Father’s Day is fast approaching, and don’t we all want to show dad our love this year? I have to admit, I am a terrible gift giver when it comes to my parents. I don’t how they continue to give me awesome gifts year after year because I’ve been struggling since, like, age twelve to keep the gifts fresh. Ties are no longer an option for my dad (he has over 400, I’m quite sure), and pajama pants are just as plentiful. So, what now?
I’m on a tight budget lately so I’ve been racking my brain for some affordable gifts that wouldn’t break bank, but would still be ultra cool. (See above.)
1. Gravity Lounge Chair. $88
In my family, we fight over the gravity chairs. Whether you’re camping, lounging by the pool, or just hanging out in the backyard, these chairs deliver first class comfort. This one, from QVC, even has a drink holder and a personal sun protector. Dad will sit in this chair, put his feet up, and instantly start snoring. Then he’ll yell “I was just resting my eyes!” when I ask him how he fell asleep so fast.
2. Nike Air Rival III Golf Shoes. $80
To say my dad loves golf is an understatement. At one point he was training for the senior tour (he was in his thirties, by the way) and he has more golf gadgets than I can count. That’s why I know dad will love these golf shoes. Do all dads love golf, or is it just mine? I have a feeling that golf is a universal dad thing.
3. Fishing Rod. $25
If your dad is the outdoorsy type, he would probably love to spend the day fishing with his kid. So pick up a couple rods (like this Shakespeare rod sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods), pack some sandwiches, and hit the water.
4. Baseball Tickets. $varies
You love baseball, dad loves baseball, everyone loves baseball! And luckily, if you’re a Phillies fan, your team is sucking right now and you can score tickets for suuuuuper cheap. Even if you aren’t a Phils fan, you can find affordable tickets on places like craigslist, stubhub, or your team’s website.
5. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player. $93
This is by far the coolest gift if your dad is a tech-geek, movie or tv lover. Streaming is becoming extremely popular for people who don’t like to pay outrageous prices for cable (I’m lookin’ at you, Comcast), but it’s a great gift for those of who love Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. This little streaming device puts thousands of shows and movies at your finger tips.
6. Craft Beer Glasses, set of 4. $40
From kegworks.com, these glasses will please the biggest beer enthusiast in your life. Craft beer used to be a strictly hipster hobby, but dads all over the place are starting to get in on the microbrew action.
7. Whiskey Stones. $25
If your old man is more the brown liquor type, why not pick up a few whiskey stones for his best bottle? Whiskey stones never water down your drink, like ice, and are reusable! Available at cwonder.com
8. Juice Bullet by Magic Bullet. $80
Available at Target, this is a great summer gift for dad! When I got my juice, my dad was using mine all the time. When I moved away, I thought I’d never hear the end of it about how much he liked that juicer and how he wish I had left it. This brand is affordable and has pretty good reviews.
My dad has plenty of watches, so I don’t think I’ll be getting him another for Father’s Day. But a watch is a chic and classic piece you can gift your padre–and there are plenty of great styles under $100! This TH Sport watch, which a black croco leather band and grey dial, is absolutely gorgeous and looks like it costs a lot more than it actually does. Hint hint: look on Amazon for some awesome deals!
Even if you aren’t giving your dad something tangible this year, just making him feel special with a homemade card or spending quality time together will make your dad over the moon happy.
Happy Father’s Day!