Recession-Proof Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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With Father’s Day Sunday, it’s time to start thinking! Click here to check out my recent feature on CBS News about Last-Minute Mother’s Day gifts – there are lots of quick, homemade treats that would apply to Dad’s, too, and you can still do them this weekend. One – a garden stone (available at arts & crafts stores) is fun to do as a family & creates a great keepsake. This news crossed my desk and seemed especially timely for Father’s Day, with sensitivity to the stinkin’ economy and ridiculous gas prices! Enjoy.

Recession-Proof Father’s Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate on a Budget
Submitted by Dr. Susan Orenstein,

It’s always hard to find dad the perfect gift, but it’s even harder when the family budget is strained by rising gas prices and a tight economy — and dad doesn’t need another neck tie, golf club, or coffee mug.

Dr. Susan Orenstein is a licensed counseling psychologist who is an expert on Stay Happily, a resource for married couples who want to stay together sponsored by Rosen Law Firm. Orenstein stresses that strong marriages go hand-in-hand with strong families and that recognizing dad as a family this Father’s Day will help strengthen your relationship as a couple.

Orenstein shares five ways to celebrate Father’s Day on a budget:

1) Attend a minor league sports game. Many Dads like sports, but going to see a major league game like the Carolina Hurricanes can be expensive. So opt for the minor leagues such as the Carolina Mudcats or the Durham Bulls so the whole family can afford to go.

2) Volunteer as a family. Nothing makes dad feel more like the head of the family than a group activity. So pick dad’s favorite charity — whether it’s an animal shelter or the soup kitchen — and sign up the whole family to lend a hand.

3) Go for a hike. Many dads like the outdoors and while it may be too expensive to drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Outer Banks, there are numerous state parks to explore nearby. Take the whole family, and enjoy a cookout after the hike.

4) Pool your resources to buy a gift. Instead of each family member purchasing dad a small gift, why not pool your money and buy him something big?

5) Plant a tree. Just because it’s Father’s Day, doesn’t mean you can’t do something good for Mother Nature. Find a spot in your yard and plant a tree in dad’s honor.

Stay Happily is dedicated to providing resources to help couples who want to stay together and features an online show, articles, other websites, books, and workshops which offer the tools needed to create happy, lasting marriages.

Editor’s Note: I love Susan’s ideas, and her idea to plant something was especially timely for me. My husband plants tomatoes each year, and although I groan at the need to water, water, water, I couldn’t be happier that we’ve got Salmonella/free tomatoes on our vine! Happy Father’s Day! — Amy

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6 Comments to Recession-Proof Father’s Day Gift Ideas

  1. by Albrook Mall

    On September 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I big fan of, Greetings from Panama.

  2. by Amy Smith

    On April 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for your kind note! How did you find our site?

  3. by Michael Odza

    On April 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    It’s not super-super cheap, but the economy is beginning to pick up again, no? How about a subscription to a beer of the month club? This one club, Craft Beer Club, picks 4 different beers from the 1600 craft breweries in the US (3 each) every month. That way, he’ll appreciate your gift all year long!

    (Or, if he’s a wine drinker, try any one of five different series from Gold Medal Wine Club,

  4. by Amy Smith

    On April 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Neat idea – thanks! Where are the Mother’s Day ideas?! 🙂 Let me know if you want to do a reader give-away on the site leading up to a holiday. Thanks – Amy


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