Tokens of your appreciation and love

Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas

by Nancy Twigg


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For many women, the fathers on their gift lists present the biggest gift giving challenges. Men don't seem to have this problem. Being of the male species themselves, they usually have special insight into what their dads would enjoy.

If you are one of those who has trouble knowing what to get dear old Dad, look over the following list of gift ideas that fall into the category of simple, yet meaningful tokens of your appreciation and love.

The Gift of Laughter - Is there some old comedian or sitcom that always makes him chuckle? Buy the DVDs (older ones are often fairly cheap or you can find them used) and include a note instructing him to watch them anytime he needs a good laugh.

Dad's Own Web Page - Use your computer skills to create a webpage devoted to all Dad's many interests. Include pictures of his children, hobbies and accomplishments. Tell how proud you are of him and how grateful you feel to have him as your father. After you've uploaded the site, include the URL in a card telling Dad to visit that webpage for a special surprise.

The Gift of a Clean House - If your dad lives alone, housecleaning may not be high on his list of priorities. If possible, surprise him by giving his home a good, thorough cleaning while he is away for a few days. Even if you can't surprise him, he is sure to enjoy the results when you finish.

The Gift of Encouragement - Find a special quote or Bible verse that is particularly meaningful. If you are handy with a needle and embroidery floss, create a cross-stitch sampler featuring those words. If not, use your calligraphy skills and put the verse in an attractive frame to sit proudly on his desk at work.

A Subscription to His Favorite Magazine - This gift may cost a little more but is sure to be a winner.

Several of these ideas are ones that worked well with my own hard-to-gift father. Of course, they can be modified for any other family member (male or female) who presents a gift buying challenge.

Updated May 2017


Nancy Twigg is a Christian speaker and the author of Celebrate Simply: Your Guide to Simpler, More Meaningful Holidays and Special Occasions.

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