Attention: Father’s Day is this Sunday. I know, I forgot too. Sorry, dad, I hope you’re not reading this. Luckily, we still have three days to get our stuff together. Unluckily, there isn’t much you can buy your dad when you’re broke AF. I get it, trust me. We all love our dads or parental figures, but we can’t afford the presents they deserve, or we just don’t have the time to run out and plan something elaborate in between all of our other responsibilities. We all have things going on and sometimes these things can slip our minds. That doesn’t mean you can’t make your dad feel special, though – there are still plenty of things you can do for Father’s Day that don’t require money or a lot of time.
I’ve got a few ~tricks~ up my sleeve to help you out this year. I know your dad will probably say something like, “you don’t need to get me gifts!” or “don’t waste your money on me!” and he is half right: you shouldn’t have to prove that you appreciate your dad by getting him a fancy gift. That said, he will probably appreciate a little reminder that you still love him and all that jazz. So, if you have zero money, don’t stress out, and give your dad these free gifts for Father’s Day this year.
Make Him FoodDADS LOVE FOOD. Make him his favorite meal, or bake him a batch of brownies. He will be happy and full, which is really the best state a father can be in, right? If you don't know how to cook, ask your mom for help. It's fine, I won't tell anyone. Image Source: iStock
Ask Him For Life TipsDads love giving unsolicited advice, so imagine how happy he will be to give you WANTED advice?! Ask him to talk about his job or things he likes to do, and actually listen to him. I know that you are a busy gal, but taking time to listen to your dad will actually make him pretty happy, I swear. Image Source: iStock
Go Out For Free FoodIf you can't make food, don't worry. Certain restaurants and stores offer free things for dad's on their favorite day of the year. Some McDonald's restaurants offer free breakfast for dads, which is pretty cool. Just be sure to call ahead to make sure, since only certain states are doing it. Check out and see if your local stores are doing anything special, too! Image Source: iStock
Make Him A CardA homemade card sounds lame, but it goes a long way. Find some cute pictures of you two, make a little collage, and add some nice words. He will pretend not to get emotional, but we all know how dads are...he will probably cry at some point. Image Source: iStock
Post An Instagram Of You TwoPost a cute TBT of you two on Instagram. It's small and silly, but publicly showing your appreciation for your dad is a pretty sweet thing to do. Find a fun picture and write a cute caption that gives your dad a little shout out. Be sure to show him, too, so he knows that it's there. I don't know about your dad, but my dad doesn't even know was the App store is, let alone what Instagram is. Image Source: iStock
Watch Your Favorite Movie TogetherDo you have a movie you used to watch with your dad all the time? Ask him to watch it with you! It will be a fun and nostalgic ~bonding session~ for you both. Even if you don't have a movie you like to watch together, ask him to pick one out for you to watch. It might be boring, but it will be nice for your dad. Image Source: iStock
Make Him A PlaylistDoes your dad have a specific music taste? Make him a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music and play it for him. Honestly, a lot of dads don't even know how streaming services work, so they will be pretty impressed at the idea. Add some classic dad bands like Led Zepplin and you're good to go. Image Source: iStock
Laugh At His Dad JokesWhen all else fails, just tell your dad he is funny. Laugh at his jokes. It's fine. He deserves this ONE DAY, okay? Even if they're not funny (let's be real the probably won't be) just let him have his moment. Image Source: iStock
Are you going to do any of these things for Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments!