Seems like only a couple weeks ago we were celebrating Mother’s Day, but now Father’s Day is only a few days away! I may be a little biased, but I’m pretty sure I have the best dad in the world. The problem? He’s impossible to buy gifts for! His two big interests are fishing and golf, but I feel like over the years I have given him more little fishing and golf knick knacks and household décor than he has room for. So I never have any idea what to get him without spending a fortune. If your dad is just as hard to buy for, try some of our tips below to find him a great gift that won’t cost half your paycheck.
Dads love food. It’s so easy to bake up a batch of his favorite cookies, even if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen. I like to make oatmeal cookies for my dad. They’re inexpensive and one of his favorites, so this is a gift he always loves. If you want to get more creative than just cookies, I suggest looking for delicious dessert recipes on Pinterest – you won’t believe some of the easy, tasty treats you can find there! In my opinion, few things are better than home cooked gifts.
Save up those rewards program points to cash in on a gift card to Dad’s favorite store. I am not a big fan of giving gift cards because they don’t feel very personal, but some people are so hard to buy for that I’d rather let them pick out something they want or need. I will occasionally get my dad a gift card to Bass Pro Shops or Golf Galaxy, since I have no idea what kind of fishing or golfing equipment he really needs.
Department stores have tons of cool gadgets and gizmos for dads, and they send out coupons all the time! My sister recentlyreceived a $10 off of a $10 or more purchase from JC Penney, which she used on a few clearance items that together made up a fantastic gift that Dad will love. (I can’t say what she bought in case Dad reads this, but I’m sure you can find something for your dad too!)
Use photo sites like Snapfish to make personalized creations for Dad to display around home or his office. From photo books to photo blankets and puzzles, the options are virtually endless. Be sure to look for coupon codes for a better deal!
Offer to spend a day with Dad if you live nearby, doing anything he wants. Go to lunch together, catch a movie, or stay home, cook dinner, and look at old family photos. Time is probably the best gift you can give someone, and Dad will love some extra time with his favorite child!
Look at sites like GroupOn or LivingSocial for deals on new experiences or lessons he might enjoy. My brother recently bought Dad a one-on-one golf lesson, but if that’s not your dad’s thing, I have seen activities that include everything from flying an airplane to driving a race car to horseback riding. It’s hard not to find something that will interest him on those sites.
What are your best tips for frugal Father’s Day gift ideas?
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