grandfather, older dad, and son fishingAfter years of buying your dad and grandfather ugly ties, socks, and golf balls are running out of ideas? Maybe dad is a little harder to buy for now that he is older. His likes may have changed. I’ll bet his needs have definitely changed. Most older dads and grandpas also seem to have everything they want. When looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for an older dad or grandfather, consider gifts that improve safety, security, and convenience. This may be too practical but older dads and grandpas will appreciate that you care. Even if they don’t come right out and say so.

Father’s Day Gifts Under $50.00

Remote Control Organizer

It’s become a bit of a stereotype: the dad in the recliner with the remote in his hand. But, that’s probably for good reason. That’s the way it is in my house at least! Older dads and grandfathers alike will put a remote control organizer like this one to very good use. This one has 6 pockets for things like remote controls, books, tablets, and cell phones. It also has a tray for a flat place to sit down drinks and snacks. Simply place it on the arm of a recliner or couch and secure it with the enclosed flexible metal clamp. Less than $20.00, check it out at Amazon.

Remote Control Holder Magazine Rack - Caddy With Clamp Drapes Over Sofa Arms 5-6 Inches Wide -...
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Remote Control Holder Magazine Rack - Caddy With Clamp Drapes Over Sofa Arms 5-6 Inches Wide -...
  • WITH METAL CLAMP ON UNDERSIDE TO CLASP ONTO SOFA ARMREST. TV remote control holder, caddy, organizer holds TV remote controls, DVD Cable Box and other...
  • BEFORE ORDERING, PLEASE MAKE SURE OF YOUR SOFA ARM REST SIZE - FITS OVER SOFA ARMRESTS 5 TO 6 INCHES WIDE ONLY. Ideally suited for sofa arm rests that...
  • USE AS SOFA ARMCHAIR COUCH CHAIR RECLINER ARMREST CADDIE to store multiple items tv, video, cable box, remote controls, pens, books, magazines,...
  • NO MORE LOST OR MISPLACED REMOTE CONTROLS. End the frustration of having to look for remote controls when you need them, and not have to look for them...
  • FLAT TRAY TOP HOLDS SNACKS, BEVERAGES. Has a convenient flat tray top, size about 11 inch x 6 inch to hold your favorite snacks and drinks nearby,...

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Dad’s Garage Signs

I know I have very fond memories of being in my garage with my grandfather. Just the smell of that garage beings them flooding back! Many older men and grandfathers spend a lot of time in their garages tinkering and fixing. For many men, the garage is their sanctuary. Amazon has a cool selection of “Dad’s Garage” signs that these older dads and grandfathers will love to display. Below is an example of one of my favorites. Most of these are $20.00 or less.

Dad's Garage Open 24 Hours Metal Sign by Imports
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Dad's Garage Open 24 Hours Metal Sign by Imports
  • Lithographed Steel Metal
  • Pre-Drilled Holes, Ready to Hang
  • Measures: 12 Inches Diameter
  • Sign Reads: If It's Broke, Call Dad Dad's Garage Open 24 Hours
  • Made in the USA

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The Illustrated Art of Manliness: The Essential How-To Guide

Books aren’t always the best idea for a Father’s Day gift for an older dad or grandfather. However, here is an exception. This gift is both practical and fun, check out The Illustrated Art of Manliness. This hardcover gift book is full of practical manly advice on topics such as chivalry, car repair, self-defense, parenting, and courage. Don’t let the cover fool you either – this is a new title released in May 2017. It is available in hardcover or Kindle edition at Amazon for less than $20.00. Of course, most fathers will say they know all this already and could have written the book!

The Illustrated Art of Manliness: The Essential How-To Guide: Survival • Chivalry • Self-Defense...
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The Illustrated Art of Manliness: The Essential How-To Guide: Survival • Chivalry • Self-Defense...
  • The Illustrated Art of Manliness The Essential How To Guide Survival Chivalry Self Defense Style Car Repair and More
  • Brett McKay
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Hardcover: 272 pages

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Father’s Day Gifts Between $50.00 and $100.00

Ancestry DNA Kit

I think it’s a natural progression. As we age, we become more curious about where we come from. With the Ancestry DNA kit, dads and grandfathers can get answers to some of these questions! The kit is simple to use. Collect saliva in the enclosed collection tube and mail it off to Ancestry. You can sign up for emails to keep you updated as the sample progresses through their system. In about 6 weeks, Ancestry will send you an emailed report of your ethnic mix and even connect you to cousins through Ancestry.com. Older dads and grandfathers who enjoy history and telling stories of the good ole days will love this gift. You can order it at Amazon for less than $100.00.

AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing - DNA Ancestry Test Kit
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AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing - DNA Ancestry Test Kit
  • The #1 selling consumer DNA test is also the leading DNA test with over 1 billion family connections.
  • Uncover your ethnic mix across 165 regions worldwide, five times more than the next leading competitor.
  • Ancestry has the world's largest consumer DNA network-over 6 million people and counting.
  • AncestryDNA helps you discover the people and places that made you who you are.

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Towel Warmer

Hey, it’s part of life. As we get older and a little grayer, our bones begin to crack and we tend to like cold temperatures less. That is why a towel warmer like this one is a great Father’s Day gift for older dads and grandpas. T his model by Brookstone holds up to 2 over-sized bath towels and gently warms them to 120 degrees within 10 minutes. If I had one, I would put the towels in at the beginning of my shower and they’d be toasty warm by the time I was finished. A great gift idea for dads and grandpas – especially ones with older, drafty bathrooms. You can pick this one up at Amazon for a little over $100.00.

Brookstone Towel Warmer
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Brookstone Towel Warmer
  • Treat yourself to a touch of luxury anytime with a warm towel, robe or blanket
  • Warms and keeps towels at up to 120 degrees (f) within 10 minutes
  • Extra-large design accommodates up to two oversize towels
  • This item qualifies for free-shipping on amazon.com!

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Miracle-Gro AeroGarden

Older dads who like to garden and cook will get a lot of use out of a Miracle Gro Aerogarden like this one. He can grow his own herbs, small vegetables, greens, and even flowers up to 5 times faster than in regular soil. This kit includes the planter and grow light and 3 starter plant pods. Everything your dad or grandfather needs to get growing is included. There are a variety of kit sizes available at Amazon starting at less than $75.00. The planter comes in 4 colors: black, red, blue, and white.

AeroGarden Sprout with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, Black
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AeroGarden Sprout with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, Black
  • Garden year-round. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more in this smart countertop garden.
  • Up to 3 plants can be grown at a time. Plants grow in water...not soil. Advanced hydroponics made simple.
  • High-performance, full spectrum grow light is tuned to the specific spectrum that allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid,...
  • Easy-to-use control panel that automatically turns lights on and off and reminds you when to add nutrients.
  • Includes 3-Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Kit that contains: Genovese Basil, Curly Parsley, and Dill & 3 oz. patented nutrients (enough for a full season of...

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Keurig K55 Coffee Maker

Many dads and grandpas start their day with a hot cup of coffee. Many, though, want to do it without any fuss. Especially the ones who live alone. A Keurig Single Serving Coffee Maker may just be the perfect Father’s Day gift for these dads. Make sure there is water in the reservoir, pop in a K-cup of your favorite coffee, and hit the button. That’s all it takes to make a great cup of coffee! I have another article on simple to use coffee makers if you are thinking about a coffee gift. You can get this one for less than a $100 at Amazon.

Keurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable, Black
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Keurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable, Black
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: The Keurig K55 K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker includes 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 water filters to help your...
  • BREWS MULTIPLE K-CUP POD SIZES: (6, 8, 10 oz.) - the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
  • LARGE 48 oz. WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water...
  • DESCALING: An important part of cleaning your Keurig brewer. This process helps to remove calcium deposits, or scale, that can build up inside a...
  • AUTO-OFF: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your coffee maker after it has been idle for two hours, helping to save energy.

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Black & Decker Automotive Vacuum

My dad and grandfather always kept their cars spotless. And I do mean literally spotless. Not even a speck of lint. For the guys like that, here is a great Father’s Day gift idea. This car vacuum from Black and Decker plugs into the car cigarette lighter socket for easy and convenient cleaning. No more lugging out the big shop vac or the large upright vacuum from the house. It even includes the attachments needed to get to all those hard to reach places in a car. This vacuum is small in size for easy storage but also has strong cyclonic suction for deep cleaning. Pick this up at Amazon for less than $50.00.

BLACK+DECKER BDH1200FVAV 12V Flexi Automotive Vacuum - Corded
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BLACK+DECKER BDH1200FVAV 12V Flexi Automotive Vacuum - Corded
  • Cleans vehicle dust, dirt and debris
  • Vacuums hard to reach areas such as underneath and in between car seats
  • 12V adapter fits into a Cigarette lighter Socket
  • Patented 'motor in the filter' Technology allows the Hand vac to be ultra compact
  • Cyclonic action spins dirt away from the filter maintaining optimum suction power

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Foamtreads Men’s Physician Slipper

For a more traditional Father’s Day gift, older dads and grandpas may appreciate these supportive and safe slippers. They offer a firm sole for traction and an easy velcro closure for a custom fit. This is a great option for men with swollen feet who want support as well. Check out more slipper options in my post about the best slippers for seniors from earlier this year. Pick up a pair of these slippers at Amazon for less than $100.00.

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Father’s Day Gifts over $100.00

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell allows dads and grandpas to see, hear and speak to anyone at the door via a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The camera is motion-activated or activated as soon as someone presses the doorbell. It even allows 2-way communication so that the owner can talk with the person at the door. This device offers safety and protection by allowing the user to know who is at the door. It installs in minutes and includes a toolkit and installation guide. It is available at Amazon for less than $200.00.

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell in Satin Nickel
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Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell in Satin Nickel
  • See, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your smartphone, tablet or PC.
  • Get instant alerts when visitors press your Doorbell or trigger the built-in motion sensors.
  • Watch over your home in crystal-clear HD video. Dimensions : 4.98 x 2.43 x 87 inches
  • Protect your home - day or night - with infrared night vision.
  • Communicate with visitors via two-way audio with noise cancellation.

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23andMe DNA Test – Health + Ancestry Service

If your dad or grandpa will like the idea of a DNA test but be more concerned about health and wellness markers found in DNA, then this is the DNA kit to buy. You get reports about ethnic composition of DNA too. In addition though, you get specialized reports about health risks like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, carrier status reports of more than 40+ hereditary diseases, and more than 15 reports of genetic traits in the family such as hair loss and taste perceptions. Some may find this scary to know, but older dads with a love for science will enjoy a gift like this. You can pick this up at Amazon for less than $200.00.

23andMe DNA Test - Health + Ancestry Personal Genetic Service - 75+ Online Reports - includes...
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23andMe DNA Test - Health + Ancestry Personal Genetic Service - 75+ Online Reports - includes...
  • Receive 75+ online personalized genetic reports (browse images for a full list of reports)
  • Before purchasing, review important information at 23andme.com/test-info
  • Subject to 23andMe's Terms of Service at 23andme.com/tos and Privacy Statement at 23andme.com/privacy
  • Understand what your DNA says about your health, traits and ancestry
  • Provide a saliva sample using our at-home kit and send it back. No additional lab fee required. Results ready in about 6-8 weeks

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Emergency Medical Alert System

For older dads or grandpas who live alone or at risk for falling, consider an emergency medical alarm. These life saving systems provide a way for seniors and elderly adults to get help 24 hours a day in the event of a medical problem or a fall. By simply pushing a button on a pendant around their neck or on their wrist, they can call for paramedics or family members. National Medical Alarm is one of my favorite companies for this type of service. They offer alarm monitoring in all 50 states and also offer landline and mobile-based systems. Even better, it is a pay as you go service with no contracts or monthly minimums. They also offer my readers a $5.00 off of monthly monitoring service FOR LIFE.


GreenWorks Pro Cordless String Trimmer

If you got a dad who likes to keep a perfect looking lawn, take a look at this cordless trimmer by GreenWorks. It runs up to 45 min on a single charge without the bulk and weight of a gas powered trimmer. This eco-friendly lawn trimmer weighs less than 10 lbs but offers the same power as a 32 cc gas motor! Check it out at Amazon.  Less than $200.00

Greenworks PRO 16-Inch 80V Cordless String Trimmer, 2.0 AH Battery Included ST80L210
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Greenworks PRO 16-Inch 80V Cordless String Trimmer, 2.0 AH Battery Included ST80L210
  • Up to 45 minutes of run time with fully charged 2.0AH Battery, battery and charger included
  • Brushless motors are more reliable and delivers gas equivalent performance to a 32cc gas engine
  • Easy load head for quick trimmer line refill
  • 80V 2AH li-ion battery and charger included, compatible battery and charger models GBA80200, GBA80400 and GCH8040

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera

Nostalgic dads and grandpas would love a camera like this one for Father’s Day. The Fujifilm Instax camera is simple and easy to operate with point and shoot operation. It also prints the pictures out immediately like the Polaroid cameras of years gone by. No more downloading, saving, and printing pictures. Cameras like these help instantly capture and enjoy photos in the moments they are created. Available for less than $150.00 at Amazon. Don’t forget to pick up a pack of film too!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera (Brown)
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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera (Brown)
  • Automatically detects the brightness of the surrounding and adjusts the amount of flash and shutter speed to optimize photo quality
  • Double exposure mode 2 images are produced on 1 film sheet by pressing the shutter twice
  • Bulb mode the shutter remains open while the shutter button is depressed (10 seconds maximum) and a light trail can be photographed
  • Macro mode short distance photography as close as 30-60cm. Film size: 86mm x 54mm. Picture size: 62mm x 46mm
  • Kids mode suitable for photographing kids, pets and other fast moving subjects due to a fast shutter speed

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So, what do you recommend for the perfect Father’s Day gift for an older dad or grandpa? Please share your ideas or questions in the comments below. As an older dad myself, I might use them as a hint to my daughters!