To take a lesson from Dad’s book: You don’t have to spend a lot of money on presents to show someone you care. Despite this common fatherly wisdom, a recent National Retail Federation survey found the average person will spend $119.84 on Father’s Day gifts.
While you can easily find Dad a great gift with that much money, there’s no need to go beyond your budget. Try a few of these simple ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts that don’t break the bank.
1. Shop Daily Deals
From signature cigars to helicopter rides, daily-deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial are the place to find affordable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for Dad. In the days leading up to Father’s Day, they offer a variety of Dad-centric deals at unbeatable prices.
2. Make Your Own Gift
Sure, Dad might insist you spend nothing on him, but that’s no fun at all. To accommodate his spending wishes, get the little ones involved in homemade crafts or use your sewing or building skills to make a unique gift from the heart. Get started by checking out this list filled with thoughtful DIY gift ideas Dad will love.
3. Use Your Smartphone
There’s a certain art to last-minute shopping. Unfortunately, waiting until the last minute often means you have to pay whatever price stores are asking. Avoid paying premium prices at the register by downloading the Coupon Sherpa app before you hit the stores. It’s filled with hundreds of mobile coupons you can use by simply presenting your phone to the cashier at checkout.
4. Shop the Dollar Store
If there’s any industry thatâs seen a windfall from the commercialization of holidays, it’s greeting cards. With a fancy Hallmark card running you at least five dollars, turn to the dollar store for a plethora of inexpensive cards. The sentiments expressed in greeting cards are the same no matter where you purchase them, making this an easy way to cut down on costs.
5. Get in the Kitchen
Dinner at a fancy restaurant is always one of the most popular Father’s Day activities. Though it’s a nice treat, taking the whole family out gets expensive fast. Reduce the cost of this gesture by preparing a meal at home. Since beef prices are at an all-time high, you’ll save more with father-friendly alternatives to steak such as pork ribs and barbecue chicken.
Guest writer Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.