Father’s Day is a day to show appreciation for the awesome husband and father in your life. With a little thoughtfulness and creativity there are plenty of ways to show dear old dad just how much you care – without breaking the bank. So, don’t let finances be an excuse for yet another predictable necktie or bar of soap-on-a-rope. Here are 10 ways moms and kids of all ages can honor dad this Father’s Day; he may even give you kudos for your thriftiness.

  1. Create a coupon book. Examples of coupons can include: “Dad’s favorite meal”, “Date night with Mom”, and “Uninterrupted game time”. Expiration Date: NEVER
  2. Nothing says, “I love you” like doing his chores. Crank up the lawn mower, or clean and organize the shed/garage.
  3. Make his morning coffee special. Create a personalized coffee mug. Write on a blank mug with sharpies, and bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes!
  4. Teach him something new. How many times in life has Dad taught you a new skill or lesson? Time to return the favor. Teach him the latest dance or help him update his Facebook page. Even if he knows how to do it already, it’s time well spent together.
  5. Create a “Happiness Jar”. Decorate a mason jar for him to use throughout the summer. Provide scraps of paper, have dad date them, and write down his happiest moment of each day. When fall arrives and Dad is having a tough day, open it and look back on all folded notes together.
  6. Make him a video memoir. Use your phone to record the family sharing special memories or funny stories about dear old dad.
  7. Give back as a family. Work side-by-side on a community project.
  8. Build something with him. Let’s be honest…putting together an entertainment center with only illustrations for instructions is hard work for one person.
  9. Detail his car. A good vacuum and wax will make him smile.
  10. Don’t be afraid to get crafty! Homemade cards are still en vogue. Use old magazine clippings and pictures to come up with something unique and special.

However you decide to celebrate Dad, do it with enthusiasm, sincerity, and love. You never know, this could be his most memorable Father’s Day yet.