We’re not saying you need to cheap out on Dad but there’s nothing wrong with doing something amazing out of love rather than dumping a wad of cash on something that will become clutter.
You know how we feel about clutter, right? ‘Cause you could read here if you’ve forgotten….
Now, I don’t know about you but I’m a huge fan of holidays and celebrating. I’m not sure I care about the history of Father’s Day, it just makes sense to have a day to celebrate Dad, don’t you think? However, even with the best of intentions sometimes our budget says we need to show love in unique and creative ways.
Head over to Pinterest for visual inspiration but this is almost a no-brainer. Gather up the cord vomit and make it pretty. Use what you have on hand: rubber bands, binder clips, twist ties, or zip ties. Even colorful strips cut from fabric would be an attractive way to sort and gather cords.
HIDEit on Pinterest takes it to a new level with ideas and tools to mount consoles on the wall or behind tv’s, making for very attractive Gaming Centers. For light-weight items consider using 3m sticky tabs. I personally have tons of those in my hall closet.
Previously I’d mentioned some great uses for over the door organizers. Storing gaming remotes, cords, and games in one of these beauties is another quick and beautiful way to organize Dad. A great almost-free Father’s Day treat don’t you think? (You can find them for under $10 on Amazon)
This can be very high-end, or practically free. It’s up to you. I made a hat wall similar to the diy post found over at the diy village. I used push pins I had on hand but they took it up a notch and made jute nobs.
Use this idea for more than just baseball hats. Medals or ribbons would make a lovely display.
Finding something important to Dad and making them available to be seen is an easy way to honor Dad.
These are just as simple as the picture makes it look. The mini muffin tins save you from having to use toothpicks. We snuck in a piece of jalapeno and cheese, which both did and didn’t work well. Mostly because we had to eat them to find out how well they worked. (Hot!)
I tried the flower stems but discovered they were just as pretty on a platter. LOL Dad was a good sport either way and swears they made him feel special.
Plenty of Dads are into gardening. Find yourself a used pasta sauce jar and collect clippings from friends’ plants. Mint, Basil, Thyme, Hibiscus and more are very easy to grow from clippings.
Grab your wipes, paper towel, and elbow grease. This is always a winner. Who doesn’t love a gleamly clean car?
I know, this has been done and can feel completely lame, but I’m telling you this is still a winner. Creativity is what wins here! Instead of just – “good for a car wash or lawn mow” try, “WIN AN ARGUMENT.” Spouses can be very very creative…. wink wink… “PICK THE MOVIE – with no complaints from anyone.” “Breakfast”. “Do what Dad wants hour” or if you’re a dare devil – the whole day! “Day of silence?” Get your teenager to make that one. “A real Compliment” – another good teen coupon. “ONE FREE MESS UP.” “A chance to pick out the new towels”….. You get the idea.
These don’t have to be Free Father’s Day coupons, either. They can include eating at his favorite place, spending a day at the beach, and more.
Good one, right? My daughter is 16 and she loves metal. I’m not against metal but I’m still a bit of a weenie in the death thrash metal world so I was super delighted and felt loved when she put a MOM’s music playlist on her phone. Now when we’re driving around together and she puts on music – it’s stuff she knows I like. Still her metal, ’cause she’s a teenager, but old stuff like Alice Cooper and Metallica that I can relate to. I went so far as to ask her to make me a disc for my car.
I hope this got your ideas humming!
Let me know in the comments if you have some free gift ideas that were a hit at your house! Pictures too if you have them!
Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC.
She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499
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