Did you forget about Father’s Day? Maybe you’re not celebrating it until next weekend and are still looking for ideas? Well here’s a handy last-minute guide for a frugal Father’s Day gift – no-ones judging.
There are so many gift guides out there for the father figure in your life however I could never in good faith advertise you get your dad the same old kind of mug, socks & t-shirt combo that he always gets. Any Dad will tell you that all he wants is to spend time with you (and your siblings). With that in mind, this guide is written to treat your Dad this Father’s Day by indulging his hobbies and interests.
I apologise if this post seems stereotypical to gender – it’s not. It’s only based on my own Dad and the sort of things he loves which will hopefully give you some ideas for yours. However, if your Dad loves the ballet then ignore this guide and take that man to the ballet!
1. The Beer Lover
Host your own tasting party with your only expense being the beer itself. This idea is much more communal and fun than just gifting your Dad the beer – plus you can enjoy some of the present yourself as you taste with him!
2. The Shed Dweller
Your Dad might be the type of guy that has 10 tools for every job in the house so treat him to a voucher for his favourite shop or some organisation for his shed like some shelving and labels. If he’s anything like my Dad, he would love to take you through his shed and label / organise with you.
3. The Sports Mad Dad
If a ticket to the next game is out of your budget you can always buy him last seasons strips which start at £12 for a shirt. Alternatively, he would probably love for your to just enjoy a game with him – especially if you’ve never shown interest in that part of his world before.
4. The Adventurer
This Father’s Day, take your Dad on a big hike or rent a boat out to go fishing. This can be much cheaper than you think if he already has the equipment. Getting out the house and spending some time together is all Dad’s really want.
5. The Whiskey Drinker
Gift your Dad his favourite tipple but re-print it’s labels to have something that has meaning to him or funny – eg, ‘Dad’s Favourite Whiskey’, ‘The Dearest Dad’s Dram ’ or something cheeky like ‘The Malt That Led to Me’.
6. The Cheese Snob
Make your own cheeseboard for under £10 with hand-picked cheeses from the supermarket. To make it a bit more interesting, have your Dad guess the flavours as he tries them and score his palette.
7. The Gamer
A brand new game might be out of the question but a gift voucher or buying a game preowned might be something he would love. I am an avid gamer so if you need any suggestions just email me a pic of his collection and I’ll recommend a game he will love.
8. The Creative Type
If you dad loves nothing more than building or making something then the key to giving him a good Father’s Day is to give him a hand on his latest project. Put on your dirtiest jeans, blast out the radio and always be on cup of tea duty to win him over on Father’s Day.
9. The Gardener
If you’re not sure what to get then you can’t go wrong with new tools, compost and seeds however you can always cheat and ask Mum! Remember to actually spend some time with him too and learn about why he loves gardening. Ask him to show you and you might just learn a thing or two.
I hope whatever you do this Father’s Day you do it with love. You don’t need to spend hundreds to show him how much he means to you.