Whether you are trying to figure out how many jager bombs you can have on a night out or cut down on your weekly shopping bill,  you’ve probably got an idea of exactly how to budget as a student. However, holidays and special events (such as Father’s Day) can quickly turn that budget upside down, especially if you’re on the lookout for the perfect gift to show your appreciation. 

Thankfully, treating your dad to the perfect father’s day gift does not need to break the bank – in fact, you don’t even need to spend any money whatsoever. With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to tackle father’s day on a budget. 

Focus on something sentimental. Father’s day gifts do not necessarily need to be expensive or flashy. In fact, sentimental gifts often carry a much higher meaning and are often more appreciated. Therefore, you should keep an eye out for gifts that are particularly sentimental. For example, you could purchase some high-quality picture frames online and use them to display your favourite family photos. There are even companies that offer free photo printing which makes the gift even more cost-effective. 

Furthermore, instead of spending money on an overpriced card, why not try your hand at designing your own? 

Give him something silly. Dad’s are known for cracking terrible jokes or for helping you pull off pranks against your mum/siblings – meaning that silly/comical gifts are always a great choice. For example, you could get him a fun bobblehead of his favourite superhero or a crazy coffee mug. To find a great selection of fun gifts, visit www.toynk.com. They have a wide range of products that are sure to put a smile on your dad’s face.

Spend time together. Father’s day shouldn’t be all about gifts or how much money you spend – the focus should be showing your dad some love and appreciation. Therefore, one of the easiest ways to conquer father’s day on a budget is by simply spending time together. If this is impossible (due to uni deadlines or COVID-19 restrictions), pick up the phone or arrange a video call. The way in which you spend your time together is entirely up to you – but try to focus on doing something you know your dad loves. For example, you could watch his favourite film together (even if it usually sends you to sleep), or cook him a delicious dinner. Alternatively, you could put your brains to the test and participate in an online escape room- which is great if you’re both competitive and great at problem-solving. 

Become a bartender for the evening. Treat your dad to his favourite drinks (and practice your cocktail making skills) by becoming a bartender at your own home for the evening. Simply stock up your fridge ahead of time with everything you need to make his favourite cocktails or speciality drinks.  This is a great way to add an extra touch to traditional gifts such as whiskey or rum and bring a smile to his face. Don’t forget to ask for a tip at the end of the evening!