13 thoughtful but frugal Father’s Day budget gift ideas!

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Celebrating Father’s Day on a budget? Here are 13 thoughtful but frugal Father’s Day gift ideas, with little or no money needed! In the UK Father’s Day falls on a slightly different date each year – always the third Sunday in June. This year Father’s Day is the 16th of June – so pop it on the calendar, and let’s look at how we can have some frugal fun and celebrate without breaking the bank.

There are so many special occasions throughout the year that, while it’s lovely to make people feel appreciated and spoiled, it’s important to make sure that we celebrate in manageable and affordable ways – whether it be hosting at home, using your skills, or getting the kids on the job. (I’ve even included some ideas for homemade Father’s Day gifts without spending money too!)

So whether you’re a daughter or son looking to spoil Dad, hunting for gifts for your partner from the kids, treating Grandad, or thanking someone special who has been there for you like a father – here are some simple ways for you to spoil your loved ones with these budget friendly Father’s Day gift ideas…


1. Create a personalised gift basket

Show him that you know him well by creating a personalised gift basket full of things that he loves. Fill the basket with yummy treats or go for a theme – this could be sports, gaming, movies, gardening… the ideas are endless! Making your own gift basket will be a lot cheaper than a pre-made hamper, and much more personal too. How to create a DIY hamper on a budget for lots of theme ideas!

Wondering where to buy Father’s Day gifts with a small budget? Bargain shops like B&M, Home Bargains and Poundland, as well as your local supermarkets, could be a good place to start. And, don’t forget to make the most of preloved shopping too – it’s amazing what treasures you can find second-hand (often brand new!) from local selling groups, websites like Preworn, Preloved or Vinted, and in the charity shops.

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2. Plan a family day out

If the weather is bright, why not plan a picnic and get out and about? Pack up some tasty treats and spend some quality time together. Perhaps visit their favourite place, head to the beach, wander in the woods or find a nearby park where you can enjoy the fresh air and relax as a family. With Father’s Day luckily falling in June, hopefully the weather will be on your side!

If you’re looking for a family day out on a budget – take a look at my article: Cheap UK family days out with the kids: 20 ways to have fun on a budget. These are the sorts of long-lasting memories that we treasure forever.


3. Give the gift of memories

Memories are priceless and a photograph is worth a thousand words. Frame those magical moments, or create a photo album or scrap book for your partner or dad to enjoy. Time is so precious, and children grow so fast – there’s nothing better than a trip down memory lane.

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4. Frame your child’s artwork

The best Father’s Day gifts are usually the ones the kids make themselves! Poems, paintings, and drawings become extra special when they’re framed and displayed, and they’re the perfect gift for any parent or grandparent. Frames can be picked up so cheaply in budget stores, or even second-hand from charity shops; such a simple but thoughtful gift – you might even find one for free on apps like Olio.


5. Give a personalised coupon

Personalised coupons are a great gift for every occasion, and Father’s Day is no different – just make sure that the coupons aren’t for things that are already expected! You could get the kids involved in this one too. With two options to choose from, the link will take you to both, you can use my pre-made coupons or use the blank version to fill with your own ideas.

These vouchers don’t need to cost a penny but could be exactly what someone needs – why not offer to help in the garden, make breakfast in bed or give some DIY assistance? Not every great present can be gift-wrapped, and the gift of time is more valuable than anything you can buy. From the kids, it could be a few chores and lots of extra kisses and cuddles! Download and print my free coupons to get started.

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6. Host a fun family event at home

You could host a family party, set up a DIY escape room, or hold a games night – getting all of the dads in the family together for a big celebration! (My FREE, printable Adults VS Kids Trivia Quiz is a great place to start.) The June weather is the perfect time for a garden party, or family BBQ too – so you can have lots of fun on a budget from the comfort of your home.


7. Get crafting

As a parent myself, there’s nothing I love more than a homemade card or gift from my children. These are the gifts that are never thrown out, and that will be treasured forever. Raid the craft box and the recycling bin and spend some time with the kids, creating a masterpiece. They will love it, and so will he!

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If you’re an adult looking for ideas for your own dad, why not give an arty homemade gift? This could be a card, a hand-painted ornament (perhaps even repurposing one that you already own), a framed watercolour or even a decorated plant pot.


8. Upcycle and utilise freebies

Keep your eyes peeled for things that people are giving away for free – sometimes they may even be in fantastic condition, but if not think about upcycling your finds. You could look for things like a planter, a photo frame, a spice rack (great for a keen cook!) or even a piece of furniture that you could repaint to give it a new lease of life – making it look brand new. (My upcycling how to will help you to get started!)

Olio is a brilliant way to get freebies – they have a non-food section for bits and bobs. And, check out the food too for ingredients for any homemade edible treats you might want to make.


9. Get your bake on

Get the kids involved and make some tasty treats. Nothing beats homemade goodies, and you can show your appreciation by baking something extra special this Father’s Day. My tasty chocolate fridge cake is super simple and always a winner, or make a delicious batch of lemon shortbread.

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10. Give the gift of sleep

For parents with young children, sleep is the best gift anyone could give. Organise for the children to sleep over with their grandparents, or take the kids out of the house and let him spend the morning in bed. Peace and quiet doesn’t cost a penny, but it’s absolutely priceless!


11. Book an experience

Hunt out the best deals from Groupon or Buyagift for a fun day out or a cheap meal. You can get £10 off from Buyagift just by signing up to their newsletter, and they always have offers and discount codes too near special occasions – so they’ll be lots of Father’s Day offers to choose from. Take a look at their Father’s Day discounts here.

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12. Opt for a homemade gift

If you’ve got a small budget, but are happy to roll up your sleeves, why not spend a rainy Sunday afternoon creating some homemade Father’s Day gifts from the comfort of your own home? Depending on your skills, you could think about edible presents – making jars of homemade jams, preserves, chutneys or sauces.

You could make your own fudge, or bake some simple biscuits like shortbread. Food mix jars can make great gifts too – things like cookie ingredients, or hot chocolate kits. If you can sew or knit why not make a blanket or throw, or even a piece of clothing? Thoughtful and frugal!


13. Make breakfast in bed

My husband loves a fry up, so Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to go all out with breakfast and rustle up something tasty! The kids can help too, and deliver the breakfast in bed, to get the day off to a great start. Cooking at home can be loads cheaper than eating out, and it’s really thoughtful and personal too.

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