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

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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

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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!

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3. Stanley Never-Flat Stein; $31

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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.

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4. Death Wish Coffee; $36

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

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.

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6. The Beard Care Kit; $38

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.

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

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

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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.

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9. The Ultimate Book of Trivia; $20

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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.

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10. Teas of the Boston Tea Party; $35

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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.

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11. A History of Space Travel Cards; $14

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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.

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14 Retro Gifts for Millennials

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Ravi Palwe, Unsplash

Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, which means the pop culture they grew up with is officially retro. No matter what generation you belong to, consider these gifts when shopping for the Millennials in your life this holiday season.

1. Reptar Funko Pop!; $29

Amazon

This vinyl Reptar figurine from Funko is as cool as anything you’d find in the rugrats’ toy box. The monster dinosaur has been redesigned in classic Pop! style, making it a perfect desk or shelf accessory for the grown-up Nickelodeon fan. It also glows in the dark, which should appeal to anyone’s inner child.

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2. Dragon Ball Z Slippers; $20

Hot Topic

You don’t need to change out of your pajamas to feel like a Super Saiyan. These slippers are emblazoned with the same kanji Goku wears on his gi in Dragon Ball Z: one for training under King Kai and one for training with Master Roshi. And with a soft sherpa lining, the footwear feels as good as it looks.

Buy it: Hot Topic

3. The Pokémon Cookbook; $15

Hop Topic

What do you eat after a long day of training and catching Pokémon? Any dish in The Pokémon Cookbook is a great option. This book features more than 35 recipes inspired by creatures from the Pokémon franchise, including Poké Ball sushi rolls and mashed Meowth potatoes.

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4. Lisa Frank Activity Book; $5

Urban Outfitters

Millennials will never be too old for Lisa Frank, especially when the artist’s playful designs come in a relaxing activity book. Watercolor brings the rainbow characters in this collection to life. Just gather some painting supplies and put on a podcast for a relaxing, nostalgia-fueled afternoon.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

5. Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB; $28

Amazon

The days of recording mix tapes don’t have to be over. This device looks and functions just like tape recorders from the pre-smartphone era. And with a USB port as well as a line-in jack and built-in mic, users can easily import their digital music collection onto retro cassette tapes.

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6. Days of the Week Scrunchie Set; $12

Urban Outfitters

Millennials can be upset that a trend from their youth is old enough to be cool again, or they can embrace it. This scrunchie set is for anyone happy to see the return of the hair accessory. The soft knit ponytail holders come in a set of five—one for each day of the school (or work) week.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. D&D Graphic T-shirt; $38-$48

80s Tees

The perfect gift for the Dungeon Master in your life, this graphic tee is modeled after the cover of the classic Dungeons & Dragons rule book. It’s available in sizes small through 3XL.

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8. Chuck E. Cheese T-shirt; $36-$58

80s Tees

Few Millennials survived childhood without experiencing at least one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This retro T-shirt sports the brand’s original name: Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. It may be the next-best gift for a Chuck E. Cheese fan behind a decommissioned animatronic.

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9. The Nightmare Before Christmas Picnic Blanket Bag; $40

Shop Disney

Fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will recognize the iconic scene on the front of this messenger bag. Unfold it and the bag becomes a blanket fit for a moonlit picnic among the pumpkins. The bottom side is waterproof and the top layer is made of soft fleece.

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10. Toy Story Alien Socks; $15

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You don’t need to be skilled at the claw machine to take home a pair of these socks. Decorated with the aliens from Toy Story, they’re made from soft-knit fabric and are big enough to fit adult feet.

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11. Goosebumps Board Game; $24

Amazon

Fans that read every book in R.L. Stine’s series growing up can now play the Goosebumps board game. In this game, based on the Goosebumps movie, players take on the role of their favorite monster from the series and race to the typewriter at the end of the trail of manuscripts.

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12. Tamagotchi Mini; $19

Amazon

If you know someone who killed their Tamagotchi in the '90s, give them another chance to show off their digital pet-care skills. This Tamagotchi is a smaller, simplified version of the original game. It doubles as a keychain, so owners have no excuse to forget to feed their pet.

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13. SNES Classic; $275

Amazon

The SNES Classic is much easier to find now than when it first came out, and it's still just as entertaining for retro video game fans. This mini console comes preloaded with 21 Nintendo games, including Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

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14. Planters Cheez Balls; $24

Amazon

Planters revived its Cheez Balls in 2018 after pulling them from shelves nearly a decade earlier. To Millennials unaware of that fact, this gift could be their dream come true. The throwback snack even comes in the classic canister fans remember.

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10 Great Gifts for Teens

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Fjallraven/Polaroid

If it’s been a few years since you were a teenager, you might be feeling at a loss when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the teen in your life. But you don’t have to worry—we’ve culled the internet to figure out what’s cool these days, and we found 10 items to suit any teen (and any price point).

1. Fjällräven Kånken Mini Classic Backpack for Everyday; $70

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Fjällräven’s Kånken backpack was originally introduced in 1978 as an affordable and comfortable bag for Swedish schoolchildren, but it recently took off as a trend among American high schoolers and college students. With 43 different color options, chances are you’ll be able to find the perfect trendy backpack for the teen in your life.

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2. Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Water Bottle; $30–$35

Hydro Flask/Amazon

Hydro Flasks aren’t only trendy, they’re sturdy and environmentally friendly. Plus, they keep hot drinks warm and icy drinks cool for an absurdly long amount of time. The standard-mouth water bottle is currently available on Amazon in 17 different colors, but the brand also offers tumbler cups and coffee mugs depending on your niece/nephew/cousin/friend/child’s preference.

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3. Polaroid Originals OneStep+ Bluetooth-Connected Instant Film Camera; $140

Polaroid Originals/Amazon

Teens can kick it back old school with this Polaroid camera that hides some surprisingly contemporary features. Using a special app, users can fine-tune their camera settings to suit their personal tastes. Plus, this camera makes it possible to capture two scenes in a single frame, so it's that much easier to create uniquely artsy Polaroid pics.

Buy it: Amazon

4. 4th-Generation Echo Dot with Clock; $60

Amazon

Tech-wise, the fourth-generation Echo Dot is almost identical to its third-generation predecessor. But the updated spherical design seems poised to make the Echo Dot a worthy contender for traditional alarm clocks—the speaker face shows the time and it even includes a tap-to-snooze function for drowsy sleepers.

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5. Bubble Tea Kit; $38

Uncommon Goods

Part of the reason bubble tea is so popular is that it’s customizable—and what could be more customizable than making it yourself? This kit, made by an Atlanta-based couple, comes with two reusable straws and enough supplies to make up to eight servings.

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6. Mixtape Card Game; $20

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This party game challenges players to find the perfect songs to suit specific prompts. Some cards might prompt players to use Spotify or Youtube to search for the songs with the best guitar solos, while other cards call for participants to play their “favorite slow dance love jam from junior high.” This game is sure to be a hit at any high school sleepover or house party—or, in true 2020 style, at any digital hangout or Zoom meeting.

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7. Giant Flour Tortilla Throw Blanket; $18-$35

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This goofy double-sided blanket turns any human into a giant-size burrito, and it comes in four different sizes to suit any height. One reviewer even went so far as to say that “once you wrap yourself in it, you will be convinced that you are a burrito.”

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8. The Cup of Destiny; $22

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Here’s a prediction: Your hunt for the perfect gift is almost over. This kit is ideal for the teenager who is fascinated by the supernatural and loves exploring new ideas. Included, you’ll find a 96-page illustrated instruction book along with a cup and a saucer marked with patterns and symbols.

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9. Wreck This Journal: Now in Color; $9

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This journal is not intended to be pretty. It’s made for messiness and exploration and a little bit of chaos. Artistic-minded teens will love filling out pages that prompt them to catalog various stains or poke holes through the paper. Reviewers say it’s not only a source of creative inspiration, though—it’s also a stress reliever. And considering that the middle-school and high-school years aren’t exactly known for being relaxing, this journal could be a welcome reprieve from the daily pressure of managing homework and a social life.

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10. Therapy Dough; $15

Uncommon Goods

Some teens focus better and relax more easily when they have something to fidget with. If the teen in your life fits that description, this therapy dough may be the perfect gift for them. Each 4.5-ounce container is infused with essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, orange, or pine, making relaxation smell delicious (and all natural!).

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

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