If you don't watch your budget, Father's Day can take a hit on your finances. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American shelled out $117 on gifts for dad in 2012. However, thoughtful, unique gifts for the holiday don't have to break the bank.
Whether you're shopping for the golfer, the musician, the techie or the forgetful-minded, here are some unique gift ideas for Father's Day - all less than $50:
Bushnell 5 x 9 inch-golf scope. Dads who love to tee it up on the weekends will enjoy the Bushnell golf scope. The compact design is easy to store and allows the user to quickly estimate the yardage to the pin. The scope is accurate at distances of 50 to 200 yards away from the hole. ($23 at InTheHoleGolf.com)
Apple digital AV adapter. This device lets you hook up his iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to his HDTV or HDMI-compatible monitor or television. The adapter offers an enhanced experience when watching movies, reading and browsing photos. ($39 at Store.Apple.com)
Click 'n Dig! key finder. If your father is frequently losing his keys around the house, the Click 'n Dig! key finder could be the solution. The device comes with a fob you connect to your keys and a locator remote. The user simply needs to press the remote, and the fob will start to chime until it's found. ($30 at Amazon.com)
i-Stubble from Conair. You can create precise beards, mustaches and goatees with the iStubble from Conair. The gadget has advanced blade technology and a floating head that allows for up to 24 beard-trimming settings. Want a fashionable 5 o'clock shadow? There's a setting for that, too. ($32 at Amazon.com)
Micro-adjustable belt. Instead of the standard five holes each separated by an inch, this belt offers quarter-inch micro adjustments. The technology is called micro-adjustability and allows the wearer to find the perfect fit every time. Eat a big meal, quickly loosen the belt. Stand up after a long meeting, tighten it back up. You can also buy separate buckles, and dad can easily interchange them depending on what look he's going for. ($50 at AnsonBeltandBuckle.com)
ChordBuddy guitar learning system. This product - featured on an episode of ABC's hit show "Shark Tank" - is essentially a personal guitar instructor that gets you playing on day one. Its innovative tab removal system can even teach you to form chords of your own. ($30 at Amazon.com)
Since 2001, Kyle James has run Rather-Be-Shopping.com, which specializes in online coupons for more than 850 popular retailers. Top stores include Amazon.com, Walmart, Best Buy, Lands' End and Target.com.
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