Just about everyone on the planet is going to be experiencing a tightening of the budget in the coming months. That’s alright–we’re all in this together. A global pandemic is no reason to forget your dad when it comes to gift-giving; you simply need to stick to a smaller budget.
The great thing about dads is that they love every present you give them, no snarky comments, no re-gifting to the neighbor next Christmas. No matter if it’s a birthday or another holiday, you can find low-cost gifts that dad will use and enjoy. Another bonus–these gifts can all be ordered online or made with your own two hands, so there’s no need to mask up and brave the mall. Here are some of our best ideas for budget-friendly gifts for dad.
#1. Baseball Caps AKA “Dad Hats”
Baseball caps are back in fashion in a big way. In fact, with so many people skipping the risk at hair salons, even women are adopting the dad hat lifestyle. A dad hat can be a humble baseball cap or any snapback hat as well. Sports teams and athletic apparel logos make great dad hat choices. Dads love hats because they don’t need to spend a lot of time fussing with their hair and it lets them show off their favorite team at the same time.
#2. Coffee And Make It The Good Stuff
Many dads are out there grinding with very little sleep, so treat him to some high-quality coffee. They put in the long hours and might need a little caffeine to keep them going. The great thing about coffee is that even the good stuff isn’t that expensive for a gift. While he might not treat himself with it every day, it’s great to receive as a gift. In fact, it’s such a good deal that you can probably afford a nice dad-themed coffee mug and a nice bag of fresh coffee beans for under $30 total.
#3. Craft Beer Sampler
One industry that is thriving even in the COVID-19 era is craft beer, those smaller local distilleries that make handcrafted libations, usually better than national chains. If your dad is a beer drinker, help him branch out to new flavors and tastes with these small-batch brews. You can pick up a mixed pack at a local liquor store or even a grocery store like Trader Joes, where you can often handpick your own 6 or 12 pack. Now that you’re an adult, the two of you can kick back with a cold one together on the back patio and no one can stop you.
#4. Homemade Cookies
What dad doesn’t love a sweet treat made just for him? This super cheap handmade item will make him just as happy as a store-bought gift, maybe more so because he can eat it. Whip him up a batch of his favorite cookies or any dessert that he craves for his birthday or any holiday.
#5. Fun Socks For His Feet
If your dad is the type who could stand an upgrade to his sock wardrobe (or if he just loves new socks!), try getting him a couple of nice pairs of dress socks. These customizable gift sets from No Cold Feet make a nice option. There are lots of great colors and patterns to choose from, and this company lets you include a customized label with a message for your dad.
#6. Hot Sauce And BBQ Spices
No one knows why for sure but most dads love hot sauce. The hotter, the better. You can pick up a sample pack of different hot sauces on the cheap. If your dad loves to grill, maybe a set of BBQ spices as well. It could be a food-themed gift that everyone can enjoy when dad makes his next feast.
#7. Whiskey Glasses So He Can Be Classy
At the end of a long day, your dad deserves a nice adult beverage. Get him a set of custom engraved whiskey glasses so he can feel extra fancy. Many small businesses provide custom glasses, such as this one on Etsy. You can put his first name, a monogram, or a fun quote that he loves on the glass. If your dad is more of a wine drinker, there are plenty of engraved wine glasses to choose from as well. These are affordable gifts that won’t bust your budget.
#8. Photos Of The Fam For His Office
Chances are the framed photo he keeps on his desk at work is at least 5 to 10 years old. Get the siblings together for a fun surprise photoshoot and get that picture updated. Dads don’t necessarily want a standard group shot with everyone looking perfect either–feel free to make some funny poses and use your imagination.
#9. Punny Cards And T-Shirts Only A Dad Could Love
Puns are a special kind of joke based on wordplay that dads just seem to love. Choose a “punny” t-shirt or greeting card that you know will give him a chuckle. There’s actually a long cultural history to what we call “dad jokes” that you can read up on at The Huffington Post.
#10. Pocket Knife For Saving The Day
When any minor emergency happens, like when tape needs to be cut or something needs a quick fix, dads always manage to save the day by whipping out a pocket knife or Swiss army style knife. Dads are famous for carrying around these mini-toolboxes, and if your dad could use a new one, they make a great inexpensive gift. You can choose a basic knife or one that has many tools in one.
There are lots more low-cost gift ideas that your dad will love, but these ideas should get you started in the right direction. Even if money is tight right now, don’t panic. Any gift that you choose with intention and love will be cherished by your dad for years to come.