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The Best Budget-Friendly Gifts for Father’s Day

Many families happily celebrated Father’s Day this past Sunday. Update after update, my Facebook news feed brought me a collage of photos of new fathers, fathers from the 80s, grandfathers, and even fathers-to-be. I saw some families went out to a ball game (which is ‘baseball’ for Americans), others went out to brunch or dinner, and some enjoyed a good day at the park. In my own family, my brother and I joined wallets and money power and treated our dad to a deep tissue massage. But, all the activities and gifts got me thinking:

What are the best budget-friendly Father’s Day presents?

To recap the day and provide a useful list for all Father’s Day gifts for years to come, we’ve done our research for you. Here are our top 5 picks from around the web:

5. Book Club – Choosing a Book to Read Together

Some friends turned to Amazon or Barnes & Nobles to comb through the Best Sellers or find the perfect genre book for dad. I think this is one of the best gifts – and it can get even better. Instead of buying a single book for your father, why not get another copy and share in the reading experience. Now you have another thing to “catch up” on together – and it’s also a great way to bond and learn more about each other.

4. Home Movies Night – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Speaking of bonding, I can’t think of anything better than a bucket of popcorn and sitting back together to share in a wave of nostalgia. If you’re family is anything like mine, you likely have a closet full of family VHS tapes. For Father’s Day, why not bring your collection into the digital age and convert them into CD’s. Consider making a “highlight” reel and present it as your dad’s Father’s Day Gift.

3. Day of Mini Golf – Light Fun With Dad

If your father is a golfer, but you don’t necessarily share in his passion, why not meet him halfway and go for a light-hearted game of mini golf? I noticed a few blogs that brought up this idea and I think it deserves on our Top 5 Father’s Day Gift list. Most rates for mini golf are somewhere around a mere $10 / adult, which seems like a worthy gift and Father’s Day activity to me! It’s sure to bring out the kid in both of you – and a healthy dose of friendly competitiveness.

2. The Toast That Keeps on Giving – Beer of the Month Club

Although it is the most expensive item on our list, ($30.95 – $42.95, greatclubs.com), it is the gift that keeps on giving! If your dad appreciates a good beer, this is the perfect gift for him. Every month, he’ll get four different varieties of American microbrews delivered directly at his door. If wine, cigars, or even pizza is more his style, no need to fret. You can find another ‘Monthly Club’ gift that is a better match.

1. Best Father’s Day Card Ever!

Making our #1 spot – especially for new(ish) dads – is the most creative (and delicious) card we’ve discovered during our internet search! Best of all, it is easy to do, from the heart, and will feed any father’s sweet tooth! This is a fun, smart, and creative activity with the kids and something they all will appreciate in the end.

best father's day card

What did you give or get for Father’s Day this year? Any other great ideas to add to the list?

About Jessica J.

A native New Yorker, Jessica left behind the Big Apple almost 4 years ago to pursue new adventures around the world. Powered by caffeine and a relentless curiosity, she has now settled in Tel Aviv Jaffa with her husband, American cat, and a new appreciation for budget management.

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  • homelifeabroad

    Great ideas, Jessica! 😀 I always find mother’s day so much easier to shop for… I know my Dad very well though and there are two things that he loves: 1) Poker. 2) Sports. So my gifts are always related to that.

    • maria @ close to home

      this are some really great ideas. we often think of what we can buy someone, but doing an activity together is worth a lot more

  • Trisha Grimes

    What a great list of ideas! I especially love the last one, I think its something my husband would enjoy!

  • allyson

    We had such a fun father’s day this year thanks to all the great ideas I found online! I am going to pin this for next year so i don’t forget, thanks!

  • Robin Rue

    Haha, yup that pretty much IS the best Father’s Day card ever.

  • cyndie

    Being frugal was a must in my household for Father’s Day, this is a list of great ideas.

  • I love love LOVE the idea of getting a book that can be read and discussed together. That is something I’m going to keep in mind for next Father’s Day and other holidays, too.

  • malia p

    I really love that Father’s Day card. What a great idea!!

  • Lexie Lane

    These are all lovely choices! I hope he had a great day!

  • Debbie Denny

    I just adore your candy card,. Awesome idea.

  • Francine Morrell

    The candy card is super cute!

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the candy poster what a brilliant gift! What father wouldn’t love this!?

  • Taralyn @ Keep Moving Forward

    I love the gifts that allow you to spend more time together! So fun!

  • I tend to cherish the homemade gifts a lot more than the ones the kids buy. Hubby does as well. Thats a great recap and I’m so loving the card.

  • Lisa Jones acouponaddict

    These Are AWESOME Ideas For Gifts Love The Candy Bar Idea!!

  • Constanza Oller de Moore

    I love the ideas we did the movie at home together first one for all of us and then one action/spies movie he really wanted to watch

  • Amy Desrosiers

    You know my husband really would love a book club subscription! What a great idea!