During the holiday season, there's usually one man who makes gift-giving especially tricky, and that's dad. What are you supposed to get the man who more or less has everything, especially when you're shopping on a budget? Luckily, there are plenty of cheap gifts for dad that your old man is sure to enjoy, thanks to all the budget-friendly offerings out there.
But practical tools or nifty gadgets make solid, affordable dad gifts because they will probably get a lot of use. When it comes to dad stuff, one of the trickiest parts is finding something he'll actually reach for on a regular basis. I've learned from experience that decorative things like tie clips are not going to get a lot of use from men who aren't exactly the male equivalent of a fashionista. And when in doubt, I always go for elevated suds or something edible, because pretty much everyone enjoys those things, and at the least, they'll be used or consumed. In fact, one of my go-to dad gifts every year is a slightly special shampoo. He actually asks for that one by name, which is something that never happened with the more frivolous gifts that I've given him in the past.
Whether your dad is sporty, geeky, or just plain cool, there are loads of affordable products to brighten up his life. In addition, all of these things are actually useful, like tools or grooming products. Chances are, none of these gifts will sit gathering dust by February.
1For The Sailor At Heart
2For The Handy Type
Multi-tools are fantastic gifts for most everyone, but dads in particular tend to appreciate them. This multi-tool features a dozen useful devices, including four screwdrivers, wire cutters, and a bottle opener. Basically, a handy dad could build a house with this tool alone. Ok, maybe a tiny one for a small creature like a hamster.
3For The Dad Who's Always On His Phone
To be honest, I'm considering this gift for almost everyone on my list this year. This little keychain means you'll always have a smartphone charging cable on hand. It's perfect for those moments when a phone starts running out of juice at the worst possible time.
4For The Rock Star Dad
5For The Dad With Too Many Tools
6For The Fancy Dad
7For The 'Star Wars' Fan
8For The Minimalist Dad
9For The Dad Who Appreciates A Close Shave
10For The Punny Dad
11For The Tidy Dad
12For The Horticulturalist Dad
13For The Dad Who Likes Spice
14For The Dad Who Is Lit
Ok, not that kind of lit. Sure, your dad probably has a cache of flashlights, but this little set is unique. The extendable neck lets you shine light almost anywhere, and the magnetic end can pick up lost screws or bolts. Essentially, these flashlights are the perfect helpers for any project.
15For The Cool Dad
16For The Athlete
If your dad enjoys running or crushing it in the gym, then these headphones are a great gift. Sweat-proof and ergonomic, they're designed to stay put through any activity. Plus, they have a remote for answering calls whenever your dad's favorite kid wants to chat.
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