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Father’s Day Gifts Under $50 He’ll Definitely Use

the best father's day gifts under $50
Design: theSkimm | Images: Bombas, Truff, Uncommon Goods
May 30, 2024

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We know, we know. Shopping for any father figure can be hard — plus you don't want to spend a lot of money on something you aren’t sure he’s going to enjoy. We did the hard work for you and rounded up functional gifts under $50 he’ll definitely reach for. Scroll on for practical accessories, homeware, and more cool gear.

For more of our favorite Father's Day gifts, click here.

Uncommon Goods

A monochromatic hat for the dad who doesn’t like to brag…

We love this subtle dad merch for the dad who likes to stay humble. It’s a 100% cotton navy baseball cap with discrete embroidery along the front. ($35, Uncommon Goods)

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A set of Bombas ankle socks…

There is nothing boring about gifting him some socks — and these Bombas socks aren’t just any regular pair. They have a cushioned footbed, an anti-blister tab, a seamless toe, and arch support. He’d never go out of his way to buy himself these, which makes them the perfect gift. ($49.40, Bombas)

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TRUFF’s original hot sauce…

This is a must for the Dad who loves to put hot sauce on everything. It’s made of a blend of red chili peppers, black truffle, agave nectar, and spices. If you’re looking to split a gift with siblings, our editor loves to gift their sets. ($35.96, TRUFF)

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A woodsy-scented hand balm…

Yes, you can buy Aesop products without spending a ton of money. This hand cream from the brand has notes of cedar, patchouli, and clove bud. Why he’ll love it: It has a balmy texture that won’t leave his hands feeling greasy. ($33, Aesop)

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A classic cotton T-shirt from J.Crew…

In our eyes, Father’s Day is for stocking up on some of his must-have essentials. This T-shirt from J.Crew is ultra-soft thanks to its vintage wash and even comes in pastel colors like lavender and gold. ($24.50+, J.Crew)

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A Dopp kit that can hold a ton…

A spacious toiletry bag is always a great gift. This one is water-resistant and can sit fully open for easy access. It’s double-zippered for added security and the additional compartments means he’ll be able to keep everything organized. Our favorite detail: The completely waterproof pocket for any liquids. ($19.99, Amazon)

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travel kit
Malin + Goetz

A bestselling kit of travel-friendly products...

If he's been using two-in-one shampoo and conditioner for far too long, end the madness. This bestselling set from one of our favorites, Malin + Goetz, is the remedy. It features a collection of travel-ready essentials, like face wash, moisturizer, body wash, and more. It'll cut his packing stress in half, plus, he won't be forced to use less-than-ideal product. ($40, Malin + Goetz)

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Earplugs that don’t even look like earplugs…

Our team of editors are constantly raving about Loops…so much so that we recently gave them a Good for You Award. If he’s sensitive to sound or lives in a loud environment, these are a must. They’ll reduce up to 24dB of noise and they’re so sleek that passersby will think he’s wearing headphones. We also love that they come with a carrying case that fits in the palm of your hand. ($27.95, Amazon)

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Duke Cannon

A bundle of soap from Duke Cannon…

It might feel weird to give your father figure soap for Father’s Day, but hear us out. Our editor’s brother swears by this soap for its unique fragrance options and how long it lasts. This set comes with four fragrances (including the brand’s iconic bourbon), plus a scrubber for the shower. ($48/set of four, Duke Cannon)

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A neck stretcher he’s going to love…

If you have a Foam Roller Dad (IYKYK) or one that is constantly hunched over his computer, get him this neck pillow. It’ll align his spine and will create a stretch that’ll provide some neck relief. All he has to do is lay on it for up to 10 minutes a day. It’ll become his little self-care moment. ($17.99, Amazon)

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A RIFD card case to protect his credit cards…

Sometimes, a simple cardholder that isn’t too precious is all he needs. This one from Hershel Supply Co. is made of 100% recycled polyester, so it can handle any wear and tear he might put it through. It has four card slots, along with RIFD shielding to protect personal information. ($25, Nordstrom)

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A megabook of Sunday crosswords…

You know what crossword fans love? More crosswords. This book, edited by The New York Times’ crossword puzzle editor, includes 500 puzzles, so he’ll have endless access to exercise his brain whenever he wants. ($17.61, Amazon)

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A stainless steel mug from Yeti…

It’s double-walled and vacuum-insulated to keep his coffee hot without burning his hands. It comes with a slider lid for taking on the go and is dishwasher-safe. He can also use it for oatmeal, soup, or cold beverages. ($30, Yeti)

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An Apple AirTag so he won’t ever have to lose his keys again…

Add one to this keychain so he can put them on his keys. He’ll be able to track items via the Find My app, which operates on a precision-finding, ultra-wideband network. If he travels a lot, grab the luggage tag version so he can keep tabs on his suitcase. ($24.99, Amazon)

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A shave and beard oil that’ll soften his skin…

Dads deserve fancy skincare, too. This oil from Clarins will prep his skin for a knick-free shave. It also doubles as a conditioner for his beard and will soothe any irritation. It’s mainly made of castor bean, which is known for its nourishing properties. ($34, Clarins)

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Artifacts Uprising

The chicest photo calendar we’ve ever seen…

From the walnut base to the metallic foiling and clip, this photo calendar is sentimental yet design-forward. He’ll get 12 photos printed on calendar sheets made of thick paper. He can keep it on his desk, his nightstand, or anywhere he wants to be reminded of loved ones. PS: Use code SKIMM20 to get 20% off until June 30. ($35+, Artifact Uprising)

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