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Save Money Last Minute on Father’s Day Gifts

Jun 11, 2018

If you forgot that Father’s Day is on June 17, check out our list of last-minute gift ideas that are budget-friendly.

5 Affordable Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Best Dad Ever

Backyard Barbecue

Save money on dining out by hosting a Father’s Day barbecue in the backyard. Invite family, neighbors and friends to join the celebration and bring a side dish to share some of the expenses. This fun social gathering can be pulled together at the last minute on a budget by stopping by a grocery store for the essentials:

  • Hot dogs.
  • Hamburgers.
  • Corn on the cob.
  • Fruits and veggies.
  • Paper plates.
  • Plastic utensils.

Look for discounts and deals that might be offered leading up to Father’s Day.

Decorated Coffee Mug

It’s time to get crafty! Purchase a plain mug from an off-price home furnishing store for under $5 and have your kids decorate it with colored Sharpie pens. Another option is to shop at a nearby craft store for paint to color a mug. Once the coffee mug dries, make sure to bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees to preserve the design. From there, all you need to do is hand wash it and you’re set! A do-it-yourself coffee mug is a thoughtful gift that will show Dad how much you care about him this Father’s Day and every morning when he drinks his cup of joe.

Home-Cooked Dinner

Another Father's Day gift idea is to make a home-cooked dinner. Just as we recommended you treat Mom to a homemade breakfast for Mother’s Day, you can gather the kids as special helpers and make an easy and no-fuss meal for Dad. Pasta is a quick and affordable option that tastes delicious. As an added bonus, enlist the help of your children to clean the dishes and kitchen area.

Take Over Dad’s Chores for the Day

It’s Dad’s Day Off! Have the kids make special coupons for Dad to redeem throughout the day for help with the chores. Some ideas can include:

  • Clean the kitchen.
  • Take out the trash.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Clean the garage.

Another option could be to create coupons for Dad to redeem on a later date to extend the gift. The best part of this gift is that it’s free!

Homemade Picture Frame or Photo Album

Memories can last a lifetime with a photo, so why not gift some of your best memories for Father’s Day with a homemade picture frame or photo album? Popsicle sticks and glue are a simple way to construct a picture frame that can be decorated with markers or crayons. If you want to create a photo album, paste various photos onto construction paper and compile into a book.
With Father’s Day right around the corner, make sure to try out some of our affordable, last-minute gifts to share with Dad.

Erin Ellis
Accredited Financial Counselor ®
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union



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