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Father’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Dad and daughter in kitchen

Father’s Day is the perfect time to show Dad how special he is to you. But coming up with the right gift doesn’t have to be a budget-busting move. Showing that you care means you are paying attention to what is important to him. Here are some ideas on how to make Father’s Day memorable with sweet, fun and quirky gifts that won’t break the bank.

DIY Dad Shirt

You can make a one-of-a-kind gift that surrounds Dad with family love by using a simple t-shirt and some leftover paint. Assign each family member a color, have them dip a hand in paint and press their handprint on a shirt. You can use extra paint or fabric markers to write messages. (You may want to practice your design on a white poster board first.)

Baked Goods

Nothing says love like home-baked goodness. What’s your dad’s favorite goody? Whether it’s chocolate chip cookies, banana nut muffins or cheese bread, spend some time in the kitchen making up a batch just for him. The extra effort will warm his heart.

Gift Basket

DIY gift baskets are easy to assemble and personalize to your dad’s tastes. Is he a coffee buff? Gather some different roasts, flavored creamers and a nice mug. Does he have a green thumb? A new pair of gardening gloves, some seeds and new hand tools can do the trick. Loves movies? A DVD of a favorite movie or a pair of movie tickets and some boxed candy would be the perfect treat.

Homemade Gourmet Items

If your dad enjoys the finer tastes in life, whip up a gourmet treat that will tempt his taste buds. You can find online videos with simple recipes to make homemade beef jerky, hot sauce, jam or herb-infused olive oil for cooking. Use Mason jars or interesting glass bottles from the dollar or craft store to package your unique treat.

BBQ Musts

If your dad is king of the grill, he’ll appreciate some spiffy new tools to rule his kingdom. Assemble his favorite spice rubs, a new set of barbecue tools and an apron to whet his appetite for outdoor cooking.

Photo Gift

Who can resist a photo gift featuring loved ones? Find a funny, sentimental or meaningful photo of your family and memorialize it in an easy-to-make photo gift like a mouse pad for the office, a coffee mug for his desk or a photo bookmark to remind him of who loves him best.

Vintage Photo Restored

If your dad is hanging on to some heirloom family photos that are showing their age, choose a special one and have it professionally restored. Present it to him in a new frame to make a sentimental keepsake.

Chocolate Candy

The chocolate melts that you can pick up at the grocery or craft store can transform just about anything into a gift that looks like you spent a bundle. Depending on your dad’s tastes, you can dip anything from strawberries and Oreos to ridged potato chips and peanut butter crackers. Package your creations in a nice tin lined with wax paper.


Give the gift of time to your dad with a book of coupons for tasks that will help him around the house. Use your computer or write out individual coupons for things he will appreciate – like washing the car, organizing the garage or weeding the garden. Include a coupon for the most special gift of all – one-on-one time with you.

Make a one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift that will show your dad that he’s the greatest.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.