- We’ve got affordable gifts under $US50 for every sort of dad, from the hapless car-key-losing fool to the history buff.
- If your budget changes or you’re shopping for other loved ones, here are guides to gifts under $US25 and gifts under $US50. Or If you don’t have a budget at all, we also have a gift guide that hits all the price points.
- After more ideas and inspiration? Check out all of Insider Picks’ Valentine’s Day gift guides.
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 gift ideas for budgets under $US50 for every sort of dad, from the hapless car-key-losing fool to the history buff and the masterful (or 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.
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The top 5 best gifts for Dad under $US50
- An Amazon smart plug for the tech-savvy dads, $US24.99
- A pizza stone for the home chef, $US49.95
- A Disney+ subscription, $US6.99 a month
- A set of coasters made from upcycled records, $US18
- Silicone bands that can help organise anything, $US34.95
See more under-$US50 gifts for Dad below:
A sleek, eco-friendly lunch box
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
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
He’ll pick up on it. Just get him started.
An Amazon smart plug
If the thought of talking to Alexa blew his mind, wait till he starts using these.
A coffee table book-ode to American whiskey
Whether or not Dad’s a whiskey drinker, there’s some deep-seated American history in Rothbaum’s collection that no one can deny.
A mimosa-infused chocolate truffle bar
Maybe Dear Old Dad could stand to take a little walk on the wild side, if only of chocolate.
An Anthony Bourdain cookbook illustrated by Ralph Steadman
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
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.
A new, ultra-lightweight headlamp
Dad’s neck could stand a break; you’ve been a pain in it all along, and that clunky old headlamp he takes out night-fishing isn’t doing him any favours, either. Biolite’s latest edition weighs under two ounces and boasts 40 hours of battery life.
The story of Bacardi, and the fight for Cuba
History and rum. What more intrigue does a dad need?
A folding bamboo laptop desk
Or a breakfast-in-bed tray, as he likes.
A Disney+ subscription
Between Star Wars and the Simpsons, this should keep him busy for a while.
Disney+ offers unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $US6.99 a month or $US69.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+.
And if you need some inspiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.
A bottle of American whiskey, cut with Rocky Mountain water
If Dad’s a no-fuss kinda fella, this ought to suit him just right. Tin cup included.
A set of beard oils
Stop letting Dad go out with that scraggly beard and get him some beard oil and balm to shape it up a little.
A chiller to keep his beer cold
The stainless steel Chillsner fits easily into the bottle and keeps beverages refreshingly crisp.
A bristle-free grill brush
If this won’t get him to clean the grill, nothing will.
A carry-on cocktail kit to take the edge off the flight
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
What’s more precious to Dad than his naps? Well, besides you…
A durable pizza stone
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 bottle of rosé Champagne
If he has fine taste, this will appease it. If not, it will be a test of his rock-solid masculinity as to whether he’s willing to drink it.
A chambray and leather apron
No more bacon grease stains on his favourite football jersey.
A comb for life
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
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.
A multi-tool utility bracelet
Remind him that he is handy, and he can fix things.
An Amazon Echo Dot
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
A not-so-subtle gift for the whole family, but if there’s ever a time to lovingly let Dd know that his feet stink to high heaven, it’s now.
A custom graphic map of his favourite city
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
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
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
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
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
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 truffle-oil-infused hot sauce
If he’s not into making his own but happens to be in his truffle-oil-loving phase, this’ll light him right up.
A hot toddy spice kit
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
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
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
Because no Dad should ever be left with beer or bourbon and no nuts.
All-American seasonings and rubs
If Dad’s a grilling fiend, he’ll love this. Check out other options from Man Crates here.
A classic French shellfish 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 inexpensive Dexter New Haven Blade.
Adjustable silicone bands for organising
A solution to anything and everything from organising tools and loose wires to poorly packed suitcases.
A pizza stone
For making delicious homemade pizza – or, more realistically, reviving delivery leftovers.
A folding multitool for his inner chef
His campfire meals can only improve with this thing along for the trip.
A refreshing aftershave
Help him feel fresh and clean with a slick after-shave. Also, check out our buying guide to the best shaving supplies here.
A cheese making kit
Dad deserves artisanal mozzarella and ricotta made with love, even if he has to make it himself.
A cool way to enjoy whiskey
Skip the whiskey stones this year and get this eye-catching conversation starter instead.
An illustrated book on sushi
Inspiration for your dad so he can finally stop making the meatloaf no one ever wants seconds of.
A key finder
A compact key tracker for your hapless car-key-losing fool of a dad is a really thoughtful and practical gift.
A money clip full of tools
If your dad’s a tool guy, he’ll 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
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
If your dad’s the kind of guy who breaks things (aren’t they all?), this is the fishing rod for him.
A set of Waterford whisky glasses
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
More things he can’t possibly break or kill.
A sandalwood-scented starter shaving set
In case you’ve been looking for a way to let him know that it’s time to shave that patchy, salt-and-pepper-coloured thing growing on his face.
An outdoor fondue set
For “rugged” weekends in the great outdoors.
A huge custom cardboard cutout of your lovely face
Lest he forgets his one and only pride and joy.
A hair-growth supplement with biotin
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
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
“This Is The Book to Give Your Dad: Everything an Awesome Father Wants to Know,” available at Amazon, $US12.79
Not that he needs it.
A life-proof wet/dry electric shaver and trimmer
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
Remind him that vinyl will never go out of style, and neither will he.
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