What do you get the dad that has everything? Equally important, how do you get great gifts for the dads in your life while staying on budget? Have no fear, here are ten dad-approved ideas for you, all for about twenty bucks or less.
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Shred pork, chicken or beef easily with these handy little things. They look cool, and they make prepping BBQ sandwiches or pulled pork tacos fast and easy. Pair them with a BBQ cookbook and you’ve got a good theme gift! The photo below is of an orange pair, but I found black, silver, red, and a host of other colors. One of the best parts, if you're like me and you hate washing dishes by hand, is that they're dishwasher safe!
Let the dad in your life choose a book (or something else) from Amazon.com to relax with while the rest of the family helps with a chore he regularly tackles.
Summer is right around the corner, and sometimes it’s nice to have an iced coffee instead of adding hot liquids to hot weather. Cold brew coffee is easy to make and delicious! No need to get fancy with these affordable coffee makers that get the job done well.
I got one of these for my husband this past Christmas, and he loves it! He needed to pare down the number of cards in his wallet anyway (including the old Blockbuster video card that was still in there!), and he loves this little thing. It fits in his front pocket, which makes him feel more secure in crowds, and all the necessities fit in here- driver’s license, cash, debit card, the all-important Costco card, insurance, etc.
Helpful Tip: To prevent your new chip cards from getting the chip rubbed off, turn the card so the chip faces toward the inside of your card stack, and put your license or another non-chip card on the outside of the stack.
- Photo keepsake
Convert a favorite photo or child’s artwork to a keepsake with a photo service like Snapfish, Amazon Photos or Artsonia. Whether it’s a mousepad, a custom cell phone case, a travel mug or a wall calendar, there’s bound to be something he’ll use regularly. You’ll make him smile every time he uses it! Don’t have access to a scanner at home? Ask about scanning services at your local mailbox and shipping store or an office supplies shop. Chances are if you can get copies made somewhere, you can get something scanned.
- Grill book and gloves
For many men, there’s something about the barbecue. Get him a barbecue recipe book (like this one by Steven Raichlen) and some heat-resistant grill gloves and let him go crazy feeding the family.
- A craft beer growler and some pint glasses
The men in my life love craft brews, and there are several local places where we can pick a brew to pour into a 32 oz. growler to take home. Add some cool pint or pilsner glasses depending on what kind of beer he prefers, and you’ve got a tasty gift! My husband is a huge Star Wars fan, so he’d probably enjoy these Zak! Designs Pint Glass Tumblers Featuring Classic Star Wars Characters. I can tell you for sure that one of his Father’s Day gifts this year is the Star Wars Millennium Falcon metal bottle opener!
- Waterproof Shower Speaker
Sync a Bluetooth device to a waterproof speaker and let dad get his tunes in the shower. Waterproof buttons help control on/off and volume without having to reach outside the shower and drip water on the floor! The Soundbot Waterproof Shower Speaker has served us well and is available in several colors.
- Solar Charger
Typically a campout is time to unplug, but since our phones store our music today, we like to have an option for keeping those devices charged when we’re away from outlets. Last year we took this Anker solar charger camping with us, and it was FANTASTIC! We hooked it to the top of the tent or the car during the day and charged up our portable charger, then used that charger to charge our phones overnight. That way our phones were still handy for playing music. The one we bought was around $50, but there are less expensive options that have high ratings, like the GRDE Portable Dual USB Solar Battery Charger.
These little things can get you through a long plane ride or just generally help you keep your devices charged while away from an outlet. We’ve used ours when on longer camping trips, when we had to fly for business, etc.
There you have it. My top 10 affordable Father's day gifts. Proving you can get Dad something cool without going over budget!