Father’s day is fast approaching, in fact, it’s literally just around the corner. If you’re a last minute shopper like me, you’re probably still scrambling to find some way to make the day special for dad, and if you’re REALLY like me, you’re attempting to do it on a budget. Don’t panic, because I’ve discovered and collected lots of great ways to honor dad, without breaking the bank. Here are some frugal tips for surviving Fathers Day. You can do it
1: DIY baby!
We all know the old school “give dad a tie for father’s day and he’ll be more than happy”. But, in recent years and in light of new technology, dads are more inclined to want you to shell out the big bucks for some pricey new phone, computer or gadget.
But where’s the fun in that? Where’s the personalization? If you’ve got little ones and a dad who’s in need of a personalized new tie, I have the perfect solution. Find a cheap tie online and grab the masking tape and markers. Your kids about to go to work.
Step One: Lay the tie out flat on some newspaper and a hard surface.
Step Two: Take your masking tape and tape off the tie in a fancy or even simplistic design.
Step Three: Hand out your non-toxic markers and let the kids get busy. They’ll scribble, draw, and go absolutely crazy.
Step Four: Remove the tape to reveal their beautiful, homemade design that Dad can wear for a lifetime.
Have a T-shirt you can spare to their creative destruction? Even better! Let the kids go wild and design something truly unique and one of a kind. Dad will love it and you’ll enjoy the creative “mom time” you’ll have while they’re having fun.
If you have a printer laying around the house, your life and Father’s Day just got a whole lot simpler. Take the time to download a few printables and print them out so you, dad and the kids can have a ball filling them out and showing them off. Take for example this “I love my dad because” print out I found over on BeautyandBedlam.com. Print these out and let the kids fill them out, then hand them into dad and make him feel extra special. After all, isn’t that what Father’s Day is all about? Making dad feel like the superhero he is? After he’s done reading them and shedding tears of joy and appreciation, hang them up on the fridge or even frame them so the little ones can one day look back on them and remember all the love they had for dad. Especially when they’re teenagers and can’t stand to be told no. Fun little activities like this one are one of the best ways to show your appreciation for dad without running the risk of breaking the bank. Expensive gifts are fun every now and again, but nothing beats something that’s homemade and from the heart.
Another cool printable idea is a dad word search. This fun little activity is something the entire family can take part in and you can even set up prizes for those who find the most words! Give dad a Mr. Goodbar for guessing words like BBQ, kisses and respect. Soon your household will be filled with giggles and frustrated grunts because they “swear thoughtful just isn’t on the board!” Have some fun with dad on Father’s Day to truly make it a day he won’t forget.
3: Just hang out!
Seriously, just hanging out with dad will be infinitely more valuable to him than some expensive pocket watch. The time you spend with dad now is time you’ll never get back. While the little ones are still well…little, and everything is peachy keen. And for all you supermoms out there doing this on your own, these tips are for you too. Gather up the kids, print out some fun crossword puzzles, turn on the TV and just enjoy your time together. Being a parent will be the highlight of your life. And there will come a day when your babies look back on this special day you spend with them, and want to do it all again with their own children. Start a tradition this year with Father’s Day.