Father’s Day Gift Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

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Whether you’re reading this post as an adult daughter or as a wife, you’ll hopefully find it helpful as you prepare for Father’s Day. My own dad passed away eight years ago and I miss him every day. Thus, I’m writing this post from my perspective as a wife and mother. You might be reading the post from both perspectives. Either way, these Father’s Day gift ideas will hopefully come in handy for you this year.

Father’s Day is about letting your husband or dad know that you appreciate him. It’s also nice if the gifts you offer include a personal touch. I often wind up making my own cards because the ones I find in the store are way too cheesy. If a kindergartener writes “Roses are red, violets are blue, Happy Father’s Day to you,” it’s one thing. I feel compelled to step up my game a bit more than that. In fact, I’m pretty sure I know some kindergarteners who could write better greeting cards.

Father’s Day gift ideas can be a group effort

Perhaps you have older kids who have their own money. You can save time and also cash by combining resources. If everyone pitches in, you can use the Father’s Day gift ideas included in the following list without going broke:

  • Do you have a local spa/resort near your home? One year, my older kids and I pooled our funds to treat my husband to weekend retreat away by himself. We happen to live within 45 minutes of a beach-lake-casino-spa-resort. It was the perfect Father’s Day gift. My husband still reminisces about his time spent hiking, watching sunrises and sunsets over the lake, as well as having time to rest and pray.
  • Another combined-efforts gift idea is to pitch in and get your dad (if you have siblings) or husband (if you have kids with cash) a luxury recliner chair. You can find great deals online during Father’s Day sales. My husband has his recliner in his home office. Rarely a day goes by that he doesn’t kick back in it to read or just chillax for a few.
  • Does your dad or husband have an item on his bucket list that you and your siblings or kids can make happen? Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to help him make his dream come true!

There are no right or wrong ways to come up with Father’s Day gift ideas. Each father is unique. Think of creative ways to treat the special dad in your lives to a day he’ll fondly remember in years to come.

When younger kids need Father’s Day gift ideas

If your children are younger, you might need to simply your Father’s Day gift ideas. You might want to try one or more of the ideas included on the following list to create budget-friendly gifts your husband will love:

  • One of my husband’s all-time favorite holiday gifts still hangs in our bedroom. Years ago, I used two colors of paint (one for girls, one for boys) and created a hand print wall-hanging, including my own hand-print. Each person’s name is under his or her print. There are hand-painted phrases, such as, “We love you!” “God bless you!” and “We appreciate all  you do!” throughout the poster. We chose a nice glass-covered frame and he loved it! Years later, when three more babies were born, I made a second, mini poster that says, “That goes for us too, Daddy!”
  • Children as young as three or four can help you with an outdoor project. Perhaps you can all pitch in to deep-clean the garage or a shed that your husband’s been meaning to get to. You can add some decorations, a tall glass of something cold, a treat and a note to surprise him with a job already done!
  • What dad doesn’t enjoy snacks and drinks while watching movies or sports in his free time? Your Father’s Day gift ideas might include letting the kids hand-paint a mug or lap-sized snack tray to make snack time all the more special.
  • A coupon book is a great idea that keeps on giving throughout the year. Decorate 12 coupons that your husband can cash in once per month for breakfast in bed. Each coupon should include a menu. Tell dad that he must hand in the coupon a few days ahead. This way, you and the kids can make sure you have ingredients on hand.

These are just a few of many Father’s Day gift ideas that add a personal touch to a special day but don’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s definitely the thought that counts. The idea is to let your father or husband know how much you love and appreciate him. Do you have other low-cost gift ideas that our readers (and I) might like to include in this year’s Father’s Day celebrations? Share them in the comments!

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