Celebrate dad with these Free Fathers Day ideas.
Do you ever want to gift your Dad something extra special…..but constantly draw a blank??? This is how I feel every.single.holiday. I am constantly racking my brain for that perfect “knock your socks off” gift…..but, I am also on a tight budget and don’t want to spend a lot of money on this gift. This makes it so difficult! You know what I have learned though??? My dad doesn’t want me to spend a lot of money on him! Sure, he wants to be loved and appreciated, but that doesn’t come with a price tag. It comes through loving actions and careful thought. So, I have started giving him Free Fathers Day Gifts. They are all chosen from the heart with love and thought to his personality. Here are a few of my gift ideas.
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Here are 10 Ways You can Show Dad You CARE, Without Spending a Dime
1. Bake Him Something
Bake your dad his favorite treat! Does he have a favorite cookie, or does he love fresh homemade bread? Make it for him! Be sure to package it in a gift bag with a nice ribbon for the perfect finishing touch.
My dad loves homemade snickerdoodles, so this is a gift I’ve given him for a few Fathers Day. He loves the cookies and loves that I remember his favorite things.
2. Watch the Game Together
If your dad loves to watch sports, invite him over to watch a game together. Use this as a time to enjoy each others company and bond over something he enjoys. Ask him questions about the game and take genuine interest in his interests.
My grandpa LOVES to watch “the game”, it honestly doesn’t matter what “the game” is, he just wants to watch it. I lived with him very briefly a few years ago and I treasure the evenings when I sat down next to him, watched a game together, and listened to him explain all of his insights and opinions on what we were watching.
The simple moments spent with a loved one is often the times that bring the best memories, don’t you think???
3. Give Him Service
Do something kind for your dad! Does his garage need cleaned out or the lawn mowed? Don’t even ask him first if he needs help! Simply find a need, show up at his house, and get to work. He will appreciate your thoughtfulness, and your willingness to help him without being asked.
4. Send Him a Thoughtful Card
Pick out a nice card for your dad (from The Dollar Tree, of course), and write a thoughtful note inside. Let him know just how much you appreciate everything he has done for you. Stick it in the mail, or hand deliver it with a hug!
My love language is words of endearment, so a card means more to me than any other gift I could receive!
5. Movie Night
Does your dad have a favorite movie? Invite him over to watch the movie together. Make sure to provide some popcorn and other treats (I love Good and Plenty…I know, I’m weird).
I always know I can get in some good quality time with my Father-In-Law if I offer to watch a John Wayne movie together! I don’t necessarily enjoy John Wayne, but I know he does, and that’s what matters most!
Related: 10 Gifts for Him under $10
4. Get Outside
Is your father an outdoors man? Suggest a day in the mountains together to go on a hike or fishing trip, choose whatever your dad enjoys most. He’ll love that you’re the one doing the inviting! Enjoy the quiet time together as a way to get to know him a little better. Ask questions about his interests and childhood. You just might learn something new!
7. Game Night
Host an old fashioned game night at your house. Invite your dad and a few of his friends and family members over. Ask him to teach you one of his favorite games, or you can teach him one of yours!
Games are such a great ice breaker and the perfect way to have some laughs and bonding time together. My favorite memories with my grandfather was playing games with him. He didn’t talk much, but when we played games together he had a twinkle in his eye and I loved watching his quirky side come out.
Need a few game suggestions? Here’s my list of our favorite frugal games.
8. Best of Memory List
Make a fun list of all of your favorite memories together. Include a few heartfelt memories, and some funny ones. You could make the list a little extra special by including a few photos!
9. Cook Him Dinner
Invite your dad over for dinner and cook him all of his favorite foods. Let him relax while you do all of the work. Don’t forget to decorate the table in his favorite colors or interests (maybe even a sports team theme???).
My dad loves antiques, so if I were to decorate a table for him, I would be sure to include a few antiques as centerpieces. Think for a few minutes about what your dad loves, and try to add it to the table in some way. It’s these special details that can make a big difference.
10. Play a Sport Together
Does your dad love sports? Spend an evening outside playing a sport together. You could shoot some hoops, play catch, or whatever it is that your father would enjoy most. You might not be a sports fan, but play it with him anyways. This makes it even more special that you were willing to put your interests aside for your sweet dad.
There are so many cheap ways to celebrate Fathers Day! The most important thing is you show him you care and love him. Choose one of these free Fathers Day ideas and spoil him rotten!