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Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Seasonal & Events | 0 comments

6 Great Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

If you’re struggling to come up with a way to celebrate Father’s Day this year, you’re not alone. It’s not always easy to come up with a fun, original activity, especially when dads may say they’re perfectly happy watching a ballgame or grilling out. With a little research and creativity, though, you can find plenty of options for a unique and memorable Father’s Day. To get headed in the right direction, consider the following six ideas.

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1. Create a Family Video
Grab your smartphone or video camera and round up the kids. Have each of them spend several minutes talking about their favorite childhood memory or what they love most about their dad. And, make sure you have the necessary hardware and software for displaying the video on your TV. Dads are sure to appreciate this gift not only on Father’s Day, but for years to come.

2. Chore-Free Day
Mom and the kids can weed the yard, cut the grass, and take care of any bills that need to be paid, along with any other chores dad is normally responsible for. Also, why not give a gift that keeps on giving and present him with coupons for future chores? Fashion a nice gift basket with supplies from the dollar store, along with a few candies or fruits, so dad can enjoy it for the ensuing weeks or months.

3. Treat Him to a Ballgame
If dad is into baseball, treat him to a game. If your home team is out of town, see if any minor league teams are playing in your area. For MLB tickets, use a third-party website such as StubHub or TickPick to find discounted sports tickets online and save on costs. Any sports enthusiast fathers are sure to love an afternoon spent at the stadium.

4. Camping Weekend
Schedule a two- or three-day camping trip at a local campground and make a weekend of it. Don’t have one near you? Use your backyard. Get the kids involved and set up a tent, grill some burgers and hot dogs, and brush up on some campfire stories for good measure – even if you don’t have an actual fire.

5. Attend a Cooking Class
Another great way to spend Father’s Day is to attend a cooking class with dad. Many traditional grocers now feature these, including Whole Foods Market. If you can’t find any classes available on the day itself, present a “coupon” inside a gift basket, as mentioned above. Even if dad doesn’t know a whole lot about cooking, he may be interested in learning more. This presents a great opportunity to bond on the holiday.

6. Schedule a Day Trip
Research the tourism website for your state and look for interesting events and activities that might appeal to dad. You may find a winery that conducts tours, a festival in a nearby city, or even a lake or park you could spend the day at. When you find stuff to do in your region, you can not only give dad an experience he’s never had before, you give him the feel of a mini-vacation, even if you leave and return home the same day.

Final Thoughts
The majority of these ideas are budget-friendly, but remember – it’s not all about the money. The important thing is that you spend quality time with dad. When you focus more on the experience and bonding potential of your Father’s Day celebration, and less on how much it sets you back, you just might find yourself with memories you can cherish for years to come.

Do you know of any other ways to celebrate Father’s Day?

Guest blogger Andrew Schrage is a Savings.com DealPro and co-founder of MoneyCrashers.com, a website that strives to educate individuals in making wise choices about credit, debt, spending and more.

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