By Noah Henry • June 05, 2014
The trick to giving a good Father’s Day gift isn’t the price tag. It’s never a good idea to identify value with monetary value, especially when it comes to celebrating fatherhood—and dare I say it—manliness. A good gift is simply one that brings joy. Whether it’s a gift for the moment or a gift intended as a lifetime memento, the golden rule is and has always been to make it a meaningful gesture.
If you’re cash-strapped, need not worry. There are plenty of options online for the financially doddering son or daughter. And since the Day of the Dad is a mere week away, it’s probably a good idea to get a move on it. Here are some of the best Father’s Day gifts under $20 for dads who have some personality.
Father's Day Gifts Under $20
Fallen Numbers Retirement Wall Clock - $22.50
For the dad who has lapsed happily into contented retirement, this “timeless” wall clock will lighten up the look of an office or any man-lair. It is indeed below $20 when you factor in the Café Press coupon for 25% off your order. This 10-inch analog clock should offer a cogent reminder that retirement is meant for taking it easy.
Goldman Leather Koozie - $25
A koozie is like a pocket knife—every man should have one when he’s out on an adventure. This particular design is a sophisticated take on an otherwise unsophisticated product. He’ll keep his beer cool, and he’ll look like a professional doing it. Red Envelope offers this classy koozie for $25 but you can easily drop the price below $20 by signing up for emails. It’s made with grain leather, which makes the item all the manlier.
Photograph Bath Accessory Sets - $24.95
Your dad likes to be reminded of your love, and it’s easy to remind him with imprinted photos on his toothbrush and soap dispenser. Zazzle enables you to personalize these bathroom items with photos, texts and designs of your choosing. Whether it’s a special memory or his favorite sports team, all it takes is a little customization and imagination and you’ve got a special gift. It’s available for $24.95 originally, but with a 20% off Zazzle promo code, the price drops to $20.
Joseph Spread Collar Cotton Dress Shirt - $17.99
I know I mentioned these would be gifts with personality, but these dress shirts from Jos. A. Bank are incredibly cheap. They are originally $115, which makes it the steal of a lifetime. Jos. A. Bank is offering its up to 65% off Father’s Day Sale. You could make your gift a bundle by classing it up with a couple sharp dress shirts.
Black Leather Croc 4x6 Frame - $14.99
These frames from Things Remembered are appropriate accents to any office or shelf. Fill one with your favorite picture. With its black crocodile textured frame and silver edges, it doesn’t cramp the style of his fatherly chambers. The website gives you the ability to personalize it by writing your own message. And, Things Remembered is offering a special free shipping promo for Father’s Day.
Unlisted Silver-Tone Bracelet Watch - $29.98
Quartz movement, splash resistance, and luminous accents make this Macy’s watch a Father’s Day must-have. It’s originally priced at just below $30, but you can use a Macy’s promo code to bring the price down to $22. What Father’s Day gift guide is complete without a watch?
Gerber 01471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier - $22.71
This little apparatus from Gerber Blades is available on Amazon. It’s currently 46 percent off the original price. With 12 integrated components including needle-nose pliers, a wire cutter, and a straight blade, it’s a toolbox in the palm of your hand. Father’s Day gifts at Amazon are up to 50% off right now.
Beer Hammer Bottle Opener - $11.95
There are two things no self-respecting father would be without—his hammer and his bottle opener. Combining the two makes for something otherworldly mannish. Dual-purpose and dual-awesome, this product from Personalization Mall is purchasable with couch scratch. Get 15% off Father’s Day Deals at Personalization Mall before the code expires.
Concluding this gift guide I’d like to say thanks to all the fathers out there who have made life all the more wonderful to live. Don’t take it personally that we spent less than $20 on your special day. All that matters is love, and perhaps a signed card. And maybe a little personalization.
Keep calm and father on.
Noah Henry Noah Henry is an amateur movie critic, foodie, bowler, and beer reviewer. But he's no amateur when it comes to saving money, so listen up!