As much as we love shopping and splurging and splurging some more, we are also big supporters of the thought that counts, especially when it comes to Father’s Day Gifts. So if you’re looking for an affordable but cool gift for dad under $20 to go along with a picnic in the park, breakfast in bed, or just some handmade cards and a day to himself to do…whatever, we’re hooking you up with some really neat ideas. We hope they all feel like actual gifts, not trinkets from the dollar store.
Speaking of affordable gifts, we’re happy to welcome our friends at Dove Men+Care who are in part sponsoring our gift guide. We love them because they really support men who take care of themselves, and more important, take care of their families.
Plus, because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check out our massive Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at over $900, that we’ve put together from some of our very favorite Father’s Day gifts. You have a chance to enter on every one of our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide posts which is pretty great odds for you. Good luck!
All our picks are determined solely by the editorial team; there has been no compensation in exchange for recommendations. Some products may include affiliate links.
We love pretty much everything from Rhode Island’s Rag & Bone Bindery, which still hand-binds all their lovely keepsake journals and photo books. They’ve just introduced this Hashtag Father’s Day instabook which is ready for your favorite square Instagram photos. We here that’s kind of a popular app these days ($19, Rag & Bone Bindery)
We recently fell in love with the exquisite handcrafted Kollar chocolates out of Napa Valley. While they have plenty of gourmet gifts for dads, for a sweet bargain, grab some of their clever Kollar Krack Dark Chocolate Bark with Pop Rocks which is perfect for kids at heart with adult tastebuds. ($12.50/5 oz, Kollar Chocolates; note there’s a minimum order for shipping.)
If he measures his life in coffee spoons, bring him some coffee in bed along with this sweet hand stamped I Love You Dad coffee spoon for a gift he’ll remember, possibly every morning. ($18, Milk and Honey Luxuries)
We’re always fans of books as gifts, so head to your local indie book seller, find something he’s been dying to read, then make it a little more special with a Letterpress bookmark like this one from one of our favorite little Brooklyn print shops. Added bonus: Give him a coupon towards free reading time on the weekends. ($5, Sesame Letterpress)
A posh dad with a heart for vintage will love these funky Gentlemen’s Club bar glasses. They’re sold in pairs, but get a few more for Dads’ Night In, whether they’re filled with iced teas or something a little stronger. ($19.95, Gent Supply Co)
-Don’t miss our massive Father’s Day giveaway below. Entering is easy! -
If he’s a foodie, a gardener or both, the Foodie Garden kits really caught our eye. Each pack contains either Black Cherry Tomatoes, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, or Wild Arugula, for a dad who who can appreciate the difference between a Salad and a salad. Plus, great packaging. ($15/ea, Poketo)
Tech gifts can get pricy as we well know, and while these BelkinMixIt PureAV002 Earbuds are no Beats Solo that we’ve included as part of our giveaway, the Belkin buds get great reviews. And for under $20, you can’t go wrong whatever color you choose. If you want to get extra nice, add in an iTunes gift card ($18.49, Target)
His inner Boy Scout will love this vintage inspired Scout Soap Dish–as did we. You can package it with a great soap, like, oh, say… one of the body and face bars from Dove Men+Care? The Aqua Impact smells yummy. ($18.50, Gent Supply Co; Dove Men+Care soap $8.79 at local Target stores)
Also in the affordable pampering category, we love the look of the Natural bristle shaving brushes at Poketo in three really great colors. Nice little indulgence if he doesn’t already have one, and you rarely see ones this nice at such a good price. ($20, Poketo)
Real men write thank you notes, and every dad should have his own notecards. Check out the Gentleman’s stationery in several styles, which can be personalized for a remarkably good price. ($12 from Meredith Collie Papers, at Hatch.com)
It’s a terriyaki sauce! It’s got bourbon! It’s even vegetarian, at least until you drench a perfect cut of prime rib with it. It’s Kentuckyaki and we’re all over it. ($13.95 at Gent Supply Co)
Dads are the Original Hipsters book. What more is there to say? ($9.50, Amazon)
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT!
We’re so excited to give away one massive Father’s Day prize pack valued at more than $900, filled with some of our favorite gifts for dads. In fact, we want to steal them all.
•Collection of 10 Dove Men+Care skin products including dual-sided shower tool, 2 bottles of Body+Face Wash, 2 Body Bars, Thickening Shampoo, 2 in 1 Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner, Cool Silver Antiperspirant, Clinical Protection Antiperspirant, Hydrate Face Wash, and Hydrate Face Lotion
•Beats By Dre Solo Headphones available at Target
•Custom keychain with your child’s artwork from Metalmorphosis
•Dad’s Gotta Eat gourmet collection from MOUTH
•Moleskine myCloud Messenger Bag
•Duck Island Dopp Kit from Zady (to keep all those cool Dove products)
•J Press York Street fine corded tie from Zady
•Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick
TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post, telling us one thing he’d love for Father’s Day that doesn’t cost a lot, whether it’s a gift or something you do for him. (Keep it clean, ha.) You may enter one time per post on our entire Father’s Day Gift Guide series. Be sure to include your email so we can contact you. One winner will be drawn at random on or around Father’s Day, 2014. You must be a legal resident of the US, 18+. Contest ends midnight PST on June 15, 2014. Void where prohibited. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. If you don’t follow the contest rules you will be disqualified and we will feel bad for you. Don’t cheat. Eat leafy green vegetables. Be nice to puppies.
Also a big thanks to our wonderful sponsor Dove Men+Care. Visit their website for more info about their terrific skin, hair and body products, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook because that’s how we all roll these days.
Other 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide posts:
Personalized Gifts for Dad
Gourmet Gifts for Dad
Gifts for the Stylish Dad
Gift Ideas for New Dads
Best Books for Dads
Gifts for the Dad who has Everything
10 Cool DIY Gifts from the Kids