How to Get Dad an Awesome Father’s Day Gift On A Budget

Posted June 12, 2013 by in Lifestyle

Our parent’s have done so much for us; it’s kind of unfortunate they only get one day a year to be thanked for it. After all…they did deal with all of our whining, crying and complaining since the day we were born. The least we can do is to give our loving moms and dads a great gift on their respective days.

But what if you can’t afford it?

Growing up as a kid, my mom would take me to the mall to pick up a Father’s day gift on her dime (the opposite happened on Mother’s Day.) But as an adult, that’s neither necessary or acceptable. Below are a few tips on how to give your Dad a great Father’s Day without breaking the bank:

1. Ask your siblings for help

If you have siblings: Instead of giving your old man a mediocre gift (a tie, a coffee mug or a shirt), why don’t each of you pitch in for one thing that’s worth his while? Is he a fitness fanatic? A pair of Y-3 sneakers from Cruise Fashion would be nice!

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Will he not leave the house without his sunglasses? Maybe you and your siblings should check out Warby Parker.

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If you’re an only child or your siblings don’t want to pitch in, you might want to consider a nice shaving set from Harry’s. The Truman set is only $15!

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2. Try a subscription service

Consider giving your dad a gift that gives every month. Each time he receives it, he’ll think of you! Below are a few subscription services we think he’ll like.

Dollar Shave Club: Shaving is a task your dad most likely has to do on a daily basis. He’ll receive the razor of your choice and he’ll get 4 new blades each month. Depending on the razor/blades you choose, it’ll only set you back $1, $6 or $9 a month.

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Misto Box: Is your dad a coffee lover? Then this subscription service is for him! For only $15/month he’ll receive four bags of the world’s best whole bean coffee.

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Birchbox Man: Does your dad like to pamper himself every now and then? For $20/month, Birchbox Man will send your dad high-end grooming and lifestyle samples all year. If that sounds too steep, consider signing up just two or three months instead.

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Bespoke Post: This is a bit on the pricey side ($135 for three months), but with some help from siblings, it shouldn’t be too bad. Each month, dad will receive a box with a theme. Current themes include “Seared,” which includes a bunch of grilling stuff. “Shade,” which includes beach friendly things and  “‘Cue,” which has all thing BBQ.

He’ll be able to view the box before it’s sent to him. If he doesn’t like it, he can skip it at no charge.

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3. Try a magazine subscription

Many dads like to tune out and get lost in a good read, so why not get him a magazine subscription based on his hobbies? Golfing, fishing, tech, gardening, Crossfit…there’s a magazine for that!

If your dad love his iPad, digital subscriptions work too!

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4. Take him out for coffee or lunch

When was the last time you both spent quality time together? Give your dad a nice card and invite him for drinks at his favorite coffee shop or lunch at his favorite restaurant. Our bet is this would be his favorite gift! Memories are the best gifts…not things.

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What are you giving your dad for Father’s Day?