It’s always been harder for me to choose a Father’s Day gift than Mother’s Day. That’s not to say that I wasn’t as close to my father, as I certainly am. Typical Mother’s Day gifts are just so easy to find, and what woman doesn’t enjoy being honored with beautiful flowers, a break in the kitchen, or any other thoughtful treat? When it comes to Father’s Day, though, it’s more difficult to find a gift that fits within a budget but is still meaningful to a dad. As I’m preparing for my husband’s first Father’s Day, I’ve done some thinking and come up with a few thoughtful but frugal Father’s Day gifts. If you’re in the same boat, check out these ideas for a meaningful Father’s Day present.
Father’s Day Gift Ideas That Won’t Break the Budget
Father’s Day gifts are especially unique because most men are very service oriented. If that’s true of your man, consider gifts that speak to that part of his love language. In any case, offer him a gift that makes him feel valued and respected, and you’ll definitely be on the right track.
1. Yard Work
I don’t know about your house, but at mine, my husband is in charge of keeping up with the yard work the majority of the time. A great gift for him is taking on some of that work. You may even want to send him out to do something fun while you and the kids work on the yard.
2. Clean the Car
Your man probably places some value in his vehicle, too. Give him a break and help him celebrate by cleaning and detailing his car, or pay to have it done. Make sure to really focus in on the details and keep it all under wraps until you’ve completed the project.
3. Contribute to His Dream Fund
We all have “someday dreams” – things we’d like to do or have when we eventually have the money. For my man, it’s a motorcycle. A great way to celebrate Dad and acknowledge his dreams is by creating and/or contributing to his dream fund. You can make this as simple as finding a jar, labelling it, and placing a few dollars in the account. But it can also be as complex as taking the steps necessary to open a savings account in his name and adding some money to it. The important thing here is that you are investing in his dream.
4. A Special Meal or Meals
You’ve probably heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This is definitely true of my husband, so when I take the time to make him special treats or foods, he really feels loved. Take it a step further on Father’s Day and make his favorite meal from start to finish, or plan a week of special lunches or dinners that are centered on his favorites.
5. Organize the Garage
Another one of most men’s primary work areas is the garage. Why not give him the gift of a newly organized space? Clean up the garage and install some new organization solutions. Just be sure to keep things in the same place as they were before, so it’s not difficult for him to find things when he heads back in there.
These are just a few ideas to celebrate your man on Father’s day, but any of them is a great way to make him feel valued, honored, and respected. Remember, when you celebrate Father’s Day, it’s not about the amount of money you spend. It’s about making the man in your home feel his worth. Keep these frugal Father’s Day gifts in mind as your planning your celebration for the fathers in your life.