June 1, 2009

Pricey Mother’s Day Vs Budget-friendly Father’s Day


In the United States, Mother’s day ranks very high on the list of high budget occasions, lagging not too far behind Christmas and a couple of other holidays. Father’s Day on the other hand, doesn’t even come close most years. Why is it that we don’t spend as much on Dad as we do on Mom?

A few guesses -

a) Everybody knows – Mom appreciate gifts, flowers, cards and the whole Mother’s Day shindig a lot, while Dad couldn’t care less.

b) Mother’s day comes first. So we blow our budget in May and don’t have enough green saved up to splurge on Dad in June.

c) We just have more options when it comes to Mom. There isn’t much that Dad wants anyway.

d) Who are we kidding – Mom is way more special? (Ok, I admit. I am one. But that’s not why I added this option! Honest.)

 What do you think? a), b), c), d) or other? Share your thoughts. Let’s get this settled. Add your comments below.

 And while you’re thinking, don’t forget – no matter how much you spend, some of the best things are still free – like our selection of Free Father’s Day ecards

May 17, 2009

Fun Things to Do on Father’s Day

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FAthers Day Fishing

FAthers Day Fishing

There are many fun Father’s Day activities that go beyond presenting Dad with a card and/or gift in the morning, but the real secret to knowing what to do with Dad is about knowing all about what your dad likes to do! Father’s Day is a special day to commemorate all the great things he does for the family throughout the year, so Father’s Day presents an opportunity to show him appreciation and to show him a good time. 

Hobbies: Getting Out

A father’s personal hobbies are a great place to start when thinking about what types of Father’s Day activities dad might enjoy. His interests will determine what type of outing to plan: 

  • Fishing: Organize a fishing trip, or a trip to the aquarium.
  • Cars: Take dad to a car show, or present him with tickets to an upcoming car show or parade event.
  • Hiking or biking: Organize a Father’s Day hike or ride through an enjoyable trail within driving distance, or if you live by the beach, rent bicycles for the whole family and ride the bike path along the shore.
  • Movies: Agree on a movie the whole family can enjoy and take dad out.
  • Music: Take dad to a concert or present him with tickets to an upcoming show that you know he’d enjoy.

Relaxation: Staying at Home

For some dads, staying at home and relaxing is the best Father’s Day present there is! Here are some ideas to help dad celebrate his special day at home: 

  • BBQ: Organize a cookout at home, and be sure to make dad’s favorite foods. You can make the home look special by making and hanging personalized streamers, posters and blowing up balloons. Alternatively, cooking his favorite meal, complete with a special sweet, is a great idea.
  • Movie night: Rent one or two movies that are your dad’s favorites and make an enjoyable family movie night out of it right in the living room, complete with freshly made popcorn and other snacks.
  • Chore-free day: Many dads spend the weekends doing work around the house. This Father’s Day, divide up Dad’s usual chores and inform him that today is his day off. Start the day fixing dad’s favorite breakfast and fetching his paper. On Father’s Day, he is king for a day!


Gift Ideas for Dad

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May 14, 2009

Free Fathers Day Ecards

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Fathers day ecards

Fathers day ecards

   It’s pretty easy to figure out what to get people on most holidays.  On birthdays and Christmas, either someone makes a wish list, or you can always just give them money.  When there’s a wedding, or when someone you know is having a baby, the lucky bride/husband/mom/pop to be usually takes a wish list a department store.  How easy is that?  And speaking of easy…on Mother’s Day, all you have to do is give her a hug and some flowers, and Mom is happy.  But Father’s Day?  That one’s not so easy.


      Think about it.  When you ask Dad, “What do you want for Father’s Day,” he’ll give one of two responses: “I don’t care,” or, much more likely, “Nothing.”  Now, you and I both know that Daddoes care what you get him, to some degree, and he certainly doesn’t want you to get him nothing.  But dads just don’t have it in them to tell you what they want for Father’s Day.  And so, you kind of have to guess.


      But it doesn’t really have to just be a guess.  You just need to pay attention.  Is Dad a football fan?  If so, what’s his favorite team?  My dad likes the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Does you dad have any hobbies?  My dad loves to work out on the grill.  Just by paying attention to things like these, you’ll never run out of ideas for things to get for Dad for Father’s Day. But do not forget you can always send him fathers day ecards.

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