10 Father’s Day Gifts Dads Actually Want for Under $100
When I was a kid, shopping for Father's day was very hard. What do you get a man who has everything, wants nothing, and never wears a tie? Oh, the agony.
But nowadays, it's much easier to surprise dad with a gift he'll not only like but also enjoy. To help narrow your choices, I've picked 10 items — many with exclusive discounts just for you — that will leave your pops feeling elated and appreciated. (See also: 8 Gifts the Man in Your Life Really Wants)
1. Grace Digital Audio Eco Extreme ($49.99)
If your poppa bear gets all Bear Grylls when he’s out with his buddies, the Eco Extreme from Grace Digital Audio — an all-terrain waterproof speaker case — is the perfect present to keep his gadgets safe while he moves to the groove. The dirt- and water-resistant design protects mobile phones, MP3 players, and personal items (like credit cards, a driver’s license, and cash) from whatever nature throws his way. And so dad doesn’t lose it — like he’s known to do — the Eco Extreme includes a two-inch detachable carabineer to clip to his belt loop or backpack. Wise Bread readers can save 25% off and receive free shipping with discount code BEST25 at Grace Digital Audio.
2. PowerSkin ($49.99-$79.99)
When dad’s battery is dead by quittin’ time, he’ll tell you it’s because of his all-day conference calls. But you know better; he went on an Angry Birds bender, and he’s embarrassed to admit it. Give the guy a break with PowerSkin, a lightweight, flexible case that extends talk (and play) time from four-and-a-half to eight hours on many available smartphones, including the iPhone 4, BlackBerrys, and Droid X.
3. Scosche goBATII ($79.99)
Modern dads have a lot of devices — phones, laptops, tablet PCs — and they all require power. The Scosche goBATII — a dual-USB portable charger and backup battery — will add extra juice whenever he needs it with an internal 5000 maH rechargeable lithium-ion pack that, when fully energized, can revive to capacity a drained iPhone 4 more than two-and-a-half times. It also includes a 10 watt port that’s just right for charging Kindles, iPads, and virtually any other USB powered handheld toy. Wise Bread readers can save 15% with code WISEBREAD until June 19 at Scosche.
4. Bonobos Washed Chinos ($88)
For more than 40 years, cotton has been the fabric of our lives (at least that’s how long that catchy marketing campaign has been around), but it’s never looked as good as it does when it's reincarnated as Bonobos Washed Chinos. Because not only are these khakis ultra stylish with names like Graham Slackers and Grey Dogs and outfitted with preppy plaid liners, they’re made with a curved waistband, medium rise, and tailored thighs to combat the baggy, saggy American cut that makes dad look dumpy. Bonobos Washed Chinos are available in boot cut and straight leg in British khaki, olive green, light grey, and navy blue. First-time customers can save $50 on a purchase of $100 or more — plus free shipping — at Bonobos.
5. Coby High-Def Camcorder ($119.99)
Flip Video may have called it quits, but the Coby HD Camcorder is still workin’ hard for your money. This handheld wonder allows users to record high-def video in 1280x720 resolution on a 2” TFT-LCD color display with 4X digital zoom and comes equipped with 128MB of built-in memory. Also included is a carrying case, hand strap (so dad doesn’t drop it in the lake), a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, software, and an owner’s manual. At press time, the camcorder was on sale at Best Buy for $54.14 plus free shipping.
6. Sprayground Backpack ($48)
Founded by street-artist DBD, Sprayground recently launched a line of backpacks that have all the style young dads want combined with the functionality they need. The bags — which have been featured on Gizmodo, MTV.com, and Time Out New York, among other popular blogs and magazines — feature a plush velour-lined notebook compartment that fits up to a 17” laptop as well as an interior slip pocket for an iPad/tablet PC, while the main compartment includes inner slip pockets and zippers for organization and other media, like MP3 players and mobile phones. Receive 20% off your Sprayground purchase with code JUNE until June 15.
7. G-Form Extreme iPad Sleeve ($59.95)
Dads were made to be rough and rugged. How else you gonna get that shed built out back? But being a man’s man has its disadvantages, like, for instance, his iPad is thisclose to total destruction. Enter the G-Form Extreme iPad Sleeve, made of soft, flexible, light-weight RPT technology that instantly stiffens upon impact and absorbs more than 90 percent of the energy resulting from a drop. Sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. In fact, it’s proven to protect the device from a 12-pound bowling ball drop and a 500-feet free-fall from an airplane. You just know pops is totally gonna try that at home.
8. Native Shoes ($45)
Native Shoes may look like the evolution of the Croc, but they're so much more. Made from foam-injected molded EVA, they form to your feet for a lightweight, waterproof, washable, and odor-resistant shoe that lets dad step out in style. Inspired by classic silhouettes — such as Converse, Sperrys, and Keds — Native Shoes are uber eco-friendly, too. The manufacturing process contains low-energy emissions, is animal byproduct-free and produces zero waste — so there's no carbon footprint even when your baby daddy is kickin' it with the boys.
9. Snugli Baby Carrier ($39.99-$79.99)
It’s not just long-time men-of-the-houses who deserve a great gift on Father’s Day. New dads are equally — if not more — deserving of a little something special on that second Sunday in June. Designer Jennifer Delonge identified that wide-open space in the marketplace with Snugli, the recently released (and totally adorable!) baby carrier that will make hearts melt when your guy walks by. Available in four styles and 12 masculine patterns, Snugli features best-in-class technology such as one-handed buckles, breathable fabrics, and self-adjusting back straps.
10. RumbaTime Watch ($35)
David Beckham is a global style icon, and he earned that status by making bold fashion choices. Like sporting RumbaTime watches, a fun, fresh, and funky line of affordable wrist pieces available in a variety of styles and colors. New to the line is the Greenwich collection, a classic twist on time that references the exclusive stretch of its namesake street in Manhattan. Your man not a fan of Becks? Never fear. RumbaTime has plenty of other celeb clientele — like Steve Carrel, Kobe Bryant, Ben Affleck, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Matthew McConaughey — from whom he can take his cue.
Disclosure: The author of this post handles publicity for Sprayground but will receive no incentives for its inclusion in this gift guide.