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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Whiskey Pen, $45 at Uncommon Goods: This pen is handmade with resin that's tinted and textured with malted barley from a Tennessee distillery.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.