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The Best Father's Day Gifts Under $50

The Best Father's Day Gifts Under $50
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Uncommon Goods, Nautica, Amazon
Jun 1, 2022

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ICYMI: Father’s Day is right around the corner. And we know how tricky finding the perfect present for the dads and father figures in your life can be, especially if you’re on a budget. So we rounded up some gifts under $50 that are guaranteed to hit it out of the park — for every type of dad.

We’ve got stuff for your partner who has everything, things for the dads who swear they “don’t want anything,” and ideas that your hard-to-shop-for grandpa will love, too. Because a thoughtful gift that shows how much you appreciate them — and that they’ll actually use — doesn’t need to break the bank. Promise.

Psst...Want more ideas? Check out all of our other Father's Day gift guides here.

Whiskey glasses etched with his favorite city…

Make his next happy hour a bit more sentimental. Pick from over 30 cities — whether it’s where he grew up, a place that’s meaningful to him, or the city he went to college in or where he lives now. The etching is intricate and even includes street names. Cheers. ($18, Uncommon Goods)

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A performance polo shirt he’ll get so many uses out of…

So he can easily head from the golf course to lunch. This one has moisture-wicking fabric to keep him looking and feeling cool. With a side-slit hem, ribbed cuffs, and a classic fit he’ll be comfortable for hours. It’s the ultimate wardrobe staple piece — and comes in tons of colors and styles. PS: Get 20% with $100+ with code SKIMM20. ($24.99, Nautica)

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A mushroom-growing kit for the dad who loves a science experiment...

All he has to do is soak the log and keep it in a damp, cool, dark place and voilà, he’ll get some delicious fresh shiitakes. The log will last for up to three years and he can harvest a batch of shrooms about every six weeks. Never forget: Your dad’s the ultimate fun guy (fungi...get it? Sorry, we had to) so he really deserves it. ($30, Uncommon Goods)

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Beer labels for all the first-time dads out there…

Crack a cold one open for him. Or two. You and your little one can give him the gift of his fave brew with these easy-to-apply labels. All you have to do is pick your bundle, peel, and stick. The labels are waterproof, so they’ll stay on no problem. Plus, you can choose whether or not to order a handy carrier too, to give this gift a little more starpower. One Insta-worthy Father’s Day coming right up. ($12+, PaprikaPaperie via Etsy)

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A pair of ultra-cozy crew socks to level up his look…

Whether he’s lounging on the couch, working from his home office or taking his daily walk, this midweight cotton pair is perfect to rock on the daily. They’re super-soft thanks to the waffling, but also have a dressed-up look to them. ’Cause a classy dad calls for some classy socks. ($26, Buck Mason)

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A portable sound machine to help him get the rest and relaxation he deserves…

A good night’s sleep = the gift that keeps on giving. This sleek machine has six soothing sound options from a classic white-noise option and rain to calming oceans and summer night-inspired harmonies. It’ll play on loop with various sleep timers, so he can have a seamless listening experience. Plus, it’s travel-friendly and has a built-in USB charging port, so he can easily take it on the go. Sweet dreams. ($29.99, Amazon)

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A scented beard soap that’ll have him feeling fresh…

This natural, orange walnut soap is designed to neutralize bad smells and will condition his beard with shea butter and coconut oil. Plus, it provides a deep clean and exfoliation thanks to the walnut granules. Add this growth serum to the mix for the ultimate beard-lovin’ gift. It’s a yes from us. ($9.49, Amazon)

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The ultimate seasoning set that’ll jazz up his summer BBQs…

This six-pack is perfect for the guy who loves to spend summers manning the grill station. It comes with a pork rub, a steak rub, a honey and herb option, a cracked coriander and pepper mix, a mustard and tarragon rub, and a Modena balsamic rub. They’re all paleo-friendly and free of GMOs and artificial flavoring. All he needs now are some s’mores for dessert. ($34.99, Amazon)

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And a pack of grill accessories to seal the deal… 

Wood-flanked everything, coming right up. The collection includes five planks and two packs of smoking chips for his every BBQ need. Each piece of wood provides a unique flavor — from spicy cedar to bold hickory — so he can experiment with some new recipes. You’ll never RSVP ‘yes’ to the fam cookout this quick ever again. ($25, Food52)

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A custom puzzle that’ll commemorate the best of times…

This personalizable one lets you turn your fave fam photo(s) into a celebratory puzzle. The pieces are made of high-quality paperboard and come with a matching photo box. Choose from four size options, each with varying difficulty levels — so no stress if the idea of a 1,000-plus-piece puzzle makes him break out in hives. Let the good times roll. ($16.49+, Shutterfly)

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A leather mouse pad to level up his office sitch…

If the one he’s been using since forever ago is faded and shabby, it’s time for a refresh. This full-grain leather option has an ergonomic design and a microsuede-lined bottom so it’ll stay in place. Plus: You can personalize it too. Alexa, play Beyoncé’s “Upgrade U.” ($35+, Leatherology)

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A tech organizer that’ll make his next vacay so much easier…

This one has a two-way zipper that allows for quick access and will prevent those frustrating ‘oh no, all my cords are tangled’ moments. It comes in three different colors and has dedicated spots for an SD card, mouse, and hard drive, so his precious cargo will be safe and sound. Psst: It’s small enough to fit in most backpacks and is water resistant so it’s a breeze to move through the airport with. Bon voyage. ($15.29+, Amazon)

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Special ice cube molds for cocktail night…

These large square ones not only look awesome, but will also keep his drinks from getting diluted too quickly. And they’re easy to pop in and out of the mold. The product is dishwasher safe and has an internal steel frame that’ll keep water from spilling everywhere during refills. Oh, and it has a lid, which makes it easily stackable. Plus, his cubes won’t absorb any weird smells from the inside of his freezer. Happy hour, population: Dad. ($11.66, Amazon)

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A game that’ll bring some joy to family dinner…

Because dad jokes and Father’s Day go hand in hand. This collection of riddles can be used as conversation starters or during game night to make everyone belly laugh. Psst: They’re not too raunchy, so you can use ’em around kids 7+. We’re not happy crying, you are. ($15, Uncommon Goods)

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A guitar pick based on his birth chart…

So your man loves to play the strings. And you love to give him his horoscope. Why not combine the two? These guitar picks are handcrafted in Nashville and made from natural stone. Just match his pick with his birth month and he’ll think of you every time he plays. Rock ‘n’ roll, baby. ($25, Uncommon Goods)

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A lightweight Birkenstock sandal that’ll make him look cool…

He’ll be the trendiest guy in the neighborhood with these IG-friendly (and super-comfy) sandals. There’s a reason so many people love these Birks — they’re waterproof, shock absorbing, and have awesome support that’ll make his feet happy. Plus, they’re odor resistant and have four arches that help with weight distribution and foot posture (yes, this is a thing). Cool vibes, roll through. ($49.95, Nordstrom)

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Truff hot sauce that’ll take his at-home cooking to the next level…

This hot sauce duo is one of our go-to gifts for a reason. Truff packs restaurant-quality ingredients into insanely delicious, vegan sauces. With this bundle, he’ll get the brand’s famous original black truffle blend along with the super-hot truffle version for the true spice lovers out there. Flavors = enhanced. ($34.19, Truff)

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A ‘dog dad’ hat so he can show off his love for his fur baby…

Sports logos = out. Showing how much he adores his pup = in. This one’s pre-washed, 100% cotton, and has an adjustable strap in the back. All he needs now is a stroll through the park so he can rock his new accessory. Hats off to ya, Dad, you’re the best. ($16.99+, HatphileMade via Etsy)

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A body wash and deodorant set that’ll inspire a new self-care routine...

This all-natural, paraben-free duo will help him get smoother skin, cleanse, and smell great. The body wash includes aloe and chamomile and is formulated with ingredients that work to energize and soothe his skin. The natural deodorant is aluminum-free and has eucalyptus and tea tree oil in it that’ll help prevent odor and fight bacteria. Look good, feel good, coming right up. ($32, Disco)

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A chic yet handy pair of scissors that’ll help him up his garden game…

This reliable option is great for making neat, crisp cuts on houseplants or outdoor greens. They work for righties or lefties and have a comfortable grip that won’t irritate his hands. Plus, the stainless steel blade is high quality, so he won’t have to worry about replacing these scissors year after year. We dig it. ($28, Goodee)

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A fitting T-shirt that’ll make other dads give him the nod (you know which one)…

This fun, handmade tee is super-relatable and will make everyone who sees him in it smile. It comes in more than 20 colors and is available in sizes S through 5XL. Bonus: It’s so soft, he’ll probably never want to take it off. (Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.) Love ya, Dad. ($20.79+, MAGapparel via Etsy)

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