10 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Father's Day that won't Break the Bank

10 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Father's Day that won't Break the Bank

Father’s day is around the corner so do you know what you'll be getting dad yet? Instead of the usual dull gifts, like yet another tie or pair of socks, how about a present that is a little more thoughtful? 

Remember that the thought and effort you put into choosing the right gift is much more important than buying the most expensive one. So even if your budget is small (or non-existent) here are some great gift suggestions for you. 

Budget = $0

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Gift of Time

If you don’t have much money then how about the gift of your time? Giving dad a break from chores could be a great gift, especially for kids.

Download these Chore Coupons to give to dad.

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Write a Letter to Let Him Know How Important He Is

Take some time and write him a letter about how much love him. You could include details about:

  • Why he’s made such a difference to your life

  • What qualities and beliefs you have learned from him

  • Happy memories that you have of him.

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Take a Walk & Talk

If writing isn’t your style, then go out for a walk with him and tell him how much he means to you.

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Get to Know Your Dad Better

Interview your dad to find out more about him and his life. This can be a great way to learn more about your dad and your family history. If you are not sure what to ask, then StoryCorps has some great questions including:    

  • Do you remember what was going through your head when you first saw me?

  • What were the hardest moments you had when I was growing up?

  • What advice would you give me about raising my own kids?

  • Where did you grow up and what was it like?

  • How was your relationship with your parents?

  • Did you get into trouble? What was the worst thing you did?

  • What is your best memory of childhood? Worst?

  • Who were your best friends? What were they like?

  • What did you think your life would be like when you were older?

  • Do you have any favorite stories from your childhood?

You can just chat and listen or you can record or video-tape the conversation to keep for the future. Either way, you'll create some great memories.


Budget = Under $10

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Cook his Favorite Meal

The way to a dad’s heart is often through his stomach, so how about making his favorite meal? The make time to sit down and eat it together.

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Bake a Cake

Surprise him with a home baked cake.

If you don’t have much baking experience, try this Chocolate Cake recipe from King Arthur Flour. I've made it many times. It’s really very easy and the result is amazingly delicious!


Budget = Under $20

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Create Wall Art or a Photo Book for Him

Do you have some great photos of your Dad? If so, how about creating a photo book or some wall art to showcase them? Shutterfly, Picaboo and Mixbook are some of the companies that offer these services. Don’t forget to Google for any coupons or deals! Some of these services (e.g. Picaboo) even allow you to send a digital copy for nothing.

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Help Him Learn a New Skill

If your dad enjoys hobbies like photography, woodworking or cooking, then how about an online class?

Bluprint offers 1,300 different classes and it’s easy to gift him a subscription.

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Bluprint also offer some free classes – so don’t forget to check them out too.

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Give a Gift He Finds Useful

Maybe he would enjoy a practical present which would remind him of you each time he used it?

Here are some suggestions for less than $20:


For the grill master

Instant Read Digital Meat Thermometer


For the DIY enthusiast

Digital Measuring Tape


For the Gardener

Hand Pruner


For the Hipster

Beard Grooming Kit


For the Party Animal

Cool Drink Coasters

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Make Him Laugh

Or perhaps your dad would prefer something more fun? Here are some silly gifts that might bring a smile to his face:


For the "Born to be Wild" Dad

I Don't Snore Mug


For the Hands-On Dad

How to Traumatize Your Children


For the Brown Bag Dad

Human Organ for Transplant Insulated Lunch Tote


For the Unhip Dad

Slang Flashcards


For the Sweet-Toothed Dad

Microwave S'mores Maker

If you have other great ideas I hope that you will share them in the Comments below. 

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