Thoughtful and Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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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.

Shop this resistance band set here.

Pushup Stand

Help the dad in your life perfect his push-ups with these pushup stands.

Shop this pushup stand here.

Exercise Dice

These exercise dice are an awesome gift idea for anyone who loves working out. They are definitely a unique idea.

Shop these exercise dice here.

Activity Tracker Watch

This budget-friendly activity tracker got great reviews. It is sleek looking and comes in a few different colors.

Shop this activity tracker here.

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.

Shop this ab wheel roller kit here.

For Outdoorsy Dads


Headlamps are so handy. They are perfect for dads that love to camp, hunt, or fish.

Shop this headlamp here.

Plasma Lighter

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.

Shop this plasma lighter here.

Camping Hammock

This camping hammock comes in a 1 person or 2 person size. Outdoorsy dads will love this!

Shop this camping hammock here.

Multitool Hatchet

This multitool camping accessory is a 15-in-1 hatchet! It’s perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, backpacking, and hunting.

Shop this multitool hatchet here.

Survival Kit

Another awesome gift for the dad that loves the outdoors, this survival kit comes with 17 different tools.

Shop this survival kit here.

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.

Shop this instant-read meat thermometer here.

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.

Shop this reversible grill/griddle here.

Burger Press

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.

Shop this burger press here.

Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves

These heat-resistant BBQ gloves are perfect for grilling and smoking food!

Shop these BBQ gloves here.

Grilling Accessory Kit

This grilling tool accessory kit contains everything a dad would want. It even comes with a storage case.

Shop this grilling tool accessory kit here.

For the Beer, Wine, or Spirits Loving Dad

High-End Corkscrew

This high-end corkscrew is beautiful and functional.

Shop this high-end corkscrew here.

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.

Shop this 3-in-1 insulated can cooler here.

Whiskey Gift Set

This whiskey stones gift set is perfect for dads that love bourbon and scotch whiskey.

Shop this whiskey stones gift set here.

Craft Beer Tasting Glasses Kit

If the dad in your life loves craft beer, he will love this beer glass set!

Shop this craft beer glass set here.

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.

Shop this cocktail shaker drink mixer here.

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!

Shop this golf ball shag bag here.

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.

Shop this wet and dry golf towel here.

Pop-Up Golf Chipping Net

Help your golf-loving dad practice his swing easily with this pop-up golf chipping net.

Shop this pop-up golf chipping net here.

Putting Trainer

Help your dad practice his putting with this putting trainer.

Shop this putting trainer here.

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.

Shop this leather golf logbook here.

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.

Shop this charging station here.

Wireless Earbuds

These wireless earbuds got awesome reviews and are budget-friendly.

Shop these wireless earbuds here.

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.

Shop this Tile Mate item locator here.

UV Phone Sanitizer

Phones are full of germs. Help protect your dad by getting him a UV phone sanitizer for Father’s Day.

Shop this phone sanitizer here.

Solar Charger

This solar charger will help your dad keep his phone charged up even when outside.

Shop this solar charger here.

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.

Shop this emergency kit here.

Waterproof Car Trash Can

Help your dad keep his car clean and tidy with this handy car trash can.

Shop this waterproof car trash can here.

Portable Air Compressor Pump for Car Tires

Maybe your dad could use a portable pump for his car tires?

Shop this portable air compressor for car tires here.

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.

Shop this car cleaning set here.

Portable Car Vacuum

A portable car vacuum is another nice idea for the dad that is obsessed with a clean car.

Shop this portable car vacuum here.

For the Dad Who Loves to Travel

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a must-have for the dad who does a lot of traveling.

Shop these packing cubes here.

Luggage Locks

These luggage locks are TSA approved and would make a nice gift for a dad who travels.

Shop these luggage locks here.

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.

Shop this travel power strip here.

Travel Laptop Backpack

This travel backpack has lots of convenient features to make traveling easier for your dad.

Shop this travel backpack here.

Travel Book

If your dad wants to see more of North America, this travel book got great reviews.

Shop this travel book here.

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.

Shop this cold brew coffee maker here.

Electric Coffee Grinder

This coffee grinder would make a great gift for the dad who wants to grind his own coffee beans.

Shop this coffee grinder here.

French Press Coffee Maker

Another great gift for the coffee-loving dad, this French press coffee maker is sure to make your dad happy!

Shop this French press coffee maker here.

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.

Shop this gourmet coffee sampler here.

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.

Shop this travel mug here.

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.

Shop this magnetic tool here.

14-in-1 Multitool

Every dad has to have a multitool. This 14-in-1 tool will be super handy for your dad.

Shop this multitool here.

Universal Socket Set

This universal socket set would make a great gift for the dad that is always using his tools.

Shop this socket set here.

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.

Shop this gauge shape duplicator here.

Key-Shaped Multitool

Here is another multitool with some different uses that could come in handy for the handyman dad.

Shop this key-shaped multitool here.

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!

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