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.
These stemless wine glasses from venerated Austrian brand Riedel are specific to grape varietals, and are even stackable, too.
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.
The stainless-steel and oak-wood salt and pepper shakers by Georg Jensen are almost little pieces of sculpture for the dining table.
If you can’t afford Tom Ford cologne (or even eau de toilette), try some whisker-softening beard oil with the same luxurious scent.
For the man who has everything, a Baccarat wine-bottle coaster perhaps?
Upgrade the Dial soap your dad keeps by the sink with a hand wash seen in every happening lower Manhattan restaurant.
Okay, so it’s kind of a nutso amount to be spending on a key chain, but it’s Thom Browne.
This superluxurious face towel by Matouk uses no-twist Egyptian cotton for an extra buttery weave.
It’s a money clip — get it?
Sure, you could get a tasteful Valextra card holder, but a more-tasteful-as-it-ages leather bracelet is so much more personal.
A tote bag and shoulder bag in one from luxury American menswear brand Want les Essentiels de la Vie.
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.
A hefty bottle of eau de cologne from Japanese brand Comme des Garçons will last him at least a year or two.
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.
$325 might not seem like a steal, but it’s about the lowest you can expect to pay for some of Greg Chait’s culty Elder Statesman cashmere.