40 Father's Day Gifts for $25 & Under

Sheri Reed | May 3, 2018 Parenting News
40 Father's Day Gifts for $25 & Under

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On Father's Day, we get to celebrate dads, grandpas, stepdads, father-in-laws, partners, and any other honorary fathers in our lives. These extra-special guys mean so much and they help us out whenever they can, so it’s important we find a Father’s Day gift that’s just right. Lucky for anyone here, we’ve found lots of great, super-affordable gift ideas for all kinds of dads.

Oh, Dad -- we just love him so! When we were kids, he always acted surprised and thrilled to get yet another rock with "Dad Rocks" painted on it. He really appreciated it and kept it on his dresser all year long. However, if this is the year to do a little better for dear old Dad, then let’s get to shopping. 

Dad generally doesn't ask for much (unless he catches us, yet again, standing and staring into the open refrigerator), so this year, make sure to give his Father's Day gift some thought. We've come up with tons of unique Father's Day gift ideas, and not one of them is a necktie or a magazine subscription. This year, we looked high and low to find original and budget-friendly presents for every kind of dad out there. Check out our roundup of special gifts for Dad, and each and every one of them is $25 or less ... 

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  • Papa Bear Mug


    It's an everyday mug for dear old pops. Whether he's a no-nonsense protector who's always got your back, a big ol' softie who gives the best hugs, or all of the above, this is the kind of gift Dad can use on the daily. 

    Papa Bear Mug ($15, Brooklyn Backroom)

  • Can Glass


    For dads who like to drink their beer from a glass (no judgment ... it does taste better that way!), we love these trendy can-shaped glasses. Get four glasses for just $16 or get him a six-pack for $24. 

    Can Glass ($4 each, Crate & Barrel)

  • Johnny Cash Socks


    Young or old, all kinds of dads love Johnny Cash, his music, and everything he stood for. These mug shot socks are the perfect accessory for outlaws, underdogs, and the people who fight for them every day. 

    Johnny Cash Mug Shot Socks ($16, Stance)

  • Smart Plug


    Dad is going to LOVE this. Now he can turn off any plug-in device right from his smartphone. Lamps, TVs, the "damn coffee pot" your mom is always forgetting to shut off. He can even track usage or run-time on each device to conserve energy and money. Sorry, Mom! And man, we're glad we're grown.

    Smart Plug ($16, Urban Outfitters)

  • Felt Bedside Caddy


    This cool bedside pocket is the perfect catchall for Dad's glasses, phone, tablet, earbuds, and crunchy snacks. Fits all beds and couches.

    Felt Bedside Caddy ($20, Kikkerland)

  • Headphone Stand


    This simple hanger keeps headphones neat and tidy and can double as a cell phone or tablet stand. It also has a handy cable organizer on top. Perfect for Dad's favorite workspace. 

    Anypro Headphone Stand ($16, Amazon)

  • Colorful Koi Travel Laundry Bag


    OMG, where has this been all our lives? It's a koi fish that "gulps up" all the dirty clothes while you're traveling. Type A dads who don't like the the dirty and clean stuff touching in the suitcase will love this fellow. It's 100 percent cotton and machine washable.

    Colorful Koi Travel Laundry Bag ($14, Uncommon Goods)

  • Soft Touch Waffle Robe


    It's a brand new robe for Dad, fully equipped with two very awesome pockets and a belt to keep it all together. This robe is available in a one-size option, as well as a size 2XL/3XL. Choose from Black, Grey (shown), or Navy. Machine washable, of course. 

    Fruit of the Loom Soft Touch Waffle Robe ($22, Walmart)

  • Sling Bag


    The fanny pack is here to stay, so it's a good thing that this one's great looking. There are two zip compartments and an adjustable strap. Choose from Sapphire (shown), Light Grey, or Multi-color. 

    Eastpak Springer Sling Bag ($25, Urban Outfitters)

  • Enamel Steel Mugs


    Any outdoorsy dad will love one of these enamel mugs, which are both campfire and stovetop safe. Choose from six cool designs, including (shown clockwise from top left): 1) Found ("Leave the World a Little Better Than You Found It)," 2) "Let's Get Lost," 3) John Muir ("The Mountains Are Calling"), 4) Upstream, 5) "Born to Roam," or 6) Inlet. 

    Enamel Steel Mugs ($20 ea., United by Blue)

  • 'Most Bestest Papa Ever' T-Shirt


    This comfy tee says it all. Choose from Navy (shown), Black, or Charcoal Heather in sizes S-2X. Also available: 'Most Bestest Daddy Ever' and 'Most Bestest Grandpa Ever'.

    'Most Bestest Papa Ever' T-Shirt ($20+, ModernMondayCo/Etsy)

  • Summer Bracelet


    He's not just a regular dad. He's a cool dad. For him, choose from this series of super-stylish bracelets, all made from different materials and in different styles. 

    Summer Bracelet ($25 ea., Scotch & Soda)
  • Goatskin Work Gloves


    These insanely soft and durable gloves are made from goatskin leather. They're the perfect gift for any dad who likes to get handy around the house or yard. 

    Goatskin Drivers Work Gloves by Hestra ($16, Patagonia)

  • Wood Block & 12 Prints


    Dad will love this simple wood block stand that holds a dozen photos of his favorite people. Customize with any photos he'll like! 

    Wood Block & Prints ($25, Artifact Uprising)

  • Swim Shorts


    Does Dad need new swim shorts this year? The answer is always yes. A thousand times yes. Even if he says he doesn't. Otherwise, he will keep trying to wear those 13-year-old short shorts that really don't fit anymore. 

    Stoked Board Shorts by Goodfellow & Co ($25, Target)

  • Worker's Soap


    Just because it's small batch artisanal soap doesn't mean it's froufrou. Not at all. It's made with natural pumice that helps scrub up and soften his rough and grimy paws. Plus, it smells of a lovely blend of tobacco, cedar and patchouli.

    Worker's Soap ($17, Hudson Made)

  • Customized Leather Keychain

    Give Dad a sweet, personalized message he can put on his keyring or hook to his luggage. 
    This handmade vegetable leather keychain comes in 17 colors. "Best Daddy Ever" is the personalization shown here, but these can be customized with any loving saying, up to 15 characters. 

    Customized Leather Keychain ($18, KatieKimStudio/Etsy)

  • Cardholder Wallet


    Dad will love carrying his cards and cash in this ultra slim card holder wallet with multiple card slots and a top-access storage sleeve. Choose from 57 cool designs, including several leather ones that are sold at a slightly higher price point. 

    Charlie Wallet ($20+, Herschel)

  • 'Eat a Little Better' Cookbook


    If the dad on your shopping list loves food and being in the kitchen, gift him this lovely new cookbook from Sam Kass, who cooked for the Obamas and served as the White House food policy advisor. Kass shares 90 delicious, simple recipes and everyday tips for shopping, eating, and cooking a little healthier. 

    Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World by Sam Kass ($22, Target)

  • Faux-Leather Sandals


    A nice, new pair of warm weather kicks is a great gift for Dad. Choose from Tan (shown) or Dark Brown in these faux leather flip flops.

    Faux-Leather Sandals ($20, Old Navy)

  • Sommelier Knife


    If Dad is a wine guy, then he needs his very own stylish sommelier's knife. This stainless steel and wood beauty comes in a cool rustic box, perfect for gifting.

    Sommelier Knife ($20, NYBG Shop)

  • Clip with Spoon


    Here's a unique and super-swank gift for coffee lovers. This brass-colored coffee scoop doubles as a freshness clip for his favorite bag of coffee. Gorgeous and very cool. 

    HAY Clip Clip with Spoon ($11, The Line)

  • Cotton Cap


    Any stylish, hat-wearing guy can use a fresh cap for summertime. This one's plain and cotton with adjustable strap. Choose from Khaki (shown), Bluish, Red, Navy Blue, or Black.

    Cotton Cap ($18, Zara)

  • Natural Bug Repellent Soap


    Summertime has us all outdoors a ton, but some of those bug sprays smell straight toxic. For the outdoorsy guy, gift him this all-natural bug repellent soap made from goat’s milk, coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oils. He can shower or bathe with it or apply it directly to the skin. Each bar comes sliced into 10 smaller squares for easy packing on the go. 

    Natural Bug Repellent Soap by Beekman ($18, Terrain)

  • Sneaker Cleaning Travel Kit


    For the sneakerhead in your life, here's a nifty travel sneaker cleaning kit from Jason Markk. The kit includes their premium shoe cleaner, a mini brush, a microfiber towel, and three quick wipes and can help ward off any sneaker catastrophes while he's out and about. 

    Jason Markk Sneaker Cleaning Travel Kit ($20, J.Crew)

  • Brass Bicycle Bell


    Help him announce his arrivals and departures by bicycle with this classy-looking brass bike bell. It's a beautiful, timeless bell for the bike aficionado.

    Crane Sakura Top Cap Brass Bell ($20, Always Riding)

  • Steel & Wood Pour Over Stand


    If he won't drink coffee unless it's made pour-over style (at $4 or $5 a pop in a shop!), here's a nice pour-over stand so he can DIY his very own delicious cuppa at home. Folds up for easy storage. Pour-over dripper not included with stand.

    Steel & Wood Pour Over Stand by Yamazaki Home ($24, Food52)

  • 'You Are the Father' Ribbon


    OK, assuming he has a good sense of humor, here's a funny gift for the dad-to-be this year. It's a shiny award ribbon that declares: You Are the Father. He'll definitely feel like the winner when you gift him this ribbon alongside that positive pregnancy test. 

    'You Are the Father' Ribbon ($5, Boldfaced Goods)

  • Wooden Bottle Caddy


    He can BYOB in style with this wooden caddy for toting his favorite beers or soda pops. The bottle opener on the side might be the very best part!

    Wooden Bottle Caddy With Opener ($17, World Market)

  • 'Bonus Dad' T-Shirt


    Celebrate that awesome father-in-law, stepdad, or other #BonusDad you adore with this special T-shirt. Choose from 17+ colors in sizes S-3XL. Design is available on several other T-shirt styles and a hoodie as well. 

    'Bonus Dad' T-Shirt ($22, Red Bubble)

  • FIXR Tool


    Gadget lovers will have all kinds of fun with the FIXR. Hidden inside there are 20 tools, including various drivers and wrenches, a wire stripper, a box opener, and more -- yet it's still pocked-sized.

    FIXR Tool ($15, MoMA Design Store)

  • Pocket Compass & Chillometer


    If there's anything we know about dads, it's that they love to give us very precise directions and that they'll call us at odd times of day, just to tell us the wind-chill factor outside. This cool doohickey includes a precision compass and an easy-to-read thermometer and wind-chill scale. He'll love it! 

    Pocket Compass & Chillometer by Brunton ($15, Guideboat Co.)

  • Suede Moc Loafers


    These casual suede loafers look great with jeans, chinos, or even sweatpants at home. He can just slip 'em on and go. Great for dads and grandfathers alike! 

    Cow Suede Moc Loafers by Goodfellow & Co ($17, Target)

  • Titanium Spork


    Here's a very unique gift for the camper dad. It's the durable, lightweight spork he never knew he needed to reach peak backpacker status. Come mealtime, the other guys will be jealous -- trust us! Choose from four brilliant anodized colors.

    Titanium Spork ($10, Snow Peak)

  • Mini Pallet Coasters


    We never really thought drink coasters could make great guy gifts until we saw these! These coasters are an exact replica of a good old pallet, downsized 1:10, down to the quality stamps. The set comes boxed in industrial style gift wrap. 

    Mini Pallet Coasters ($19, set of 4, LabyrinthBarcelona/Etsy)

  • Acrylic Phone Stand


    He likes to keep his workspace neat, but he also likes to keep his phone, phablet, or tablet in view. This simple, modern stand made from transparent acrylic keeps the desk looking neat and also lets him see his screen without having to touch it. 

    Acrylic Phone Stand ($15, ArcStand/Etsy)

  • Pomade


    For anyone with a "don't touch the hair" kind of dad in their lives, here's a nice little gift. This pomade gives his hair natural shape with strong hold and comes in a cool little tin, too. Also available, Strong Pomade ($23)

    Pomade ($22, Maapilim)

  • Personal Blender


    Seems every health-conscious dude out there is living off smoothies these days. With this small personal-sized blender, he can blend up his favorite fruit and veggie concoction right in the 20-ounce sports bottle that he can then just lift off and take with him on the go. 

    Oster My Blend Personal Blender ($21, Amazon)

  • Magnetic Wristband


    This is just pure genius and a great gift, too. It's a really strong, magnet-embedded wristband that can be worn for all kinds of projects around the house, garage, or yard. Whether you're working with screws, nails, or small tools, they're right there at your wrist, leaving both hands free for tinkering, fixing, and making. 

    Aieternal XMS651 Magnetic Wristband ($10, Amazon)

  • Cast-Iron Fry Pan


    The best bacon comes hot out of a cast-iron pan. Fact. This one comes preseasoned and ready to use. It retains heat evenly, which is ideal for searing and browning. Oven and broiler safe.

    Lodge Cast-Iron Round Fry Pan ($20 for 8", Williams-Sonoma)

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