Frugal Yet Fabulous Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 You don’t have to spend a fortune to give Dad a gift he’ll love. Use more creativity than cash to say, “We Love You Dad!”


You don’t have to spend a fortune to give Dad a gift he’ll love. Here are some ideas for gifts that use more creativity than cash to say, “We Love You Dad!”


Tickets! Give Dad sports tickets, movie tickets, show tickets or tickets to a special event, expo or an amusement park. Make tickets on the computer for your own special events like a ticket to your home theater for a movie night complete with “pop”corn.


Calendar Dad – make a customized calendar for Dad’s desk. Gather 12 family photos, each representing a month of the year and make a family desk calendar. Walgreen’s and Walmart have these starting at under $10.00.


King of the Grill – Is Dad king of the BBQ? Get him some new BBQ implements and an apron and chef’s hat!  Add some steak and you have a party! BBQ Grill Tools Set with 16 Barbecue Accessories – Stainless Steel Utensils with Aluminium Case – Complete Outdoor Grilling Kit for Dad



A Good Cup o’ Joe Get some really good coffee beans so Dad can enjoy a gourmet cup of caffeine in the morning. Lavazza Super Crema Espresso – Whole Bean Coffee, 2.2-Pound Bag (Packaging May Vary)



A Watch – A new watch doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, check out vintage stores and pawn shops for great deals. Or get new batteries and watch band for Dad’s current watch. Vintage Bronze Wooden Mechanical Pocket Watch Roman Numerals Creative Carving Flower Dial Luxury Pendant



A Wallet – Is Dad’s wallet looking a bit tired? Just be sure you know what kind of wallet he likes. Guys usually have preferences about wallets. Be sure you put a family picture inside. Fossil Men’s Derrick Front Pocket Bifold, Brown, One Size


A magazine from the week he was born. Look on eBay for Look, Life, Time or Newsweek. It’s interesting to look back and see how much things change and the advertisements are a blast.


To Customize any Father’s Day Gift – Trophy engraving stores like Awards for Anything at  will make little engraved plates out of flex brass, a material that looks like metal but is actually a plastic. The plates are self-adhesive and will really stick to just about anything. These are like the name plates that you see on sports plaques and you can get them any size and they will engrave anything you like. The cost will vary by size and the number of letters in the message but it’s an economical way to make a purchased gift special. The cost of an engraved plate is $5 to $10 plus shipping. Turnaround time is about a week so don’t wait till the last minute. Try “Dad – The BBQ King” for the family BBQ or a set of BBQ tools, “One Swinging Dad” on his golf club bag or “Smokin’ Hot Dad” on a lighter or cigar case.



The important thing to remember is it really is the thought that counts! Dad knows budgets are tight and he’ll appreciate a creative gift he can really enjoy rather than an expensive gift, especially if you shouldn’t afford it.



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I’m penny pinching, party planning Diva Patti AKA Patti Diamond and I’ve been saving the world one dime at a time for years.

Divas are rich even when they’re broke because they know life isn’t about money. I’m here to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot to live a life filled with style, elegance and grace.

My spirit animal is bacon and vodka. I can have two animals, right?

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