Raysha Duncan, Financial Aid Administrator
It can be hard to come up with gift ideas for dads, especially if you’re on a budget. Everyone recommends for the general consumer to buy him ties, wallets, power tools, etc. – but what does the broke college student get or do for dad this Father’s Day? Never fear, we’ve compiled some thrifty ideas below to help you celebrate your dad this year.
Just go and hang out with him for the day.
This is the simplest idea out there. Just spend time with him – keep him company in the garage, listen to him talk about what he’s been up to recently, take an interest in his hobby (it’s just one day, remember!). Sometimes the best gift is just your time, and nobody appreciates that more than your family. And this is the best gift if you don’t live close to your dad because you can actually go spend time with him or if travel isn’t possible that weekend just spend time talking with him on the phone.
Update the pictures of you and your siblings on his desk/in his wallet.
How old are the pictures your dad has in his office or his wallet? Lend the man a hand and update them for him! Either collect pictures from your siblings and get them printed (make sure they’re the correct size, make it easy for him to replace them!). Or if you want to go all out, meet up with your siblings either before Father’s Day and take pictures and have them printed beforehand OR do a mini-photoshoot on Father’s Day so your dad is there to participate in the picture-taking festivities. If you go with the second option, make sure you remember to get the pictures printed and delivered to your dad after!
Let him do what he wants that day and take over his weekend chores.
Pretty self-explanatory, give your dad the weekend off to do whatever he pleases.
Because the quickest way to a man’s heart (or anyone’s really…) is through his stomach. Cook up his favorite foods either by yourself or with your mom or siblings. And if mom’s already got the meals for the day covered, bring him some snacks to munch on between meals.
Make a ‘dad date’ with him to watch his favorite show/game/movie with him at a later date.
Can’t spend time with your dad on Father’s Day? Make a date with him for a later date. Does he love watching the opening game of his favorite team at home in his recliner? Offer to bring snacks and your own recliner and hang out with him for the day. Is he super pumped for the new Batman v Superman movie? Offer to take him to the premiere or opening weekend.
Do you have any special ways you celebrate your dad on Father’s Day? Share in the comments below!