Buy This, Not That: 14 Father’s Day gifts dad will love ― all under $50


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Wondering what to give dad for Father’s Day? Thinking about his hobbies or what he’s planning to do this summer are good places to start, but I’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Here are 14 thoughtful gifts for dads, whether he loves the outdoors, is a foodie, or just needs a little self-care and style in his life.

Gifts for the outdoorsman

Ballast Inflatable Weighted Beach Pillow ($35 on Amazon):


This inflatable, weighted pillow gives Dad something comfortable to rest his head on at the beach, pool or campsite. Inflate the pillow, fill the attached compartment with sand or a weighted object to keep it from blowing away, and relax. Ballast easily deflates to make it easy to take it with you.
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Grand Trunk Double Hammock with Straps ($49 at Dick’s Sporting Goods):

Dicks Sporting Goods

This durable nylon hammock weighs just 28 oz., so it’s easy to bring with you on a trip. It includes two five-foot straps that make it simple to hang on a tree, and there’s room for two people (up to 400 pounds).  Buy at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Packable Day Pack ($39.95 on

Sea to Summit

A best-seller from this 30-year old  global equipment manufacturer, this backpack features ultra-durable siliconized fabric, and it packs down small enough to fit into Dad’s pocket. It’s an excellent companion for camping, biking, hiking, and more. Buy on

Callaway FT Launch Zone Hitting Mat ($49.95 at Zappos):


This sturdy hitting mat will allow dad to improve his game at home.  It’s got a tee-holder, turf that aims to simulate a real fairway, and more.
Buy at Zappos.
Buy at Walmart.
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Gifts for the gastronome:

Personalized Grill Master Cutting Board ($34.99 and up at


Personalize this beautiful grill cutting board — which comes in either a 10″ round or a 10″x14″ rectangle shape — with a sweet message dad will see every time he mans the grill. Buy on

 Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack Variety 4-Pack BBQ Sauce ($39.99 on Amazon):


This variety pack from popular, multi-award-winning Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack is the ideal gift for the dad who likes to cook. These sauces and a rub, which are made right in Iowa City, are created with all-natural ingredients and are free from high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, MSG, and artificial fillers. Buy on Amazon.

Dos Maderas PX 5+5 Rum, with Glasses, Gift Set ($44.99 on

If he loves a good cocktail, Dos Maderas rum is a combination of aged Guyanese and Bajon rums and have hints of fig and raisin. Two glass tumblers round out this gift. Buy on

Self-care and style gifts:

Ostrichpillow Heated Neck Wrap ($45 on

Ostrich Pillow

If Dad suffers from the occasional sore neck or shoulders, he will find sweet relief with this wrap, which is filled with natural clay beads. After a short stint in the microwave, the beads retain long-lasting heat and provide soothing pressure. Buy on

SELF/ish Skin Starter Bundle ($38 on Amazon):


If he’s curious about skin care but doesn’t know where to begin, this is a great place to start. It contains full-sized containers of three essentials: facial cleanser, facial scrub, and oil-free moisturizer. The products include vitamins and botanicals, and get great reviews from consumers. Buy on Amazon.

Zales Men’s Striped Black IP Stainless Steel and Braided Leather Bracelet ($49 at Zales):


Simple and stylish, this braided leather bracelet with a black-and-white-striped stainless steel bead is a cool accessory to jazz up dad’s style. Buy at Zales.

Groove Life Silicone Wedding Ring for Men ($24.98 and up on Amazon):


Your active Dad can leave his real wedding ring at home and take this breathable, medical-grade silicone ring on all his adventures. Available in several colors on Amazon, or design a customized ring on Buy on Amazon.

Gifts for the home 

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential ($29.99 at Home Depot): 

Home Depot

This clever clock will not only help dad get up on time, it also has a nightlight feature, responds to Google voice commands, controls smart home devices and pairs with his smartphone to play tunes (and the sound quality is quite good.)  Buy at Home Depot.

Papier Big Plans Mid-Year Planner ($28.99 on Papier):


Now that the world is opening up again, Dad might need some help getting organized.  This planner includes an adjusted calendar from June 2021-July 2022, and allows him to organize his trips, goals, and other big plans. You can customize the cover with his initial or nickname. Buy on Papier.

Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers ($27 on Amazon):


An inspiring read, this book dives into the stories of our great geniuses, exploring when and how they made their mark. Subjects include Yo-Yo Ma, Julia Charles, and Maya Angelou. Buy on Amazon.

About the author: Trae Bodge is a lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping. She has appeared on-air over 1,000 times, on shows ranging from Good Morning America’s GMA3 to NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt to Today.

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