How to Show Your Dad You Love Him Without Going Broke

Date posted: June 9, 2017
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How to Show Your Dad You Love Him Without Going Broke

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and although this holiday doesn’t get as much attention as Mother’s Day, that’s no excuse to let it slip by with just a phone call. Showing your father how much he means to you is an important task, especially as you grow up, move out, and don’t see each other as often.

Unfortunately, buying a gift for Father’s Day can be a little more difficult than for Mother’s Day, since fathers aren’t fans of flowers or brunch (with exceptions, of course!), and the old go-to's like a mug or tie are worn out old stereotypes. It can be tempting to spend big instead of put thought into your Father’s Day gift, but there is no need. There are plenty of ways you can show your father how much he means to you without breaking the bank. Here are a few options below:

Do One of His Favourite Activities

What does your father love to do? Is he a hiker? Does he love boating or fishing? Maybe his idea of an ideal afternoon is standing around the barbecue while enjoying a cold beverage. Whatever your Dad loves to do, offer to spend an afternoon or whole day doing just that. This quality time spent together will allow you to reconnect and the best part is – it doesn’t cost anything but time.

Clean His Car

I vividly remember as a child having to clean my parents’ cars. I would vacuum the interior, wipe down the dashboard, clean the windows, and then clean the entire exterior by hand with a hose and a bucket of soapy water. It was a big project, and I would complain the entire time, as kids tend to do.

As an adult, offering to do a task for your Dad on Father’s Day can be a wonderful way to show him how much you mean to him. Clean his car, mow his lawn, weed his garden or clean his gutters. These tasks will show him that you appreciate everything he did for you when you were growing up. Just make sure to do it with a smile on your face – he doesn’t need to hear any of those teenaged complaints!

Buy Him Something to Enhance His Hobby

If you are going to buy a gift for Father’s Day, it can be tempting to go all out and purchase an extravagant item. But if you are just getting your financial house in order, paying off debt, or saving for a big goal, these expensive gifts should be avoided. Instead, consider buying a less expensive item that will help enhance his existing hobbies.

For example, if your father loves to barbecue, you don’t need to buy him a new grill or a backyard smoker. Instead, consider buying him a new set of barbecue tools. These will be far less expensive, but he’ll enjoy using them every time he engages in his favourite hobby.

Write a Heartfelt Message

If you live far from your father and can’t see him in person on Father’s Day, the temptation to buy an expensive gift may be even stronger. To avoid this and still feel like you are showing your father how much he means to you, consider writing a hand-written letter to him. A hand-written letter is a wonderful gesture and is inexpensive – you’ll only pay for the stationary and a stamp. Just make sure to put the letter in the mail in plenty of time for it to arrive at his door – you don’t want it to show up late and have him think you didn’t do anything for him on his special day!

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