Are you looking to make Father’s Day gift ideas to make it even more special for dad this year? Chances are, you’ll need to put a little more thought into it.
According to a recent RetailMeNot.ca survey, two-thirds of Canadians will be spending Father’s Day apart from dad this year. While you may not be able to see dad, 36 per cent say it’s even more important to buy dad a gift this year than previous years.
In the first part of the article we’ll look at Father’s day gift ideas for . In the second part we’ll look at good gift ideas when you’re on a budget.
General Father’s Day Gift Ideas
These ideas focus less on the cost and more on the thought. Peruse the list below and pick one or a few to make dad feel special on the day.
A Meal Out with Dad
As the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If your dad is like most dads, he’ll enjoy being treated to a meal out. There are various dining options depending on your budget.
With a dinner out, you get the best of both worlds. You can stay on budget and enjoy some quality time with pops.
Go on a Picnic
With the nicer weather finally here, why not take advantage and go on a picnic? Pitch in and help organize a picnic for dad. By doing this, everyone gets to come together, while dad enjoys quality time with those who are most important to him.
Is your dad a fishing fanatic? Does he enjoy drinking a cold one, while relaxing in his boat in the lake? If you live nearby a lake or pond, take it upon yourself to organize a fishing day for dad.
Is your dad not into fishing? You know your dad best. Choose something he’ll enjoy, like hunting.
Lend Dad a Helping Hand
Is your dad a handyman? Does he have more tools than he knows what to do with? Help him out by organizing his tools. He’ll most likely be thrilled by the gesture (as long as he knows where to find everything).
Is your dad not into renovating? Then you might consider other nice gestures like organizing his home office, washing his car and doing yardwork.
Going Down Memory Lane Together
Travel down memory lane together as a family. Reminisce about the good old days. Bring over some home videos or browse old photo albums. If it’s in the budget, print some digital photos with dad and frame them for him.
BBQ for Dad
Organize a barbecue for dad. Choose his favourite items to toss on the grill, everything from steaks to corn on the cob. Show him you were actually listening by handling the grilling yourself. Take care of the set up and clean so dad doesn’t have to lift a finger on his special day.
Cook a Meal for Dad
There are a couple ways to make the most out of cooking. You can cook for dad or cook with dad. If you’re cooking for dad, it’s a nice way for him to take a load off. If you’re cooking with dad, it’s a nice way to spend time together.
To add to the moment, why not play some of dad’s favourite music in the background? This will only enhance the experience.
Let’s Play Ball
Bring back the fond memories of when you used to play catch together. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, it can be just dad and you. However, if your dad’s the social type, why not enjoy an afternoon of sports with the whole family? The more, the merrier, as they say.
June is a perfect month to go golfing. If your dad enjoys golf, there’s no better way to make Father’s Day special than by planning day of golf.
Build Something Together
Again, for the handyman fathers out there, tap into your dad’s creative side by building something together. Choose something to build that dad’s going to enjoy. If dad enjoys beer, why not build a beer kit together? If dad enjoys bird watching, why not build a birdhouse?
Although it would be ideal to work on any projects together, if time doesn’t allow, you might consider surprising dad with something you built yourself. At least dad will know that you were listening all those years to his fatherly advice.
Help Dad around the House
Your dad probably doesn’t enjoy doing chores, but chores are just one of those things that need to get done. It’s hard to find someone who likes making their bed or taking out the trash.
Why not offer to help him out? Make dad a coupon book. Each coupon is for a chore that dad doesn’t necessarily enjoy. You can even include some coupons for fun activities like bike rides and breakfast in bed.
Go Out for a Night on the Town
Your dad may not be as hip as he once was, but if he’s anything like my dad, he still knows how to have fun.
Go out for a night on the town and visit some fun places your town is best known for. It can be something as simple as mini-golf, the museum or bowling. Whatever it is, as long as you’re all together as a family (and not fighting), dad is sure to have a good time.
Buy Dad a Gift Card
When in doubt, go with a gift card. A gift card is a good fallback open if you don’t know what dad wants. Sometimes your dad will specifically ask you for a gift card. Choose a gift card for a retailer dad enjoys and he’ll get good value from.
Affordable Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Is your family a little tight on money right now due to COVID-19? Here are some thoughtful and creative Father’s Day gifts for dad that won’t break the bank.
Head Out to the Park
Go for a walk with dad at the park. You can choose one nearby or visit dad’s favourite park in town. Take in everything that the park offers together: sightseeing, fresh air, and good conversation.
Looking for a little more excitement? Bring your bike or inline skates. Finish the afternoon with a picnic or ice cream. Pack some of dad’s favourite finger foods for the family to enjoy.
Show Your Affection for Dad
Actions speak louder than works. Show dad how much he means to you by giving him a big hug (if you live in the same household). Make the moment even more special by wishing him a Happy Father’s Day.
Build a Scrap Book for Dad
Build a scrap book for dad and fill it with your favourite memories together. You can create a scrap book with a photo from every single Father’s Day together. He’ll appreciate the time you put into it and love the scrap book even more.
Explore the Wilderness
Were you hoping to take dad away for a weekend getaway, but it’s not in the budget this year? Camping is an affordable way to getaway and escape all the distractions of home.
But camping takes a lot of planning and your dad has to have the free time. If dad is busy with work, you might plan an afternoon hike. Enjoy the outdoors with no