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Best Father’s Day Gifts Under $50

By Tracey Dowdy

What do you get for the guy who, when asked, “What would you like for Father’s Day?” responds with, “I dunno, surprise me!” That’s a tough one. The good news is that you have until June 20 to find him the perfect gift, and this list can help. 

Amazing Clubs is a subscription service offering dozens of gift options, with many starting under $30 a month. Choose from beer, wine, coffee, hot sauce, cigars, honey…the list is varied and almost endless. If you’re not sure what he’d like most, choose a custom Variety Club or let him choose with a gift card. 

Is there anything more “dad” than a graphic t-shirt to go along with his cargo shorts, socks, and sandals? Of course not! Choose a custom shirt from one of Etsy’s sellers, or check out the options at Crazy DogDaily StealsThink GeekCafePress, or SnorgTees.  

When you think of subscription boxes, you may think of makeup, food, or clothing, but did you know there are book subscription boxes? My Subscription Addiction has a list of options for everything from bestsellers to guilty pleasures. Some even include children’s books, so dad can find selections for himself and books to share with his children and grandchildren. 

I bought my son-in-law a Rocketbook reusable notebook for Christmas, and it was a hit. It’s a smart, reusable spiral-bound notebook that wipes clean with a damp cloth. Rocketbook pairs with the Rocketbook app to preserve all dad’s notes, doodles, or random ideas in the cloud.  

After months of quarantining with many families spending more time together than ever before, maybe dad would appreciate the gift of a bit of peace and quiet. Noise-canceling headphones are a great gift any time, and the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 is a solid option. If your budget can stretch further, Tech Radar has a great list of options

Smartphones and laptops keep us connected, but sometimes a guy needs to disconnect. Amazon’s Fire 7 tablet has a 7″ display and runs on WiFi, making it easy for dad to scroll through Facebook and TikTok, read, watch movies, or listen to music but not be distracted by work emails. It’s available in four colors and comes with expandable storage, a feature iPads are sorely lacking. 

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits, and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

By Tracey Dowdy

I feel like Father’s Day crept up on us this year – anyone else? 

A whopping 75% of Americans are planning to celebrate Father’s Day, but of those surveyed by the National Retail Federation, 58% will be doing so virtually. Thanks, COVID-19. But whether you’re face to face or screen to screen, if you’re one of the millions of Americans looking to snap up a great last-minute Father’s Day gift, this guide should help.

Outdoor speakers. There are hundreds of options available, so take a minute to consider your budget and what features – portability, sound, wired/wireless – are most important to you. This list from New York Magazine can help you narrow down your choices. 

Wireless Charger. Tech Radar tested the top wireless chargers available to determine the pros and cons of each. Their list is from last year but still packed with solid options at a variety of price points and for Android and iOS phones. 

Bar Accessories. CNET has a fantastic list of bar accessories and drinkware – including a couple of bar cart options – to upgrade dad’s bartending game.  

Grilling Accessories. Good Housekeeping isn’t just for stain removal tips or pound cake recipes. It’s list of 14 Best Grilling Accessories, According to Cooking Experts has everything from skewers and spatulas to mops and thermometers. 

Tech and Gadgets. Tech Crunch’s list of The Best Father’s Day Tech Gifts Under $100 includes gift ideas for all dad’s hobbies including music, fitness, gaming, reading, tinkering, and much more. 

Coffee and brewing accessories. Roasty, whose slogan is “Brew Coffee So Good It’ll Make a Hipster Cry,” has a wild list of coffee brewing gadgets including a Vacuum Coffee Syphon, Mind Reader Coffee Condiment Organizer, and a Coffee Drip Scale/Timer, all available on Amazon Prime. 

Smartwatch. Tech Radar has a comprehensive list of 2020’s best smartwatches for both Android and iOS fans. They evaluated features like the design, options, battery life, specs, and price then ranked it against the competition.

Subscription box. A subscription box is literally the gift that keeps on giving. Crate Joy’s 21 Best Subscription Boxes for Father’s Day has options from jewelry, microbreweries, gadgets, accessories, and gaming, and sports. You name it, there’s a box for that.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits, and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.