Father’s Day Gifts That Are Easy on the Wallet

Father’s Day Gifts That Are Easy on the Wallet

Father’s Day is just around the corner. So, you want to get your dear old man a present, but your budget is tight. To make matters even more tricky, you’re practicing social distancing, which means you can’t even go over for a visit. 

Is it possible to happily surprise your dad with a great gift for the occasion, considering all the obstacles? Sure it is! 

Father’s Day Spending

Among all people, Americans love celebrating Father’s Day; the National Retail Federation has the receipts to prove it. In 2019, they revealed that the country spent a record $16 billion to celebrate the national holiday. It seems that people are more than willing to go overboard to show their dads some love and appreciation, whether it’s buying them tickets to their favorite sports game, or top-of-the-line tech or just a fancy dinner at a posh restaurant. 

Going overbudget on Father’s Day is the norm, but you shouldn’t feel pressured to overspend if you can’t afford it. Spending the rest of your paycheck or maxing out your credit card to give your dad something nice is something even he may not approve of. To give you a data-based perspective, Americans are going to waste $5.23 billion U.S dollars on unwanted Father’s Day gifts this year.

The move will put you in a financially vulnerable spot. What if an unexpected emergency expense crops up? What if you get a flat tire or your plumbing stops working?

You’d hate to follow up your nice Father’s Day present with a request for a few hundred dollars to cover the costs for this emergency. If you happen to put yourself in this situation, you can go to www.MoneyKey.com to apply for an installment loan or a line of credit. This may help you deal with an emergency expense if you need a solution as soon as possible. You can save yourself the lecture about responsibility and take care of the problem on your own. 

But, to prevent yourself from getting into this sticky situation, you can get your dad a gift that comes within your budget and works really well to surprise him. Here are some low-cost or no-cost ideas that will help you out.

Arrange for his Entertainment

You can’t go to the theater when you’re social distancing, but you can still eat popcorn and binge great flicks from home. Keep your dad entertained with a subscription to a streaming site like Quibi, Shudder, Peacock, or Netflix. Google Chrome even has the extension Netflix Party that will let you enjoy a long-distance movie night together. 

Get Him a Fancy Breakfast

Put your dad’s address into your Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash or Postmates app to see what local restaurants are still serving and delivering food. Then, order him a delicious meal. It may not be a homemade brunch, but it’ll be the next best thing. 

Take Him on a Virtual Tour

If your dad is a big history or art buff, you should bring on virtual museum tours for the day. He can go to the Louvre, the Guggenheim, or the Smithsonian from the comfort of his living-room couch. 

Host a Game Night

Has there ever been a better way for men (or man-daughter) to bond? You can’t exactly bring out a stack of board games and drive over to your dad’s place, but you can still have an exciting virtual game night with the help of your computer or phone. Love the classics? You can play Scrabble, Pictionary, and Catan online. If you don’t mind getting a little rowdy, try Jackbox Party Games. Or, if you’re feeling creative, make your own trivia game and play it through video-chat. You get extra points for basing the trivia categories on your dad’s favorite things. 

Your dad would be so proud that you chose to be financially responsible instead of shelling out a ton of money. That’s one easy way to make him happy this Father’s Day. 

Christie Lewis
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