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    35 Impressive Father's Day Gifts That Only Look Expensive

    Because you shouldn't have to pay the ~price~ to be the favorite child.

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    1. A double-walled, stainless-steel bottle cooler with a beer-opener lid so he can keep his favorite beer extra cold, no matter how long he stays outside. He won't even realize how craftily you saved money by not getting a more expensive version.

    The bottle cooler being used with a beer bottle

    Promising review: "Bought for my husband for Father's Day. He loves it. He uses it on really hot and humid days and it keeps his beer cold and the top covers his beer in-between drinks, so no bugs go in it. No issues with what type of beers fit in this container. From Sam Adams to Flat Tire, very universal. Highly recommend." —Smiley Map

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in seven colors and patterns).

    2. A leather dopp kit that'll keep all his toiletries organized, while also making him feel ~extra~ sophisticated on days he remembers to wash his face.

    A brown leather dopp kit with two closed zippers

    Promising review: "The workmanship on this item was really good. It has a nice leather smell. It's also the perfect size. It fit all my items with a tiny bit of room to spare. The double zipper at the top is really convenient and smooth. I also like that it didn't have too many pockets. I have bags with many pockets, but I've been trying to get away from buying those lately because it's too easy to lose things." —Mark

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in five colors).

    3. The Book of Unusual Knowledge, a book filled with ~704~ pages of information that's pretty darn random, but just may come in handy one day (like if he wants to get even more creative with his dad jokes). Plus this'll actually look impressive in his bookshelf — quite the sophisticated read.

    Reviewer's photo of the brown and gold book

    Promising review: "The book is pretty cool. I got it for my husband for Christmas. He loves knowing random facts to bring up during conversations with seriously anyone. He loved looking through this and telling me weird stuff all week long after. Great product for the price. I will most likely purchase more of the series in the future." —SJensen

    Get it from Amazon for $11.68.

    4. A gourmet spice and seasoning gift box, because he already thinks his grilling is Michelin-star worthy. But now his steak will taste even BETTER. You're absolutely allowed to *rub* the success of this gift in all your siblings' faces.

    The spices in a gift box

    He'll get five spices: Grill Master, Island Spice, Citrus Pepper, and Bold Bayou. The fifth spice in the set will be a surprise — either Sriracha Hot Sea Salt or Rosy Cheeks Maple Bourbon BBQ Spice.

    Promising review: "The packaging was awesome! When you look at the little glass jars, you expect there to be really great product on the inside and not some cheap spices you could buy at any store — and that’s exactly what we got! I bought these as a Father’s Day gift for my dad who is an avid griller. All of the spices have a unique flavor that are very robust and distinct. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves working with herbs and spices that have a unique flavor." —Stephanie Brosch

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in seven flavor combinations).

    5. A beer cap map for helping him proudly display his craft beer collection without taking over the entire house. Talk about a ~stately~ art collection, all thanks to you.


    Promising review: "Love it! Great quality and customer service. I spray painted it gold, which worked out great. I had been looking for a cool way to display my bottle cap collection, and this is perfect." —Josh and Heather Folsom

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in all 50 states).

    6. A Geologie skincare kit customized with him in mind to upgrade his routine from basically nothing to totally rewarding. Everything is easy to remember — we're talking cleanser, day cream, night cream, and eye cream. And it's delivered right to his door!

    The skincare kit with morning face cream and face wash, plus nightly face cream and face wash

    Use promo code HEALTHY30 for a $30 30-day trial.

    He can take a quiz about his routine (or you can take on his behalf if you know) and set up a trial for 30 days — each kit has four products.

    Get a 30-day trial from Geologie for $30.

    7. A stainless-steel fountain pen so his at-home desk feels more sophisticated as he figures out your taxes for the 10th year in a row. Will you ever have to learn? Hopefully not.

    The fountain pen in silver

    Promising review: "This is a very nice fountain pen, especially for the price. This pen writes like a much more expensive fountain pen and can be used with both cartridges and ink, via the enclosed converter. It has good heft to it without being overly heavy. It has a nice feel in the hand and a smooth writing nib (I prefer a fine point). I have purchased several of these over the last couple of years and all of them are holding up perfectly." —MML

    Get it from Amazon for $23.91 (available in six colors).

    See what we picked as best pens that we tried and tested in "The Best Pens Will Make You Fall In Love With Handwriting Again."

    8. A pair of lightweight running sneakers that'll ~outpace~ designer alternatives when you can upgrade his style AND keep his feet surprisingly comfortable during his jogs. Win win.

    Model wearing the mesh sneakers in red

    Promising review: "I already got a few compliments. These shoes feel really comfortable, they remind me a pair of Nikes I used to wear. As soon as I got them, I put them to test by working out and running (the reason why I got them) and they passed the test. They're very comfortable, look very good, and don’t get dirty very easily (that surprised me)." —Ruben Medina

    Get them from Amazon for $18.88+ (available in sizes 7–14 and seven colors).

    9. A cellphone camera lens kit, because this'll improve his Insta game (hello, pro-like pics) without splurging on a fancy digital camera. This'll create sharp, stunning images that he'll immediately want to show off — probably with a lame joke in the caption.,

    He'll get a wide angle lens, macro lens, telephoto zoom lens, fisheye lens, CPL filter lens, starburst lens, and a kaleidoscope lens. All have an easy clip-on design!

    Promising review: "These are absolutely wonderful! They are fun to carry about (very lightweight) and I always have them, just in case a photography opportunity arrives. This is really nice when I really don't want to lug about my professional camera equipment and all of the gear. And don't be fooled by size or price! With a little practice and some talent, you can easily begin to capture very professional-looking photos with this gem." —The Carsons

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    10. A Rocketbook reusable notebook complete with calendars, to-do lists, and note template pages for taking his day-to-day work straight to the future. The pages are scannable with the Rocketbook app so he can file 'em onto his computer — meaning he has you to thank for never losing important paperwork again. Consider this one of the best inexpensive tech gifts.

    Hands writing in the notebook's calendar

    Just be sure to use the included pen, otherwise the pages won't wipe clean! The notebook comes with *42* reusable pages (designed for planning, listing, goal setting, note-taking, sketching, and more) that can be uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, and email.

    Promising review: "Just when I think I have the last notebook I'll ever need, Rocketbook comes out with something amazing again! I'm so glad they finally made a planner and they even included monthly and weekly pages. I'm not sure if I'll be scanning those ones, but it's great to have reusable calendars. My company just started implementing OKRs (just like Google!) last year so it was so cool to see that page in there, too. And of course, the grid and lined pages are awesome for just about everything, and I'll definitely be sending my sketches and notes to teammates on Slack every day." —Marketing Nomad

    Get it from Amazon for $35 (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    11. An outdoors santoku knife set to raise his cooking game to new heights on your (cheap) dime, whether he's in the kitchen or on a camping trip. Warning: he WILL now want to audition for Chopped and claim to be the next Bobby Flay.

    Hands slicing a tomato with the chef's knife and cutting board
    GSI Outdoors

    It comes with a nylon outer case for carrying, folding cutting board, quick-drying, microfiber cleaning cloth, a paring knife, chef's knife, and serrated knife, all with protective sheaths.

    Promising review: "Just got back from a camping trip with this knife set and I was super impressed! The blades are sharp, easy to handle, and stay put in the case. I ended up throwing out my other cutting board after using this one to save on space. This case is easy to pack and keeps the knives safely tucked away inside my camp supplies." —Norton16

    Get it from REI for $34.95.

    12. A set of colorful, fun dress socks so you don't need to spend all your money on designer brands for him to put his best foot forward. Are you his personal stylist now? I believe so.


    They come in a gift box!

    Promising review: "My hubby loves these and gets lots of compliments. He wears a 12 shoe and these fit very well. The designs are fun and well-thought-out. They wash nicely, are very soft, and as of yet have not pilled. They always keep his feet dry, which is a bonus." —stuckintheusa

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 10 color and pattern combinations).

    13. A Jack Black hand cream that'll teach him the importance of pampering when he uses this formula of vitamins A and E, macadamia nut oil, and glycerin to soothe even the most chapped hands. Life is a lot *smoother* without cracked knuckles.

    The hand cream

    Plus, it's non-greasy!

    Promising review: "I got immediate relief from chaffed, flaky, dry hands. There was absolutely no greasiness. This stuff is absolutely worth the extra money you might pay over a different lotion product. The smell is non-intrusive but pleasant. If you ever have dry hands or work a lot with tools or crafts, and you don't want to leave residue or lose grip, this is absolutely the stuff you need to buy. 10/10 recommended. Please never change your formula. This stuff is basically magic." —Daniel

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A double-edged safety razor, because this'll upgrade his shaving experience right in his own bathroom. It'll be stylish, give him a refreshingly close shave, and definitely make his countertop look a little ~sharper~.


    It has an extra long handle for easier use! Plus, it has five stainless-steel blades.

    Promising review: "I got this as a gift for my dad, and he absolutely loves it. So far, it's holding up great from what I hear (it's only been about three months as of posting this, but so far it appears to have been well worth the money). He absolutely loves it and I am happy that he has a razor that requires he handle the blade less with his tendency to fumble around small and lightweight objects." —Kody

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

    15. Or! A beard grooming kit for helping him start each and every one of his mornings with a touch of luxury. It comes with a jelly-like beard oil, beard conditioner with beet extract and mango butter, and beard balm with all-natural oils and butters to seal in moisture — aka the recipe of success to becoming the favorite child.

    The full beard kit

    Promising review: "Great product. I'm growing my beard for the first time and coworkers kept telling me they put 'beard balm' in them. I stumbled across this and have to say, I’m not disappointed! I really like the scent, it moisturized my skin (I was having dry skin issues), and made my beard soft to the touch." —Josh

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95 (available in five scents).

    16. A mini waffle maker to truly make any father the Rufus of your family so fast, you won't even need to take him out to brunch. Get ready for a lifetime of mini waffles, my friend. He just found his new favorite toy.

    Alexandra Napoli / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "If you like waffles, but don't want to eat gigantic ones and/or don't have a ton of counter space to spare for a full-size waffle maker, this little thing is well worth the price. Another benefit of this smaller size is that you can use the waffles from this little machine to make sandwiches, for those who like breakfast on-the-go, not to mention a sweet and savory treat in the morning. We have actually been surprised by how much we use this item considering other waffle makers we've purchased all end up collecting dust in the back of a cupboard. This really is a waffle maker that you'll use more than once; in fact, die-hard waffle fans will probably use it every day." —Memory Lane

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in "Just 10 Things You'll Want To Try In July."

    17. A powerful electric toothbrush so you can not only make his bathroom routine feel more sophisticated, but put his dental hygiene up to ~speed~ with his dentist's expectations.

    The toothbrush in black and gold
    Fairywill / Facebook

    Why is it so powerful? It cleans with a *40,000* micro-brush per minute speed so plague is as good as GONE. Plus it has five modes: white, clean, sensitive, polish, and massage. Take THAT, picky dentist.

    Promising review: "Wow. This toothbrush is INCREDIBLE! My toothbrush recently broke and I wanted to try something new/different/cheaper, and I am SO unbelievably happy with this product. The toothbrush is super light, which is great for traveling with it and just in general it's very easy to hold and to use. It has five settings, which is really nice depending on what type of brush I want. I drink a ton of coffee so my go-tos are the clean mode and then I do the polish mode for 30 seconds. My teeth are noticeably whiter." —Jerri B

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    See what we picked as best electric toothbrushes that we tried and tested in "You Won't Bristle At These Electric Toothbrushes We Reviewed."

    18. A family tree chart you should fill out yourself before gifting to win even MORE gold stars. There is a 110% chance of this getting framed as the best Father's Day gift ever — so you just made your own bit of history.

    The black and white family tree filled out

    Promising review: "Two pages came in a tube. The quality seems good — I'm not an expert, but it met my expectations! This is a very nice print with the details all around the tree. I filled it out and took it to FedEx where I had it laminated for a low cost. It turned out really well and I am very pleased with the purchase." —LM

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.55 (available in two colors).

    19. A button-down shirt with a front pocket in a variety of patterns that'll let him take a break from the rundown T-shirt he loves to wear almost every. single. day. His jeans are thrilled to meet a fancier pairing.


    Get it from Levi's for $24.75 (originally $49.50; available in sizes S–2XL and five colors and patterns).

    20. A Friday night football-inspired candle, because he'll suddenly become quite the candle-lover now that he's found a scent he actually enjoys. Plus, the impressive packaging will make it even more ~gift-ready~.


    Promising review: "Since I am a football coach, I first decided to buy this for my wife as a fun purchase for when she's not able to be at our games on Friday night. She loved it and was shocked at the quality of the candle and how good it actually smelled. I will definitely be a returning customer for this scent and others." —Bbtp

    Get it from Homesick for $29.95 or Amazon for $27.94.

    21. A faux leather watch for proving your taste is timelessly sophisticated. Will he know its true ~face~ value? Never.

    Reviewer wearing the tan watch with a white and gold face

    Promising review: "For a $15 watch, you’d think this would be a piece of junk! But believe me when I tell you, in this case you don’t get what your pay for. This watch is just awesome and very minimalistic. It can go with any outfit and virtually every color. I have given it a lot of use and and it still works and feels like new although I’ve had it for about nine months now. The band is really comfortable." —Ramses

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    22. A beverage-cooler to a) give him a cool new gadget and b) help him turn his favorite brew of hot coffee into an iced one in mere minutes — without watering it down! Color. Him. Impressed.

    Hand pouring coffee into the black beverage-cooler

    All they have to do is fill it with water and pop it into the freezer for 12 hours before using. It has a 12.5 oz. capacity and is dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I am an avid (i.e. daily) iced coffee drinker, but I have been extremely hesitant to make my own iced coffee at home because I didn’t want the bitter flavor from two-day old coffee or the watered-down nature of just adding ice to coffee. Thanks to this, I have now found a solution!!! It worked like a CHARM today!!! I was able to create my own iced coffee directly from my coffee maker in the comfort of my own home. I guarantee this item will be used frequently!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon $29.99+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A Bluetooth speaker so he's be sure to *sing praise* about what appears to be a huge tech splurge on your end. Talk about music to your ears.

    The rectangular speaker in black with the brand name "Anker" written across

    Promising review: "This is my second purchase of this. My wife kept taking mine, so I bought her one of her own! These little speakers are phenomenal and really pack a punch for their size! Originally, I purchased my first one to mount on my ATV, but never actually installed it, because I found more uses for it around the home (in my garage etc). We are very pleased with our purchases of these!" —KVW

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in three colors).

    See what we picked as the best Bluetooth speakers that we tried and tested in "We Sound Off On The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers."

    24. A pair of lightweight, waterproof Birkenstocks made of flexible foam that'll make him feel happiness in his sole every darn day this summer — all at a fraction of the original Birks price 🙌.

    The Birkenstocks in black and white

    Promising review: "I have had original Birkenstocks for 20 years. These outdo them all as far as comfort. I absolutely love them for everyday use around the house and around town." —Skirobg

    Get them from Nordstrom for $44.95 (available in sizes 8/8.5–13/13.5 and four colors).

    25. A wine aerator with an impressive-looking chamber, because this'll make all his wine taste bolder and more expensive, no matter how much it cost. Prepare for a lot of toasts in your honor.

    Wine being poured into the aerator through the chamber and into a glass

    Promising review: "I had always thought red wine was tolerable at most but had read that it was better when it had rested and gotten a little oxygen in it. Well I don’t have the time or patience to let it sit when I need a glass after work so when I saw this, I jumped at the chance to take what red wine is supposed to taste like. Omg it was delicious! All these flavors I had heard people speak of when all I had tasted was sour grapes. I’m using this with boxed wine and it makes it taste better than anything I have had at a bar or restaurant. Highly recommend!" —Shane West

    Get it from Amazon for $22.49.

    26. A solar power bank for accepting that camping as a family is only fun when you have your phones to escape — good thing its "advanced tech" design will blow him away for years to come.

    The solar power bank that's wet to show how it's waterproof

    It's compatible with all iPhones and Samsung phones, and is waterproof. It doubles as a flashlight and comes with a compass.

    Promising review: "I’ve been looking for a wireless power bank for a long time since I bought a smart phone with wireless charge function. With recommendation from my friend, I ordered this product. I gotta say it’s remarkable and awesome — you can charge your phone by putting it on this. Let alone there is a flashlight and solar panel on its surface. It can charge itself with very limited light. This function saves me from the problem of forgetting to charge it after use." —Stvvz

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in four colors).

    27. A tabletop fireplace to ~outshine~ all of your siblings' gifts once he uses this innovative idea. He can use it as a centerpiece, to roast s'mores, as a lantern, the possibilities are endless.

    The tabletop fireplace with decorative rocks
    One Man Garage / Etsy

    You can order this with or without the sand and rocks. You can also purchase 2.6 oz. gel fuel cans separately, which you can get from Amazon for $11.10.

    Promising review: "This was one of three items purchased from this company as a birthday present. My husband loves it!!! The piece is really nice and this picture does not do it justice." —sblovel1

    Get it from One Man Garage on Etsy for $29+ (available in two styles).

    28. A pair of blue-light blocking glasses in a trendy round frame so you can both nix his midday headaches and give all his outfits a stylish touch. He'll be so impressed by his lack of eye strain, he'll think you either learned witchcraft or splurged quite a bit. Just smile and nod.


    Promising review: "I love these glasses! They're so comfortable and they do their job well! I have yet to experience a migraine and my eyes don't feel strained anymore! I also fall asleep faster, which is not at all common for me. I just watched a movie in theaters. Usually, I get a little foggy afterwards, however, since wearing the glasses during the film I have felt no difference between now and before we watched the movie. Best pair of blue-light blocking glasses I have ever come across!" —Nhatasha Knoefler

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99 (available in eight frame designs).

    29. A pair of 18K white-gold-plated cufflinks that'll be even better than an expensive trip to Brooks Brothers thanks to their engraved initials. James Bond would be impressed.

    Model wearing the silver cufflinks

    Promising review: "These cuff links look high-end for a good price. People often ask how much they were for custom-made cuff links. They come with a cloth to wipe the smudges off. Impressive." —Jordan

    Get them from Amazon for $20.99 (available in letters A–Z)

    30. A durable canvas backpack with faux leather straps, because this'll compete with high-end versions *and* stand the test of time, according to reviewers. No need to splurge big bucks for the same results here.

    Model wearing the backpack in dark brown

    It has four pockets, all held down by durable straps!

    Promising review: "This is a very sturdy, functional backpack. It is very roomy! There is enough space to fit many large college textbooks and binders, as well as pretty much anything else you could want. The material used and stitching is very high quality. The shoulder straps are comfortable, even when the bag is overloaded. It has a unique style that makes it stand out from other backpacks I see around. I would recommend this item to anyone who needs a spacious, heavy-duty backpack." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes and six colors).

    31. A white-noise machine for helping him sleep better at night (people say its soothing noises help you drift off faster), *and* he'll be able to drown out distracting noises while working at home if your house is, ahem, a loud environment. Basically you're changing his life for under 40 bucks.

    The white noise machine in white

    It has ~10~ fan and ambient sounds that totally drown out outside noises.

    Promising review: "This sound machine has literally changed my life. The sleep with this machine is like nothing I have ever experienced. Our neighbor likes to spend his mornings shoveling gravel on a cement surface with a metal shovel about 4 to 5 feet from my window (like 6 a.m. early) and to be honest I was starting to have some pretty dangerous thoughts about stealing his shovel. The machine somehow COMPLETELY covers the noise from the shovel, the toilet flushing next to my room, dogs barking, etc. It is incredible. There are a plethora of choices concerning volume and intensity of sound. Highly recommend." —MorAvFire

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two colors and styles).

    32. And! A Nodpod sleep mask to further improve his sleep quality, thanks to its comforting pressure and impressive ability to totally block out light. Basically you won't have to invest in a weighted blanket, because this'll still help him relax and fall asleep faster.

    Model wearing the weighted sleep mask in black

    Plus, it'll stay in place no matter how much he moves at night. He can also freeze it for headache relief!

    Promising review: "I love this thing! I’ve had migraines and insomnia for the bulk of my life, and this weighted eye mask helps with both of these. I wrap the mask around my head during a migraine and the light pressure on my eyes and temples helps ease the pain. I also love using the mask to wear to sleep. It blocks light and feels comforting while it’s on!" —Christy P

    Get it from Amazon for $42 (available in three colors).

    33. A genuine horsehair shoeshine brush and leather conditioner so you can seriously please any dress shoe aficionado without splurging on actual leather loafers. These'll help him maintain his prized possessions, and keep them looking like new.


    Promising review: "I bought these for my leather flats but also used them on some beat up brown Michael Kors boot. They look brand-new now!" —Angelica P.

    Get them from Nisolo: the shoe shine brush for $20 and the leather polish for $10.

    34. A pair of waterproof, Bluetooth headphones that'll make sure he doesn't miss a *beat* to brag about his most generous child. They boast a built-in mic, noise-cancelling tech, and can play music for up to eight hours.


    Plus, they have control buttons so he can pause, adjust the volume, skip tracks, make calls, and activate voice control on your phone.

    Promising review: "These headphones are AWESOME! The instructions were easy to follow and pairing was a breeze. The sound is phenomenal with rich tones and velvety bass. I was able to listen to an audiobook while cleaning and they are very comfortable to wear. They stayed in my ears while wearing my glasses. Phone calls were crystal clear and the voice response is a great for hands-free task. I will be purchasing an additional pair as a gift for my dad." —Courtney

    Get them from Amazon for $20.98 (available in seven colors).

    See what we picked as best wireless headphones that we tried and tested in "Best Wireless Headphones For Your Buck."

    35. A set of chilling whiskey stones, because he won't notice you're serving the cheapest alcohol you could find to celebrate his special day. He'll be too busy wondering how these make his drinks so cold. Tell them it's sorcery.

    The grey whiskey stones in a glass of whiskey

    Promising review: "I was looking around for gifts for a friend of mine who loves drinking whiskey on the rocks. I remember ragging on him for putting ice in his glass, because nobody likes watered-down drinks, especially when you drink whiskey that's as expensive as his. So I found these that are good quality, affordable, and small enough to put at least three stones in a whiskey glass. He used them the next day, and couldn't stop telling me how much he loved them! He told me that it was one of the best gifts he has been given that he can use constantly!!!" —Katie McGowan

    Get a set of nine from Amazon for $9.99.

    Your dad's explanation as to why you "spent so much":

    20th Century Fox Television

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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