Stuck for great Father’s Day gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Or sick of seeing that icky look on your dad’s face when he opens another box of chocolates, every year? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. No more daggy ties, Toblerone bars or comfy socks for dad (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Introducing 25 actually cool father’s gifts that will set you back 25 smackeroos or less.
- A special edition Moleskin notebook
- A good book
Depending on your dad’s tastes and hobbies, this could be anything from a cookbook to a biography, novel, gardening guide or joke book. Go book shopping the oldschool way – in an actual bookshop – to get a feel for what’s trending. Getting advice from the staff is an added bonus.
For the dapper dad:
- Beard oil
Keep your dad’s beard looking, smelling and feeling fresh with quality beard oil. Beard oil keeps facial hair moisturised and prevents it from drawing moisture out of the skin and drying out the face. It also helps prevent split ends and discolouration. Some tried and tested quality brands include Keeping Sunday and Bushranger’s Brew.
I know, I know. The dreaded (yet somehow obligatory) daggy tie is making yet another appearance on a Father’s Day gift guide. Blurk. But, before you judge, let me explain that these are not your run-of-the-mill daggy ties that look like they belong on an early ‘90s news anchor. These ties have character and style and make great feature pieces in the discerning dad’s wardrobe. Have a look for some bargain funky ties at The Tie Rack, Aristo Ties or Hey Sir ties on Etsy.
- A messenger bag
You can find some great messenger bags for under $25 on Amazon.
- Or an overnight bag
Encourage Dad to visit more by gifting him a great, affordable overnight bag.
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- Skin care products
Dove Men+Care skincare, shaving and body wash products have been wildly popular this year and make great gifts. You can also pick up some great little gift packages at the body shop, or make your own selection of goodies from your local health store.
For the dad who appreciates the finer things in life:
10. Ceramic whisky cubes
Ceramic whisky cubes keep dad’s whisky at the perfect temperature without diluting it like ice does.
- Or maybe a hip flask
Most engravers sell hip flasks and are happy to engrave the flask for free when you buy from them.
- Make your own gift hamper
Making your own gift hamper is far more personal than buying a pre-packaged set of goods, and will save you an arm and a leg in price. Choose things like your dad’s favourite biscuits, chocolates, sauces, relishes, cheeses and even beer or wine.
Trinkets and treasures:
- A funny mug
- A phone case with card holder
It’s best to shop around the internet for phone cases. Prices are constantly changing and will depend on which type of phone your dad has and which type of leather or fabric you’d like the case made from. Some good places to start looking are Cable Chick, Etsy, Amazon, Ebay.
- A handcrafted pen
Handmade pens can be costly, but if you look at the right time, you might find a sale at Aussie Pens ‘n’ Things or find something in the handmade section of Etsy, like this mylasergifts pen with engraved case.
- Framed family photos
Family photos are always a beautiful, heartfelt gift.
For the adventurous dad:
- A camping and travel hammock
Portable nylon hammocks are a handy camping accessory. They’re affordable, fold down to a very small size and dry quickly. A summer must-have for adventurous dads.
- Hiking gloves
You can pick up some great quality fingerless gloves for under $25 at most major camping stores.
Be ready for anything with a genuine Swiss Army keychain. You can even choose from a range of funky designs without going over budget.
For the fun-loving (or just plain immature) dad:
- Mini foosball
A mini foosball table is perfect for the office-dwelling dad.
- A new set of darts or dart board.
Prices for these vary depending on the materials and quality you want, but you can pick up brand new dart sets from around $18 on Ebay. Dartless magnetic darts sets are a great, safe alternative if there are children in the household.
For the handyman dad:
- A diamond coated tool sharpener
Rather than buying dad new tools for Father’s Day, let him bring his favourites back to life with a diamond coated tool sharpener.
- Titanium drill bits
These little guys will cut through just about anything – they’re a great addition to the tool kit and will last a lifetime.
For the tech-lover dad:
24. A laptop stand
Laptop stands make viewing and typing on a laptop more ergonomic. Take the strain off your dad’s wrists and neck with an adjustable laptop stand.
These Liquid Ears over ear headphones from Target will only set you back $25 and are available in a range of colours.
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