Father's Day can be expensive in our family. I have 4 Father's to buy for: My husband, my dad, my step-dad and my father-in-law.
This year Mr. Ripples and I decided not to spend a lot for Mother's and Father's Day. For Mother's Day, Mr. Ripples bought me a new lunch bag that I wanted for work. Then he took the kids out for a whole day, in which I ended up being sick anyways and got to sleep all day. The girls made me cards and Little Ripples made me a planter at Home Depot's kids workshop.
For Father's Day, I got some cards for the girls to fill out. The Father's Day cards ask questions like: My Dad Taught Me and then they have to fill in the blank. It has about 10 different sentences for them to finish about their dad. Little Ripples did a great job with her card. Baby Ripples is a little too young. I got these cards from oriental trading company. I had a $5 off coupon and they were having a free shipping sale. I only spent 49 cents and got a pack of 12 of these cards so I've handed some out to family and friends for their kids to make for their dads too.
For a gift, I found some things at the dollar store that I thought Mr. Ripples would like:
Back Massager and Scalp Massager
Packs of Blank CD's and Cases (he goes through tons of these making mixed cd's, he's a music junkie)
Packs of Cashews
I also bought him another card from the girls because it perfectly described the type of father that my husband is but also because I forgot about the cards that I bought for the girls to make. Oh well.
For my Dad, who lives very far away, I will just be sending him a card with the girl's school pictures.
For my step dad and my father-in-law, we'll be hosting a Father's Day Cookout and will probably get them each a gift card to the movies or a restaurant that I know they will like.
What types of gifts do you give for Father's Day? Do you have any other ideas for low cost but still great gifts?