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Wow! I cannot believe that Father’s Day (June 19th) is just around the corner! With that being said, I have received many emails from readers asking for special and thoughtful gifts that will not break the bank. Check out this email that I received from reader, Tammy Lynn…

Dear Collin-

With Father’s Day only a week or so away, I am in desperate need of a creative, memorable AND affordable gift for my dad. Besides the fact that he has been my biggest supporter throughout my entire life (I am a true daddy’s girl :D), he also taught me the importance of living within my means. I hoping that you or your readers may be able to help me. Thanks so much! Hope that cold sore is getting better!

So you know the drill! What are your ideas/suggestions for Father’s Day gifts?! Even better, if you’re a dad reading this, what would you like to receive for Father’s Day?

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    I used walgreens and the walgreens code to get 2- 11×14 collages made for $12.00. They were done an hour later and they are amazing!!! Hope that helps!

    • ketsy

      Oh yeah! I did a photo collage at WalMart so my 4-year old could give her dad. It was under $3 no coupons πŸ™

    • Suzanne

      I did the same and am putting in an inexpensive frame for his office!

      • Suzanne

        Oops, I did the free ones awhile back – 2 free codes and got 2 different ones for him w/the kids pics!

  2. Minde Yorchak

    We made a handprint shirt for my husband. Super cheap and easy. You can sometimes find t-shirts for as cheap as $1 at Dollar Tree so all you need is some fabric paint.
    Homeade picture frames are also cheap and easy.

  3. Sarah

    I had pictures of my son taken at Portrait Innovations and it turned out great! I just did the Father’s Day package for less than $10 and got something like 40 pictures of all different sizes. I plan to frame the 8X10 one that says, “My Dad, My Here” to put on his desk at work.

    • Sarah

      * Hero

    • Jennifer

      That’s what my husband did for me for Mother’s Day. We LOVE that place!

  4. Allison

    I made my dad a scrapbook and he loved it. I did major milestones in my life – and of course he was present for all of them. I didn’t do a large book it was an 8×8, so it was the perfect size for him. He has it displayed in his office.There are a lot of websites now that you can create it online and have it delivered. Good Luck!

  5. katie

    It is not a big gift, just something small for the grandpas, from my kids – an empty frappuccino bottle (cleaned out) filled with reeces pieces. wrap a ribbon around it with a tag attached that says Grandpa, we love you to pieces.

    • AMM

      Love it!

    • Robyn

      Katie, that is such a wonderful little gift! I am totally going to do this with my boys.

      • Joy

        Love this idea. My husband likes the Almond Joy pieces though so I may use those but with a “joy” expression.

    • Suszy

      That is such a great and cute idea!

    • nena

      thats adorable

    • shelly b


    • Karli

      Great idea! I’m doing that too!

    • carrie r.

      Cute idea Katie! I think I am going to steal this for my pre-k class for next year!

    • Amy

      Nothing But Country blog (nothingbutcountry.com) has great pics showing how to make this with free printable!

      • katie

        I am doing something similar. I bought clear narrow party sacks, taped the bottom corners to make it look like the bottom of a tie and filled it up with reeses pieces. I tied the top and cut out and taped a piece of striped cardstock to look like the top of a tie. I wrote, “I love you to pieces!” on the piece of cardstock. I think they turned out kinda cute πŸ™‚

  6. cweed2313

    I went to Walgreens.com and with their buy one get one free 11×14 collages, i made one of my dad and I and then one of his car and it only cost me $12.

  7. ketsy

    Such a cliche! Dad’s like gadgets as well as the next person, but at the end of the day, those everyday things are the ones that they need and are usually painful to pend their extra bucks on. I asked my significant other what things he usually needs that he doesn’t buy and he said razors. He liked to have a clean shave but hates to go out and spend from 5-10 dollars weekly or biweekly on razors. πŸ™‚ LOL (I guess video games and other things are more important ) JK.. Anyways, I made a gift basket for him, It had some of the Gillete products from the Walgreens promotions with BOGO and coupons and RR back, I bought a shirt and shorts from JcPenneys with their 10 off 25 coupon and 2 packs of socks from Walgreens this week on sale BOGO plus they had $1 off each one peelies YAY! with the RR from that week. TOTAL: ummm Less than $30 dollars for shirt, shorts, 2 bodywash, 2 razors, 2 deodorants, 2 shave gels, and one pack of socks (I kept one for myself) πŸ™‚ Not so bad plus he”ll save on those product next month to bring me flowers or candy πŸ™‚ YAY!

    • mj

      super…i love to make gift baskets !!!!!!!!with stuff i get on sale

    • Laura

      great thinking πŸ™‚

  8. cwil

    well, I got sucked into that remote control helicopter deal you posted about a little while back, so…. NOT counting that, I:
    received a $20 cash card in the mail for sports authority. So I hit the clearance racks, and scored $80 of clothing for $10.
    I also found some great deal on a cool button up shirt from Kohl’s, normally $35, I think I paid $8.
    Then I’ve saved up a few of his favorite Sobe drinks, and got him a little favorite chocolate treat.
    So all in all I spent under $40 for the helicopter, a shirt, workout pants, basketball shorts, drinks, and candy. Then we’ll make homemade cards on top of that.

  9. Roland01

    As a dad all the above ideas are awsome.Theres nothing better than to recieve something genuine made from the heart. My 10 and even my 15 year old still make me simple cards that pack more of meaning than any store bought card.

  10. Judith

    Our church has a “father of the year” contest every year with 3 entry categories (children, teenagers, and adults). My sister and I each wrote an essay for it years ago and Dad (who is not normally a very emotional man!) had my Mom mount them onto construction paper and post them in their room above the bathroom scale. I laugh at how “ghetto” it is every year. So this year, along with our entries into the contest once again (hopefully we will win again!), I have decided to add in a little something.

    I went to Michael’s and got a large white photo frame and a couple of pieces of thick yellow and blue 8.5×11 paper (will match my parents’ bedroom). I printed our two essays onto the paper and printed a couple of pictures of our entire family as well as Dad with his 2 girls and I made a “collage”. It will look a LOT better than the fading cardboard that is silly puttied to the wall in their nice bedroom! And he will be able to read about how much we appreciate him everytime he gets on that scale :o)

    • Judith

      I forgot to add that Michael’s had their frames at 50% off AND I had a 25% off any frames purchase so it was $15 for the frame and paper and I got my prints from Snapfish for $1.05. Total: About $16!

  11. cindi

    get a picture frame that holds 3 photos. Take 1st picture with someone holding the letter ‘D’ second photo with someone holding the letter ‘A’ and the 3rd photo with another person holding the letter ‘D’.

    • Alice

      I did this with our three month old for one of our gifts, it turned out really cute! I’m thinking I’ll continue doing it every year.

    • ketsy

      Thats sounds fun for the girls room… I m going to do that πŸ™‚

    • Debbie

      Great idea! I have 5 children at home so we could get a 5 picture frame and do D-A-D-D-Y.

    • Sara

      We did this last year and it turned out SO cute! We’ve got 4 kiddos this year so I’m trying to come up with something else for them to spell. πŸ™‚

      • ketsy

        LOVE…. πŸ™‚

      • Loretta

        A four letter word? How about HERO???

        • Jodi

          A four-letter word could be papa.

      • Noelle

        How bout “Dad” with an exclamation point? πŸ˜‰

      • dropofrain

        super cute!

    • CAS

      I did something similar for a friend for her husband for Father’s day and with a cousin who was getting married though I got on a ladder and had the kids/the engaged couple use their bodies to spell out the letters…They turned out Super cute and no one has taken any of them down in their houses yet…

      • Christy G.

        CAS, would love to see a picture!

        • The Mom @ Babes in Hairland

          That’s exactly what we did – using our freebie 8×10 from Walgreens. I had my 3 girls lay down on the floor and the 3 of them bending their bodies spelled out each letter – D A D. It turned out darling. I’ll have to e-mail a picture to Collin or something. I plan on posting it on my blog, but I can’t before Father’s Day or my husband will see it! I’ve been sitting on it now for over a month & I can’t wait to give it to him! I bought a frame from the dollar store and hope he’ll hang it in his office.

          • lindsey;

            I love this idea but we only have two kids….any ideas on how to make that work?

            • The Mom @ Babes in Hairland

              Maybe try lower case letters? Or use some of the kids stuffed animals as “fillers” in spots where they don’t reach! I sent the picture to Collin today & she posted it – you might look through the comments there & see what others said, there might be more ideas there. I think several other people suggested other things who didn’t have at least 3 kids. I think someone suggested possibly spelling ‘love’. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

    • lindsey;

      i love this idea, but we only have two kids…one is three and the other is one. Any ideas on how to make this work?

  12. Reagan Collum

    I’ll be posting a whole list of Fun Frugal Father’s Day stuff tomorrow on my blog: House of Collums. My favorite is the My Dad the Super Hero Supply Kit!

    • Christy G.

      Sounds cute! Anxious to check that out!

  13. ronda

    My dad likes to fish. What would be an inexpensive ($50 or less) gift I could get him? I appreciate any ideas. I want to try and step out of my usual gifts I get him…cologne sets, clothes, gift cards, or tools.

  14. Erin

    I asked my 3 year old specific questions about his dad and typed up his answers word for word. His answers were hilarious and I plan on printing them on nice paper and putting them in his card or printing them on the card itself. These are some of the questions I asked:

    My daddy is years old.
    He weighs lbs. and is ft. tall.
    His hair is and his eyes are .
    My dad loves to relax by and he likes to wear .
    He loves to cook .
    His favorite household chore is .
    His favorite TV show is and his favorite song is .
    Daddy always tells me .
    It makes him happy when .
    When my dad shops, he loves to buy .
    If he could go on a trip, he would go to and he would take .
    I really love it when my dad .

    • Tina in East Texas

      I LOVE THIS IDEA! It will be fun to keep this and read it years from now and laugh at everything they said! And it’s FREE! The hippest idea so far. πŸ™‚

    • Leslie

      I love this idea. I’m going to have to do that with my 4 year old.

    • Betsy

      That is so cute! Love it!

    • Anna

      I REALLY like this idea! :0) Thank you!

    • K

      Awe I love that idea! I think I’m going to use it for my daughter to say about her grandpa (they are best friends so it will be fun to see what she says!)

    • Jennifer

      Yep, this is my favorite too. My 3 year old will definitely come up with some funny stuff I’m sure!

      • Angela

        What a great idea!! We will be doing this one with both of our kids. He will love it!! Thanks!

    • cwil

      love this! Just did it with my 3 year old, and goign to do it with my other kids as well. SO FUNNY!!!!

      thanks for sharing. I’m having my kids draw a picture at the bottom of the page.

    • Carolyn

      This is exactly what we’re doing this year! My 4 year old’s preschool did something similar for moms for mother’s day and it was awesome… we’ll up-it for daddy πŸ™‚

      • MIsty

        My son’s preschool did this for mother’s day as well. It ws great to hear the answers. one of the questions: What does your mommy like to do? my son’s answer: my mom likes to leave me in the truck when she checks the mail……. guess im not getting any mother of the year awards…. (on a sid note the mail box is 2 steps away from my truck, and i would never leave my child in a vehicle. Just in case anyone was wondering)

        • Christy G.

          My son’s preschool did this for Mother’s Day (Muffins w/Moms) and Father’s Day (Donuts w/Dads). And this particular “gift” to the parents is always my absolute favorite. It’s so incredibly cute to hear what they have to say and something I always treasure and place in the “Memory Box”. πŸ™‚ I want to forever hold onto as many memories as I can!

        • Heather

          That is hilarious!!! πŸ˜€

        • Carolyn

          HAHA! That’s funny! I found out that apparently all my daughter thinks I do is make food (which is true I guess, I do that a lot ;), but at least she likes it… it’s so funny to hear their opinions!

        • Jenny

          haha too funny!

    • MIsty

      Very cute. I bought one of those recordabl books from walmart for 20.00. It is pretty much the same concept. I will read the question on the page : What super hero would dad be? then the book will record my son’s answer. My son is 4 and i am really excited to hear his answers, but best of all my husband will have my son’s lil 4 yr old voice for years to come.

    • Karen

      PERFECT! Will do this with my 7, 10 and 13 year olds and modify the questions a bit for each of them. Thank you for sharing!

    • Marti

      Love this. Can’t wait to see the answers from my kids

    • Mara @ Super Savings

      I love it too Erin! I’m planning on doing something similar, but videotaping the kids with our Flip as I ask the questions so he can see their reactions and we can capture this age visually. =) This could be used for anybody (dad, grandpa, mom, cousin….)
      I have 5 kids ages, 11, 9, 7, 3, and 1, so the questions will vary a little based on age. Here are some of the ones I had written down that I’m thinking about using:

      What does Papa do the best?
      What does he do that makes you laugh?
      How does he make you feel special/loved?
      What is the silliest thing he does?
      What’s the craziest thing he’s ever done?
      What is he better at than anyone else?
      What makes him smile?
      Do you think Papa got into a lot of trouble as a kid?
      Is Papa old?
      If Papa was an animal, what would he be, and why?
      What’s his favorite food?
      Why do you look up to him?
      Is he afraid of anything? what?
      Do you think he would change anything about himself? why? **
      If he had 3 wishes, what would he wish for?

      **I asked my 9 year old daughter this as I wrote the questions and she said “No, because I think he thinks he’s perfect…..well, maybe not, but *I* think he’s perfect just the way he is!” So sweet!

      Mara @ Super Savings

  15. kim

    Sears Photo Studio has coupons for free photos all the time. So a few weeks prior to fathers day or birthdays I take my children and get a free picture. You can also purchase a smile club card ($30 or less if you purchase a package) and you can get a free 8X10 every day. My Photo Studio knows me by name and they are always willing to do extra things for me. They have used photos of my kids to hang on the wall and when they change them they give them to me.
    Another cute craft idea is to have your child put hand prints on a piece of plain fabric (light brown or white) and then write a cute saying. Put it in a frame and you are good to go. Dad can take to work or hang on the wall at home.

  16. K

    If any of you have a Portrait Innovations close by they are having a package deal where you can get

    2- 8×10
    4- 5×7
    4- 3×5
    32- Wallets
    PLUS a free Fathers day portrait with a saying

    All for only $9.95 + Tax (Has to all be of the same portrait though)

    I personally have 4 men to get Fathers Day gifts for so I’m planning to take my kids and get these taken and put them in cute I love Grandpa and I love Daddy frames to put with their gifts. You can’t even print all those sheets from Walmart for that cheap in my opinion and I LOVE Portrait Innovations. And an extra bonus is that they print them in less then a half hour right while you are there. You don’t have to leave and come back in a week, you get them right then and there. Hope this idea helps!

    • Dana

      Thanks for this one! Making my appointment first thing in the AM! πŸ˜‰ I just hope I can resist all the other “irresistible” poses!

  17. Kellyw

    I downloaded photo story and put together pictures of when we dated, got married, honeymoon then all the kids. I used the new Darius Rucker song This and it makes all your photos come to life. We make a video like this for all our kids each birthday with our favorite pics. Everyone time I watch them I get teared up. It’s a little time consuming but we love them and so do the kids.

  18. Lori

    I saw a really cute idea from website, but I forgot what it was! Buy a frame (8 x10) print a nice sentimental saying (ex. “I will always remember the things you have taught me and how much you love me” or “the best things in life aren’t things”, “the love of a family is life’s greatest blessing”, etc. ) Print it out in a cute font. On the backside of the glass on the picture frame, have little ones dip hands in acrylic paint and print it on the glass. Once it dries, put it together! (the words will show through the paint!)

    • Noel

      I like this idea!

  19. Cyan B

    I bought a fake tattoo online that’s a heart with DAD written in it. I put it on my 3 year old son’r bicep, dressed him in a white tshirt, jeans and black converse sneakers and took him out for a photo shoot. I then took the shots, put them on Picnik and out some effects on them. They now look like the professional pictures I see online all the time. Can’t wait to give these to DH. I know he’ll love them.

    • Jen B.

      I am SO loving all these ideas! My husband got a tattoo a couple months back with our 4-year-old son’s name on it- it’s a Batman symbol since our last name is Batmanian and Adam’s name is written inside of the symbol πŸ™‚ He adores our little one and he said it was the only reason he would ever decide to get one. What a cute idea it would be to do the same and dress Adam up with a daddy tattoo! Put it in a cute frame and he could put it on his desk at work- awesome! Thank you so much for the idea. I really was having a hard time coming up with something but this is perfect πŸ™‚

  20. Audrey

    My daughters is two. I made my husband coupons good for saturday’s out with the guys. with a guarantee of no nagging or guilt trips.

  21. Beth

    My brothers, sister and I made lists of our favorite memories, words, sayings or character traits about our dad (for his 60th birthday). We had a friend who does caligraphy write these out and framed it. Dad loved it. So this year I did something similar for my husband. I had our children (6 and under) give me memories or thoughts about their Daddy. I used different fonts to create a similar type of picture using these words. I am hoping to get it framed, plus a picture of our kids.

  22. Leslie

    Each Father’s Day, we take a photo of my husband with our kids (started this on his first Father’s Day when we only had one child) print out the picture and paste it to a page in a Father’s Day book I made for him. Around the picture, my kiddos put their hand prints each year. It’s cool to see them and their little hand prints growing and changing throughout the years, and it’s a fun memory that we share doing the photo and hand print every Father’s Day.

    • Joy

      I love that idea!

    • erika

      sounds like a great idea to start this year for my husband as it is his first father’s day!

  23. Danielle

    I used a groupon for a bookstore to get my Dad some books for half off. I got my grandpa a new razor (free) and a refill pack ($2). This is my typical gift for him. They won’t spend the extra money for the nice razors, and he really likes them. Everyone jokes and says that they know what my gift is and that it was free or cheap. He just grins and says he doesn’t care. At least it’s something I know that he will use and enjoy! I also got him some bird feed for his feeder.

  24. Tricia

    I got the free card from TinyPrints for my dad, and the free one from Cardstore for my husband, plus free photo collages from Walgreens from back around Mother’s Day. I have a couple of nice metalwork photo frames I got for a couple of bucks apiece at an 85% off Kohl’s special a year or so ago – with a palm tree motif, appropriate for Florida! I got my husband a couple of pairs of shorts for working out on sale at Walmart for $5 each, and I’m running to Joann’s tomorrow with my Firefly Frenzy coupons to get him a couple of things for his garden at 50% off, and I have some free or nearly free candy bars and gummi bears to tuck in with the rest.

    So, for both the fathers in my life, I’ll be spending around $20 – thanks, Collin! I couldn’t do it without you!

  25. Joely

    We are planning on giving hubby breakfast in bed and a list of “get out of chores free” coupons.

  26. Marie

    I used http://www.hotprints.com/ to make a photo book. They used to be 100% free. Now they are free + $2.99 shipping. Still, not too bad and they are really cute.

    Also, make sure you check your Eversave account. I don’t remember when I signed up, but recently I received a $10 credit that expires in a few days. You can get a pretty nice deal using this credit.

    • Sharon

      I’ve used hot prints as well and have been happy with the results. You can make up to 4 every month. There are not a ton of different layouts, and colors, but for $2.99 they are a “steal” and they are delivered fast!!

    • Suszy

      I used that too – my husband loves the book I made for him πŸ™‚

  27. gina

    I want to get a new grill for the hubby anyone find a good deal on a gas grill……..

    • Samantha

      I don’t know anything about it, but hhgregg has a Char-Broil 2 burner gas grill for 88.99 through Saturday.

    • Laurie

      My boyfriend bought his dad a really nice smaller grill that uses small propane tanks from Target, normally $149 on clearance for $104-ish. It’s a good deal, and a really nice grill. They have cheaper ones too.

  28. Dawn

    Last year for Mother’s Day my daughter made me a Jar of Love. (Easily adapted for dads) It was a mason jar with her picture on it, ribbon around it, and it was filled with hearts on which she wrote (in her sweet six year old handwriting) reasons why she loves me. Best gift EVER!

  29. Heather Franco

    I think my husband would like a hammock…….know of anywhere that has a good deal on them? Probably need the kind that don’t hang from trees since out trees are pretty far apart.

    • Ann

      Get organized has a foldaway hammmok item #17993. I bought one for my dh last week it was on sale for 29.98 from 39.98. I had a discount code too but now I cant remember it exactly it had something to do with “bradsdeals”. Hope this helps

  30. heather

    I took the words to a song “daddy Hung the moon” and put pictures of my girls with the words. created a photo book.

    daddy hung the moon
    out shined the stars
    placed song inside my heart
    and I’m still a daddys girl
    oh I know it must be true
    god may have made the stars
    daddy Hung the moon

    Im missing some of the words but the song is perfect for a daddy girl

  31. Ann

    I bought some plain white t-shirts one year and some t-shirt iron on printer paper and printed pictures of our kids and some cute personal messages on the iron on transfer paper then ironed them on the shirts. Presto! My dh was so impressed and it was so easy and I don’t remember it being expensive because I found shirts on sale and used staples rewards to buy the iron on transfers.

  32. Samantha

    I got my husband a new ps3 game and 2 blu-rays (True Grit and the Back to the Future trilogy) for about $65 on amazon! Not exactly cheap, but he really wanted these things and I got them at a great price! πŸ™‚ I would have paid close to $150 for them if I had bought them somewhere else. πŸ™‚

    • MIsty

      I love the foot prints frame. Such a great idea,

  33. kim

    For my dh’s first father’s day i had our son, who was then 10 months old, finger paint a picture for dh. I took his picture and put both pictures in a scrapbook for dh. Every year I have added in more finger paintings and more pictures of the kids doing their paintings, adding in kids as we accrue them. Dh has a nice collection of finger paintings and a picture of each kid doing it now. I like the fact it is in a scrapbook and not framed as Idk what we would with all the pictures now!

  34. Rachel

    I was able to make gifts for my Dad, my Father-in-Law, and most of the men in our family with stuff from my stock pile. We gave some of the gifts early since we wouldn’t see them this weekend, but the ones that did already get stuff were blown away with my ‘free or almost free’ couponing stuff.

    – Tylenol Precise heating patches
    – Tylenol Precise gel
    – Old Spice and Gilette body washes
    – Gilette or Old Spice deodorant
    – Gilette Pro-Glide razor or Shick Hydro razor
    – Nivea Men’s Lotion
    – Candy Bars

    …and a handmade card from my 2 year old. πŸ˜€

  35. Melissa

    Do a collage of you and your dad throughout the years! πŸ™‚

  36. felicia

    This is the first Fathers day my boyfriend will get to spend with his children, so I want to do something meaningful. I normally buy big gifts, and my children already got him patio funiture, but I think I need to expand my horizon and get artsy. I was thinking of doing some kind of hand prints with a poem and framing it, but I’m not sure what kind of ink or paint to use on the kids.

    • Jennifer Marks

      If you google fathers day poems, they have some really cute one!!

  37. Katie

    Last year I found this idea for a “treat of the month” for my husband:http://jenni-simplysavvy.blogspot.com/2010/06/fathers-day-gift-idea-treat-of-month_04.html and modified it a bit. I found an unfinished litle mailbox at Joann’s (any container would do) and my 2 yr old painted it and put his hand prints on it and we filled it with a bag of tootsie rolls. Then on a random day each month we would put a new treat in it. He LOVED it and said he would be happy with that every year (except we are starting a diet, so no treat box this year!) The tutorial has recipes for homemade treats, but we both work full time and just don’t have a lot of time for casual baking, so I did store bought treats- usually whatever I could find a great deal on that month. It’s nice because it spreads the expense out and it is a reminder all year! πŸ™‚

  38. Jennifer Marks

    We got a coffee mug that you can have the kids decorate, ours says “We love you this much” and it is a little kid holding his hands out. I have little ones…so they all signed their name and said “I love you” on it. The markers it comes with does NOT wash off, really cute idea. Then we will fill it with candy!! He can use it for many years to come, we do one each year! Super cheap idea!

  39. carrie r.

    I have made these with my own kids as well as my pre-ks. Print out the poem then do their foot prints in paint. If you have multiple kids, just do one print of each kid and the mount the poem next to it.

  40. Anonymous

    I used some amazon giftcards I had from swagbucks to get my dad the ESPN 30 for 30 collector dvd set (it was priced at 70 something, but its over 100 at most other places). I also took advantage of the promo code for amazons new myhabit.com (10 off with “myhabit1”) and got my hubby a really cute beatles t shirt for 12 dollars shipped.

    • Sarah H.

      I couldn’t get the discount to load earlier this week, so I wrote a note to complain. They gave me a $20 credit and let me use the discount. I got a Lords of Liverpool hoodie for $1. What awesome customer service!

    • Amanda

      I use my swagbucks amazon gift cards for gifts all year. Everyone in the family keeps an amazon wish list. I never have to hope they’ll like it!

  41. Suszy

    Nothing beats writing a letter to your dad saying how you feel about him and maybe your favorite memory. πŸ™‚

  42. Lisa

    I got a wooden box from Michael’s. My oldest painted the bottom of the box, my middle son painted the lid and the baby put his footprint on the inside lid. We wrote happy father’s day on the bottom and got colored paper and wrote little sayings of All the things we love about Dad… like to help me with our homework, you give me a bath (baby), you give mommy a break when she needs one, you give us kisses, etc.

  43. Marie

    I saw comments about grills. If you can’t afford an expensive grill, there are some really cute ones at Cost Plus World Market. And you can take them with you when you go camping πŸ˜‰


    They are $19.99 and they have a $10 off $30 coupon this week, I believe. Plus they have a lot of cool grilling accessories.

  44. Sarah H.

    Lettering Delights (http://www.letteringdelights.com/) currently has as a freebie “Dad En-Tie-tlement coupons” (my personal favorite is an hour of silence!). LD has freebies about once a month, so it is worthwhile to sign up — the fonts and graphics are great for making homemade cards.

  45. Anonymous

    how bout a quote jar? Make up your own meaningful or inspirational or memories on small pieces of paper. put in jar – normally, they’re 365 quotes (which takes some time), and hang a happy fathers tag on the side of the jar explaining to dad to pull a quote out each day of the year. But you can do as many or as little number of quotes you want. Decorate the jar however you want.

  46. Karen

    You know how your kids bring home their art portfolios at the end of the school year (well mine do) and you never know what to do with their pictures except hang them on the fridge or put them in storage? Well, one of my daughter’s pictures this year was a lovely turtle, and since my dad collects turtle figurines, I thought it would be nice to buy a frame from Michael’s for her turtle picture. It was super easy to get the picture centered in the frame. My dad gushed so much! The frame was about $20, and with their usual 40% off coupon…

  47. Allie

    I did made these this year and am so happy with them!!! I got scrapbook paper on sale at micheals for 25 cents a sheet…and I got 4 per sheet. I traced a tie outline (4 fit on one piece of paper) Then I took a picture of the kids, printed them at Costco, had the 9 cent prints coupon. Glued the picture on the bottom of the cute scrap book paper, you cut the picture to fit the shape of the tie. Then you laminate them…I did it at office depot and it was a little over a dollar for two ties! It turned out sooo cute!!! I made one for my dad years ago, but scrap book paper wasnt as cute then. But my dad still LOVED it and still has it.

    • Christy G.

      Would love to see a picture Allie …. I need a visual. πŸ™‚

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