Looking for a bargain gift this Father's Day? Well, you've come to the right spot. Here's a quick round up of some relatively inexpensive items we think dads will appreciate.
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Xcentz Portable Charger 10,000mAh (starts at $26)Sarah Tew/CNET
Although it's not incredibly personal, no one's going to be upset with a portable battery pack as a gift, especially one that's among the smallest and lightest 10,000mAh with 18W PD (Power Delivery) and QuickCharge 3.0 for devices that support it. This one has both a USC-C port and a USB-A port and can be used with both Android and Apple smartphones, though no cables are included. Certain colors cost as low as $26.
Tribit XSound Go (about $30)Sarah Tew/CNET
Another candidate for best value wireless speaker, the Tribit XSound Go is one of the best ones for the money -- about $32 at Amazon, depending on which color you choose. And if you're willing to spend a little more, around $55, you can pick up the larger MaxSound Plus, which has richer sound with more bass.
Logitech K380 keyboard ($30)Sarah Tew/CNET
Logitech's K380 has been around for a while, but it's still a great keyboard for the money -- perfect for computers, tablets, phones and more. You can find it for less than $30 online.
Mophie Powerstation Mini battery pack ($35 for two)Sarah Tew/CNET
The Mophie Powerstation Mini is a very slim -- and slick-looking -- charging brick that houses a 3,000mAh battery which should fully charge up most phones. No cable is included, but you can get these in a two-pack on Amazon for as little as $35 (only the blue version is available at that price, but it does come in other color options).
Eufy Smart Scale P1 ($45)Sarah Tew/CNET
Just what every dad needs: a smart scale, and the Eufy P1 is one of the more affordable models at around $45. Beyond weight you can track body fat, BMI, bone mass, muscle mass and more for multiple users. You track everything using the EufyLife app, but the scale also ties into Apple Health, Google Fit and the Fitbit App. It's available in two color options.
Coast HP7 LED Flashlight ($38)Sarah Tew/CNET
There are a lot of flashlights you can buy for under $50, but the Coast HP7 is one of the better ones we've tried. Relatively compact and rated at 530 lumens, it's very bright for its size and has a slide focus that allows you to shape the beam from flood to spot -- and then lock the beam into whatever shape you choose. Its list price is $60 but you can get it for less than $40. It's powered by four AAA batteries (included).
BioLite PowerLight Mini wearable light and power bank ($40)Sarah Tew/CNET
The $40 BioLite PowerLight Mini is a handy lantern, bike light and charger all in one. You clip it to a pocket or strap, or mount it to your bike (mount included), and its 1,350mAh USB rechargeable battery provides up to 52 hours of light. It can also give your phone a backup boost. Lighting modes include white lantern, red night vision, red and white strobe, and white point light. It's a great choice for eco-minded folks who enjoy camping or other outdoor activities.
JBL Clip 3 ($40)Sarah Tew/CNET
Just what every dad needs: A micro wireless speaker to play his jams on. Not only does this fully waterproof Bluetooth speaker (IPX7) have improved battery life and better sound than the Clip 2, it's more durable, thanks to the integrated carabiner acting as a bumper around the entire perimeter of the speaker. It's one of the top speakers for its tiny size and costs just $40.
TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds ($45)Sarah Tew/CNET
If you're not ready to splurge on a pair of Apple AirPods (or otherwise fairly pricey totally wireless earphones), there are some affordable options out there, including the TaoTronics True Wireless earbuds ($45), that are pretty decent. They may not deliver stellar sound (the AirPods don't either), but most people will find it perfectly acceptable. They have Bluetooth 5.0 and five hours of battery life at moderate volume levels. They're also sweatproof so Mom can use them at the gym.
Gunnar Optiks blue light blocking glasses (starts at $48)Sarah Tew/CNET
For several years Gunnar Optiks has been making "computer glasses" designed to block blue light and help alleviate the eye strain that you get from staring at displays for long periods. The glasses come in a variety of styles and a few different tints. The core models have an amber lens, anti-reflective coatings and slight magnification.
The Vertex (pictured here in both amber and clear tints), Riot and Intercept are all priced at less than $50. You can add a prescription lens through the Gunnar website, but those RX packages cost more.
Roku Streaming Stick Plus ($49)Sarah Tew/CNET
Roku makes several excellent video streamers that cost around $50 or less. They turn any HDMI-equipped TV into a gateway to online entertainment bliss: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, HBO Now and literally hundreds of other streaming channels. We like both the Premiere Plus for $49, and the Premiere ($39). But the best model in the line is the Streaming Stick Plus, which handles 4K and HDR video, and includes a remote that can control the TV's power and volume. Normally $60, it's currently on sale at Amazon for $49.
Google Home Mini ($49 or less)Chris Monroe/CNET
We can't include the Echo Dot in this gift roundup without also including Google's voice-enabled mini speaker, the Google Home Mini. Not everyone's an Amazon person and many prefer Google's voice assistant over Alexa. Available in four color options, it lists for $49 but like the Echo Dot, is usually discounted.
Logitech MX Anywhere 2S (starts at around $50)Sarah Tew / CNET
We spend so much time with our computers that everybody appreciates a good mouse. This premium mobile model is about as comfortable as you get for a mini mouse. Thanks to Logitech Darkﬁeld Laser technology, it works on just about any surface -- everything from a glass table to the Formica-style finish of my work desk. And it also has an integrated rechargeable battery that's supposed to last up to 60 days on a single charge. Works with both Mac and Windows computers.
While its list price is $80 you can pick up the graphite version for just less than $50.
Echo Dot ($50 or less)Ry Crist/CNET
Amazon's mini Alexa voice-enabled speaker comes in three different color options. Its list price is $50 but it typically sells for less.