For the sake of discussion, let’s say you’re looking for the coolest gifts for your dad, but because you’re not flush this year, they need to be both awesome and cheap. Not like cheaply made, but really affordable, unique and interesting gift ideas. Well, this year you can revel in the awesomeness of cheap Christmas gifts for dad, because there are so many great gift ideas, you’ll have to stop yourself from buying everything on this list! Seriously, we mean that. There’s not one thing in this list of gifts for dad that’s over $40, and the majority are actually under twenty bucks, with a few that are even less than $10. That’s pretty amazing, when you consider all the useful, odd and fun gifts we’ve found. There are gifts to expand his creative expression, and just one tasty little gift that has potential to expand his waistline.
Since we’re getting mighty close to Christmas day, you’ll want to get your shopping done before inventories run low, and orders can arrive on time. Naturally, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’re in fat city, because free two day shipping gives you plenty of breathing room. If you’re not, be sure to check the Christmas shipping cutoff dates here. And, while it doesn’t fit our list of Best Cheap Christmas Gifts for Dad, a gift membership would be a wicked cool gift idea for dad that gives him free shipping, plus access to his favorite TV shows, movies, music and more.
If you were looking for a few cheap gifts for dad, in addition to his bigger Christmas presents, we have lots of great gift ideas for him elsewhere too. Check out our suggestions for the Best Christmas Gifts for Parents, Best Christmas Gifts for Seniors, and the Best Unique Gifts for Dad, in addition to our many other gift posts for thousands of Christmas ideas for everyone on your list. And don’t forget, Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is coming up December 15th. There’s still time to get yours.
1. OLIVINA MEN Bourbon Cedar All-in-One Body Wash
If your dad loves to smell good, but he’s not into cologne, this seriously delicious bourbon and cedar scented body wash will leave him lightly scented by not perfumed. We got a sample of this recently, and I can only tell you how yummy my husband smells after using it. At under $20, it’s a great cheap gift for dad, but one that’s a super high quality product. The scent of rich cedar and vanilla gives dad a relaxing lathering up, and leaves his skin soft, but not oily. Made with lots of nice natural ingredients, this body wash contains organic white birch extract to purify skin for balanced cleansing, Brazilian yerba mate extract to energize and refresh, and Panthenol to hydrate and smooth his hair and beard. To keep his face soft and smooth, the Olivina Bourbon Cedar Exfoliating Bar Soap is perfect for his nightly face wash before bed, and you can get both for under $25. Does your dad sport some facial hair? The Olivina Organic Two in One Shave Prep & Beard Oil will leave his beard smelling good and his shave-worthy whiskers ready for the razor.
2. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Eagle Scout Pocket Knife
Since you’re looking for cheap Christmas gifts for dad, you’ll never go wrong getting him one of these dandy little Swiss army knives. They’re the perfect pocket tool to open a letter, snip a snagged nail, pick out a sliver or get lunch out of his teeth. This sweet little knife has a sharp as a razor blade, tiny scissors, a nail file/screwdriver, toothpick and tweezers all safely tucked inside a 2.25 inch body. With an attached loop, he can hook it to his key ring or simply slip it into his pocket. Plus, this tiny tool has a lifetime guarantee, so he’s more likely to lose it than break it. Naturally, you can get him a bigger Swiss with 16 tools, (we have many sizes in our pockets, pickups and purses) but that wouldn’t fit in the under $25 section, although at just $39.15, it’s still a killer deal. And, since you’re into getting dad some Survivorman stuff, another cool, but cheap Christmas gift is a paracord survival bracelet. Looks great on his wrist, and can save his life.
3. Sovrano Wine Gems
Whether your dad loves white wine, whiskey or iced tea, he can add a touch of class to every glass with these awesome stainless steel chillers. They’ll never stain, rust or tarnish, and they always make for great conversation, whenever they’re in his glass. Better yet, he can use them for years, and these chillers will never dilute his favorite drinks. Each stone has a laser etched lion’s head, which looks downright manly, if I say so myself. These will become his favorites and when it comes to cheap gifts for dad, you can get them for under twenty bucks. We also think the Skybar Wine Chill Drops are uber cool looking, with a sleek shape that’s a total eye-catcher. If you’re looking for an even more inexpensive option for dad’s drinks, the Froz Ice Ball Mold is pretty darned cool too, and this cheap gift comes in at under $10. The Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge is another cool splurge at under $20. This glass creates a slow melting wedge of ice, so dad can enjoy his whiskey, perfectly chilled, without dilution.
4. To Do List Coffee Mug
Let’s be honest, your dad’s doo doo is legendary. Even if you don’t live at home, you probably still joke about it in your family. We love this hilarious coffee mug that’s an homage to your dad, including his awesomeness. Dishwasher and microwave safe, it’s a fun, memorable and cheap gift for dad, that he’s absolutely going to love. It’s big enough to hold a stout pour of java, and the handle is big, which most men prefer. Natch, we think you should get him some equally awesome coffee to go with it. We also think he’d get a good chuckle out of the Best Effin Dad coffee mug. And as long as he’s got a good cup of joe, get him some yummy Christmas shortbread to dunk. C’mon, it’s the holiday season, so he gets to indulge.
5. Alpine Swiss Men’s Soft Winter Scarf
This is a cold time of year, and your dad would look so dapper in a cozy men’s scarf. This soft plaid scarf can snuggle around his neck and tuck inside his jacket, and at under ten bucks it’s an amazing deal. Plus it comes in 17 different colors and patterns, so if he’s not a plaid guy, you could get him a plain grey or black scarf instead. If you’re willing to spend up to $50 on dad this year, the Fishers Finery Men’s 100 Percent Pure Cashmere Winter Scarf is a total indulgence, and those amazing cashmere goats make for the softest, most lightweight and heat retaining scarves ever.
6. Finish This Book
Has your dad always dreamed of writing the great Amrican novel? This fun and interesting book can take him through the paces, as he creates a story that’s his alone. Finish This Book is an adventure in writing, and it’s one of many great cheap Christmas gifts for dad – one that will pass the time during cold winter nights when he’s got time to let his imagination wander. Author Keri Smith found some strange scattered pages abandoned in a park, and she collected and assembled them, trying to solve the mystery of this unexpected, partly finished tome. Now she’s passing the task on to your dad. This fun idea comes with lots of special instructions that will keep his mind excited as he races to solve the mystery in his own unique way. And if your dad’s never kept a journal, Wreck This Journal (Paper bag), by the same author, encourages would-be journalers to engage in destructive acts, like poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting pages with coffee, coloring outside the lines, and more naughtiness. Another exercise in creative expression, the Pocket Scavenger will get your dad to drop his traditional ways of thinking, to help him explore new ways of looking at life, and himself.
7. Babycakes Mini Donut Maker
Consider this dad’s ultimate indulgence. Four fresh, delicious mini-donuts he can make for himself, any time he wants them. Yum. And these little gems don’t have to be unhealthy indulgences either (because you don’t want mom to kill you for getting this gift for him.) With just a spritz of baking spray on the non-stick plates, his donuts will come out crispy and light without the oil of deep frying. At under fifteen bucks, these little appliances might make fun cheap Christmas gifts for lots of people on your list this year. If you think four donuts simply won’t be enough, you could also get dad a 12 donut maker that works similarly, but then he’d be tempted to eat too many. It’s still a great deal at under $40 though, so if he’s a serious donut guy, what the heck. We also love the Dash DMW001AQ Mini Waffle Maker, because it’s cute, gets terrific ratings by users, and makes just a single waffle for your dad, or anyone else in his house. Super easy to use and clean, and it comes with a fun recipe book to spice up his culinary skills, at least when it comes to breakfast.
Price: $14.99 (44 percent off MSRP)
8. Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce Gift Set
Is you dad a spicy kind of guy? Does he love to test his tongue on the hottest hot sauces, and challenge his buddies to do the same? This gift set comes with four slow simmered, Louisiana-style hot sauces that are full of flavor, not just heat. That’s probably why they’re an Amazon best seller, and you want to give your dad the best. These sauces are made the way Creole chefs have made hot sauce for generations, with the best ingredients available. Plus they have a hilarious Zombie theme, which makes them a weird and unique cheap gift for dad. They even come with a with a paper back copy of the “Zombie Cajun Chronicles”. This page turner tells how the Zombie Cajun legend was started and also includes Creole recipes for using his new sauces. The set includes four different flavors from super hot to more tongue friendly flavors like garlic hot sauce. Prepare for some dragon breath. If your dad is the pit master, consider instead a tasty set of spice rubs so he can amp up his barbeque game. The FreshJax Smoked Spices Gift Set delivers five interesting rubs for under twenty five bucks. The Hot Sauce Making Kit is great for the dad who likes to sharpen his culinary chops with a gift that will wow everyone who tastes his creations.
9. Tile Mate Key, Phone & Wallet Finder
Is you dad one of those guys who is constantly misplacing his car keys, phone or wallet? The Tile Mate is one of those cheap gifts for dad that will save him hours of searching for them, because it can find virtually anything. The tiny tile uses a ring tone to help dad locate whatever it’s attached to, making it simple to track down whatever’s missing at the moment. With the Tile app that works with his smart phone, he can locate the last place he saw his missing item, which would be super helpful if he left something important somewhere other than at home. It easily hooks onto key chains or attaches to anything he cares about. It will become his small, powerful companion for life’s little valuables. Bluetooth tracking will find items in a short to medium range distance, but the worldwide Tile Make community makes it possible to locate items that are further away. If dad has multiple sets of keys, or he and your mom both need a little help keeping track of things, the Esky Wireless RF Item Locator is a great option, and gives them four little finder, plus a remote locator, so even if they don’t have smart phones, they can still easily find their missing items around the house. It’s another great cheap Christmas gift at under $20.
Price: $19.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
10. Bernzomatic TS4000 Trigger Start Torch
From the first minute this nifty torch arrived at my door to test out, my husband tried to snag it for his own. That’s when I knew I’d have to keep my eye on this cool little torch, because it’s great for all kinds of craft projects and firing up my Uuni wood-fired pizza oven. The easy auto start/stop ignition means you can torch up just about anything, and extinguish it just as fast. While I plan to sizzle the top of some holiday crème brulée, my sweetie is already talking about soldering some copper pipes into a cool candle holder. Your dad can do all kinds of DIY projects because this torch features a handy lock button, so he doesn’t have to keep his finger on the trigger. So much easier than torches of the past. Pressure regulation allows the flame to burn in any direction, and ensures consistent performance. Even while the flame burns, the replaceable brass tip stays cool. The stainless steel burn tube, cast aluminum body, and brass burn tip are constructed for durability. At just a tiny bit over one pound, your dad can tackle big jobs with less hand fatigue. Besides that, it’s really snappy looking, and guys dig tools that look cool. Definitely get him a propane cylinder too, because he’s going to want to fire this baby up ASAP. Watch it though, he’s likely to torch the yule log with it.