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12 Low-Cost Ways to Celebrate Father's Day This Year

NEW YORK - June 19, 2021 - (

Father's Day is fast approaching. That means the time-honored tradition of stressing out over 'What do I buy my dad, he's impossible and doesn't want anything' is in full swing. It can be even more difficult to figure out what to get dad if you're on a budget. But no need to despair.

We've scoured the internet to find the best low-cost ways to make dad feel special this year. These 12 ideas will help him enjoy his day without forcing you to use a debt payoff calculator to figure out how to afford them.

Low-cost Father's Day ideas

1. Go out for lunch. Or a drink

No need to book a table at a fancy-schmancy red-carpet venue. Take dad out for lunch or a beer at a casual spot. He'll appreciate the quality time with you (and his delicious IPA). If lunch sounds a little draining on your wallet, try finding a nearby happy hour with food and drink specials to help your hard-earned cash go further.

2. Help with chores

Whether it's caulking the tub or pitching in on some yardwork, lending a hand to help with household chores will be a welcome gift.

3. Go for a walk

Carve out an hour to take dad on a nice walk or hike. Bonus points if you can find a nice park or nature trail to make it a scenic excursion.

4. Frame a family photo

Framing a photo that your father loves and presenting it to him on Father's Day will likely make his day, if not his year. Picture frames can be expensive, but you can find a deal at places like Target, Michaels, and IKEA.

5. Quiet time

You can't really beat the gift of silence as a parent. Give dad an hour or two (or three) of uninterrupted quiet time.

6. Wash dad's car

Grab the hose and a sponge and transform dad's car from dirty to dazzling. If you don't feel like DIYing, you can also pony up the cash to take his car to a drive-thru car wash.

7. BBQ

Nothing like some delicious burgers and corn-on-the-cob to give dad a great afternoon. Grill up all his favorite foods and enjoy a delicious dinner outside.

8. #1 Dad Award

Corny? Yes. Something he'll love? You betcha. Create a '#1 Dad' banner that he can display with pride. All you really need for this idea is paper, a couple of markers, and a whole lotta love.

9. Remote control rights

Let dad have control of the remote for the day. Whether it's watching a WWII documentary or Bravo TV all day, let him be the king of cable and the ruler of Netflix for 24 hours.

10. Join in on his favorite hobby

Dad love sports? Nothing like shooting some hoops outside or watching a basketball or hockey playoff game together. More of a chess nut? Bust out a board and let him teach you how it's done.

11. Breakfast in bed

Why should it just be reserved for moms? Squeeze fresh OJ and flip some pancakes for a (hopefully) tasty meal in bed.

12. Plan a day trip

Plan a day trip nearby to a low-cost venue, such as a free museum or movie matinee.

It doesn't have to cost $$$ to show dad that you love him. These ideas can help him have a memorable day without causing you to dive into debt.

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