We all know, of course, that the amount of money you spend on a Father’s Day gift has no correlation with love whatsoever. Not that there’s anything wrong with splurges. But if you’re on a tight budget, if you’re not a spendy gift kind of a family, or if you have the kind of dad on your list who really is just comfortable with a small token, we’ve got you covered with 17 super cool Father’s Day gift ideas for you that all ring in under $25. They’re also great for kids who are saving their allowances, and maybe buying their very own Father’s Day gifts for the first time (awww).
Hey! It’s 2018, which means our Father’s Day Gift Guide is updated with tons of great gift ideas. Check them out!
Be sure to check our list of 20 fantastic ideas for DIY Father’s Day gifts from the kids too, plenty of which are totally free or very close to it, and our other posts in our Father’s Day Gift Guide series, which feature lots of gift ideas for dads and grandpas in every price range.
And don’t forget: A hug, a phone call, or an “I love you” don’t cost a penny. Maybe even all three.
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Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes by Mike Adamick ($14 on Amazon; $9.99 for Kindle)
Next in the series of “Awesome” books from prolific writer, stay-at-home dad, and evidently home cook extraordinaire Mike Adamick, comes a really terrific book of 100 recipes for the whole family. From Sweet Candy Bacon Flapjacks (yes please!) to Watermelon Light Sabers and Blowtorch Marshmallows, which happen to score a difficulty rating of “easy, dangerous, and fun.” There are plenty of great standard family-friendly recipes in here too that frankly, make it a fantastic cookbook for any chef of the house; but should Dad like the idea of his very own cookbook then this is it.
And it’s not condescending in the least, lest you’re wondering. No lessons on boiling water or making toast. Just wonderful advice and inspiration for kitchen bonding time, passing important cooking skills to the next generation, and unleashing kids’ creative skills together as a family. We love this book so much.
(Also see Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments and Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects if you want a nice little package of titles.)
Related: 13 great gourmet gifts for the dad who loves to cook, grill, or just eat
Printable Superhero Dad Print ($6.36, Angela Maroske Design)
As you may know by now, we are suckers for superhero = dad references. (Also mom. But this is his holiday right now.) We are glad that we found such a great design to express that sentiment on Etsy. Download it then print it as a poster, or even in a smaller 5×7 size to prop up on a desk or nightstand.
Father’s Day Edition Cord Taco ($12 each, This is Ground)
Our friends at This is Ground are offering their genius little handmade leather cord tamer, The Cord Taco, in special Father’s Day designs for a limited time. They’re fantastic for getting those earbuds wrangled in his bag or gym tote and we use them ourselves. If you don’t want to sport for the whole set of five, you can buy them individually for just $12 each. The stamped bike one is pretty darn cool, but you know. Hard to compete with mustaches these days.
Instagram photo book ($18.90 on sale, Rag and Bone Bindery)
Sure you can print one special photo for him. But how about ten? Our favorite little bindery that still makes beautiful albums of all kinds by hand now has these awesome accordion-fold photo albums on sale. It’s a great excuse to print out your favorite 4×4 or 5×5 square photos for an easy, affordable, very very sweet Father’s Day keepsake.
Homemade Pop Tarts ($4.25 each, Mouth.com)
You intrepid bakers can try your hand at your own, but we’re perfectly satisfied with letting NY’s Megpie Bakeshop do it for us. At this price get a whole bunch — chocolate looks just perfect, but there’s blueberry and cinnamon brown sugar, too.
Monogrammed chambray pocket square ($23, Mizu)
If he’s a dapper dad of the pocket square variety, we think he’ll love this modern take on a pocket square from Mizu at a very nice price. If you order quickly, you still have time to have it monogrammed too.
His favorite album on vinyl ($ varies)
Hit this online shop or one in your neighborhood and seek out his favorite band on vinyl, a gift a real music lover will totally appreciate. The prices vary, and you can always look for respected sellers on eBay too, but we found this Sticky Fingers Deluxe LP for under $20 at Vintage Vinyl. Then save up, so that for the holidays, you can get him a new turntable.
Number One Dad Darth Vader Mug ($15-18, Society 6)
Okay, so how many times in your life has he breathed heavily into his cupped hands and said, I am your father! (Just our dads? Okay.) Rebel Art Collective has created this fun mug in two sizes, perfect for sipping his java each day. Or maybe some Ondaran Willek Juice, though we have it on good word that’s a little strong for the mornings.
Delton Sonic Wave Headphones ($25, Fab; use our membership link to join)
Tech gifts are a hit with plenty of dads on Father’s Day, but not always affordable. If you think he’d like a little quiet time with his favorite show or album, these hot Delton headphones are a very cool idea. Lots of colors, too.
Dad Heart Tattoo Cookies ($18/6, PF Confections)
This PA Etsy shop custom can do things with royal icing that we could only dream about and we adore the dad tattoo shown here. Just be sure to message the seller to be sure she can hook you up in time for Father’s Day before you order!
Dad and Me personalized journal or notebook ($16, Minted)
Better hurry, but there’s still time to grab an awesome personalized Father’s Day gift that’s as thoughtful as it is affordable. Just upload your own photo — Minted makes it super easy, and we love how all their products are created by indie designers. Plus everything always comes out beautifully. (Rush shipping available for later order dates.)
Personalized Papa since… t-shirt ($20, Branded)
This is an especially sweet gift for a new dad who’s been a papa since 2015, but we could see quite a few proud papas loving a new favorite weekend t-shirt. You can also have it made with Dad, Grandpa, Pops and more, and with any date you’d like. Hey, guys who became papas in 1966 are proud too! (Order by 6/15 for Father’s Day delivery.)
The Gentleman Deck of Cards ($15.95, Gent Supply Co)
If he’s a bit of a dandy — or you wish he were — we love this fun little deck of cards, featuring 50 life lessons for true (if traditional) gentlemen, from the proper way to tie a Windsor knot to situational etiquette.
I Love You Dad Pencils ($4/3 The Carbon Crusader)
There is so much to love at this cool little Etsy shop, but I Love You Dad certainly does the trick. (And might be more appropriate for Father’s Day than the ones that say Dumb and Dumber.) He’ll think of you every time he helps you with your homework, or does the Sunday crossword.
Flash Cufflinks ($15.90, Sunday Best Fashions)
If you think Superman has been done, then how about the Flash? Or try Iron Man, the Dark Knight…and okay Superman. You name it, this Etsy shop probably has it in affordable cufflink form.
What I Love About Us Book ($10, Uncommon Goods)
We love this book as a thoughtful gift idea for a new dad from his partner, especially if he needs a little reminder that he’s still the love of your life. Because as we all know, early parenthood means you’ve probably both been too exhausted to do anything together lately that doesn’t involve feeding someone, changing someone, or carrying someone to be fed or changed. You’ve got 100 pages of prompts to express your love, if you haven’t done it enough on your own lately. We like that.
Hand-illustrated portrait of him. By the kids (Free download, Tried and True Blog)
If you haven’t visited our list of 20 DIY gifts, printables and cards for Father’s Day, there are lots of ideas but this one is a favorite for sure. Just print, let the kids go crazy with paints, markers, colored pencils or crayons, and add your own frame. To a special Dad or Grandpa, just may be worth more than any Rembrant or Picasso.
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT!
We’ve got a prize package filled with some of our favorite gifts for dads, valued at more than $800!
• His own Amazon Fire TV (though we hope he shares with the whole family)
• A fantastic Pinhole Press $100 gift card which we could spend in about a second
• The Dad’s Gotta Eat gourmet collection from MOUTH
• The fabulous new convertible Epiphanie leather Hudson satchel-backpack
• A Tom & Teddy $150 gift card for their super hip men’s swimwear.
• A huge, pampering Dove + Men Care gift basket
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!
Other 2015 Father’s Day posts:
12 of the coolest personalized Father’s Day Gifts
The coolest gifts for Grandpas
20 fantastic DIY gifts, cards, and printables for dad from the kids
Love, love, love the personalized Papa since… t-shirt!!! What a great idea! ordering!!
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I love the hand-illustrated portrait!
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I love the Dad tattoo cookies. Beautifully done!
Thanks for the great ideas!! My dad will love a ‘papa’ shirt since my daughter made him a grandfather and christenes him with that name!
Great ideas! I love the cookbook. My husband cooks and I tease him so it is perfect! Thanks!
I tease my husband when he cooks so the cookbook is perfect!!
The cookbook is perfect!!
LOVE the portrait of dad. Something the kids can do totally by themselves. But I am oordering the cookbook now! Love all the ideas! Thanks for the list & a chance to win BIG!
I love the “what I love about us” book as a reminder/keepsake that he comes first as a husband.
Love the Darth and Luke ‘Number One Dad’ mug. Star Wars references are the best.
the journal … Because it’s personal and thoughtful
The Darth Vader mug is awesome- definitely my favorite gift for my star-wars loving husband.
Cool mom Picks Rocks!! Totally found what I want for Father’s day the super Hero dad Print is awesome and can’t forget the Homemade Pop Tarts!!! Mmmmmmm 🙂
Great ideas – I love the Darth mug!
I love the hand-drawn portrait! I will be having my two-year-old draw his Daddy <3
Star Wars mug – my husband’s passion and the graphics are very cool!
I love the Star Wars mug! So cute!
Love the Star Wars Mug!
I love the cord tacos. They seem to be the most practical and that’s my hubby.
My favorite Father’s Day gift idea on this post is the Instagram photo book because it’s personalized and you can really make it your own!
Love the Papa shirt! Ordered as my Dad has been a “papa” since 1962!
I love the “What I Love About Us” book! It would be a beautiful keepsake as our little man grows!
His favorite record! My husband is really into music and always likes to add to his vinyl collection.
I love the Rag and Bone books. I always love photo books for Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, and these are so beautiful.
love the “who needs a super hero” print. Last Father’s Day we made one that said “A super hero lives here. We call him Dad.” And my husband still keeps it up on his nightstand!
The Darth Vader number one dad mug is perfect!
The Darth Vader number one dad mug is perfect! Hubby is a huge Star Wars fan!
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I love the Luke & Darth Vader mug. My husband spent every Friday/sat night for the past few weeks curled up on the couch watching Star Wars with our son. It was great to see their shared passion. Looks like we are all dressing up as Star Wars characters for Halloween!
I like the “what I Like About Us” book bc it is personal. I also love the Star Wars mug.
I love the Darth Vader mug, super cute.
I LOVE the papa shirt.. totally ordering that!! But my favorite gift of all time was a handprinted bowl that I made with my infant son at My Name is Mud. It was my husband’s first father’s day and I made my son’s footprints on an ice cream bowl. My husband still uses that bowl, 14 years later!! (That’s a lot of ice cream! LOL)
What a great collection! Thanks for including my superhero dad print. This was very much inspired by my awesome Dad and all the other great dads out there 🙂 This design is also available on onesies and toddler tshirts. How cool is that!! http://www.wordonbaby.com.au/onesies/superhero-dad-onesie/
Thank you Angela! It’s so lovely and thanks so much for creating such thoughtful, affordable gift ideas for all of us scrambling to find just the perfect thing.
Oh goodness! I love them all!! Hmmm… I’m going with the Papa shirt because that is what my kids call my dad and he waited 37 years to get that name. 🙂 I was looking for my hubs and found an excellent gift for my dad!! 🙂 Thank you so much! (I’m also going to get the superhero dad printout because my hubs will adore that – thanks!)
My fav gift idea is the I love Dad Pencils, I think is pretty cool, something different and it will def can make a day at the office a little bit better.
I love the personalized papa since 19.. T shirt. My hubby would proudly wear that!
LOVE this! Especially love the free tutorials on the magnets!
Just ordered the “Papa” t -shirt. Thanks for the great idea!
I love the “What I Like About Us” book. Thanks for another great roundup.
Hard to choose a favorite! I like the “Book of Us”…..and the printable, and the gentlemen’s deck, and….
i love the gentleman’s playing cards!
The #1 Dad Darth Vader mug is great…Star Wars is always a win in our house!
Love the Darth Vader mug — so cute!
I like both the cord taco and the cookbook…to keep keep Dad organized and cooking!
I love the Darth Vader mug. My son and husband are big Star Wars fans and this mug is the perfect Father’s Day gift.
I left this on my facebook wall as an entry, thanks!
Darth Vader mug is my favorite.
I love the tattoo heart cookies, sweet and unexpected.
I love the Star Wars mug. It spams generations of love in this house
New parenthood has been intense so one of the gift aim getting my guy for Father’s Day is a remote control helicopter! Something pure fun and silliness to offset the new weight of responsibility just a touch
I love the cord taco! Dad loves the gym and this would come in handy for his headphones! Why didn’t I think of that!?!
Homemade pop tarts?!!! Yes please! My husband would LOVE these (and our daughter would happily partake as well!) 🙂
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i like the papa shirt so much i got it for my dad.
Love the proud papa t-shirt especially the typeface!
Love the Papa t-shirt, thanks for the suggestion!
I ordered the “What I Love About Us” book to complete for my husband. Really like that idea. For my dad, I think I am going to do a photo book of him and the grandkids.
Love the Flash cuff links! My dad is 85 and his nickname (by his four grandsons) is Flash. He is totally getting those links this year from the boys! Thanks for the great find.
The gentleman’s book of cards!
The headphones are just great!
I really like the cord taco. It’s practical and fun, just like my husband. Besides, who wouldn’t want to organize the mayhem of all the cords in their lives?
My hubs would love that Star Wars mug.
That deck of cards is fun, but that printable portrait is perfect for my toddler to give!
Love so many, but the best is the “what I love about us” bc I always do something from the kids, so this is the perfect gift to remind him that he is still so important to me.
Amazon Fire would be a hit for my husband. He doesn’t ask for things. Ever. Mentioned last week that this Amazon Fire deal is pretty awesome. What fun if we won!!
Love the star wars mug
I printed the portrait sheet for my son to fill out and cant wait to see what he comes up with! thank you!!
The Star Wars mug is great!
Love the printable! Thanks!
I like the Personalized Papa t-shirt the best because it’s something men will wear, reasonably priced & is a great idea for a grown- oldest child to give. I also like that it’s vintage looking & doesn’t really look like a Fathers Day shirt (ex: Best Dad) so it can be worn all year long. Would also make a great 1st time Dad shirt any time of the year!
The Number One Darth Vader Dad mug because my son and husband dress up as Anakin and Obi Wan and sword fight with their light sabers.
Pop Tarts- to share with me =) and the printable (from the diy post) that our kidlet has already started on!
I love the hand illustrated portrait!!
love the mug! great ideas!
The pocket squares.
Lots of good gift ideas in this post, but I think I have to go with the cord taco and the Star Wars mug.
My favorite are the sonic wave headphones. My husband likes to listen to music while gardening and working in the garage and some awesome headphones would be easier to use out n the garden and let’s the family not hear his music when he’s in the garage!
I love the hand illustrated portrait idea. I love when the kids draw the parents or write about us, it’s so sweet. Funny how they make us look too!
I’m Daddy, my husband is Papa. It’s really hard to find “Papa” stuff for Father’s Day — so definitely the personalized Papa t-shirt!