3 Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day On A Tight Budget

Father’s Day is fast approaching – this year it falls on the 16th of June. The cost of living has risen exponentially during 2022, with nine out of ten adults reporting that their everyday expenditure skyrocketed between March and April this year. News outlets have even reported that millions of UK citizens have had to make the difficult decision between “eating and heating”, no thanks to the economic damage done by COVID 19 and the stark shortage of natural energy supplies. 

Of course, despite these hardships, we still want to live our lives and enjoy celebrating the things that matter to us. You only live once, so it’s important to celebrate the special moments and dates such as birthdays, Christmases, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. If you are looking for ways to celebrate Father’s Day on a tight budget, here is some inspiration to help you out.

1 It’s finally summer – plan a picnic in the park or host a family BBQ.

One of the brilliant things about Father’s Day is that it falls in the summer months. This means that, stereotypical rainy UK weather aside, there’s a good chance that Father’s Day will be a dry, sunny, and hopefully warm day. Why not celebrate Father’s Day on a tight budget by planning a get-together in your local park, or by hosting a family BBQ? 

Getting together with those that you hold nearest and dearest, such as your close friends and family members, is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day on a budget. One of the pros of inviting numerous people along to the celebration is that they’re often able to chip in with food and drinks.

Inviting close friends and members of the family to ‘bring a dish’, or even contribute a small amount of money towards the overall cost of the event is a perfectly acceptable way to plan a party for the special father in your life. Picnics in the park or summer BBQs definitely make a great, cheap, and fun way to celebrate Father’s Day on a budget.

2 Celebrate Father’s Day on a tight budget by making sure that the day is all about Dad.

Often people expect Mother’s Day to be all about Mum, but why is that expectation not the same for fathers? This year, instead of splashing the cash on fancy gifts and cards, why not treat Dad to a day off? 

A lovely way to celebrate Father’s Day on a tight budget is to plan your celebrations around his passions and hobbies. Start the day with his favourite breakfast in bed – this is definitely something that the kids can help with and is the perfect opportunity to present any small gifts or cards that you may have. 

Next up, divide Dad’s usual chores between the rest of the household members and get to work while he relaxes and enjoys some well deserved time off. Once that’s all out of the way, it’s time to spend the rest of the day doing what he loves most. What are his favourite hobbies? Perhaps he loves fishing or playing football, or maybe he’s a keen hiker or movie buff? Make Father’s Day all about Dad and share in his hobbies and interests. Memories like these will last a lifetime and stay with you all forever, whereas expensive gifts could likely be forgotten about or misplaced.

3 Make it special by gifting your dad with homemade presents this Father’s Day.

There’s something so lovely about receiving a gift from someone that you know they dedicated a lot of time and energy into creating for you. I am a firm believer in homemade gifts and I have given my fair share of watercolour paintings and other various creative items to my children’s father by way of showing my gratitude over the years. Celebrating Father’s Day on a tight budget doesn’t mean that you can’t still bring gifts and cards. Instead of running to the shops though, take a step back and think about the type of skills you have and how they could be of use. 

Here are a few examples of homemade gifts, or gifts that involve you doing something special for the father in your life:

  • Draw, paint, or print your own Father’s Day cards.
  • Offer to mend his items of clothing or upcycle old items into something new.
  • Write a letter that details everything you love about him and why you’re grateful to have him in your life.
  • Create your own Chore Coupons that he can cash in whenever he likes.
  • Use Canva to create fun photo collages and print them off to create a photo album.
  • Alternatively, use Canva to create a new computer desktop or background for his phone.
  • Write an acrostic poem (this is a great one for kids).
  • Host a movie night and watch his favourite films with him.
  • Bake his favourite cookies for him.
  • Offer to wash his car for him and clean the inside too. 

Remember, it’s the thought that counts. 

We’re all in this together, so please don’t think that you’re the only one looking for ways to celebrate Father’s Day on a tight budget! No matter what you come up with this Father’s Day, remember that it is the thought that counts and that nothing is better than the gift of time.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.


  • joanna

    I think that having a bbq is a great idea for celebrating father’s day. All fathers enjoy a good bbq, especially when it’s spent with their family. A handmade gift sounds like a great way to celebrate but save money at the same time.

    • Lukeosaurus And Me

      My mister always HAS to be in control of the BBQ, but hopefully, he will learn to relax if we do one this year. He can have his food cooked for him for once!

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