The $100 Budget Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Is it me or are Father’s Day gifts getting better? My inaugural Father’s Day gift guide was in 2010, and I had to dig deep to find things beyond the ties and Best Dad tees. Those traditional gifts are still around but I am amazed at the possibilities now. Things like subscription boxes and personalized gifts are really mixing it up this year. Here are my top 17 picks for Dad gifts under $100.


Qalo Q2X Quality Wedding Ring

Price: $24.95 plus $9.95 for engraving at

These engravable silicone rings are the perfect placeholder for his official band. Whether he’s off to the gym or the worksite, his Qalo will be comfortable, and won’t slip or pinch when he’s working with his hands. The zippered, neoprene pouch (included) can hold the real deal. Available in 3 colors.



Price: $19 and up at

If you want to make something for Dad but crafting isn’t your strong suit, there’s AwesomeBox. You create his box online with thoughts, stories and with photos from your phone or social media, and you can even design a box with your siblings by collaborating virtually. Once you’re done, your creations are miraculously transformed into beautiful, two-sided 5.25” x 5.25” cards packaged in a cool box.

Tip: If you’re on a tight budget or have lots of dads to buy for, CVS Photo is offering an amazing $.99 deal on their 4×6 photo books through June 25th. Check it out at

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Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein

Price: $15.73 at

If he’s the boss at work, or is aspiring to be, the Superbosses book is an informative, enjoyable read. It discusses the art of motivating, communicating and delegating, interspersed with interesting anecdotes. The takeaway is like that of a guidebook but it’s also light enough to be read in a lounge chair on the patio.

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If your Dad is stylish but shopping-adverse, a Threadlab gift card is just the thing. He creates a profile, including size, colors and specific preferences and the Threadlab team selects items from more than 50 brands and delivers the goods to his door. Gifts can be in any amount. As an example, a $100 gift will get him 4-5 items.


Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club

Price: $50 and under per month at

For the guy who needs to shake things up (pun intended), try a Shaker & Spoon subscription. Each monthly kit comes with everything he needs – besides the booze – to make 4 servings of 3 different cocktails, and many of the unusual ingredients are produced in-house by the Shaker & Spoon team. The recipes are easy to follow, but there are video how-tos and a glossary online in case he needs help. Each month’s recipes contain the same liquor so you can easily buy him a bottle to accompany his gift.

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Diplomático Rum’s Perfect Serve Glass Set

Price: $39.99 at Artisan Wine Depot

If he prefers to keep it simple, this boxed set comes with deliciously smooth sipping rum and two glasses. The rum is an absolute pleasure to drink with hints of brown sugar, maple syrup and a hint of citrus. Perfect for unwinding after a long day.

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Po Campo Midway Weekender in Black Herringbone

Price $95 at

If he’s still lugging around his duffle from college, it’s time for an upgrade. For the gym or for travel, the polished Midway Weekender has a bottom pocket for shoes (or smelly kicks), lots of pockets and a sleeve for his suitcase handle for trips longer than a weekend.

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Zamst IW-2 Ice Pack 

Price: $69.54 at

Hearing a lot of “oh, my aching (fill in the blank)? Treat him to an ice pack that will have him feeling better in no time. This ice pack can be adjusted to address shoulder or back pain and he can load it up with one or two medical grade ice bags (included), depending on the issue. It attaches securely to his body so he can go about his business instead of being laid up on the couch.

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Intova Duo

Price: $48.35 at Amazon

He probably takes lots of pics with his smartphone, but this colorful, rechargeable camera goes where his phone can’t. It comes with a tough outer housing that is waterproof up to 100 feet, so he can take it along to the pool or in the open water. It has an LCD screen and takes 720p video or stills up to 5MP to capture all of his adventures! Make sure to throw in a Micro SD so he can get started right away. Available in four colors.

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Remington VERSO Wet & Dry Men’s Electric Shaver Facial Cleanser & Trimmer

$149 ($100 with coupon applied at purchase) at

This rechargeable and waterproof device is an amazing multitasker. It shaves, trims, cleanses AND preps the skin for shaving with five attachments. The dad who appreciates efficiency will love this.

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Anthony Fresh 5 Kit

$30, a $55 value at

A must-have for the gym or the rollaboard, this travel kit contains TSA-approved sizes of a fabulous cleanser, hair and body wash, shave cream, facial moisturizer and facial scrub. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Anthony products is donated to prostate cancer research.



$19.95 and up at

These collapsible, watertight silicone bottles make a great gift for Dad, but you might want to get one for yourself, too (I will have one in my bag all summer). Available in 12oz and 21oz, they expand to hold liquid and can be collapsed when they are empty. Available in eight colors.

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$15 at

If he gets his hydration through coffee, maybe a Stojo is more his speed. Like the Hydaway, the Stojo is collapsible, leak-free and made from silicone, but the Stojo has a sleeve that protects his fingers from that hot beverage. Available in six colors.

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Sugru Starter Kit

$15 at

If Dad is a fix-it guy, Sugru will be right up his alley. This rubbery material can be molded into just about any shape, and once it sets, it will adhere permanently to anything from ceramic to fabric. The Starter Kit comes with 5 single-use packs in a variety of colors, a tin to hold them and a booklet to get Dad started with countless projects, like repairing fraying cables or broken toys and re-attaching handles.

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Hobie Polarized Baja Sunglasses

$79 at

Help him stand out from the rest of the dads this summer with a new pair of shades. Hobie Polarized sunglasses are incredibly comfortable, and the new Baja’s are just the right blend of sporty and sophisticated. They have a rubber nose pad so they won’t slip when he gets sweaty, and they won’t fog.

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Crosley Chalkboard Cruiser

$79.99 at

If his vinyl collection is neglected because his turntable died years ago, give him a walk down memory lane with a Crosley Turntable. There are many styles to choose from, but the Chalkboard Cruiser is my pick for Father’s Day because it gives you the opportunity to get creative on the case! Down the road, he can use the chalkboard to make notes or do drawings of his own. The player has 3-speeds, built-in speakers and a headphone jack in case you don’t feel like listening to his old Rush albums.


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