With Father’s Day being less than a week away, my wife asked me what I wanted. I’m the type of guy that doesn’t want any unnecessary money spent on him just because of a holiday. I told her that I didn’t want anything. But, being the loving wife that she is, insisted I come up with something.
While thinking about what I wanted, I figured I might as while share my ideas in a blog post. So, here’s a list of inexpensive and free gifts you can give on Father’s Day.
Help him complete items on the honey-do list
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I don’t know about you, but, as a husband and a father, I have a lot to do around the home. It would be great if I was gifted with a week of having someone else do it. Completing weekly task like cutting the yard and washing the car would be great, but painting the room I’ve been putting off would be better.
Make him a mix music cd
Yeah, I know this is pretty old-school. Why make a mix cd when you can just create an mp3 playlist? Well, a cd shows me that you put some effort and thought into my gift; anyone can just make a Spotify playlist an send it a text. That playlist will get lost among my other playlist. A cd is a tangible object that doesn’t cost much, and you can be a lot more creative with it. Most computers come with a Lightscribe enabled DVD drive. Lightscribe allows you to burn images directly onto special discs. If you really want to save money, you can just write a nice message on the disc using a marker. I used to do for my wife all the time and she loved it.
Prepare his favorite food and have a picnic
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I don’t know any guy that wouldn’t appreciate a nice meal. You can make that meal extra special by having that meal at a picnic. He can spend time with his family and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Take him on a trip down memory lane
This will take a lot of work depending on what pictures you have. I’m sure everyone has thousands of digital photos stored in multiple locations. Take the time to print some out of your father and create an album. You can start from when he was a baby to where he is today, although, you may have to talk to your grandparents to get the baby pictures.
If you want to do something really cool, take all of those photos and create a DVD slideshow. Sort of like the cd mix. You can use Movie Maker on Windows or iMovie on a Mac to create a cool movie starring dad. It’ll be way more interesting than those old projector slideshows.
Go on a short road trip as a family
Sometimes, fathers just need to get away from home. Surprise him by driving out of the city to have a great time. My family stays about 2 hours away from Memphis. When we want to go somewhere that’s not far away, we visit Beale Street in Memphis. There’s a lot to do there, and we can return the same day if we have to. You will have to find a destination that suits you.
Give him some alone time
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As much as I appreciate spending time with my family, I also need some alone time. You can give him a day where he can spend time with himself doing whatever he wanted. You can even combine this with completing the honey-do list. Let him hang out fishing, or just let him relax and binge watch every Star Wars movie ever made. The most important thing is that he’s happy and relaxed. Everyone needs a little self-care.
So, what are your plans for Father’s Day? Will you get your special guy some expensive gadget, or will you go the traditional route of a coffee mug and tie? Whatever you choose, I hope you all have a great Father’s Day.