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What does dad want for the holidays? It can be hard to know. He might say “it’s the thought that counts,” and while that may be true, everyone still appreciates a small gift. So, we set out to find the best gifts for every type of dad; thoughtful and special gifts that won’t break your holiday budget. We combed through the many pages of deals on Jet to find the best options — and all for under $50. Spend more than $35, and you get free shipping, too. That leaves you plenty(ish) time if you shop now. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
For the dad who likes a nice clean shave, this Braun is a (cheaper) cousin to the one tested and liked by deputy editor Jason Chen.
And we have not forgotten about the bearded dads out there. This 3-piece kit is well-priced and includes a boars hair brush, wash, and conditioner. Plus, Billy Jealousy has a great reputation in the beard grooming world.
You can never go wrong with a gift set.
Okay, so this is just a bit pricier than $50, but it’s a small price to pay for the cultiest of culty fragrances — introduced in 2006, it supposedly contains a molecule that smells different on each individual wearer. He can be the judge.
It’s true: You can get a Sonicare for under $50. It’s not top-of-the-line, but this electric toothbrush will eliminate three times more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
A bathtub caddy for the dad who could use a spa day at home, but not without his iPad. Also includes a dad-friendly wine glass holder.
And a shower curtain for the dad who loves the great outdoors, but also appreciates the comforts of home.
This coffee and mint exfoliating scrub will definitely add a nice kick to his morning shower.
Does he like making breakfast? This waffle maker will help him crisp up some fine ones.
Or maybe he’s more of a toast dad. This thing is heavy-duty: it can toast four bagel-halves simultaneously, and each pair of burners has its own setting.
Strategist newsletter editor Mia Leimkuhler and her husband love this Lodge cast-iron combo set for baking bread and more. Leimkuhler writes, “We’ve used it for levain loaves, thick-crust pan pizza, and even Chinese-style scallion pancakes.”
Bodum’s classic French press makes some of the best coffee, and the copper accents on this model give it a special touch.
And he will need a coffee grinder, of course. Freshly ground beans are a must.
Is he “getting into bitters?” A fully-stocked cocktail set like this will speak to his inner mixologist.
Or, if he’s more of a wine guy, this set has it all: a sommelier-approved Vacu Vin bottle saver, a corkscrew, a wine cooler, two bottle stoppers, and a foil cutter.
If he’s a beer fan with a DIY streak, he will love this beer-brewing kit. It includes everything required to brew up an Oktoberfest-style ale (lederhosen not included).