What’s with all this grill, power tools and equipment that dads often get for Father’s day? Whereas, there are so many frugal ideas out their when it comes to Mother’s day? Aren’t you tired of purchasing power tools for dad every year? Well, I’m sure dad is probably tired of receiving them! Although, if it’s a necessity and needed, I suppose dad wouldn’t mind it at all. Don’t worry, I’ve bought a grill, too:)
But what about the kids? I always find that smaller kids love to do the simple things for special days. Have you ever thought of no-spending, meaningful gifts your kids can gift to dad on Father’s day? It’s OK to go ahead and purchase gifts for dad (we plan to) but sometimes the simple things are the most meaningful. Let’s think about some simple things that you can do with the kids to make their dad feel very much appreciated on father’s day.
Verbal and Written Expressions
- Verbally tell dad “Thank you” for all he does for the family and for others.
- Make dad a homemade card telling him why you appreciate him.
- Make an acrostic using the word “dad” or “daddy”, or “father” describing your best things about dad (or simply write dad, daddy, or father on a huge sheet of paper describing things the family loves about him). Place it someplace visible so dad can be surprised when he walks in. If the kids are too little to write simply ask them what they think “daddy” is like. Write down their descriptions.
- Draw pictures of your favorite things to do with dad.
- Have a little family meeting (or over a meal) to talk about your favorite funny moments with dad.
Dad’s Favorite Things
- Brew dad a cup of coffee or make his favorite homemade family-friendly drink.
- Cook his favorite meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner).
- Make his favorite dessert.
- Play his favorite game with him.
- Watch his favorite movie or show with him (if the kids are at an age where they actually sit through a show and maybe even understand it a little).
Bonus: And as a bonus, allow dad or take a short nap???? Some dads work hard! Ok, OK, I know you may want to do All The Things with dad on Father’s day. But maybe he’ll appreciate a short nap and be recharged to do more with you later.
Now go ahead and pick one or two of these activities from this list to do with your dad or kids dad on Father’s day. What other meaningful no-spending appreciation ideas could be added to this list? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!!