is into cars or mechanics, he'll love this moving key ring made of real gears. It's decorative and useful.

Kinetic Gear Key Holder, $48, UncommonGoods

Portable Bluetooth Speaker


If your dad likes to listen to music or podcasts while he's tinkering in the garage, he'll love this portable speaker — he can take it anywhere.

AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $35, Amazon

Activity Tracker


The Misfit is the most inconspicuous fitness tracker there is. It looks just like a watch but collects all the data you need and you can check it out from your phone.

Misfit Flash, $13, Amazon

A Candle

Brooklyn Candle Studio

These rustic, natural-smelling candles are just the thing your dad didn't know he needed.

Montana Forest, $24, Brooklyn Candle Studio

Fleece Robe


You can never have enough cozy clothes for the winter. Get this for your dad and he'll probably slip right into it and wear it through New Years.

John Christian Fleece Robe, $38, Amazon

A Drone


It sounds expensive and complicated, but it's actually not. It's basically a toy airplane with a camera, and yes, it will keep your dad seriously occupied.

Blade Nano QX BNF Quadcopter, $50, Amazon

Fancy Drip Coffee Maker


Spice up your dad's morning coffee game with this high quality brewer.

Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper, $35, Amazon

Ear Warmers


Whether your dad's an outdoor winter runner or is simply in charge of taking the dogs out, he'll appreciate this gift that will keep his ears toasty.

Northface Ear Gear, $20, Zappos

Work Gloves


These gloves are both warm and durable. Your dad will get a lot of use out of them.

Marmot Basic Work Glove, $40, Zappos