Father's Day gifts for under $50 that dad actually wants

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Cute little girl is giving her handsome father a gift box. Both are sitting on couch at home and smiling
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Want to get your dad a great present, and still have change from $50? No problem. Here are some of the best bargain buys around, that will put a smile on his face on September 5. 


Games are great Father's Day gifts. They're good for the whole family to get involved in, and you can tailor them according to what he likes doing. Whether he's a serious type or a more fun-loving fella, there's something for everyone. 


The Pyramid Games Backgammon, $29.99, will keep him - and you - amused for hours. It's presented in a gift box so it looks a bit special too. 

Pyramid Games Backgammon, $29.99
 Pyramid Games Poker Set, $19.99
Pyramid Pyramid Games Poker Set, $19.99. Credit: Myer

If card games are more up his street, then there's a Poker Set, $19.99, in the same range. Indulge his dad jokes for one day only with the Dad Joke Face-Off, $29.99, which two players have to take turns telling jokes - and the first person to smile or laugh loses.

If he fancies himself as general knowledge whizz, the Hard Quiz, $29.99, is a great game to play and get seriously competitive. 

Dad Joke Face-Off, $29.99
Hard Quiz, $29.99,
Hard Quiz, $29.99. Credit: Myer

Skincare and fragrance

Treat him to some special skincare and scents this year. 

Goldfield and Banks Pacific Rock Moss Perfume, $40, is a unisex fragrance inspired by waves crashing upon sun-kissed rocks. It has cedarwood as a base, so has earthy, woody scent. 

Goldfield and Banks Pacific Rock Moss Perfume, $40,

The Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser, $50, is a delicious smelling body wash that will fill the bathroom with wafts of lemon and petitgrain. Masculine but indulgent, it's a great buy. 

Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser, $50,

Weleda Men's After Shave Balm, $28.95, is a soothing balm that's perfect to use after either wet or dry shaving. It's infused with chamomile and aloe vera to calm and soothe stressed skin, and has coconut and jojoba oils to hydrate.

Weleda Men's After Shave Balm, $28.95

Food and Drink

Is there anything better than beer and chocolate together? 

This Craft Beer & Chocolate Treat Gift Box, $49 from Edible Blooms, contains a Prancing Pony Craft Beer, two Chocolatier Gourmet Block, plus other treats, all delivered in a signature gift box. 

Craft Beer & Chocolate Treat Gift Box, $49

The beer and whiskey BBQ condiments set, $39.99, is a great gift for foodies, and includes two delicious sauces and a tasty BBQ rub. If all else fails, you can't go wrong with an award winning bottle of wine. 

beer and whiskey BBQ condiments set, $39.99,

The Te Kairanga John Martin Pinot Noir, $40, from Dan Murphy's is an excellent, concentrated, full bodied bottle. 

Te Kairanga John Martin Pinot Noir, $40


Small items of clothing can be a great gift, particularly if it's not something Dad would buy for himself. 

These Ugg "House Shoes", or slippers, $49.93, are highly breathable, soft and warm - and will last for years. 


Bonds have their Originals Pullover Hoodie on sale, for $41.99 - it's so comfy and cosy, he'll never want to take it off. If he's a dog lover, then don't go past these super cute Mitch Dowd Sleeping Dog pyjama pants, $49.95.

Bonds Originals Pullover Hoodie, $41.99.
Mitch Dowd Sleeping Dog pyjama pants, $49.95.

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