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6/12/12

10 Budget-friendly Father's Day Gifts

It's just as hard to shop for men as it is to shop for women. We only see this when it's time to think of gifts. Are you going insane as yet?


It's a good year for Dad. According to the  National Retail Federation, shoppers will spend an average of $117.14 on Father's Day gifts this year, up 10 percent over last year.

Though encouraging for both dads and the economy, this stat does nothing to help with the annual challenge of finding the perfect gift. Grill sets and dress shirts are all well and good, but what are some standout ideas Dad will truly appreciate? Consider the following 10 ideas to make this Father's Day memorable without breaking the bank.

1. Adventure
Get your dad a gift he'll never forget, and purchase an adventure package from services like  Cloud9 Living. Whether it's skydiving, white-water rafting or racecar driving, you can find Dad a memorable gift for under $100.

2. A Break
Dads are a busy bunch; whether it's washing the car, fixing the 'fridge or organizing the ever-disastrous garage, your dad could likely use a break this Father's Day. Offer to check something off his task list by doing the chore for him, or make it a bit more fun by helping him with a big project.

3. Memories
Photos are always a great gift, but your dad likely has several framed images of your smiling face. One-up the traditional photo gift with a photo book featuring a timeline of your favorite memories with him.  Freeshipping.org offers a coupon for free shipping on orders of $25 or more from Snapfish, where you can find several styles and price points of photo books.

4. Game Night
Did you enjoy family game night as a kid? Relive those fun memories and plan game night for Father's Day. Make it super nostalgic with classic, kid-friendly games or amp it up to the adult level with Texas Hold 'Em or Five Card Draw.

5. Great Outdoors
Father's Day conveniently falls on the cusp of summer, and there's no better time to enjoy the great outdoors. Gift Dad with an  America the Beautiful pass from the National Park Service, offering access to all the national parks and wildlife refuges in addition to other perks.

6. Style
Is Dad a big-time lawyer? High-powered salesman? Consider gifting him with a subscription to TieTry, an online service offering designer ties for just $11.99 per month. He can choose from such artists as Fendi, Hermes and Calvin Klein without shelling out top-dollar for designer looks.

7. Professional Lessons
If Dad spends his weekends at the driving range or tennis courts, a professional lesson is just what he needs to amp up his game. Daily deals abound for these services, including  this great offer from Dealery.

8. Getaway
The nice weather may have your dad itching for a weekend getaway. Search daily deal sites like Groupon or LivingSocial for local deals to nearby cities or rural destinations, and see if your siblings will chip in to cut costs. You can often find a two-night stay with dining credits for less than $200 per night.

9. Gift Cards
Rely on the ol' standby for the dad who has everything. Gift cards are wonderfully versatile and offer a last-minute option if you're the procrastinating type. Not sure of Dad's favorite store? Consult this list of best gift cards for guys.

10. Alone Time
Let's face it; busy dads and moms love spending time with the family, but sometimes a little alone time is just what they need to regroup. Instead of spending all day on Sunday, June 17 with dad, choose the morning or afternoon to show your appreciation and leave the rest of the day for Dad to do what he wants.





Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC's Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.
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