Father’s Day is coming up quick; a time of year when I remember (even more than usual) how lucky I am to have a Dad who’s been there for me through thick and thin. Whether you’re celebrating your own father, a grandfather, the father of your children, or someone who is like a father to you, here are 10 Frugal Father’s Day gift ideas for the Dads in your life.
Custom golf balls. Erin Hufstetler at About.com had a great idea to use permanent marker to decorate a dozen golf balls if your dad likes to hit the links.
Social Media lessons. Sit down with your dad for an hour and teach him how to connect with friends and family on Facebook or Twitter. Even after a 45-year career working “with computers,” several years after retiring my Dad needed the support to get started on Facebook and now loves being able to see and comment on photos of his granddaughter!
Popcorn at the movies. Let your dad pick the movie, and get extra butter.
Wine tasting. Take him wine tasting, or just take him out for a beer (or a pitcher) at the local pub, and spend the time getting to know things about his life before marriage and kids, or finding out something you didn’t know about him before. If he doesn’t drink, go for coffee.
Customized photo calendar. Shutterfly has 50% off calendars (and other photo gifts) through Wednesday June 5, and free shipping on orders over $30 through June 6 (use code FREESHIP30 at checkout). By hand, write in fond memories of your dad on the calendar throughout the year (“July 4, 1991: You almost burned off your eyebrows trying to put on the best fireworks show in the neighborhood!”).
Book of memories. Even easier than a calendar, write memories of your dad on index cards and put them in a 4×6-sized photo album. Add a few at the end for new “memories” you’d like to make together in the coming year.
Do the jobs your Dad usually does. Maybe it’s washing the car, cleaning the gutters, or mowing the lawn. Maybe it’s grocery shopping, cooking dinner, or doing the dishes. Find a few of the jobs your dad traditionally does around the house and check those tasks off the list for a day, week, or month.
Photo keychain. As a throwback to 1985, put a photo of you and your dad in one of those plastic photo keychains (available at craft stores).
Decorate a blank apron (using fabric paints) with kids’ handprints, names, ages, Dad’s nickname, etc.
Send him on a “date night.” As payback for all those years that “romance” and “couple time” went out the window to raise kids, clear the way for an evening out (or in) by setting a reservation to a favorite restaurant, giving a gift card, providing flowers for him to give her, or cooking a meal at home for them (then skeedaddling until the evening is over and coming back the next morning to do dishes).
How are you celebrating the men in your life for Father’s Day this year?