11 Great Father's Day Gifts Under $40

Death Wish Coffee/Stanley/Amazon
Death Wish Coffee/Stanley/Amazon

Father’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re still looking for a gift that won't drain your bank account, we’ve compiled a list of products for every type of dad, whether they're into bourbon-infused soaps, the history of space travel, or just want to keep their beard a bit more lush. Check them out below.

1. Amazon Fire Stick and Voice Remote; $40

Amazon Fire Stick and remote.
Amazon

With Amazon's Fire TV stick, your dad just has to simply plug it into his TV's HDMI port and download his favorite streaming apps, and the stick will then basically turn his HD TV into a smart TV without needing to buy a whole new set. The included universal remote works in tandem with the stick to make it easier to navigate through channels and search for specific programs. With this tool, your dad won’t have to lift a finger to search for his favorite shows—he can simply say, “Alexa, play Bosch” to be taken directly to the right channel. (We don't need to know your dad to know he loves Bosch.)

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dash Waffle Maker; $26

Dash waffle maker.
Amazon/Dash

To really make your dad’s morning on Father’s Day, use this waffle maker to whip up a few Belgian waffles for breakfast. Then watch him get excited when he learns he can make his own gourmet-quality brunches in minutes. Batter up!

Buy it: Amazon

3. Stanley Never-Flat Stein; $31

Stanley Never-Flat Stein.
Stanley/Amazon

While this 24-ounce stein from Stanley looks like it fits right in at a German beer hall, there's a lot more going on under the hood than a typical mug. Its double-wall insulation and latching lid keeps drinks colder for longer (around nine hours), while helping to retain that oh-so-necessary carbonation.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Death Wish Coffee; $36

Death Wish Coffee on Amazon.
Death Wish Coffee/Amazon

Help your dad power through any morning—even the first one after a three-day weekend—with an extra kick of caffeine, courtesy of Death Wish Coffee. This powerful dark roast boasts double the caffeine of a typical cup of coffee, and it's paired in this two-pack with the Odinforce Blend, which is another dark roast aimed at people who simply won't stand for weakness in their coffee (or their coffee's packaging).

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5. Give Back to Nature Candles; $24

Candles from UncommonGoods.
Uncommon Goods

A portion of the sales from each of these candles goes to supporting charitable organizations involved with environmental preservation, so your dad can appreciate this ethical purchase while also enjoying the earthy scents of teak wood and eucalyptus, citrus groves, or apples and maple. This gift is for any father who loves the outdoors and wants to bring a bit of nature inside the house.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

6. The Beard Care Kit; $38

Beard care kit on UncommonGoods.
Uncommon Goods

Social distancing has encouraged many people to try their luck at growing fabulous beards. If your father is one of them, treat him to this beard care kit that will keep his facial hair staying soft and shiny.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

7. 5-in-1 Tool Pen; $25

5-in-1- Pen from UncommonGoods
Uncommon Goods

Surprise your dad with this pen that can do (almost) everything. This ballpoint includes a built-in 3-inch ruler, a bubble level, a screwdriver, and a stylus for touchscreen devices. But if your dad would rather wear his tools than carry them around in a pocket, you could instead consider this utility bracelet, which includes a knife and a flat head screwdriver and sells for $40 on Uncommon Goods.

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8. Duke Cannon soap set; $20

Duke Cannon soap on Amazon.
Duke Cannon/Amazon

If you've got one of those dads who thinks leather and tobacco is the ideal scent pairing for a living room candle, then he's the exact market Duke Cannon is after. This "Bourbon and Beer" set features soaps made with actual Buffalo Trace bourbon and Old Milwaukee beer, meaning every wash will come complete with whiffs of oak barrels and sandalwood. And at a hefty 10 ounces per bar, these bricks of soap should keep him smelling like a distillery all summer long.

Buy it: Amazon

9. The Ultimate Book of Trivia; $20

Book of Trivia.
Uncommon Goods

Here at Mental Floss, we’re pretty big fans of trivia—and we bet your dad will be, too. This 352-page book contains more than 1000 tidbits that he’ll love spouting at parties and family dinners. Reigning Jeopardy! champion (and Mental Floss contributor) Ken Jennings’s trivia almanac of more than 8800 unusual facts is also a good choice for trivia lovers.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

10. Teas of the Boston Tea Party; $35

Boston Tea Party tea set.
Uncommon Goods

Each of the five teas included in this kit were among the varieties that early American colonists dumped into the Boston Harbor back in December 1773, and it's perfect for the history buff who enjoys the sweet, sweet taste of rebellion stirred in with their tea.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

11. A History of Space Travel Cards; $14

The History of Space Travel Playing Cards
Pop Chart Lab/Amazon

This deck of cards isn't just a dependable time-waster in a pinch; it's decorated with illustrations that celebrate the planet's history of space travel, from the 1950s space race to the days of the ISS. Featuring the different ships, satellites, and space suits that have paved the way for where we are today, this deck is a great collectible for any dad who's had his neck craned up to the stars since childhood. For patient fathers, there's also a 500-piece History of Space Travel puzzle for $14 that will ship within one to two months.

Buy it: Amazon

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7 Top-Rated Portable Air Conditioners You Can Buy Right Now

Black + Decker/Amazon
Black + Decker/Amazon

The warmest months of the year are just around the corner (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway), and things are about to get hot. To make indoor life feel a little more bearable, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the top-rated portable air conditioners you can buy online right now.

1. SereneLife 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner; $290

SereneLife air conditioner on Amazon.
SereneLife/Amazon

This device—currently the best-selling portable air conditioner on Amazon—is multifunctional, cooling the air while also working as a dehumidifier. Reviewers on Amazon praised this model for how easy it is to set up, but cautioned that it's not meant for large spaces. According to the manufacturer, it's designed to cool down rooms up to 225 square feet, and the most positive reviews came from people using it in their bedroom.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Black + Decker 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner and Heater; $417

Black + Decker portable air conditioner
Black+Decker/Amazon

Black + Decker estimates that this combination portable air conditioner and heater can accommodate rooms up to 350 square feet, and it even comes with a convenient timer so you never have to worry about forgetting to turn it off before you leave the house. The setup is easy—the attached exhaust hose fits into most standard windows, and everything you need for installation is included. This model sits around four stars on Amazon, and it was also picked by Wirecutter as one of the best values on the market.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Mikikin Portable Air Conditioner Fan; $45

Desk air conditioner on Amazon
Mikikin/Amazon

This miniature portable conditioner, which is Amazon's top-selling new portable air conditioner release, is perfect to put on a desk or end table as you work or watch TV during those sweltering dog days. It's currently at a four-star rating on Amazon, and reviewers recommend filling the water tank with a combination of cool water and ice cubes for the best experience.

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4. Juscool Portable Air Conditioner Fan; $56

Juscool portable air conditioner.
Juscool/Amazon

This tiny air conditioner fan, which touts a 4.6-star rating, is unique because it plugs in with a USB cable, so you can hook it up to a laptop or a wall outlet converter to try out any of its three fan speeds. This won't chill a living room, but it does fit on a nightstand or desk to help cool you down in stuffy rooms or makeshift home offices that weren't designed with summer in mind.

Buy it: Amazon

5. SHINCO 8000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner; $320

Shinco portable air conditioner
SHINCO/Amazon

This four-star-rated portable air conditioner is meant for rooms of up to 200 square feet, so think of it for a home office or bedroom. It has two fan speeds, and the included air filter can be rinsed out quickly underneath a faucet. There's also a remote control that lets you adjust the temperature from across the room. This is another one where you'll need a window nearby, but the installation kit and instructions are all included so you won't have to sweat too much over setting it up.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Honeywell MN Series Portable Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier; $400

Honeywell air conditioner on Walmart.
Honeywell/Walmart

Like the other units on this list, Honeywell's portable air conditioner also acts as a dehumidifier or a standard fan when you just want some air to circulate. You can cool a 350-square-foot room with this four-star model, and there are four wheels at the bottom that make moving it from place to place even easier. This one is available on Amazon, too, but Walmart has the lowest price right now.

Buy it: Walmart

7. LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner; $699

LG Portable Air Conditioner.
LG/Home Depot

This one won't come cheap, but it packs the acclaim to back it up. It topped Wirecutter's list of best portable air conditioners and currently has a 4.5-star rating on Home Depot's website, with many of the reviews praising how quiet it is while it's running. It's one of the only models you'll find compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, and it can cool rooms up to 500 square feet. There's also the built-in timer, so you can program it to go on and off whenever you want.

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10 Wireless Chargers Designed to Make Life Easier

La Lucia/Moshi
La Lucia/Moshi

While our smart devices and gadgets are necessary in our everyday life, the worst part is the clumsy collection of cords and chargers that go along with them. Thankfully, there are more streamlined ways to keep your phone, AirPods, Apple Watch, and other electronics powered-up. Check out these 10 wireless chargers that are designed to make your life convenient and connected.

1. Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad; $40

Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad
Moshi

Touted as one of the world's fastest chargers, this wireless model from Moshi is ideal for anyone looking to power-up their phone or AirPods in a hurry. It sports a soft, cushioned design and features a proprietary Q-coil module that allows it to charge through a case as thick as 5mm.

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2. Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station; $57

Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station
Rego Tech

Consolidate your bedside table with this clock, Bluetooth 5.0 speaker, and wireless charger, all in one. It comes with a built-in radio and glossy LED display with three levels of brightness to suit your style.

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3. BentoStack PowerHub 5000; $100 (37 percent off)

BentoStack PowerHub 5000
Function101

This compact Apple accessory organizer will wirelessly charge, port, and store your device accessories in one compact hub. It stacks to look neat and keep you from losing another small piece of equipment.

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4. Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger; $85

Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger
Moshi

This wireless charger doubles as a portable battery, so when your charge dies, the backup battery will double your device’s life. Your friends will love being able to borrow a charge, too, with the easy, non-slip hook-up.

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5. 4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger; $41 (31 percent off)

4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger
La Lucia

Put all of those tangled cords to rest with this single, temperature-controlled charging stand that can work on four devices at once. It even has a built-in safeguard to protect against overcharging.

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6. GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger; $20 (31 percent off)

GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger
Origaudio

If you need to charge your phone while also using it as a GPS, this wireless device hooks right into the car’s air vent for safe visibility. Your device will be fully charged within two to three hours, making it perfect for road trips.

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7. Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad; $35 (30 percent off)

Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad
Bezalel

This incredibly thin, tiny charger is designed for anyone looking to declutter their desk or nightstand. Using a USB-C cord for a power source, this wireless charger features a built-in cooling system and is simple to set up—once plugged in, you just have to rest your phone on top to get it working.

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8. Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain; $20 (59 percent off)

Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain
Go Gadgets

This Apple Watch charger is all about convenience on the go. Simply attach the charger to your keys or backpack and wrap your Apple Watch around its magnetic center ring. The whole thing is small enough to be easily carried with you wherever you're traveling, whether you're commuting or out on a day trip.

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9. Wireless Charger with 30W Power Delivery & 18W Fast Charger Ports; $55 (38 percent off)

Wireless Charger from TechSmarter
TechSmarter

Fuel up to three devices at once, including a laptop, with this single unit. It can wirelessly charge or hook up to USB and USB-C to consolidate your charging station.

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10. FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table; $150 (24 percent off)

FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table
FoneSalesman

This bamboo table is actually a wireless charger—all you have to do is set your device down on the designated charging spot and you're good to go. Easy to construct and completely discreet, this is a novel way to charge your device while entertaining guests or just enjoying your morning coffee.

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