My Five Favorite Free Father’s Day Gift Ideas

If you are following this blog, you’ll know that I’m quite focused on saving money.

This means that I try to save as much as I can every month and that I generally try to live frugally when possible.

Obviously, I also love gifts that are free – both to give and receive them.

Father’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, and even though I’m not a huge fan of such events, I know that many fathers will be waiting for something special from their kids.

Most things I have usually given on Mother’s or Father’s Day cost money – and in recent years I have started to think about ways to give something meaningful that doesn’t cost anything.

Therefore, I now present to you: my five favorite ideas for Father’s Day gifts that don’t cost a dime (in fact, you can use them for your mother too!).

1. Picnic in the park

When was the last time you and your dad spent quality time together alone?

I think it is great idea to invite your father for a picnic in the park.

I know I should be free, so why not just bring whatever you planned on having for lunch that day?

There’s no need to go overboard and buy all sorts of fancy things when all your dad really wants is your company.

2. Help out in the garden

If your dad has a garden, you can be sure that he spends a lot of time keeping it.

Consider asking your father in advance if he has any projects in the garden or something he wants help with, and then give your him a day of helping out in the garden.

He’ll enjoy your company, get things done faster and think of you afterwards when he enjoys the garden.

3. Go for a walk

Invite your dad for a walk in the forest, on the beach or even in the city.

If you know there’s a place he’s always wanted to see or if you have a favorite spot somewhere, take him there.

Consider bringing a board game, a guitar, a fishing rod or something else he enjoys doing with you.

He’ll enjoy getting some exercise, seeing new things and having your company at the same time.

4. Bring out your inner artist

Consider making something creative for your dad to make him happy.

You could write a letter or a poem explaining why he’s a good dad.

You could make a song or even a painting.

You’ll of course need some gear to make a painting and it might cost a bit if you don’t have it already.

5. Make a surprise get-together

This is one of my favorite ideas.

It takes a bit of planning, so make sure to start at least a few weeks before Father’s Day.

Invite your dad’s best friends over for a nice surprise get-together. Let’s be honest, everyone loves surprises!

Ask some of the guests to bring food, and others to bring drinks.

If you really want to get an A+ from your father, you can arrange a quiz or another small happening during the get-together.

Those are my favorite ideas for Father’s Day. Now go out and spread the love to all the fantastic fathers out there!

Your turn: Do you give Father’s Day gifts or do you think it’s stupid? Do you have other ideas?



Tim December 2, 2018 - 19:00

I know for sure that my dad values experiences together higher than anything!! I think, when u get to a certain age, material things doesnt necessarily do it for them (dads). Time together, whatever it is, is always a winner for me personally!
Great ideas btw, love it!

Carl December 3, 2018 - 05:19

Happy you liked it, Tim – and I highly agree with you! When people get older, they value things less 🙂

Emma June 12, 2018 - 15:28

I feel like my father truly appreciates spending time together more that any present. These ideas are great! Something as simple as making dinner for my parents are pure gold 🙂

Carl June 12, 2018 - 19:40

You are absolutely right. I guess spending time with your kids becomes one of the most valuable things when you grow older 🙂

Chris June 5, 2018 - 15:57

Great ideas 🙂 love it!

Carl June 7, 2018 - 11:27

Thanks, Chris!


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