Frugal gift ideas for Father’s Day

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It seems crazy, but Father’s Day is right around the corner, and there can be some challenging es when it comes to this holiday.  This time of year also seems to be expensive, we are planning vacations, and there are graduation open houses almost weekly. So, what do these have in common,  a need to have a frugal Father’s Day is so important.

It seems like whenever we have one of these holidays on the horizon, something happens that knocks us off course. A big bill comes due, something happens to a vehicle, it doesn’t matter, life has a way of getting in the way.

My husband is great, we try to show him daily what he means to us, so the pressure to go all out on a gift just isn’t there.  While I would love to get him and my dad something amazing, it just isn’t in the budget, which is disappointing.  So what will I do for the fathers in my life?

Daddy & Daughter. Love from the start

Frugal ideas for Father’s Day (or any day for Dad)

  1. Make his favorite meal or treat.  This one is easy, making something special for dinner or dessert is an easy way to show my husband or dad how much they mean to me.  Now, we often have desserts or treats around the house, but making something special just for my husband (which the rest of us will enjoy as well) is one of my favorite ways to show my husband that I care.
  2. Give him a few hours off.  Now, I will tell you, this one can be hard for me. I am a stay at home mom, and there’s nothing I want more on a weekend than a few hours “off” with no kids. Where I can let my worries go and do something that cleanses my soul.  For my husband, it’s grabbing a beer with a friend, or playing a round or two of disc golf with friends.  Giving him that time to relax, without complaining or laying on a guilt trip would help him. Remember, self-care is just as important for him as it is for you.
  3. Do something he is putting off.  Filling a need, and doing it without being asked. Does the flower bed need weeds pulled? Could the trim use a coat of paint? What is something that needs to be done that you can step in and do for him?
  4. Give him a spa experience. Let him take a relaxing bath or shower. Get his favorite pampering products around for him and give him the time, kid & interruption free. You could always follow up with a massage.
  5. Make pictures or crafts with the kids. Using craft supplies you have on hand, or can get within your budget, make something special with the kids. Pinterest has plenty of ideas to inspire you. From handprints or footprints to tools that are decorated with sayings, you’re bound to find something for any dad.
  6. Decorate a shirt for dad.  Using Tulip fabric pens like these or these textured ones you can let your kids write all over the shirt and make it special.  You could Tracey their hand or foot each year and keep adding to it.  It may not be the most fashionable shirt ever, but it will be something he will cherish.

Other inspiration

Finding a way to connect what your dad or children’s dad wants or needs, and doing it inside a tight budget poses challenges. You can easily find inspiration by looking at what their hobbies are, or what they enjoy doing most.

Dads, they feel many of the same pressures we do, they work the long hours, take care of their family, help maintain the house, and somehow make it work. Sure, generally, we work as a team to make sure things are taken care of around the house, but just as we require time to regroup, so do they.


How will you show your husband or dad they are loved this Father’s Day?


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  1. Nicole

    June 17, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Love these ideas! And I totally waited till the last minute, so I will be taking your advice! 🙂

    1. Becky Miller

      June 17, 2017 at 8:11 am

      I know I wrote this but I haven’t prepared for it either. My toddler colored daddy a picture, we will attend church, and go to eat with my parents and grandma (which is our normal Sunday routine). Beyond that I have nothing prepared lol.

  2. Cole Nemeth

    June 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    This year my daughter and I will be making my husband a card, buying him a pack of Guinness and having a backyard BBQ. We keep it simple, but enjoy the day together 🙂

    1. Becky Miller

      June 17, 2017 at 8:08 am

      That sounds like a wonderful day. Enjoy the family time.

  3. Jenn

    June 13, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I think these are really great ideas. I have some mommy friends that really have no idea what to do, but don’t want to spend too much. I think they’ll enjoy these!

    1. Becky Miller

      June 13, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you Jenn! It doesn’t take much money to do make someone feel special.

  4. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    June 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    These are such great ideas! We usually do a craft of photo project. I like the idea of finishing something he has been meaning to do!

    1. Becky Miller

      June 13, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      That’s one of my favorites too. 😊

  5. Kristen | Kandy Apple Mama

    June 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I love these ideas, Becky! Taking a second to do one of his chores for him is a really great suggestion – I know my husband would really appreciate that. Breakfast in bed is always something we aim for on Father’s Day too 🙂

  6. Marie, M

    June 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for the ideas! We will celebrate my husband by going bowling, his favorite thing and the kids can bowl free! Then I will make him his favorite meal, rib eyes on the grill and a chocolate/peanut butter dessert of some sort 🙂

    1. Becky Miller

      June 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

      That sounds amazing! I wish I had a little something in mind, hahaha. I will cook one of his favorite dinners and desserts for sure, but beyond going to church I just don’t know what we will do lol.

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