With Fathers Day right around the corner, I figured I’d throw out some great Fathers Day gift ideas to readers today. Does anyone else think dads can be really hard to buy for? It’s nice to buy something new and different for dad, but what? Another tie? As I pondered our Father’s Day gathering (we kids and our families always join dad at a local park for BBQ and games), I came up with some ideas both on the frugal side, and the not-so-frugal side.
1. Buy dad a subscription to his favorite magazine or newspaper. Wall Street Journal, This Old House, Golf Digest, Money Magazine; whatever his fave reads are that he wouldn’t likely go out and spend for on his own.
2. Pick up a specialty version of one of his favorite foods. Does your dad like hot sauce or salsa? Find a specialty sauce at an authentic Mexican store. Ice Cream? Make up a variety pack of Ben and Jerry’s. Want to un-frugal your gift? Do a “hot sauce of the month” or “ice cream of the month” gift instead.
3. Take him out. Most dads that I know aren’t much for spending money at a restaurant, so think about taking dad out to eat for Father’s Day. Want to spend it up? Make up a nice invitation with a date for a different restaurant each month, and take him out each month.
4. What’s your dad’s favorite music genre? Make up a collection of some of his favorite music, or some of the music from when your dad was a kid.
5. Focus on his hobbies. Pick up something nice that he can use while practicing his favorite hobbies. Is he a golfer? Get a customized or monogrammed golf towel. Is he a baseball fan? Take him to a game or buy him a baseball encyclopedia. Does your dad like to camp or fish? Get him a nice camping chair or a high end fishing rod. Want to spend it up? Plan a trip with him to the baseball Hall of Fame or take him camping at a well-known park he’s never visited.
6. This is your life. Remember the old Sesame Street game show with Guy Smiley? Put together a scrapbook (one of my bffs just did one through Shutterfly – it turned out great and was only $21!) with pictures and stories starting from when your dad was young up to what he’s doing now. Most of these online photobook places make it easy for even the most “uncreative” of people to put together a nice book.
7. Give him out-of-the-ordinary gift certificates. For whatever you can do that would be nice to take off his plate. Can you mow the lawn for him? Can you cut his hair? Paint the house? Organize his garage or basement? Go for a walk or bike ride with him each week? Think of something your dad would really appreciate and then print out a free online certificate describing his gift. You can also find some funny ecards that are easy to personalize!
Great Fathers Day gift ideas can be hard to come by, but with a little thought and creativity, you can find something that’s just right.
Got any great Fathers Day gift ideas to share?
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