I’m always at a loss when it comes to Father’s Day gifts.  Finally, I started getting crafty on Father’s Day and I haven’t regretted it.

But there’s only one problem with this.  I don’t have a crafty bone in my body.  Seriously. I have zero artistic ability and I absolutely hate mess, especially the gluey, painty, or sparkly kind.

But every once in a while, I bite the bullet and make a mess anyway.

This year, to help you out for Father’s Day, I’ve created a list of fun, frugal, and thoughtful father’s day gift ideas.  Some are super crafty, while others are simply clever or touching.  You choose the level of time commitment.  And if you skip the paint this year, you’ll be in good company.


9 Clever and Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas

All images are used with permission of the original authors.

1.  Child Interview Photo Gift

 This is, by far, one of my most pinned blog posts.  It’s also the gift that made my dad cry last year on Father’s Day.  Interview your child about their dad or grandfather and you will get sweet and hilarious results.  Trust me, moms, this one is a keeper.

2.  Memorize Scripture

When dad is at work during the day, teach your children his favorite Bible verse.  On Father’s Day morning, the kids can surprise their daddy by reciting it together.  And this will be the gift that keeps on giving, because we know that God’s word will work on their little hearts too.  Just imagine how that very verse will impact them as adults!

Need some ideas?  Try teaching the kids part of Joshua 24:15 (as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord), Proverbs 14:26, or Psalm 127:3-5.

3.  Fun & Easy Father’s Day Art

fathers day art

This cute craft won’t take much time, but it’ll be a lot of fun for your littlest ones.  I’m sure your big kids can make quite a masterpiece for their daddy.

4.  Scrapbook Paper Handprints

This gift was another hit with the grandparents, and to be honest, I made one for myself too.  I love having a visual reminder of how tiny their little hands are!  And since my kids don’t go to school, the only way I can get awesome crafty gifts from my kids is if I make them myself.


5.  Video Interview

Crystal Brothers, another homeschooling mom at Serving Joyfully, says that she interviewed her sons this year and asked them what they love about their daddy and what they enjoy doing with him.  I know that will be a gift that her husband will treasure for many years.

6.   Fingerprint Tie

This gift idea is simple and clever because a lot of dads don’t like getting yet another tie on Father’s Day.  But they’ll love this one.


7.  Photo Collage

Homeschooling mom Caroline Nixon at Anchored in His Grace said that her husband loves photo gifts (my dad does too).  This year, she’s making a photo collage of their annual pictures at the beach.  They have five children and she has pictures of him holding a different toddler every single year at the beach.  It will be a sweet memory for him.

8.   Photo Tray

This is a riff on photo collages that I came up with several years ago.  I took a ton of our favorite pictures from childhood and glued them onto a wooden tray using Mod Podge.  The result was beautiful and a great memory for my dad and all of his kids.


9.  An Experience

What’s something your dad or husband would enjoy?  Maybe he would love a baseball game with the grandkids. Or going to a professional soccer game for the first time without the kids.  Or perhaps a family hiking trip up in the mountains.  Your budget and time are the only constraints here, but with a little bit of creativity, I’m sure you can come up with something that even those hard-to-buy-for dads would enjoy.

Which of these do you think you’ll try this year?  


About Gabby Daigle

Gabby writes at MamaGab, where she loves to encourage moms in their heart for their homes, husbands, children, and the Lord. She loves to encourage in this same way in her local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Ministry, which she currently coordinates. She spent a brief time teaching at a Classical school and then began teaching high school English at a public school before becoming a stay-at-home mom. With a 1 year old, a 3 year old, and a 5 year old, Gabby has spent the past 5 years surrounded by diapers and spit up, and there's no where else she would rather be. You can find Gabby honestly sharing the joys and struggles of motherhood on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+.

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