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Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Having trouble figuring out what to give your dad for Father's Day?  Here are a few ideas for frugal, yet fabulous, gifts that he is sure to love.Father’s Day is nearly here. What gift are you going to give your dad? Some dads are really easy to shop for. They always want the same thing. Other dads, however, make gift giving a bit more difficult. Here are some frugal ideas for Father’s Day gifts to consider.

4 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Mow the Lawn
There are a lot of dads who end up stuck with the chore of mowing the lawn on their day off. Surprise the dad in your life by mowing the lawn for him. The kids can help by pulling weeds or sweeping driveways, porches, and sidewalks. Or, you could hire someone to come over and mow the lawn (and do some yard work) so dad won’t have to. See if you can get a good deal from a local landscaping company. Another option is to have your teenager do the yard work a specific number of times.

Framed Photo of the Kids
This simple idea works well for dads who happen to work in an office. You can pick up a nice photo frame from your favorite department store. Sometimes, dollar stores have lovely frames, too. Select one that will sit on a desk. Add a recent photo of the kids. Or, select a photo from the most recent family vacation. The framed photo can bring a smile to his face on stressful work days.

Gift Card
Got a dad that’s really difficult to buy for? There are some dads who are hard to buy for because they have a habit of buying stuff for themselves all the time. Other dads have eclectic tastes that make it hard to find gifts that will match his interests. You can’t go wrong with a gift card. The next time dad buys something for himself, he won’t have to spend his own money on it.

Game Time
Is your dad a gamer? What about the father of your kids? If he plays an online game that has a subscription fee, you can pay that fee for him. It is possible to purchase gift cards for World of Warcraft and other online games. Put the gift card into his Father’s Day card so he will know you have bought him more time to play.

What if he loves to play online games with his buddies, but the game doesn’t require a subscription? You can still give him some game time. Make a “coupon” that your husband can use when he wants some uninterrupted game time. Write down the number of hours on the coupon. Be prepared to watch the kids while he uses his Father’s Day gift.

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