Practical Gifts for Your Dad That Aren’t Socks or a Tie


By Ann Wang Oct 19, 2018 image Courtesy

Who says you have to break the bank to find your dad a gift he’ll want? From apparel to technology and grooming supplies, here are 22 ideas that are not only useful, but also affordable.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 1 A Winter Jacket 1539804810-hmgoepprod.jpg?crop=1.00xw:1. Courtesy Padded Jacket in Blue, hm.com $69.99 SHOP NOW

A modern version of his old puffer coat will make him look like the cool dad he already thinks he is.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 2 An Effortlessly Fashionable Watch 1539891046-fossil-1539891037.jpg?crop=1x Courtesy Fossil Men’s Leather Watch, jet.com $86.00 SHOP NOW

Give dad a sporty style in classic colors, like navy and cognac, that stand the test of time.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 A Warm Scarf 1539890693-gap-1539890682.jpg?crop=1xw:1 Courtesy Marled Colorblock Scarf, gap.com $44.95 SHOP NOW

Keep cold weather at bay and your pop extra cozy in a marled, knit scarf.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 4 A Classic Flannel Shirt 1539807438-topman-90-1539807429.jpg?crop Courtesy Long Sleeve Shirt, us.topman.com $90.00 SHOP NOW

Every dad could use a flannel plaid button-down. This gray version goes with everything.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 A Functional Pair of Gloves 1539891781-oliver-spencer-1539891770.jpg Courtesy Oliver Spencer Suede-Trimmed Gloves, mrporter.com $90.00 SHOP NOW

He’ll love that these knitted gloves have stylish brown-suede trims at the palms that also provide extra grip and durability.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 6 Shiny Polarized Shades 1539890408-warby-parker-1539890397.jpg?c Courtesy Barkley Sunglasses, warbyparker.com $95.00 SHOP NOW

He’ll enjoy the great outdoors even more with UVA- and UVB-protected sunnies that have scratch-resistant lenses.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 A Modernized Backpack 1539806451-c24ed749_a824.jpg?crop=0.667x Courtesy Nylon Commuter Backpack, everlane.com $68.00 SHOP NOW

Trade in his basic work bag with one that’s not only sleek, but also water-resistant and made to last.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 8 A Versatile Tie 1539805563-K1027_NT4064.jpg?crop=0.667xw Courtesy Dotted Silk-Wool Tie, jcrew.com $69.50 SHOP NOW

Save him some time on the decision-making process by getting him a textured tie that’s easy to dress up or down.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 A One-Size-Fits-All Trimmer 1539890219-esquire-grooming-1539890208.j Courtesy Esquire Grooming Five-Piece Trimmer, ulta.com $77.99 SHOP NOW

An exceptional grooming tool with easily interchangeable blades will give him a clean look that will make him feel suave as hell.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 10 A Fashionable Wallet 1539890518-ted-baker-1539890506.jpg?crop Courtesy Ted Baker Contrast Bi-Fold Wallet, bloomingdales.com $95.00 SHOP NOW

He can keep it all organized in a colorblocked accessory with eight card slots, two interior slip pockets and two bill compartments. 

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 11 A Fresh Throw-On Cap 1539806295-pCMUS1-27558412_lifestyle_dt. Courtesy Brushed Baseball Cap, clubmonaco.com $39.50 SHOP NOW

A clean-lined baseball cap with a textured, brushed finish is just what he needs to top off his look.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 12 A Pair of Contemporary Cords 1539891317-j-crew-1539891299.jpg?crop=1x Courtesy Slim-Fit Cords, jcrew.com $79.50 SHOP NOW

A comfortable yet stylish update to basic khaki pants will make him feel on trend.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 13 A Brand-New Everyday Belt 1539890797-l-l-bean-1539890785.jpg?crop= Courtesy Blue and Brown Belt, llbean.com $39.95 SHOP NOW

It’s time he replaced his trusty old belt with one that’s not falling apart, right?

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 14 A Cool Pair of Joggers 1539893705-23bf95e0-5b09-45c5-8574-93478 Courtesy Tommy Jeans Lounge Pants, nordstrom.com $89.50 SHOP NOW

Your dad can do it all (or not do a thing) in these cool soft-spun cotton sweats.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 15 Grab-and-Go Travel Essentials 1539806986-8cf059b7-6c38-404e-8f6b-1dd13 Courtesy Kiehl’s Skincare Set, nordstrom.com $35.00 SHOP NOW

Give him a set of everyday skincare essentials that he’ll be sure to use on the go. The kit includes an all-in-one cleanser, a face wash, a lip balm, a shave cream, and a moisturizer.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 16 An Extended Shoehorn 1539890062-shacke-1539890050.jpg?crop=1x Courtesy Shacke Extra Long Shoehorn, amazon.com $12.99 SHOP NOW

He will love putting his shoes on without sitting or breaking a sweat.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 17 Uncomplicated Wireless Headphones 1539807229-GUEST_7cd19715-bb2a-4ca5-8b39 Courtesy Sony Wireless Headphones, target.com $59.99 SHOP NOW

Give him wireless headphones that deliver amazing sound and are designed to last all day.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 18 A Fitness Towel 1539807123-VALEN-FT-3.jpg?crop=1.00xw:0. Courtesy Valen Fitness Towel, slowtide.co $16.95 SHOP NOW

A useful accessory he can take to the gym, the beach, or a golf course.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 19 Gym-to-Swim Shorts 1539805440-7784050_434.jpg?crop=0.967xw: Courtesy Quick-Dry Swim Short, speedousa.com $37.00 SHOP NOW

He can enjoy any activity in or out of the water in these stylish lightweight boardshorts.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 20 A New Pair of Go-To Shoes 1539890920-allbirds-1539890896.jpg?crop= Courtesy Men’s Wool Runners, allbirds.com $95.00 SHOP NOW

He’ll think it’s great that these sneaks are not only sustainably-made, but also designed with serious comfort in mind.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 21 A Morning Mantra Mug 1539891129-life-is-good-1539891121.jpg?c Courtesy Everyday Mug, lifeisgood.com $12.00 SHOP NOW

Remind him to appreciate life (and you) with a morning brew staple.

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