12 Thoughtful Father's Day Gifts
Dad may say he wants nothing more than to take a nap this Father's Day, but surely he'd appreciate a thoughtful present. With the holiday coming up on Sunday, June 21, Cheapism.com compiled a list of affordable gift ideas that are unlikely to get buried in his closet or sent back to the store.
Treat the dad who always takes charge of summer barbecues by giving him the ability to grill indoors, as well. The Cuisinart Sandwich Grill ($18) specializes in grilled sandwiches of all kinds, and can also cook omelets, French toast, and other tasty delights.
If you always call on your dad to fix a leaky sink or help hang a picture, make sure he comes prepared with the Craftsman Evolv 23 Piece Homeowner Tool Set ($14). The carrying bag contains a claw hammer, slip-joint pliers, adjustable wrench, torpedo level, snap-off knife, tape measure, and screwdriver (with 16 bits).
Even entry-level tablets cost a couple hundred dollars, but old-fashioned magazine subscriptions are usually a bargain. Make this cheap Father's Day gift more meaningful by selecting titles that cater to your dad's hobbies and interests. You can buy 12 issues of Car and Driver for $15, 10 issues of Men's Health for $20, or 12 issues of The New Yorker for $12.
This classic idea may not seem like an inexpensive Father's Day present, but if your dad sometimes fancies himself the second coming of Tiger Woods, there are plenty of daily deal websites that can bring the gift of golf within reach. Sites such as Yipit, Amazon Local, and Groupon offer dedicated sports categories to facilitate your gift-buying quest.
DIY kit gifts are available for every type of dad and every type of budget. Ready-to-go boxes with all the elements for making beer, wine, cheese, or even bitters are sold by major retailers such as Williams-Sonoma. Ecommerce sites, such as UncommonGoods, also sell a variety of DIY kits your dad might enjoy. And if you don't find any that appeal, assemble one yourself. Also, search the web for DIY projects meant for you; that is, make it and gift it. DIY and Crafts offers myriad ideas, as do sites such as Pinterest, HGTV, and Brit + Co.
Give to a charity your dad admires or a cause that is important to him. Let him know you've done so with a thoughtful card. You can also ask the charity to send him an acknowledgment. This is a feel-good gift that resonates out into the world.
You might not think of a watch as a budget-friendly Father's Day gift, but there are standout watches for reasonable prices. The trick is in knowing what to look for. Choose one with a mineral crystal, which is more scratch-resistant than the more common acrylic crystal. And keep an eye out for quartz movement, the most popular mechanism for low-cost watches, which should keep accurate time as long as the battery holds out.
Help Dad save money -- and his skin -- with the Blade Buddy ($18), a product that keeps disposable razor blades sharp for months. Given that those pricey little cartridges are typically thrown out after only a week or so, this cheap Father's Day gift is not only good for the wallet (his and yours), but also good for the planet.
Is your dad a champion pancake maker, or could he live at the grill? Turn the tables by making some of his specialties for him. This is an opportunity to show that you really admire his cooking skills. The price is nothing more than the cost of the ingredients.
Pull Dad away from the flickering screens and spend some bonding time out in nature. This gift is totally free (but for the cost of the car ride) and requires no particular skill. Trails abound almost anywhere there are woods and streams, but for something special, check out Cheapism.com's list of outstanding hikes.
Sample boxes are a convenient way to let your dad try out goodies related to his interests, and a monthly delivery lets him know year round what he means to you. Birchbox offers product samples (starting at $10 a month) for the man who likes to look good; fishing enthusiasts can enjoy monthly baits and tackle from Tackle Grab, currently available on Groupon for $20 for two months. For the dad who loves his vino, Club W offers monthly custom selections for $13 a bottle.
Sometimes the best gifts really are those where the thought counts. For the price of nothing more than time and energy, the kids can provide services, from washing the car to mowing the lawn to giving Dad an hour of undivided attention so he can reminisce without eye rolls. Pick up some ready-made vouchers for $6.50 at the site Knock Knock.