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Fathers' Day Gift Ideas on a College Budget

The average college student probably says the words “I’m so broke” once a day or more; I know I did. Due to student loans, the inability to work full time, or a number of other circumstances, the “broke college student experience” is something most every student can relate to. And so, when special days like Christmas, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, and birthdays come around, most college kids dread finding the so-called perfect gift – one that would please the recipient without making a significant dent in their already low budget. Still, it’s always nice to surprise your loved ones and show some appreciation on these occasions. With Fathers’ Day just around the corner, here are 5 low-budget, quick and easy ways to brighten up your old man’s day without breaking the bank:

1. Coupons

Sometimes, it’s possible to find the ideal present for a cheaper price through the use of online coupon services. These services will give you a coupon code that will let you avail of a special discount during checkout. If you are planning on going shopping to buy a gift for dad, it’s always wise to check and see if there are any suitable coupons that you could use. You should also check and see whether any stores are having sales, and make it a point to shop there.

2. DIY Gifts

If you’re not a fan of buying things, considering making your dad a present. DIY presents are cheap, easy, and have a unique personalized touch. A DIY present can be anything from custom fun coupons that your dad can “cash in” later, to jars of his favorite infused liquor. A fun and easy idea is to make him an old-school mix tape of some classic hits, with a personalized decorated cassette case. This list compiles 10 must-haves for any mix tape that are sure to bring back some memories. A quick Google search for easy DIY presents will leave you with a multitude of options and ideas, and you will definitely find one that suits your needs. 

3. Surprise!

Surprise your dad with a visit home from college – any parent would agree, a surprise visit home easily makes for one of the most memorable gifts. Since Fathers’ Day falls on a Sunday, it makes it possible to drive home for the weekend, if you go to college close enough of course, without missing class.

4. Dinner From Afar

If you don’t go to college within driving distance of your father’s house, then surprise him by having dinner delivered to his doorstep. Call your local pizza company, and have them deliver a pizza - maybe with the words “Happy fathers’ Day” spelt out - to your parent’s place. Pay it for over the phone or online, so that your dad is surprised with a delicious prepaid pie. This is a great way of showing him that you are thinking of him, even when you aren’t in the same place.

5. E-cards and Slideshows

If you are really strapped for cash due to extraneous circumstances, then a meaningful e-card or slideshow might be the way to go. There a tons of free e-card sites out there, and a long touching card is the perfect way to show your appreciation. You could even put together a quick PowerPoint, with pictures, music and a heartfelt message. These are gifts that keep on giving, since your dad will always be able to access them through his email and look through your loving words.

 

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