It's hard to believe, but June is upon us and with it, the beginning of summer as well as summer vacations. Another major day in June is Father's Day. While Father's Day may not carry the same hoopla as Mother's Day does, it is an opportunity to celebrate dads and show them that we love them.
While most parents appreciate time spent with them as opposed to a fancy gift, we still want to get them something to show them just how much they mean to us. The problem is that those gifts can be quite pricey. The average person spent just under $120 on a Father's Day gift in 2013, according to the National Retail Foundation. If you're on a limited budget then it's likely you don't have the means to spend that kind of money, but you still want to show your dad that you appreciate him and all that he does for the family. If you're looking for a simple gift your Dad will love that won't break the bank, these ideas should help.
A gift for the grill fan.
What father doesn't like to grill? Whether he is a charcoal or gas fan, grilling and being a father go hand in hand in American culture. The simple route with the grill gift is to buy your father a grill kit that includes things like tongs, spatula, a grill cleaner and other useful items. If your father is a DIY kind of person, you can take this a step further and make a homemade BBQ spice rub or sauce. If that's a bit beyond your comfort level, you can also make a gift basket of some of his favorite BBQ sauces or rubs and for well under $50.
Make beer together.
If your father enjoys beer, a simple Father's Day gift would be putting together a collection of some of his favorite beers. However, you can take this a step further and get time together with your Dad and enjoy beer at the same time through home brewing. With home brewing rising in popularity over the past few years, that has made it increasingly simple to begin brewing your own beer and some kits can be found for as low as $40. If your father is a DIY fan, then this a great gift idea.
Tickets to his favorite sporting event.
Many fathers enjoy sports, so taking dad to a game for Father's Day can be a great option to consider. This will, of course, vary largely based off of where you live and the type of sports he likes but one thing you might consider is that professional games can be quite costly. There are ways to get around this and cut the cost by quite a bit. Some of those options include going to a semi-pro game, checking out StubHub or Craigslist for discounted tickets and going on deal days offered by teams. Just make sure you understand the terms and conditions of any deal.
Make a photo book.
Many fathers can be difficult to shop for, which makes it difficult to know what to buy them. If this is an issue you're facing, you can also consider making him a photo book. This is something that is commonly targeted for mothers, but can be a great option for dads, especially if you have children. You can make a book of different pictures from his childhood ranging to your children. This will take some time, but will be a gift well received. Many online sites that sell photo books offer deals during the Mother's Day season, so be on the lookout for a deal so you can save money in the process.
Spend time doing things he enjoys.
As stated earlier, many fathers will appreciate time spent together instead of a pricey gift. This can open the door to a number of different opportunities, based off of what your dad enjoys to do. Whether it's going fishing, working on a car or other projects, give your dad the gift of time. Not only will it give you time to bond, but it will also show him you care. You can also take him out for lunch afterwards.
Remember that when it comes to shopping for a Father's Day gift, it's the thought that counts, not the dollar amount spent.
John Schmoll is the founder of Frugal Rules, a finance blog that regularly discusses investing, budgeting and frugal living. He is a father, husband and veteran of the financial services industry who's passionate about helping people find freedom through frugality.
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