It's common to want to impress your parents with your holiday gifts choices, but how can you make sure they'll love what you present them? We've compiled a list of the top 10 gift ideas for every type of dad this season to help make your gift-giving process stress-free. Below are unique present ideas, all under $50, for every type of dad.
Keep dad’s phone safe this holiday season by gifting him Mega Tiny Corporation’s Anti-Gravity Case ($29.99-$39.99). The item’s nano-suction technology allows it to stick to several surfaces, including glass, whiteboards, metal and even kitchen cabinets. The durable case is also touted as being self-healing, washable and temperature resident. The best part? The sleek black design means dad doesn’t have to trade in style for functionality. The case is available for most new iPhone and Galaxy models.
Dad Who Has Everything
Parents can be tricky to buy for, especially when they already seem to have everything they could ever want (or simply tell you they want "nothing" for the holidays). If that’s the case, you can always gift them a subscription service. IBT’s best subscription boxes for men guide lists several services, ranging from Birchbox Man ($20 per month) to Just the Right Book ($90 and up). Whether dad is a comic book fan or simply loves snacks, we’ve got something for you to choose from.
Cooking a juicy steak can be hard, but with Sharper Image’s Intelligent Steak Thermometer ($49.99) it doesn’t have to be. The stainless steel product releases color-coded, LED alerts when meat is medium rare, medium and well-done. The product is heat resistant up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit and can be used in a frying pan or oven. The battery lasts for 20 years or 1,000 uses.
Rock 'n' Roll Fan
Let dad feel like he’s a rock star by gifting him Special Edition Rolling Stones Jose Cuervo Especial ($16.99). The bottle was created in honor of Jose Cuervo’s involvement in the Rolling Stones 1972 North American tour, which is also known as the Tequila Sunrise Tour. The liquor is described as being perfect for the “pinnacle partier.”
Help your family's patriarch look his best while he’s on the road. Sharper Image has a travel razor ($39.99) that is described as being “smaller than a smart phone” and can be charged using a USB. The compact item's sharp blades and fast vibration is said to give a “smooth, comfortable shave.” Each charge lasts 30 minutes.
Let your parent rediscover his past with Uncommon Goods’ My Life Story -- So Far journal ($28). The book allows the recipient to record their experiences from first dates memories to words of wisdom gained over the years. The site touts it as a keepsake that will be “treasured for generations.” You can check out a sneak peek inside the journal here.
Help dad transport his frothy beverages safely with Built NY’s 6 Pack Tote ($24.99). The item is built with neoprene (the same material used to make wetsuits) and is designed to keep your beverages cold for up to four hours. Whether dad wants to transport his alcohol to a holiday party or wait until the summer season to use it at the beach, his 6 Pack Tote will always be in style. The item, which expands to fix canned or bottled beverages, comes in black and tweet camo (pictured above).
If your father enjoys golf, he’ll love getting a set of a dozen personalized golf balls ($39.99). Gifts.com lets you put a name (up to 12 characters) and a year on each item. Unique and classic graphics accompany the design.
Kid At Heart
If dad is a kid at heart Urban Outfitters’ Skeye Nano Drone Quadcopter ($44) is sure to thrill his inner child. The tiny drone has “ultra-respsonsive controls” and can perform airborne stunts. The copter can be tailored for all users and set in three flights modes: beginner, advanced and veteran. The product takes 30 minutes to charge. Each charge has 7-8 minutes of play time.
What movie lovers wouldn’t want their very own Flux Capacitor? In honor of 2015's "Back To the Future" day, get dad his very own Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger ($19.99) from ThinkGeek.com. The product offers two USB charging ports and can charge two devices simultaneously. Doc Brown would definitely approve.
If you need a present for mom, check out IBT’s holiday gift ideas for women under $50 here.