Hallmark Channel's Cameron Mathison Shares His Favorite Affordable Father's Day Gift Ideas
This year, Home & Family host Cameron Mathison has some exciting plans for a socially-distanced Father's Day — starting with "a round of golf before the rest of the family wakes up."
“After that, I think we’ll go on a hike near our house to a campground that overlooks L.A.," the All My Children alum — who shares daughter Leila, 13, and son Lucas, 17, with his wife Vanessa — tells PEOPLE. "We might stay just for the day. Or, if we’re feeling extra adventurous, maybe we’ll camp out overnight and then hike home in the morning."
While his plans aren't set in stone, he does know one thing for sure: "The day will be perfect as long as I’m able to spend it with my wife and kids.”
See his picks for the best Father's Day gifts this year!
An Accessory for Your Morning Brew
"Getting this coffee grinder was a game-changer for me. Fresh ground coffee every morning… and midday… and early afternoon!"
Buy It! Coffee Grinder One Touch Push-Button Control, $25; blackanddeckerappliances.com
A Card to Show You Care
"A handwritten card goes a long way. I’ve been sending Hallmark cards to my friends and family throughout quarantine," says the brand partner. "On Father’s Day, it’s especially important to take the time to tell the dad in your life how you feel. To me, kindness and respect are the two most important things in life. If we show kindness and respect to our parents, our kids will do the same for us and the chain continues for years to come. As they say, kindness is contagious!"
Buy It! Good Guys Make Great Dads Father's Day Card, $4; hallmark.com
An Extra Layer of Protection
"We are on our phones more than ever these days. After my cancer journey, Vanessa gave this phone case to me to help block some of the radiation. I also love that I don’t have to carry around a separate wallet!"
Buy It! SafeSleeve for iPhone 11, $50; safesleevecases.com
"It’s not Father’s Day without some golf swag! I love this short sleeve polo by Mizzen and Main. They make so many great items it’s hard to choose just one, but this is one of my faves. It’s the perfect polo for both on and off the golf course."
Buy It! Phil Mickelson polo, $50; mizzenandmain.com
Hydrogen Water Drops
"Echo H2 Drops are designed for people on the go — whether you are traveling, an athlete, or just staying healthy. They allow you to get hydrogen water in every bottle," says the Synergy Science brand partner. The drops are thought to "reduce oxidative stress and inflammation," and "boost cognitive function and metabolism among other benefits," according to the company.
"These products have been so helpful to me… especially after my cancer," says Mathison.
Buy It! $50, synergyscience.com
The Never-Leave-Home-Without-It Gadget
"This phone charger has saved me many times, and you never leave it at home!"
Buy It! Emergency Phone Charger Keychain by AtomXS, $35; thegrommet.com
A Gift That Gives Back: Shirt That Benefits COVID-19 Relief
"This Father’s Day in particular, consider a gift that holds a little extra meaning. Kindred is a company that raises money for global charities through everyday purchases, so it’s easy to give back when giving a gift. Kindred has an exclusive Thank you tee in support of the amazing work of Americares, which is using every resource to fight the COVID-19 pandemic from critical supplies to education, training and other support for staff and partners in the U.S. and around the world."
Buy It! Adult Thank You T-Shirt $25, bekindbekindredusa.com
Family Game Night
"These days, we’re spending a lot of quality family time playing card and board games. Pick up a classic like Sequence to try with dad this Father’s Day."
Buy It! Sequence Game, $18; walmart.com
A Work-From-Home Work Out
"We spend so much time sitting down – especially working from home. Why not add a little fitness to our chair time? This balance disc helps strengthen your core and improves posture while you work."
Buy It! Balance Disc, $22; gaiam.com
Kick Back and Relax
"I’m a big fan of hiking and getting outdoors – but my family has especially taken advantage of being outside these days. A convenient hammock is great to take along when camping, or even just to set up in the backyard during summer – and tells dad he’s allowed to relax!"
Buy It! ENO DoubleNest Hammock, $70; rei.com
A Lucky Bracelet
"Everyone loves a dad with style. I was given these handmade, quality bracelets as a gift awhile back, and I get more compliments on them than almost anything else I own!"
Buy It! Tibetan Buddhist Handmade Lucky Knots Bracelet, 3 for $30; pranaheart.com
Dad's Best Friend
"I’m on the barbeque every day, and I love these great BBQ tools! Every dad will thank you."
Buy It! Weber 3-Piece Stainless Steel Grill Tool Set, $36; homedepot.com