Father’s Day is this Sunday and while I’m pretty sure I know what I’m doing for my dad and my husband, I’m sure there are many others who are still looking for some great ideas.
My dad is very easy to please. He doesn’t like gifts, he likes handmade cards and letters so that’s what he normally gets and that’s what he’s getting again this year. It’s always so good to sit down and write out my thoughts of gratitude and appreciation to him for all he has done for me.
My husband is also easy to please. Up until this year, he always received a card and a special home-cooked dinner. This year, since we have more wiggle room in the budget, I’m actually buying him something. But it’s not anything fancy or extravagant. Instead, he’s getting dress clothes, thanks to Sears. And I know he’ll be happy as a lark since, unlike most men, he likes to shop and buy clothes!
What are you doing to bless and show appreciation for the special father(s) in your life? Tell us about it in the comments section in the next 24 hours and you’ll also be entered to win one of two $20 gift cards from Boston Market.
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My son and I found one of his favorite magazines for a $1.00 an issue on a magazine web site . We took him out for an early Fathers Day dinner” paying for part of his meal with a gift card I had earned on a survey site”.
Well, it’s not the MOST frugal, but I was pretty impressed with my ingenuity. 🙂
I found two pictures of Josh with each of the kids that I really liked. One was a rear shot of Olivia and her daddy walking hand in hand. The other was Benjamin being lowered carefully from a (low!) bridge by his daddy so he could feel the creek water on his feet.
And I bought some iron-on transfer paper (It was $10, but I can make several shirts out of it – maybe some more next year!) and some cheap plain colored shirts at Wal-Mart ($2.75 each).
And, for $15 ($7.50 each), I made my kids personalized Father’s Day shirts. It’s like a card he can read all day long! And then again whenever they wear them again! Good ’til they grow out of them! And on the back of the shirts, I put another transfer that says “I Heart Daddy”.
Oh, I forgot the captions. Olivia’s caption was “My Daddy holds my hand” and Benjamin’s was “My Daddy won’t let me fall.”
I’ll post a picture of them on Sunday on my site (http://www.thenaturalmommy.com), but not until then! I want them to be a surprise!
I hope he likes them… I really think they turned out well!
Amy D. says
Recently, I received a coupon for $10 off any purchase at Jcpenny’s. So for Father’s day we picked him out a pair of the swimming trunks that were on sale for $9.99. It’s not a sentimental gift, but it was free, and it’s something he needs really bad! All 4 of my kids did make him cards too(with materials we already had on hand) that turned out super cute!
We each have special traditions for mothers/fathers day. For my mothers day gift….since I am the one with kids most of the time they get me an “only me” gift such as bath soaps and then head out to dinner. Since dad doesnt get to spend as much time with the kids he gets a “family oriented” gift. This year we bought him a new edition of Monopoly and we always grill out 🙂 Our local butcher has beef ribs for $.95/lb so we are going to have a super yummy meal of grilled ribs, corn on the cob, grilled onions, peppers, and squash followed by a fun afternoon of Monopoly with the whole family 🙂
What could be more special than naming a star for Dad? And there is a place to do it for FREE, and print out your own certificate!
1.For the Dad with everything-his very own star
2.For the new Dad-a star named after him and the new little one.
3.For the best Dad in the world, his very own star! and – Have the little ones make star shaped cookies, or make a special breakfast of pancakes, then cut out a star in the center using your star cookie cutter. At night, you can all go out together and look up at the stars. A Father’s Day to remember!
go to freenameastar.com to name yours. You can do it for free, or can add extras as you wish for nominal amounts. (bookmark the site for later, as this makes great teachers gifts, birthday gifts, etc. with a few fillers added).
Cindy Brick says
Husband asked for steak on the grill, and our (college-aged) daughters to be there…we see them so little that will be a pleasure in itself!
But he loves to eat out, and he loves his hunting and fishing. So this year’s present will be two magazines I earned by watching commercials (thanks to you, MSM!), plus some heavily discounted restaurant gift certificates to some of his favorite places.
Mary Jo says
Our church has a father’s day picnic after church every year, so my husband and I will be going to that–we go to the same church as my parents, so I’ll be able to spend the whole day with Dad. I also plan to get him a nice card. We were just married about a month ago and don’t have a lot of extra money to buy gifts this year, but my husband is a carpenter, so I’m going to suggest to him to build a frame for each of our dads and put the family picture from the wedding in each one. 🙂
Normally for mothers day or fathers day we don’t buy gifts, we let the kids make them. This year my dh bought me some great outdoor furniture for mothers day SO, we are getting him a GPS system. The kids also made him some great gifts that he will love. OH and we always make him breakfast in bed!
Miss Mommy says
We are having a family BBQ on Sunday…and everyone is going to bring a dish. Little Man and I made home-made Father’s Day crafts today for Daddy, and the Pop-Pop’s!
Should be a Great Day!!
Every year I take pictures of my kids holding a “Happy Father’s Day” sign that they made. We put them in an album and present it to their dad on Father’s Day. (I also send copies to the grandfathers in a homemade card). The pictures accumulate in the album and it’s fun to look back every year at the silly and cute pictures. The cost of the album is under $10, then printed through snapfish.com the prints are $0.09 each.
This year since we have another new addition we are doing something low key. The kids and I are packing daddy’s favorite lunch and taking him to the park for a day of fun in the sun.
Here is ours.
Restaurant Printable Coupons and More
Here is ours.
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Elizabeth K says
This year I actually spent $0 on my husband’s gifts. Last year, I forgot to give him the Father’s Day card I bought and since I saved it he’ll get it this year. Also, our son just turned two and he received an outfit that I concluded would never fit him so I returned it and I used the giftcard to buy some shoes for Daddy. We also made a Father’s Day craft (with no cost to me) at a StrollerFit session. The best part is that my husband will be delighted to know I managed to get him these gifts without going outside of our budget.
Jill Deardorff says
I made a picture montage using Photo Story 3 for Windows (free download) for my dad one year. I was able to add words which made it like a card. He loved it.
My two and a half year old and I are making a special dinner for Daddy with all of his favorite foods. I found steaks on sale, and we’re going to grill them. He loves to grill, and has been wanting to get steaks for some time! 🙂
sara m. says
My kids made picture frames for their daddy, in which I’ll place a picture of each kid that I had printed at CVS with my 10 free prints for opening a new photo account. I also ordered him a mousepad with the kid’s pictures on it for his desk at work. These were 20% off at CVS, and I can use ECB to buy them.
We are getting a few party platters from the grocery store. With our large family (8 children, 16 and under) its not easy to go to a restaurant for Father’s Day, so we ordered a wrap platter and a fruit platter and a cake. Its not terribly expensive and is a special treat without the stress of a restaurant. ALso, no drinks to pay for and no tip! We did this once on Mother’s Day when I had a 7 day old baby and it was WONDERFUL. I think this, along with some homemade cards, and paper plates (wink) will make for a lovely fathers day!
My favorite thing to do for my husband (father of our two wonderful children!) is make a big, full breakfast. Even with eggs, biscuits & gravy, bacon, fruit, juice and coffee, it’s much cheaper than eating out, less stressful and really shows him that he’s worth the extra effort!
My husband was given a Pennys coupon for $10 off a $10 or more purchase by his co worker. He picked one of those lanterns you crank for 30 seconds and get 1/2 hour light. He is tickled. It was a $40 lantern that was marked down by $30.03 + $1.99 leaving $7.98 which was covered by the coupon. The remainder went on a graduation gift for our son which was tremendously marked down! Hooray!
My dad will be visiting for Father’s Day, so my daughter and I will be baking a red velvet cake for my husband and my dad. We are also planning on going on a picnic. Hubby will also be getting a foot rub! Frugal and appreciated 🙂
For my DH’s dad, we’re grilling a fun meal on Saturday night. For my DH himself, he’s getting a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning (I’ll have to get up a little earlier to make sure we can have a special breakfast AND get three small children and ourselves to Sunday school and church). I always try to think of practical gifts, and he had been commenting about the lack of comfort of our camping chairs, so I bought a new set for him…still less than $20 for the gift.
well, i didn’t have time to read all the great comments by others (so probably someone else is doing this too), but what i think my husband will really appreciate is if the kids and i get the house really CLEAN (yes, my man really appreciates this) and maybe give him a foot rub. of course the kids will also make cards and maybe even breakfast in bed, but we aren’t spending any money. .. so there you go, a really cheap way to make his day 🙂 (though it will probably take most of my weekend to accomplish!)
For my dad, we usually make a special phone call and have all the grandkids gather around on speaker phone. You can hear the joy in his voice when talking to each of them
Jennifer Meybaum says
I used fabric paint to make a tie with the kids’ handprints. It can be an old tie that he doesn’t use much anymore or a new tie. This was FRUGAL but great. He can wear the tie to church on Sunday.
I am going to do the Sears deal!!! First I am going to stop off at Kmart and buy 2 $50 giftcards so I can get hulk movie tickets.
Jodi Reed says
Our moms group got together yesterday and made really cute pen holders out of empty soup cans and pictures of our kids, the kids used glitter glue and yarn and foam stickers to decorate them and had a blast.
My mom died in late December after suffering with lung disease for many years. She really began to go downhill last year and rapidly declined from October through December. During these last three months, my dad stopped working. He stayed with my mom 24/7. He got little sleep, being woke several times each night to care for my mom. He fed her, dressed her, cleaned her up, and helped her to go potty. He cooked and cleaned and took on the role of total caregiver. I think my gift to him will be a note thanking him for serving her that way.
I will do a home-made carrot cake for my father and buy him planters nuts as well as the free toothbrush which I earn from CVS. And then I will buy my husband $100 Dockers Clothes or pants and give him the $75 Shell gas gift card.
We’re not doing too much. The kids and I will make him breakfast in bed, and we’ll make him some cards.
Jewel Cyr says
My dad is getting a loaf of my banana nut bread, which he loves. I also saved enough cans to get him an all-you-can-eat night at the Thursday 26th game of the Astros. Good seats and good eats. Our friend is going with him since I didn’t have enough for another ticket.
Hubby is getting a 1 year fishing license so he can take the boys fishing. He’s been hinting around and I sold something on craigslist so I could get it for him. He will know tonight since he has to go with me. Both are getting homemade cards from the boys. I love my dad and Hubby, they are good and easy to please men…
Hyla Hoover says
I have five children between the ages of 5 to 11. Since we can’t afford to buy any type of gift this year my children are cutting out a picture of an item they would buy their Daddy if money were no object. It has been interesting to see how one child has a specific desire to give one item while another has a completely different idea. Since my husband is a very content person I have no fear this will stir up any coveteousness but will instead be meaningful and insightful of how senstitive each child is to what his needs and desires are and how each one would choose to bless him if they were financially able. It has been a fun project for them. They will include the pictures in homemade cards presented after his favorite meal and chocolate dessert!
We always make blueberry pie (Dad’s favorite) and sometimes homemade ice cream to go with it. Cheap and Yum-o!
I turned a picture of my hubby and toddler son into a coloring sheet type photo, using photoshop, for my little guy to color. I then took a small wooden frame I had a different picture in (that was just sitting in the closet) and stamped w/ paint on the front “DA!” (toddler language!) along with some painted stars. I’ll place the picture in the frame, and tada! Cost me nothing except the ink to print out the photo.
Well, I haven’t done this myself, but I remember a few years ago, my husband made a video tape for me for either Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day…either or, it was awesome! He just talked about how much he loved me and how much he appreciated me. It was such a nice surprise for me when I got up & he had already left for work 🙂
We recently moved for my husband to begin his doctorate program and we are currently unemployed. So I will do my best to not be emotionally needy. If there is a game on TV (what sport season is it?) he can watch all of it. And I will be sure to help my daughter make a card.
BM is my favorite also! On Father’s Day we usually do breakfast in bed, then church and then dad gets to pick what he wants to do all day. It usually hiking with the kids or going to walk the canal.
I bought him the same book that he used to read with his mother at bedtime. I thought it would be sweet for him to read it with our LO.
My family lives close by so we are getting together with them for dinner. I am giving my dad a framed picture for his office of our 1 year old wearing sunglasses (got the frame at Walmart on sale; cost me less than 3 bucks for frame and picture) & my husband is getting a framed picture of him and our son mowing the lawn on the tractor which is one of their favorite things to do together. I also am making a card for each of them from each of their grandsons/sons (we have the one year old and one on the way!) & sent them free e-cards as well.
Shari C, says
We love to watch a great movie from Netflix (Dad’s choice) while eating some microwave popcorn with the kids. The kids are now teenagers, but still love to gather together with dad on the couch for an action film.
Later, “Mom” treats “Dad” to a free massage after a long, hard day at work. Saves a lot of money from what the spas charge, only cost is a small bottle of massage oil!
ive been reading your blog about a month now and i love it! i look forward to it each morning with my morning coffee .:) for fathers day this year we did the sears deal. it will be the most my husband has ever gotten—usually its pretty meager :). as a note to your readers its not advertised on the sears rebate form but when you fill out the form and check the box to enter the sweepstakes for some car– sears will ALSO send you a 10$ sears gift card per rebate!!! this was found through the sears holding website (http://www.searsholdings.com) then click on press releases and then on the sears dockers deal. i also called the number on the rebate form and asked if it was correct and the lady said yes but she didnt know why it wasnt listed as part of the promotion. my husband desperately needed dress clothes for work. he has to wear a suit about 30% of the time and he only has one .my deal went like this:
suit coat 105.00
matching pants 45.oo
5 clearanced dress shirts 9.99 each
1 clearance black belt 9.99
one reg brown belt 20.00 totaling 230 plus tax. you can do the deal twice per household (one per person) but you need to ring them up separately. and when i thought the deal couldnt get any better— when i was checking out the lady asked me if i wanted to open a sears mastercard and save 15$ which i did and then she asked if i wanted their blue card for 10$ off the other purchase.( i know it dings your credit a bit but i wasnt really concerned with that and ill cancel the cards later 🙂 .
-150 for gas cards
-20 sears gift cards
-10 blue card
in the end i figure i got 230$ worth of clothing for around 35$ plus tax. i was so excited to get such a good deal! id been looking for a few months for a nice suit for him and praying id come across a decent used one and look what god provided ! thanks agian for all your time and effort encouraging us in our endeavors to be good stewardswith what god has provided .
I’m sorry to say that our Father’s Day plans are not incredibly frugal. 🙁 We’re going to the circus and celebrating one of our boys’ birthday as well as my DH’s first Father’s Day!
My husband birthday and Father’s Day are two days apart. I thought the children and I would put homemade cards in places all over the house and car. He is a great dad and husband and I am truly bless to have him!
Monica in Texas
Jenny M says
My mom calls it a mans bouquet=). You get some flowers from your garden or 1 from your local grocery store and then fill a box with the flower in the middle with his favorite snack food- thanks to coupons.com- DH is getting lots of chex and cheerio snack mix this year=)
One of his gifts will be an in-home Blockbuster date night, courtesy of mycokerewards!
Melissa Carlisle says
I am making a personalized CD of songs about fathers for my husband, and I’m actually making one for each of my brother-in-laws because my boys look up to them so much they almost serve as assistant fathers.
The messages of the songs are so good. I really hope they will listen to them even if it isn’t all the style of music they would normally choose.
my husband enjoys golfing so I plan to buy him a small box of golf ball and plan a time for us to go out together and I will drive the cart while he golfs, its so much fun to spend this time with him and he enjoys it too!
My dad passed away years ago. We usually have a BBQ at my stepdad’s for father’s day. My kids usually make their dad a card and grandpa homemade cards. 🙂
We are making some simple cards and hopefully a cute glasses cover. I am also going to let my daugther pick out something special at the dollar store for Daddy!
Bethany Maxson says
Our little one is only 5 months old, so I’m doing most of the work to make it a special day for her daddy. We’ll start tonight (Friday) by having a special meal and decorations when he gets home, and tomorrow we’re going to go see the house where he grew up and my grandparents old house as well (we were often in the same city growing up and didn’t even know it:)
I’m also going to get him an ipod shuffle.
For our dads, we made them cards and I’m getting those sent off today (opps, a little late).
Let’s see, we had free babysitting yesterday, so I took him out to breakfast. I made a “dad” frame for the kid’s pictures and printed him “father’s day” coupons. Both of those ideas came from the marthastewart.com website. I am also giving him another “coupon” that entitles him to a “guilt free” day of doing whatever he wants the entire day without me and the kids, so he can go golfing, fishing, etc. Oh! And we are going to try to take advantage of the free ice cream at TCBY on Sunday!
Cheryl Kelly-Van Domelen says
My 3 year old is going to make a card for dad. We are also buying him a jar of honey…something we normally don’t get as it is not in the budget, but is his favorite treat! He’ll be so happy!
My husband has been saying we need to be more active and take advantage of the tennis courts right across the street so I found 2 tennis rackets on clearence at WalMart about a month ago for $11.00 and then when CVS had a bag of tennis balls on sale I worked them into one of my deals (ended up costing me nothing after ECBs). I now have an Awesome Father’s Day gift for him AND we’ll be getting some well needed exercise as well.
As for Dad, I used my JCP coupon that came in the mail for 10 off 10 and bought him a shirt that cost me only tax since it was 9.99. Dad get well needed new duds for nothing OOP!~ Yeah
I’m going to give my dad a bunch of travel sized tolietery items that I have gotten free and saved up over the past few months so that he can use them on his camping trips.
For my future father in law I picked out a few of the Dockers items I thought he would like to wear to work.
Amy A says
We are giving my husband an updated photo of the kids to put in his office, plus a card. He is very easy to please and never really wants a gift. Time together is the best and most fun way to spend the day.
My daughter (21 months) and I are making cards and having photos taken. We will have a special dinner. But most importantly, He will be able to watch the basketball game uninterrupted with me waiting on him. Go Celtics!!!
Since my parent’s can, and do, buy anything they really want, our standard gift is to donate money in their name to a cause that would be something important to them.
We will go to church and will eat lunch/brunch at a place where dad’s eat free and hopefully have coupons for me and the kids. The kdis made cards and will cook a special meal with his favorite dessert. For gifts, I found mini photo albums on clearance for $1 and will use CVS free photos to fill them with pics of the kids. 🙂
Julie O says
The doc told Dad he needed to lay off meats and salts for a while. He has followed the doc’s orders and lost some weight in the process. Today I am walking over to the meat wholesalers and getting him a couple of restaurant-quality steaks for him to grill when he wants a treat.
Have your children decorate a photo frame, then put a picture of them in it for his desk at work!
My father passed away a few years ago so this day is usually pretty difficult for me, but I try to make it as special for my other half as possible. I always greet him with breakfast in bed early sunday morning and then we head to church. We will stick around for the donut and coffee social in our community center. Whether permitting we will then proceed to the beach (which luckily is only 10 minutes away). To finish the day off I’ll use my giftcard I earned from mypoints.com for dinner at Chilis. So out of pocket – this is a very cheap but relaxing and fun day for him 🙂
Dana J says
Traditionally, for Father’s day we do handprints/footprints on something. Usually my hubby has a plain Tshirt somewhere in his closet (or I get one on sale at the local craft store) and using the acrylic paints on hand (with the fabric mixer) we stamp hands/feet on the shirt. He always wears them proudly and looks forward to comparing the changes in size from year to year!
Thanks for all you do!! It’s greatly appreciated!
I had my 2-year-old hold my 7-month old in his lap. I covered their legs up with a white sheet and took a picture of just their feet. I printed it out in black and white and framed it myself. It is so sweet! My hubby will display it in his office.
I printed out cards for our 4 children to color & bought him a special gift a couple weeks ago when I had a coupon & a gift card to put towards it! Praise the Lord for how He provides for our every need & sometimes our wants too!
Last year I woke my husband up with this shocking statement – “There is something wrong with my car!” (This was after 11 am of course!) He was very concerned, got dressed and came outside.
I then said that the problem was that his car was much cleaner than mine. He laughed and then this year did the same thing for me for mother’s day this year.
(This is a frugal present because we RARELY wash our cars during the year – maybe 4 or 5 times a year when the car really needs it, but we both see it as extra time and energy so we don’t do it very often. To wash the other person’s car (plus Armor-all!) is truly a special present in our house.
I plan to do it again for my hubby, and this year my 16 month old daughter will help! (by tossing the newspapers out..)
We’ll spend a very nice relaxing day together. Our daughter will make a nice card for her daddy and we do plan on going out today to purchase a gift. We’ll head to the camera store because he likes accessories for his camera. Yesterday I purchased steaks to make his favorite meal.
My children are making paperweights from rocks that says “Daddy Rocks.” We got him some loppers he wanted/needed and some needed shorts. For extravagance, we got him some orange gel sticks that he loves. We are having a BBQ at our house rather than taking the grandpa’s out to eat. Everybody brings something, we can visit as long as we like in the a/c!
My husband loves to eat ‘eggs and soldiers’ (boiled eggs with toast cut into fingers) with our 21/2 year old and our 1 year old followed by a lazy morning and then big steak sandwiches for lunch!! He is an amazing man who does a lot more than his fair share around the house. He also insists om being the one to get up to the kids at night as I have them all day. One Fathers day is not enough for him.
We always get the family together and do a potluck for dinner. It’s a nice time to get everyone together!
Last year my kids wanted to get Daddy a Build-a-Bear and we did so with a coupon. This year we had more coupons and got his bear a Super Dad t-shirt and guitar (he plays) we also took advantage of the CVS Whitman’s chocolate sale with $2 coupon, but maybe I’ll go to Sears too.
I helped my sons (4, 2, and 9 months) make a banner for my husband that says “Happy Father’s Day!” We’ll surprise him by hanging it up so he sees it first thing Sunday morning. Then, I’ll cook him his favorite meal for lunch after church.
Mrs George says
We’re making DH a coupon book. And his favorite 3 meals that day.
The Sears deal is just the icing on his cake.
I will be making my husbands most favorite dessert — blueberry pecan cobbler – – with vanilla ice cream. Since blueberries are in season in Georgia now, this is the best time to make this delicious dessert affordable. Our children usually make handmade cards, and we enjoy spending the day as a family.
Char Lyn says
This year my budget is a little tight, so I’m going with your old standby, a special dinner at home and a card. I also like Cheryl’s idea of taking a video of the kids wishing him a Happy Father’s day. I’ll just have to hide it in a random computer folder and then wake up early to set up the computer so he sees it first thing. How fun!
Eden Caouette says
My famlily & I have always just did the card thing, like most people. My Dad is also very easy to please & isn’t into huge, expensive gifts. So every year my brothers & I would rubber stamp (or just use normal cards) & write him a note of appreciation & thanks for hanging in with us all these years. Sometimes a candy bar would go along with it or some sort of ice cream treat.
I got married this past March, however & am now living 1100 miles away from my Dad. My husband & I just plan to send cards to both our Dads & call them the morning of FD.
I had a code for a free collage at Shutterfly, so I collected some photos of the kids in costumes and titled it, “You’re our Superhero, Dad!” He’s a big comic book fan.
Also, my son made him a keychain with some beads and alphabet beads. Handmade gifts are great! All three kids made cards.
Jennifer I says
I redeemed my coke points for some work out gear they had a while ago….perfect clothes for him for the summer! And the kids and I made picture frames yesterday which ended up costing less than $1.50 each and the kids chose their favorite pic to put in the frame. He’s going to love it!
I found my some clearanced cologne ($4.99!) for my husband a month ago, so that will be wrapped up for Father’s Day! I’m also taking pictures of our girls and they are coloring homemade cards for him.
Last year I made him a dvd of all the pictures taken of him with each daughter thus far. The background music playing on the video was the song that he sings to them at bedtime. All it cost was the price of one blank dvd and my time. It was a big hit!
We’re taking a picnic lunch to our visit to a local museum that features the history of steam engines (making it definitely a guy thing at our house!). I’ve planned the picnic to have my husband’s favorite lunch foods – cold meatball sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip cookies, pasta/veg salad and raspberry iced tea. Oh, and the kids have each made cards with those poems where each line is a letter from the word D-A-D-D-Y (you know, D is for the doorbell he fixed, A is for the apple tree he planted, and so on).
For my Dad (a die-hard Republican) I’ve sent two red, white and blue plastic patio tumblers (found on clearance and made in the USA – this is important to him) and in one I put a small pack of cocktail napkins that have elephants on them and in the other drink stirrers with elephants. The shipping cost more than the gift itself b/c everything was bought on deep sale over the past few months and just came together when I checked my gift closet to see what I had. I really think he’ll be tickled with them – he’s “backyard living” kind of guy and enjoys a cocktail on the porch before dinner.
Krissy Kearney says
This isn’t frugal, but my Dad deserves it! My brother, sister, mom and I bought my dad a round trip ticket to Connecticut. His twin sisters are having a big 75th birthday party and we thought he should go. Since retiring 2.5 years ago, my dad had done a ton of babysitting for the three of us and running our kids to scouts, soccor, dance, etc…… along with the usual car repair and house repairs. He’s so awesome! He’s grandpa extraordnaire!
We’re having a backyard BBQ for my dad, my husband, my father-in-law, and our friends who don’t live near family. It should be a relaxing day on the deck for the men!!!
Anything that my boys make for him. We start with a card, and then try to get creative with the gift. They’re still young, so we’ll get even more creative as we go!
In our family we like to make little “books” and list the top 5 things for each child and then daddy (ie: activities, foods, movies, books, songs). It is a fun way to document the growth over the years and daddy always loves it!
My dad is out of town, so I made him a camping-themed card with scrapbook supplies I already had on hand and included a $5 Krispy Kreme gift card. I would have liked to have done more, but money is so tight this year. 🙁
I love travelling but since its expensive and my husband is in the military we cant just pick up and go where we want. So my solution to this is picking a country and learning interesting facts and then cooking a meal from that country. For instance last year we learned about Greece so i cooked Lamb,pita, hummus, baklava etc. This is really fun for us! We get to learn and try things we have never had. (This year it is Germany… should be fun!)
Hubby will get a card that the children have made and I’ll make his favorite dinner-filled cabbage. Not my favorite dish to make, so therein lies the “gift” part, lol!
This isn’t so much frugal financially as it is clutter saving, but my FIL will get a newspaper subscription. He always drives to the store to get it and at the price of gas that’s just silly these days. Heh-I guess it IS kind of frugal, huh?
C Loo says
We usually take our grandfather out to Souplantation for Father’s day – of course with a coupon. We also do a free (with coupon) 8×10 photo at the local photography place eg Picture People. We’ve made cards for him as well in the past.
I am treating my husband and Papa to our four daughters to a delicious BBQ meal, with homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert. The girls have also blessed him with a gift certificate to buy more books (his passion) and will be giving him lists of what he does for them that is so special! Can’t wait!
Lizz @ Yes, and So Is My Heart says
I like to do homemade cards from the kids and make him his favorite dessert.
We don’t often get to spend time as a family as my husband travels so much. This week he has been away all week and so I thought it would be nice to take advantage of our beautiful environment and current memberships. All of which means that the weekends activities are free. We love to bike and for Mother’s Day received a baby seat for our 10 month old son – what a great way to get out, get some excersise and enjoy family time amongst nature. Sunday maybe we’ll go to the aquarium since our son LOVES it there and it’ll be free because we’re already members. Sounds like you have a great plan too! Thanks for hosting a nice blog.
This year for Father’s Day, my husband, dad, and father-in-law are all getting the same thing. A bag of Dove chocolates that I bought on sale for $1 last week and a framed picture of my 2 boys. I got the frame at the Dollar Tree and the print costs about .15. I also plan on making homemade ice cream, which all 3 love, but rarely get!
Andrea Wheeler says
We usually make “Daddy” a special “homestyle” breakfast, complete with biscuits, gravy, eggs, bacon…the works (think Cracker Barrel at home). It is one of his all-time favorites and not too pricey when made at home. Plus, what can really beat eating it in your jammies?
Happy Father’s day to the “Daddy” at your house!
Ever since all three children were born, and also when my other son(stepson-but call him son)was four, and I met my dh we always have made homemade cards and put the children’s hand,and foot prints on the paper with the saying, “These are the hands and feet that you have brought into this world!” Then underneath we put special memories for that year, milestones of the children with dates, and when they were old enough to communicate they told what means the most to them. It is so neat to see all these feet and hands, and read all the special moments that make his role as a father so special!
Mama to four~ 13,5,4,2 yrs.
For my husband, I put together a “Daddy Survival Kit”. It contains beef jerky, a tie, a spray bottle, a candy bar, a puzzle book, and a few other small things that I got for (nearly) free or used as filler. We have a 19 month old daughter, and I will help her make a card. For my dad and my husband’s dad, and for my grandpa, I sent pieces of “art” created by my daughter, rather than bought cards. I also sent some photo prints that were only 9 cents each from Snapfish, and I got free postage on that order. They all live far away from us and they love the art and pictures. Better than money can buy!
My husband is an avid cyclist, so this year our kids bought him a RoadID. That way, if he were to ever get hurt (God forbid!), he could be easily identified by the tag on his shoe and we could be notified right away. We love him too much!!
Since my father-in-law recently passed away and this is the first father’s day without him, we have paid to have masses said for each of our fathers at a local shrine. (both are Catholic). I think it’s the perfect gift since my father has everything he needs, so who doesn’t need more prayers said for them??!! As for my husband, he’ll be away at a sport camp, so we’ll be packing up a barbeque dinner, loading the kids in the van, and heading out for a surprise visit!!
Rhonda Wetherell says
This year we are doing a big popcorn bowl, with two “guy” DVD’s, a box of popcorn, Snowcaps & Hershey bar candy. The bowl, popcorn & candy I got “free” at CVS and the movies I got discounted with coupons from my Entertainment Guide.
My girls and I made a poem with their footprints for my husband:
“Walk a little slower, Daddy,” Said a little child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps And I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy, For you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up, You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child, Who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right, And know that I was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy, For I must follow you.”
I am slso going to make Overnight French Toast…amazing! Put it on your list of recipes to try!
Overnight French Toast
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter, melted
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 tart apples peeled, cored, thinly sliced
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1 loaf Italian or French bread cut into 1 in. slices
6 large eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
1 TBS. vanilla
-Combine brown sugar, butter and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a 13×9 baking dish.
-Add apples and cranberries, toss to coat well.
-Spread apple mixture evenly over bottom of baking dish.
-Arrange slices of bread on top.
-Mix eggs, milk, vanilla, and remaining 2 tsp. cinnamon until well
-Pour mixture over bread until soaked completely.
-Cover and refrigerate 4-24 hours.
-Bake covered with foil (remember to spray with Pam), at 375 for 40
-Uncover and bake 5 more minutes.
-Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes.
Other than that…he can sleep in as long as he wants, take a nap, whatever…the day is his!
make art every day says
i picked up two wood picture frames at michael’s ($1) and we are going to mod podge them today with leftover scrap supplies. he’s always asking for updated photos for his desk at work.
We love photo gifts and my husband has been wanting some pictures for his desk, so I printed up some nice photos of the kids that I took recently and bought frames for him to have at work. He’ll also get a favorite meal and dessert (coconut cream pie) cooked for him.
Since this is my husband’s first father’s day i wanted it to be special. But now that i’m a SAHM finances are a little tighter than they used to so i decided to make our first father’s day present!
my daughter is only 5 months old and my husband marvels at her tiny hands… so we went and bought a new polo shirt for 10$ (which my husband wears every day to work) and used some fabric paint that we already had to put my daughter’s hand print where the logo would go. the only hard part was keeping her newly painted hand out of her mouth before i could clean it up, but we managed to dodge that bullet (thank you pacifier!)
I plan to make breakfast for my husband. As for my dad I will probably try to get out with him for a round of golf.
My Dad is now in heaven. I miss him very much on this day! For my Husband, my Son and I, will each make him individualized coupon books. One from him and one from me. He loves these type of gifts. We did this one Valentines day a few years ago. He will also receive a wonderful homecooked meal this Sunday.
Julie G. says
We are having a picnic with my girls, and we are also inviting my husband’s father, my mom and dad, and my sister and brother-in-law with mom and dad. I think it will be a special day with all of us and our dads together. I think there is no better gift than time spent together!
My husband is big into cards, so we’ll get a card and my daughter is old enough to write her name, so the best part is the big scribbly funny letters. She is so proud to do it.
Dad here! (Yes, fathers read the site too)
I started a Father’s day tradition a few years ago, after my wife died, and I gather up the kids and we make the drive out of town to visit the old family cemetary and clean up graves. It may seem odd, but it gives me a few hours of car time to talk to the children about their history, and it is a way to honor my father as well as all those that came before. A way to reconnect with the past and teach the kids about respect and to try to give them some understanding that they are part of something bigger than themselves.
On the drive back into town, we’ll stop off at some restaurant (we almost never eat out) and the kids get to splurge. A nice treat that is sure to bring smiles.
A great father’s day for me. Reconnecting with the past, looking toward the future, and thinking about my place as a father in all of it.
Cole & Lia's mom says
My Dad passed away 7 yeras ago, the day after Father’s Day. He was visiting us at the time (he lived a couple of states away) and I’m so glad that I got to say “Happy Father’s Day” and “I love you, Dad” those last few times.
For my husband, I’ve been watching for the last few months for items that the kids could get for him. I picked up some golf tees and golf balls on sale, so those will get wrapped and the kids will make him cards. Then we’ll probably splurge on steak on the grill. It’s a special occasion, after all!
Cole & Lia's mom says
My Dad passed away 7 yeras ago, the day after Father’s Day. He was visiting us at the time (he lived a couple of states away) and I’m so glad that I got to say “Happy Father’s Day” and “I love you, Dad” those last few times.
For my husband, I’ve been watching for the last few months for items that the kids could get for him. I picked up some golf tees and golf balls on sale, so those will get wrapped and the kids will make him cards. Then we’ll probably splurge on steak on the grill. It’s a special occasion, after all!
My husband loves to read, and since a new book store is opening in our town, he is getting a mini shopping spree! We will be giving our fathers each a Gillette Fusion razor and shave cream (bought on sale for almost nothing). Also we will all be enjoying some time together!
MaryBeth Habel says
Our 2 3/4 son and 1 year old son are going to spend some “priceless” time together. it’s going to be all about dad on father’s day. we are also going to take a special train ride and it will be so neat to watch daddy see will’s face when we board the train.
I am making a card for my husband with my 2 sons (2years and 2 months old) hand and footprints. I will also be giving him a picture of them for his desk at work. I’m sure he will be happy with that!
We bought my husband a beautiful children’s board book that is about baby animals and their daddy – we then took the last page of the book and glued a piece of paper to it – the paper has my daughters handprint and a message to my husband about how much we love him. He loves reading to our daughter, so hopefully he will treasure this special book.
We’ll also be cooking him a special breakfast!
instead of having dinner at one of Mario Batali’s restaurant which will cost $$, i got him a copy of mario’s new cookbook for a good price, also using a coupon, then luckily, we got an invite to actually meet mario and have the book signed.
as for dinner, we’ll grill at home trying a recipe from the book.
My dad nicknamed my nice Boo Boo after yogie the bear. So for fathersday he made the trip up to Ohio to see me and to spend my hope to be soon step daughters birthday. So we made him a sign for his back yard that says Jollystone Park Way. Since he told me his back yard looks like a playground from all the new toys he and I have picked up for her at the yardsales around town. I am also taking him to my local Giant Eagle sine they double up to 2.00 and his store dosn’t so we are going to spend the day prior coupon shopping for him!!! He is going to Love it!!!
I am working at night, but I will be making a brunch for my dad! I think this is one of the first father’s days in a long time that he will be home. He goes to the NHRA races every year, but they just happen to be NEXT weekend instead of this. I always like to celebrate things with a nice, homecooked meal.
I will also get him a “goodie bag” with his favorite things, which are peppermint patties, a case of Diet Dr. Pepper, and Oreos. I got this for him for his birthday once when I was a poor starving college student, and he kept raving about it 🙂 Now I get it for him once a year!
This year we bought an 8X10 unfinished wooden frame at Michaels (40% off coupon) and the girls painted 2 sides each. Then they picked out 4 little wooden shapes ($0.25 each) and glued them on. I took them to Picture People and got the free 8X10 (with coupon) and that’s that! Total cost: $5.29!
My husband doesn’t like gifts and doesnt’ want me spending money on him.
So, I had my sons color a “We love you Baba!” banner, and had my older son (5) practice his handwriting by copying a letter to my husband that we came up with–all the reasons we love him. Then, it occurred to me that he doesn’t get to hear his favorite radio preacher often, so I taped a bunch of special father’s day broadcasts that I knew he would miss due to work.
And I’m stir frying shrimp for him as my special gift on Fathers Day. 😀
We have a 3 month old and an 11 year old so I left my oldest daughter in charge of making a homemade card. She traced the babies hands and feet and her own and wrote the most beautiful card. She will then make his favorite breakfast and actually allow him (in her words) to watch a whole baseball game uninterupted!!!
For my dad – this year I’m taking him to the Science Museum. He is a history buff so he LOVES stuff like that. It’s a really inexpensive gift, it’s something we can both enjoy, and instead of sitting on a shelf, we’ll have a memory for the rest of our lives.
For my husband – breakfast in bed, a half-a-day break from the kids (we have 4 under the age of 8), and also a homemade coupon book.
I had some extra scrapbooks and pages so I made a book of “reasons why I love my daddy”. Each page has a picture of my husband and son doing things together.
I can’t wait to see my husband’s face.
My favorite idea for a frugal Father’s Day is to make a nice dinner, and a nice dessert, after church. I decorate the table with a Happy Father’sDay mylar balloon which is a dollar from The Dollar Tree. All the men in the church receive their own bag of several types of homemade cookies, made by some of the women. After lunch my husband will open his cards, and reads them aloud! That in itself is very special.
We like to take my Father in law & Husband to a local comedy club for dinner! We usually have local coupons with us;(buy 1 get 2nd meal 1/2 off)- plus the comedy show is free with dinner.
Dinner and a show on a budget. 🙂
Need A Nap2 says
The kids always enjoy making a homemade card (ages 7 and under) or you can choose a $.50 or under card (2/$1 at the dollar store). A special meal or dessert seems to go a long way.
I was working at a conference earlier this month and received a brand new digital picture frame as “thank you” gift. It’s something my husband would totally enjoy so I set is aside as his Father’s Day gift.
I am filling up a memory card (purchased during after Thanksgiving clearance sales for $4.99) with pictures of the kids. I have a card (purchased as a filler at CVS) that the kids decorated and signed.
We will attend church and then head back home to a nice home-cooked breakfast and the kids will present their father with his gift.
One Frugal Girl says
I am trying to encourage my father to lose weight and get fit, so we’re planning a nice family walk together.
My girls will be singing at church for Fathers Day. My oldest was practicing tonight…”Father Abraham had many sons…” We bought Daddy a pair of shorts that he hasb been wanting for a long time. 🙂 We’d love to have a Boston Market gc. Thanks so much.
We like to do something special with Daddy – like a special outing. This year, I bought him a nice $10 kite for all of us to go out to enjoy. It has been windy this week, so if it keeps up, it will be perfect. I may pack a picnic dinner for the occasion also. The only drawback is the temperature is supposed to be 102!
The children always make him homemade cards, which he loves and proudly displays at work.
One of the best things I ever did was to buy a plain gray t-shirt.
We have 5 children and I “painted” each childs feet with a different color of acrylic paint and had them “stamp” a foot on the front and the back.
Then I got iron on letters and on the front
(I actually did this first and then protected it from the paint) put “My kids walk all over me”.
He loved it and it makes a great keepsake as well as conversation piece when worn!
i am thinking of a frugal way of showing our love and appreciation of our “daddy” would be to wash those feet. you know they work so hard and serve our family to no end. i know he will smile as we serve him.
i am thinking of a frugal way of showing our love and appreciation of our “daddy” would be to wash those feet. you know they work so hard and serve our family to no end. i know he will smile as we serve him.
The most frugal idea I have for Father’s Day is FREE!
We always make a coupon book, make hand made cards with craft supplies, and we usually picnic in our YARD!!
For my father and FIL we usually just make a card and write a note in them of our love, etc.
I am not sure how frugal you all would consider our Father’s Day, but it was wonderful all the same. First, celebrated Wednesday because the wonderful daddy and hubby in our home is in Florida this weekend, finding us a home to live in when we move in August!! (the not frugal side being the very expensive plane ticket to Florida…but my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches!!) I am so blessed to be married to my best friend. Our four children made him special cards, we cooked a wonderful meal together, and played Clue with the kids afterwards. Then took him to the airport this morning!! We are staying home in Oregon praying and lifting up our head of the home as he seeks God for our home and place of rest when we move. Thanks for letting us share about our special men!! I can’t say enough about mine!!!
My son picked out some little waterguns. He said that he wants to have fun with Dad. Hopefully it will be a warm day.
We also are having buffalo burgers (burgers are a rare treat in our house) with homemade buns, garden veggies, and homemade key lime pie.
I, too, am headed to Sears for the promo deal and all of the other fun, practical gifties are from “free” rite-aid dollars (when I transfered 2 Rx) including the container with tomato plants and marigolds that the kids and I potted up today and gave to Daddy while eating dinner outside on the deck (a family favorite activity)!
I had a picture taken of my three kids and I. I am a member of a portrait club so all the gift cost was the price of the matted frame. I received $10 off the frame price as well. This will go up in his office at work.
I am also going to make him cinnamon rolls- his favorite!
I will be making him breakfast in bed and then later in the day going to TCBY for FREE frozen yogart!
While I am not yet sure what I am doing for my husband and my father, My in laws have had to sell their home and will be moving this weekend. My father in law has been the only owner of this house and it was built in the 40s.I am taking pictures of the house inside and out and making a collage to give him. Although the move will be good for them in SO many ways, it has been particularly hard on him and I hope this helps.
This Fathers Day, we’ll be on our first-ever family vacation! I can’t wait! We’ll start the day with a delicious breakfast and spend it all together, enjoying the beach, taking walks, playing games and being together! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate!
We made tie dyed shirts for the kids and daddy to match
This year we went and had pics done using a free coupon from Picture People. They turned out great, and it will be framed for my hubby!
Hmmm, My hubs is easy and LOVES to cook out. It is very frugal if your mother-in-law is footing the bill!hehe I guess if I was cooking I would probably grill some chicken since we bought a bunch when it was on sale. LOVE chicken sales!
Jessica Forbeck says
I’ve had this idea for awhile. My Dad loves a clean car so I’m going to buy a cheap jar, maybe at Dollar general and then use rub-on letters to put a special little message on the outside and then fill it with 20 dollars worth of quarters to be used to wash his car! Hope he likes it!
I’ve had this idea for awhile. My Dad loves for his car to be clean, so I’m going to find a cheap jar, maybe Dollar General and use rub-ins to put a little message on the ouside and fill it with $20 worth of quarters to be used to wsh his car. Hope he likes it!
Michelle S says
I made my hubby a “FAMILY” Mural w/scrapbook paper & embellishments & sepia photos of the three in our family & modge podged it on an 18×24 canvas! 🙂
Since my dad does not like doing yard work, many times I make him a card and include some coupons for a free lawn mowing courtesy of ME.
Well, it’s obviously not an original idea, but we made homemade cards. I asked the kids what their favorite thing to do with daddy (or grampa) is, and then they drew a picture of that. The kids seemed to really enjoy it, and I know that their daddy and grampa will too!
We made a video to honor all the fathers in our family. It has my husband, grandfather, great grandfathers.
Leigh Ayn says
Mmm… I love Rotisserie Chicken too!
Here are our Frugal Father’s Day Plans!
1. The special breakfast: His favorite breakfast– French Toast (made with bread from the bread machine to keep it cheap!) and a smoothie made from frozen fruit bought on sale!
2. The gifts: Professional portraits of our little one to be displayed on the desk at work from target portrait studio purchased with a 3.99 coupon (It got us 2 5x7s and an 8×10) and some special artwork by our little guy.
3. The family fun: We are going swimming at a family member’s house and grilling out for dinner!
My plan is to create an at home spa for my husband. I plan to put on some relaxing music while I feed him Sushi and give him a relaxing massage. He is a great Husband and father, I am so blessed by him, I just hope to show him how great I think he is with some well deserved pampering!
For Father’s day, I buy a plain t-shirt and use fabric paint to decorate the shirt. Last year the kids and I made one that says “Daddy Rocks!” on the front and the kids’ footprints on the back. You can see the shirt here: http://dinghome.net/2007/06/16/this-years-fathers-day-surprise/
This year we’re making another shirt that says “Super Dad” with the kids’ names around the phrase.
Lisa D. says
Dockers for my Dad (thank you, Sears!) 8×10 Kodak photo books for both my dad and my husband (thank you, CVS!)And a John Wayne movie, a Sons of the Pioneers cd, and a Cowboy Ballads cd for my husband (thank you, Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping!)My four oldest boys will be making cards, baby boy will be doing handprints. I’ll be making hubby’s favorite blackberry cobbler. Yum!
For my Dad I have been stockpiling various marinades, BBQ sauces etc and made a gift basket. I also transferred an RX to our grocery store and got a $25 gift card, I bought the Stubbs BBQ cookbook with the gift card when it was on sale for $11. For my husband I bought Fusion razor gift sets for 3.98 on clearance at Target using $2/1 MQ- he was just complaining about not having razors so it worked out perfectly!
My two little girls made a tie out of the PlayClay (http://armhammer.com/brochure/documents/playclay.pdf)
and put their hand and foot print in it. My hubby doesn’t wear a tie, but a tie is just the classic Fathers Day Gift.
I bought a fish shaped coffee mug at a yard sale. My dad loves coffee and fishing. I will be adding a coupon for an afternoon of fishing in the pond with my boys.
This year we took random photographs and had them developed with some of the freebies from Walgreens and CVS. Throughout the past few months I have bought black frames from CVS with ECB’s. This year our gift will be very meaningful, but very little cash!!! I love it!
Angela O says
Photo Books from CVS!!! They’re BOGO free and and there were $3 coupons from Kodak in recent papers and I have a $10 CVS store credit on one book. Free plus overage! My dads will love the pictures of the grandkids!
I have taken the kids out for pictures. We took a buunch of pictures, and I will put it together in an album I bartered. I will have the kids create their own page with art. Thanks!
I try to wake up before my father… I take my dad’s “Honey-do-list” that my stepmother makes for him and try to do as many things possible (such as cutting the grass, putting a new coat of paint on random things, etc). He really appreciates this, and I end up getting to spend more time with him later in the day. Also, if there’s something I’m not so good at doing, than we do it together, which makes it just as fun.
Hope everyone has a great Father’s Day!
This year we have been coaching our daughter’s 6U softball team. We have all been there thru spring and now all stars in the summer.
I am going to take a softball and ink pad. Then have the kids get their inked hand prints onto the ball. One on each side.
Wrap up with a homemade card – softball theme of course.
Sara Daugherty says
I know not everyone can use this idea, as you have to think ahead for the most fun Father’s Day gifts. I found several GREAT items at yard sale in the past couple of months. His favorite comedian on DVD, a good movie on VHS, and a couple other fun itmes. (Total out-of-pocket cost: less than $4!) Add breakfast in bed, and a hand-painted T-shirt and homemade cards from the kids, and Dad will feel very loved and appreciated, as well he should!
Jennifer from Oakland says
We’re keeping it simple this year – my husband loves desserts, and so we’re going out for dessert instead of lunch!
my hubby is a foodie, so it’s all about the food on FD and his birthday- anything homemade and slow cooked like stewed chicken from his homeland of Belize with sweet fried plantains! Talk about yum! And there’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon nap and some Star Trek on DVD- frugal and easy 🙂
You don’t have to enter me for the drawing for this comment, but if anyone is looking for frugal gifts, I did a series of posts beginning here:
chrissy beagle says
For Father’s we dont do anything really fancy…Our three girls will make him homemade cards and of course his favorite big breakfast blueberry waffles, eggs and chocolate milk! The girls tried making donuts this morning and want to make some of those for him too, though im not sure im p for that! We live in a a small town and one of the few things there are to do here is go ot th epool! So we bought a family pool membership after school ended for 65$ and we go almost every day. Daddy hasnt been able to go with us yet though since he works during the day and we are home before he gets home, so on Sat. we will take him to the pool for a couple hours then top it off with a picnic at the park with some grilling out. We got him a few things he really needed while they were on sale, a 2 new pair of wrangler khaki shorts at shopko (bogo) for $25 (hes gained a little weight during this pregnancy and is up a size!) a new pair of sandals (its been 3 years since hes had new sandals and cabelas had them on sale (in his size which is hard to find since hes a size 14) for $32 with free shipping and then we got him an ice cream maker for $25 after my coupon and free shipping. I know it seems like a lot but he needed the clothes and shoes but never says anything! so really the only thing he wouldnt have gotten this year anyway is the ice cream maker so we splurged on that but it was fun and its what the kis wanted to get him. WE decided that since we wernt taking him out to dinner or spending money out soemwhere it was just fine! I think this will be a really fun day! 🙂 Oh the kids are also making him a crown to wear all day since he is King of the castle! 🙂
My dad is a season ticket holder for our local baseball team. I’m going to put together a “take to the baseball game” gift basket of snacks using the CVS candy deal and a 3/10 coupon for peanuts and sunflower seeds.
Kim Carlile says
It is our first Father’s Day. We’ll have a special breakfast and then he is off duty (no diapers even!) for the rest of the day!
My husband doesn’t ask for anything or even expect anything for Father’s day. We always make a big deal out of it. I have made him 4 pair of cotton jersey knit pajama shorts. I embroidered his favorite team logos on them. My daughter has been saving her money and was able to get him a pair of blue jean shorts. We will make him a special dinner, and make cards.
For Father’s Day I’ll have something my husband can grill and we’ll make homemade ice cream and make up sundaes. I’m also assisting the kids (5, 4, 2) with painting a banner and writing on it all the things that are thankful for and love about their dad.
This is my husbands first father’s day and we’ve been working really hard to save all our pennies to upgrade our yard… so I’ve bought a sm. bag of cement at the local hardware store and made some stepping stones w/ our 9 mth olds handprints in them.
This year the kids and I are going to detail his car. Also we found a card at wal-mart that has a picture of a 69 camaro on the front and a “DAD” new car scent air freshener on the inside. He has quite a commute to work every day so I think he will appreciate this.
Other years we have given a pack of DAD’s rootbeer and vanilla ice cream and had a rootbeer float night.
The kids usually make a crafty gift. (family fun magazine always has some great ideas.) My husband likes to display them in his office.
The 1st two year with our daughter, we have gone to the zoo on Father’s Day. Dad’s are free on Father’s Day and children under 2 are free also (all the time)!! So for $11 (admission for me) the three of us get to spend the day soaking up the great weather, watching the animals and being together as a family! We also pack a picnic lunch and take a break under a pavilion to eat and drink what we bring from home!
misty G says
my kids are making cards for my husband and i am going to fix his favorite meal and give hime some time for himself in the afternoon:) he is so special to us!
We’re having my husband’s grandma’s homemade lasagne with something for desert. Who knows what yet? And I think we’ll go swimming after spending the afternoon at the local fair. Not exactly frugal, but we hasn’t done anything splurgy lately.
angela maas says
We are going out to test drive the new Mustang Saleen this weekend. My husband loves to test drive cars (just for fun) and this month they are giving you a $25 american express gift card just for test driving. So, a father’s day that’s free (with overage!). 🙂
My husband is a full time seminary student and preaches Saturday night and Sunday morning at churches two hours away from one another, so a good part of our Father’s Day will be on the road. We already gave him the free Waterman pen I ordered for him from Buy.com. Our 5 and 3 year old have been making pictures and cards for him every day this week.
Heather B says
Printable coupon books for Dad. They are super easy, fun to do, the kids can get creative, and best of all…they are free! I have tons of links on my Frugal Father’s Day Idea blog post.
I would have never even thought to post this if it wasn’t for viewing this blog today in my reader! Great idea!
My husband has loved the stepping stones we’ve made him. But we didn’t buy the kit at Michael’s; instead, we visited the hardware store. We bought a bag of instant set sand concrete ($3.88), some “jewels” and broken colored glass at a craft store ($1), and a couple of plastic liners to go under a plant. We mixed up the concrete, let it settle for a while, then decorated. The first time I did it, I wrote “we plant but the Lord makes them grow” and decorated with the kids’ handprints (ages 4 mo and 1.75 yrs); the second time we wrote “the Son does what he sees his father doing” and put the kids’ footprints on them (they were bigger this time, and each got their own to decorate).
Also, when I open your page, I only get the first half of the first post???
I am constantly asking (aka nagging) my husband to clean off his chest of drawers of the items that seem to accumulate. I was “shopping” in my craft closet and found a wooden tray that my girls are going to paint for him to put his stuff in so it’s not so cluttered. I love to shop in my own home for things that were purchased previously but never used.
Thanks to the money I’m saving courtesy of your blog, I’m also going to get him a pair of golf shoes. He rarely plays and when he does he remembers why. His 15 year old shoes are worn out. So I used My Points to shop Overstock.com and got a great deal and lots of points as well.
My husband is a super dad and loves everything he gets, whether it’s a homemade gift (the norm) or something we buy. This year he’ll get both.
I got the $30 coupon from Meijer for getting their $300 gift card so, Dh is getting a $30 Wii game. My Dad is getting a card and so is step-Dad.
Last year I made a T-shirt for my husband with our 3 kids’ foot prints on it that said, “My kids walk all over me!” He loved it and wears it all the time so this year I am planning on making another one with hand prints this time that says, “Hands Down, You’re the Best Dad!” A great and useful gift for just the price of a solid colored T-shirt and some fabric paint!
My hubby loves to go camping (I’m iffy about it), so Father’s Day weekend is a perfect time to do something he loves that doesn’t cost much. He gets quality time with the kids and gets away from his honey-do list, while getting a chance to hike and fish.
Amy Flanegan says
I struggle with knowing what to do that DOESN’T cost much money. Cooking a favorite meal is out because he is always saying that I always cook such good food at home that the only way to do “special” is to eat out!
And most of the things he wants are big-ticket items: camping gear, software, music equipment. At least he has lots of interests.
This year my hubby and two fathers-in-law (one’s a stepdad) are getting shirts I bought at Target, Kohls, and Penneys with gift cards or coupons for $3 between them all (original value $100!).
My three kiddos painted pictures for Daddy. We already had the construction paper ($1 for a big pack last Christmas) and the paints were a gift from my Mother in Law for Christmas.
So they painted those up and will give them to him for Father’s Day.
(I did do the Sears deal as well a week ago though, yay!)
I tried to enter my husband in the Super Dad contest through Focus on the Family. The contest site was having difficulty so I copied my entry to give to him as a present. 🙂
We are having a wonderful pancake for pops breakfast at church. My dads (I have 2) will be getting free pics of the kids I got with a coupon from Picture People and a razor gift set I got for 1.98 at Target! (shh…don’t tell them). Hubby got an outfit on sale from Kohls (I had 30% off!) and we’ll go out to lunch on Saturday to beat the Sunday crowds!
While it is not much, I took $12 that we had in our budget and bought two bags of my husbands favorite gourmet popcorn.
While $6 a (tiny!) bag isn’t frugal, spending just $12 on a gift is somewhat frugal. But in spending that $12 on the little bags I got my husband a very special treat that he almost never gets to enjoy.
We celebrated Father’s Day last Sunday as he was off work and loved the gift!
I am going to get our son to color his first picture for his daddy this Sunday while he’s at work, so he will get that too.
This year for fathers day we are getting together with my husband, the grandparents and the uncles and we’ll have one big pool party at my grandparents house. All the wives are splitting the cost of our dinner (ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs and steak – along with all the fixins). I’ll be bringing a strawberry poke cake and a banana cream pie. Of couse all of this was bought on sale and with coupons!
we have a family cookout for all the dads. my dad, husband, brother, and brother-in-law. the girls do all the work (even chasing the kiddos!) and the dads get to eat first.
For my husband’s father (my children’s grandfather or we call him “abuelo” b/c they’re hispanic), I had my near 4 yr. olds tell me what they love about him and then find pictures in old magazines I have to cut out and make a collage on a piece of cardstock that is titled, “Things we love about Abuelo”.
For my dad, I’m going home (2 hours from where I live) for the weekend and all the grandchildren will be there. I’m going to take butcher paper that I got for free from a local newspaper and have all the grandchildren (there are 10 under age 6) decorate it with things they love about grandpa. Then, when my dad comes home from his surpise golf outing w/ all the guys in our family, we will hold it up and have him run through it like a football player does before the game…hopefully capturing it on video tape.
We are making cards and a batch of cookies just for daddy. He is the only one that loves walnuts in his cookies, so he gets the whole batch to him self. Also each of the children are making coupons for things for him as well. I just did a blog on this. Check it out!
A picnic in the park for the two of us and our four kiddos. Oh, and I designed a little photo collage using my digital scrapbooking skills and framed it.
Katie W. says
We are planning a family fishing trip (DH requested) should only cost for his fishing license (Kids fish free and I’ll be baby wrangling and worm hooking, so not fishing) Hopefully we’ll have a nice fish fry for supper. DH almost died last summer and was not expected to live, he crashed and was lifeflighted on June 15, 1 year ago this fathers day and last fathers day was in a coma critical in the ICU, so no matter what we do this year, it will be a blessed and thankful fathers day as we have been witness to a miracle!
We make hand prints for both Dad and Grandpa…. and just spend the day playing games and enjoing each other’s company.
My husband is the youth director at our church and he’s pretty busy on Sundays. We have 2 boys, 4 months old and 21 months old.
So, my plan is to serve my husband breakfast in bed, but the cool thing about it is that we got a breakfast tray from a garage sale for $0.50!! Then I will modgepodge pictures of our kids on it! It turned out so perfect! Then we’ll go out to eat at TGIFriday’s and get free appetizers with our coupon!
Lavonne @ www.economicendeavors.com says
I got an email from CVS with a coupon for $5 off of a hardcover photo book that you make in the store on the Kodak machine. The books are buy one (at $12.99) get one free this week.
So I’ll add on a $2 filler, use the $3/$15, the $5 off email, and 2 $3 manu. coupons from the newspaper last Sunday, and get 2 8″x6″ hardcover photo books for $1 plus tax.
One for my husband and one for my father-in-law!
MaryEllen @ Centsible Savings says
I’m going to get a photobook made at CVS with pictures of him and our son together. I have CVS coupon and a MQ to stack to make the book nearly free.
Mama Looking Up says
Each year I sort through our digital picture archives and find my favorites of my husband with our kids. I spend just a few dollars at Hobby Lobby on stickers and a tiny scrapbook, and create a story book about he and the kids during the last year. These have become favorite bedtime reads! His gift is predictable, but always different and always treasured.
This is my husband’s 1st fathers day since we have a 9 month old. I did the dockers deal at sears for him. He really needed some new slacks for work, & who could pass up a deal like that? He is a salesman & drives a lot, so he will have no problem using the $75 gift card! It was really just a win win situation. I will probably pack a picnic to celebrate!
Emily Mc says
I bought 2 whole chickens and we are going to quarter them and slow roast them on the grill (2 hours) until perfectly grilled! The chickens cost 6.50 total, I made my own bread, throw in a quick salad and corn on the cob- it’s a fabulous grilling meal that we will love for quite a few people, without spending a fortune at a restaurant!
For my dad we made a special picture album with pictures and special messages from myself and the grandkids. I received some negatives from my aunt of my dad, uncle and grandparents that date all the way back to the 1940’s. My dad doesn’t know that I have them, and no one knows exactly what is on them. I already came across one of my dad and his brother when they were young boys. My uncle recently passed away and the picture will thrill my dad. As for my husband, I gave him “permission” to spend money that we had saved up for something special to go fishing on Lake Erie. He only gets to go once a year at the most.
Julie A. says
One year I went through all of our family’s old photo albums and pulled out pictures of my brother and I with my Dad throughout the years and our activities (vacations, picnics, birthdays, etc.) I bought a large frame, printed out a Father’s Day poem to place in the center, used scrapbooking papers to create “mini-frames” around each photo, and created a collage of photos around the poem. My brother and I each signed our names below the poem. My Dad absolutely loved it and hung the frame in his office for years and years (until he retired).
My wonderful Hubby loves pizza. We are giving him a pizza of the month club. I found the idea in Family Fun magazine. I am making 12 different cards, each with a different pizza restaurant on it, some that he loves and others with new restaurants to try. It will be special, since we don’t go out but once a month or so, and this will be to places he loves.
He also is getting a Craftsman circular saw ($10 from a yard sale) and the obligatory box of chocolates from our son($2 from CVS around Mother’s Day), who cannot wait to eat them himself. (He knows about these two.)
My girls made father’s day cards for my hubby and dad. I got my husband a picture frame for his desk, for my dad….since we live so far away…I just promised to post a new video of the girls on youtube at least every 2 weeks, hopefully every week.
I also ordered my dad and hubby all the free men’s magazines that you posted. Awesome gift!
This year I ordered a $100 gift card from our credit card rewards points for my hubs so he can get GPS. We pay our balance every month and use the card because…they give us points to pay with their card. Points which we use to get free gift cards. So, his gift cost nothing. 🙂
For the Grandpas I ordered photo mugs from Shutterfly. They were on sale, had free shipping, I had a coupon code, and I ordered through ebates. I needed a couple extra dollars to bump me up to a certain price to receive the discount so I ordered all of them photo cards of the kids. I’m also sending $.15 bags of M&M’s (from a previous CVS deal), and small packets of coffee to go along with the mugs. I spend under $35 for all gifts including the postage to send them.
I hope they like what they are getting!
I stumbled onto your blog a few weeks ago and love it! Thanks for all the money saving tips! I got my husband a ipod docking station on sale with a coupon at Kohl’s-great deal and he loves it! (I already gave it to him.) Oh, and if you haven’t tried the chicken pot pie at Boston Market-you must! Yum!
Money is super tight right now and we buy nothing extra for ourself but my husband mentioned a few week ago that he had run out of his favorite cologne a few weeks ago and would really like some more. I went to buy it and some of the sets leftover from another holiday were on clearance. I was able to buy him more for less than the current sets were selling for and I know he will be surprised since he thinks he is getting nothing.
This is my husband’s very first Father’s Day after a few years of us trying to get pregnant. After much heartache, we finally adopted our baby girl, who was born on April Fool’s Day. Exactly one month after we got her, my husband unexpectedly and unfairly lost his job. I had already quit my job to be a SAHM, so now we have no income and are both SAH parents! God has been good to provide for us through our church and family, but we don’t get to go out any more and have to rely on eating at our family’s houses most of the time. Our love language is gift giving, so I can’t imagine not getting my husband anything for Father’s Day! I am going to make him a card from me and a card from our daughter, plus I was able to use the last little amount we had on a Target gift card to buy a DVD that he REALLY wanted that was on sale for incredibly cheap! I will also be making lunch for him, thanks to some meat my mom gave to me from her freezer. And of course, we will be spending the day at our church as well.
I designed a card online with pictures of him and my daughter together and a nice message about what he does for her. It cost $1.51 through Walmart.com and I just know he will love it!
Lesli Ann Howell says
We like to support our local farmers, so we splurge and get fresh peaches from a local peach farmer for Father’s Day. We have fun using the peaches cooking up stuff for dad all week, but the best is fresh peaches on vanilla ice cream. Yum! We don’t typically have money in our budget to buy peaches, so for Father’s Day it is a real treat!
For father’s day this year, I helped our two year old daughter, Julia, make hand print cards with her favorite “Juliaisms” just for daddy. We printed all the pictures we could find of the two of them together and made him a chronological book of his transformation into a father.
We printed out a coupon for our favorite local restaurant and are taking him on Saturday for lunch (cheaper!). After lunch out, we’ll be coming home for homemade ice cream sundaes.
I think the biggest treat he’ll get is an afternoon alone with his guitar. No chores during her nap! 😉
My plan for Father’s Day is to do what he likes to do best: Fish! I have plans to grill some food and spend the day at the lake fishing! I think it will be fun for all of us, it will be our son’s first fishing trip- he is 14 months!
We like to find “free and fun” nature programs for Dads and kids on Father’s Day- this year’s is a fishing adventure and my husband loves not having to bring the poles and bait and having an extra few adults around helps keep it fun and relaxing!
My parents left for a well-deserved vacation today. My dad has been dealing with some health issues and was really looking forward to taking a few days off and being at his favorite beach. I packed a bag of snacks, using my coupons, that are light and healthy. I hope he has a wonderful time!
Talitha Keller says
I’m boring and am giving DH and my dad and brother in law razors and assorted stuff I’ve gotten free or almost free by couponing and shopping the drugstores. We will also make DH a homemade card and make a yummy healthy pancake breakfast!
This year I received a coupon for two free 5×7’s from Sears that has a Happy Father’s Day border on it. So I took my one year old and my two year old and got their pictures taken (which my husband does not know about:)). Sunday morning I am going to make my husband breakfast in bed, then we will go to church to listen to our wonderful Pastor preach. After church I am taking my husband to his favorite resturant. Thanks to Dave Ramsey we never eat out, so I have been saving money for this special occasion! By the way I Love Dave Ramsey I was just joking. Then after lunch we will head to the park, so that my husband can spend some time with our kids. My husband works two jobs, so he doesn’t get to spend a whole lot of time with the kids (again thanks to Dave Ramsey:)). Then we will head back to church for the Sunday evening service, then head home put the kids to bed, then relax. Wow after typing all of that I can’t wait till Sunday comes:)!
WE had portraits done with the discount coupons at Sears. I will frame up pictures for my father and husbands father.
I will also probably bake some bread or treats for my father since he lives in town.
I am seriously considering the Sears deal. However, as of now, we are heading to church in the morning, then having a nice pot roast for lunch (his favorite), then if the weather permits, he can go fishing the afternoon. That would be his ideal day.
I am seriously considering the Sears deal, but as of now, we will go to church in the morning, have a nice roast for lunch (his favorite meal), then he can spend the afternoon fishing if he wishes and if weather permits. That would be a great day for him.
My husband needs some artwork for his office walls. They’re completely bare. I used the free enlargement offer from CVS to get a picture he took on our recent vacation enlarged. I also used 50% off coupons for Michael’s crafts to buy a mat and frame for it.
I got him the Tony Dungee book he asked for a while back, but it will be a complete surprise. The girls are going to make a bookmark for him!!!! I love surprises.
Nothing big here. We will probably make cards. My 6 year old daughter has already gone through the CVS closet and pulled out a razor and a few other odds and ends for him to open.
We are giving daddy breakfast in bed before church, then heading to a beautiful local park afterwards for a nice picnic together with our family as well as his widowed mother and perhaps his widowed grandmother- they will then spend the afternoon with us as well:)
Since we are working very hard to get out of debt I haven’t even thought of buying anything this year. Instead I emailed him and asked him what he would like to do. We going on a family bike ride, and enjoying the day together. That’s especially sweet this year since he is living 9 hours away and will be home for the first time in 6 weeks this weekend!
Happy Father’s Day to all those wonderful Godly men raising up Godly young men and daughthers!
Last week our daughter and I went to Picture People and got a great 8×10 of us together (my husband loves the one on his desk at work from when she was an infant) and that’s part of his gift. . . The other part is a special Sunday lunch – with more meat than usual =). We’re having pork chops (a favorite, but infrequently enjoyed, treat), sweet potatoes, corn, salad and homemade rolls. And he’ll want seconds instead of dessert. =) It’s so much fun to
Homemade cards and Picture People wallets of our daughter for the dad’s and granddads in the family.
Erin Stonis says
I went to the Harry and David clearance isle and bought a Marinade for $1.27! He loves marinading anything he grills….(also a side note..for a couple days now I’ve had a hard time staying on your site. It keeps kicking me off and can’t load. Not sure if it’s the new coupon bar?)
I’m not sure how frugal it is ~ I bought my dad some of his favorite gourmet coffee … but I did do it while they had free shipping, so I guess that counts!
My children, especially my daughter, LOVE to make cards, so they’ll probably be doing that for daddy and granddaddy.
We are having a great family dinner with my parents and grandparents! Also, we like to pick up some low prices t shirts that have fun “Greatest Dad in the world” sayings on them. Everyone gets a good laugh!
We are having a great family dinner with my parents and grandparents! Also, we like to pick up some low prices t shirts that have fun “Greatest Dad in the world” sayings on them. Everyone gets a good laugh!
Jen B says
Our local minor league baseball stadium has a “Feed Your Face Monday”. Where you can eat from any of the stands for free. You only pay $10 to get in. We go as a family for Father’s Day. We get supper and a baseball game for $10 and a night with the family – priceless.
This year I am making my father a gift basket full of my CVS deals. He is really difficult to buy for because he doesn’t really need anything, so I figured a basket full of necessities would help him out since he wouldn’t have to buy them himself. Who can’t use toothpaste and shampoo?
We do a scavenger hunt for dad so he can find his gift.
Gifts are usually something homemade.
We take a picture every year of the kids in one of his shirts to see how they have grown (it’s really neat if you have the shirt he wore when they were born)
This year we made a photo collage for him to take to the office. 🙂
Jennifer T. says
Things are rather tight this year, so I got my husband a picture of our 3 year old daughter using my coupon for a free picture at The Picture People. I will also give him some of the more expensive aftershave that I got on sale at CVS this week, using my EBC’S!
(dad – if you’re reading this – STOP NOW! 🙂 )
My dad retired a few weeks ago, so I am taking one of the family pictures from the retirement ceremony and a picture of me and my dad from the ceremony and framing them. I make picture frames that I sell on etsy, so the frames will be made by me too! We’re going to have a relaxing lunch at their house too. 🙂
DH is getting a photo tie with the kids on it. Not that cheap, but he’s been wanting one. My dad is getting a free subscription to Bass Master magazine from http://www.lowpricesubs.com. We are also having my parents over for dinner.
I’ll paint the girls feet and then have them step on paper. I will take pictures and use the footprint paper as a picture frame.
Lillian Prince says
Last year I had put together a slide show of pictures of our almost 1 year daughter. He loved it. It went to music and everything. This year, we added another kid to the mix and so I just today finished another slide show for my hubby. A suprise of course. It really blessed him last year and it is the perfect way to express to him what a wonderful dad he and to look back on the year(s) with the babies and remember God’s faithfulness in our lives.
I will also make a card from the kids to him, make won tons( his fav) and blesss him with encouraging words and kisses from me.
We are using our credit card points (old ones) to buy Twins tickets for Father’s Day!
I have always gone to the Picture People and gotten a picture taken of the kids, purchased a cheap, but nice-looking frame from a store, and given that to my husband for father’s day. He loves to have pictures of the kids around the house, and the Picture People often sends out free 8X10 coupons!
Katie Hurley says
My da and hubby are each getting an 8×10 photo book I got from CVS. THey were BOGO and after all my coupons I only paid $2.17 EACH for them!! They’ll love them and they look really great.
I ordered a collage mug from snapfish, with 13 pictures of the kids arranged on it. It is very cute! Total cost was under $15
shekinah betz says
We are going to go to a park and grill some hot dogs and then we are going to attempt to play frisebee golf with him ( he highly enjoys playing this while I’m quite horrible at it but it’s his day)
This is my husband’s first Father’s Day! I’m planning to do breakfast in bed for him. He does that for me sometimes, and I know he’d really love it for himself. I will give him a hand and foot massage, too. He loves those and unfortunately they are few and far between since our son was born. I’ll also be giving him a card from me and a card from our son. Tonight our son said “Da” for the first time, so I’m sure that was probably the best Father’s Day gift!
I hope to be taking all those wonderful coupons for free or next to nothing photo deals and get some great pictures of the babies. Some will be for the grandpas and some for dad. Then hopefully a nice quiet free breakfast courtesy of chick-fil-a. The quiet part probaly not happening but free is good to.
Desire' H. says
My dad likes to watch western shows and has many that he has taped off of the television. For Father’s Day, I’m going to convert all his VHS western show tapes onto DVDs..using the free set of DVDs I received from the Office Depot sign up a few weeks ago! I will also make him his favorite dessert- peach cobbler- and work alongside him on Father’s day on our new house construction. He doesn’t care for gifts as he buys what he wants already, so I think spending time with him working on our new house will mean a lot to him and I’m sure he’ll appreciate the extra help! 🙂
This year, thanks to my new found love of CVS, I am making “Dad packs” for my husband and father. They will each have a fusion razor, nivea shave gel, and their favorite candies(orange slices and spearmint leaves) all in a bag. Dad will also get irish spring shower gel and adidas deodorant. Hubby’s extra gift is a subscription to a music magazine that he has been hinting about wanting to get. I will get the current magazine, wrap it in gift wrap and tell him that his subscription is on its way. I ordered it about 3 weeks ago through ebates so I could make money on the gift and save money on the sale they were having on magazine subscriptions.
Terri Clum says
When my kids were little, they would make things for their dad. They would also have a coupon book for him to use. His favorite was help Dad in the workshop. My husband builds furniture, and he loved his little helpers learning his trade.
We do homemade cards from the kids and me! And also a homemade dinner…all of the men together…being served like kings! One year we made “king” crowns for them out of cardboard and foil…the kids and the dads LOVED it! 😉
Father’s Day came upon me rather unexpectedly this year. I was thinking I have another week to come up with something and here it’s upon me already! We’ll probably settle for a special time with Daddy. He’s so busy right now that relaxing is a favorite activity!
This year, we are celebrating my husband’s first father’s day by enjoying an old fashioned picnic at a really nice park in the beautiful suburb next to us. It will be complete with roasted chicken, potato salad, herbed tomatoes, and pumpkin pie, his favorite. I am making everything at home, throwing in a bottle of sparkling cider we received as a gift, and enjoying our son’s first trip to the park. I am also going to surprise him with a father/son photo shoot in the park since it’s one of my hobbies. All in all, it will only cost us a small amount for the food, which I already had on stock, and the gas to get there!
We like to do all of the chores for Daddy on Father’s Day. Mow the lawn, take the trash out, and just make him feel extra special and loved by us!
Urvashi Gadi says
my daughter is only a year old….we are making a card wih her fingerprints and he will have to treat us at our fav italian food. i have already saved a coupon for that
This year, my baby’s daddy will get breakfast in bed, a tripod (free from the buy.com/google checkout savings), a bubble bath, and a big hug and kiss from our little one.
We’re not big on gift giving…our kids are ages 5 and under…we’re just now getting into the homemade gift idea. But for any “special” day (Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, etc) we allow that person to pick whatever it is they want to do. It’s a special day for them, so they should enjoy it the way THEY want to 🙂
I have bought a multipack of white undershirts shirts and had the kids personalized them with handprints and drawings. Practical but also special (and cheap too!).
I am making “shaving” kits for my father. Over the past couple weeks I have worked lots of shaving deals into my CVS purchases. I bought the Gillete Fusion Power Rasor, and lots of Nivea shave gel and accessories. Of course we will send a very nice card. All of this costed less than a dollar out of pocket, so I will just pay shipping a handling!
I got hubbie a camera bag that was on clearance from Kodak for $10 and I got my dad some coffee that was on sale and a photo of grand-daughter.
My dad is getting homebaked cookies. I still don’t know what to do for my husband. I was going to get him a Zen mp3 player, but he very thoughtfully went out and bought himself one last week, since he had a little extra money from some side work. Sigh. Guess he’ll get a nice macaroni picture frame from the boys and something he doesn’t want very much from me. A tie, maybe. Something really gaudy and loud.
i did the sears deal today-2x. he is getting a LOT of clothes for a little $$! thanks for the tip!
and, i am making fajitas for my parents and us and then we will all go swim!
We’re going to cheer on my husband at his soccer game — with twin toddlers to corral, he usually goes by himself with no cheering section.
We recently had portraits taken at Sears, and they had a promo for 2 5×7’s with Happy Father’s Day border for $3. Those were sent to the grandfathers instead of a card. The boys decorated the envelopes and the stiffening cardboard with stickers. M\
Stephanie J says
pictures of the new baby of course! I love Boston Market; havn’t been in awhile though.
Since my DH is working on Sunday we’ll be celebrating tomorrow by going to a movie at AMC- (5.00 before noon) and for dinner free Hot Dogs on a Stick! ( Of course I’ll have to get some of that yummy lemonade too)! Thanks for the opportunity!
This year my hubby made a ‘suggestion’ of an inexpensive gift he would like. He has really enjoyed listening to books on CD while driving, so he wanted an inexpensive MP3 player. He is very computer savvy…but we are not into gadgets. So I am thankful for the hint. Comparison shopped…bought it through Mypoints so I could accumulate points. We have a budget for such gifts but due to an inexpected monetary blessing given to me, I was able to put $15 extra dollars toward this to give him an ‘upgrade’. I also am inviting my father in law to join us for steak and potatos. Now we don’t usually have steak….maybe once a year. But, I scored a major sale at our grand re-opening at Randall’s this week.
I have no idea what to do for my husband this year. I usually buy him something he wants but we don’t have the money. So, I will be following this to get ideas. Keep em comin’!
We will also be cutting out the letters DAD with poster board and then posing dd with each letter at the park. Then we will frame it in one of those 3 folding frames. I think I will be doing it in black and white with color accents here and there.Then I think I will make him a really nice meal and let him relax for the day and evening.
Last year, with our first child only a few months old, I wanted to do something special (and cheap) for my husband’s first fathers day. I found this poem on the internet called “footprints”.
“Walk a little slower daddy,” said a child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower , daddy,
for you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So walk a little slower, daddy,
For I must follow you.”
underneath the poem, I stamped our little daughters footprints and put the date. It is a keepsake that he has in his office. I plan on doing this every year so that we can see how much bigger she has gotten, and also to remind her daddy how important he is to her!
This is his first Father’s Day, and I’m getting my husband a copy of his favorite book from childhood, called “A Fish Out of Water”. He doesn’t remember reading “Goodnight Moon” or any other classics, but he LOVED this book! 🙂
Rob Riemersma says
It’s simple, but certainly frugal: Take Dad out for a picnic!
Princess Leia says
My husband is preparing for our trip to the Grand Tetons in July during which he’ll go backpacking for a few days with my dad who’s a park ranger out there for the summer (one of the perks of being a school teacher – summers off to do random cool things). So when REI was having a sale a few weeks ago, he got some gear he needed that was on clearance (plus 20% off for having a membership). That was his main Father’s Day gift, but as a surprise I also got him a movie he’s been wanting to see (National Treasure 2 – he was a BIG fan of the first one, but we never managed to get to the theater to see the second).
My FIL will get a phone call, and if we can figure out how to get through to my dad (whose cell phone wasn’t working last I heard), we’ll call him too.
Lady Why says
I am baking bread for my father-in-law! I love to make things like that for the dads in our life!
His mother and brother (who’s ex has the kids this weekend and would not trade weekends!) are coming in for the weekend so there will be tons and tons of foods that he loves (and I can’t cook).
He and the kiddos are making stepping stones together.
And I am giving him all the aitkins bars I got free at CVS and a tripod I picked up cheap at a yardsale months ago.
I was going to get him a propane tank gauge (20$!) but money ran tight – maybe for his bday in a few months.
I am going to take my step-dad to lunch at SOONNY’s BBQ…His favorite restaurant.
For my dad, who is recovering from open heart surgery, we’re spending the day with him, just me and 5 of the kids, we’ll bring him some nuts (cause he’s a nut). Hubby will be out of town with our oldest boy (Boy Scout camp…he’s the scoutmaster) so they will spend the day and week together and it give’s the girls an extra week to make something special for him) FIL is up the road and we’ll spend the evening with him when we get back from my dad’s.
My kids made my husband a new “desk set” for his office. We used simple things like a hand-decorated cup 1/4 filled with fish tank pebbles to hold pens, a painted rock for a paper weight and clothespins to hold important notes.
I think we might go to the Lodge (http://www.skamania.com/) w/ a gift card we have (for lunch) and then we will probably do a bit of Geocaching (www.geocaching.com) cause my man ADORES doing that.
After having our second child my husband and I both needed to lose weight so both of us are trying to eat as healthy as possible. Since we are on a tight budget due to me quiting my job to stay home with my children, I am going to make a nice home cooked meal and a healthy version of cup cakes. (Will loves sweat)!! 🙂 For my father in law I’ve made a s’mores basket (Hershey, marshmallows, and graham crackers) and a beautiful mug I found on clearance at Meijer. (He loves drinking tea with something sweat)
I made my dad a collage poster on shutterfly of my nieces and nephews(his grandkids) at his dad’s memorial site. He is very proud that his father served in the Army and will be touched to see him being honored my his grandkids!
One thing I did a few years ago and plan to do again is make up a certficate for a
“Dessert of the Month Club.”
It’s fun for us too, each month we try a new dessert or a old favorite. And the guys just love it!
Anna Beth says
This year, I sent cards to all of the grandads and great grandads. I love making homemade cards, so that is what I did. For my hubby, he actually just went out and bought himself an expensive toy for his computer, so he will not get much else! I let the girls pick out cards for him. I am going to make him a card too, and I did two framed picture collages of him and our girls. The frames were 2 dollars apiece at Walmart, and I already had all of the pictures and scrapbooking supplies.
Ours always involves pictures. This year, with a couple friends, we are helping the kids make magnetic popsicle stick picture frames.
We usually make a homemade cake and just treat him like the king.
For Father’s Day, I like to sit the kids down and have them hand make cards. We get out the construction paper, glue, scissors, and whatever else we can get our hands on. They always turn out way better than anything you can buy in the store. I also like to make him one of his favorite dinners. I always make it a surprise and have the kids help out with the cooking where they can. To me, this is all so much better and heart felt than buying something from the store, and he thinks so too. 🙂
My Dad had an old flannel shirt he used to wear almost every day (years ago) in the winter and part of the legs to jeans he cut off for shorts in the summer. I took those old things and covered a photo album with them. The shirt pocket is on the cover, so it looks really cool. I think I have a picture of him in the shirt, so I’m going to put that in the frame I covered in the jeans on the front cover! I’m also going to write notes and memories next to some of the pictures so it’s something really personal.
I bought the 7-CD teaching set “The Master’s Plan for Fathers” from Vision Forum. The regular price is $35.00, which works out to $5.00 per disc- Not bad for encouraging the Daddy in our home!
For my dad, a batch of homemade brownies is both easy on the budget and a real treat for him. Also, a goody bag of Lifesavers candy, pencils and crossword puzzles, and a special card from his grandbaby will be special.
My husband prefers no gifts, so a special lunch with family after church is fine for him.
We’ll be taking my Dad out to lunch tomorrow at a place that has lunch specials, and for my husband, the boys made him cards and we will make his favorite dinner.
Unfortunately, I do not have a close relationship with my father and I struggle quite a bit at Father’s Day. He lives out of town, has anything & everything his heart desires and is of the mindset that homemade stuff is, well, ‘cheap’. So I am mailing him a gift card.
For my own husband, the kids and I are going to Steve & Barry’s to get him some new jeans. The store near us continually runs an “everything for $8.98” sale & my husband loves their jeans. He needs some & will be very pleased. I also had a picture of me & the kids blown up to a 5×7 and am framing it for his office at work. It is a picture we took last weekend & he has commented several times on how much he loves that picture of us. He will be surprised that I spent $1.50 and had it blown up. The frame is one I got for .50 from Goodwill. (It looks new & he won’t mind). 😉
My husband has been away in Georgia for Customs training and will be there until August. I sent him some home made cookies and cards from the kids. I also sent him some essentials that he needed/wanted. Although we can’t be with him, we’ll text him a video so he can be close to us while we wish him a special day.
I used the Sears deal too, but with a twist. My husband HATES shopping, especially for clothes. My teenaged son and I conspired to give him a particularly appropriate surprise:
I set it up yesterday morning by telling my husband that I was dragging him to Sears that night, despite the heat, after a long day of work, to buy clothing for him and our son. He resigned himself to it but wasn’t happy.
While he was at the office, the kid and I went to Sears, bought the clothes, and then hid them in a closet at home. After dinner, my husband said with a sigh, “Ok, I’ll clean up the table and then I guess we have to go shopping.”
On cue, I said, “Yes, I suppose so. Hmm, unless we get into a time machine.”
The kid and I burst into simultaneous “deedly-doo, deedly-do, deedly-do” Wayne’s World style flashback gestures.
“Right,” I continued. “Unless we get into a time machine. Then we would already be done with the shopping and we’d have the evening free. Hmm. Kid, if we did that, where do you think the clothes would be?”
“In the closet! I’ll check!”
My husband was looking at us as if we were crazy, but when Kid came back to the table with a big Sears bag, he caught on. And he was thrilled! Not only did he get shirts (the short-sleeved, wrinkle-resistant, stain-resistant ones he loves), but we spared him a chore and gave him an evening off.
Love your blog!
I came up with a creative way to use some of the candy I bought from CVS this week for my husband. This is his first father’s day so from our baby I wrote tags and put them on the candy. On sourpatch kids, “thanks for putting up with me even when my mood is sour”. On circus peanuts “sometimes I am so silly you probably think I belong in the circus”. And on swedish fish “I can’t wait until you take me fishing”.
Our best frugal idea for celebrating Father’s Day took place a couple of years ago. We happened to be in A.C. Moore on a Saturday when they had free craft stations for kids set up all over their whole store. My daughter went and decorated a painter’s cap for my husband as a gift, decorated a gift bag with foam bits, and used other craft materials for a card. I saw again this year, where they held a similar craft day, I think it was in May, but we were unable to attend. My daughter was so proud of her hand-made gifts and my husband still wears the hat when he works at home. He calls it his thinking cap.
Julie Powers says
We had started to write vows for our kids awhile back. I finished those and printed them to put into frames for each of the kids rooms. I know he’ll be excited to see it finished and on the wall.
This Father’s Day we will start with the sunrise service at our church (it is dedicated to my brother that just passed away this year) and then the kids and I will treat my husband to donuts and coffee. We will eat them at the gazebo by the lake and then the kids will do some fishing with Daddy. He has to go to work in the afternoon so I will make a special dinner on his next day off-probably somthing on the grill.
We don’t usually do much in the way of gifts but he and the kids went all out for me for Mother’s Day-tomorrow we will be going out to buy him a “Greatest Dad” hat and tee shirt combo at Target-we bought him a tee like this last year and he loves it-I guess we have a new tradition! Last year the kids painted cardstock and once it dried I attached a nice photo of them and framed it in a $$ Store frame. It was so cute! I may do another this year as the kids have gotten so much older looking.
I love the idea of coupons-I always want to do them and never get around to it. Maybe for Christmas in stockings. I have plenty of time to work on them! LOL
I’m making my husband breakfast – his favorite of biscuits and gravy.
We’re spending the weekend at the family cottage because it’s his favorite place (not really mine).
I’m also giving him a coupon redeemable at any time for one WHOLE uninterrupted day where he can putter in his garages and I can’t break out the honey-do list on that day 🙂
My dad really enjoys doing crossword puzzles but he is not very good at them so I got him a crossword puzzle dictionary at Branes and Noble. We also sent him a card. Had I been a little more frugal I would have remembered to bring my 30% off coupon but I forgot it!
My husband and I keep it simple and frugal for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We always eat out after church on Sundays, so we just go to a “nicer” (say Red Robin vs. Quiznos) restaurant and spend about $10 more than our normal Sunday after church lunch.
For Fathers Day I am going to let my husband know just how special he is , you see he was married before and had two children who are adults now , we have been married 20 years now an not once has he ever received a Father’s Day Card . He is a wonderful man and still deserves a special day , I will see he has it.
We are going out of town for a family function this weekend, so we actually celebrated our Father’s Day last weekend. We have a small lake cabin 2 hours from home, so the husband, toddler and I spent the weekend there.
I did all the packing and planning, and my son and I picked up daddy after work and drove out. Fixed his favorite foods and we did whatever daddy wanted to do all weekend, and had a blast.
For official Father’s Day I used Publisher to make cards with pictures of our son on them.
We’re pretty frugal, and my husband always says he has everything he needs, so I’m not getting him a gift.
Melissa L says
My girls are coloring a free card that I printed from the Children’s Place (http://www.childrensplace.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/EmailJumpFull?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&jumpId=FathersDay08Pdf).
I found a shirt on clearance at the end of the season last year and we’re giving him that. I’m always buying things at the end of the season and saving them as gifts.
We’ll be eating italian beef here at home and our extended family will be bringing sides. A father’s day potluck is always economical.
This year my boys and I will make Daddy breakfast in bed. The boys made him homemade cards. We also bought him Witless Protection(he’s a big movie watcher and all my boys love Larry the Cable guy) So later we’ll watch the movie..with buttery popcorn and soda…cheaper than taking dad to the movies.
I’m CVSing for them, of course. I’m trying to put together baskets of shaving goods for my Grandpa, father in law and Dad. I say trying because the kids have been difficult today and the only time I was able to stop into CVS we ended up voiding the whole transaction and leaving because the register rejected my coupon combination for no reason the management could (clearly) explain.
But anyway, I will write about what I WANT to buy on my site even if I don’t get it all bought before we leave for a weekend camping trip tomorrow.
Sarah M. says
After our first week of dating, I made my husband an elaborate card in a comic book style, with stick figure versions of ourselves. It has become tradition that all our cards for every occassion are now homemade using our stick figure characters. He’ll be getting one for Father’s Day, as well as a night out with just the guys – which I know he appreciates!
I help our two children make cards and drawings for their Dad on Father’s Day. They are less expensive than store bought cards and much more precious.
Usually we take my husband out to dinner and then go fishing but since he is in Florida with his dad, who is undergoing chemo, I just put the finishing touches on a video the kids made for him(kind of silly but he will like it). They also made one for his dad and my dad too, so each one gets their own special greetings. When he gets back, it will be his birthday(the 23rd) so we are going to go out to eat then.
I am taking some poster board and cutting out a big “D, A, Y”. Then I’m going to take a picture of my oldest and 2 of my boys with the “D”, then my 2nd oldest with the “A” and the baby with the “Y”. I’m going to print it and frame it to say “DADDY”. He’ll love it.
Nothing fancy here. The kids make cards for thier father and grandfather. (My parents live with us.) We will relax around the house and they will have no chores. We may go out and buy a movie my husband has been wanting. Then we will have a special dinner, with thier favorite dessert, banana pudding.
My hubby loves his homemade cards from the kids. I didn’t realize how touched he would be w/ them last year! He still has last years cards! This year we’ll be taking him out for Chinese, one of his favorites. He’ll also be getting a little money to Home Depot to put back into finishing his garage, his man area 🙂 I’ve also arranged for his Dad to surprise him and show up at church Sunday morning and spend the rest of the day with us. He’s not expecting this at all as his parents don’t live near us. My hubby’s a worship leader so going to his Dad’s is never an option because we have to be at church. I’m looking forward to the look on his face when his Dad walks into church!!
I am putting together a basket for my father-in-law of CVS items that I’ve gotten for less/free. He knows I do CVS and teases me (nicely!) about it, so he’ll be good-natured about getting it!
Finance Girl says
We decided to combine Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and summer entertainment. We bought tickets to a baseball game, which was both of our presents.
Our dads usually get gift cards.
I do like your Dockers idea though – I think we might use that just to get my husband some new work clothes and because there’s a Shell station right near my work. Hooray!
My daughters are having “Pirate Week” this week, so after breakfast in bed, we’re sending my husband on a treasure hunt to find his favorite treat, Twizzlers, and some homemade cards from the girls.
Ana Marie Ort says
My idea for a Father’ Day gift is to purchase prints of me and my siblings and my mother, and arrange them in an attractive frame for my dad to hang up in his office. During his days at work, he can hopefully be encouraged by our smiling faces on his wall!
I’m going to make my husband his very favorite dessert, chocolate pie using the family recipe his Grandma always makes! I’ll probably have our little boys make some cards with me writing down reasons they love him!
For my Dad he is very hard to buy gifts for, so I just bought him a dress shirt since that is what he said he needed.
Mrs. H. says
We’re making Dad a special dinner (his choice, spaghetti), a special dessert, spending the day on the river in our boat, and I found him an inexpensive book set about guns, one of his passions.
My children made Father’s day cards at the library story time class(free). I bought my husband a card from CVS (as a filler). We are going to go out for lunch (using coupons). Afterwards, we will take the children to the park so he and I can talk and play with them. Then my husband wants to watch the US Open on t.v. because he loves golf and Tiger Woods is playing, so I think he will enjoy his day!
Jana Kelley says
This may just be cheap more than frugal, but here it is anyway. My husband works in a corporate office so all of his break times end up at the on-sight cafe buying a treat, when he has enough change on hand. So, I am giving him the change I’ve been saving for the past several months. May be silly, but he’ll feel rich for a few weeks on that change.
danana banana says
Last year I went to one of those t-shirt stores in the mall and made a shirt for my 2-year-old that said ‘My Dad Rocks’. The cost for the shirt was about $15. Then I took a bunch of pictures of her wearing the shirt and had a 5×7 printed at the local photo place, about $0.50. Put it in an existing frame and voila – perfect father’s day gift!
I bought my husband a wallet today at a discount store in our area, the wallet was a nice leather one that retails in department stores for $40. I got it for $6.99! The kids made their dad cards. I got two cards for $0.50 each at the discount store too for my father and father-in-law. Total spent was under $10.
My father has been healed of inoperable stage 4 lung cancer this year and we are thrilled he has another father’s day with us! He is a practical man and taught us to be practical; I bought him a book of stamps and a lovely card we will all sign for him.
I bought my husband a new white shirt for Sundays; they are $38.99 at Macy’s but on sale for $17.00. I bought him a $24.99 polo on sale for $9.99 and added a $10 pair of socks on sale for $2.49. Using my $10 off coupon made it only $20! I like him to look really good ’cause he is a great dad!
I also picked up an $18 umbrella at JC Penny that was on sale for $12 and used my $10 off coupon so it only cost me a couple dollars. :o)
My husband is getting a gift card I rebated and 2 freebie sample bags of specialty coffee.
I am helping my boys make a small picture collage for dad’s work desk. We are using photos of them from the past year, drawings they have made, some trinkets we have collected, as well as a few cut-outs and stickers. The grandpas will be receiving handmade cards and some homemade goodies (their favorite cookies). The boys love to help me bake. My 4 year old also loves to package up mail, so these are fun gifts for everyone involved. =)
At our home we usually maked papa some cute cards and then make him a special dinner. Since his birthday always follws father’s day we just wait to give him his other gifts.
My husband is on a very hard rotation at work right now. He basically had to beg and plead to get off for Fathers’ Day. I plan on letting him sleep-in, eat brunch, and then take a nap. DD and I won’t ask him to do any chores or errands either!
Heck, we may even have Boston Market for dinner. We LOVE their family meals!
I am using a CVS coupon for $3 off $15 to purchase their on sale $12.99 Eternity for men cologne (plus some fillers). My husband loves this (as do I when he wears it)and it is usually around $30-$40!
Jennifer Mumford says
My 4 1/2 year old daughter and I went to Sears to have our photograph taken. My mother-in-law had the nightgown that she wore on her wedding night that she let me borrow and my daughter wore a christening dress that was given to her by a friend. We have an account that allows us a free 8X10 but since we wanted it in black and white and printed today, we were going to have to pay $3. When we went to check out the lady ended up getting it for free. Talk about a frugal gift. And a friend of my mother-in laws just gave her some frames she wasn’t using so tada a free present for the new daddy =)
We went to sears and got pictures of all the kids. For $3, you can get 2- 5×10 pictures that say “happy father’s day” on them. Awesome, and it is something that can last. One for work, one for home.
I made him a 4-disc CD featuring 50 of his favorite songs (one for each year of his life) since this father’s day is also his 50th birthday. So starting from 1958 all the way until 2008 I included a song from each year.
Southern Seven says
My husband is a contractor on the military base. We have access to the bowling alley on base. My husband has been bowling each week at lunch. They offered a prepaid card where games are $.50 each. On Father’s day I am planning on getting steaks and pototoes to grill. Then, we will go that night to bowl. I bought a mustache/beard trimmer at Walgreens that was on clearance. I used the RR that I earned with the Proctor and Gamble deal to pay.
My father passed away years ago. I don’t have children but my brother does. My niece can only slightly remember my father, and my nephews can’t remember him at all. For Father’s Day I make them a card with photos of him and an anecdote from his life that illustrates what a special person he was. I hope receiving these cards over the years will help to give them an appreciation of how special their grandfather was. I feel that this is an important gift I can continue to give him. His grandchildren were very dear to his heart, but he had only a few years to enjoy them.
We are cooking my husband and dad a wonderful bbq and they are getting lots of homebaked goodies as well!
We celebrated Father’s Day last weekend because it is Hay Baling season around here and a weekend away is a luxury. I packed the cooler and van full of everything we would need to camp out for a weekend. Packed everybody’s bags and made sure there was gas in the van. That morning I told my husband that we were going camping for the weekend and work was covered. We headed out that morning for 3 days. He was thrilled!
New England Girl says
It’s not very original, but my dad loves to read, and I usually get him an interesting book. He doesn’t get a lot of time to read, so the library isn’t a good option for him because he tends to read in small chunks as he has time, so a new book is something he really appreciates.
For my dad, I secretly took all our old family photos from my parent’s house (a slight miracle in itself) and I am organizing them into easy to use boxes and albums. There are hundreds of them, and most of them were boxed up in our basement! All I’m spending is a few bucks on photo boxes at Michael’s, and they regularly go on sale for 50% off, not to mention the 50% off coupon!
Chris from St. Mary's says
My Dad died in 1997. My SO is really committed to our saving money (since we got out of debt in April!!!), so we’re just planning on special time together.
Chris Sumpter says
It’s not terribly original, but I think I’m going to follow your lead and head out to Sears to get a gift for my Dad and for myself (hey, I’m a dad, too!)
Rachel Souliere says
We will begin Father’s Day with worship at our awesome church! There is no better way to start the day! Our church is helping us out this year with “Dad Fest”. After service, they are having a huge car show, I think boats too, and all kinds of things for dads. We go to the 8am service and then this will occupy our time for a few hours I am sure. Of course best of all, it’s free! After that, we will have a picnic at the park with all of his favorites, and he will take the boys to feed the ducks old bread. Then we will probably top off the evening with free fishing in the rock quarry in our back yard. Perfect day for my husband, and practically all FREE!
Our Frugal way to show Dad appreciation is that I help our boys who are 6 and 2 make cards for daddy. We also bring him coffee in bed. He loves his coffee and our oldest thinks its great to give Daddy coffee in bed. I try to make a nice dinner using items bought as cheap as possible with whats on sale matched with coupons to make it super cheap and I splurge a little to make him a special dessert. We usually spend the day doing what Daddy likes best,snuggling with the boys, good food, and watching a movie.
Rochelle Wilkerson says
For my husband – I’m having the kids (2 & 1) color him an “I love Dad” photo frame that I’ll put a magnet on the back of for the refridgerator. I actually had no clue what to actually buy for him until you posted the sears deal.
For my dad – I’ll be splitting up the Sears Deal (probably) and also having the kids color him something.
We make homemade coupon books. One from my son to his Father and one from me to my Husband!! We each add things he would like from each of us. They are always a huge hit. He also receives his favorite meal:) Michelle
My 3 1/2 year old and I are going to plan a special dinner for Daddy with all of his favorite foods, with the main dish being hamburgers on the BBQ – he loves to grill!
I made a video of my children wishing him a happy fathers day and of then telling him all of the things they love about him!
We have a baby who just turned 1. We like to copy our home video footage onto a dvd and send it to them (1000 miles away) all wrapped up like a real movie dvd. Case, cover, all that stuff. They love it and I know it will be watched more often than any other movie we may buy them!