If you have a little more to spend on the men in your life on Father’s Day, here are some gift ideas that will provide dad with rest, relaxation and entertainment. These cost around $100 each.
You may be surprised or doubtful that these items can be purchased for around $100. I have researched prices, sales, stores and product quality and found that each of these items can be purchased for the prices listed. Check Target, Wal-mart, Family Dollar or Dollar General.
Of course, more expensive vanities are available to you if you choose. My purpose is to list the best gift suggestions that you can find for dad at lower prices. I’ve gathered my information from surveys, casual discussion, noting Father’s Day sale items and reading consumer report and purchase history.
1) Outdoor BBQ grill: Although this seems to be a ‘work-related’ gift rather than a gift for pleasure, I assure you that is a must for most any man. I remember 40 years ago, my grandfathers loved to use their grills and times haven’t changed. It is one of the most popular items sold at Father’s Day.
2) Cell phone with camera and planner: This an excellent tool for so many purposes. And it saves having to buy separate camera and digital planner. Most cell phones have a planner function built in. The camera costs extra but is becoming a common feature.
3) Digital camera: A camera is a must-have for anyone. Dads often love to be the recorder of family events. I found a decent model with case and USB cable for $50. If you don’t have a camera on the phone, this is a great gift.
4) Patio set: You can get a decent set of four chairs and table with umbrella for around $100. Look for folding chairs with water-repellant cushions. This is perfect for dad to relax and for the family to enjoy dining outside.
5) Equipment for his Hobby: basketball hoop, raft, boat, canoe or kayak equipment, new video game (who says only kids can play)new computer equipment, etc.
6) Family or Season pass: Check out websites for sports, amusement park, zoo, music, museum or theater venues. We found dad a season pass for two to our local opera guild for $95.
7)Lawn service: Give dad a summer of lawn service or hire a local student to cut the lawn once a week for dad. Best of all, hire one of your own teens to do this job. Extra income and practice for them and Dad has a summer of relaxation.
8) Car Washcoupons: Choose a car wash dad likes and give him a book of 10 washes, one per week for the summer. Here’s another endless chore out of the way for him. Or if he loves to wash his own car, a power washer might be nice.
9) A year of oil and lube changes: If dad does this job himself, what a nice savings of time. Be sure that he really will use this service. Some men prefer to do the job themselves. Typically, a car’s oil should be changed about 3-4 times yearly depending upon use. Compare for value.
10) Dining coupons or gift certificates to restaurants he likes. Ask about special pricing; if you buy certain gift cards, you may get 2 for 1 dining discounts. Don’t buy the kind of gift card where the diner has to pay a portion, but you can give an Entertainment book with some gift money. This offers all sorts of coupons.
This should give you some ideas for a really terrific Father’s Day for Dad or Grandpa.