15 Affordable Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Use
The truth? All dads really want for Father’s Day is to hang out with their kids. But if you can’t be there in the flesh this year, a thoughtful gift delivered to his door might be the next best thing. While we’re doling out hard truths, here’s another: We’ve all given Father’s Day gifts that have ended up pushed to the back of a drawer somewhere — which is why this year, we’re determined to give him something he’ll use to shreds.
Whether your dad is an animal on the golf course, a king behind the barbecue, or notorious for raiding the household candy stash, find the best gifts to up his game without breaking the bank.
This faux leather bomber is perfect for the guy who’s flight-school cool and into animal welfare. Thanks to a quilted lining and classic cut free of frills, Dad can stay warm and carry the same swagger that made the likes of Brando and James Dean timeless style icons. Pro tip: Shoppers using Honey will get 45% — yes, that's right, 4-5 — off site wide with code HONEY45.
SHOP: Wilsons Leather Signature Faux-Leather Bomber Jacket, $99.99, available at Wilsons Leather
Is the dad on your list the kind of dresser who keeps it classy when other dudes go casual? Keep him laced in stylish dress socks, ties, and pocket squares with this monthly subscription box, which delivers more than $100 in accessories for his looks and lifestyle (think: watches and wallets) for $29 a pop. The service allows you to skip a month or stop the subscription at any time, which means you can give a few surprise boxes or enough gear for a whole year. Not to mention, Honey users get an exclusive offer: 20% off your first box with code HONEY20. If you're already a Honey member, just let us automatically apply the discount — whatever's easier!
SHOP: Gentleman’s Box Subscription, $29/mo, available at Gentleman’s Box
For dads whose wallets have long moved into tattered territory, this upgrade with an extra-roomy cash compartment, makes a perfect replacement. It’s made in the USA with styling that’s clean and timeless — just like Dad. From June 8-17, take 30% off select styles, plus 20% off everything else with code FLASH30 — or (do we need to say it again?) just use Honey.
SHOP: G.H. Bass & Co Klein Bifold Leather Wallet, $100, available at G.H. Bass & Co.
Have a socks-and-sandals dad who has really eased into fun-loving casual wear during quarantine? Hook him up with a four pack of party socks that Pete Davidson would approve of. If classic stripes aren’t his thing, find options that play to his inner Minecraft nerd or music fan (thanks to The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Ramones designs).
SHOP: Happy Socks Filled Optic Gift Box, $48, available at Happy Socks
One thing we’ve all learned from quarantine: Noise-cancelling headphones are non-negotiable when working from home. Most models cost upwards of $200, but this budget-friendly option delivers solid sound quality, effective noise cancelation, and up to 40 hours of battery life with an over-ear design that says, "Hey, I’m working here!" in a way hidden in-ear buds don’t.
SHOP: Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Headphones, $59.99, available at Soundcore
Now’s not the time for watered down drinks. Ensure the integrity of Dad’s bourbon, scotch, or whiskey with this double old-fashioned whiskey glass, which comes with a unique ice-making wedge that doesn’t melt at the rate of regular cubes.
SHOP: Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge, $17, available at Corkcicle
Getting your hands on these organic, small-batch caramels used to require a trip to a Seattle area farmers market. Now, a bundle of whiskey, absinthe, and fleur de sel caramels (made with local cream and butter — and without corn syrup) can be delivered to Dad on Father’s day...or anytime.
SHOP: Jonboy Boozy Caramels, $36, available at Uncommon Goods
Whether your dad can't sit still or is just starting to work on his dad bod, this swim-friendly fitness tracker is just the thing he needs to keep score. It delivers on-wrist stats and smartphone notifications, tracks sleep, measures resting heart rate and an all-day calorie burn, among other metrics.
SHOP: Fitbit Inspire HR, $99.95, available at Fitbit
Forget bottle openers. As Covid-19 rages on, no-touch tools are becoming the keychain essential. This solid brass tool can be used to hook door handles and press buttons, so Dad never has to open a door or touch ATM keys with his bare hands again. Bonus: The keyring staple isn’t just antimicrobial — turns out it can open bottles, too.
SHOP: Peel Brass Keychain Touch Tool, $35, available at Peel
Dad’s next country club power move? Teeing off with personalized balls, which can be printed with custom logos, fonts, and player numbers.
SHOP: Titleist TruFeel Personalized Golf Balls, $24, available at Titleist
Whose dad doesn’t think he’s king of the grill? Up his game even further with this streamlined cold smoker, which infuses smokey hickory and applewood flavor into meats, sauces, cheeses, and cocktails in minutes.
SHOP Breville The Smoking Gun, $99.95, available at Breville
This shaving cream taps plant pheromones — instead of fragrance — to boost one’s natural scent. Does it work? Hard to say. Either way, the vegan, brushless formula offers a pillowy texture achieved without the sulfates or propanes found in conventional cans.
SHOP: Alister Shave Cream $9.60, available at Alister
Can’t be there to barbecue and drink beer with Dad this year? Send fresh or dry-aged steak to help him get his grill on instead. Nab cuts from Washington’s Double R Ranch, ranging from flat irons to T-bones, starting at $15. If Dad isn’t much of a steak guy, roasts, brisket, ribs, burgers, and dogs are also available on the site.
SHOP: Snake River Farms Northwest Beef Steaks, from $15, available at Snake River Farms
If your dad’s trusty hoodie has worn thin, give him one that’s guaranteed to last for the next decade. Should this American-made pullover rip or unravel any time in a 10-year period, it can be repaired for free.
SHOP: Flint 10-Year Pullover Hoodie, $77.98, available at Huckleberry
Pandemic dressing means slip-on shoes are having a moment. For dads who are simultaneously old-school and cool, no-lace sneakers don’t get any more classic than Vans. Select a classic checkerboard pair or one rendered in a solid color —either will earn some much-needed street cred for dear old Dad.
SHOP: Vans Slip On Shoes, $50, available at Vans