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9 Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas for Father's Day

By Matt Diehl, June 14, 2017

Personal Finance

From sharing valuable life lessons to eating ice cream for lunch, dads do a lot for their families. When it comes to finding the right gift for him, you may not have to spend a lot to show how much you care.

Here are nine budget-friendly gift ideas for the father figure in your life:

1. Personalized beverage coasters

If your dad has a beverage of choice, personalized coasters could be a fun way to make him feel special. They might also protect furniture from nicks and stains, which could make him happy as well! Potential ways to personalize your dad’s beverage coaster include:

  • Photographs
  • Last name or initials
  • Sports teams
  • Vacation destinations
  • Inside jokes

2. All-purpose utility tool

All-purpose utility tools can be a convenient, miniature toolbox for any dad’s pocket. Commonly referred to as a “Swiss Army Knife,” they offer a variety of features including pliers, wire cutters, corkscrews and much more. In addition to being a budget-friendly gift now, it might also help Dad save time and money on completing projects in the future.

3. Magazine subscription

From paid to free magazine subscriptions, there are many publication options for you to choose from. If you’re not sure what your dad will like, write down his interests and search for magazines in that genre. Some popular magazine genres include:

  • Science
  • Sports
  • Fitness
  • Finance
  • Auto

4. DIY home improvement book

Does your dad like working with his hands? If so, a DIY home improvement book could help him increase the value of his home or fix his squeaky arm chair. No matter how he plans to use it, a book full of DIY ideas could be a practical gift that keeps on giving.

5. A clean car

Some people prefer a clean car but might not have the time to clean it themselves. If your dad is proud of his car’s appearance, give his vehicle a good washing. You can also spruce up the interior by vacuuming up any dirt or crumbs in the seats and carpet. To add a finishing touch, leave a loving note inside for him to find before his next drive.

6. BBQ grill tool set

All grill masters should have a full set of tools to work with. After all, if your dad enjoys cooking delicious food for his family, it might benefit you to support his passion. Here are some basic tools that every grill enthusiast should have:

  • Spatula
  • Basting brush
  • Carving knife
  • Tongs
  • Grill brush

7. Photo album or memory book

A collection of photos and memories can be a simple, cost-friendly gift any dad would love. In addition to images and stories, you can also add messages to highlight special moments that you share together. To find the best album for your needs, search your local craft stores or check out this list of the best photo book websites.

8. New belt or wallet

When it comes to buying certain personal items, some dads may not think of themselves. However, if you’ve noticed that your dad could use a new belt or wallet, Father’s Day is a great time to buy one for him. You might also be able to find deals online and in-store around this particular holiday.

9. Custom gift basket

Forget all of the stereotypes for a traditional gift basket - this arrangement will be customized for one man. While the basket itself can be your choice, be sure to fill it with a variety of his favorite items. Some fun and low-cost ideas for a custom basket include:

  • Snacks
  • Candy
  • Coffee
  • Razor blades
  • Playing cards

A day for Dad

While some dads may not wish for attention, this is the one day each year where the focus is on them. When it comes time to choose a gift for him, remember that it’s the thought, not the price, that matters most.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of OneMain. The information in this article is provided for education and informational purposes only, without any express or implied warranty of any kind, including warranties of accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose. The information in this article is not intended to be and does not constitute financial, legal or any other advice. The information in this article is general in nature and is not specific to you the user or anyone else. The author was compensated by OneMain for this post.

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