The Ultimate Guide to Father’s Day Gifts on Any Budget

The Ultimate Guide to Father’s Day Gifts on Any Budget

How much are you planning to spend on your dad this Father’s Day?

Steve Zussino at Government House

This is a photo of me and my Baby Bjorn carrier (essential for dads to carry their little ones) and my baby girl (5 weeks old)!

According to an infographic on CashStore’s blog, the average amount a consumer was projected to spend on Mother’s Day in 2012 was $152.52. Did you spend that much? Do you plan on spending more or less or Dad this year?

Whether you plan to spend a lot or a little, below is a list of great Father’s Day gift ideas for any budget.

For the businessman:

  • Laptop
  • Leather briefcase
  • Dress shoes
  • Suit
  • Watch
  • Pocket watch
  • Money clip
  • Wallet
  • Travel case
  • Luggage
  • Extended battery for his phone case
  • Personalized flash drive
  • Tie – But, not just any boring tie, personalize it with a picture!
  • Cuff links

For the photo enthusiast:

  • Photo printer
  • Picture frame with a photo of you and your dad
  • Photobook filled with memories you have with your dad
  • Polaroid camera
  • Digital camera
  • Photo editing software
  • Camera Bag
  • Tripod
  • Picture frames
  • Lens cap mug (a coffee mug that looks like a lens cap)

For the sports enthusiast:

  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Sporting gear (golf clubs, baseball glove, soccer ball, football, etc.)
  • Autograph by your dad’s favorite athlete
  • Sports-themed beer mug
  • Sports-themed coffee mug
  • Team jersey
  • T-shirts for his favorite team
  • Gym bag with his favorite team’s mascot

For the TV/movie enthusiast:

  • T-shirt from his favorite TV show or movie
  • DVD or Blu-ray of his favorite movie or television series
  • Surround sound system
  • Old-fashioned popcorn machine
  • Framed movie poster
  • Movie tickets
  • Netflix or Hulu subscription (online streaming services)

For the musician:

  • Personalized guitar picks
  • Sheet music
  • Concert tickets
  • iTunes gift card
  • Speaker system
  • Headphones
  • Old records
  • Karaoke machine
  • Musical instrument

For the beer guy:

  • Beer glass or mug
  • Beer pitcher
  • Membership to the Beer-of-the-Month club
  • Mini fridge stocked full of beer
  • Cigar case and cutter
  • In-home brewing kit
  • Beer cozy
  • Beer holster

For the handy-man:

  • Power tools
  • Tool box
  • Tool belt
  • Building materials (wood, nails, etc.)
  • Pocket knife
  • Riding lawn mower
  • Personalized level
  • Gardening tools and gear

For the outdoorsy man:

  • Hunting gear
  • Fishing gear
  • Camping gear
  • Knife set
  • A gun
  • Bow and arrow

For the grill master:

  • Grill
  • Personalized grilling apron
  • Tools for the grill
  • Gloves for the grill
  • Membership to Steak-of-the-Month club

For the tech guy:

  • iPad
  • Nook
  • Video game console
  • Smart phone

Misc. gift ideas:

  • Personalized coffee mug
  • Breakfast-of-the-Month club
  • Coffee-of-the-Month club

The important thing to remember is that it really is the thought that counts. Think about what your dad enjoys and get him a gift based on that. If you don’t have much to spend, all you have to do is simply spend time with Dad. If he enjoys baseball, sit on the couch with him and watch a game.

Maybe mention that you appreciate everything he’s done for you to make it special.

It’s as simple as that!

Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog,