54 clever and practical last-minute gifts for dad under $50

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Vinyl coastersUncommon GoodsRemind him that vinyl will never go out of style, and neither will he.

Whether you’re looking to rag on Dad or show him all the love and kindness in the world (which are really one in the same, right?), we’ve got affordable Father’s Day gift ideas under $US50 for every sort of dad, from the hapless car-key-losing fool to the history buff and the masterful (and not-so-masterful) home chef.

Whatever it is that Dad’s into, something below is bound to make him smile, laugh, cry, or, hopefully, all of the above. You’ve been a pain and a nuisance all along – why change now?

If you’re looking for more Father’s Day gift ideas for 2019, we have you covered:



A sleek, eco-friendly lunch box

Amazon

GreenLunch Bento 3-in-1 Bento Lunch Box, available at Amazon, $US29.89

Don’t send dad off to work (or school, as the case may be) with a brown bag. If you think it’s embarrassing for you, it’s definitely embarrassing for him.


A copper waiter’s key

Williams Sonoma

Wine Waiters Corkscrew, available at Williams Sonoma, $US34.95

A nice piece for the bar to replace that ratty old plastic thing he stole from Holiday Inn before you were born and life was good.


A 3-month Amazon Prime membership

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Amazon Prime membership, available at Amazon, 3 months for $US39

He’ll pick up on it. Just get him started.


An Amazon smart plug

Amazon

Amazon Smart Plug, available at Amazon, $US24.99

If the thought of talking to Alexa blew his mind, wait till he starts using these.


A coffee table book-ode to American whiskey

Amazon

“The Art of American Whiskey,” available at Amazon, $US15.09

Whether or not dad’s a drinker, there’s some deep-seated American history in Rothbaum’s collection that no one can deny.


An Anthony Bourdain cookbook illustrated by Ralph Steadman

Amazon

“Appetites: A Cookbook,” available on Amazon, $US26.90

Because, according to both Jacques Pepin and this book’s late author, no grown man should ever go without knowing how to cook an omelet.


An avocado tree starter set

Uncommon Goods

Avocado Tree Starter Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $US20

Setting these up will be almost as enjoyable as the fruits of his labour. And while it may take a while to yield, everybody wins with this gift.


The story of Bacardi, and the fight for Cuba

Amazon

Bacardi: The Long Fight for Cuba, available at Amazon, $US14.39

History and rum. What more intrigue does a dad need?


A folding bamboo laptop desk

Amazon

Homfa Bamboo Laptop Desk with Tilting Top Drawer, available at Amazon, $US29.99

Or a breakfast-in-bed tray, as he likes.


A set of beard oils

Amazon

Grave Before Shave Beard Oil 4 Pack, available at Amazon, $US39.99

Stop letting dad go out with that scraggly Jeremiah Johnson beard and get him some beard oil and balm to shape it up a little.


A chiller to keep his beer cold

UncommonGoods

Chillsner, available at UncommonGoods, $US16.95

The stainless steel Chillsner fits easily into the bottle and keeps beverages refreshingly crisp.


Bottle locks to keep you out of the liquor cabinet

Amazon

Tantalus Bottle Locks, available at Amazon, six for $US99.90

So you can stop getting blamed for your younger siblings’ delinquency. Then again, you might be shooting yourself in the foot with this one.


A carry-on cocktail kit to take the edge off the flight

Uncommon Goods

The Carry On Cocktail Kit: The Old Fashioned, available at w&p, $US24

Dad’s sick of the same old scotch and soda he drinks on his red eyes. Help him change it up a bit.


A pillow just for naps

Casper

Casper Nap Pillow, available at Casper, $US35

What’s more precious to dad than his naps? Well, besides you…


A lava pizza stone

Williams Sonoma

Italian Lava Pizza Stone, available at Williams Sonoma, $US39.99

If he’s using a baking sheet – or worse, nothing but tin foil – to make pizzas, there’s no need to discuss it: It’s time for a change.


A chambray and leather apron

Crate & Barrel

Chambray Grey Apron, available at Crate & Barrel, $US29.95

No more bacon grease stains on his favourite football jersey.


A comb for life

Amazon

Chicago Comb Model No. 1, available at Amazon, $US39

This will likely outlast his hair, but when it does, he’ll look at it as a fond memory of his long-lost locks – of which, he’ll dare not let you forget, you singlehandedly stripped him during your formative years.


A cooler cup

Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask 12 oz Insulated Cooler Cup, available at Hydro Flask, $US24.95

One part beer koozie (fits a 12-oz., longneck, or tallboy), one part coffee mug, this will keep his beverage plenty hot or cold, wherever he may roam.


Cufflinks from recycled circuit boards

Uncommon Goods

Reclaimed Circuit Board Cufflinks, available at Uncommon Goods, $US49.95

For his inner computer nerd, whether he’ll admit it’s there or not.


An Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $US29.99

Richer and louder than ever before, the Echo Dot is maturing with a softer look and feel, just like – no, on second thought, he might not humour that one.


All-natural foot and shoe powder

Amazon

Foot Sense Foot and Shoe Powder, available at Amazon, $US13.78

A not-so-subtle gift for the whole family, but if there’s ever a time to let dad know that his feet stink to high heaven, it’s the holiday season.


A custom graphic map of his favourite city

Uncommon Goods

Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, starting at $US49

You can make one of your dad’s hometown, his college town, his favourite travel destination, or the place where he got engaged or married – you’re only limited by your imagination.


A guitar pick punch

Uncommon Goods

Pick Punch, available at Uncommon Goods, $US25

If dad doesn’t already play the guitar, it’s time. There is no instrument more “dad” than the ax. But, just as he loses his keys, he’ll constantly find himself in want of a pick. Make no mistake, this little tool will save him a few bucks over the years. Old gift cards and credit cards are fair game, but beware: so is your fake ID.


A handmade wooden back massager

Uncommon Goods

Handmade Wooden Rope Back Massager, available at Uncommon Goods, $US24

Dad could always use a massage, but this is for those times when no one is in the mood to give him one.


A Himalayan salt stone

Amazon

Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plate with Recipe Book, available at Amazon, $US30

Heavy salting and charring might not be the best thing for dear old dad’s body, but it is simply rhapsodic to his soul.


Himalayan salt tequila glasses

Uncommon Goods

Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses, available at Uncommon Goods, four for $US28

More salt? Yes, we know. But if dad is anything of a tequila drinker, we’re sure there’s no better vessel from which to send (or sip) it down his gullet than these hand-carved salt glasses.


A kit to make his own hot sauce

Uncommon Goods

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $US35

Help dad ditch the Cholula and sriracha and tap into his creative side. Even if you’ve never seen it, it’s there. We promise.


A hot toddy spice kit

Uncommon Goods

Hot Toddy Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $US38

If he’s being a Grinch or a Scrooge, nothing will put him in the holiday spirit faster (just don’t forget to add the booze).


An exfoliating coffee scrub

Amazon

Brooklyn Botany Arabica Coffee Scrub, available at Amazon, $US14.99

Whether or not your father’s blackheads are shaping into braille, this scrub will leave his skin soft and smooth. As for that stubbly five o’clock shadow? Have a look at one of our shaving kits.


A shaving kit with a badger hair brush and a thick ceramic soap mug

Amazon

GBS Premium Men’s Wet Grooming Shaving Set, available at Amazon, $US28.45

Banish the electric razor from your house by reminding your dad how lovely it is to shave with a real razor, a fine brush, and thick, frothy soap from a mug.

Also, check out our buying guide to the best shaving supplies here.


An assortment of liquor and beer nuts

Uncommon Goods

Beer & Bourbon Nuts, available at Uncommon Goods, $US30

Because no dad should ever be left with beer or bourbon and no nuts.


All-American seasonings and rubs

Man Crates

Mount Rubsmore, available at Man Crates, $US39.99

If dad’s a grilling fiend, he’ll love this. Check out other options from Man Crates here.


A classic French shellfish shucking tool

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Opinel Shucking Tool #9, available at Amazon, $US19.95

There may be no other single gizmo that will make dad feel more like a man than a shucking tool. A classic design that hasn’t changed in, like, forever, Opinel has been making knives of all shapes and sizes for almost 130 years. This shucking tool is an all-in-one that can handle oysters and clams.

For an oyster-specific knife, my personal favourite from spending a few months behind an oyster bar is the Dexter New Haven Blade that’s available on Amazon for $US12.72.


Adjustable silicone bands for organising

Amazon

Packbands Adjustable Straps, available at eBay, three-pack for $US19.95

A solution to anything and everything from tools and loose wires to poorly packed suitcases.


A pizza stone

Amazon

Heritage Black Ceramic Pizza Stone and Pizza Cutter Wheel, available at Amazon, $US35.97

For making delicious homemade pizza – or, more realistically, reviving delivery leftovers.


A folding multitool for his inner chef

Uncommon Goods

A Chef’s Portable Multi-Tool, available at Uncommon Goods, $US32

His campfire meals can only improve with this thing along for the trip.


A refreshing aftershave

Uncommon Goods

Proraso After Shave Lotion, available at Amazon, $US14

Help dad feel fresh and clean. He’s getting old. Also, check out our buying guide to the best shaving supplies here.


A cheese making kit

Williams Sonoma

DIY Mozzarella/Ricotta Cheese-Making Kit, available at Williams Sonoma, $US25.95

Dad deserves artisanal mozzarella and ricotta made with love, even if he has to make it himself.


A cool way to enjoy whiskey

Amazon

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge, available at Amazon, $US17.95

Skip the whiskey stones this year and get this eye-catching conversation starter instead.


An illustrated book on sushi

Uncommon Goods

“Sushi: Jiro Gastronomy,” available at Amazon, $US10.10

Inspiration for dad in the kitchen, or maybe just sushi smut.


A key finder

Uncommon Goods

Tile Mate Key Finder, available at Target, $US19.99

A compact key tracker for your hapless car-key-losing fool of a dad is honestly a really thoughtful and practical gift.


A money clip full of tools

Amazon

SmartRSQ 37-in-1 Wallet Multitool Card, available at Amazon, $US19.99

If dad’s a tool guy, he can’t possibly not appreciate having one of these on him at all times. If he isn’t, and if he never even uses the thing, it will at the very least make him feel like he’s MacGuyver.


Bison-down trail socks

United By Blue

United By Blue Bison Wool Socks, available at United By Blue, $US38

Socks might seem boring to you now, but wait till you’re a dad. Socks like these will be worth their weight in gold.


A nearly indestructible fishing rod

Uncommon Goods

Ugly Stik Elite Fishing Rod, available at Amazon, $US49.95

If dad’s the kind of guy who breaks things (aren’t all dads?), this is the fishing rod for him.


A set of Waterford whisky glasses

Uncommon Goods

Marquis by Waterford Double Old Fashioned Glasses, available at Amazon, four for $US39.61

Your dad’s a classy guy, and even if he’s not, he should be drinking from crystal – if not platinum – by now, if for no other reason than all the years he’s had to put up with you.


A pair of durable stainless steel pint glasses that keep drinks cold for hours

Uncommon Goods

YETI Rambler Stackable Stainless Steel Pint Glasses, available at YETI, 2 for $US49.99

More things he can’t possibly break or kill.


A sandalwood-scented starter shaving set

Art of Shaving

The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Starter Kit, available at The Art of Shaving, $US30

In case you’ve been looking for a way to let dad know that it’s time to shave that patchy, salt-and-pepper-coloured thing that is growing on his face.


An outdoor fondue set

Uncommon Goods

Fondue for Two, available at Uncommon Goods, $US30

For “rugged” weekends in the great outdoors.


A huge custom cardboard cutout of your lovely face

Amazon

3-Foot Cardboard Face Cutout, available at Amazon, $US44.99

Lest he forgets his one and only pride and joy.


A hair-growth supplement with biotin

Amazon

Good Guy Hair Growth Supplement with Biotin, available at Amazon, $US13.57

You’ve cost him enough hair as it is. Help him save whatever he’s got left, and appease his sweet tooth along the way.


A shiitake mushroom log kit

Uncommon Goods

Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit, $US30

Protein on a log? What’s not to love? A harvest every six weeks for up to three years means you’ll probably be reaping the benefits at some point, too. Consider this an investment piece, just like you.


A book to make your awesome dad even more awesome

Amazon

This Is The Book to Give Your Dad: Everything an Awesome Father Wants to Know, available at Amazon, $US13.52

Not that he needs it.


A life-proof wet/dry electric shaver and trimmer

Wahl

Wahl LifeProof Wet/Dry Electric Shaver, available at Amazon, $US36.28

Whether Dad’s often running late and trying to cop a quick electric trim or shave with a wet face, or he’s just downright rough on things, he should get some mileage out of this one.


Coasters made from reclaimed records

Uncommon Goods

Upcycled Record Coasters, available at Uncommon Goods, $US18

Remind him that vinyl will never go out of style, and neither will he.

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