Most realtors would tell you it’s a better idea to buy the cheapest house in the best neighborhood than the most expensive in the worst. Same goes with gifts — better to get the well-made, affordable thing from an expensive brand than the top-of-the-line item from a no-name maker. We went and found the nicest, cheapest gifts from the most expensive brands for Father’s Day (bearing in mind that cheap is a relative term, and that your dad would actually want to receive all of these). And look, not a single tie in sight.
Riedel O Cabernet/Merlot + Viognier/Chardonnay Stemless Wine Glasses, set of 4
These stemless wine glasses from venerated Austrian brand Riedel are specific to grape varietals, and are even stackable, too.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
The Japanese brand is known for serums containing the skin-boosting effects of saccharides — if dad’s worried about aging, he’ll feel the difference after just one mask.
Alessi Parrot Corkscrew
Italian design brand Alessi’s known for its sleek steel objects; this is the rare piece that’s brightly colored — and at a very affordable price.
Eva Solo Lungo Tumbler
Dad will think of you every morning when he drinks coffee out of a tumbler by Danish home-accessories brand Eva Solo. Note: You’re buying only one, but there are two colors to choose from.
Georg Jensen Barbry Salt and Pepper Shakers
The stainless-steel and oak-wood salt and pepper shakers by Georg Jensen are almost little pieces of sculpture for the dining table.
Missoni Home Striped hand and bath towels
A striped set of hand and bath towels with a masculine bent by the Italian masterminds at Missoni Home.
Briggs & Riley BRX Hanging Travel Kit
American luggage maker Briggs & Riley knows that the best kind of Dopp kit is the kind that saves counter space by hanging from the door.
Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil
If you can’t afford Tom Ford cologne (or even eau de toilette), try some whisker-softening beard oil with the same luxurious scent.
Baccarat Mille Nuits Wine Coaster
For the man who has everything, a Baccarat wine-bottle coaster perhaps?
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash
Upgrade the Dial soap your dad keeps by the sink with a hand wash seen in every happening lower Manhattan restaurant.
Thom Browne Surf Board Keyring
Okay, so it’s kind of a nutso amount to be spending on a key chain, but it’s Thom Browne.
Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraodinaire Body Wash
Fragrance nuts go wild over Frederic Malle’s scents; this bodywash is much more exciting than a candle, and yet so much cheaper than a cologne.
Wüsthof Four-Piece Steak Knife Set
Four supersharp steak knives from German precision brand Wüsthof would be welcome by any carnivore.
Matouk Luxury Face Cloth
This superluxurious face towel by Matouk uses no-twist Egyptian cotton for an extra buttery weave.
Prada Money Clip
It’s a money clip — get it?
Valextra Pebble Grain Leather Bracelet
Sure, you could get a tasteful Valextra card holder, but a more-tasteful-as-it-ages leather bracelet is so much more personal.
Want les Essentiels de la Vie O’Hare Canvas & Leather Tote
A tote bag and shoulder bag in one from luxury American menswear brand Want les Essentiels de la Vie.
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Gusseted Card Case
Reduced from $320, the telltale woven leather on this Bottega Veneta card case is alone worth the price — that it’s in classic brown makes it even better.
Comme des Garçons Eau de Cologne Series 4 Anbar
A hefty bottle of eau de cologne from Japanese brand Comme des Garçons will last him at least a year or two.
Gucci Geometric print silk pocket square
If your dad has to wear a suit, but is looking for just a bit of flair, try a bright and on-trend Gucci silk pocket square.