Best Father’s Day Gifts Under $50

From well-rated coffee makers to ergonomic office accessories, here are the budget-friendly finds Dad is sure to love

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Whether you’re celebrating Father’s Day in person or from afar on June 20, set the dad in your life up for success by checking off a few items on his wishlist.

Think beyond grill tools and pajamas by turning to the everyday staples that can benefit from an upgrade. Programmable coffee makers, grooming essentials, and ergonomic office accessories are just the start. We pulled some top picks from CR’s tests that prove that you don’t have to break the bank to get a present he’ll love. 

Here are 13 gift ideas under $50 for Father’s Day.

For the Java Aficionado

Summer has arrived, and that means mornings aren’t complete without an ice-cold cup of Dad’s favorite coffee. The Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker snags an Excellent rating for convenience in our tests, and it’s certainly primed to please. Paired with a lightweight glass carafe, most of the model’s parts are dishwasher-safe, which means cleanup can be a cinch. And even though it takes 24 hours to brew, the results will probably be worth the wait.

For more options: Best Cold-Brew Coffee Makers

For the Dad who enjoys waking up to the smell of freshly brewed java, the Hamilton Beach programmable coffee maker is the way to go. It earns an Excellent rating for brew performance and a strong score for convenience when in use and handling, which measures how comfortable it is to hold the carafe and pour. The machine is also able to reach 195° to 205° F for 5 or 6 minutes, the industry standard for getting an optimal brew. 

For more options: Best Coffee Makers

Yeti Rambler, 20 oz.

For the one who is always on the go, an insulated mug is a no-brainer. The Yeti Rambler earns a Very Good rating when it comes to keeping drinks hot (it managed to last 4½ hours in our tests) and a top score in ease of cleaning—no bottle brushes required, and it’s dishwasher-safe. Featuring a stainless steel interior and a powder-coated finish for a solid grip, the 20-ounce container is also cupholder-friendly. It’s perfect for the casual coffee drinker and even better as a companion on the road. 

For more options: Best Insulated Travel Mugs

For the Chef-at-Heart

Aside from earning a Very Good performance rating for cooking and even browning in our tests, the Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker also comes with a feature that allows you to toggle between brown and crispy waffles, and blond and fluffy ones. Easy to use, the nonstick machine has a wraparound moat, meant to collect excess batter, and is relatively more affordable when compared with other top scorers in our ratings. 

For more options: Best Waffle Makers

The secret to a hearty bowl of rice? A dedicated cooker that can get the job done without a hitch. The Instant Zest Rice Cooker is among the highest-rated in our tests: It can hold up to 4 cups of dry rice and can be programmed. It receives a Very Good rating for cooking, as well as for convenience and how easy it is to use the controls. The Instant Zest comes with a steamer tray, rice spoon, measuring cup, and condensation collector, ensuring that you have all your bases covered.

For more options: Best Rice Cookers

Whether it’s for protein shakes or margaritas, a well-performing blender can make a big difference in the kitchen. This Oster blender earns a Very Good rating for making smoothies and icy drinks, along with convenience—which measures how easy it is to clean, clarity of controls, weight, and ease in pouring. Without any outright flaws in its performance and top marks for durability, this model can stand up to daily wear and tear. 

For more options: Best Blenders for $100 or Less

For the Techie

The Amazon Fire Stick goes directly into a TV’s HDMI port for instant access to a variety of streaming services, transforming a regular television into a smart hub. Compatible with Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo and Echo Dot, its voice-control setting means Dad can easily manage the device without lifting a finger, making navigation a total breeze. Dolby Vision HDR (high dynamic range) results in a high-quality picture, while its low price makes it a great pick.

For more options: Best 4K Streaming Media Devices

Give Dad the gift of a distraction-free workspace with a set of headphones that can help keep him on track. Anker’s Life Q20 headphones have a great sound quality and outstanding noise cancellation—perfect for jamming to music or staying on top of whatever he’s streaming at the moment. The model also comes with the ability to work over Bluetooth or an audio cable, and a free app that adds capabilities including a bass boost EQ setting.

For more options: Best Headphones

Samsung 9W

A wireless charger that can live on just about any surface of the home is always a good idea. This compact model from Samsung is among the best-rated in our tests, earning an Excellent rating for ease of use and a solid score for charging duration. It comes with a built-in cooling fan (for faster charging) and has a status indicator that changes color when your device is ready to go. 

For more options: Best Wireless Chargers

Zlot Vertical Gaming Mouse

A dedicated gaming mouse for the gamer dad is a must, and this Zlot Vertical Gaming Mouse should stand up to all his expectations. It snags superb marks across the board for ergonomics, accuracy (measured by accuracy of clicks-on-target in a test), and efficiency (measured by efficiency and ease of clicks-on-target). The model comes with 11 programmable buttons, five dpi (dots per inch) settings, and a matte finish, which means comfort in the palm of your hand. If that weren’t enough, it also reduces stress in the forearm, and when properly positioned, it can reduce wrist extension, too. Game on, Dad. 

For more options: Best Ergonomic Mouses

For the Self-Care Enthusiast

If Dad has yet to go electric on his dental game, now’s as good of a time as any. The Fairywill toothbrush is a great value (it comes in at under $30!) and excellent for cleaning performance. Its built-in timer ensures that users get the dentist-recommended 2-minute cleaning time, while a rechargeable battery means you can hang on to it for years to come—simply swap the toothbrush head when needed. 

For more options: Best Electric Toothbrushes

If you ask us, a good night’s sleep is high up on the list of best gifts and a great pillow is a pretty easy way to get there. Dad will be waking up as refreshed as ever with the Beckham Luxury Linens Hotel Collection pillow, which consists of a 100 percent polyester gel-fiber filling (perfect for keeping cool) and comes covered in a 100 percent cotton case. It snags top ratings for both back and side support, and also earns an Excellent score in our breathability test.

For more options: Best Pillows

Braun BT5070 Men’s Beard Trimmer

Streamline Dad’s morning routine with an easy-to-use trimmer that might just become a go-to. The Braun beard trimmer scored well among our volunteer testers when it came to maintenance, usability, and its overall basic features. While the model itself is not fully washable, users who tested the item noted that the trimmer wasn’t too difficult to clean.

For more options: Best Beard Trimmers

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Anna Kocharian

Based in New York City, I'm a shopping editor for Consumer Reports, writing about home, tech, and everything in between. Previously, I covered interior design and market trends as the digital editor of Domino, which shaped my multidisciplinary background in lifestyle journalism. When I'm not seeking out the everyday essentials worth investing in, you may find me perusing my favorite bookstores, cooking, or wandering around the city.