Father’s Day Gifts For A $50 Budget

Still wondering what to get dear old dad for Father’s Day? And worse, you don’t have much money? Not a problem, and that’s kind of normal. Dads tend to get cheaper and less extravagant gifts than moms, according to the National Retail Federation (it projected the public would spend approximately $19.5 billion for Mother’s Day this year and $12.5 billion for Father’s Day).

With that in mind, check out some of our gift ideas, culled from a variety of sources. These 15 gifts should cost you less than $50 – some, way less.

Buy dad dinner. According to the National Restaurant Association, Father’s Day is the third most popular holiday to eat out (Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day take the top honors, respectively). Some restaurants even have Father’s Day specials. For example, at Spaghetti Warehouse restaurants, fathers eat free on June 15, and IKEA is offering a free brunch for fathers in many of its stores’ restaurants.

Make him dinner. If your spouse is one of the country’s two million stay-at-home dads who are presumably cooking along with parenting and cleaning, according to numbers from the Pew Research Center, this is an especially good idea (in addition to giving him a card or a gift).

Grill out. If your dad is typically the one behind the grill, you could get him something interesting to cook, like lobster or Cluck ‘n Moo burgers, which may be fun just for the name alone (although this half-chicken, half-beef burger has 52 percent less fat than all-beef burgers, which is another good reason). They can be purchased in a few stores, but you may have to order them from RastelliDirect.com. You can buy them online in bulk for less than $20 (not including the $14.95 shipping fee).

Personalize a gift. If your dad is a golfer, Golfsmith.com will let you personalize golf balls, tees and club links until June 15 for no extra charge, and they can each be had for under $50. (The only problem with this idea: The website says you should allow at least two weeks for processing and delivery.) If your dad isn’t into golf, Zazzle.com offers a variety of personalized gifts for under $50, including aprons, T-shirts and magnets. You’ll still be hurting to get any online gifts to him by Father’s Day, however.

Buy him art. Check out Redbubble.com, an online marketplace where artists sell their original work. You might find something, like wall art or clothes or a cellphone case, for under $50. TenThousandVillages.com is a similar site that features art produced by artisans in developing countries.


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