Remember when we were kids? Father’s Day gifts were…maybe the least practical gifts of them all. I remember buying my father bright neon shirts emblazoned with the words “World’s Best Dad.” Did he ever wear them? Perhaps not? I can’t remember. One year, though, I did make him a dried macaroni frame. Also super practical, right? Well, now that you’re helping your own kid pick out a sweet Dad’s Day gift, maybe you’re looking for something a little more modern and actually useful — and that won’t just sit there and add clutter to your already-filled-with-toys Kid House. We feel that.
For you kids and co-parents aiming a bit more minimal with your Father’s Day gifts this year, we’ve rounded up a batch of actually-useful buys that are reasonable, rational and won’t break the bank. Because (drumroll): None of these items will put you back more than a hundred bucks. Plus, Dad will love them.
So before you go out and DIY a personalized Father’s Day gift like, say, a tee with your kid’s baby picture on it — which, by the way, is totally legit if that’s your thing, do you — save yourself some time and take a look at these chic and affordable options. They will make Dad think of his thoughtful fam every time he makes his morning coffee, takes a shower or drives his car.
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A version of this story was originally published in June 2019.