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Jun 19, 2015

Inexpensive and Creative Gift Ideas for Father’s Day


Most parents will instantly appreciate a homemade gift from their child more than anything store bought. Likewise, spending quality time together is more valuable than any gift card. If you're scratching your head trying to figure out how to make your dad happy this Father's Day, here are some simple ideas for meaningful presents.

Mini Terrariums
Flowers make wonderful gifts, but their beauty is quick to whither unless carefully tended to. This is not the case with plants like moss, cactus and bonsai trees. Put a little soil in a jar or similar glass container big enough to house a small, low maintenance plant. Toss in some colorful stones and you have a mini bio dome. All it needs is a little indirect sunlight and watering once a week.

Photo Boxes
Buy a cheap decorative box from the dollar store. Use a glue stick to cover the sides with family photos, and you can also put one on the underside of the box's top. Fill the insides with homemade treats, more pictures or homemade dad coupons redeemable for car washes or yard work.

Pet Calendars
There are plenty of software programs available online and at drug store kiosk that can transform your personal photos into custom greeting cards, but if you really want to go the extra mile, do a themed photo shoot with your cat or dog and make a one-of-a-kind calendar. You could do this with pictures of children too, but animals always make fun calendar subjects.

Build a Den Together
Den-building is becoming a fashionable hobby and is a great way for young and older children and parents to live out their fantasies of building tree houses. You don't have to be an architect; tutorials on how to build complex structures out of branches and logs abound on the Internet. This can be a highly rewarding opportunity to learn from one another and make something that is meaningful to both of you.

Visit a Museum or Historical Site
Many state capitals have free or low-admission history, science and art museums. If you're lucky enough to live near an aquarium or planetarium, those are great day trip options that are far more exciting and memorable than watching a documentary. You may be surprised about what kind of history is in your own neighborhood. Do some research online to find out what kind of local oddities, such as the infamous Barbed Wire Museum in Kansas, are right in your backyard.

Movie Night
If your dad has a favorite TV show, film series or film genre, find a box set and have a themed marathon. Grab a box of candy, make slushies in the blender and pop your own popcorn for your pop. The evening will be a lot less expensive than going to a theater, and you can better enjoy each other's company.

S'mores Over Sunset
Make a platter of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars. Then you and your dad can work together to build a small bonfire and eat your treats. Pick out some of your dad's favorite tunes and use your smartphone or tablet as a stereo as you enjoy the summer sunset together.

He brought home the bacon for years, so now you can pay him back in more bacon. Bacon salt, bacon candy and bacon jam are all easy and inexpensive to make and will surely leave an impression on any dad. You can also decorate the jar or whatever container to choose to present your bacon in for a more personal touch.