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

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

    Barnes & Noble

    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. I personally gave this to my dad one Christmas and he loved it as much as I knew he would!

    Promising review: "Bought four of these since I have four kids!! They answered the questions and then gave them to dad for his 50th birthday!! Loved them!!" —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $9.95.

    2. 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.

    The cover of Anatomy of a Song
    Grove Press

    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. According to one reviewer, it's an easy read but still goes into the technical elements of actually producing music!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59+, Barnes & Noble for $18+, Bookshop for $16.56+ (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

    3. A mouth-watering gift box of organic spices and seasonings to make his home-cooked meals and grill creations even better (which you honestly didn't know was possible).


    You can choose from a variety of combos, from special sea salts to BBQ flavors. For example, the grilling-themed box above includes "Grill Master" burger seasoning, "Smokey Southwest," "Citrus Pepper," "Fresh Bay," and "Peppered Habenero."

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

    Get a box of five from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in seven flavor combinations).

    4. A delightfully punny card for the man who's always there to offer ~kernels~ of wisdom.

    A card with a cute little personified piece of popcorn with a mustache patting its kernel "child" on the head. It reads "There is no butter pop than you"

    Get it from Mudsplash Studios on Etsy for $5.

    5. Or a card that's pretty cheesy — but something tells me he'll still love it.

    The card has five blocks of cheese drawn on it and reads "This is the cheesiest Father's Day card I could find"

    This one is also blank on the inside! Plus, if you are a last-minute shopper and don't order it in time for it to be shipped to you before Father's Day (the cutoff date for US shipping from this seller is June 10), you can message the seller to send you a digital download to print yourself instead!

    Get it from NineTwoDesign on Etsy for $6.78.

    6. A sharp-looking waterproof watch he'll probably think you spent a ton of money on.


    Promising review: "It's comfortable, sturdy, and attractive, and it survived surfing in the Atlantic. I have an expensive stainless steel watch, and this $15 watch got more compliments in one week than my pricey one has ever received." —Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. 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.

    Three whiskey-size glasses etched with maps of LA, Chicago, and NYC
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I ordered two of these glasses as a birthday gift for a friend and am so glad I did! They're such a unique gift and he absolutely loved them. If you're looking for a beautiful and functional gift, this is it!" —Maddy

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available with 32 cities).

    8. 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!


    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 $10.99 (also available in a two and four pack).

    9. A sweet stainless-steel guitar pick worthy of any dad who totally rocks.

    Guitar pick reading "I couldn't pick a better Dad"

    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 $7.99.

    10. Mike's Hot Honey, an all-natural, chili-infused honey your spice-loving pops is gonna want to put on everything.

    Mike's Hot Honey being poured on pizza

    The only ingredients are honey, chilies, and vinegar, because as your own dad taught you, sometimes less is more. Check out BuzzFeed's full review of Mike's Hot Honey.

    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 $8.99.

    11. Some super cool sunglasses that are available in several funky colors, actually practical for outdoor activities, and amazingly affordable. That pricey but kinda ugly pair he's had for ages? Heading into retirement.


    Promising review: "These are absolutely incredible. A few coworkers tested them out in the office by doing sprints and jumping down stairs and they didn't move. I use these for running, hiking, and now everything. They seriously don't move when running and don't slide or bounce. They are so lightweight that I forget I have them on. Already purchased a second pair." —mrec

    Get them from REI for $25 (available in 12 colors).

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

    An 8.5 ounce bag of Godiva dark chocolate almonds

    Promising review: "Best ever. The dark chocolate covered almonds were perfect. The ratio of chocolate to almonds was the perfect combination. Both flavors were fresh and so delicious. Would definitely order this again." —Christinalv

    Get them from Godiva for $14.95.

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


    The stickers are waterproof and microwave and dishwasher safe, so once he finishes LOL-ing he can put them on just about anything! Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on these stickers.

    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 $15.99.

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

    Socks that read "Ain't no bad joke like a dad joke" and feature a sketch of a pleased-with-himself dad lounging in an armchair

    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.

    15. Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer, a hella nourishing cream with vitamins A and E to provide some major relief to his super dry hands.


    I feel like dads (or at least my dad) have dry hands all the time, but it's been even worse with all the hand washing lately.

    Promising review: "Immediate relief from chafed, flaky, dry hands. Absolutely no greasiness. This stuff is absolutely worth the extra money you might pay over a different lotion product. Smell is nonintrusive 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. To the manufacturer, please never change your formula. This stuff is basically magic." —Daniel

    Get the lotion for $15 or a gift set with the lotion and the brand's top-rated lip balm for $19, both from Amazon.

    16. 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.

    A poster-sized piece of parchment that reads "genealogy" at the bottom and has space to fill in names throughout the generations, with the left side labeled for paternal ancestors and the right for maternal ancestors

    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 $16.99.

    17. A stylish leather bracelet for the dad who's not a regular dad, he's a cool dad. In fact, he's the best dad, and you can even have the inside of the clasp engraved to say so.


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

    Promising review: "This looks pretty 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 $11.99+ (available in 15 sizes and styles, and with or without the engraving).

    18. A punny tee, because your dad shouldn't have to go fishing for compliments on Father's Day.

    A short-sleeve T-shirt with a fish on it and the phrase "Reel great dad"

    You can also get this design on a baseball tee, tank, hoodie, V-neck tee, crewneck sweatshirt, or racerback tank.

    Get it from Human for $13.99 (originally $21.99, available in unisex sizes S-3X and in four fits and two colors).

    19. An amazingly affordable, portable, water-resistant speaker so he can jam out wherever he goes. Warning: it may cause him to break out his signature air guitar routine or force you to hear him singing in the shower. And if your dad is like mine, singing is not exactly one of his talents.


    My dad knows this about himself and doesn't mind me saying it on the internet!!!!

    I personally ordered this to use at parties a couple of years ago, and I was beyond impressed with the sound quality and how effortless it was to pair with my phone (as someone who absolutely sucks at technology). You can also check out BuzzFeed's full review of this speaker (#2)!

    Promising review: "I live on the river we kayak and tube all the time. We've spent lots of money on waterproof radios that never work long after getting splashed. I actually dropped this one and submerged it underwater accidentally, but we've used it four times since. It didn't phase it. I LOVE IT!! It's very loud and the acoustics are great! It's so easy to connect, and it has a bag to keep it in. I've spent seven times as much on others that weren't near as good!!! 10 stars!!! Update: two months later, it still works great after being dropped and splashed in the river several times, after eight-mile trips down the river, tubing, and biking...and we can use it for two days without recharging before the battery dies. It's the BEST EVER!!!!" —

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    20. A LOL-worthy video e-card starring the man himself, your dad. When you upload the pic, it'll automatically be animated into the video so his lips will move like he's saying the dialogue or singing the song!


    For example, the above "Superdad" clip (where you can also add your face as the kid he rescues) or a dad-themed "What I Like About You" parody.

    Get it from JibJab — a limited number of cards are available for free, otherwise membership access is available for $24/year.

    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.

    Gold foil player cards with a shiny gold box

    They're waterproof!

    Promising review: "These cards are awesome! I looked at several types of gold foil cards and decided on this set because of the good reviews and 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 $7.99+ (also available in silver).

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


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

    Get it from Harry's for $15 (available in three razor handle colors and with either shave gel or cream).

    23. 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.

    A couple of years back I got this for my own dad! I thought it was a perfect gift considering it was for a man 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: "I've bought two of these books as gifts and one for myself. The pages are sturdy and there are a lot of size options for your ticket stubs. The first 10 or so pages are for normal-size tickets, then they get bigger towards the back. Also there's a big picket in the back cover that acts as a catch-all, which is so handy!" —Lstope426

    Get it from Amazon for $12.05.

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

    The polka dot strap attached to a medium-sized digital camera

    It's adjustable (and can be worn as a shoulder, neck, or crossbody strap) and works with most DSLR and SLR cameras!

    Promising review: "Really nice and beautiful, and much more comfortable than the one included with my camera." —curlygirl507

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 13 designs).

    25. A 20-page mini photo booklet full of favorite pictures and personal messages for a keepsake he'll treasure forever (and one that's actually in your budget).


    The website will set you up with a basic template including some suggested text, but you can fully customize all the words, colors, and layouts!

    Get it from Snapfish for $12.99+ (available in hardcover or soft cover and with semi-gloss or matte pages). Add additional pages for $0.99/two pages.

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


    Promising review: "This shirt is the best of both worlds. It has a fit that's not too tight, but not too baggy. The material feels like pima cotton, although it doesn't say that it is, and it has a wonderful drape and suppleness. It's also not too thick of material and not too thin. It's just right for a hot day or pressured meeting. You want a great shirt at steal of a price? This is it!" —espirito

    Get it from Amazon for $4.73+ (available in men's sizes XS-XXL and in 34 patterns).

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

    A reviewer wearing the baseball glove

    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 $17.99+ (available for right- or left-handed people and in seven sizes and three colors).

    28. A sleek tray of three 3D wooden puzzles that'll give him a fun challenge and look ~smart~ (in every sense of the word) on his desk.


    Promising review: "My dad is incredibly difficult to buy for if I want to get him something new and interesting that he'll actually enjoy. I got him these puzzles for Christmas, and he seemed very interested in them. In fact, my husband and I went to Christmas Eve church service (leaving our small children at my parents' house), and when we got back, my mom was a little annoyed that my dad had spent the whole time trying to figure out the cube puzzle while she tried to keep a fussy baby happy lol. Whoops! At least he liked his present!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89.

    29. An insulated tumbler and set of stainless-steel straws for a polished and practical gift he'll love., Amazon

    Over 4,500 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 have over 7,000 positive reviews and 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 the tumbler from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes and 17 colors). Get a set of four straws and a cleaning brush from Amazon for $4.89+ (available in four sizes).

    30. Or a minimalist mug that just about sums it up.

    White mug with black text that reads "Kick ass dad"
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    Get it from Shop BuzzFeed for $18.99+.

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

    The Grommet

    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) or Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six colors and prints).

    32. Atlas Coffee Club, a super affordable coffee delivery service with such a cool selection of brews from around the globe, it'll even satisfy the most discerning of pop's palates.

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed, Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Every month, he''ll get a bag of coffee and postcard from a different country, plus tips on how to brew that particular batch. You can choose what size bags you want to gift, if he'll get it delivered monthly or biweekly, and his preferred roast and grind type (if you're not sure, you can go for a mix of roast types!). Check out our full post on what three BuzzFeeders thought of Atlas Coffee Club.

    Get it from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+/month (available in three sizes, three roast types, and whole bean or ground). And psst...Atlas is having a deal right now where you can get up to $10 off your first bag in a monthly subscription and up to $50 off World Tour of Coffee gifts.

    33. And a compact and cord-free milk frother so he can turn his morning cup o' joe into a Starbucks-worthy masterpiece at home.


    Promising review: "I’m a barista at Starbucks, so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frother and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!" —Heather Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in 16 colors and prints). Get the required AA batteries here.

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