Nifty Father's Day Gifts for Every Budget

Wild and Wacky Activities

"Goofy golf" game: Encourage your child to build a course using empty cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, paper towels etc.). Play golf in the living room or backyard. Take pictures!

Homemade ice cream: Use an ice cream maker or make your own "machine" with a bag or can packed in a larger bag or can of ice layered with salt. Take turns rolling the can or squishing the bags -- lots. Open after 20 minutes and find ice cream! Add chocolate, nuts, fruit or make into ice cream floats.

Find the kisses: Hide chocolate kisses all over the house and let Dad search for them. Of course, he might have to share.

Pizza faces: Make small pizzas or use pita breads as dough. "Decorate" the pizza with pieces of pepperoni, cut veggies, olives, etc. Try to make the funniest face. While the pizzas bake, create (and eat) mini faces of sliced cucumbers, herb-cream cheese, carrot curls and left over cut veggies.

Watermelon seed spitting contest: Watermelon and barbecues go together, right? Be sure your watermelon has seeds. Draw a starting line and spit those seeds! Who has the best technique? Who can make it three minutes without giggling?

You're Going to Be a Dad (Granddad)

Congratulations! Surprise your husband and father with unique. Write "Happy Father's Day" in washable markers all over the windows and mirrors throughout the house! Then give a photo album and have the first page show positive pregnancy test or an ultrasound photo.

Our Members Ask

First Father's Day: What would you suggest for a man who's celebrating his first Father's day and how can you get a stepchild involved? We have four-month-old twins and I have a five-year-old son from a previous marriage.

ANSWER: The first Father's Day should include of photo of dad and children. It doesn't have to be framed. It can be put on a shirt, a mouse pad, ad coffee cup or mug -- along with the word DAD (or whatever he is called). If your son isn't ready to do a "dad" thing, don't push it. Just let him join in the day's special events. Maybe he can help make a special meal for dad or plan an activity so that he is involved but not necessarily providing a wrapped "gift" -- if that is an issue.

He has everything! What can you get a man who says he doesn't need or what anything? I ask him and he makes a suggestion then it ends up in the Goodwill box a couple of months later.

ANSWER: Instead of a present, give an activity or an event. Kids love setting up the hunt and playing the games. For example, create a treasure hunt and present dad with the map. Dress up like pirates. Wear eye patches! The real gift is the time spent together and the memories of the activity.

Photo courtesy of Kas Winters.