Though it may feel like you just conquered Mother’s Day gifting this year, here’s a reminder that another important holiday, Father’s Day, is just around the corner — and will probably catch up on you sooner than you’d expect.
Setting a spending limit is a good way to make sure you don’t blow your 2018 personal budget by mid-year, and we think $100 is reasonable enough for Father’s Day. There are many under-$100 gifts that you can gift Dad and feel good about, whether he’s a complete pro or utter disaster at cooking, style, grooming, or joke delivery.
If you’re on a tighter budget, you can also shop 40 thoughtful Father’s Day gifts under $50 here.
An insulated bottle that keeps his beer cold and protects it from drops
If your dad is the type who’s never seen at the barbecue without a beer in hand, he’ll appreciate the BottleKeeper, an insulated bottle that he can stick his beer bottle in to keep it cold, crisp, and carbonated.
A tie with personality
Gift the Psycho Bunny Tossed Bunny Tie, $98.50 (get $20 off orders of $150+ with code INSIDER20)
The subtle bunny-and-crossbones print brings some wit and personality to even the most bland business meetings.
A new nonstick frying pan
My favorite nonstick pan has the weight and construction of a top brand’s, but is surprisingly affordable. Have your dad make you pancakes and eggs for breakfast and watch him marvel at its truly nonstick surface and quick, even heating capabilities.
A sleek shaving kit
German-engineered shave cartridges combine with a sleek polished chrome finish handle to make the daily shaving routine feel luxurious. Choose between a foaming gel which lathers into a rich foam, or a smooth shave cream.
Grilling tools that look like golf clubs
If he’s the golf and grill type, this stainless steel cooking set marries two of his favorite pastimes — just in time for the summer. The insulated handles of the tong, spatula, and fork look and feel like golf grips.
Some of the best socks we’ve ever tried
These calf socks from popular startup Bombas are made from extra-long staple cotton for softness and comfort and won’t slip down. The honeycomb structure around the mid-foot distributes pressure evenly while the footbed is reinforced for support, making these socks a step up from the usual pairs of Father’s Days past.
A smart home device
By now, you’ve probably heard about the many things the Echo can do, from playing music through its high-quality Dolby-powered speakers to playing games like Jeopardy with you. It’s smart, convenient, and even a little fun. Amazon offers wood and fabric finishes to suit your dad’s style.
All the best bacon treats you can imagine
There’s no better way to say “I love you” than a giant box full of bacon and bacon treats. The crate contains two different types of bacon jerky, bacon popcorn, bacon seasoning, bacon peanut brittle, and hot pepper bacon jam.
The coolest (literally) shoes on the block
These textured sneakers are made from eucalyptus tree fiber, so they’re not only cooling and breathable but also more environmentally friendly. Meanwhile, the insole is lined with Allbirds’ signature merino wool fabric, making them extremely soft and comfortable.
A cosmically cool chart about space exploration
Pop Chart Lab
Pore over the impressive, hand-illustrated details of this chart, which shows all the different spacecrafts that have dared to explore the depths of our vast solar system. The beautiful print is printed on museum-grade paper and deserves its spot on your dad’s wall.
A style subscription box
Although Bombfell was created to help guys who either need all the style advice they can get or simply hate to shop, our resident style expert Amir Ismael discovered that it’s “a great choice for even the most stylish of men.” The subscription service lets him set a budget and only pay for the clothing items he wants to keep.
A book of Dad jokes in case he ever runs out of his own
We have a love-hate relationship with dad jokes, and this book will only fuel it — whether we like it or not. Get ready to groan and possibly regret giving this gag gift.
A slim wallet
In our opinion, it’s the best wallet you can buy, and here’s why: Bellroy eliminates as much excess material as possible, paring it down to the minimal essential of four pockets. At the same time, it still looks and feels good because it’s made from top-grain leather that ages gracefully.
A pair of headphones
Although our tech reporter Brandt Ranj has reviewed tons of headphones, most of which are more expensive, he keeps coming back to this Status Audio pair. If you’re on a budget but still want to gift headphones, these are the best-sounding studio monitor ones under $100. It certainly helps that they’re comfortable and still look sleek.
Treats for his sweet tooth
Indulge in these rich chocolate and alcohol-inspired candies: Martini Olive Almonds, Bourbon Bears, and Maple Bourbon Caramels.
A subscription that makes buying cologne less confusing
Buying a fragrance for another person can be tricky because everyone’s personal scent preferences are different. Let him experiment and decide for himself with Scentbird, which will send a 30-day supply of a designer cologne to his door every month. Scentbird takes the pressure off buying cologne so that once he does find his perfect one, you’ll know what to gift next time.
A pen plated with 23-karat gold
High-quality Cross pens have been around since 1846 and used in the White House to sign legislation since the 1970s. This weighty, sleek pen with gold-plated details is the perfect gift to add a touch of luxury to everyday writing tasks.
A picture hanger
This elegant hanger is made from real maple wood with solid brass screws (simply adjust these to switch out prints). A delightful spin on the traditional picture frame, it’s an artistic way to display your favorite pictures with Dad.
A plush bathrobe
Prime relaxation and comfort is just a bathrobe away. He’ll feel like a king in this soft, attractive Turkish cotton robe with a cozy shawl collar and two front pockets (to stash snacks, of course).
A monogrammed leather shave bag
Upgrade to a bag he’ll be proud to bring out during his travels. The full-grain bag has one main zippered compartment and a front exterior zippered pocket to fit the essentials.
A sturdy camera strap
The strap is compatible with DSLRs and easy to attach and detach. It’s comfortable and durable, helping him lighten the load of a heavy camera and focus on the real task at hand — capturing family memories.
Help him keep track of his keys, bag, wallet, and laptop, so he doesn’t spend hours turning the house upside down trying to find his valuables. The slim tracker will barely make a dent in his bag or pocket, and he just needs to use the corresponding app to keep tabs on his belongings.
A cold brew maker
If there’s anything that can jolt him awake in the mornings, it’ll be cold brew made from this affordable, best-selling coffee maker. The airtight lid locks in freshness and flavor and it makes one whole quart of delicious cold brew.