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Cheap Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day

Cheap gifts such as cupcakes, mugs, and neck tie for dad on Father's day

Are you all set on gifts for dad on Father’s Day? Father’s Day is coming up on June 21st. Are you prepared? With the current COVID-19 pandemic, money is tight around a lot of Canadian households these days. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a bundle to put a smile on dad’s face. Here are some cheap gift ideas for dad on Father’s Day.

Ideas – Cheap Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day

If you’re low on cash or just looking for a different way to show your appreciation, our ideas can help save you money. The idea here is more about the experience than the item. As long as you use your imagination and get creative, we’re sure your dad will approve.

Go On a Picnic

If you haven’t put money aside in your budget for holidays and gifts, a picnic is a good option. Save the fancy dinner for another evening. Take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy a picnic outside. Do everything yourself so dad doesn’t have to lift a finger. Pack a picnic with everything you need. Include some of dad’s favourites to put an even bigger smile on his face. Plan a picnic at dad’s favourite park or in the backyard. Help with the setup and clean-up for a fun and easy meal.

Enjoy Sports Together

Is your dad a real sports fan? Why not take in some athletic fun together and watch some sports? Whether your dad likes baseball, basketball or football, there’s something for everyone.
In a normal year, you could buy inexpensive tickets to a baseball game or see a minor league team play. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 pandemic, that isn’t possible at the moment. Luckily, there’s still a way to enjoy sports together.

Some sports are still playing during COVID-19, albeit without any fans. If your dad enjoys professional wrestling or UFC, why not order him a subscription to the WWE network or the next big pay-per-view? By doing that, it’s sure to put a smile on dad’s face.

An even cheaper alternative is having a game of catch, or an impromptu hockey game out in the street.

Get Dad a Mug

Most dads enjoy coffee. If your dad is anything like mine, he enjoys a cup of dark coffee in the morning. If his mugs are getting a little worse for wear, you might consider getting him a new mug. But don’t just get him any mug. Get him a mug that will make him laugh.

There are plenty of funny mugs out there. Best of all mugs are affordable and can easily be shipped during the COVID-19 pandemic, making them an ideal gift.

To make the mug even more special, you can add some of dad’s favourite coffee inside. If you have some extra money you can splurge and get him a new coffeemaker, but keeping with the theme of saving money, try to find one with decent reviews that’s on sale.

Breakfast in Bed

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel as the old saying goes. If your dad enjoys breakfast on the weekend, why not bring breakfast to him? Wake up early and prepare breakfast for him ahead of time. Once it’s dad’s usual wakeup time, surprise him in his bedroom with pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and whatever else he enjoys most. Once dad is finished, do the dishes, so dad can enjoy a nice relaxing morning reading the paper and doesn’t have to worry about cleanup.

Homemade Card

Sure, buying a card from the store is fine, but when it comes to gifts it’s often said that it’s the thought that matters the most. While the store may have plenty of funny cards dad is sure to enjoy, by putting in the extra effort to make your own card, it will be that much more memorable.

Do you lack artistic skills? Not to worry. There are lots of helpful videos on YouTube that provide step-by-step instructions on creating your own card. Whether you create your own card from scratch or using a YouTube video, I’m sure it’s a card dad’s going to appreciate and enjoy.

Gift Card

If you’re giving dad a card, why not fill it with something dad’s sure to enjoy? Put a gift card for your dad’s favourite retailer or restaurant inside. The gift card could even be for a relaxing father’s day dinner you already have planned. The best part about a gift card is even on a limited budget you can choose an amount to load on the gift card that you can afford.
To add a personal touch to the gift card, write dad a funny message on the sleeve of the gift card.

Dad Jokes

Does your dad like to tell dad jokes? If your dad has a good sense of humour, take some time to “roast” dad and tell him your best dad jokes. You’ll either have him in stitches or cross with you if you overdo it (hopefully the former). I’m sure he’ll appreciate the effort though.


Does dad enjoy wearing his favourite shirt just a bit too much? Why not help him expand his wardrobe by buying him some new clothing? It could be something as simple as a new dress shirt or a t-shirt with a funny father’s day message on it. As long as it makes dad smile, that’s all that matters.

Sporting Equipment

Is your dad into sports? If so, you might consider getting him a gift to do with his favourite sport. For example, if he enjoys playing golf, getting him some new golf clubs could be a little on the pricey side. So why not get him some new golf balls or golf gloves?
Is your dad not so much into golf? Does he enjoy bowling instead? You might look into getting him some new bowling gloves. Or baseball gloves if he’s into baseball. The list of sports supplies is endless.

Car Accessories

Does your dad love his car? If so, you can get him something to make his ride even nicer. It can be everything from a bobblehead to new floor mats. If your budget is rather limited, something as simple as a keychain for his favourite sports team could make him happy.

Autograph Photos

If your dad is into music or sports, the list of memorabilia that you can pick up for him is endless. One of the cheapest gifts you can pick up for him is an autographed photo of his favourite musician or sports star. Best of all you don’t even have to line up to get it. Most of the time you can order an autographed photo online (just make sure it’s authentic).

If you’re strapped for ideas for Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day, the above-listed items and activities can prove to be great presents for your old man.

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