Low-Cost Gifts for the Best Dad Ever

Love your dad too much for words? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Try these free and low-cost ways to show him how much you care this Father’s Day.

Show Dad Some Love:

Give him the “Day Off”

A dad’s work is never done.

Celebrate dad by giving him a break from his usual chores. Whether it’s cleaning his car, doing yard work or tidying up the garage, he’ll appreciate the helping hand.

Make his favorite meal

The way to his heart is through his stomach.

It doesn’t matter if he’s a microwave dinner guy or an at-home chef, making your dad his favorite meal is sure to impress. Check out this list of recipes and maybe you’ll see your dad’s favorite!


Watch the game with him

Quality time is always in season.

You’re always on Team Dad and he’s always been your cheerleader. Spend the afternoon watching his favorite sport. Whether they win or lose, you’ll have a great time cheering on his favorite team.

Make a homemade card

He might seem tough, but deep down he’s a softie.

A store bought card may look pretty, but it can’t compare with one that’s homemade! Even if your art skills start and end with stick figures, your dad will appreciate the thought and effort you put into making a card just for him.

Play catch

Dad: the first and best coach you’ve ever had.

You may be a few feet taller than you used to be, but you’re never too old to play catch with your dad. After just a few tosses, he’ll be more than happy to lecture you about the right way to break in a glove.

Make a collage of old photos

Give it the old collage try.

Don’t let your photos sit in the attic. Put your memories on display by making a collage with your favorite pictures of you and pops. Don’t forget to leave a space for the picture you take this Father’s Day!

Try out his favorite hobby

You can’t put a price on fun.

Whether it’s something you already love to do together or you’re just tagging along, sharing in your dad’s favorite activity will mean the world to him.

Design a coffee mug just for him

A one of a kind gift for a one of a kind dad.

With just a plain coffee mug and a Sharpie, you can make dad a gift he’ll want to use every morning. Make him a mug with a personalized message so every sip reminds him of how much you care.

Watch a movie … his choice

Make dad the clicker king for a day.

Can’t make it to the theater? Spend a couple hours camped out on the couch watching your dad’s favorite movie. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Go to a thrift store

“It’s new to you.”

Take your dad to look for hidden gems at your local thrift store. You just might find his new favorite shirt, a classic vinyl record or some old baseball cards. Nothing is old — just vintage.

Get nostalgic … buy him something “old”

Relive the glory days.

Make a new memory out of an old one by gifting your dad a memento from his childhood. Whether it’s an Etch A Sketch or some Rock‘em Sock‘em Robots, your dad will love taking a walk down memory lane.

Treat him to breakfast in bed

Start his day off sunny side up.

Make your dad a special breakfast this Father’s Day with classics like bacon, eggs and pancakes. Remember: the secret ingredient is love, but the most important is maple syrup.

Do a project with him

It’s not work when you’re having fun.

Weekend projects are more fun when you do them together. Offering to help your dad fix the fence or tune up the car will not only put a smile on his face but check it off the honey-do list faster.

Make a “World’s Best Dad” award

All those other kids are lying!

We all know your dad is the best, so why not let him know, too?  You can make a “World’s Best Dad” award with anything you have lying around the house. Whether it’s one of your old soccer trophies or a paper plate, it’ll be something he’ll cherish forever.

Get him a book from a used book store

Try this novel gift idea!

From mystery novels to do-it-yourself books, there’s a great read for every dad at your local used book store. Find one of his old favorite books or pick out something new that you think he’ll love.

Make a BBQ rub from scratch

Give a gift with some kick.

Got a grill master in the house? Give him something you know he doesn’t already have: a custom made BBQ spice rub. With spices in your cabinet, you can create a tasty gift for him (and you!) in minutes.

It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to give your dad the best Father’s Day ever. Try these free and low-cost gift ideas and make some truly priceless memories this Sunday.