What do you get your dad for a Father’s Day gift that won’t break the bank?
Despite what we may believe, dad’s like sentimental, thoughtful gifts too. So it probably shouldn’t be something silly or throw-away, like a World’s Best mug or goofy beer hat. Fathers also love the latest gadgets, electronics, and high-quality, crafted liquor and foods—all of which can be expensive and adds up quickly. And, even though your Mr. Fix-It father no longer tinkers in his now-computer-run car in the garage, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like tools.
Many of us also probably believe that our dad has everything. Or, anything that he doesn’t have, he either doesn’t want or need, or could easily acquire for himself. But perhaps there are still Father’s Day gift options that are thoughtful and trendy, that he hasn’t yet considered and won’t break the bank.
Here are 41 thoughtful and affordable ideas for Father’s Day gifts that fall into that category.
41 Father’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank
- Local, hand-roasted coffee
- Good, dark chocolate
- Craft whiskey
- Gourmet nuts
- Birder’s essentials such as a birdhouse, bird book, binoculars, and suet
- Jackknife or Swiss Army knife
- Puzzles, especially the most difficult of them
- Multifunctional 5-in-1 pen tool equipped with a ballpoint pen, stylus, flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, level, and 4-inch ruler
- Grooming essentials such as razor, beard oil, sunscreen, and essential oils
- A new tie
- Handmade ceramic mugs or tumblers for coffee and drinks
- The latest trending biographical book
- Whiskey and water decanter together in one glass-blown piece
- His favourite band poster framed
- Leather wallet, card holder, or belt
- BBQ utensils such as a bristle-free grill cleaner
- A nautical chart or astronomical night-sky map framed
- Ukelele and beginners guidebook with picks
- Vintage cocktail glasses and glass stir sticks
- Board games to play together
- Two tickets to a local sports game (hopefully to go together)
- Popcorn maker and corn to pop
- His favourite cocktail fixings in a shaker
- A new plain-coloured ballcap
- Sunglasses chain
- Herb garden for the kitchen
- Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Every Day book
- A woven sunhat for the garden, camping, walks, or golf course
- Set of colourful printed socks
- Nice leather glasses case
- Caffeinated tea set such as gunpowder green tea with a tea ball
- Handmade Happy Father’s Day card
- Jams and jellies for his morning breakfast
- New trendy clothing such as a new t-shirt, shirt, or sweater
- Set of new playing cards or cribbage board
- Hot sauces
- Bluetooth stereo or make him a playlist of his favourite songs
- Teakwood waterbottle
- Make him his favourite meal (such as bacon and eggs or BBQ)
- Vinyl albums of music from the past
- Give him something handmade by you
Your dad is probably used to a lifetime of homemade cards and gifts by yours truly. Hopefully, that’s his favourite kind of gift and would love more of the same. Keep this in mind while you’re considering great Father’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank. After all, for occasions like Father’s Day, it’s often the thought and effort that counts.
If you live in the same city as your father, consider bringing over his favourite snack, drink, and a card for Happy Hour and just spend some time with your old man. If not, plan ahead and send something in the mail and call him on Sunday.
Happy Father’s Day!
The author Sam Milbrath
Sam Milbrath is a freelance copywriter and brand marketer. When she isn’t writing for brands or doing her own creative writing, she’s exploring, taking photographs, gardening and doing pottery. Check out her work at www.sammilbrath.com