Updated on April 29, 2021
You want to choose a Father’s Day gift that shows the dad in your life how much you care for him. But what do you get someone who has everything and wants nothing?
Get inspired from this list of inexpensive gifts for your dad. These budget-friendly presents are sure to make him smile.
Give Him 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 his 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 some money.
Create “Get Out of Chores Free” Cards
Like anyone else, sometimes your dad just wants to put his feet up at the end of a long day. But how can he relax when there are so many things that need to be done around the house?
Make a list of the chores your 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 other family members 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 and 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 give it a personal touch.
Send a Magazine to Dad’s Mailbox or Inbox
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 containing content 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 to stop the subscription before it renews.
Buy a Book
Whether your dad prefers physical books or reading on a tablet, gifting him the latest best-selling novel or historical biography can help him pass some time as he’s waiting for a children’s baseball game to start or wind down after work.
If you go with a hard copy, compare prices online or visit a used bookstore to find a good deal. Write a personalized note inside to give the book a sentimental touch.
Put Together a Tech Travel Kit
Does your dad 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 that fits his phone and tablet
- 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 your dad involves a pun he’ll wish he came up with himself. Celebrate your “pop” with a pop extravaganza. Gather a bunch of items to include in a gift basket that have “pop” in their names, 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!)
Buy an Affordable Gift for a Dad Who Has Everything
Getting the perfect gift for dad will be easier on your wallet when you use one of the inexpensive ideas above. Remember to pay for your gift with your Founder’s Card to receive 2%* or 1.5% cash rewards on every purchase.
For more budget-friendly ideas to use throughout the year, check out our blog.
*You can earn 1.5% cash rewards on purchases. You can earn 2% cash rewards on purchases if you maintain a PSECU checking account and qualifying monthly direct deposit(s) of at least $500. See the Visa® Founder’s Card and Visa® Alumni Rewards Card Rewards Program Terms and Conditions for full details.