six father’s day gift ideas for $50 or less


Men can be famously difficult to shop for, and Father’s Day seems to be the most challenging of all holidays. But I spent quite some time poking around the web (and some polling of the men in my life) and came up with a few fun ideas for dads, all at $50 or less. –Megan B.

Does your dad enjoy a nice glass of Glenfiddich on the rocks? Then maybe he’d love these Single Malt Scotch chocolate bars by Los Angeles confectioner BonBon Bar. At six bars for $30, maybe he’d even be willing to share!

If Dad’s more of a sharp-dressed man (like my father-in-law) the cool, chrome “Country Uncle” shave set (top photo) may be a good fit. It comes with a badger hair brush, chrome handled cartridge razor, and chrome stand. Get it here (also available in red) for $50.

My dad was a guy who spent a LOT of time under the hood of a car — I bet he would have gotten a kick out of this SquidBrite Light by Stanley. It’s a rechargeable LED worklight with flexible magnetic arms meant to tackle even the most unforgiving situations. Heck, I’d like a few of these for myself — they could make a great reading light, too! Available on Amazon for $29.99.



How about giving your tech-challenged dad the gift of music?
Since Apple released its new voice controlled iPod Shuffle, second-generation models can be had for a mere fraction of their original cost. Then load it up for him with some of his favorite old tunes — audio books from the library could work well, too.


Urban Outfitters is also a surprising source of some great gifts on the cheap.
If you’re looking for the perfect accessory for Dad’s new outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, may I suggest the Pizza Boss? It’s just $18. If he’s more of a delivery-with-an-ice-cold-bottle-of-suds guy, maybe this cast iron Handyman Bottle Opener ($28) would suffice.

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my new favorite hostess gift: roost bottle opener


When you’re born and bred in Connecticut like I was, you hang on to you manners like a lifejacket on the Titanic. I remember being outfitted in my Ewok pajamas, clutching my matching sleeping bag (don’t judge), all ready for my first sleepover, when my mom asked me what I was taking as a hostess gift. The Ewok pajamas are long gone (R.I.P.) but, thanks to my mom, I still tote hostess gifts to even the smallest soirée.

Now that the summer cookout season is upon us, I’ve found the perfect hostess gift that would make my mom proud. Roost created these hand carved, brass and wooden bottle openers based on antique finds. They are absolutely adorable and, at $19.80 to $22 a piece, are inexpensive enough to keep a few handy in case of the occasional spontaneous invitation. Grab a six pack of local brews, a Roost bottle opener, and prepare to be the most popular guest at the party. — Katie D.

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instant party from fred flare


Having a birthday while on vacation? Just want to keep some romance handy? Try the five-minute candle pack from Fred Flare. This match book-size pack contains ten tiny candles for all your five-minute celebration needs. The super-cute packs come in sets of four: yellow, pink, green, and blue. Get them for $8 right here.

P.S. Fred’s got a blog, too!

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not nuts about the banana bud vase

As you know, we normally jump up and down for any of Jonathan Adler‘s creations, but we have to admit that his new banana bud vase is giving us pause. It’s definitely cheeky and fun, but for nearly $50? Even with all the potential phallic jokes, we’re just not buying it. It’s the kind of thing you can imagine unwrapping for your birthday and going: “Oh, look, a banana bud vase. Just what I’ve always wanted!” What about you? Would you go ape for this vase or slip it under the rug?

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