You want to show the dad in your life how much you care for him through a gift. But what do you get a guy who has everything and wants nothing?
Get inspired from this list of inexpensive gifts for your dad. These budget-friendly presents will make your dad smile.
Give Dad His Own Apron
Does the dad in your life love to fire up the grill? Then maybe it’s time he got his own apron. You can find aprons at most kitchen stores or online. You may want to add to the gift by putting together a basket full of dad’s favorite barbequing tools, such as:
- His go-to barbeque sauce (or new sauces and seasonings for him to try)
- A fun chef’s hat
- Utensil set
- Grill brush and cleaning tools
If you’re savvy with a sewing machine, you can sew his apron to make it a memorable keepsake and save you money.
Create “Get Out of Chores Free” Cards
Like anyone else, sometimes Dad just wants to put his feet up at the end of a long day. But how is a guy supposed to relax when there are so many things that need to be done around the house?
Make a list of the chores dad’s responsible for, such as mowing the lawn, cooking dinner, or doing the dishes, and design cards he can use to excuse himself from each one. He can redeem them over the course of the year. Keep in mind that when dad uses a card, other people will need to pick up the slack — so you or your children should be ready to get the lawnmower in gear. That’s a small price to pay for a gift that costs you nothing.
Make a Perfect Pocket Square
A pocket square goes into the breast pocket of a suit, and it can be folded in several different ways to change up one’s style. Generally, pocket squares are just for show, and they can be a fun way to accent a color in a shirt or tie. While your dad may already have pocket squares, does he have one made by you?
Buy a piece of silk or cotton fabric sized between 10 x 10 inches to 17 x 17 inches. Use your sewing skills to hem the edges so they don’t fray. You can add his initials, your initials, or a heart to add a personal touch.
Send a Magazine to Dad’s Mailbox
Magazine subscriptions always make a much-appreciated gift. Whether the dad you love is a hunter, an avid reader, a sports fan, or a DIY aficionado, you can find a magazine that matches his interests.
Search online to find the best deal for the magazine you choose. Don’t forget to check coupon sites like Groupon® for discounted subscriptions. Since many magazine subscriptions renew automatically, create a reminder in your phone or day planner to stop the subscription before it renews annually. Check the magazine’s subscription details to learn more.
Buy a Book
It sounds almost old-fashioned these days to suggest purchasing a physical book with the proliferation of tablets and e-readers, but Dad may love having the latest best-selling novel or historical biography with him the next time he’s waiting for a children’s baseball game to begin or wants to wind down after work.
Compare prices online or visit a used bookstore to find incredible deals on hardcover books. Write a personalized note inside to give the book a sentimental touch.
Put Together a Tech Travel Kit
Does the dad you love do a lot of traveling, either for work or for pleasure? Then he probably spends time before each trip prepping all his tech gear. This can become a tedious and repetitive task. Why not have a small bag of his tech gear ready for his next getaway, including all the essentials a connected traveler needs for a trip?
Fill a small bag with the following:
- Portable charger to fit his phone and tablet
- A flash drive
- A soft cloth to wipe down devices
- An extra USB wall socket plug
Celebrate “Pop” With a Collection of “Pop-ular” Items
This funny and cheap gift for dad involves a pun he’ll wish he came up with himself. Celebrate your “pop” with a pop extravaganza. Gather a bunch of items that have pop in their name. This could include things such as:
- Pop Rocks®
- Soda pop
- Popsicles (Just be sure to keep this gift on ice until you’re ready to give it — you don’t want the popsicles melting!)
Enjoy These Affordable Gifts for Dads Who Have Everything
Gift giving will be easier on you and your wallet when you use one of these inexpensive ideas. Remember, if you pay for these gifts with your Founder’s Card, you’ll receive cash rewards every time you swipe.
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