Just in case you didn’t know, fathers day is nearly here (June 20th) but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune just put a smile on your dads face. Here are 10 simple tips to help you save money for your father on that special day.
Cards: You have a couple of options here; you can tell him exactly how you feel about him and save on the cost of buying a card. Alternatively, you can make a card for him. This second option is ideal for younger children. Consider how creative they are. Also, kids love making things so what better way to show them that how much they love their dad by getting the kids to make a card.
Time together: We’ve all seen those mugs that say” Best Dad in the World” but do you really need to spend money just to tell him this? Instead of forking out on a T shirt or cup that he will never wear or use why not spend some time with him instead? Go for a walk, help him with his pet projects or just talk about the things that he’s interested in. It’s really that simple.
Flowers: It’s probably fair to say that most dads really don’t want to get flowers on father’s day or, for that matter, any other day of the year! Sure, they like giving them on special occasions chocolates and flowers for your father is probably not a great idea.
Family Tree: If you’re really strapped for ideas when it comes to finding a present, why not do some digging through the family history? Search genealogy sites and put together a small montage of his family history. Showing your father that you care enough to find out more about him and his ancestors will mean the world to him.
Something special: If you have young children, making a photo album or a picture frame is a great idea. Time to start rummaging through the family snaps.
Books, movies and music: Another simple way you can put a smile on his face. This doesn’t have to cost you much either. Head on over to the nearest charity shop and start digging through their DVD’s, video casssettes, There’s always a good selection on offer so you’re bound to find something he likes.
Wallets, belts and watches: These time honoured favourites are still one of the most popular gifts on Father’s day. Why? Because they’re inexpensive and useful. How often do you see that combination?
Gadgets: If you want to buy a more expensive present on Father’s day consider using online auctions, discount code websites or pooling your money. Get the rest of your family to chip in to buy your dad that gizmo that he’s had his eye on for some time.
Coupons: But not the sort you’re probably thinking of! If you have children why not get them to make a book of coupons that can be ‘redeemed’ on Father’s day? Taking out the rubbish, drying the dishes after tea, etc. You get the idea.
Gift cards: If you’re really stuck for ideas and or can’t pin down anything specific, get him a gift card. Let dad choose exactly what he wants.
You see, Father’s day doesn’t have to be expensive if you don’t want it to be. Yes, there are great deals and discounts out there for thing such as racetrack days, Blu-Ray players and more. But, on Father’s day, the most important thing to give him is your time and love.