Father's Day

15 Affordable Father’s Day Gifts Under $35

Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a thoughtful gift.

June  1, 2022
Photo by Julia Gartland

Every time I come back to my childhood home to visit my parents, I’m greeted with an array of crafts I’ve made for them over the years—paintings that could only be described as “abstract” and indistinguishable ceramics with visible fingerprints. These objects have been given forever homes for no reason other than good ol’ fashioned nostalgia and sentimentality, but their existence also proves that you don’t need to spend a lot on a gift for it to be special.

It may sound cheesy, but the best gifts come from the heart. They’re thoughtful and show the recipient you care—even if they cost less than dinner. With that in mind, we rounded up a slew of great Father’s Day gifts under $35 to show that you can give the father figure in your life something sweet and thoughtful no matter your budget. And hey, if you want to throw in a homemade macaroni necklace too, we don’t blame you.

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1. Barebones Living Classic Leather Work Gloves, $22

For the dad who never stops working on projects around the house, these handsome leather gloves will come in handy (sorry, had to!). Choose from three sizes and two colors, and maybe grab a pair yourself so you can help out, too.

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2. Winc Wine Membership, $29.95

For dads who love their wine, gift them a monthly Winc membership that curates vino based on their preferences. He can rate the wines as he tries them out for an even better batch of bottles next month.

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3. Custom Photo Wine Bottle Label, $5.99+

And once he’s found his favorite, slap on one of these custom labels so he’ll never want to get rid of the bottle.

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4. BrüMate Hopsulator Trio, $29.99

If he’s more of a beer guy, help him keep brews cold all day long with this patented beer can cooler. It pulls triple duty, fitting both 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans, and can be used as a pint glass for sipping, too.

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5. Bombas Geo Ankle Socks, $12.50

Socks may not seem like the most exciting gift, but they’re something he’s sure to wear all the time. Bombas socks are designed with arch support and a cushioned footbed to keep feet comfy through whatever he does, and for each pair sold, another is donated.

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6. National Park Candle, $26

Transport him back to days spent at his favorite national park with these hand-poured vegan candles. From the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain to Yellowstone, each candle boasts a unique scent inspired by the majestic locations.

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7. Dexter-Russell New Haven Style Oyster Knife, $16.42

For the dad who loves seafood, gift him an accessory that’ll make him the king of clambakes and summer barbecues. Shucking his own oysters is not only fun, but a delicious pursuit—and one that you'll benefit from, no doubt.

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8. W&P Design Extra Large Ice Cube Tray, $12

This silicone tray makes giant ice cubes that are the perfect backdrop for sipping liquors like whiskey, bourbon, and more. It includes a lid to keep the ice from absorbing mystery flavors in the freezer, and lets you stack some more trays on top, too.

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9. Ticketmaster Gift Card, $25+

If he loves concerts, sports games, or live shows, a gift card to Ticketmaster is a thoughtful way to bring him one step closer to attending to an event he loves.

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10. Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts & Pot Holders, $30

His pot holders are probably too ragged, stained, and worn out to be of any help in the kitchen. Help him upgrade with a new set of holders that have grippy silicone on one side and low-pile cotton terry on the other for comfort and protection.

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11. Bellroy Phone Cases, $29+

Keep his phone free of cracks and scratches with a sleek leather case. Whether he’s got an Apple iPhone, Google Pixel, or Samsung Galaxy, he’ll enjoy finally having a nice case to protect it. And if you’re looking to splurge, there are options with wallets so he can finally streamline his cards and cash, too.

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12. Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, $24

These planters have a vintage feel that’ll look adorable on the kitchen counter. Plus, they’re a low-maintenance way to grow his favorite herbs.

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13. Five Two Good Measure Pantry Mat, $25

A silicone mat can make any baking project easier, but this one goes the extra mile with diameter guides, ruler edges, and all the conversion charts he needs to make sure ingredients are measured just-right. Even better, it’s dishwasher safe, too.

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14. Aerolatte Milk Frother, $21.99

A simple and affordable way to help Dad up the ante on his morning coffee, this handheld frother is perfect for turning his favorite milk into a delicious layer of foamy goodness.

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15. Yeti Crossroads Packing Cubes, $25+

Packing cubes are perfect for making the most of your luggage, and if he has an exciting trip on the horizon, these durable cubes will keep his essentials organized and easy to find.

What are you planning to gift the father figure in your life? Let us know below!

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Remi Rosmarin

Written by: Remi Rosmarin

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