13 Fathers Day Gifts Under $50 for Every Kind of Dad
Dad's big day is June 20!
Above-Par Ice Cubes
Save the chips for the green: This jumbo silicone mold creates 2.5-in. golf ball-shaped ice spheres that melt super slowly so drinks don't get watered down.
Buy It! Golf Ball Ice Mold, $7; whiskeyball.com
A Low-Stress DIY Project
This easy-to-assemble avian camper puts a retro twist on the time-honored bonding activity of building a birdhouse with Dad-no construction know-how required!
Buy It! Birdhouse making kit, $40; mancrates.com
A Special Place for Big Thoughts
Stroke Dad's ego and encourage his creativity with this hardcover notebook- with a customizable cover!- available with blank, lined or dotted pages.
Buy It! You Have Nice Ideas Notebook, $21; papier.com
His New Favorite Summer Shoe
A budget-friendly take on the classic Birks, these lightweight, waterproof and uber-comfy slides are ideal for pool days or weekend puttering - available in bright and neutral hues, like olive green and charcoal, to suit dad's style.
Buy it! Arizona Essentials EVA Sandals, $45; birkenstock.com
Better Body Basics
Upgrade Dad's grooming routine! This exfoliating, non-drying body wash and moisturizing lotion set has a sophisticated citrus and vanilla scent.
Buy It! Bevel All-Day Fresh Kit, $15; at Walmart stores. Shop more Bevel products on walmart.com
The Ultimate in "Inactive-wear"
These amazingly soft tees and boxer-style shorts (with pockets!) in coordinating colors may be the best thing to come out of the work-from-home year.
Buy It! Jambys and JamTee, $35 to $47; jambys.com
Cookware for the Impatient Chef
Created with chef David Chang, this heat-resistant glass vessel is designed for making fast, gourmet meals in the microwave-then eating, storing or reheating them. Try recipes for everything from microwave shrimp scampi to classic cheesecake!
Buy It! Anyday Medium Shallow Dish, $30; cookanyday.com
Go-Anywhere Pour-Over Coffee
At the campsite or on the kitchen counter, this stainless-steel mug and filter duo delivers a bracing brew every time.
Buy It! Stanley Classic Pour-Over Set, $35; stanley1913.com
A Good Read
Has dad been itching to travel since before the pandemic? Help him scope out his next trip with this guidebook by Anthony Bourdain. The late chef started writing World Travel with his longtime assistant Laurie Woolever before his death, and Woolever finished it off after he passed. It includes Bourdain's hotel recommendations, the few tourist attractions actually worth visiting, and his favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Buy It! World Travel by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever, $21; amazon.com
A Chic Essential That Gives Back
A timeless and tasteful piece to replace that carabiner or dad lanyard, these full-grain leather keychains support female artisans in Ethiopians. (Parker Clay hires at-risk women, pays living wages and provides skills training, career advancement, and more.)
Buy it! Parker Clay Sola Keychain, $48; parkerclay.com
An Update to a Vintage Dad Staple
If the family photo albums are full of Dad sporting an oh-so-'80s fanny pack, this compact and sporty crossbody bag is the perfect 2021 upgrade. All the functionality and none of the cringe! And if he insists on taking photos with his iPad, it even has a padded tablet pocket.
Buy It! Vans Warp Sling Bag (also available in black and olive green); $35; vans.com
A Simple, Sporty Timepiece
Watch obsessives consistently pick Casio pieces as the best affordable chronographs out there. This black resin one has classic appeal, is water-resistant and (in a truly dad-approved move) the battery lasts 7 years.
Buy It! Casio Men's Casual Digital Chronograph Watch, $30; kohls.com
An Alcohol-Free Spirit
For the dad looking to live a little cleaner post-lockdown, these zero-proof bottles offer the "spirit" and flavor of a favorite liquor without any of the downsides of the real deal. The tequila (pictured) offers the same "fiery, bold complexity" as a traditional agave beverage and makes for a tasty virgin margarita. Free Spirits also offers bourbon and gin-inspired drinks.
Buy It! The Spirit of Tequila, $37; drinkfreespirits.com