Father’s Day on a Budget – Make It Personal

Don’t let a low bank account get you down this Father’s Day. There are plenty of thoughtful gift alternatives that can show dad you care without spending a lot of money. The good thing about holidays such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is that the quality of the gift comes more from the amount of thought you put into it rather than the amount of money you spend.

One of the best ways to make dad feel loved and appreciated is to think about what he likes to do with his free time then find a way to either enjoy it with him or give a gift that will help him enjoy his free time more. Be creative. If you don’t have money to purchase dad tickets to a sporting event, spend a couple hours bargain shopping for sports clothing and memorabilia. If you can’t afford that new tech toy dad’s been talking about, purchase him a subscription to a gadget magazine, or buy him an accessory to one of his current toys instead.

The most important thing to remember is that the best gift decision comes from within, only you have the power to make it personal. Some ideas to get your creative juices flowing include:

Dad and I Photo Album – Gather some favorite photos of you and dad and create a scrapbook photo album of just the two of you. Enhance it with some fun decorations.

Custom Chef’s Apron or T Shirt – T-shirts and aprons can be more creative than just a tie. You can use paint and sponges or design something on the computer and print it out. Aim to be humorous, but remember to think of dad when designing it.

Homemade Fishing Gear – A couple of hooks, some hot glue and a trip to the craft store and you’ll have homemade fishing tackle for dad. Even if he doesn’t use it, he’ll think of you every time he reaches inside his tackle box.

Breakfast in Bed or Surprise Lunch – Surprise dad with a feast. Cook bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns and pancakes with a side of fruit and serve him some breakfast in bed. Alternately, pack a basket and have a picnic for lunch. Either way is a great alternative to eating out and spending more money.

Tackle His To Do List – Let dad do whatever he wants for the day while you do the chores for him. Be open to completing any and all chores on his list, allowing dad to relax while feeling a sense of accomplishment around the house.

Swiss Army Knife – Swiss Army Knives have many uses and are favored by men. You can save money by purchasing a used one and sharpening the blade with a sharpening rock or wool. To add a personal touch, stamp his name on the leather pouch.

Get Technical – Does dad need help in designing business cards, creating a Facebook business page or building his website? If you are web savvy your knowledge could help boost your dad’s small business into high gear.

What inexpensive ideas have you thought of this Father’s Day?

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