My dad isn’t impressed with big ticket items. He loves it when I put time and thought into his Father’s Day gift. This year I decided to do just that. I came up with some great gift ideas for under $10 dollars that I think any father would love.
Painting: I realize not everyone is creative but this idea works great for me. You can buy a two pack of canvases at a store like Wal-Mart for a few dollars or make your own for much less. Just make sure and stretch it tight when you staple the canvas. You can find paint at discount stores or use art supplies your children have. I paint often but have never done a painting for my father. I’m working on painting his favorite fishing spot on the river with me as a little girl and him sitting beside me. It’s beautiful and I know he’ll love it. If you can’t paint or draw, just do an abstract or geometric painting and don’t be overly critical of yourself. It’s for your dad not The Guggenheim.
Personal: My dad loves coffee, a close shave, nature, and a multitude of other things. Think about your dad and what he enjoys. For a great Father’s Day gift you can make a personalized gift with things you find at a dollar or thrift store. For instance, I got a basket and a really cool coffee mug at my local thrift store. I lined the basket with coffee filters and wrote sweet notes on them. I had three different varieties of coffee beans at home, so I filled mason jars, cut fabric for the lids, used white labels that I drew mugs on to label the beans, and laid them in raffia for a cute look. I’m also going to include some homemade coffee cake and write out the recipe, wrinkle the paper and stain it with coffee to give it an antique look. Just be creative and customize to your dad.
Time: As a parent, I know that the older our children get it seems harder to spend quality time with them. Give your dad some time and do something you used to do together when you were a kid. My dad and I always had a thing for fishing. I always threw mine back, never put the worm on, and usually ended up falling asleep before we left but I love the memories and so does my dad. I’m going to surprise him this Father’s Day by showing up with a picnic lunch, fishing poles, and a whole day set aside just for him. I know that this is going to be his favorite gift. Time is free.
Outdoor Dinner: I did this for my dad last year and he thought it was great. I filled jars with marbles and candles and set them all over my yard, hung them from beams on the deck, and used them on the table. We used our outdoor fireplace, played guitar and sang, and even shot off some fireworks (which I think isn’t exactly legal but it was fun). I made a simple dinner with what I had at home. I’m a vegetarian but I did buy dad a big steak and grill it for him ($10 dollars). Make your dad feel special by cooking for him and hosting a dinner under the stars. My parents aren’t married any longer, so I think he really appreciated the home cooked meal. I even wrote a goofy song about our family vacations when I was a kid.
Build It: If your dad ever helped you build a birdhouse or make a kite; anything of that nature, I promise he will probably remember it very fondly. You can bring back those sweet memories by spending Father’s Day making that item together as an adult. You can find supplies really cheaply or around the house. One year, my dad and I spent three hours making our own kites and then went to the park to fly them. I admit it was a little competitive but he totally let me win. I used sticks I found outside, twine, and nylon material from a windbreaker I bought at a thrift store (remember those windbreaker outfits from the early 90’s?).
You may have been looking for some list of cheap items you could buy for Father’s Day, but seriously just try one of these ideas and I promise your dad will love it.