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Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Seasonal & Events | 2 comments

How to Celebrate Father’s Day on a Budget

dadandsoonwalkingCelebrating the dad in your life certainly doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of DIY crafts and activities that are incredibly affordable, if not completely free! After all, homemade sentiments and quality time are priceless in comparison to a high dollar item purchased from a retail store. There are plenty of ways to show your dad how much you care, even with a small budget. Here are a few ideas:

  • Have the kids help cook up a big breakfast fit for a king. Go all out with eggs, bacon, pancakes and coffee, just the way dad likes it.
  • Make handmade cards with craft supplies found around the house. Get creative and consider using newspapers, magazines or fabric scraps from unused clothing. There are tons of ideas and instructions found online for making a unique, dad-inspired card.
  • Make salt dough handprint keepsakes. These mementos are great desk decorations or serve as a great addition to the mantel over the fireplace.
  • Visit the dollar store and give each child $5 to choose small gifts for dad. Make a unique gift basket with these items and maybe add his favorite soft drink or beer. Items to consider including in his basket:
    • Favorite candy
    • Chapstick
    • BBQ grill tongs, apron, or mitts
    • Coffee or beer mug
    • Ink pens
    • Mini tool set or screwdriver
    • Batteries
    • Car air freshener
  • Have a photo shoot dedicated to dad (with mom or a friend taking pictures). Purchase or create oversized letters to spell out ‘DAD’ and create a unique collage. Use the photos to order a custom coffee mug or keychain. You could even create your own set of photographic coasters.
  • Organize a fun scavenger hunt with clues that ultimately lead to your affordable or handmade gifts. Not only will you have a great time making the clues, but your entire family can join in on the fun of searching for the gift.
  • Go for a hike, bike ride, or have a picnic at the park. Be sure to incorporate your dad’s favorite sport or activity into your day of fun. Perhaps that includes playing catch, shooting some hoops in the driveway, or visiting a driving range. Dads can typically get a small or medium bucket of golf balls at a local driving range for just a few bucks. Your family might also consider going fishing at a public lake or local pond. Bowling is another fun, family friendly activity that typically doesn’t come with a very high price tag. Lawn seats at a minor league baseball game also tend to be a more budget-savvy venture.
  • Video an interview with your children and ask them to talk about how much they love their dad. Inspirational questions can be found here. There are plenty of online editing sites that allow you to compile your videos into a Father’s Day keepsake movie.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to show your dad that he is special and loved. Putting forth thought and effort into creating a fun day that is entirely dedicated to him is much more profound. Chances are, he will recognize your efforts and be much more appreciative of your dedication and diligence. Father’s Day only comes around once a year, so be creative and find ways to really show the dad in your life just how much you care about him.

Guest blogger Melissa King is a DealPro and founder of savings blog, She’s dedicated to sharing the best deals, honest reviews, and advice with moms from around the country and Military bases overseas. 


  1. it is important that you stick to a budget, spending more than you can afford is going to cause stress.

  2. it is important that you can afford gifts and items for those special occasions, breaking the budget isn’t going to make the day, but cause stress later.

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