25 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Dad Under $25

These carefully curated presents for your pops will make him smile—and won't hurt your wallet, either.

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If holiday shopping for your dad has you scratching your head this year, you're not alone. Dads can be particularly tricky to shop for as it is, and without the ability to leisurely browse your favorite stores this year, things are a little more complicated than usual. Luckily, there are tons of great gift options still available, whether your dad is a grill master, a home repair guru, or an avid guitarist. If you're in search of a top notch stocking stuffer, or you just need to find a thoughtful present that won't have him scolding you for overspending, we've got you covered with a list of 25 thoughtful gifts for your dad under $25. And for more great gifts they're sure to love, check out these 25 Subscription Boxes That Make Amazing Holiday Gifts.

Best Life's editors have scoured the internet to bring you the best products out there, and we're hoping you'll love them as much as we do. Full disclosure: we may earn a commission for anything you purchase through links on this page, but that doesn't mean you'll pay more for them (we'd never do that to you!). Pricing and availability are accurate as of the piece's initial publication date, but it's the internet and we can't guarantee that these sweet, sweet deals will last forever, so scoop them up before someone else does!

1
This electric wine opener

electric wine bottle opener
Amazon

This high-tech automatic corkscrew will have your dad feeling like a bonafide sommelier. It comes with a foil cutter, is battery-powered, and promises to put an end to those pesky broken corks once and for all. And for more perfect presents for everyone on your list, check out these 20 Personalized Gifts You Can Get on Amazon.

$20 at Amazon
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2
This pagoda lantern

man holding tiny wooden pagoda
Etsy

If your dad loves puzzles, this wooden lantern inspired by East Asian architecture could be a perfect pick. It comes flat-packed and ready for careful assembly and is sure to keep him happily occupied for hours.

$19 at Etsy
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3
This book about burgers

shake shack cookbook
Amazon

If your dad is an unabashed Shake Shack stan, this combination cookbook and overview of the burgeoning burger empire is a surefire hit. With recipes for Shake Shack's signature burgers, shakes, and fries, this book could be the beginning of your dad's newfound passion for perfecting his burger. And for more great gift ideas delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

$20 at Amazon
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4
This extremely handy wristband

black wristband with screws and drill bits on it
Amazon

As basically all dads can attest, almost nothing is as annoying as dropping a little piece of hardware when you're in the middle of a home improvement project. This wristband's magnets are strong enough to hold almost any nail, screw or drill bit in place, so that your dad will never have this pesky problem again.

$18 at Amazon
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This wireless phone charger

yootech charger
Amazon

Sure, the technology has been out for a while, but there's still something magical about charging your phone without having to plug it in. If your dad is still using the cord that came with his phone, upgrade his tech setup with this genius wireless charger. And for more thoughtful presents sure to make their holiday special, check out these 50 Amazing Gifts for People Who Have Everything.

$13 at Amazon
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6
This state-shaped steel bottle opener

goodvibesmetal bottle opener
Etsy

These steel bottle openers come in the shape of whatever state your dad hails from, and you can select from dozens of different colors. There are two handy versions to choose from: a fridge magnet and a keychain, meaning he can easily crack a cold one wherever he goes.

$14 and up at Etsy
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7
This barbecue bible

franklin barbecue cookbook with meats and mashed potatoes and pickles and bread on the cover
Amazon

Whether your dad is already a pitmaster or just enjoys the occasional smoked meat, this guide to mind-blowing barbecue from one of the most celebrated barbecue masters in America will open his eyes to the almost infinite possibilities of combining meat and fire. And if you want to ensure your presents get there on time, If You Don't Ship Your Gifts by This Date, They Won't Arrive by Christmas.

$18 at Amazon
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8
This clever owl eyeglasses holder

small wooden owel with black human eyeglasses on it
Uncommon Goods

Carved by fair trade artisans in India, this wise little guy will watch over your dad's reading glasses, bifocals, or whatever specs he wears these days. It's perfect for a desk, bedside table, or a choice perch by his front door—and if he doesn't think this one's a hoot, there are several other animals to choose from, too.

$24 at Uncommon Goods
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9
This ticket stub diary

ticket stub diary
Uncommon Goods

If your dad has seen Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 57 times since 1979, what better way for him to keep track of his ticket stubs than this sweet little diary? And it works just as well if he's a football fanatic, or if he can't get enough curling. You get the idea.

$14 at Uncommon Goods
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10
This dad joke compendium

book with green or blue cover reading "a daily dose of dad jokes" on a retro sign
Amazon

Add to your dad's seemingly endless arsenal of so-bad-they're-great quips and puns with this daily dose of dad jokes. Just be prepared for the groaning to reach dangerous levels this holiday.

$9 at Amazon
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11
These kabob grilling baskets

kabob grilling baskets on white plate next to small dish of oil
Uncommon Goods

No skewers? No problem! These grilling baskets cut down on waste without cutting down on delicious, smoky flavor, and make getting an even char on everything from mushrooms to meat much easier by taking tongs out of the picture.

$17 at Uncommon Goods
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12
These versatile pen multi-tool

black and silver pen with ruler on the side, a screwdriver head, and a stylus nib
Uncommon Goods

With a ruler, a smartphone stylus, a level, and a screwdriver, this sturdy aluminum pen takes the meaning of "handy" to a whole new…level. Maybe it won't eliminate the junk drawer in the kitchen entirely, but your dad will spend a lot less time looking for tools with one of these in his pocket.

$25 at Uncommon Goods
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13
This climate action jigsaw puzzle

climate action puzzle with images of people holding up protest signs
Uncommon Goods

Does your dad love jigsaw puzzles and hate climate change? This 500-piece puzzle, with an illustration by Petra Braun, is printed on 90 percent recycled cardboard, and $2 from every sale goes to support the American Forests nonprofit conservation organization.

$25 at Uncommon Goods
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14
This national park map mug

white mug with map of the united states on it in green
Uncommon Goods

This interactive mug comes with a porcelain brush pen so that your dad can keep track of which national parks he has visited, and which ones are next on his list, from Acadia to Zion. The map includes a legend with all 62 national parks included, giving him plenty of inspiration for his next trip.

$24 at Uncommon Goods
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15
This set of two taco toasters

tacos on white plate with red handle attached
Uncommon Goods

If your dad is in constant pursuit of tortilla perfection, this pair of ingenious taco toasters might be right up his alley. Since they allow you to crisp up a tortilla without using any oil, they lead to a healthier taco.

$20 at Uncommon Goods
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16
These matching dog and owner outfits

a black shirt for humans that reads "burrito" and a black shirt for dogs reading "taquito" with the images of either item below the words
Amazon

If your dad went from, "We're not getting a puppy" to "You can't sit there, that's the dog's sofa," he's sure to love this adorable matching outfit for him and his favorite pooch. In classic dad style, it's the perfect mix of slightly embarrassing and overwhelmingly endearing.

$24 at Amazon
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17
This set of mesh grill bags

two black mesh bags full of chopped onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers
Uncommon Goods

The vast world of grill and barbecue accessories has finally perfected the elusive grill bag. Unlike your run-of-the-mill grill basket, this set of two mesh grill bags are easy to flip, and keep those little mushroom bits from falling into the void. Your dad—and his BBQ buddies—will thank you.

$22 at Uncommon Goods
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18
This etched urban map glass

bottle pouring dark liquor into a set of three etched glasses with maps of los angeles, chicago, and nyc etched into them
Uncommon Goods

For the dad who loves a specific American city almost as much as he enjoys fine spirits, there's this laser-etched urban map glass from designer Brian Johnson, which comes in 31 unique designs, designed by Boston-based designer Brian Johnson. Team up with a family member to get him a bottle of his favorite drink for a super-thoughtful gift he's sure to love.

$16 at Uncommon Goods
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19
This snow brush made from a hockey stick

black device with a snow scraper on one end and a brush on the other
Uncommon Goods

With this window scraper/snow brush made from a recycled hockey stick, your dad can relive his favorite Stanley Cup moments as he unearths his windshield from the latest nor'easter. Each brush is handmade in California from a different hockey stick, making every piece unique.

$25 at Uncommon Goods
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20
This alcohol infusion kit

bottle with mason jar lid and silver straw next to jigger and glass with pink cocktail in it and a plant to the left
Uncommon Goods

If your dad is a budding mixologist, one of these infusion kits will set him on the right path. Choose from four delicious flavors, including blueberry-lemon-lavender and pineapple-cinnamon-cayenne pepper.

$25 at Uncommon Goods
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21
This path to whiskey perfection

clear glass with an ice wedge and whiskey in it
Uncommon Goods

Wouldn't you know it, the cocktail scientists are at it again, with this custom-molded silicone wedge and glass combo. This will keep your dad's fancy whiskey nice and cold, while minimizing the dilution from melted ice.

$18 at Uncommon Goods
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22
These soothing shower steamers

brown paper bag reading "shower steamers" with a small puck-like white object next to it
Uncommon Goods

Whether he's unwinding after a long day or getting amped for an energetic morning, your dad will appreciate a selection of these aromatherapeutic shower steamers. They're handmade in Washington State, and come in refreshing scents like citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, and lemongrass.

$14 at Uncommon Goods
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23
This bag of bourbon-infused coffee

brown bag of bourbon infused coffee with coffee beans in front of it
Uncommon Goods

These Tennessee-roasted 100 percent Arabica beans are infused with a touch of Kentucky Bourbon, which makes them perfect for an extra kick of flavor in the morning, or as a comforting after-dinner ritual. While they are caffeinated, they don't contain any alcohol—just that distinctive bourbon flavor.

$20 at Uncommon Goods
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24
This futuristic pan stirrer

automatic stirrer in gray or blue pan of scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes on counter next to it
Uncommon Goods

It may look like something out of The Jetsons, but this automatic pan stirrer is already available to make your dad's cooking agenda a little simpler and less stressful. It will help with those pesky but delicious sauces that require constant attention. Just set the timer and the stirrer does the rest.

$25 at Uncommon Goods
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25
These birth stone guitar picks

guitar picks made out of birthstones on white background
Uncommon Goods

Handmade in Nashville, these smooth and beautiful guitar picks are one of a kind. Get your guitarist dad one from his birth month, and he'll be sure to keep it close to his favorite axe. And if you're looking for more presents they're sure to love, This Is the One Gift Everyone Wants in Your State.

$25 at Uncommon Goods
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Will Lulofs
Will Lulofs is a writer based in New York's Hudson Valley. Read more
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