Frugal Father's Day Gifts Dad Will Love

June 4, 2014

If I ask my dad what he wants for Father’s Day – or any holiday for that matter – his answer is always the same: “Oh, nothing.”

Well gee, that’s helpful.

While he may be a little too selfless for his own good (I, on the other hand have no issue spouting off a list of things that I want, but I digress), I could never show up on Father’s Day without a gift in hand. Because, well, my dad is awesome and he deserves to feel appreciated.

Here are a few things I’m thinking about getting my dad this Father’s Day.

Try a Subscription Service

For the guy who has everything, or the one who wants nothing, sometimes going the practical route is your best bet.

Dollar Shave Club is a subscription service that offers three types of blades ranging in price from $1 per month to $9 per month (the handle comes free with your first month’s purchase). Give dad a 3-12 month subscription and he can decide if he wants to continue the service from there.

If you want more of a hodge-podge of goodies sent monthly, try Birchbox for men. Every month he’ll get a box filled with a variety of lifestyle and grooming products. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Go the Activity Route

My dad may not be one to ask for “things,” but he always loves when I plan something for the two of us to do together.

After a quick look through Groupon, I found 50% off a museum admission, 53% off bowling, 51% go-karting, among other things. The best part? It’ll give you both a chance to try something new together – something far more memorable than any physical gift you could give him.

Or, if you’re really strapped for cash, try something that doesn’t cost anything – a free brewery tour, a hike, etc. Either way, it’s time well spent.

Give the Gift of Memories

Sites like Shutterfly make putting together photo albums relatively easy, but the final product looks like it took a great deal of time and effort. And, depending on the size of album you go with, cost as little as $12.

Collect your favorite family photos – or even just photos of the two of you – and compile them into something your dad can look at for years to come. Or, if you want something more unique, you can design cell phone cases, mugs, luggage tags, blankets, and more with the photo of your choice.

Take Over a Task

My dad has a thing for clean carpets and clean cars – both of which he tends to on a regular basis. But he’s the type of guy that will do both himself instead of paying someone else to do it.

Since he’s pretty particular, both tasks require a fair amount of time and effort – something I would gladly give him for Father’s Day.

What tasks could you take over for your dad? Yard maintenance? Repairs around the house? If it’s not his favorite thing to do, chances are he’ll leap at the chance to have someone else take it over.

Get Crafty

If you’re feeling crafty but don’t know what to make, you’ll find a plethora of ridiculously creative (and not so expensive) Father’s Day gift ideas on Pinterest. I found how-to’s for everything from a DIY picture frame to a birdhouse to necktie cookies. You name it, you’ll find it on Pinterest (plus more).

For a few ideas, look here, here, and here.

What do you plan on getting your dad for Father’s Day?