How to Do Father’s Day on a Budget This Year

Father’s Day is all about celebrating the important men in our lives and thanking them for everything they do throughout the year. However, if you’re on a bit of a shoestring budget this year, how can you make dad feel special but without breaking the bank?

Here are some great ideas:

Give Him an IOU

If there’s something you want to do for dad, e.g. take him to his favourite restaurant for a meal, but you can’t afford to do it just yet, gift him an IOU or voucher for this experience instead. Dads will appreciate the thought and it will give them something to look forward to.

Make Him Breakfast in Bed

Does your dad love a lazy Sunday morning? Or is it something he never gets to do? Then, why not make him a tasty breakfast in bed? You can even do this if your children are small, just help them prepare yummy treats like croissants and toast to take up to Dad when he wakes up.

Cook Him a Three-Course Meal

Following on these same cooking-inspired lines, you could save yourself a fortune by serving up Dad a three-course meal in your own home. That way, you won’t have to splash out on expensive Father’s Day menus and you’ll have the added bonus of an intimate dinner party in your own home. You could even make dessert his treat by gifting him a box of chocolates as his Father’s Day present.


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Offer to Do Some DIY Chores for Him

If your dad is one of those dads who’s got everything but has a list of chores that’s as long as his arm, why not offer to help him out? From mowing the lawn for him to hanging up that picture Mum keeps going on about, he’ll appreciate the extra pair of hands and the thought behind his present.

Have a Film Day

Instead of paying for dad to go to the cinema (and the inevitable popcorn, drinks, etc. that goes with it), why not create a film day at home? Showcase Dad’s favourite film like you’re at the cinema by serving up ice cream at half time and having buckets of popcorn on standby.

Take Him on a Nice Walk

If your dad loves to get out about in the fresh air, why not couple up your three-course meal with a lovely walk in the countryside? This is perfect for turning your entire day into one that’s all about Dad and what he loves to do.

Go on a Camping Trip

Dads love a good old camping trip and this is one of the most inexpensive ways to take him away for the night. Tell tales by the campfire, cook a pan full of beans and reminisce about all your favourite memories with Dad – he’ll love it!

As you can see, any Father’s Day gift, no matter how inexpensive (or even if it’s free) can hold so much sentimental value. After all, it is the thought that counts.


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