Budget-friendly Father’s Day ideas

Looking for a way to show your dad just how much he means to you without breaking the bank?

From cheap but thoughtful Father’s Day gift inspiration to ideas on what to do on the day itself, we’ve got you covered.

Low-cost Father’s Day gift ideas

1. Give the gift of a new hobby

It doesn’t cost much to give your dad some inspiration. Why not buy him something that’ll help him find his new favourite hobby? Perhaps a planter with a handful of seeds or a second-hand set of golf clubs? There are plenty of online courses available, too, if your dad likes to invest in himself and learn new things.

You could also reverse things and try joining in with your dad’s favourite hobby for the day. If he loves watching football, working with cars or playing an instrument, now’s a great opportunity to try out his hobby.

2. Coupon book

A promise of your time and effort won’t cost you a thing. Perhaps he’ll take you up on a car wash or breakfast in bed. Why not give him some options and see what floats his boat?

If you really want to make his day, create a homemade coupon book offering a variety of favours from cooking a meal to helping with the gardening. Your dad can redeem the coupons whenever he wants throughout the year so it really is the gift that keeps on giving!

3. Personalised gifts

It’s the little things in life that really make our day, so don’t underestimate the power of a handmade gift.

A plain white mug will only cost a few pounds, but you can transform it into a personalised gift by writing a message or drawing a picture on it with permanent markers.

A photo collage will also go down a treat. Simply print off a range of family photos and arrange them on a canvas or in a picture frame to create a gift your dad will treasure.

4. A mix and match gift hamper

A gift bag full of small but thoughtful presents will give your dad plenty to unwrap on the day but it won’t hurt your bank balance too much either. His favourite snacks, novelty socks and a new book he’ll love would all make fantastic stocking-filler-style Father’s Day gifts.

5. Give to charity

Your dad might support a particular charity or organisation that's close to his heart, so donating a small amount in lieu of a gift could mean a lot.

The National Trust also offer the option for you to donate to plant a tree, which could be a fantastic gift for a nature-loving dad.

Things to do on Father's Day

1. Family fuddle

A family fuddle is a great way to celebrate with your immediate relatives. Ask everyone to bring a couple of food items, and before you know it you’ve got a party at a fraction of the cost!

2. Cocktail party

Organise a get-together and have everyone bring a bottle of something. When you have a table full of ingredients in front of you, get creative and make a cocktail inspired by the personality traits of your dad.

3. Baking competition

Get family members to make a dessert and have your dad take the starring role as the judge on the day, sampling and choosing his ‘Star Baker’. Warning: things may get competitive.

4. Enjoy the great outdoors

Get your bikes ready, pack a picnic or simply don your walking boots and get out and about in nature this Father’s Day. Spend some quality time together as a family talking and walking – good company is priceless, after all.

5. Trace your family tree together

Find out more about your family’s past by learning about your family tree. There are plenty of sites to help you explore your ancestry, so why not give it a go?

Are you all ready for Father's Day?

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Written by

Robert Stebbings

Robert Stebbings is a Leeds-based public relations professional with experience in media relations, digital marketing and sponsorship activation. Robert is a proud dad and avid sports fanatic, with a passion for football, tennis and the great outdoors. Robert is well travelled and revels in exploring new places and cultures. He cites visits to Brazil and Japan as two of his most treasured far-flung adventures.

Friday 12th May 2023