We’ve done a Father’s Day gift guide on all the finer things in life he’ll definitely love and a list of lush golf courses you can take him to. But if you still have yet to find the right present that suits him, here’s another round of dad-approved ideas to end the gifting anxiety once and for all. The best part? You won’t have to spend half a year’s worth of salary on it.

Taking into account the wide paternal varieties that exist, we’ve curated eclectic picks to indulge dads the world over. And without including the painfully predictable go-tos, at that — i.e., measly mugs, terrible ties or sad socks. Although we know a father’s love is unconditional, he’ll definitely sense the underlying insincerity behind a last-minute knick-knack.

So, here’s our fail-proof advice if splurging is out of the question: Send your message of gratitude in the form of practical little things that matter. From a candle he never knew he needed to elevated slippers that’ll glide him into the weekend in style, you can be a victor in winning dad’s heart without selling off a kidney. Below, pick from these 10 Father’s Day gifts under S$250 to solidify your savvy triumph.

(Main and featured images: Dunhill)

1
The man candle

No, scented candles aren’t exclusive to just grandparents, ladies and séances. Aside from wafting oh-so-good scents, they have a cathartic power to soothe any worn-out dad. This one made by Comme des Garçons in collaboration with Monocle releases a soothing fragrance that conjures up images of a slightly chilly spring morning in Kyoto’s great outdoors. Once dad smells this, he’d wonder how he ever lived without it.

S$146, Comme des Garçons x Monocle

2
The grooming kit that has everything

Save him time from confusion-filled shopping at the grooming section with this box of daily regime essentials. Included in Mr. Porter’s grooming kit is Allies of Skin’s blemish-tackling overnight mask, Buly 1803’s almond-infused shaving cream and Sisley Paris’ rosemary-ginseng extract lotion among its 12 products.

S$110 (£62.50), Mr. Porter

3
The exquisite shoehorn

They say every time you jam your heel into a shoe, an old Italian cobbler dies. Dads in pursuit of the best care for their shoe collections will be pleased with the ultimate refined shoehorn. Built with a carved stag antler handle and supple leather strap, this ox horn accessory isn’t your average shoe preserver.

S$125 (£71), Abbeyhorn

4
The coffee enthusiast's journal

The good folks from homegrown bookbinders Bynd Artisan came up with the smartest idea to double their signature notebook’s function. Crafted with a built-in saucer on its cover, this journal is the present convenience-lauding dads will fondly use.

S$90, Bynd Artisan

5
The annual membership to a prestigious gallery

Earn brownie points from the art-appreciating dad by getting him year-round access to the National Gallery Singapore’s exhibitions. And if he has yet to visit Yayoi Kusama‘s popular Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition, he’ll be stoked to cut the ticketing queue.

S$30, National Gallery Singapore 

6
The beguiling razor

Handmade by skilled English artisans, this double-edged razor from Aēsop is sculpted with a polished handle and chrome-plated blade head. It also comes with 10 stainless steel Merkur Solingen razor blades.

S$135, Aēsop

7
The hip dad cap

Your old man may be held responsible for helping the likes of Kanye West and Drake in sparking the ‘dad hat’ trend, so here’s something to thank his deed: An updated dad cap from streetwear label Noah.

S$76 (US$55), Noah

8
The prints-charming card holder

Besides being fashionably in tune, Dunhill’s slip card case sports an optical geometric print, so dad can easily locate it whenever he looks for it in his bag. Now, that’s thoughtfully clever.

S$238 (US$172), Dunhill

9
The forget-proof keychain

He’ll never leave his important keys behind anymore. Lemaire’s supple black leather keychain comes furnished with a carabiner fastening so he can simply attach it to a belt loop.

S$235 (US$170), Lemaire

10
The elevated pool slides

Keep him in on the latest shoe trends with this sleek pair of pool slides from Raf Simons‘ Adidas shoe line. Easy and breezy to glide into, these comfy slippers are set with moulded rubber footbeds — making them a shoo-in to becoming dad’s favourite weekend footwear.

S$230, Raf Simons x Adidas