Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas for The Budget Conscious

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For some reason, I find I am most driven when I wait until the last minute.  Holidays and celebrations are no different.  For those of you who find yourselves in the same position and can’t necessarily throw large sums of money at the situation (oh how that would be so much easier), I have compiled a list of some low cost and free things to do for that special man in you and your children’s lives.

Frame A Picture

Find the best picture that you have already taken of the hubby and the kids or just the kids and frame it.  A 5X7 picutre  (an ideal size for an office desk) at Costco is only $0.39 .  They have a fairly simple process for uploading and ordering your prints.  You can also check Wal-Mart, Walgreens, or your local photo center to shop for the best deals.  As for the frame, if you want to be really frugal but have a more posh look, shop at your local thrift store.  You can find something amazing easily under $5.

 Car Care Package

This idea is my favorite and is something I thought up after the 100th time my husband came home ravenous after sitting in SoCal (that’s Southern California) traffic.  For anyone who commutes in this area, this is a regular occurrence at any time that is not between the hours of 2:00 am and 5:00 am Monday thru Friday or after 9:00 am on the weekend.  Anyway,  this entails a box of goodies for that long ride home.  Now the contents, of course, will be custom for each dad.  Whether it’s sweets, chips, nuts, fruit, bags of tea, gum, mints, or a book on tape which can be rented from your local library to save money, stuff it all into a nice box labeled with something cute (e.g. “Gridlock Snackbox for Daddy”).  It is also a way to drive away that urge to pull off the freeway/highway and spend money at a fastfood drive thru.

Homemade Coupon Book

I know…I know…this one everyone knows and may seem childish or dated, but this could be one the kids could enjoy and could also be turned into an art project or activity.  You know I love a twopher.  If you are doing it yourself as the partner, you can get VERY creative and put your best foot forward in the design.  Computers can do a lot.  If you stick to carrying out the task, dads will really have fun with them.

Breakfast In Bed

Start his day off right and serve breakfast in bed before he even lifts a finger.  Here are some of my favorite go to recipes.  Oh and quick tip, start checking  your local grocery stores now for good deals or discounts on the fancier cuts of breakfast meat to help you create an extra special meal for that extra special dad.

French Toast Bake

Feta and Sundried Tomato Egg Sandwiches

Buttermilk Pancakes

For more breakfast recipes, you can view my Pinterest page, “Breakfast Breakfast Brunch”, under Kisha Lamonica.

Spoil Him Rotten With A Day Off

O.k., this one really is my favorite because if there is anything I love doing for other people, it is making them feel special.  I cannot think of a better way to make someone feel special than to spoil them.  Now I warn you, this one does not cost money per say, but if you have small children, it can be very labor intensive.  This means, you have to let him relax, you have to deal with the kids all on your own.  This gift is usually combined with some of the other gifts.  Don’t let him lift a finger…moms (wives), bite your tongue.  Remember we are focusing on the fact that he is a good dad.  After you make him breakfast, take the kids out for a bit so he can “Vegg” out.  A step further would be to rent a movie that you would not want to watch with him and let him watch it in peace while you and the kids go to a park or even visit grandpa.

These are just a few things I have been contemplating, I hope you all are able to give those dads a memorable day no matter what you choose to do.  Happy Father’s Day!!!

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