Frugal Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and a lot more of us are searching for ways to gift frugally while still expressing the love and gratitude our Dads deserve.

In today’s society, which attaches emotional value to gifts (i.e. the more expensive something is, the more we love someone), it’s a difficult task to make something inexpensive carry the same emotional weight.

But fear not, my friends. I searched my brain, polled my friends on Twitter, and scouted around the blogosphere for the newest and most inventive ideas for a Father’s Day on a budget.

Here is the best of what I found:

  • @fiscalgeek said “Last year, my boys and wife made me a duct tape wallet – one of the best gifts I have ever received.” Sometimes, it really is the thought that counts.
  • @CarrieCheap suggested “Helping Dad with the lawn! It’s free (if he has a lawnmower of course…)” Doing chores for your Dad can be a great gift, and lets him enjoy the free time he deserves.
  • @creditgoddess had a similar idea – “Give the gift of time/help, i.e. the house needed new screens, so I spent $25 for screening supplies & installed new screens…Sure it took 3 hrs of my time, but it saved hundred of dollars for the folks…Or do something you used to do when you’re a kid. For me, it was fishing w/ my dad. Show up early on Dad’s Day w/ some poles…” Great ideas! Reminiscing with your dad while doing something nostalgic can bring back some great memories.
  • I’ll also share one of my own favorite ideas for Dad – getting an 8×10 photo frame (the kind with multiple photo openings inside) and putting in the best photos from the past year (preferably with your Dad). You can easily make this a yearly ritual and something your Dad would look forward to.
  • A lot of people see gifts as something we “give” to Dad – but it can be so much more – for example, a year-long pact to speak to Dad at least every other day can brighten his day and pay out dividends all year long in the form of a great relationship.

Father’s Day is only 3 days away! Share your best frugal gift (received or given) in the comments!

Photo by mikebaird

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7 thoughts on “Frugal Father’s Day Gifts

  1. Gift of time i think is probably one of the best gifts you can give you dad, if you live away.

    Thanks for the link!

    1. I agree – getting to spend time with loved ones who you don’t see regularly is a gift in itself. Making the most of that time together is all about focusing on the other person as best as you can, and really striving for quality of time, not only quantity.

  2. I loved the duck tape wallet….its usually the thought that counts
    Doing chores was also awesome! What we do in our family is get together and figure out what he needs and share the cost (it’s usually something expensive my dad has crazy taste) we also make sure he doesn’t have to cook or do anything really on that sunday!
    I’ve also done an old wedding album (they had lost their’s in the big move 20 years ago) and framed a picture of my mom from when they met. Happy Father’s Day!

    1. Ellen – Fantastic! I’ve personally experienced a local rise in these “collaborative gifting” arrangements with everything from weddings to baby showers. It can really make for a fantastic present without any one person spending an insane amount of money.

  3. Since I only have little ones, we usually make cards or pictures with hand prints and photos that Daddy can take to work with him. A little reminder and motivator of why he’s there, I guess. 🙂 He loves it. I also let him sleep in all weekend and make his fave, lemon poppy seed muffins.

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