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The Best Father’s Day Gifts Under $250

Does dad deserve a bit of a splurge gift this year for Father’s Day? Absolutely.

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Dad probably doesn’t want you dipping into your savings to buy him a gift, but of course, you want to splurge on the guy who kept you alive long enough to create your own bank account. This raises an important question: What is a “splurge?” The essence of a “splurge” isn’t the price tag — it’s the “I didn’t know I needed this”-ness of it. That little bit of frivolousness. If an item is unnecessary and fun, it’s a splurge. The most fun part is that your dad is sure he doesn’t deserve it. Wrap ‘em up and watch dad’s eyes glow as he peels back the paper. Or set it all up for him and do that “close your eyes and follow me” thing. They warrant a bit of hoopla.

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Ai41 Speaker Set
ai41 speaker set
Fluance

These handsome wood speakers boast five-inch woven glass fiber drivers that make for a clean, balanced sound with acoustic accuracy. They have Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity — but also connect via RCA and optical, so he can hook them up to his TV, record player and even that CD player he refuses to get rid of. Whether your dad’s listening to prog rock or jazz, he’ll hear his faves the way they were meant to sound.

Price: $250+

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iRobot Roomba 694
irobot roomba 694
iRobot

If your dad does the vacuuming, this will be his new favorite gadget. It’s got everything he wants in a gift: a fun tech item combined with undeniable convenience. It may be hard to convince him that its Dirt Detect Sensors are better than his, but they are — and they even allow your dad’s new buddy to pay special attention to those high-traffic areas like hallways and entryways. Think of it this way: it makes up for all those times you skipped your chores as a kid.

Price: $230+

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Rhodes Footwear Huxley Boot
rhodes footwear huxley boot
Huckberry

Rhodes’ Chelsea Boots are classics, and the Huxley is a versatile version that fits in at the office, a casual hang, or even a wedding. Its Texon insole has thermal insulation and an anti-shock foam layer, making them as comfortable on the inside as they are stylish on the outside. Shy style dad? He’ll be all about its sleek, classic look. He can and should pull it off.

Price: $220

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Kammok Mantis All-in-One Hammock Tent
kammok mantis all in one hammock tent
Kammok

After all the years of monster family tents and wrangling kids at the campsite, the old man might love the idea of going minimalist for his next adventure. The Mantis All-In-One is a hammock-tent hybrid that your dad can keep in the car for spontaneous solo trips or set up in the backyard for an out-in-the-woods feel right at home. It’s even got a removable Bug Net, so he doesn’t have to worry about skeeters.

Price: $239

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Laguiole Le Fidele Knife
laguiole le fidele knife
Garrett Wade

This gorgeous folding knife is a luxurious upgrade to that cheap folder the old fart keeps in his pocket. With a 3-5/8" blade, it’ll fit securely in his pocket just as well as old rusty. Its ebony handle and traditional Laguiole Bee motif on the spine add to the experience. His friends will gasp.

Price: $125

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Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano
anova culinary sous vide precision cooker nano
Anova Culinary

Sous vide is a foolproof cooking method that will allow your dad to make the best steak of his life. With the Anova App, he’ll have access to tons of free recipes for vacuum-sealed chicken, veggies, lamb and more — he’ll even be able to monitor what he’s cooking from his phone. And the cooker comes with a vacuum sealer, which is like catnip for dads.

Price: $206+

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Q Timex 1978 Reissue
q timex 1978 reissue
Timex

He probably wore a Timex growing up. This one’s the perfect update to the classics he knows and loves. With its domed acrylic crystal, day-date window, retro case profile and 37mm diameter, it’s the perfect addition to his daily wear.

Price: $169

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