10 Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas on a Budget


Is money a little tight after Mother's Day a month ago? Not to worry - here are 10 amazing and thoughtful Father's Day gift ideas good for every budget.

Even though it feels like Mother’s Day just passed, Father’s Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to think of what to get dad.

Fathers are typically pretty hard to shop for (I know mine is), so if you’re looking for some awesome Father’s Day gifts on a budget, you’re in the right spot.

With Father’s Day and Mother’s Day so close, you may be a little strapped for cash. That’s okay – most parents are fine with their hard work being acknowledged in simple ways.

If you want to go the extra mile, though, here’s some ideas!

1) Beer Tasting

Does your dad love a good craft beer? If you have a local brewery nearby that he likes, why not try booking a beer tasting or a tour?

This is especially fun if you can get the whole family in on it (or at least, age-appropriate family!). You can all chip in and cover the cost of the tour, this way it works out to less per person, and everyone gets to enjoy the experience.

If your dad isn’t big on tangible, physical gifts, focus on giving him an experience. Speaking of which…

2) Take Him to a Concert

It doesn’t have to be a big, expensive concert, either. Does he like any local bands that play at bars or small venues? Does he just enjoy live music?

You could go to the park, the beach, a restaurant, or a bar. There are plenty of opportunities to hear live music for less.

In the event an awesome, can’t-miss-this-show type of concert comes up, see if any family members would be willing to split the cost. Splitting always makes for less of a burden.

3) Take Him to a Convention

Is your dad a giant nerd or kid at heart? Why not take him to a convention? There are plenty to choose from, all with different interests. Tickets, transportation, and lodging might add up, but going with a group and saving money on lodging and transportation is possible.

It doesn’t have to be for this year, either. Maybe this would be more feasible next year – give him an “IOU” and start saving every month to afford a big getaway for dad.

4) Good Old Books

My dad is a total bookworm, and when I asked him what he wanted for Father’s Day (it’s easier to be direct than to come up with a surprise), he sent me the link to two books.

If your dad is a huge fan of a certain series or trilogy, a good gift idea could be a complete box set. Especially if your dad loves to display his favorite books on a bookcase.

Or if he’s a big fan of a movie that’s based off a book, and has expressed interest in reading it, then go with that.

5) Make a Purchase Toward a Hobby

Does your dad have something he really loves to do? Something that’s a bit more on the expensive side, like fishing, golfing, gaming, or woodworking?

My dad is a big fan of that last two. For Christmas one year, he requested a woodworking toolkit and said it’s been a huge help for him. If there’s a new game coming out around a holiday, I always check to see if he wants it. If not, he can usually use some sort of computer upgrade.

If your dad can’t come up with any ideas, see what you can think of, or ask him if there’s any new equipment/tools he’d like for his hobbies.

6) A Homemade Card

This works particularly well if you’re a daddy’s girl (sorry, guys!). Your dad might be tough on the outside, but chances are, he’s pretty sentimental on the inside.

Unbeknownst to me, I once got my dad a regular Father’s Day card from the store that depicted hands being held on the front. That meant a lot to him because when I was born, I ended up in the NICU for a few days. As a result, he spent much of that time holding my hand through the incubator I was in.

Do you and your dad share any special moments? If you’re artistic, try drawing it out on a homemade card. I’m a huge fan of creating your own cards because they’re special – regular cards get thrown out, but most homemade cards get saved.

7) Peace and Quiet

Could your dad (or even husband) use a little R&R? Then the best thing you might be able to give him is some peace and quiet. What human doesn’t appreciate that?!

This is even more true if, say, your husband is a stay-at-home-dad. Take the kids away for the day, or get a babysitter, and make sure he knows the entire day is dedicated to him taking it easy.

8) Something from DudeIWantThat.com

I’m not kidding here. If you haven’t heard of this website yet, it’s a site that curates some of the most interesting and useless stuff “cool” items, mostly for guys. Its tagline is, “A geek’s gift guide of gadgets, gear, and novelties.”

Let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint. There’s rarely a day that goes by that my fiancé doesn’t find something he thinks is awesome on this site. It lives up to its name.

9) When All Else Fails…Electronics

Many men I know are always wanting new toys and upgrades when it comes to electronics. My dad is no different. I got him a new monitor for his birthday last year, and he was already joking he could use a bigger monitor. (As a very strong incentive, he offered me his current one.)

Electronics and gadgets are always evolving and going out of style. If your dad is on the latest bandwagon, why not indulge him as long as it’s within your budget?

Again, splitting is winning. My mom and I went 50/50 on that new monitor last year, which made it much more affordable for both of us. We did the same thing when we got him a Kindle the year before that!

10) A Gift Card

What list would be complete without mentioning a gift card? I know, I know, it’s unoriginal and boring. But sometimes, desperate times call for such measures. Especially if your dad is super tough to shop for.

Mine usually replies, “Whatever,” which isn’t very helpful. But guaranteed he’ll see something off Amazon in the future, or there will be something he’ll need from Home Depot.

If your dad is a budget-conscious guy, he’ll be thankful to have the gift card when that expense shows up. Just try to make it meaningful! Make sure the gift card is to a store he actually shops at.

Okay, there you have it. 10 gift ideas that won’t break your bank or cost you thousands of dollars. Besides, most financially responsible parents probably don’t want their children going into debt to afford their gifts. Being financially responsible is one of the best gifts you can give parents, since they don’t have to worry about you!

What’s a foolproof Father’s Day gift that works every time for your dad? What’s your favorite item on this list? If you’re a dad, what do you want for Father’s Day? 

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