Treating Dad on a Budget: 5 Inexpensive Father’s Day Gifts

It’s Father’s Day this weekend! Want to know the most popular search on Google happening right about now? “Father’s Day Gifts.” Yep, you and everybody else are waiting until the 11th hour to plan for something special for dear ole’ dad. What? There are still 2.5 days left?? That’s plenty of time! I mean, it only takes less than 3 minutes to open, heat up and serve Gordo’s Cheese Dip with Dad’s favorite tortilla chips. Just sayin.

But if you’re looking for something a little more deluxe, while still staying within budget, consider the following suggestions, brought to you by the Gordo’s Big Dipper. Not everyone can afford to spend the average $116 on a Father’s Day gift.

1. Wash the car & mow the lawn. An oldie but goodie. You can’t go wrong with a DIY carwash (especially when dad doesn’t have to do it), or taking it to a nearby car detailing shop. And yardwork? Cheap as can be, but worth a whole lot for someone who doesn’t have to do it this weekend!

2. All day sports fest. Don’t worry too much about basketball being over. There are so many things to watch right now! From heated soccer matches in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2015 Copa America to the U.S. Open and Major League Baseball. Give dad the day off, offer to join him (or leave him be) to watch back-to-back games. Of course, pairing this with his favorite beer and snacks wouldn’t hurt. Got a man cave? Reserve it now.

3. Movies. Lots to see on the big screen right now, too! If dad wants to bring back the kid inside, go see Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World 3D, or Inside Out, which opens tomorrow. More action-packed flicks include San Andreas or Mad Max: Fury Road. A movie out with dad isn’t the cheapest you can buy, but you can expect to spend less than $40 — just tell dad to cut back on the concessions.

4. Gaming. If dad is into gaming, this is a great weekend to try out one of the many new releases, including Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, the Elder Scrolls, The Swapper, or D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die. Or throw it way back with releases of vintage games like Gradius or Nova 2001. Make sure there are plenty of food and beverage reinforcements. Gaming is hard work.

5. Make a meal. Offer to cook dad’s favorite dish while he does whatever the heck he wants to do. Make it as simple or elaborate as dad demands. Heck, serve it to him while he kicks back in the recliner even! Looking for ideas? Here are more kitchen-inspired Father’s Day gifts.


Of course, Father’s Day isn’t about how much money you have to spend. It’s about spending the time and energy on someone who’s likely done the same for you a million times over. The old adage of “it’s the thought that counts” rings true. Spend a bit of time thinking about and putting together something simple but sweet and your actions will no doubt be appreciated.

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