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The Best and Most Affordable Father's Day Gifts

Updated on June 14, 2011

Gift with Love

As this Father's Day approaches I start to think about something special I might purchase for my father, but I have found that the less money and more time I put into a gift the more he enjoys it. So, I am going to be listing things that cost little to no money on your part. Remember, think about your dad as an individual and the types of things he enjoys doing.

#1 - Massage (from YOU!)

There is nothing my dad appreciates more then a good full body massage. If you know your dad like you should he might have a particular spot he likes to get rubbed. My dad loves his shoulders, calves, and feet done from time to time. Now, if you have never given a massage to your father you might want to talk about it with him first because some people really don't care to be touch. However, I have found that most dads I have talked to love to get a good massage, especially those who work difficult or physically demanding jobs.

Give the gift of touch!

#2 - Homemade Card, Letter, or List

I believe it to be important to physically write down the things you love about your dad. There are so many things that people can do of all ages to tell there dad that they love him. For kids, I recommend getting out the markers, stickers, scissors, and glue. Create something humorous or cute. Be creative!

You could also write your dad a letter or create a list of your favorite things about him. Something solid like that is a keepsake for some. Also, I would recommend writing it out by hand and NOT typing. I believe love can be send through letter, so write down your feelings and affections for him.

#3 - Secret Lawn Service

It can be hard to have a full-time job and keep up with the yard, so how about giving the old man a break every once in a while. Mow the lawn, trim the bushes or hedges, clean out the garage, etc. To make this more fun...don't let him know you are going to do it. This is a surprise that never fails to be enjoyed or appreciate by any dad!

#4 - Cook!

"The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

You have heard that saying so many times because it is true. Every man likes a good meal and when it comes from someone aside from the wife or delivery boy it is something truly special. You don't have to be a master chef to make a salad and throw together a main dish, but I do recommended using a cook book of some sort. Make sure to include a great dessert. You can never go wrong with brownies and ice cream!

Also, personalize your meal, too! For example, you could write I LOVE YOU with some fruit or play his favorite CD in the background! If you are musically talented perhaps you could sing to him as well. If you have no musical talent then perhaps you can humor him!

#5 - Hiking and Camping

This will all depend on if your dad likes the great outdoors or not, but for the main part you can not go wrong with some form of walking, hiking, camping, etc. If he is not able or willing to stay the night in a tent you can always build a small fire and do some hot dogs and smores. Another option is to use the local park for some fun in tennis, Frisbee, basketball, football, etc. Just figure out what forms of exercise your old man likes and go with that.

What are your ideas?

Between now and Father's Day I thought it would be fun to update this hub with ideas from my readers, friends, and family. Please comment below and I might just feature you in my hub...I will also give you credit and put a link up to your website or hubpages account. Let's have fun with this!

Remember, the best gift you can give is the gift of time!

Happy Father's Day!!!

-Peter Freeman


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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Peter, I love this. I don't really have a dad but when its mother's day all the things you've mentioned will work

      I also like making things, like crochet, knitting, embroidery and woodwork. I think he'll enjoy something you've made with your hands.

      Doing a little handy work around the house will also work, like painting, fixing cupboards and the plumbing.