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Back when I was a kid, finding the perfect Father’s Day gift was an annual dilemma. That’s not because I didn’t know what my dad wanted, but rather, because I couldn’t really afford any of the gadgets and gizmos that caught his eye. There were years when I’d spend every last dollar in my pocket on a grand offering, and others when I’d get him something special with a “little help” from mom.
As I would later learn, you can actually get the dad in your life a meaningful, useful gift without breaking the bank. It doesn’t have to be flashy, fancy or cost you an arm and a leg. And believe it or not, you can find such gifts for no more than $100 from reputable, respected labels.
Of course, that’s a task most of us would consider easier said than done, which is why I’ve looked through the archives to find the best Father’s Day gifts of 2022, all under $100. There’s something here for the active dad, the outdoorsy dad, the stylish dad, the hipster dad, the nerdy dad, and even the dad who has everything. Find what you need below and never fret over a Father’s Day gift again.
The Best Father’s Day Gifts Under $100
Saxx Vibe Boxer Brief Three-Pack
Understand that your dad is a rather busy man, which means he’s always on the go and rarely concerned with the little things — like his underwear. To that end, we recommend picking him up a three-pack of Vibe boxer briefs from Saxx that are sure to elevate his style and comfort below the waist. The patented design comes equipped with a 3D hammock that holds everything in place, and the fabric’s breathable, moisture-wicking fit practically eliminates potential discomfort. Don’t be surprised if dad loves these so much that he asks you for another pack next year.
Rux Nesting Divider Tote Bag
Your dad probably has a lot of stuff, but does he have a system in place to keep all that stuff properly organized? If not, consider picking up a heavy-duty, divided tote from Rux that’s sure to help him understand the basics of gear arrangement. Made from heavy-duty nylon that weighs no more than six ounces, the tote introduces the broader Rux system of badass organizers that keep equipment secure from the beach to the backcountry. Those bigger storage options cost a little more than $100, so let this tote serve as an opportunity to get his feet wet before he decides to jump into the gear storage deep end.
I remember when I finally gifted my dad a Leatherman for Father’s Day, thanks in part to funding from mom. His old, ancient Leatherman PST was in need of an upgrade, and the Portland label’s massive catalog included a number of affordable options priced under $100. This year, we suggest gifting him the Wingman, a best-selling Leatherman packed with 14 tools, including a combo knife, bottle opener, can opener, pliers, screwdrivers and even a pair of scissors. While there are other Leatherman multi-tools we might consider, this one is also customizable, which means you can gift him a reliable multi-tool with personalized engravings that still comes out under $100.
Porter Road Meats
The fact that we celebrate Father’s Day alongside the emergence of summer isn’t a coincidence. Among the many activities that define warm weather, grilling is one hobby dads traditionally love, which is why we recommend picking up quality meats from Porter Road. Based out of Kentucky, the chef-founded enterprise offers everything from individual cuts of award-winning steak to subscription boxes packed with meats and accessories, so you’re sure to find something dad will love. And unlike a traditional gift that runs the risk of ending up in his catchall junk drawer, dad is sure to enjoy every last bite of whatever you surprise him with from Porter Road.
Allbirds Tree Loungers
Dad needs a pair of shoes beyond the rundown, lace-up New Balance kicks he’s always wearing, but he also needs footwear with a little style and plenty of comfort that make him want to put on new shoes. For that reason, we recommend picking up a pair of slip-on Allbirds made from lightweight eucalyptus tree fiber that’s perfect for summer. The breathable material keeps his feet cool while the go-anywhere, do-anything profile helps him look his best, from the backyard BBQ to the summer wedding. What’s more, the Tree Lounger is a carbon-neutral shoe that’s as easy on the environment as it is on the eyes.
Ridge Merino Cardi Crew Sweater
We’ve come to embrace the many benefits of Merino wool in recent years. It’s lightweight, breathable, impervious to odor and incredibly comfortable against the skin. But if your dad’s wardrobe has yet to include any Merino options, consider gifting him a classic crew sweater from California-based Ridge Merino. Made from 100% Merino wool, its half-cardigan rib stitching allows for movement and flexibility, but it still features that same classic look for pursuits both active and casual. Dad might consider it a style piece for occasions more formal, but don’t be surprised if you see him wearing it more and more as we draw closer to cool weather.
BioLite Charge 80 PD Powerbank
For camping trips, travel and the occasional power outage, make sure dad’s various gadgets stay fully charged with this do-it-all powerbank courtesy of BioLite. Complete with 20,000mAh of juice, it’s capable of charging multiple devices at once and even packs enough power to fully charge a 13-inch laptop. The design is FAA compliant, which means dad can put it in his carry-on without worry, and the portable design fits inside most any pocket or pack without taking up too much space.
The James Brand Redstone
Maybe dad isn’t really into sharp, pointy things, but that doesn’t mean he should shy away from a do-it-all pocket knife. Regardless of his take on knives and everyday carry culture, consider handing him The James Brand Redstone which blends modern design with traditional capability. Available in a series of eye-catching colors, the island-inspired handle delivers a confident grip while a Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel offers corrosion resistance and edge retention. The design weighs just under two ounces, making it a lightweight option that dad won’t mind putting in his pocket or pack when the occasional knife-necessary task presents itself.
Howler Brothers Mansfield Shirt
Help dad part ways with his beloved golf shirts by giving him something a little more stylish. Made from a blend of cotton and polyester, the Mansfield Shirt’s single-button pocket and button-down collar offer loads of classic style and comfort no matter where dad finds himself on a warm day. The unique seasonal pattern features lazy gators and white herons, but other prints are available if that’s not quite his style. Howler Bros. finishes the design with a piece of microfiber at the left hem to keep his shades clean and a Howler Monkey icon logo seam tag.
JBL Flip 4
Whether he’s in the garage working on his car or sprucing up the garden beds around the house, dad deserves to have his classic tunes within earshot. Widely considered one of the best portable speakers for $100, the JBL Flip 4 gets the job done with up to 12 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playtime and waterproof fabric materials that come in six vibrant colors. It also features a built-in noise and echo-canceling speakerphone for crystal clear business calls, and JBL Connect+ technology that can wirelessly link more than 100 JBL Connect+ speakers to amplify any sound.
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