Fathers prefer spending time with their immediate family than gifts from the store
It is that time of year again to honour dear old Dad. He’s the rock of the family, doing everything from providing unlimited piggy back rides on demand when you were a young tot to teaching you how to drive around the city. Dad was there for you, through thick and thin.
Now it is time to honour your Dad on Father’s day. However there is no need to buy him another pair of designer socks, dress shirt or tie. All he really wants is to spend time with you.
“For a Father, nothing could be more fulfilling than spending time with his family on Father’s Day. Why not save your money this year and give your Dad what he really wants; you. The appreciation and the time spent are the true gift,” says Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada.
A recent survey echoes Schwartz’s sentiment, where 44 per cent of Fathers indicated they would rather be with their immediate family and spouse/partner on Father’s Day.
Although all your Dad really wants is your time, you may still feel obligated to buy your Father a gift to say thank you for all he has done for you. A recent poll by Ebates.ca says Canadians will spend on average $63 – the same amount of money they spent on their Mom. However many consumers indicated in the same poll, shopping for their Father is a lot harder than their Mother.
Jeffrey Schwartz reflects on the findings, “For many Canadians, shopping for their Dad is a lot harder than their Mom. Some Canadians will head to their Father’s favourite store to buy a nominal gift card out of convenience,” says Schwartz.
If you are short on funds this Father’s Day, Consolidated Credit offers some Father’s Day ideas you can work into your budget for the number one man in your life:
- Grab that apron and fire up that grill. I doubt dear old Dad will refuse some BBQ from his children. Just remember to do Dad’s BBQ just the way he likes it. Don’t forget all of his favourite foods with trimmings. Dear Dad will enjoy his special meal from his kids.
- Take the scenic route. Take Dad for a stroll or bike ride at your local park. He will enjoy sight-seeing, breathing the fresh air and chatting with you. You can end your nature walk/bike ride with a picnic or ice cream. Who isn’t hungry after a scenic walk/bike ride in the park? For an added bonus, pack some finger foods like Dad’s favourite sandwiches for him to enjoy after your scenic adventure.
- Dad is sentimental too. Create a scrap book and fill it with special memories you’ve shared with your Father. He will love the time and effort you put in to create his special book of memories.
- Seal it with a kiss. Hugs and kisses are free. Remember to give your dad a nice bear hug, kiss him on the cheek and whisper in his ear – Happy Father’s Day.
If you are struggling to keep your finances above water this Father’s Day and the stress and anxiety from missed credit card payments is keeping you up at night, it is time to get help. Call one of our trained credit counsellors who will help you see the light of day at 1-888-294-3130.