For the father that was supportive and did his best to be there for all of your growing pains and awkward moments, no gift will ever cost enough. However, the reality is many live on a budget and your father will understand that while your love may have no limit, your bank account might this year.
If your father is like mine and lives for all things music, here are 15 music-inspired gift ideas for dad that are under $50 (many under $30) and will make his day on Sunday!
1. Upcycled Record Coasters, $18
Made in Philadelphia by Jeff Davis, The King of Coasters. The product description reads: “Made of labels cut from the center of actual vinyl records, these hi-fi home furnishings will be a hit with any music lover. The discs are sealed so moisture won’t seep through to the surface. Comes in a set of six assorted labels packed in a clear, round case.” Each set contains a variety of musical genres.
2. Repurposed Coin Guitar Picks, $20
Made by Dustin and Stephanie in my grad school stomping grounds, Nashville, TN, these unique gifts can enhance your dad’s guitar playing. The product description reads: “Each coin’s distinctive raised insignia gives these picks an easy-to-grip texture, so they’ll stay on hand regardless of the style you prefer to strum. Coin guitar picks have been used by musicians for a century because of their unique tonal qualities.” The Tennessee coins may be on backorder at the time of publication, but they will custom other states.
3. Music IQ Party Game, $20
Is Dad a music trivia buff? Test his knowledge and yours with this game. The product description reads: “What was the Beatles’ last album? Which Disney series made Miley Cyrus famous? From The Beatles to Björk, from vinyl to streaming, from bluegrass to hip-hop, this game will help you discover the sensational stories and tantalizing trivia behind the music. It features 400 multiple choice questions covering the musical multiverse. with answers adding or subtracting IQ points from your score. It’s a great gift for music and trivia lovers, whatever their favorite groove.”
4. Ticket Stub Diary $14
These are on backorder through June 25, 2019. However, they have a printable card (for free) until they can ship the real thing in its place. The product description reads: “Never forget those front row seats at a Bruce Springsteen concert. This book comes with clear sleeves that fit a variety of ticket sizes, plus space in the margin to write down your memories from the event. Acid-free pages will preserve your memories; so that one day you can tell your grandkids that you met ‘The Boss.'”
5. Drumstick Pens, $10
Now that we have so many different ways to express ourselves using technology, letter writing using a pen and pad are a lost art. Perhaps you and your dad can start a new trend by going back to an old one with a pair of these writing tools. The product description reads: “These rhythmic writing utensils are made for those who march to the beat of their own drum — even if they’re far from their drum set! Both perpetual tappers and proficient percussionists will be charmed by this pair of striking ballpoint pens that resemble a set of real drumsticks. Perfect for maintaining an air of productivity in the classroom or office while pantomiming your favorite drum solo on the sly. Blue ink. Sold in set of 2.”
6. Cassette Business Card Case, $26
Rewind to a different time back when tape decks were cool! The product description reads: “For anyone who remembers making an actual old-school mixtape (and using a BIC pen to take up the slack), this clever design brings that nostalgic feel to your work day. Keep a supply of business cards in the totally rad case, or use it for credit cards and your official Bon Jovi fan club I.D. Flip the magnetic lid open to turn it into a handy desktop stand. Artisans in China craft it from American walnut, add the 80s-worthy graphics, and clear-coat it for durability. It makes a high fidelity gift for dads, teens, and anyone who remembers when music came in a little plastic package. Comes in a giftable, Air Mail-inspired box.” BIC Pen, not included.
7. Music Playing Cards, $10
Play an even more entertaining game of cards with this musical deck. The product description reads: “Even if musical ability isn’t your strong suit, you can play with an all-star band when you’re dealt this jazzed-up deck. Featuring loving illustrations of musical greats on each card, it splits up the genres into four suits: Hearts = Pop, Spades = Rock, Diamonds = Folk and Country, and Clubs = Soul, Blues, and R&B. Naturally, Beyonce and Prince are royalty (Queen and Jack of Hearts), as are Hank Williams and Bob Dylan (Ace and Jack of Diamonds) and Elvis and Freddie Mercury (King and Queen—duh!—of spades). David Bowie and Bjork are the jokers. Makes an inspired gift for teens (yes, T-Swift is here) and music lovers who know how to keep their Poker Face (Lady Gaga is too).” Prince is listed here, I might skip dad and get these for myself this year!
8. Better Than Average Neckties
Don’t just give dad a necktie for Father’s Day. Give him one of these old school-inspired neckties instead:
The Boombox Necktie, $40
Take it all the way back to the summer of 1989 with this tie! The product description reads: “It’s been years since you held up a boombox to woo a crush from their bedroom window. You’re still a stonewash jeans-wearing rebel at heart, but now it’s more like jackets and ties. This neckwear lets you have a little nostalgic fun at the office and formal events. Plus, it’s made from plastic bottles, so you’re looking and doing good. Pick us up in the Camaro around 8.”
It will be a real throwback to see dad show up to church on Father’s Day in one of these. The product description reads: “For the fella who dreams of opening up their own record store and will only listen to Sgt. Pepper on vinyl, we present this creative spin on the classic necktie. They’ll enjoy having a little nostalgic fun at the office and formal events, all while being kinder to the environment— this tie’s made from upcycled bottles. How rock and roll is that?”
9. Songwriter’s Journal, $12.50
Encourage dad to do something again that he once loved doing as a kid: writing songs. This way he can share his gift with future generations. The product description reads: “Crumpled paper. A napkin. The inside of your arm. Write your song lyrics somewhere more… sophisticated (and beautiful). This unique musician’s journal helps you harness your musical creativity with spaces for lyrics, melody notes, and instructions. There’s also room to define the “feel” and tempo of your latest tune. Give the journal to your favorite musician so that when inspiration hits they can get their next big hit down on paper.” You may want to buy him a few of these.
10. Guitar Glasses, $35
Buy your dad his new set of “favorite glasses” this fathers day! The product description reads: “Like a hand-held hall of fame, this set of guitar glasses has something for everyone in the band. Each pint glass sports an iconic guitar from a different genre of music, in classic colors that resonate with that instrument or era. Makes a great gift for your favorite music lover or air guitar aficionado.” Comes in a set of four.
11. “Hello” Cutting Board, $28
It’s the gift you get the dad who loves music, Lionel Richie and cooking. The product description reads: “This beautifully engraved bamboo cutting board is the perfect gift for any music enthusiast. Bamboo makes the ideal safe cutting board surface. The front engraved side can be for display while the back side is used for cutting. The board measures 9″ x 13″ with handle.”
12. Vintage DJ Slipmats, $10.79
Does dad still take the one’s and two’s for a bit of a spin? These vintage DJ slipmats will have him right back spinning sets at house parties, if only in his mind, for a day or two. Choose from more than eight designs. The product description reads: “Dirty turntable with a lot of dust? Yes we know it, but we have an idea how to avoid it. We manufacture the highest quality felt slipmats for DJ’s, audiophiles and turntable passionates right now on the global market. Each of our slipmat is handmade with maximum attention about details and together with eco-packaging brings you the great turntable experience. Our products are perfect for 12” turntables.”
13. Vinyl Record T-Shirt, $22.50
Comfort clothing items are always good Father’s Day gifts! This shirt is the perfect gift and lounge wear for a lazy summer Sunday. The product description reads: “The newest release in our men’s collection is a music lover’s medium of choice: the vinyl record. No matter what band he likes (or dislikes), this t-shirt is the perfect gift for hard core record collectors and casual music appreciators alike! The matching set version features this shirt along with our kids’ ’45 Adapter’ tee.”
14. Wall Amp Key Hook $49.99
Now dad will never lose his keys again! The product description reads: “An ultra-cool and ultra-practical place to hang your keys for those that live for music. A black and chrome setup for this model gives you a classic amp look. The jewel lamp actually works. A replaceable coin cell battery powers a 10mm LED and is controlled by the toggle switch.” Comes in multiple colors.
15. Music Wall Art, $29.33+
PhotoForWall has some of the best music wall art on Etsy! Have a look and something will surely catch your eye and dad’s heart. All art comes unframed. The product description reads: “Wall art idea with electric guitar close-up photography, original and unique fine art photography, in soft color, perfect to decorate boys room, music room or office walls. I am a French photographer who loves details of LIFE, moments, not a leading global provider of images! My designs [are] professionally printed in California for faster shipping time and FREE SHIPPING by a professional laboratory.”
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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!