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This year, get dad something he’ll actually like.
Americans will spend a record amount on Father’s Day gifts: The National Retail Foundation predicts spending will hit $16 billion, up roughly $6.6 billion in the past decade alone. And those who plan to spend big for June 16th say the most important criteria for a gift is that it’s unique. So with that in mind, MarketWatch asked experts what gifts they’d recommend for dad – all under $30.
Beer chilling stick – to keep beer cold even when you drink it in the sun – $20 on Amazon
If dad loves to have a cold beer this summer, this fun gift – which has garnered 4.6 out of 5 stars from users – might be a good option for dad. You simply pop these in the freezer and then insert them into your beer to keep it cold for a lot longer.
16-piece stainless steel barbeque set with carrying case, roughly $27 on Amazon
Does dad love to grill? This kit includes most of what you need to grill, as well as a carrying case that “makes it easy to take these tools on-the-go to picnics, while camping, tailgating and more,” the company notes.
Personalized golf balls – for hitting the links with love – roughly $23 on Amazon
You can personalize these balls with up to three lines of text, so everytime dad goes to tee up, he sees a lovely message from you.
A service – to give dad a break from his chores – free
“Instead of buying your dad something, treat him to a service. You could mow the lawn, wash his car, organize his tools in the garage or do something else around the house that he will appreciate,” recommends Courtney Jespersen, consumer savings expert at NerdWallet.
What I Love About Dad fill-in-the-blanks book – to show him how you really feel – roughly $16 on Amazon
You fill in the blanks for things like “I love that you taught me to appreciate __” and dad ends up with a personalized book that’s a heartfelt keepsake.
80-in-one screwdriver and repair kit – so dad can fix almost anything – roughly $20
If you’re looking for something practical for dad, this affordable option has 56 different types of bits, a magnetizing and demagnetizing tool, tweezers, a utility knife and more.
Water-resistant travel backpack with USB-port – for dads that love to travel – roughly $29 on Amazon
The travel backpack was the No. 1 thing travel pros said they didn’t leave home without, as MarketWatch recently reported. And this is one of the best-selling, best-reviewed travel backpacks on Amazon with more than 4,300 reviews and 4.7 out of 5 stars. “It’s so much more convenient to be able to move around easily whenever and wherever I want – unencumbered,” says Andrew D’Amours, founder of travel deals site Flytrippers of his go-to backpack.
Alpine Swiss Men’s Leather Wallet – for a sleek and simple gift – roughly $15 on Amazon
“Wallets are a practical and affordable gift that your dad is sure to appreciate,” says Jespersen, who thinks this wallet is a great pick for dad. This one has garnered more than 3,000 reviews and 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Amazon Firestick with Alexa Voice – for the dad who loves to watch TV – roughly $30
It’s one of the No. 1 best-selling electronic item on Amazon, likely in part because it allows you to easily stream your favorite shows including those from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Showtime, CBS and more – and has more storage for apps and games than any other streaming media stick, Amazon writes.
Awesome Box – for a thoughtful, personal gift – starting at $19 on AwesomeBox.com
“If you want to make something personal for Dad but you’re not the king or queen of DIY, try AwesomeBox. You design cards just for him with thoughts or stories and uploaded photos from your phone or social media,” explains smart shopping expert Trae Bodge of TrueTrae.com. “You can even design a box collaboratively with your siblings! Once you’re done, your creations are miraculously transformed into beautiful, two-sided 5.25″ x 5.25″ cards packaged in a cool box.”