Shopping for dads can be tough because they can be so downright practical. All of these gifts are useful, sure to be appreciated, and under $40, so you’re bound to find something dad will love.
Whether you’re shopping for a dad that’s into DIY stuff, outdoor activities like camping, or a tech-loving geek at heart, we’ve searched high and low for the perfect gifts you can score for under $40.
And if you’re worried these gifts aren’t truly dad-approved, as a practical dad myself I assure you’d I’d be happy to get any of them (and already own most of them).
Whether your dad shaves his face clean every morning, rocks a Grizzly Adams beard, or is somewhere in between, get him some gear to keep his face looking the way he likes it. Shaving and beard care gear is always a welcome gift because a lot of it is consumable. Beards eat beard balm for breakfast so an extra tin is always welcome.
Arko Shaving Stick
This is the cheapest but best lathering shaving soap you will ever find. Ever. Embrace the weird intense lemon scent and enjoy the lather.
Omega Boar Hair Shaving Brush
Shaving soap requires a shaving brush. This boar-bristle brush is more economical than a badger-hair brush. Lathers great despite the budget price.
Clubman Pinuad Aftershave Lotion
This aftershave smells amazing and has been on the market so long there's a chance your great-great granddad used it.
Edwin Jagger Safety Razor
Dads love old school stuff that works and saving money. You save a fortune on razor blades when you shave with a double edge razor. And you get a closer shave too!
Razor Blades Club Sampler Pack
This sampler pack of double-edge razor blades will help your ol' dad find the razor that shaves best for his face.
Grave Before Shave Bourbon Balm
There are a lot of beard balms on the market but not many of them smell this good.
Smooth Viking Beard Brush Set
A good beard brush is a must. Grab this combo to get a brush and comb in one set!
Phillips Norelco Multigroomer 5000
Beards big and small need trimming and shaping. This cordless model is perfect for the task.
Kent Moustache Comb
A proper mustache needs a proper mustache comb. This classic model is a must have.
Viking Revolution Mustache Wax
Whether he's shaping a mustache or a really unruly beard, this mustache wax will hold everything in place.
Flashlights of all kinds are the most practical gift you can give. You’re never going to find a dad who wishes he had fewer (or crappier) sources of lights. You could give me a different kind of flashlight every week of the year and I’d be thrilled.
I don’t want to speak for every kind of dad out there, but I love flashlights and I rarely run into another dad who doesn’t also love flashlights and every other kind of portable light out there. There’s a lot of moments in the average dad’s year where more light is better and more ways to cast light on projects, campsites, and other things is even more welcome.
Anker Rechargable Pen Light
From car repairs to inspecting my furnace, I use this mighty little penlight almost every day.
Hausbell 7W Mini Flashlights
The only thing better than one flashlight is multiple flashlights. With a multi-pack dad can leave a flashlight everywhere he needs one.
Olight Micro Keychain Light
Never has a flashlight been so dad-approved. It's tiny, rechargeable, and can put out up to 150 lumens.
Latget Ultrabright Flashlight
With 90,000 lumens of power your dad can finally cosplay as the moon or shine low-flying aircraft.
Black Diamond Headlamp
This economical headlamp is a perfect balance between cost and brightness.
Cosoos Widebeam Headlamp
This cool headlamp casts a wide soft light and include a red safety light on the back. Perfect for early morning or late-night outdoor exercise.
Sofirn Rechargable Headlamp
This 1200 lumen headlamp is great for hands-free use, you can detach the flashlight, and it's rechargable.
LE LED Camping Lantern
This camping lantern is both a lantern, flashlight, and powerbank. Features six lighting modes and a built-in hanger.
Vont LED Lanterns
Just like lots of flashlights is good, lots of lanterns is good too. In a power outage, everybody gets one!
Dustproof, waterproof, and rechargable, this collapsible lantern provides 24 hours of light per charge.
While the flashlights and such we just shared are definitely outdoor gear, there’s a lot more to spending time outdoors than blasting 1000 lumens at everything that goes bump in the night. Here are some other great outdoor gear picks.
Whether you’re shopping for a dad that wants to get a closer look at the birds at the feeder or hike through the woods to find them in their natural environment there’s a little something for everybody.
LifeStraw Water Filter
It's a super powerful portable water filter that can clean up to 1000 gallons of water. You buy one, they secure clean water for a child for a year. What's not to love?
CamelBak Chute Mag Water Bottle
Holds 32 oz., keeps water cold, stainless steel design lasts forever.
Hontry 10x25 Compact Binoculars
Dads love binoculars. This compact pair is good for sports, birding, and more
These fatwood kindling sticks are harvested from the heart of pine tree stumps and make starting a roaring fire easy-peasy.
Fiskars X7 Hatchet
The baby brother of the Fiskars X27 splitting ax, this lil guy is perfect for campsites and light duty around the house.
Legit Camping 2-Person Hammock
This ultra-wide 2-person camping hammock is perfect to keep ol' dad's bones off the cold ground.
Yaktrax Traction Cleats
A gift that's clever and keeps your safe on ice and snow? It'll be a hit. Trust us.
Nylon Rigger Belt
Save the leather belt for the office, this super-strong nylon belt is perfect for outdoor activities.
SOG Entrenching Tool
From stashing it in the trunk to packing it to a campsite, this handy little shovel fits anywhere and is always ready for action.
Don't Die in the Woods Mylar Blankets
Giant mylar blankets perfect for camping and survival stashes? This has dad-gift written all over it.
Between general tech gear and smart home gear, there are plenty of cool products to choose from. Here are some of our favorite inexpensive tech gifts that cover everything from keeping tech tidy to dabbling in smart home fun.
Kasa Smart Light Bulbs
This highly-rated little two-bulb kit is perfect to play around with and just the right number to jazz up the porch lights for the holidays.
Kasa Smart Plugs
I use these everywhere in my house and now your dad can too.
Anker Multi-Port Charger
Help your dad charge all-the-things at home and on the road with this 60w multi-port charger.
Echogear Pivoting Power Strip
Solve your dad's wall wart frustrations with this clever pivoting power strip.
Matein Cable Organizer
Help dad keep all his cables organized and ready with this handy case.
WYZE Cam v3
From keeping an eye on the dog to catching that damn raccoon in the act, this little smart cam can help.
Roku Express 4K+
A 4K streaming dongle with a physical remote? Get him two!
Echo Dot Smart Speaker
Ol' dad hasn't picked up a smart home speaker yet? This is a super economical way to get started.
Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker
Help your dad keep track of his stuff with a handy Bluetooth tracker.
Oontz Angle 3 BT Speaker
Beach, backyard, or bathroom, this little waterproof speaker will blast classic rock in a dad-approved way.
Whether you’re shopping for a dad that can’t wait to get outdoors after a day at the office or a dad who loves accessories that help him look sharp before heading into the office, we hope you found something fun in our gift list. Want more ideas? Check out all the gift guides in our massive holiday gift guide list!