5 Frugal Yet Memorable Father’s Day Gift Ideas


Dads are special for so many different reasons, so it only makes sense that the best Father’s Day gifts aren’t one size fits all.

Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas

Depending on what your dad is into, there’s a perfect gift out there for him. If you’re not sure where to start, we have you covered with five great Father’s Day gift ideas that dad will never forget.

Build Something Together

If your dad is the type who’s happiest in his workshop, tools may be a great Father’s Day gift idea—but they’re not always cheap. However if you’re smart about where–and how–you shop, it’s easy to save up to 55% or more on name brand tools. By shopping at retailers like BLINQ, you can score overstock and returned tools from brands like Ryobi, DeWalt, and Ridgid, and more, at unbeatable prices. For even more savings, consider choosing open box, refurbished, or gently used tools, fully tested by BLINQ’s warehouse experts.

Another great tool-buying tip is to save money by shopping during the off season. Many tools go on sale during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there are other times of the year that offer big savings on tools. For indoor wood-working, winter months are the best time to buy. July, the month after Father’s Day, is also a great time to stock up on Father’s Day gift ideas for next year.

But don’t just give your dad a cordless combo kit and call it a day. Ask your dad to help you with a home improvement or DIY project to break in his new gift. After all, spending time with dad is what’s most important on Father’s Day!

Score a Home Run

Licensed jerseys and tickets to a major league game can cost big bucks, but you can still treat your sports-loving dad to a day at the ballpark. For a frugal Father’s Day gift idea, try shopping online retailers for steep discounts on fan gear. And instead of spending a fortune on professional sports tickets, take dad out to a minor league baseball game, or to the batting cages for Father’s Day. Tickets for minor league games usually run under $20 per person, and minor league teams often offer fun promotions throughout the season.


Give a Gadget

It’s a scientific fact that dads love gadgets. Ok, I made that up, but it really is true. And finding the perfect gift for your gadget guru dad doesn’t have to blow your budget. While you may not be able to afford the latest drone for Father’s day, accessories are a great and inexpensive gift option that dad will be sure to love. For example, if your dad loves his smart phone but still wears it clipped to his belt pager-style, it might be time to give him the gift of a stylish new phone case. Or if he’s always wanted his own home theater setup, get him a nice set of speakers that will enhance his viewing experience. Whatever your gadget lover is into, you can bet there’s a way to accessorize it (even on a budget).

Clean Out the Garage

This Father’s Day gift idea may not be the most fun on the list, but it’s great because it’s 100% free! Your dad probably spent all those years asking you to help clean out the garage/attic/basement, so how about actually helping him get the job done this year? In the spirit of Father’s Day, let your dad simply supervise from a lawn chair in the driveway while you do the heavy lifting. If the job seems overwhelming, here are some tips to get you started.


Fix His Favorite Meal

You don’t have to take dad out to a fancy dinner to let him know how much you appreciate him on Father’s Day. For a twist on a common Father’s Day tradition, how about fixing his favorite meal at home? You’ll save a fortune by doing the cooking yourself, and he’ll appreciate all the effort you put into a scratch-made meal. Or, why not host a backyard barbecue on a budget for Father’s Day and invite other friends and family? Dad might even share his top-secret grilling sauce recipe with you this year!

Whatever you decide to do for dad this Father’s Day, the good news is it doesn’t have to break the bank. After all, the best Father’s Day gift idea is just spending time with your dad and making memories that will last a lifetime. And that’s something that won’t cost a penny.

What have been your most successful Father’s Day gift ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Author: Katie

A Tar Heel born and bred, Katie hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. When she isn’t writing or shopping online, you can find her hiking a mountain trail, perfecting her no-bake cookie recipe, or secretly reading romance novels on her Kindle.