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Give Dad Something Other Than a Tie This Year

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, and while you might get away with sending Mom flowers, saying “Thanks, Dad!” can be a little trickier (especially if he’s still paying your school loans). A perfectly aged whiskey or fancy tie is an easy way of bolstering your favorite-child status, but why not change it up? In our latest Shop-A-Matic, we hit the stores to find the best gifts for dear old pa. In addition to the requisite ties and food and wine picks, we also hunted down some new threads to jazz up his wardrobe, tools for grilling, and fitness gear to keep him active. And with more than 50 picks under $50, finding the perfect present doesn’t have to send you spiraling into debt (or, uh, asking dad to loan you a few bucks). Check out all of the ideas here, or click through to see some of our favorite finds.

The Gramercy by Cocoon Innovations
Price: $30
Why We Like It: The messenger-style bag fits an iPad perfectly, and also features an elastic-strap organization system that keeps electronic gadgets within handy reach.

Cross-Terrain UV Skin Protector With SPF 50 by Kiehl’s
Price: $26
Why We Like It: Because Dad is old and he sometimes forgets to put on sweat- and water-resistant sunscreen before heading out for an afternoon of fishing or golfing.

Air Brogan by Cole Haan FLX
Price: $118
Why We Like It: A casual but still polished lace-up shoe is a wardrobe staple. This one features Nike Air Technology in the heel to keep him from complaining about foot discomfort.

Orange Touch-Screen Watch by Kenneth Cole
Price: $150
Why We Like It: This timepiece features a touch-screen face — perfect for tech-savvy fathers.

Superman Cuff Links
Price: $85
Why We Like It: For the comic-book lover, these Superman cuff links are made from decommissioned stamps featuring the cover of 1941’s Superman No. 11.

Give Dad Something Other Than a Tie This Year