Father’s Day is fast approaching so time to get your celebration ideas squared away.
And that doesn’t have to mean buying a gift that will break your monthly budget is required to celebrate Father’s Day.
There are so many fun and cheap Father’s Day ideas to help you celebrate the great dads in your life know you care.
And no one is saying you have to sew a tie or DIY a custom beer caddy.
The gift of time is priceless and with a little creativity you can really make dad feel great.
Looking for a way to show you care this Father’s Day without breaking the bank?
Here are 20 cheap Father’s Day ideas that are as cool as they are inexpensive.
20 Free and Cheap Father’s Day Ideas Dad Will Love
Plan a picnic.
Head to the Ballpark
For a minor league baseball game! If there is a team near where you live, the tickets are pretty affordable for a Sunday at the park.
Gift Him a Chore Free Weekend
Get out there and mow the lawn (or do whatever chore he’s usually in charge of on the weekends) so he can watch from the porch with a frosty drink and a snack tray.
Make His Favorite Meal
With all of the fixings. Whether it’s breakfast in bed, or tacos and beer, get the kids in the kitchen and throw down something he will love.
Spend a Day on the Water
Head to your local beach or lake to enjoy some fun water activities. Even a day by the pool is a great way to spend a Sunday with Dad in June.
And Go Fishing
Whether Dad is already a fisherman or not, fishing is a fun way to spend a day with the family. You can learn more about how to find a location, proper licensing, and get tips and tricks to make your day a success at Take Me Fishing.
Go for a Family Hike
If you’re an urban dweller, you may have to drive a bit to make this one a reality, but it will be nice to get out in the open for some nature time. This Trail Guide will help you find places to hike based on your location.
Go on a Family Bike Ride
If you all have bikes, this is a fun way to get a little together time and exercise in on the special day.
Let Dad Sleep In
If he doesn’t get to do this often, a little extra rest is a great way to show Dad some love on Father’s Day. Planning breakfast in bed? That’s cool, just back it up a bit so he can sleep too.
Frame a Family Picture
Don’t know about you but, as a photographer, I run into few dads who think taking photos is a fun way to spend a day -so ixnay on the family photoshoot-ay. Instead, finally get your last family pics framed for his desk at work.
Or Make Him a Photobook
Go all out and round up the baby pics and shots from your family vacations. You can hand assemble them or use an online site like Shutterfly to make a digital book.
It’s an awesome family pastime, like roller skating.
Or Mini Golfing
While a full day on the greens is not going to be fun for anyone with kids in tow, a friendly round of mini golf is a fun way for the whole family to enjoy working on their swings.
Check Out a Local Museum
Preferably one with no entrance fee.
Host a Dad Party
With neighbors and family and friends! Invite all of the Dads you love over for a cookout. Ask all of the moms to bring a dish. It won’t cost you a ton, but it is a fun way to celebrate all of the dads in your life at once.
DIY a Gift
I’m not skilled in this way, but there are tons of awesome DIY gifts for Dad that you and the kids can work on together, and most of them won’t set you back more than a few dollars.
Visit a Winery
Many of them offer free tastings and if you time it right, you may get to enjoy lite fare and entertainment (although you might have to pay for these fancier experiences).
Or a Brewery
If beer is more his jam. Use the site CraftBeer.com for a list of breweries near you.
Have a Game Day
Board or video. We love playing Mario together as a family so we usually go video game route. Especially because I live with a bunch of Monopoly cheaters!
Have a Movie Night
Dad’s pick of course!
Remember, the goal is to be thoughtful. Just because you want to save money with your cheap Father’s Day ideas, doesn’t mean you can’t be crative and show you care.
Just buying a gift more your speed? That’s cool. Check out our list of great Father’s Day gifts to buy.