First of all, I want to thank Kelly for giving me the opportunity to do an ‘online coupons’ feature on her terrific blog. Hopefully I can pass along some frugal living tips along with a few coupons that can save you some money. This is a very exciting opportunity for me. Thanks Kelly!
Father’s Day is in a couple weeks and as a father of 3 young kids it is definitely one of my favorite days of the year. My wife is quite creative when it comes to helping the kids come up with something pretty cool for me, and it never costs a lot of money. Here are a few of the favorite gifts my kids have given me over the years. Hopefully they can provide a little gift giving inspiration. Notice neck ties, cologne, and a box of chocolates didn’t make the cut. Yay!
~ Photo Gifts (My personal favorite) – Over the years I have been given framed pictures of my kids to hang in my office, a photo collage coffee mug, a photo calendar, and a mouse pad with their picture on it. None of these gifts cost more than $20. Snapfish.com is probably my favorite site for personalized photo gifts, although Shutterfly.com is great as well. If you are not familiar with these websites, they are an online service that let’s you upload your family photos and create custom gifts, albums, books, and calendars. My favorite gift was from a couple years ago when the kids made a photo calendar for me and I hung it proudly in my office all year long. The calendars can be created for about $20.
~ Homemade Art – Last year I was given a framed print that had all 3 of the kids hand and foot prints on it, plus their signature. I really treasure it and the only costs involved were the frame and some paint.
~ Dads Love Gadgets – I am weak, what can I say. What is it about bright and shiny gadgets that men can’t resist? They don’t have to be very expensive, especially when you can use a coupon or shop at a discount store like Ross or TJ Maxx. The one gadget that I was given on Father’s Day was from Brookstone.com and it was a BBQ fork that doubles as a meat thermometer. I use it every time I BBQ and it is so cool! I deserve it, right?
~ The Gift Of Time – No coupons for this one, sorry. But some of my favorite Father’s Day memories are not from actual stuff, but rather from bike rides, picnics, camping, and just goofing around with the kids. Like the MasterCard commercial says….Priceless.
Please feel free to add your favorite frugal Father’s Day gift ideas. I look forward to any additions to my list.