“Another year, another tie” seems to be the standard Father’s Day motto.
But this year, why not think outside the box—for Dad’s sake and yours. Rather than gift him something he probably doesn’t need, show him how much he means to you by giving him an unforgettable experience. Better yet, choose one you can enjoy together.
Not only will an interactive gift lend some relief to an overstuffed tie drawer, but research shows that paying for memory-making moments (as opposed to stuff) can be a really satisfying way to spend your discretionary cash—a principle you may be able to apply to your overall spending strategy too.
“We encourage clients to savor what they spend,” says Natalie Taylor, a CFP® with LearnVest Planning Services. “Once they think about what they truly savor, they often find that experiences are much more meaningful and important to them than things.”
Need some ideas for gifts your dad will savor? Whether he’s into adventure, arts or sports, here are 15 “memorable” Father’s Day gifts for a variety of tastes—and budgets.
5 Gifts for Dad Under $50
1. Microbrewery Tour: From $5
From Oregon to North Carolina, nearly every state has jumped on the craft beer bandwagon. If you have a lager-loving dad, treat him to a brewery tour, so he can see how hops are made—and then relax with a cold one. To find a facility near you, check out The Daily Meal’s top-ranked breweries. Tours are typically $5 or less, plus $8 to $15 for a craft beer flight.
2. Planetarium Show: From $15 for two
Surprise your science-aficionado father with a day spent marveling at the universe at your local science museum or planetarium—many of which offer interactive stargazing shows. (For locations across the country, check out Go-Astrology.com.)
3. Movie Tickets: $16 for two
4. Baseball Game: From $20 for two
Take Dad out to a major or minor league ball game—and get him some peanuts and Cracker Jacks too. For sports lovers, there’s nothing better than celebrating Father’s Day watching your home team—fingers crossed—clinch a win.
5. Painting Class: $35
Inspire your art-loving dad to unleash his inner Monet by treating him to a painting (and wine-drinking) course through Painting With a Twist, which has locations across the country.