15 Great Gifts for Dad (or Yourself!) That Are $50 or Less

updated Jun 4, 2019
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This Father’s Day, shower your dad or the father of your children with these splurge-y gifts that will make his life easier, tastier, or more fun. Whether he’s the cook in the family or the handyman for the house, here’s a mix of thoughtful gifts for under $50.

You might want to pick one or three of these things for yourself, while you’re at it.

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Memobottle, $28 (Image credit: Amazon)
  1. Memobottle, $28: Finally! A flat water bottle that can slip easily into dad’s little briefcase or messenger bag. It holds up to 12.6 ounces and it also stacks nicely on top of a notebook or laptop, if your dad is a guy who’s constantly running to meetings at the office.
  2. The Spice Grinder, $35 at W&P Designs: For the home cook who likes to do it all, this porcelain grinder allows for more control over the fineness of spices than an electric grinder would.
  3. Trusco Tool Box, $45 at Rikumo: Made from pressed steel with a retro design, this small-scale toolbox is just the right size for storing grill gear or an essential tool set inside a kitchen cabinet.
  4. Personalized Walnut Cutting Board, from $24 at EtchCraft: Handsome enough to leave out on the countertop or bar, this personalized cutting board is fitting for a hands-on cook or cocktail pro.
  5. Echo Dot, $50: This smart hub will help dad quickly search a cook temperature, start music for a party (or a big dishwashing session), or check the score in the middle of a meal.
  6. Cuisinart Custom Select 2-Slice Toaster, $50 at Williams Sonoma: If dad is the resident breakfast-maker in the house, chances are he’ll love tinkering with this toaster to get the settings just right for everyone.
  7. Tic-Tac-Trivet, $40 at MoMA Design Store: Designed in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts, this silicone trivet set is not only functional — the board to be used as a trivet for a hot serving dish, the Xs and Os for drinks — but also fun to play with while waiting for dinner to be ready.
  8. Cord Taco, $29 for five at This Is Ground: Whether dad works from the kitchen table or brings all his gadgets back and forth to an office, these taco-inspired organizers will keep his earbuds, chargers, and cords from getting tangled.
  9. Four Leaf Bottle Opener, $30 at Canoe: Made of cast iron with a black lacquer treatment, this bottle opener looks kinda like a cool Ninja weapon.
  10. Yield Design Double-Wall Glasses, $50 for two at Need Supply: In a smokey gray, these insulated glasses turn morning coffee or an evening drink into a pleasing ritual.
  11. Whiskey Pen, $45 at Uncommon Goods: This pen is handmade with resin that’s tinted and textured with malted barley from a Tennessee distillery.
  12. Spanish Oil Pitcher, $44 at Schoolhouse Electric: Got a messy cook on your hands? Give him this traditional European-style oil pitcher, which helps to ensure a more precise drizzle.
  13. Walnut and Marble Salt and Pepper Grinder, $50 at CB2: Because any home cook worth his salt knows that these two seasonings are key to a good dish.
  14. Stainless Steel Grill Grids, $40 at Sur la Table for three: As much as we hate putting cliché grill tools on a Father’s Day gift guide, these really will come in handy for any grill master.
  15. Real Dill Pickle Gift Set, $50 for three at Terrain: Still in a pickle? consider this pickle gift set, which dad can use to spice up bloody marys, build out a charcuterie board, and top burgers.