Father’s Day is probably the hardest holiday for me when it comes to gift giving. I typically do something special with the kids to give to dad, but sometimes I like to give my boyfriend something he’d really like or needs, in addition to that.
He doesn’t fit the cliche handyman or white collar father stereotype that surrounds Father’s Day, either. And besides, how many tools and ties does one man need? How about we think outside the box for a bit?
It may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve finally figured out that the easiest way to go about gift giving for a father is to really think about what he enjoys. My boyfriend is very giving and literally never asks for anything for himself. So it’s not like I have something planned because two months ago he mentioned a certain something he wants. Yeah, I’m not that lucky, haha.
So for me, it comes down to observation. What does he like to do? Does dad like to play video games? Watch movies? Listen to music? Attend sporting events or even partake in sporting events?
In light of not having a stereotypical dad to buy for this Father’s Day, I’ve taken to my favorite online shopping site – Amazon – and found some pretty cool Father’s Day gifts for different kinds of dads, and everything is under $50! You won’t find gifts for a handyman or businessman here, but maybe you will find something that’s fitting for the dad in your life.
Dad, The Traveler
Does dad do a lot of traveling, whether for business or leisure? These days it’s hard to disconnect from our electronics, so if he’s an avid traveler, he probably takes his laptop with him wherever he’s traveling to. So how about a new computer bag for his laptop?
If dad is a messenger bag type of guy, the Ibagbar Messenger Bag is a great fit at just $29.99. Or if dad is more of a backpack kind of guy, the Lapacker Shockproof Backpack may be a better fit at $42.99. Both are very stylish and come in a variety of colors.
Dad, The Strong Man
Is dad really into fitness or trying to be? Give him something to keep his good habit going. Maybe some new (heavier, haha) dumbbells or a medicine ball will do the trick.
The CAP Barbell 40 pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set is just what the doctor ordered and it’s affordable at $39.99. Or maybe he’d better enjoy a Body-Solid Tools Dual Grip Medicine Ball. The ball weights vary from 6 pounds to 20 pounds and price starts at $39.00.
Dad, The Music Mogul
Maybe dad’s a little bit country or a little bit rock-n-roll. Around here, the genre of choice is hip hop. Regardless of what type of music dad likes, could he use a new pair of earphones?
If dad prefers the in-ear type, these Symphonized NRG 2.0 Genuine Wood Noise-Isolating Earbuds at $25.99 are right on point. On the other hand, if dad prefers the over-ear type, these Skullcandy Headphones with Mic are pretty sleek and just $36.97.
Dad, The Movie Buff
Does dad enjoy sitting down to a good movie? Give him a gift he can enjoy over and over. Whether you want to give him something that’s more for him to personally enjoy, or you want to show how much you care by hosting a family movie night with dad as the special guest, there are tons of movies to choose from on Amazon.
More recent movies start around $14.96 depending on the type of media you have, but older movies are cheaper. Pick up some popcorn or dad’s favorite snack and beverage, and throw in a good movie and you’re all set!
Dad, The Video Gamer
Is dad attached to his PS4, or used to be? Maybe it’s time for a new game. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a favorite around here, and with tons of action and excitement dad is sure to enjoy it. Plus, it’s three different adventures all in one at $35.86.
If you’re not really sure what type of game to get dad, you could always get him a charger dock for his controllers. This Pecham PS4 Dual Charger Dock saves space and even comes with joystick grips for the controllers. At just $10.99 it’s a great deal for everyone.
Dad, The Sports Tailgater
Does dad attend every single home game in the area and tailgate beforehand? Whether it’s soccer, football, or anything else, any tailgater knows you need good food and drinks. What’s better than some freshly grilled burgers and dogs, and some nice cold beverages before a big game?
For $22.97, this Cuisinart 14″ Portable Charcoal Grill is perfect for tailgating and getting those nice smoky burgers and dogs. Or even this Tailgaterz Cool-N-Carry Cooler for $25.95 will keep supplies handy and the beverages nice and cold.
If you still can’t figure out what dad might like for Father’s Day, you can always go with the usual. For me, that’s a new pair of sneakers. The man has more shoes than I do, but that’s just who is. He’ll take a new pair of sneakers any day.
Regardless of what you do or don’t get him, don’t leave dad hanging this Father’s Day. Take the time to show your love and appreciation for the dad(s) in your life.
*Prices mentioned in this post were current as of 6/5/16, but note that Amazon prices fluctuate on occasion.
Would any of these gift ideas work for you?
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