50 Father's Day Gifts for $50 or Less
Dad may say he wants nothing but your company this Father's Day (or to be left alone to take a nap), but surely he'd appreciate a thoughtful gift on June 19. It may seem like a challenge to come up with something that won't get buried in his closet or sent back to the store, but here are 50 ideas for $50 or less.
Louis DeNicola and Jennifer Magid contributed reporting.
If dad's the go-to guy to fix a leaky sink or help hang pictures, make sure he comes prepared with the Craftsman Evolv 23-piece tool set ($28.50 at Sears). The carrying bag contains a claw hammer, slip-joint pliers, an adjustable wrench, a torpedo level, a snap-off knife, a tape measure, and a screwdriver with 16 bits.
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Dad's smartphone may have a camera, but there's still something special about using a device made specifically to take pictures -- especially when dad makes the device himself. Lomography's Konstruktor camera kit costs $40 at B&H and comes with all the parts necessary to build a working single-lens-reflex, 35mm camera. The kit earns good customer reviews on the sites where it sells (and sometimes sells out).
If dad is more of a beer guy, there are still plenty of DIY opportunities, including a home-brewing starter kit from Northern Brewer for $50. This small-batch kit makes about 1 gallon, enough to wet dad's whistle, and has six recipes to select from, including pumpkin ale, Irish Red, and American wheat.
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