Budget-friendly Gifts for Father’s Day

June 15, 2020 Erin Kann


KEY TAKEAWAYS:

✔ Father’s Day is coming up on June 21, 2020

✔ Even if on a tight budget, there are ways to celebrate the dads in your life

✔ If you need financial guidance and support, we are here to help


Father’s Day is just around the corner and for many families, it’s a time to get together and celebrate the incredible dads and other father figures in our lives. Things may be a bit different this year as COVID-19 restrictions impact our ability to gather, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a special day. After all, this many months into the pandemic, we’re all becoming pros at recognizing special events and milestones in creative ways!

Many Canadians are feeling financial strain as a result of pandemic-related income loss, but a great dad is worth celebrating. We’re here to help - here are some budget-friendly ways to honour Father’s Day.

Have a backyard visit on Father’s Day

If your family has access to a backyard, patio space or a ground floor balcony, there are ways to safely gather for a visit or even a meal. Pack a picnic, make something on the BBQ, order delivery or simply have a chat while taking in some fresh air! You can bring camping chairs or other portable seating so everyone is comfortable. Just remember to keep a safe measure of distance between households and follow the current rules in your region. This is one of the most cost-effective and enjoyable ways to celebrate a special occasion: with quality time.

Get your hands dirty with DIY Father’s Day crafts

A handmade gift is one of the most thoughtful things you can offer another person. Assess where your strongest artistic skills lie and decide what makes the most sense: a beautiful card, a painting or sketch, a handmade flower pot or vase - whatever works! If your dad likes plants, put some inexpensive ferns or succulents into hand-painted mason jars. Try personalizing a t-shirt or mug, knit or embroider something, or have a message engraved into a hammer. If you’re handy, consider making a small garden planter box, cutting board or giftable object your dad will enjoy. If you have small kids of your own, Father’s Day crafts are a great way to involve your own tikes and keep them entertained.

Write a personalized Father’s Day message

A Father’s Day card is always a nice idea, but it’s even better when it’s been filled with a personalized, heartfelt message. Consider writing out what your dad means to you or sharing favourite memories from your childhood. If you’re helping children celebrate their father or grandfather on Father’s Day, get them to fill out a quiz about Dad - this creates a sweet memento that’s often good for a laugh. Having trouble saying it with words? Try framing a favourite photo that will remind you both of happy times.

Bake something sweet for Father’s Day

If your dad has a sweet tooth, this one is a no-brainer. Whip up some cookies or brownies, banana bread, cupcakes, pie, scones or whatever else he’d enjoy and package it with a personalized card. You can even make a whole basket of treats! Great add-ons include his favourite coffee or tea or a bottle of wine. If you’ve got cake decorating skills, consider making a Father’s Day cake in a theme he’ll love (golf, his favourite sports team, his favourite band or movie, etc).

Show your love this Father’s Day with an act of service

Not a baker or the crafty type? Don’t despair - there are plenty of other options. Since it’s springtime, one great way to wish Dad a happy Father’s Day is to offer up some help around the yard. You can spend a couple of hours weeding and watering, mowing the lawn, planting flowers, adding mulch to gardens, power washing the driveway or whatever else needs to be done. Better yet? Give him a few extra “coupons” to cash in for more yard work later on!

Take advantage of tech if you’ll be apart for Father’s Day

If you aren’t able to have a backyard visit or drop off a gift in person, consider organizing a Father’s Day party over video conference. You can catch up with relatives over a cup of coffee or a beer, look back on some favourite family memories and enjoy each other’s company from afar. It’s not perfect, but trust us: it can be perfectly lovely. You can even enjoy dinner “together” but separately if you plan accordingly. If a live video gathering isn’t your style, consider making a Father’s Day video with heartfelt messages from different family members. We bet he’ll be watching it over and over again!

Remember, what most dads want for Father’s Day is something thoughtful from their kids, and a genuine, heartfelt sentiment is worth far more than any expensive gift. If you put in the love, Dad will know and appreciate it. That said, we all need money to get by and can’t always wait for our next source of income. If you’re looking for guidance or access to personal loans during COVID-19, we are here to help. Please reach out to your local easyfinancial branch or easyhome branch, or give us a call at 1-888-502-3279.

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