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41 Father’s Day Gifts that Won’t Break the Bank

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

  1. Local, hand-roasted coffee
  2. Good, dark chocolate
  3. Craft whiskey
  4. Gourmet nuts
  5. Birder’s essentials such as a birdhouse, bird book, binoculars, and suet
  6. Jackknife or Swiss Army knife
  7. Puzzles, especially the most difficult of them
  8. Multifunctional 5-in-1 pen tool equipped with a ballpoint pen, stylus, flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, level, and 4-inch ruler
  9. Grooming essentials such as razor, beard oil, sunscreen, and essential oils
  10. A new tie
  11. Handmade ceramic mugs or tumblers for coffee and drinks
  12. The latest trending biographical book
  13. Whiskey and water decanter together in one glass-blown piece
  14. His favourite band poster framed
  15. Leather wallet, card holder, or belt
  16. BBQ utensils such as a bristle-free grill cleaner
  17. A nautical chart or astronomical night-sky map framed
  18. Ukelele and beginners guidebook with picks
  19. Vintage cocktail glasses and glass stir sticks
  20. Board games to play together
  21. Two tickets to a local sports game (hopefully to go together)
  22. Popcorn maker and corn to pop
  23. His favourite cocktail fixings in a shaker
  24. A new plain-coloured ballcap
  25. Sunglasses chain  
  26. Herb garden for the kitchen
  27. Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Every Day book
  28. A woven sunhat for the garden, camping, walks, or golf course
  29. Set of colourful printed socks
  30. Nice leather glasses case
  31. Caffeinated tea set such as gunpowder green tea with a tea ball
  32. Handmade Happy Father’s Day card
  33. Jams and jellies for his morning breakfast
  34. New trendy clothing such as a new t-shirt, shirt, or sweater
  35. Set of new playing cards or cribbage board
  36. Hot sauces
  37. Bluetooth stereo or make him a playlist of his favourite songs
  38. Teakwood waterbottle
  39. Make him his favourite meal (such as bacon and eggs or BBQ)
  40. Vinyl albums of music from the past
  41. 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!

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Sam Milbrath

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