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We’re only a few weeks away from Father’s Day 2021 (it’s Sunday, June 20, in case you forgot) and if you’re short on gift ideas for your favorite father figures, we get it: The patriarchs of the world can be notoriously hard to shop for! To prevent you from pestering pops about what he wants while he’s reading the Sunday paper, we’ve found 16 great presents that are sure to please—and they all just so happen to be on sale, too.
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Plenty of retailers are discounting best-selling products that will make dad’s daily routine easier. For those who groggily shuffle through the mornings, for instance, these cushy Vonmay slippers (was $24.99 now $15.99), are sure to make him smile. Previous buyers liked the comfort and durability of this footwear, saying that they lounged in them for days on end.
If your father often has to hit the road for work, why not give him an iOttie Easy One Touch 5 car mount phone holder (once $24.95 and now $22.45) for taking calls and punching in GPS directions? Customers appreciated this holder for its adjustable base and magnetic tab, which they say can easily hold charging cables in place.
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The best on-sale gifts to give to dads
1. Our favorite value hair trimmer
Like bears emerging from hibernation after a long winter, dads around the world are stepping out into the summer sun with scraggly fuzz on their face post-quarantine. Help him skip the barber with Philips’ Norelco MG3750, which is on sale at Amazon for just $17. (That’s 19% off of its listing price of $20.99.) We chose the Philips as our favorite value beard trimmer for its sharp blades, which didn’t catch on even our most coarse hair strands in testing. (They were easy to clean, too.) We also appreciated the multiple accessories that come with this kit (think multiple trimmers for nose and ear hairs along with guards for beards and stubble).
2. This indoor searing grill
If dad loves to get his grill on but hates doing so in bad weather, we have the perfect gift—and it’s on sale. The George Foreman four-serving electric grill, which we ranked as our best-valued indoor grill, is marked down by 42% at Walmart from its manufacturer’s list price of $49.99, falling to $28.97. We loved this model for its no-fuss cooking—its one heat setting made it incredibly easy to operate. The way it added deep grill marks, like you’d get from an outdoor grill, on our burgers, chicken and fish, was a nice little added bonus, too. Do note though, contrary to its name, this pick can only hold two burger patties at once. Still, at its low price, it’s a must-have for dad’s kitchen.
3. Our favorite phone mount of all time
Make sure dad keeps his eyes on the road with iOttie’s One Touch 5 phone mount. Amazon is currently discounting this already-affordable mount, bringing it down from $24.95 to $22.45 with the coupon beneath the price. We named iOttie’s One Touch 3 (currently unavailable) as our favorite phone car holder for its sturdy design and adjustability. The upgraded 5 features a wider cradle for newer, larger phone models and a redesigned suction cup for a stronger hold. It has also earned multiple 5-star reviews from Amazon customers, with one claiming that “no amount of vibration” could shake his phone from the mount’s secure holder.
4. This multipurpose hatchet
If your father figure loves an adventure, equip him for whatever may come his way with the RoverTac 14-in-1 hatchet. This top-rated product is now on sale, marked down from $39.99 to $25.99 and saving you $14. More than 6,000 Amazon customers gave this hatchet a 5-star review, calling it a solid piece to keep on their person or in their glove compartments. Shoppers also appreciated its compact size and the variety of tool it includes (there’s a saw, a knife, a fish de-scaler and a bottle opener, to name a few).
5. This all-encompassing video game subscription
For dads who love to game, there’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate—Microsoft’s video game subscription service that lets players stream more than 100 Xbox titles to their consoles, PCs and Android mobile devices each and every month. Right now, you can sign dad up to experience it all for just $1 for the first three months (usually $14.99 apiece), with the service continuing on at the normal price of $14.99 thereafter. That means he can spend his morning playing Destiny 2 on his phone, get a quick round of Madden NFL 21 ($17.99) in on his computer during lunch or enjoy some Fallout 4 ($29.99) on his Xbox One before bed. Members can also play against others online with Xbox Live Gold, which is included in the Ultimate plan.
6. These customizable wireless earbuds
When your father figure needs to listen to music or take calls in private, a portable, powerful pair of headphones will be just what the doctor ordered. Enter: the Soundcore Anker Liberty 2 wireless earbuds, which are now available at Amazon for $69.99—down $10 from their usual price of $79.99 when you click the coupon code beneath the price. The Liberty 2 buds are our favorite true wireless earbuds under $100 thanks to their customizable options. The varying wingtips, for instance, allowed for greater comfort, while the EQ options in the Anker app allowed us to set the sound to our liking. Last but not least, these buds offered an above-average battery life, lasting for more than seven hours per charge.
7. These highly-rated memory foam slippers
No matter what inserts he has or how loose his laces are, dad’s shoes are likely to feel tiresome after a long day of use. One way to help ease his tootsie pain is a pair of Vonmay open-back memory foam slippers, now available at Walmart for 36% off the list price at $15.99. These slippers are available in sizes 7 through 14 and come in gray, dark gray, blue and black. At least 70 Walmart customers have lauded them with 5-star reviews, with one happy customer calling these slippers “a little more stylish than the average inexpensive slipper.” Another added that they’re also “well-constructed with comfortable material.”
8. This bookworm-approved reading subscription
If dad spends the majority of his free time reading book after book, he needs a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Lucky for you, it just so happens to be on sale, with Amazon offering a free 30-day trial for new subscribers, after which it will cost the typical $9.99 per month. You can also opt to sign him up for six months at a reduced price of $30 instead of the usual $59.94. With this service, he’ll get instant access to thousands of e-books, podcasts, audiobooks and even magazines, on his tablet, laptop or kindle. Popular free titles include the Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings, so dad can take on a new adventure every day.
9. Our favorite smartwatch
It’s hard to find a smartwatch that consistently delivers like the Apple Watch Series 6—that’s why we named it our favorite smartwatch. What’s more, the 40mm GPS-only version is currently on sale, marked down from $399 to $329 at Amazon for $70 in savings. We loved the bright, always-on display of this pick, and showered it with praises for its fitness tracking, which includes everything from heart rate detection to the newly added blood oxygen sensor. Personally, I also enjoy the sleep tracking features, which let me know how many hours of shuteye I’m getting each night. Performance wise, this model proved to be a big upgrade over its predecessor, the Series 5 ($423.97), with a new S6 processor that allowed this watch to run faster and more seamlessly than ever before. Whether your dad needs take calls on-the-go or count his steps, this smartwatch will be able to handle it all.
10. One of our favorite smart home speakers
The orb-shaped Amazon Echo Dot (fourth generation) comes in three dashing colors (Glacier White, Twilight Blue and charcoal) that will easily blend in with dad’s home office décor—or any other room he wants to put it in. It’s also on mega sale right now for just $34.99, grabbing you 30% in savings. We named it one of our favorite smart speakers for its compact, minimalistic design, which was a clear upgrade from theboxy shape of the third gen ($29.99). It also offered a decent music listening experience when paired with another Dot for stereo sound—our tester said she could barely hear her three kids on the floor upstairs when cranking it up to 75% volume. It won’t offer the deepest bass beats at its baseball-like size, but if dad’s in need of an entry-level smart home speaker, this is one of the best.
11. This gorgeous laptop bag
If your dad has been using the same bag for ages, it’s time for an upgrade. Coach Outlet is having a major Father’s Day sale and the Hamilton portfolio brief, once $450, is now just $199, saving you $251. This item has a perfect 5-star rating from Coach Outlet shoppers, with many praising its pebble leather construction and roomy size. Since it’s 15-inches wide, dad can pack it with his laptop, smartphone, wallet and anything else he needs before heading out the door. There’s a number of interior packers as well for easy organization.
12. This reversible leather belt
For those big business meetings and dinners, it’s important for dad to have the perfect belt. This Michael Kors men’s leather belt is a great option—and it’s discounted from $148 to $49 right now, saving you a whopping $99. This wardrobe essential has a 4.6-star rating from Michael Kors customers, with many complimenting its versatility (It’s reversible, featuring the MK logo print on one side and smooth leather on the other,, as they were able to wear it with both casual and business attire. dad can pair it with a wide variety of apparel.
13. Our best-valued air fryer
We loved the Cosori air fryer max XL, awarding it our best-valued air fryer award, as it held 2 pounds of crinkle-cut fries and delivered them “well-browned and crispy” during testing. It’s also currently marked down by $20, falling from $119.00 to $99.99 at Best Buy. Its digital controls and added preset settings will be great for when dad is looking for a quick and easy meal. The inner basket was somewhat difficult to remove, but other than that, we had no issues with this kitchen gadget. For its affordable price, large capacity and even crispy cooking, it makes for a useful gift—especially on days when your paternal figure is having a major fried food craving.
14. This top-rated whiskey set
Dads of the world, rejoice! Never again will you have to drink your whiskey from that old flimsy gas station cup. Allow us to present the Godinger Dublin five-piece whiskey set, now available at Macy’s for $20.99 for the department store’s lowest prices of the season sale. That’s a cool 65% in savings. This collection comes with a decanter and four old-fashion glasses, all of which are made from non-lead crystal and feature a snowflake-like etching. Macy’s shoppers loved the simple-yet-elegant design, with many praising its reportedly high quality. If your dad’s fond of a whiskey digestif after dinner, this is the gift for him.
15. This athletic dad-approved jacket
If your father spends the majority of his time at the gym or needs some new apparel for his morning jog, he’ll like this adidas Sportswear three-stripes performance track jacket, which is down from its initial price of $70 to to $42 at Nordstrom. The site’s buyers gave this athleisure item a 4.7-star rating, with many praising the pop of orange around the collar, which perfectly offsets the otherwise all-black design. It’s also made from moisture-wicking fabric, which should keep your pops feeling dry during his toughest workouts. Since it’s got front zip pockets, he’ll also be able to keep his cash, smartphone or any other small items safe during his sweat session.
16. This colorful portable speaker
A good Bluetooth portable speaker can cost you a pretty penny. To avoid a head-shaking speech from dad about saving your money without skimping out on quality, there’s the Aomais Sport II—a.k.a. the best-valued Bluetooth speaker under $50 we’ve ever tested. Normally available from $29.99 at Amazon, you can currently save even more on it when you click the coupon box beneath the price to drop the orange model to $20.99. This speaker’s solid sound quality, which comes courtesy of its larger boombox shape, edged this gadget up in our ratings. Not only does it offer surprisingly good volume, it had a fairly good representation of both bass and middle range in its output. What’s more, it offered a wider range of control schemes than its competitors.
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