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By Michelle P. Sharrow – Family Finance and Budget

After the first few years of giving ties, tool sets, and cologne, it becomes increasingly difficult to find unique and meaningful gifts that express your love for Dad on Father’s Day.  After all, a man can amass too many ties, too many tools, and too many greeting cards very quickly.  This year wow Dad with one of these not too costly ideas to show him that he is appreciated.

Lawn Service

I don’t know many men that would pass up the opportunity to have someone else mow their lawn for a week or two.  In 2013, the average cost to mow a lawn ranges from $0.06 to $0.31 per square foot or, in dollar terms, from approximately $12 to $61 per 200 square feet, depending on where you live.  This isn’t too much to spend for the Dad in your life and will free up some time for him to watch a televised sporting event or a movie.  You can find a local lawn care service by checking bulletin boards at your place of employment, your local newspaper, or inserts in your mail. 

If having the lawn professionally cut is outside of your price range, you, your preteen or teenage son, if you have one, could mow it.  If you elect to do it yourself, take your time and don’t use this as an opportunity to make adjustments to the mower which could ruin a well manicured lawn. 

Car Wash or Detail Service

Another excellent gift idea for Dad is a nice car wash or detail service.  On the low end you could spend as little as $50 to have Dad’s car detailed, depending on the size.  Since you still have time, check websites like Groupon for deals in your area.  If you can’t get a deal on a detail service, clean it yourself and consider buying Dad some new car mats or another car accessory to spiff up his ride.  To give this type of gift, keep in mind that you may have to let Dad know ahead of time if you can’t come up with some clever way to lure him away from his car for a few days.

Gas Cards

Research indicates that men drive more miles per year than women.  If this is true for your Dad, consider purchasing a gas gift card for Father’s Day.  A gas gift card would be a practical, welcomed gift that Dad would appreciate and is likely to use within a few days of receipt.  Look for deals on gas cards at warehouses like BJs Wholesale and Sam’s Club.  Even if you aren’t able to find a card retailing less than face value, you may still want to purchase a card from a warehouse since the price per gallon at their pumps tend to be at least $.10 less per gallon than the price at traditional gas stations.

Give the Dad in your life a gift that he won’t forget this year.  Yes, ties can be fashionable and come in myriad of colors and sizes, yet it’s not unexpected and after a while won’t wow a guy.  Make this Father’s Day a memorable one by moving away from traditional gifts and choosing one of these options. 

Michelle Sharrow

Michelle Sharrow

Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA is a seasoned freelance writer specializing in personal finance. Based in Waldorf, Maryland, she holds a Masters Degree with a concentration in Finance. Michelle provides a monthly column on ways to help families maintain their finances and stick to a budget titled, Budgeting and Savings for Families.

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