Six Ideas For a Frugal Father's Day

Fathers Day Gift

Father's Day will soon be here. You know you'd like to get him something nice, but maybe an expensive gift isn't in the budget. These six ideas for a frugal father's day are sure to make the father in your family feel loved and appreciated.

1. Let the children make him a T-shirt with their handprints on it. The craft is very simple and your children will love the opportunity to create something special just for Dad. Find fabric paints in Dad's favorite colors and purchase a 100% cotton T-shirt for each child to decorate. Put the fabric paint on a disposable plate and then have the children place their hands on the shirt. Follow washing instructions after the paint has dried. You may want to have the children sign and date the shirt so Dad can see how much the children have grown.

2. Let Dad know you support his dreams by opening up a "dream fund" for him. You don't have to fill the entire fund up immediately, but you can add a little here and there every year to help him make his dream item a reality. Maybe you could save change in a jar for him to add to his dream fund or put aside as little as $5.00 a month. Before long there will be a good sized amount in the account and he'll be well on his way to getting that dream tool or new big screen TV.

3. Many newspapers will run special advertisements for major holidays, and that would include Father's Day. Purchase a small ad in your local newspaper to let Dad know how much he means to you and how much you love him. Just remember to put his name on the ad or someone else might think the ad's for them!

4. Gasoline prices change every day. Why not give Dad a gift card specifically for his next fill up? Not only is this gift practical, it will also let him keep that much money in his pocket for the week. He can either put the money into his dream fund or splurge and eat out with the guys at the office one day during the week.

5. If the Dad in your family is like most men, he most likely loves to grill. Why not purchase an inexpensive white barbecue apron and decorate it yourself? You can dye it any color and then use fabric paints to write "Kiss the Cook" or "Never Trust a Skinny Cook." He'll be sure to use the apron the next time he grills.

6. Plan an outing for everyone in the family to enjoy on Father's Day. This might be something as simple as a picnic in the park to something more elaborate like planning an entire day going fishing with him. Whatever his favorite activity is - golfing, bicycling, playing card games, or just watching TV - do that activity with him. The time spent with him will mean more than any cheesy tie you could ever buy him.

Don't forget to feed Dad on his special day. Many restaurants have special prices for Dads. If you can't afford an entire meal out, why not treat him to his favorite ice cream? Perhaps these six ideas for a frugal Father's Day have sparked some creative ideas of your own. Remember, whatever you choose to do with Dad on his day, as long as you let him know how much you love him, he'll probably be happy.

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