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The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts for Dads From the Most Expensive Brands

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Dads don’t have to be label fanatics to appreciate the finer things. There’s always a certain pleasure to opening up the package for a luxe candle or key chain, even if they’re just little things. Ahead of Father’s Day, we sniffed out the fanciest brands for dad and found the cheapest, most giftable things from each (which you may not consider cheap cheap, but remember that we’re talking about Gucci and Prada here).

Paul Smith Signature-Stripe Beach Towel

There’s something delightfully ’70s about this stripy beach towel from Paul Smith, which any dad of the era (or, really, anyone) could appreciate.

Gucci Herbarium Bee Porcelain Incense Stand

You could pair this with a set of Gucci’s in-house bamboo incense if you’re feeling extra generous, or some oud-scented Nippon Kodo.

Prada Logo Print Bucket Hat

It’s Prada, so of course it’s not going to be cheap cheap, but the sight of him in a branded bucket hat on vacation will almost certainly be worth the splurge.

Tom Dixon Terrazzo Scented Candle

This has a minimalist marble terrazzo container that he could upcycle as a vessel for Q-tips after he’s burned it down to a nub.

Vetements x Reebok Cotton-Blend Socks

They’re from the Vetements x Reebok collection (Reebok is already a dad staple), and have a color scheme that would suit the dad who roots for the French soccer team, or appreciates the look of U.S. Postal-Service merch.

Dolce & Gabbana Vintage-Style Logo Print Cardholder

If he’s a sucker for typography.

Le Labo Shower Gel Hinoki

The scent of hinoki is status-y even in body wash form — and for only $25 it’s quite a steal.

Coach Leather Bottle-Opener Keychain

Say what you will about keychains as gifts, but when it doubles as a bottle opener, it’s always a useful little thing to have.

Alessi Stainless-Steel Peeler

The Dezeen-reading dad would appreciate a more sculptural peeler than the old OXO he’s been using.

Maison Margiela Claustrophobic Notebook

It might look like a gag gift at first glance, but in true Maison Margiela fashion, it’s just a bit weird. It’s spiraled on both ends, so he’ll have to rip one side of the cover to put this to use.

Montblanc Meierstruck Pen Pouch

For the Montblanc he already owns, or the one he aspires to have (in which case, any of our best-reviewed pens will be a nice gift to pair with it).

Thom-Browne Hector Pebbled Leather Key Ring

Sure, it’s a keychain of Thom Browne’s beloved pup Hector, but if your dad’s a dog lover, he doesn’t have to know the reference to see its charm.

Tom Ford Noir Extreme Body Spray

If he, like Buzz, “has a furious man-crush for Tom Ford,” he might have a nose for this woodsy noir body spray.

Comme des Garçons Coin Wallet

The only Comme des Garçons item worth having (for not too much): Just take it from our editors.

A.P.C. Signet Ring

The punchy details on this A.P.C. signet ring feel more modern than any old antique signet or anonymous polished thing.

Versace Low-Rise Trunks

Scandalous, maybe, but if you’re going in on one tiny thing from Versace, you really must go with a pair of the boxers to get your money’s worth.

Tumi Unisex Alpha 3 Electronic Cord Pouch

A full-size Tumi case can run upwards of $1,000, but this little guy, which zips up to hold all of your miscellaneous cords, is just about the cheapest thing you can buy from the brand.

Mansur Gavriel Card Holder

Mom knows — you’re not going to get a better deal on Mansur Gavriel than this card case.

Buly 1803 Scented Soap Sheets

The dad who’s always between places could use a fancy pick-me-up: cleansing sheets from Parisian luxury brand Buly 1803 that just require some water to activate, and are more compact than a pack of wet wipes.

Cire Trudon L’Eteignoir Sphere Wick Hook

An elegant candle-wick hook for the guy who always has something burning.

Smythson Small Leather Trinket Tray

Smythson, a maker of handsome leather things, makes a good practical gift for the dad who always protests when you get him anything.

Aesop Rosehip-Seed Lip Cream

If he’s always complaining about the “greasy Carmex stuff” he owns.

Ralph Lauren Home Mousepad

Just a nice-looking mousepad for the dad who has his own home office.

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