10 Gift Ideas for Dad That Won’t Break the Bank
When we’re young, our fathers (and father figures) give us many gifts. Aside from physical presents on birthdays and holidays, they give us the gift of knowledge through lessons that mold us into the people we’ve become. They taught us to ride a bike and to be a hard worker, from which we learned perseverance and the importance of a strong work ethic.
One of the most important – and ongoing – lessons we learned from Dad was to be financially responsible.
“A penny saved is a penny earned,” or “Don’t spend more than you make” are universal idioms, taught by fathers to their children across the globe. This Father’s Day, it’s only fitting that you show Dad how much he means to you with a gift that tells him you’ve heard his lessons loud and clear.
Take a look below at 10 gift ideas for Dad that won’t break the bank – and will show your appreciation for everything they do.
- Sriracha 2 Go
If your dad is always on the lookout at restaurants and diners for that famous bottle with the green top and rooster on the front only to come up short, Huy Fong has come up with the perfect remedy: Sriracha 2 Go. For around $15, Dad can spice up anything he wants, any time he wants with a keychain combo pack and 9oz. bottle of Huy Fong Sriracha.
- Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
Does your dad enjoy sipping on a bourbon or single malt Scotch on the rocks? He’ll never have that watered-down taste again with the Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge. Retailing for $18, this revolutionary glass will change how your dad enjoys an Old Fashioned. You simply slip the silicon ice form into the glass and fill the glass with water up to the marked line. Set it in the freezer for 4 hours, remove the form and voila! The ice formed a wedge shape and will melt slowly, allowing dear ol’ dad to enjoy chilled spirits without losing any flavor.
- Apple Watch Band
One of the biggest complaints about the Apple Watch is the plain – and slightly boring – band. So, why not let dad be the distinguished gentleman he is with a nice leather band instead? Some replacements bands can be pretty pricey, but we’ve found one for less than $20 – the MARGE PLUS. (Be sure to read the specifications carefully to make sure you get your tech-savvy father the right one!)
- Retro Board Game
Long before the internet was invented, families spent weekend evenings playing board games. If you were one of the kids and can still remember the sinking feeling of having to draw a Sorry! card or the sound of the plastic popping when you “rolled” the Trouble die, relive some of your childhood memories by gifting dad a retro board game. Clue, The Game of Life, Scrabble, Monopoly Classic – they’re all still around for less than $20!
- Coffee Club Subscription
Subscription services are all the rage and even though a lot of baby boomers don’t see the value in them (or paying $7 for a mocha latte), your coffee-loving dad won’t be too disappointed with an Atlas Coffee Club subscription. For $9-$28 (depending on the quantity), your father can enjoy a new bag of gourmet, exotic coffee every 2-4 weeks. What makes it special is that the coffee is grown and curated from different countries and comes with a postcard each shipment representing the bag’s origin.
- Outdoor Popcorn Popper
Remember the days of dad shaking the Jiffy Pop Popper over the stove or in the fireplace? The Traditional Shake and Pop outdoor popcorn popper (around $20) will have those memories rushing back to your whole family when Dad’s making fresh, hot popcorn at the grill or outdoor fire pit.
- Joke Book
You may be thinking “my dad doesn’t need a joke book, he’s the king of dad jokes,” but The VERY Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes by Ian Allen will give your favorite comedian new material. The book comes in both hardcover ($13) and Kindle ($3) editions, so whether he’s a pager turner or swiper, Dad will have a whole new library of jokes to make the entire family cringe.
- Witty Mug
Let Dad know he passed on that incredible sense of humor to you by gifting him a witty Dad-inspired mug. Some of our favorites come from Wittsy Glassware and Gifts on Amazon and you may even find some fun ideas for Mom, too!
- Tech Kit
For less than $30, you can gift your father the ultimate travel kit for the techie dad. Paper Source offers 10 accessories, including earbuds, flash drive, charging cable and phone stand inside a stylish leather carrying case. This is perfect for the hard-working dad who needs an emergency kit for his office or travels frequently.
- New Dad Matching Shirts
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a new dad, this Etsy shop sells matching “Our first Father’s Day” t-shirt and baby onesie. You can make it even more special by having it personalized with the new dad and baby’s names.
Whether you’re shopping for your husband, brother, grandfather or Dad, choosing one of these 10 gift ideas will surely let the special man – or men – in your life know what a great job they’re doing.