Inexpensive Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Everyone knows that Dad deserves a special day to say thanks for all of the loving things he does for his family everyday. But, after working so hard to improve your finances, you don’t want to get too carried away purchasing a Father’s Day gift and ruin all of your hard work. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to show your appreciation for Dad on a budget and don’t forget that a homemade gift is always a budget friendly option.

Give Dad a day or two without chores.
You can take out the trash, mow the lawn, and perform a myriad of other little chores that he usually takes care of. He’ll be thrilled to have an afternoon to spend on his projects instead of looking after the mundane little tasks that seem to eat up the weekend. I usually give Mr. Not Made of Money a large block of time (2 to 3 hours) where he can just read the paper and relax. (I know that seems like such a simple thing but when you have 4 children clamoring for your attention you really don’t get to read the Sunday paper from front to back. If you are a parent you know what I am talking about :))

Treat Dad to a baseball game.
You can sit in the “cheap seats” to save money. It won’t matter; you’ll still have a great time. Baseball games are a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening for the whole family.

Spend the day outdoors doing something Dad enjoys.
If he likes hiking, he’ll love sharing his favorite trail with the family. If he’s a fisherman, spend the day at his favorite fishing hole. He’ll get to share his hobby with the people he loves most and spend a little extra time on his hobby, too.

Relinquish control of the television for twenty-four hours.
Dads with little kids often give up their television rights so their kids can watch shows like Dora, Mickey Mouse, or Phineas and Ferb. Imagine how much he’ll enjoy an entire day that he can spend watching whatever his heart desires. Take care to keep your promise as the day continues.

New photos of the family make great Father’s Day presents.
You can purchase inexpensive, but attractive desk frames at your local discount shop. Then, just pop in the new pictures and wrap them up. Now, even when he’s at work, Dad can remember why he’s working so hard. We’ve also made a slideshow of our pictures for Mr. Not Made of Money’s computer.

Does Dad like a particular type or series of book?
If he is into the novels by Jim Butcher, you can purchase the latest book in the series. If you aren’t sure what book to get him, write down the titles of two or three of his favorite books and ask the folks at your local bookstore’s information desk to make a recommendation. You may want to couple this gift with the “day without chores.” Now Dad will have ample time to read his new book.

Send A Gift If You Can’t Be Together.
Cards are always appreciated, but Dad deserves more on a special day like this. Look through the daily deals and coupon sites to save money on sending a gift. Places like Shari’s Berries are always running promotions for holidays like Father’s Day.

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6 comments

  1. krantcents says:

    One of my favorite gifts from my children is fixing a meal for us. My son is coming over on Father’s Day and fixing my favorite brunch item which is pancakes. The cost is incidental, but I love thta they will spend the time with us.

  2. Deborah @impulsesave says:

    Thanks for the ideas! I think I’ll try to get him a nice photo of the family, and maybe even splurge on a frame! Goodness knows he doesn’t have many frames at the auto shop he works at.

  3. Melissa@LittleHouseInTheValley says:

    Great tips! My husband is happy grilling and drinking a beer, so both are on the agenda today.

  4. Drew says:

    I like the ‘day or two without chores’ idea. Sometimes it’s actually time itself that is most valuable.

  5. Charlotte@EverythingFinance says:

    When your kids are grown, their time is the best gift you can get. I agree with krantcents, it’s inexpensive but Dad will love every minute he gets to spend with them. It simple, but the busier we get the harder it is to find time for our parents. My husband and I went to church with my dad and he was overjoyed.

  6. Elizabeth @ Simple Finance says:

    We gave my husband three chore-free days – plus, he gets to sleep in on those days!

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