The Ultimate Guide to Father’s Day Gifts on a Budget in 2023

Got any ideas for Father's Day this year? We're here to help!

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We all know that Dads are notoriously tricky to buy for, but this year could be different. We’ve compiled an ultimate guide to Father’s Day gifts on a budget, meaning that you won’t be able to hand your Dad a family-sized bag of Maltesers and call it a day this year. 

Father’s Day doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, so show him how much you care on the 18th of June this year. Read on to discover a variety of interesting, funny and thoughtful gifts that we have broken down to fit into three categories; gifts under £10, gifts under £20 and gifts under £30. 

Father’s Day gifts under £10

For the really thrifty of those amongst us, you’ll be glad to hear that is possible to find a few excellent Father’s Day gifts for under £10. This may not seem like much, but you may be surprised just how far a tenner can stretch.  

 Personalised Beer Pint Glass, £5.95, Personalised Gifts Shop 

If your old man likes a drink, this may be the perfect gift for him. Coming in at just under £6, this is a gift that he’ll be sure to appreciate. Personalise it with a name and date of your choice to really make sure that it’ll never go missing, and watch his face light up at the prospect of a (personalised) icey cold pint at the end of the day. 

Plant a tree, £5 suggested donation, National Trust

This is the ideal gift for those nature-loving dads out there. If pints aren’t really your dad’s thing, why don’t you surprise him by arranging for the National Trust to plant a tree on his behalf? This sustainable gift will be sure to withstand the test of time while costing next to nothing. While a £5 minimum donation is recommended, you can choose to donate any amount from the National Trust website. 

Personalised Large Name Thermos Water Bottle, £9.99, Spoken Gifts

Most people will appreciate a personalised water bottle, so why don’t you give your dad one this Father’s Day? It may not seem like an obvious choice - especially if he’s used to receiving a pair of socks every year - but you really can’t go wrong with a new water bottle, especially one that is personalised with your name. 

Cook him a meal

It really depends on what you’ve got in the fridge, but cooking your dad a meal for Father’s Day is a great way to show him how much you appreciate him without spending too much money. It’s also something that requires a bit of effort on your part, so think about which meal he would most appreciate and get cooking. A £10 budget could easily get you some nice quality ingredients that will see your name in your dad’s good books until next Father’s Day.  Have a look at this article for some top tips on how to save money on groceries to ensure that you’re making the most out of your £10 budget. 

Bake him a cake

Similarly, show him how much he means to you by baking him a little treat. It could be a cake, cookies, muffins, biscuits, brownies or something else entirely, but it’s definitely another sure-fire way to show him how much you care. You’ll probably have at least a few of the ingredients in your cupboard already, but you can easily invest in some flour, sugar and eggs for well under a tenner. 

Make him a Photo Collage

Another thoughtful gesture that doesn’t have to cost a penny, making your dad a photo collage is a great Father’s Day gift. Print out some pictures that will mean a lot to him - pictures of you and your siblings, your pets, and loved ones - and arrange them in a photo album or frame. Alternatively, you could create the photo collage on your laptop and print it off later. Either way, it’s a really throughout gift that doesn’t have to cost a penny. 

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Father's Day Gifts Under £20

 

If you want to raise the budget ever-so-slightly, read on to discover a few innovative Father’s Day gift ideas for under £20. 

Grow It Bonsai Tree, £14.95, Wicked Uncle

Get him something that he can enjoy for years to come with this grow-your-own Bonsai tree kit. This kit comes with everything that you’ll need to grow a miniature tree to decorate your home, including growing pots made from coconut husk, compost discs, four packets of seeds and a booklet containing growing tips. This is a great Father’s Day gift if your dad is savvy in the garden or is looking to take up a new hobby that will be rewarding, cheap and easy. 

Coffee Whole Bean Variety Pack, £15, Roar Gill

Similarly, getting coffee beans is a great gift for the man who has it all. This 3-pack contains 1 bold and 2 rare packs of freshly roasted whole beans that will have him bouncing off the walls in no time. 

Bamboo Chasen Matcha Powder Whisk Tool, £12, Amazon

If your old man has all of the coffee beans and equipment that he could ever need, why don’t you introduce him to the world of matcha? Matcha is a finely ground powder made from green tea and makes an interesting addition to the tea bag cupboard. Its earthy flavour and somewhat gritty texture make this caffeinated drink a firm favourite for some but not everyone feels the same way. However, this matcha powder whisk tool is a great way to widen your dad’s horizons and makes an interesting gift whether he likes matcha or not. 

Compact Folding Binoculars, £17, Amazon

If your dad is an avid birdwatcher - or wants to be - a pair of compact folding binoculars would make an excellent Father’s Day present that he probably wouldn’t expect. Coming in at just under £20, this pair from Amazon will make an interesting and useful present that will pleasantly surprise him.

Tesco Special Reserve Scotch Whiskey 1L, £16, Tesco

And if birdwatching, matcha or gardening aren’t your dad’s cup of tea, go back to basics with a bottle of whiskey, or any other alcohol of your choice. You can’t go wrong with a bit of booze, and a bottle bought from your local supermarket means that you won’t have to take out a small loan to fund your dad’s boozy habits. Simple! And if you’re considering impressing your dad with your cocktail knowledge, check out this article to discover the cheapest cocktails you can make at home. 

 Craft Beer Gift Pack, £19.95, Brewdog

Brewdog has been taking the world by storm over the past couple of years, so your dad would certainly appreciate a pack of six of Brewdog’s signature beers, as well as an official Brewdog pint glass. Including fan favourites such as Punk IPA, Elvis Juice, Hazy Jane and Lost Lager, this gift set makes an excellent Father’s Day gift whilst coming in at just under £20. 

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Father's Day Gifts Under £30

If you really feel like pushing the boat out this Father’s Day, spending around £30 on a gift for Dad is a great way to treat him to something special. And okay, we’ll admit that £30 isn’t going to get him a new Rolex, but don’t forget we’re in a cost-of-living crisis! 

Coriander Seed Body Cleanser, from £13, Aesop

If your dad is anything like mine, he will sometimes need to be gifted something that he won’t get around to buying himself. Treat him to a luxury shower routine with this decadent cleanser. It’s probably something that he wouldn’t splash out on himself, making it the perfect Father’s Day present that falls well within your budget.

Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub, £21, Kiehls

Similarly, get his skincare routine up to scratch with this facial scrub from Kiehls. Coming in at £21, this face scrub is probably at the pricier end of the skincare spectrum, but it is Father’s Day after all!

Victorinox Camper Swiss Army Pocket Knife, £27.99, Koch and Kochin

But if skincare isn’t the thing for him, surprise him with a new Swiss army knife. Available in shades of red, black, blue and brown, this handy little thing will stay with him wherever he goes. You can even choose to have it personalised with your dad’s full name and address, for an added fee. Or you could choose to keep it classy and have it monogrammed - the choice is yours! 

A £30 Gift Card of your choice 

Okay, so a gift card can sometimes seem like a bit of a cop-out, but if you know that it will be appreciated you might as well go for it. £30 can get you a decent bit of grub from restaurants such as Pizza Express, Miller and Carter, Prezzo, Jamie’s Italian, Zizi’s and Turtle Bay, meaning that a gift card could be the perfect way for your Dad to enjoy some guilt-free fine-dining at your expense. 

Vintage Men’s Sunglasses in Brown Tort, £29.99, Lyle and Scott

You really can’t go wrong with a brand-new pair of sunglasses, so choose this pair from Lyle and Scott for a tortoiseshell design or choose a pair that you think your Dad will appreciate. 

Father’s Day Sleekster, £24.95, Hotel Chocolat

You really can’t go wrong with chocolate, and this selection from Hotel Chocolat contains a whopping 27 chocolates, including Champagne Truffle, Cherry Deluxe, Going Nuts, Raspberry Smoothie and other fan favourites. If chocolate is his thing, this posh selection definitely won’t disappoint. 

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So, there you have it - with 18 low-budget options to choose from, you won’t be handing your Dad a single pair of socks come Sunday 18th June. Instead, you'll find yourself with a wide variety of options, many of which are pretty original. Show your dad how much he means to you this Father’s Day whilst sticking to an affordable budget that won’t break the bank. 

Mazy Wyeth
Editor

 

Hi there! My name is Mazy and I’ve been a part of the vouchers world since November 2022. After studying English Literature with Creative Writing at university, I realised that I would love to incorporate writing into my career - so here I am! 

You could say that I have a mild addiction to online shopping, specifically second-hand shopping; you probably won’t find me spending thousands on a brand-new outfit, but you will find me deep into a browse of my favourite second-hand clothing apps, including Depop, Vinted, eBay, Preloved and Vestiaire Collective.