Father’s Day is a holiday that’s all about honoring and celebrating your dad. But sometimes, money problems hit you just at the time when you need to buy your dad something nice. Thankfully, there are plenty of inexpensive presents you can buy for your dad that will be easy on your wallet, but still provide him with a thoughtful gift. Every Father’s Day gift on this list can be purchased for $25 or less. While these Father’s Day presents are inexpensive, they definitely don’t feel cheap. Read on to see our top picks for Father’s Day 2015.
1. Sur La Table’s The Original Bacon Kit
Unless your dad happens to be a vegetarian, there’s a good chance that bacon is one of his favorite foods. This DIY bacon kit gives dad everything he needs to make his own bacon at home. The kit includes a curing bag, thermometer, cure, maple sugar, and instruction sheet. All dad needs to add is a five-pound pork belly from his favorite local butcher. In just a week’s time, that pork belly will go from good meat to great bacon.
2. Fifty Cars That Changed the World
For dads who love classic cars, this gorgeous book is a great choice. Even if dad’s not usually much of a reader, he’ll love poring over the images of important cars in history. And while there are some historical cars to be found in the pages of this book, there are also some beautiful automobiles: the 1957 Lotus Elite, the Jaguar E-Type, and the ’54 Fiat Turbina, just to name a few.
Price: $15.05 (25 percent off MSRP)
3. Credit Card Companion with 9 Tools
This tool card from Tool Logic includes nine different tools, such as a compass, knife, and lens. This is a great Father’s Day gift for a DIY fan, tinkerer, or survivalist. It’s compact enough to fit in a pocket or wallet.
Price: $12.68 (46 percent off)
4. Paleo Condiment Pack
If your dad recently adopted the Paleo lifestyle, he might be missing some of his favorite foods. With summer grilling season upon us, this thoughtful gift will help him stick to his new diet, but also enjoy bunless burgers with all his favorite toppings. This paleo-friendly condiment set includes mustard, ketchup, and mayo made from cage-free eggs and avocado oil. For a little extra “oomph”, you might consider tossing in a Paleo cookbook, such as Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.
5. Best. Dad. Ever. Mens T-Shirt
Sometimes the classic gifts are the best gifts. This simple shirt says it all. It’s a great gift for dads, grandpas, or step-dads. Multiple sizes and colors are available.
6. Soberdough Beer Bread Mix
Sober dough is a great gift for beer lovers. The dough mix is “sober” until your dad adds his favorite beer. If dad isn’t a drinker, he can substitute the required beer with a non-alcoholic, carbonated beverage. The dough mix is vegan, with no dairy, soy, oil or nuts. What makes these dough mixes gift-worthy is the sheer variety of unusual, deeply flavorful choices. You can go with a simple rosemary dough, or tap into dad’s favorite food cravings with choices like “Buffalovin’ Wing” or roasted garlic. Dad can use his favorite microbrew to make the dough, or even some of his own home-brew.
Price: $11.75 and up, depending on flavor selected
7. Apollo Precision Tools DT9706 39-Piece General Tool Set
Your dad probably already owns quite a few tools, but a new tool set is still a thoughtful gift. Whether dad’s tools are outdated, broken, or just on semi-permanent loan to you, this box of tools will help your father tackle small DIY projects. Included tools are as follows: 12-foot tape measure, claw hammer, 6-inch slip joint pliers, eight SAE hex keys, ratcheting bit driver, 8-inch scissors, 20 bits, plastic knife, and a selection of precision screwdrivers.
Price: $19.76 (34 percent off MSRP)
8. Sipping Stones
Whiskey stones are great gifts for dads who like their drinks chilled, but never watered down. Rather than using ice to chill his drink, he can use these natural soapstone cubes, which you store in the freezer. If you’ve got a little extra money to spend, include a bottle of your dad’s favorite whiskey, bourbon, or scotch.
Price: $11.95 (52 percent off MSRP)
9. Wood’s Vermont Bourbon Maple Syrup
For a dad with a serious sweet tooth, this gourmet maple syrup is a tasty treat. This syrup has a subtle flavor of bourbon, thanks to a brief aging process in real bourbon barrels. It’s great on pancakes, but you can also suggest to your dad that he try it in cocktails, or use it to glaze ribs on the grill.
10. Books by Nick Offerman
Comedian and actor Nick Offerman is beloved by millions for his portrayal of manly man Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Rec. A while back, Offerman released a hilarious book called Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, which also resulted in a comedy special that used some of the book’s material. If dad hasn’t read this book yet, it’s a great gift. If dad already read it and loved it, then you should get him Offerman’s latest book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers. Either book is a solid choice for dads who love America, history, woodworking, humor, and of course, bacon.