Father’s Day is nearly upon us. Time to celebrate the Dads in our lives and show them just how special they are. Celebrating Father’s Day doesn’t have to mean big, expensive gifts – though I’m sure they would be appreciated! Sometimes it’s simply letting Dad know you love him. So to help you find that perfect gift for Dad – without breaking the bank – here are ideas that will suit both the “kid in you” as well as the more “grown up” you.
Five Gift Ideas for Kids to Give Dads – Dads love their kids. So why not get the kids involved in the celebration? In fact, why not let them lead the charge! Have them pick their own ideas on how to celebrate Dad. Channel your child’s creative spirit for a unique, truly special gift. Here’s five favorite ideas to get kids involved for a Father’s Day celebration – and none of these should break the budget!
1. Make Dad a Happy Father’s Day card. What a better way to say “I love you” than with a card. Show Dad how much everyone appreciates him. And kids are such creative geniuses when it comes to creating their own cards! Just let them loose with some craft paper, a box of crayons, markers or colored pencils, and soon Dad will have his very own masterpiece. Need to jumpstart that creativity? Here’s several kid-friendly card ideas to facilitate making that special card.
- Plantable “Blooms for Dad” card for the “green thumb” Dads.
- Printable Father’s Day cards from Kaboose – easy for the younger ones to create their own masterpiece.
- Home made card ideas from FamilyFun – more “complicated” than printable cards, but they look awesome!
- Creative Father’s Day cards from Kaboose – a bit more work, but Dad’s worth it!
And why not finish off that special artwork with a picture frame? When the day’s over, put that special card in a frame so Dad can see how much they appreciate him every day!
2. Make Dad breakfast in bed. Hey, getting the kids involved with breakfast might result in burnt toast but it’s the thought that counts, right?! Here’s several kid-friendly recipes that don’t require an extensive grocery shopping trip, and are easy for kids to help make. That’ right! Get the kids involved and have them mix the batter, pour in the ingredients – let them put their heart and soul into their own breakfast creation!
- Heart shaped pancakes
- Banana pecan pancakes
- Easy apple cinnamon bread pudding
- Dark chocolate chip olive oil pancakes
3. Give Dad Chore Pass Coupons. Create a special “Chore Card” letting Dad know what task will be done for him. Then let Dad “cash in” whenever! Be creative – think of jobs that both Dad would like to “pass” on doing, and that the kids can do. Be realistic though! Favorites in our house include car washing, weeding the garden, and vacuuming. Or perhaps give Dad a complete “day off” around the house!
Not feeling too creative? Here are two examples of chore card and coupons from Family Fun to get your own creative juices flowing.
- Chore Basket Card
- Father’s Day Printable Coupons
4. Give Dad a “Fun Pass Coupon” to a kid + Dad activity. For example, coupons redeemable for a game of soccer with Dad, provide Dad a back massage (yes, the kids can do this!), a Dad’s day out fishing pass. You get the idea – fun things that Dad would enjoy doing with his kids. You can even use the same Chore Basket and Printable Coupons ideas from above for the actual “creation” part.
5. Take your kids shopping for Dad! Kids have a knack of picking out some pretty unique gift ideas! Give them a budget – perhaps $10-$20 for younger kids, $30 for the older ones – then take them to a local favorite store and let them loose. Just make sure it’s a store that fits the budget you have given your child. You don’t want frustrated kids because the selection is minimal compared to what they have to spend. Family favorites include Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Five Below, and the local grocery store. Yes, the grocery store! It’s amazing what a kid might pick out here – Dad’s favorite ice cream that he gets to eat all by himself might just be the hit of the day! And Dad might even share.
Ten “More Grown Up” Ideas to Show Dad You Care – Time may be running short, but with these ideas, you won’t be empty handed come Sunday. Also great for those Dads not close enough for a personal hug!
1. Send a silly e-video card – Rattlebox has some great Father’s Day video cards!
3. Dad a Techie? Then The Wonder of Tech’s fab list of Fun and Fantastic Father’s Day Tech Gifts might have the answer.
4. Dad into sports? Get him a Giftly.com gift card and let him pick his own gift at his favorite sports store.
5. Dad a foodie? Perhaps a gift card to his favorite restaurant – and if you are lucky, he’ll take you with him! Restaurant.com can help with the gift card.
6. Dad a reader? Get him a Barnes & Noble or Amazon gift card. Both can be used whether Dad reads traditional books or e-books.
7. Get him a tie – ok, that one’s old! How many ties have you given over the years? Come on, let’s be a bit more creative here!
Still not sure? Check out these gift idea lists that might just have the perfect item for Dad.
8. Real Simple’s 36 Father’s Day gift ideas has some pretty nifty Dad gifts.
9. Perhaps a gift from The Sharper Image will suit Dad. And if you order by Wednesday, The Sharper Image will throw in 2-day shipping for only $9.95.
10. Amazon.com’s Father’s Day Gift Ideas might spark a gift idea or two. And if you are a Prime member, no worries! Take advantage of Prime’s 2-day and 1-day shipping options.
Here’s a thought for 0nline gift orders. You finally found the perfect gift online but worried it won’t arrive on time. What to do? Simply print out the invoice or website product detail – ink out the price of course – then gift it to Dad in a special card. Maybe have the kids make a card! No excuse for procrastination here!
In the end, what matters most is that you let Dad know how special he is.
How do you celebrate Father’s Day? Do you have any special plans for Sunday? Let us know in the Comments section below.