Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas
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Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 6:11 pm
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Mowing Lawn iStockWhat are you going to buy for your dad as a Father’s Day gift? Some dads can be difficult to shop for. It can be hard to choose what gift to give when your budget is low. Fortunately, there are some frugal Father’s Day gift ideas that will make your dad happy (and won’t cost a small fortune).

Yard Service
In many families, the responsibility of mowing the lawn, pulling the weeds, and trimming hedges and trees falls upon the dad. While some dads might enjoy doing this kind of work, others would prefer that someone else would take over that chore for them.

This Father’s Day, give your dad (or husband) the gift of yard service. If you have teenagers, they can help do some of the work. Wait until dad will be away from home for a while and surprise him with clean yard when he returns home. Have everyone who helped do the work sign the Father’s Day card.

Magazine Subscription
What are your dad’s hobbies? There’s probably a magazine that is dedicated to that specific topic. Dads who like to cook might be interested in a subscription to a cooking magazine (such as Saveur, Cook’s, or Food & Wine). Dad’s who are technologically savvy might enjoy a subscription to a computer or tech magazine (such as PC Magazine, or Mac Life).

The magazine subscription you choose could be the traditional paper magazine that is shipped to his home every time a new issue is released. Or, if your dad uses an ebook reader, you might be able to buy him a digital subscription to his favorite magazine.

Handmade Cards
This is a great idea for parents of young children. Help the kids create a handmade Father’s Day card. Preschoolers can draw a picture for their dad and sign their name. An adult can help fold the drawing into a card and can write “Happy Father’s Day” on it.

Another fun option is to get out the fingerpaint and let the toddlers create a piece of unique art for their dad. Anyone can go to the store and buy a pre-made Father’s Day card. Handmade cards are special because they are custom made, unique, and much more meaningful than a standard card from the store.

Ties and Socks
Does your dad work in an office that requires business wear attire? He could probably use some more ties and socks to wear to work. Pick some that reflect his interest. Find socks that have a design made of fishing hooks for the dad that loves to go fishing. Dads who like video games might enjoy a tie that looks like it fell out of an 8-bit game from back in the day.

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