Oh crap! There’s less than a week left until Father’s Day! Don’t panic if you’re still scrambling for some gift ideas for your Pops–we’ve got you covered. Check out this list of 9 non-lame ideas for affordable last-minute gifts that are sure to delight Dad.
1. Cook Him a Nice Meal
A well-fed Dad is a happy Dad! Make his Father’s Day dinner extra-special by whipping up his favorite meal, or take it up a notch and try a fancy new recipe like this one. Steak may be a pricier pick, but you’ll definitely save by choosing to dine in–and Dad’s worth it!
If your Pops is a vegetarian, give this recipe a try. The delicious umami flavors from the mushrooms will leave him feeling super-satisfied.
2. …Or Bake Him a Special Treat!
Why not follow up a homemade dinner with some sumptuous sweets? This recipe takes your everyday brownies and adds a kick with a little bit of whiskey and salty caramel sauce. In just 30 minutes, you’ll have some ooey-gooey goodness to share.
3. Create a Coupon Book
This gift costs absolutely nothing to make, but it’s sure to put a smile on Dad’s face. Choose one of the many free printable coupon books from this site and fill them in with the favors of your choice.
4. DIY a One-of-a-Kind Fragrance
Give Dad a fragrance as unique as he is by making it yourself! All you’ll need is some essential oils, a small bottle, and a little bit of creativity. Choose woodsy scents like Sandalwood or Cedar for a fresh and masculine fragrance. You can find some easy-to-follow instructions here.
5. Rent his Summer Reading List
Does your Pops have a reading list a mile long? Set him on the right track by heading to your local library and checking out a couple of his to-read titles. Bonus points if you make a couple of cute bookmarks for him to use, like these! Looking for some book recs? Check out this list of manly must-reads for some inspiration.
6. Build a Personalized Gift Basket
Head to the Dollar Store and pick up a couple of small gifts that come together in a theme. Choose a cute container to bring it all together and presto–you’ve got a gift basket! This site has instructions for a car wash-themed gift basket, and this one has a fisherman’s theme.
7. Commemorate Your Travels
If you and your dad love to see the world together, a personalized travel map will surely warm his heart. All you need for this easy DIY is some photos, some pushpins, and a map.
8. Start a Memory Jar
All you need is a glass jar, some slips of paper, and a little creativity to make a truly meaningful gift. You can leave the paper blank and let Dad fill out his favorite memories throughout the year to look back on next Father’s Day, or write out 365 of your own–one for him to open every day. You can find instructions here.
9. Explore the Great Outdoors
Sometimes the best gift you can give is just a few uninterrupted hours with Dad. So put away the phones and head to the nearest park or green space for a day spent enjoying nature. Who knows what new memories you’ll make? You can find the U.S. National Park closest to you here.