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Broke This Year? Give Dad a Great Father’s Day with These Cheap Gift Ideas

Father's Day gift ideas

Father’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to figure out how you’re going to make Dad happy this year! Of course, if you had your way, you’d go out and buy the most expensive gadgets available for him to enjoy, but if you’re like a lot of people, saving money on Father’s Day gifts is a top priority.

So what do you do when all you’re pulling out of your pockets these days is lint? Here are some great Father’s Day gift ideas to consider if you’re working with little (or no) money.

Free Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s no fun to want to give your dad the best for Father’s Day possible with no money to get the job done. The great news, however, is there are ways to give him a day he won’t forget without you having to spend a dime! Check out some fun free Father’s Day gift ideas:

Free Gift Ideas

1. Visit a Free Local Event

There are usually many free local events going on in cities around the country during the summer months. This is the perfect time to search local events calendars to find a fun outing that you and your father can enjoy together.

2. Make a Home Video

A really creative way to make your father smile this June 17 is to make him a home video. In the past, you needed a camcorder to so it, but now you can use the camera on your phone to tell him how great he is, sing him a song or tell some jokes to make him laugh.

3. Cook Dinner

Consider taking items already in your home and cooking him a great meal. Whether you’re whipping up a culinary treat or stirring cheese into macaroni, he’s sure to appreciate the effort you put into the dish.

4. Do Some Yard Work

Want to give your dad the gift of a lifetime? Do some yard work. By taking time to mow, rake and water the lawn, you give your father time to kick back and enjoy his day.

5. Find Some Free Printable Father’s Day Cards

Don’t have enough money to buy your dad a great store-bought card this year? You can either e-mail him an e-card or you can take a different route by choosing among the many fun free printable Father’s Day cards available.

Free Food and Treats


TCBY is offering free yogurt to fathers on June 17. Note that participation varies by store, so check with nearby locations to make sure they’re offering this deal.

2. Denny’s

Denny’s is offering free eCards and coupons for a free Pancake Puppies sundae. Visit Denny’s website for more information.

3. Spaghetti Warehouse

Spaghetti Warehouse is celebrating its 40th anniversary by offering fathers their choice of the Incredible 15-Layer Lasagne or Original Recipe Spaghetti. Also, dads born in 1972 can take advantage of a free brownie sundae.


Father’s Day Sale Items and Low-Cost Gifts

If you have a little bit of money in your pocket, there are even more opportunities for you to give your dad a day he’ll never forget. Here are just a few Father’s Day sale and discount options to consider:

1. Buy a Photo Mug

Many 99 cent stores sell mugs that allow you to add photos. Take this opportunity to add a picture of you and the family so that he can have the perfect morning pick-me-up as he sips his coffee.

2. Make Him a Gift Basket

When most people think of gift baskets, they don’t consider beer, nuts, grilling accessories and other great Dad-centered items. If you want to make your father smile while saving money, consider creating a gift basket for him with the items he loves most.

3. Find a Groupon Deal

Another option if you’re looking for sale items and deals is using daily deal sites like Groupon. Currently, the site is featuring items that are perfect for Father’s Day in your area. Whether you want to check out a local sporting event or buy Dad power tools that you haven’t been able to afford, Groupon may be a great way to make his dreams come true!

4. Fleming’s Steakhouse $25 Gift Card

If you can afford to take your dad to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar this Father’s Day, be sure to treat him. In exchange for brunch or dinner, he will receive a free $25 gift card to use at a later date.

One of the great things about this special day is that you have the chance to show your father how much you appreciate him. So remember, even if you can’t say Happy Father’s Day to him through the gift you’d prefer, simply spending time with him, or giving him a call, is a great way to show him you care.