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Top Things to Do on Father's Day

Stumped for things to do on Father’s Day? We’ve got you covered with some great ideas that won’t break the bank. You can find plenty of ways to say, “Thanks!” without overspending.

No matter who the father figure is in your life, he probably doesn’t get thanked enough. That’s why Father’s Day is such a great reminder. It’s a dedicated day of the year to thank him for all the sacrifice, work and encouragement he’s poured into you.

Check out these ideas to help get your wheels turning!

For the dad who appreciates something creative:

If you pride yourself on your DIY skills, decorate something like a t-shirt, baseball cap or coffee mug to show how you feel. What dad doesn’t love proudly displaying his kid’s handiwork?

If you’re not quite that crafty, you can still put forth some DIY effort to let him know you care. Consider making a photo collage, scrapbook or slide show from fond memories you shared throughout the years. This could include photos of you as a little tyke and dad in his younger days! Don’t be surprised if this one makes him tear up a bit . . . or suddenly get some “dust” in his eyes.

For the dad who enjoys extra quality time:

Look no further than the activities he enjoys! If he’s a sports guy—go for a round of golf, challenge him to a one-on-one basketball game, or take a family hike in the great outdoors. History buff? Go find the historical sites your city has to offer. The Lord of the Rings fan? Sit down and watch his favorite cinematic flick. Don’t forget the popcorn!

For the dad who loves random acts of kindness:

Give him a break by taking something off his to-do list for the week. Help with some yard work, declutter the garage, or clean the grill. If he’s working on something around the house, give him a few hours off or lend a hand!

If he’s the chef of the family, try turning the tables and cook his favorite meal for him. Get creative in the kitchen or fire up the grill to make something he can sink his teeth into .

Or maybe he’s the type who enjoys some good old-fashioned peace and quiet. Gather up the kids and spend a few hours out of the house to give him some time for rest and relaxation.

For the dad with a vintage soul:

Go hunting for a treasure that will remind him of yesteryear. You’d be amazed at what can turn up at a good yard sale, flea market or antique store. Look for an old game he used to play as a kid, a vintage hat or t-shirt, or even some vinyl records of his favorite band.

The moral of the story is that you don’t always have to give dad a fancy tie or a brand-new grill. Sometimes the best thing to do on Father’s Day is to just say you appreciate him. As any dad will tell you, a simple “thank you” goes a long way.

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