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35 Cheap Things To Treat Your Dad To This Father's Day

You, seeing the great gifts you can get under $25: "I'm impressed!" Your dad: "Hi Impressed, I'm Dad!"

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1. A heartfelt fill-in-the-blank journal that'll make even the most aloof dads melt.

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Each page lets you respond to a different prompt, and it's a great mix of funny and sentimental. For example, some prompts include "I love that you taught me to appreciate..." and "If you were a holiday, you'd be..." Take it in whatever direction you want, just be sure to include some quality inside jokes.

Promising review: "I was so excited when I found this perfect Father's Day gift! It's the perfect way to express my love for my dad in a way I never ordinarily would. There are 50 fill-in-the-blank statements to let your dad know how you feel. They stretch the imagination and really make you think about all the ways your dad affects your life. This is sure to be a cherished gift for any dad." —A. Bauer

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $10 or Amazon for $12.

2. Some fancy dark chocolate almonds sure to be the sweetest gift he's ever received.

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Promising review: "These are delicious and almost addictive! The package arrived on time and in good condition. They're a great treat." —Hiking For Trout

Get them from Amazon for $15, or get a bar of dark chocolate with almonds from Jet for $4.16.

3. A sophisticaped map-etched glass so he can sip his favorite beverage while appreciating his favorite city. Because if your dad is anything like mine, the only thing he enjoys more than a cold drink is geeking out over maps.

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4. A super-challenging 1,000-piece road sign jigsaw puzzle that'll allow him to take a road trip from the comfort of his living room.

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Wanna make it an even better gift? Sit down and tackle this puzzle with him.

Promising review: "This is a really fun puzzle. It's challenging enough that you'll think you're missing pieces until you suddenly stumble across that one piece you've been searching for. The colors and retro graphics are so nice. The pieces are nice and thick and the box wasn't full of puzzle dust like some cheaper brands." —Angela York

Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Walmart for $20, or Jet for $21.16.

5. A LOL-worthy card for the dad who appreciates a good meme...or a good grill paired with a cap and sneakers he's had since the '80s.

6. A clever ticket stub diary so he can save souvenirs of games, concerts, plays, and more. It even has lined spaces in the margins to write notes about favorite memories.

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I'm actually thinking about getting this for my own dad, who once wore the wristband from the Springsteen concert he attended on his birthday for a whole year, and that's not an exaggeration.

Promising review: "This is a great, easy way to put together a fabulous diary. I've almost completely filled my first one, and I looked through it today. It reminded me of where I went, what I saw, who I was with, and how I felt. Memories I cherish, like the time we stayed for 16 innings of an Angels game, are easy to find and precious to remember with this. There are three different sizes of spaces for your tickets. I'm enjoying creating memories, and I'm ordering my second one today, and one for each of my dear friends!"—Ginger Hunt

Get it from Amazon, Walmart, or Jet for $9.40 or Uncommon Goods for $12.

7. A handy smart plug that truly lives up to its name: your dad can sync it with his smart home devices or control it through an app to easily turn lights and appliances on and off. He'll never have to yell at anyone to turn the damn lights off ever again!

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Through the app, he can even set a schedule for when to power certain devices on and off — basically a dream come true for a man who hates wasting money on electricity. It's compatible with Alexa, Microsoft Cortona, and Google Assistant, and it's so easy and convenient that it has over 11,000 positive Amazon reviews!

Promising review: "This is a great, affordable smart outlet. It works flawlessly with the Echo. You set it up on your network via the Kasa app first, and then you can successfully set up the connection to your Echo via the Alexa mobile app. Once we completed the setup on the Kasa side, adding it to Echo was a snap. I use it for a standing lamp and for the air conditioner. I want to buy these things every time they're on sale, but I have a hard time justifying it to my wife." —Johnny Phive

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 or Walmart for $21.98.

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8. An all-natural chili-infused honey your spice-loving pops is gonna want to put on everything.

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The only ingredients are honey, chilies, and vinegar, because as your own dad taught you, sometimes less is more.

Promising review: "This mixed-up honey is absolutely fabulous. I ordered three more bottles after my initial order. Why? Because it's really good on everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Soft pretzels, toast, biscuits, waffles, cereal, yogurt, ice cream, and definitely pizza. It gives everything in your kitchen a small kick of sweet heat flavor without burning up your mouth. I've told many of my friends about this magical elixir and they all agree: this is the BEST specialty honey any of us have ever had. Don’t hesitate to try it, it's absolutely wonderful stuff." —Jeff R. Clow

Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

9. A sharp-looking, water-resistant watch he'll probably think you spent a ton of money on.

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Promising review: "This is even better than expected. It's smart and stylish-looking and keeps perfect time. The band is soft and fits just right. I've spent hundreds of dollars over the years for watches that couldn't compare to this one. It's extremely good value for the money." —Bill Evans

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

10. A Big Book of Burgers cookbook that'll have him grilling up more creative patties than Bob Belcher himself.

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There are also recipes for all-important burger accompaniments, like milkshakes and onion rings. Something tells me you're gonna be visiting home more often.

Promising review: "All of the recipes my family and I have tried from Big Book of Burgers have been OUTSTANDING. Our favorite so far have been the beef burgers with Camembert and red onion jam. A close second were the bronco burgers with smoked mozzarella and barbecue sauce. This cookbook has over 90 burger recipes for beef, bison, lamb, pork, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian options. There are also recipes for hot dogs, sausages, brats, sides, toppings, and drinks. I really enjoy the large amount and variety of recipes since I grill four times a week year-round. The instructions are easy to follow and it doesn't require extensive grilling knowledge or skill to create these amazing dishes." —S. Garcia

Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $11.99+ or from a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

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12. A sampling of scented beard oils so you don't end up in the hairy situation of being stuck without a Father's Day gift.

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They're made from natural oils intended to moisturize beards and skin and promote growth. This sampler comes with four scents: "The Gent" (a woodsy scent with a vanilla finish), "The Lumberjack" (a more subtle woodsy scent with notes of bergamot), "The Pirate" (a rum, clove, and orange scent), and "The Viking" (an oakmoss, pine, leather, and citrus blend).

Get a set of four from WhiskeyInkandLace on Etsy for $14.99.

13. A sheet of custom stickers featuring the face of family members or pets for a gift that'll stick out from the basic cards your siblings sent.

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These have nothing but five-star reviews, which doesn't surprise me, because the only thing that could possibly be better than stickers are stickers of someone you love. Your dad is guaranteed to LOL when he sees these.

Promising review: "This has to be the best purchase I've ever made. I was hoping they'd be as good as all the reviews said, and I wasn't disappointed! The stickers seem to be made from a sturdier material than your average stickers. I'd give these 10 stars if I could. I'm very excited about placing a sticker of my doggo's face anywhere I can!" —None

Get a sheet of 21 stickers from Amazon for $11.99.

14. A professional-looking genealogy chart he can fill in instead of just telling you stories about about your Great-Great-Grandpa Steve for the hundredth time.

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It fits up to nine generations on both sides.

Promising review: "This chart is SO cool! It's printed on high-quality, aesthetically pleasing paper and it makes it so easy to see your ancestors. You can fill in your ancestry and then frame it. It makes a beautiful conversation piece, and it made for a great family evening at home talking about genealogy." —susan j. page

Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

15. A thumb drive in the shape of an actual thumb so he can be assured that you inherited his propensity for dad jokes.

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I can store up to 8GB, so it gets a thumbs-up for functionality, too.

Promising review: "My father says I take things too literally, so when he said he needed a thumb drive I had to give him this." —Hoosier Daddy

Get it from Amazon for $4.67.

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16. Or a pair of socks for the man who confidently owns every terrible one-liner that has ever come out of his mouth.

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Did you hear the one about the kid who got their dad socks for Father's Day? They had no problem foot-ing the bill!

Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 14 designs).

17. Or a monthly sock subscription for a toe-tally awesome gift that keeps on giving.

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Choose between one, two, or three pairs a month depending on your budget, and pick whether you want to socks to feature patterns, graphics, or both based on your dad's style.

Get 10% off Father's Day products with the code BUZZFEED-DAD.

Get it from Say It With A Sock for $11.99+/month.

18. A sweet guitar pick worthy of any dad who totally rocks.

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Promising review: "My cool daughter bought this for me as a birthday present. I instantly tried it and noticed that the weight was perfect and it gave a much deeper, thicker, and fuller sound considering I was using it on an unplugged electric-acoustic. It was really the thought behind the gift that made it priceless to me, but the fact I love using it so much is an awesome bonus." —Darren De Wilde

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

19. A water-resistant canvas and leather backpack roomy enough to hold all of his dad essentials. He'll use it every day and remember why you're his favorite child.

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Promising review: "I use this to hold my fishing gear and it works very well. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality — it's hardy and sturdy while also looking fashionable. The leather straps are real and have a soft, genuine feel to them. There are several secret pockets inside the bag, too, which makes it easy to organize the contents and hide away valuable or smaller items. The drawstring design works really well to keep the bag securely closed. This bag is big enough to hold all of my fishing gear as well as my laptop and still close properly. It's easy to clean the outside with a wet rag. This is such a great bag." —KingSauce

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in five colors).

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20. A luxe shave set because your pops deserves something a cut above his old drugstore razor.

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It comes with a rubber-handled razor, three precision blades, a foaming shave gel with soothing aloe, and a travel blade cover.

Get it from Harry's for $15 (available in four razor handle colors). You can also shop the Harry's line and purchase the products individually at Target.

21. A set of gold foil playing cards as a way to thank your dad for spending countless hours teaching you to play cards and to really show you karat about him.

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Promising review: "These cards are awesome! I looked at several types of gold foil cards and decided on this set because of good reviews and the simple-but-beautiful design. They were a Christmas gift for my husband to go with his poker set and he loves them! He collects unique decks of cards and he was totally impressed by these. We like the feel and look of the cards, they’re very eye-catching. They’re made very well and seem durable. Five stars from us :)." —Rani Mierky

Get them from Amazon for $7.69.

22. A lightweight, water-resistant bluetooth speaker so he can jam out wherever he goes. Warning: it may cause him to break out his signature air guitar routine.

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People absolutely swear by this super-affordable gadget — it has almost 20,000 five-star reviews!!!!

Promising review: "This speaker is amazing! The range is unbelievable! I can even take it downstairs and it works great. The sound that comes from this little speaker is exceptional. It's a very full, rich sound. You can use the volume up/down buttons to go back or forward to the next song. It has a pause button, too. The charge lasts a very long time. I bought this in June and it's now September. I use it for two to six hours a day and I've only recharged it once. It's wonderful to have a cordless speaker that's this great; it makes storm power outages much more pleasant! The power was once out for 16 hours and this worked perfectly without a charge the whole time. I also absolutely love the non-skid rubber on the bottom. Between my kitties and me, things are always getting knocked around, but this speaker doesn't move! I LOVE IT!" —watches the sky

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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24. A stylish leather bracelet for the dad who's not a regular dad, he's a cool dad.

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It comes in a luxe velvet pouch so it feels like a pricier gift than it is. It also has a magnetic clasp and comes with a half-inch extension link to ensure it's a perfect fit.

Promising review: "This looks good in person. The clasp is easy to use and secure. The leather is substantial and looks great. You won't be disappointed." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

25. A chic camera strap so the next time he goes on vacation rocking the classic dad-with-camera-around-his-neck look, he'll at least be ~stylin'~.

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Promising review: "This is a great price for a camera strap. It's an ideal choice for smaller-frame cameras with short (wide) lenses. The product deserves five stars for the price and usefulness (for light cameras only). Make sure you know how to properly attach the straps/buckles — do your part and the strap will do its part." —trooper

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

27. An insulated tumbler and set of stainless steel straws for a polished and practical gift he'll love.

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Over 1,000 Amazon reviewers swear by the tumbler, which can keep ice intact for up to 24 hours (and as my dad always says, ice makes the drink), will keep hot beverages hot for hours, and won't sweat. The straws are a ~fancy~ and environmentally friendly alternative to those useful-but-kinda-gross-tbh plastic straws. Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the straws here (#6).

Get a 30 oz. tumbler from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 14 colors). Get a set of four straws and a cleaning brush from Amazon for $6.89 or a similar set from Walmart for $7.59.

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28. A classic baseball glove that you should definitely gift along with an offer to go play a game of catch right away.

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For those of you who, like me, are totally clueless when it comes to sports, remember that baseball gloves are typically worn on the opposite hand. Be aware that the listing here words it oddly — ordering a "right hand throw" glove means it's for a right-handed person to wear on the left side.

Promising review: "This is an amazing value for the money! I'm just an old dude who enjoys knocking a ball around with the neighborhood kids, but I had some great gloves growing up. A couple of years ago, I purchased a name-brand, expensive glove. It was the right size but I just never bonded with it, so I gave it to Goodwill. I bought this because I liked that it was made from synthetic leather. I have no problem cutting those cows a break. This is an amazingly good glove for an amazing price. I'm somewhat shocked." —Jerry R. Goad

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available for right- or left-handed people and in seven sizes).

29. Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop by music historian Marc Myers, a book that'll give any music-loving dad an inside look at the making of some of his favorite tunes.

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It includes testimony from several of the artists themselves and behind-the-scenes looks at classics like "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart and "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper.

Promising review: "I had a lot of fun reading this book. The individual chapters were short enough to make it an easy read while at the same time providing enough information to make the stories interesting. If you have any interest in the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into making these great songs, you'll enjoy this book. It was interesting to see what inspired these songs, but it was also an education for me to read about the technical side of the recordings — the process of layering, laying down tracks, overdubbing, chord changes, etc." —Mark Sutter

Get it from Amazon for $9.60+, Barnes & Noble for $9.99+, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

30. A comfy 100% cotton shirt he'll wear all summer long.

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Reviewers recommend sizing up!

Promising review: "This fits perfectly. I'm 5'9" and it's difficult to find long enough shirts for a reasonable price. These are great and plenty long. They're actually long enough to cover the entire zipper on my jeans!" —Mark

Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 13 colors).

31. A relaxing overnight foot care kit that will make every night feel like a trip to the spa and might just be the cure for his gross, flaky dad feet once and for all.

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It includes a super moisturizing, rosemary-and-mint-scented shea butter lotion and plush, fuzzy socks to put on before bed to wake up with happier, healthier tootsies.

Promising review: "This is the best smelling, most effective foot care product I've ever used!" —Memere

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $18.

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32. An innovative carabiner multi-tool any outdoorsy, gadget-loving dad will be super excited to receive.

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There's a spark-generating wheel on the end and it comes with two extra ferro rods for emergencies. It also has a keyring hole, utility blade, screwdriver, and bottle opener and can hold up to 100 pounds. Not unlike your dad, this tool is good at pretty much everything.

Promising review: "We went camping at Red River Gorge and this very small but significant tool was the highlight of our camping experience. We won’t go anywhere without it. I bought one for my brother-in-law who camps all the time and he raves about how handy it is." —Deborah

Get it from The Grommet for $14.95 (available in four colors).

33. A set of fascinating wood and metal puzzles of varying difficulties for a challenge your dad may become so obsessed with, he won't do anything else until he solves them all.

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Each puzzle is inspired by a different civilization from history: China, Rome, Greece, Egypt, and the Aztecs.

Get a box of five from ThinkGeek for $15.99, or get a similar set from Amazon for $16.89.

35. A funny (and accurate) personalized wooden postcard that's a card and a gift all in one. He'll love displaying it to remind the world what an awesome kid he has.

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You can choose whether the "turned out awesome" sentence says "I" or "we," so it can even be a group gift from your siblings (if you're willing to share the credit). You can also personalize who it's addressed to (Dad, Daddy, Grandpa, or a nickname) and who it's from, write the message under the dots (up to 105 characters), and customize the date on the postmark. Finally, you can choose between four designs for the corner stamp: beer bottles, a fish hook, a golf club, or a mustache.

Promising review: "I gave this to my son-in-law yesterday to celebrate his son's first birthday. The stoic firefighter actually teared up. He loved it, I loved it. It's great quality and an excellent gift." —Patrick K.

Get it from Personalization Mall for $13.99.