Father’s Day is right around the corner. Are you looking for some thoughtful, yet frugal Father’s Day gift ideas for dad (or your husband) for that special day without spending too much money?
Father’s Day seems to come so quickly after Mother’s Day. It’s a good idea to start thinking about gift ideas for your dad by mid-May. That will give you around a month to decide on a gift and shop around for the best price.
If you are buying a gift for your husband, look and listen for little clues he may leave indicating he wants or needs something. Many times these little clues go in one ear and out the other. But if you listen closely, he may give you an excellent idea.
It’s hard to come up with new ideas year after year. Sometimes you may need some inspiration. Below is a father’s day gift guide for the special man in your life.
But first I want to give you some ideas for free or cheap things to do with your dad because sometimes there is just no money in the budget for gifts.
Also, many dads prefer spending time with their families over receiving a gift. Here are some free or cheap ideas perfect for spending time with your dad and making memories.
- Go on a picnic
- Rent a movie
- Go fishing
- Go to the shooting range
- Play cards or board games
- Go out for ice cream
- Go mini-golfing
- Talk (for real-not text!) on the phone
- Make a meal for him
- Send him a handwritten letter and updated pictures of the family
- Go hiking
- Work on something together (car, wood project, landscaping, home project, etc)
- Go bowling
- Go out for pizza or make homemade pizzas
- Meet for coffee
Don’t forget to check Groupon for deals on other experiences or gifts that are available in your area. I love Groupon because you can save quite a bit of money with it.
Okay, on to frugal Father’s Day gift ideas. By the way, these gift ideas would actually make great gifts for any man in your life for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or just because.
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Thoughtful and Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas
For the Dad Who Loves Fitness
Resistance Band Set
This resistance band set has everything the dad you are shopping for will need for resistance training, plus it comes with a nylon carry bag so he can easily take it anywhere he wants to work out.
Help the dad in your life perfect his push-ups with these pushup stands.
These exercise dice are an awesome gift idea for anyone who loves working out. They are definitely a unique idea.
Activity Tracker Watch
This budget-friendly activity tracker got great reviews. It is sleek looking and comes in a few different colors.
Ab Wheel Roller Kit
This ab wheel roller kit comes with the wheel, knee pad, push-up bars, and resistance bands. Fitness junkies are sure to love this.
For Outdoorsy Dads
Headlamps are so handy. They are perfect for dads that love to camp, hunt, or fish.
How about a plasma lighter that lights regardless of if it’s windy or rainy? It’s perfect for the dad in your life that loves backpacking and the great outdoors.
This camping hammock comes in a 1 person or 2 person size. Outdoorsy dads will love this!
This multitool camping accessory is a 15-in-1 hatchet! It’s perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, backpacking, and hunting.
Another awesome gift for the dad that loves the outdoors, this survival kit comes with 17 different tools.
For the Dads Who Love to Cook or Grill
Instant Read Meat Thermometer
This instant-read thermometer is versatile. It can be used while cooking inside or for grilling.
Cast iron reversible grill/griddle
I love gadgets for the kitchen that multi-task. This reversible grill/griddle combo is made of cast iron so you know it is durable.
If your dad loves to make burgers, he will love this burger press! This burger press shapes and stores hamburger patties. You can freeze the burgers right inside this.
Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves
These heat-resistant BBQ gloves are perfect for grilling and smoking food!
Grilling Accessory Kit
This grilling tool accessory kit contains everything a dad would want. It even comes with a storage case.
For the Beer, Wine, or Spirits Loving Dad
This high-end corkscrew is beautiful and functional.
3-in-1 Insulated Can Cooler
My husband has this 3-in-1 insulated can cooler and loves it. It works with 12 oz and 16 oz cans or can be used as a glass.
Whiskey Gift Set
This whiskey stones gift set is perfect for dads that love bourbon and scotch whiskey.
Craft Beer Tasting Glasses Kit
If the dad in your life loves craft beer, he will love this beer glass set!
Cocktail Shaker Set
This cocktail shaker set would be a great gift for a dad that loves mixing his drinks or mixing drinks for other people.
For the Dads Who Love Golfing
Golf Ball Shag Bag
This golf ball shag bag will make any golfer’s life easier while practicing his swing!
Wet and Dry Amphibian Golf Towel
This wet and dry golf towel is perfect for golfers to clean and dry their clubs and hands with the same towel.
Pop-Up Golf Chipping Net
Help your golf-loving dad practice his swing easily with this pop-up golf chipping net.
Help your dad practice his putting with this putting trainer.
Leather Golf Logbook
Help the dad in your life keep track of his best games with this leather golf log book. It is handmade in the USA.
For the Techie Dads
3-in-1 Charging Stand
This 3-in-1 charging stand is perfect for the dad who has multiple Apple products. It can charge his iPhone, watch, and AirPods.
These wireless earbuds got awesome reviews and are budget-friendly.
Tile Mate Item Locator
Does your dad always seem to forget where he puts his phone, keys, and other personal items? He may enjoy a Tile Mate item locator.
UV Phone Sanitizer
Phones are full of germs. Help protect your dad by getting him a UV phone sanitizer for Father’s Day.
This solar charger will help your dad keep his phone charged up even when outside.
For the Dad Who Loves His Car or Truck
Roadside Emergency Kit
If your dad loves being on the road, help him feel prepared with a roadside emergency kit.
Waterproof Car Trash Can
Help your dad keep his car clean and tidy with this handy car trash can.
Portable Air Compressor Pump for Car Tires
Maybe your dad could use a portable pump for his car tires?
Car Cleaning Set
If your dad is obsessed with keeping his car clean like mine is, he is sure to love this car cleaning set.
Portable Car Vacuum
A portable car vacuum is another nice idea for the dad that is obsessed with a clean car.
For the Dad Who Loves to Travel
Packing cubes are a must-have for the dad who does a lot of traveling.
These luggage locks are TSA approved and would make a nice gift for a dad who travels.
Travel Power Strip
If your dad has multiple devices he needs to charge at one time he may like this travel power strip. He won’t need to worry about not having enough outlets.
Travel Laptop Backpack
This travel backpack has lots of convenient features to make traveling easier for your dad.
If your dad wants to see more of North America, this travel book got great reviews.
For the Dad Who Loves His Coffee
Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Cold brew coffee is supposed to be less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee. This cold brew coffee maker comes in 1 quart and 2-quart sizes.
Electric Coffee Grinder
This coffee grinder would make a great gift for the dad who wants to grind his own coffee beans.
French Press Coffee Maker
Another great gift for the coffee-loving dad, this French press coffee maker is sure to make your dad happy!
Gourmet Coffee Sampler
Why not treat your dad to some gourmet coffee for Father’s Day? This sampler box has 4 different roasts in one box.
Insulated Travel Mug
What coffee-loving dad wouldn’t enjoy a new Thermos travel mug? This one holds 16 ounces and has a handle to make it easier to hold.
For the Handyman Dad
Magnetic pickup tool with light
This tool will help your dad pick up magnetic items like nuts, bolts, and screws in tight spaces, is telescoping, and it has a light on the end.
Every dad has to have a multitool. This 14-in-1 tool will be super handy for your dad.
Universal Socket Set
This universal socket set would make a great gift for the dad that is always using his tools.
Gauge Shape Duplicator
This gauge shape duplicator will help your dad copy and duplicate an object profile easily. It can be used for tiling projects, laying flooring, woodworking, and other many other uses.
Here is another multitool with some different uses that could come in handy for the handyman dad.
Conclusion for Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas
There are many ways to make your dad feel special on Father’s Day, even if it isn’t in your budget to buy him a gift.
Think about what your dad values most and the things he enjoys doing to come up with a Father’s Day gift he will cherish. You can use the list of ideas I gave you today for inspiration for a budget-friendly but meaningful gift for all the dads in your life.
What other inexpensive gift ideas do you have? Please let me know in the comments!