Every year my father would ask for the same thing for Father’s Day: a stick of deodorant. Brute to be specific. EVERY year. And that’s exactly what he got. I don’t think he bought a stick of deodorant for himself after we were born.
It is only as an adult that I realised how frugal my father was.
To be fair his gifts weren’t entirely boring. Most Father’s Days fall on the same as my parent’s birthday (yes, they had their birthday on the same day). When I was a kid I thought all parents had their birthday together. You know, they get married on the same day then they have birthdays on the same day… To further confuse things, my father’s best friend and his wife also have their birthday on the same day.
So each year mum would buy dad something that he needed, and dad would buy mum something that he needed and they would give each other the same gift. One year they got each other a hoe for the garden, another a clock radio (the same clock radio). Exciting stuff. You can see why I have a fondness for the practical gift.
But I digress.
Generally Father’s Day gifts are for children to organise, but as our kids are still too young it’s up to me. I asked DH what he would like for Father’s Day and this was his response:
- A sleep in
- Some favourite food (presumably something involving steak)
- Time to relax in front of the football and play computer games
- A new mouse to play said computer games
- Beer and Clinkers
That’s the thing when you have very young kids – the days (and nights) can be so intense that the best gift is some timeout.
I’ve read a lot of ideas for a frugal Father’s Day on the net, but I’m sceptical as to whether many men would really appreciate a photo frame or even a car washing kit. But maybe that’s just my husband. What’s your experience? (And for the 3.6 male readers of the blog, what do you like for Father’s Day?)
So over to you. What are your best tips for a frugal Father’s Day?
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.