father's day 2022

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

Photo-Illustration: Courtesy of the retailer.

Dads don’t have to be label fanatics to appreciate the finer things. But for those who do care about designer goods, there’s a certain pleasure to unwrapping a gift, no matter how small, that bears the name of a fancy brand. Whether that’s a luxe candle or a pair of socks, even the little things can impress a father who demands only the best. Ahead of Father’s Day — June 19 this year — we sniffed out the most inexpensive, giftable things from the fanciest brands that are certain to please even the pickiest of dads. (Yes, some may not be cheap cheap, but remember we’re talking about Tom Ford and Versace here.)

Many of the retailers below have quick shipping times, but some items may arrive a little later than this Sunday — so the sooner you order, the better your chances. If you do find yourself in a rush, we have Amazon-specific guides to the best Father’s Day gift sets and another for every type of dad.

Now that grilling season is upon us, replace his steak-juice-stained apron with this optimistic one from Christopher Kane. It has a big patch pocket in the front for his spatula, thermometer, and tongs.

This planter, made from Le Creuset’s legendary (and colorful) ceramic, doubles as a DIY project for the handyman dad. Watch out for a few sprouts on your next visit.

When we say Georg Jensen makes museum-quality home goods, we’re not kidding. Another set of the designer’s salt-and-pepper shakers is part of Cooper Hewitt’s collection of 20th-century design objects. For the price, Dad not only gets what could become a family heirloom, but also the ability to brag about the set every time he whips it out.

Strategist contributor David Eardley recently wrote about the coaster boom, in which the surface protectors are becoming more than just “bulk-bin afterthoughts.” With their graphic prints and gilded rims, these coasters from Jonathan Adler fit right into this new class of designer coasters.

Even if his cupboards are full of All-Clad pots and pans, a foodie dad might be loath to spend more than he needs to on accessories like measuring cups. Surprising him with this stainless-steel set would be a very thoughtful way to say thank you for all those meals over the years.

Upgrade his beat-up Hydro Flask to this statusy stainless-steel Prada bottle. The Cut’s senior fashion writer Emilia Petrarca describes it as having “the proper balance of plain and simple functionality and yeah-I-know-what’s-up pretentiousness.”

Does he still swear by graphite instead of ink? Then he’ll get a kick out of writing with these tricolor-striped Thom Browne pencils that are like a grown-up version of Ticonderogas.

Everyone knows a dad whose favorite outfit is a T-shirt and jeans. If that sounds like yours, we suggest this classic white tee from A.P.C. that has the tiniest of logos to make it a bit more interesting.

For the dad who exercises in tank tops (or just likes to show off his pecs), this cotton ribbed tank from Tom Ford will make him feel like an international style icon every time he slips it on.

Subtler than a Gucci belt, this will still dress up his Carhartts of choice.

Moncler is best known for its puffers, but for the off-season, he can bring these striped slides to his next beachside vacation.

This ace-of-hearts cap is a safe bet and understated enough to go with anything he wears.

Or get the hypebeast at heart a bucket hat with can’t-miss logo hardware. (Notably, the letters are in silver, rather than the gold Jacquemus uses for its dollhouse-size purses.)

The Ralph Lauren teddy bear has its fair share of devoted fans, and if your dad counts himself among them, he’ll be delighted by this customizable beanie. Emblazon it with his initials and choose the teddy that reminds you most of him (options include Golf Bear, Martini Bear, and Trench Coat Bear).

Add another bracelet to his Kieran Culkin–esque stack. This Isabel Marant chain features thick paper-clip links and a tiny logo plaque on the clasp.

For the fit dad who already has a water bottle and plenty of gym clothes, here’s a monochrome headband from Rick Owens’s collaboration with Champion that’ll help keep sweat out of his eyes.

Grumbling about smudged lenses and too-tight frames could be his way of hinting that an adjustment is in order, so treat him to this stylish care kit from Oliver Peoples that will give him the tools to DIY some optical improvement.

From centuries-old Germany knife-maker Zwilling J.A. Henckels, this sleek travel set includes everything to keep his nails in tip-top shape, including a trimmer that Strategist junior writer Kitty Guo calls the Goldilocks of nail clippers. “There’s no extraneous force, no high-pitched squeak, just a satisfying snick as they cut a clean, sharp line through your nail,” Guo says.

These towels that feature Missoni’s signature zigzag print will heighten his post-shave experience.

Stargazing, bird-watching, and just plain nosy dads will love this binocular sport strap from Leica. He won’t have to worry about straining his neck because the neoprene harness hooks over his shoulders and wraps around the upper back.

Instead of another pair of cuff links, consider gifting Dad this stylish lapel pin from British luxury jeweler Tateossian. The fern traditionally represents sincerity and eternal youth, which you can flatteringly mention as he unwraps this rhodium-plated accessory.

Or to tuck into his pocket, this handkerchief is made of silk patterned with a map of the Belgian province where designer Dries Van Noten grew up.

With its road-sign-yellow color and prominent four-way arrow, this case ensures he won’t misplace his AirPods ever again.

Keep his newest iPhone safe with this silicone case in signature Bottega green and a woven texture not unlike the fashion house’s popular padded Cassette bag.

Even if Dad can’t go hunting in the British countryside, he can at least pretend he’s out there with this three-pack of Barbour socks emblazoned with pointer dogs. The brand, you can remind him, is a favorite of the queen of England.

The dad who always has a candle burning will appreciate this one from Byredo; it has a scent that the brand says is inspired by a tree house in Tokyo. That fragrance includes sandal and cedarwood scents with top notes of pimento and bamboo.

For the minimalist dad who doesn’t want to fuss with a wallet.

Or, for the minimalist dad who prefers a wallet, this is the only Comme des Garçons item worth having (at least according to our editors).

This pocket-size Smythson notebook is filled with gilt-edged paper bound in a textured lambskin leather that will stand the test of constant use. That leather will only get better with time, so when the notebook’s pages are full, Dad can keep it on a shelf for posterity.

Two decks of silver-edged cards are just what Dad needs to fully commit to weekly bridge games. When they’re not in use, he can store them in the orange Hermès box that makes for a fashionable side-table accessory.

A Christofle crystal highball glass would make for an elegant vessel to sip his nightly Tom Collins from.

Or go with Waterford for the whiskey enthusiast. He’ll have no choice but to share given that this striking stacking decanter comes with two tumblers.

Whether it’s water, kombucha, or a cocktail with dinner, these lead crystal glasses will stay firmly in his grip thanks to the Elsa Peretti thumbprint design that’s as functional as it is recognizable.

Fornasetti tableware is for those with eclectic tastes, making this plate more than fitting for the life-of-the-party dad.

If Dad’s looking for a new scent, he might like this one from YSL that has notes of bergamot, sage, and cedarwood. According to the brand, it’s inspired by the iconic YSL white T-shirt and black jacket.

Guide him to his signature scent with this Cartier set, which includes three travel sprays whose notes range from cedarwood and cardamom to citrus and amber.

Kick-start his skin-care routine with this six-piece kit of sample-size products from Dr. Barbara Sturm, which includes a scrub, an eye cream, and a cleanser. It’s a Very Good Deal when you consider the set is the same price as a single serum from the statusy brand.

If Dad’s still using Barbasol, this foaming Aesop shaving serum will upgrade his grooming routine without breaking the bank. It smells of sandalwood and neroli blossom, according to the brand, so it might even double as his new favorite cologne.

And to make sure his just-shaven face stays smooth and soothed, this aftershave is blended with anti-inflammatory cactus extract and infused with Dior’s Sauvage fragrance.

Improve his two-in-one habit with this Burberry wash that is blended with bergamot, juniper, and black pepper.

To keep his coiffure in its best shape, consider this Balmain spray. After a few spritzes, it gives Strategist contributor Nolan Feeney “the easy, swoop-y volume and definition to live up to my high-school graduation superlative (Most Likely to Join a Boy Band).”

When our colleagues at the Strategist UK went searching for the next status candle, Loewe’s scents topped the list. But if you want to go with something a little more unexpected than the usual sandalwood, try this oregano bar soap featuring woody and amber notes along with a rope cord for slippery fingers.

To touch up any dry spots, this fragrance-free salve features a blend of shea butter, jojoba, and black-rose oil.

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

Though a Tumi suitcase can set you back the price of an airplane ticket, this pouch for electronics and toiletries is just under $100.

If he’s reluctant to join the fanny-pack fan club, just tell him this Acne Studios cross-body is a smaller messenger bag. It’s bedecked with pockets for all the essentials.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best women’s jeans, rolling luggage, bed sheets, coffee makers, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.

The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts for Dads From Designer Brands