Inexpensive Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts : The Saturday Weekend Review #177



Father’s Day gifts don’t have to cost you lots of money especially when there are so many amazing DIY Father’s Day ideas on the web.

We’ve started a DIY tradition with our son so he understands the joy of hand-making something as opposed to a quick occasion money grab.

Related: Why I won’t be buying my wife a Mother’s Day Gift

Budget-Friendly Homemade Father’s Day Gifts Are Fun

The best Father’s Day cards are always those that are homemade with love and special attention to detail even if it is a Crayola mess.

It’s art to the artist.

I’m pretty sure our little boy is going to be hard at work today crafting something special just to say how much he loves me.

The feeling I get every time our little guy wants to learn and follow exactly what I do is probably the same my dad had when I was little and still to this day.

Since I’m not at home as much as I should be when I do get in our son is glued to me.

Every day is Father’s Day for our son and I’m happy to say I don’t mind seeing his little face light up with joy when I walk in the room.

Knowing that what I say and do will have a direct impact on my child has made me more aware of the things I do and keeps me mindful of what comes out of my mouth.

Teaching our son about money has already started as both the wife and I do our best to limit what we spend as “fun money” or buying things we can make at home.

Occasion cards are one example of how we encourage creative arts using odds and ends around the house or spending very little.

My wife and I are huge advocates of homemade crafts or re-purposing so we try to learn and experiment when we can.

Now that we have a son our house is littered with craft supplies and we are on Pinterest far more than we ever were.

I don’t know much about what’s happening for Father’s Day at our house but what I do know is that it’s all going down last-minute.

With the wife and I being so busy we haven’t had much time to get anything done.

I’ve yet to put my dads Father’s Day card in the mail but I’ll have to wait until Monday to do so.

My wife told me a secret that when I arrive back from home on Sunday after work our son will have a surprise for me.

It’s a last-minute Father’s Day craft day happening at the CBB house and our son’s friend is coming over to join in.

I’m excited to see what the boys come up with but more than happy not to be there to clean up the mess, ha!

Inexpensive Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

I had a look on Pinterest and found some pretty cool last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas for any of you who have yet to buy or create something.

Almost all the last-minute Father’s Day gifts I’ve chosen are DIY and inexpensive.

My aim was to keep costs low and come up with Father’s Day projects that weren’t labour intensive since it is tomorrow.

Below I will share with you my findings and where you can find these last-minute Father’s Day gifts so you can get a move on and have it ready for Sunday, June 19, 2016, Father’s Day in Canada. (Note Father’s Day will change each year)

Father’s Day Gifts and Your Budget

What expression of love will you be making for Father’s Day?

Although many of these last-minute Father’s Day gifts are inexpensive remember what is inexpensive to you may not be to someone else.

It’s all about the size of your budget and what you can afford and let’s be real, all your dad wants is your love.

If you can pick up crafts or bits at a second-hand shop you can save money to make almost all of these Father’s Day gifts.

That would be my kind of savings!

Candy Gram for the Sweet Tooth Dad

I’m all for this one Mrs. CBB if you read this…hint 🙂 I love chocolate.

last minute fathers day gifts candy gramlast minute fathers day gifts candy gram

Golf Tees for the Golfing Dad

How cool is this! A jar, some tees a golf ball and a printable label. Boom he’ll love it.

Golf Tee for the golfing dad on fathers day(1)

Coffee Mug for the Funny Dad

I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this one and knew that someone out there might get a kick out of it too.

You can easily make your own designer mugs at home or opt to spend some money to purchase one.

This may be too late for this year but certainly, buy one now if you fancy and stash it away for a Father’s Day Gift for next year.

funny dad fathers day cup

Hammer Coat Rack for the Handyman Dad

My father-in-law would love to get this but since he’s retired I’m sure it would only collect dust as he rarely does any DIY around the house due to his health conditions.

If you have a handyman dad this is a very cool Father’s Day gift idea and I’m sure he will think so too.

hammer coat rack for fathers day diy(1)


Candy-filled Tackle Box for the Fishermen Dad

I’m not a fisherman but I’ve done my fair share over the years as a kid with my dad.

I would have loved to share this with my father on Father’s Day as a treat while we were out catching some fish.

daddy tackle box


Survival Kit for the Gamer Dad

I have no idea about video games but if you have a gamer dad who is hard-core into video games you can put together these simple survival kits.

They are perfect to keep dad fed and full of sugar so he doesn’t lose momentum in the race to finish the video game.

fathers day gamer survival kit

Homemade Bookmarks for the Reading Dad

I thought this was adorable for the dad who loves to read. Nothing says I love you than a bookmark of your kids.

My dad doesn’t read much unless it’s on the tablet but my mum can read a book a day and would love this.

What a brilliant idea and dead-easy to make.

homemade bookmarks of kids for fathers day(1)

A Scratch Map for the Travelling Dad

If your dad travels the world as a pilot or has a job that has him away from home for extended periods he will love this scratch map.

He can pin all the places he’s visited and when he comes home it will be a reminder of just how hard he is working to help support his family.

scratch map fathers day travelling dad


DIY Gift Boat for the Boating Dad

I’m not a boating dad however this might come in handy for all my bathroom junk and cologne that I have.

Right now it’s all in a wicker basket that looks horrible.

My wife likes to hide it sometimes because it’s just awful to look at my man mess in a bowl.

Fathers day gift boat


Easy Kids Foot Sand Print for the Stay At Home Dad

Our kids are only young once and keeping the memory alive with cool projects like this will be memorable for mom and dad and the child as he/she gets older.

All you need is cardboard, glue, and sand. Ta-da!



Homemade Montreal Steak Spice for the Chef Dad

I love to cook so this would be a great Father’s Day gift to receive for the home chef.

What I love about this inexpensive Father’s Day gift is that you probably already have all the spices in your pantry to create it.



Painted Rocks for A Nature loving Dad

Rocks are everywhere and won’t cost you a dime.

You may have to pay a bit for the paint but you can pick that up at the dollar store.

I love this idea for the kids because it helps them to bring out their creative side.


Strawberry Wheelbarrow Planter for the Gardening Dad

Every gardening dad needs a funky strawberry wheelbarrow in his garden.

Almost all gardeners already have garden tools so I thought this was creative and delicious at the same time.

Fresh strawberries are great.



Wine Cork Magnet Planters for the Wine Inspired Dad

We’ve found plenty of wine corks at the second-hand shop and they are very cheap to buy.

If you are a wine drinker you might already have a stash at home that would be perfect for this Father’s Day project.

wine cork planters


Lego Business Card Holder for the Business Dad

How imaginative is this Lego business card holder? Could you imagine the look on your dad’s face when he opens a gift like this?

He can sit it on his desk and everyone who walks in his office will know just who made this.

lego business card holder


Coke and Candy Tractor for the Farmer Dad

I was dying with laughter when I saw this as instantly I thought of a friend who would get a kick out of getting this for Father’s Day.

Again a trip to the Dollar Store could easily make this DIY Father’s Day Gift done in a jiffy!!

coke and candy tractor Fathers Day


Father’s Day Gift Poem For All Dads

A Father’s Day Poem for all Dads called “Footsteps” which is well-known and certainly a precious reminder of our role as daddy.

A simple Father’s Day gift is the words of love that comes from his children and a poem does just that.

footsteps Father's Day poem

What did I do this week?

This week has been crazy for me and I can’t wait until Monday when I am officially on holiday, kind of. I still have to work my other full-time job until I start back up again in July.

The good thing is that I have actual days off so I can get stuff done around the house and get my family out on a road trip or 10.

We were on a second-hand bender this week as we bought our son an awesome wood swing set $80 (retails near $1000), Little Tykes Climber $50, a 3-seater patio swing $60 and an Infinity pop up soccer net.

It was all second-hand with the soccer net being brand new. Instead of the $100 cost, we paid $20.

We’re on the hunt for a second car seat so the wife can go out with her friends when I’m not home.

I’m hoping something will come up very soon! Any suggestions for a second front-facing car-seat to keep an eye out for?

We’re not looking for fancy as we already paid almost $400 for the one he has now. I’m thinking about $100.

That’s all for this week…and check in on Sunday when I will share my Banana Marshmallow Peanut Butter Bombs.

Oh ya, baby!! The perfect sweet treat. I may even add some crushed graham cracker crumbs to make it a Banana Peanut Butter S’mores Bomb.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Yummy Recipe Find

whole butter roasted cauliflowerFood and grocery shopping are relevant to us because food is a large part of the budget which people struggle the most with.

We all have to eat to survive but just because we have a budget doesn’t mean we can’t eat delicious home-cooked meals that are drool-worthy.

If you are someone who would rather buy convenience foods consider cooking homemade meals or baking from scratch.

Not only will you save money but you will be proud of what you’ve accomplished and you’ll see that from the smiles on those you feed.

For the past 2 years, I’ve had a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot where I exclusively share recipes from Food Bloggers around the world.

I also share recipes on the blog on Sunday either made by the home cook and mom Nicola Don or myself.

This week our Top Recipe Pick goes to Eat Well 101 for this decadent looking Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Butter Sauce which we plan to make as soon as we get a cauliflower on our grocery list.

What a glorious side-dish to add to a dinner table display.

Top Pinterest Idea

cool fathers day cake

Since it is Father’s Day this Sunday I had a look around Pinterest for something cool that wasn’t on my inexpensive list of Last-minute Father’s Day Gifts above.

When I saw this cake with the lawn-mower on top I immediately thought of our son.

Each time I get the mower out he’s right there wanting to help me so I have him push it a bit and he just lights up.

I hope this cake makes you smile as much as it does for me and if my wife reads this post I wouldn’t mind a cake like this…Ha!!

Financial Quote Of the Week

He Who Buys What He Does Not Need Steals From Himself

he who buys what he does not need steals from himself

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That’s all the fun for this week, thanks for dropping by and we’ll see ya all again next Saturday!


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  1. Some great ideas! Thanks for sharing. By the way…the cauliflower is delicious! I did mine on the BBQ.

  2. Thanks for sharing these amazing budget-friendly gifts idea. I’m broke and only these ideas can save me.

    1. Me too.. I think it’s perfect for any dad who loves chocolate, myself included. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it. Mr.CBB

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