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I am always looking for ways to cut costs, and Father's day is no exception! With all the advertising and commercialization of the holiday, it's hard to avoid going overboard with expensive presents. But, like most gifts, it's the thought that truly counts. My fabulously creative and thoughtful sister came up with several ways to tell Dad or Grandpa that you love and appreciate them without spending a lot of money:
- Have the kids make cards: You can supply the paper and crayons, the kids can provide the creativity! You can even print out a card template online to get them started.
- Make Dad breakfast in bed: Even toast and cereal is special when the little ones help, plus your kiddos will be so proud of themselves for contributing!
- Do something together: Keep the day focused on family time and have it all planned out. Pack a picnic lunch and play catch at the baseball field, Frisbee at the park, or take a hike together. Just be sure it's something dad will enjoy!
- Make a photo gift: If you're anything like me you have roughly a billion photos of your adorable children. You can order a photo mug for less than $10, and it's an easy way for dad to show off pictures at work.
- Create a handprint gift: Uses fabric paint and make hand prints or foot prints on a shirt, beach towel, or pillowcase. If you have more than one kid, make a card out of giant posterboard and have the kids personalize it with their own little hands (Grandparents love this one!).
- Make a coupon book from Mom to Dad: Think of things dad loves that he doesn't get to indulge in very often: Sleeping in, going to a car show, etc. Make some certificates and make dad happy!
- Clean his car: What man (or woman) doesn't want a clean car? Clean out all the junk from the inside, dust the surfaces and wash and wax the exterior. Give the kids sponges and bowls of water so they can help wash the outside. It will look great and he will love it!
- Make a gift basket: Use items from your stockpile or pick up a bunch of small items (be sure to check out your dollar store!). The themes are endless: Car Care, Men's body care, handyman, tasty treats and so much more!
- Create a Thoughtful Card: Pick up a nice greeting card for $.50 at Dollar Tree. Write a letter or card to him telling him a special memory or time when you thought he was a great Dad. Have the kids help. It is amazing what kids will tell you when you ask them to say special things about Daddy, and I guarantee it will touch his heart!
Remember Fathers Day is supposed to be about showing the dads in your life that you care for them. Make Dad feel important and appreciated; that's what really matters!
What are you doing for Father's Day? Will you be giving gifts or doing something special? Share in the comments below!