Dads work hard, whether at home or at work. And we know that good Dads are priceless. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money to let him know how you feel. If you need ideas for the Dad in your life or ideas for gifts from the kids, then this list of frugal Father’s Day gifts should help.
1. Arrange one-on-one time
If there is more than one child in the family, Dad may not get much one-on-one time with the kids. Arrange for Dad to have special time with each child, even if it is spread out over a few weeks. Go to an event or game, grab an ice-cream sundae, or go for a drive.
2. Yard work
Give Dad a break and do some yard work. Mow the lawn, pull some weeds and water the plants so he has a break from those chores. While you are out there, you could even clean the grill for him.
3. Clean the garage
Garages tend to become a dumping ground for everything and often tools and other items never get put back in quite the right place. Spend a day or two and sweep out, declutter, and straighten up the garage.
4. Clean the car
Give Dad’s car a thorough wash and wax. And don’t forget to vacuum inside. He’ll appreciate the effort and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
5. Go to the park
Father’s Day is in mid-June. With any luck, the sun will be out so you can enjoy an afternoon at the park. Try packing a picnic and go play, hike, or maybe even put together a game of kickball.
6. Make a gift
Little ones really don’t need to get Dad a gift, but usually want to. Have them paint or draw a special picture for Dad. He’ll love it. Other gifts kids can make include paperweights (paint a rock), bookmarks, or write a short story about Dad.
7. Cook his favorite breakfast
Do breakfasts at your house normally consist of toast or cereal? Whip up something special for Dad. Ideas for foods he may love could include a breakfast casserole, biscuits and gravy, an omelet, or waffles. The kids can help cook, too!
8. Photo gifts
If you have time in advance, put together a photo book for Dad with pictures of the family. You can even get a mug with a favorite picture of the kids printed on it.
9. Go fishing
Does your Dad like to fish? Arrange a morning of fishing with him. Pack a few of his favorite snacks to bring along.
10. Get some favorite movies
Ask Dad about his favorite movies. Maybe he likes old spaghetti westerns, action films with a bit of humor, or a good comedy. Buy a few of them along with some microwave popcorn. He can watch the movies over and over again.
11. Enjoy a game
If Dad likes to play ball or a round of golf, take him out for a game. You can also find a local game or race to watch for the day. Local high school games can be inexpensive and exciting to watch.
If Dad is more of a board gamer, spend the day playing some of his favorite games with him.
Showing Dad you care needn’t mean spending a lot of money. He will likely appreciate the money lessons you have learned by giving him a memorable, yet frugal Father’s Day. In fact, remembering the day and spending quality time with him is often enough.
What do you like to give Dad on his special day?