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Socks are a classic Father’s day gift: practical, low cost, and guaranteed to get a positive response.

But don’t feel like you have to stick to tradition just because you’ve got a tight budget. Cheap Father’s Day gifts will keep your wallet and the person you’re buying for happy.

So we’ve done the hard work for you and found 5 alternative gift and activity ideas which cost less than a pack of socks. For the purposes of this blog, we’re using the cost of a pack of 5 pairs from Marks and Spencer as our budget (£10).

The outdoorsy dad


If he’s a Bear Grylls type, accessories for his outdoor adventures make cheap Father’s Day gifts. Forget £120 camping stoves, the best Father’s Day gifts for the outdoorsy dad are travel guides, small camping items or multipurpose tools.

On a quick search of Amazon we found a tool which combines 5 survival essentials in one lightweight accessory – under budget, and perfect for his trips to the wilderness.

Activity idea

Go on a hike. The only costs are getting there, a picnic lunch, and a bit of cash for the pub at the end.

The film buff


The cost of cinema tickets went up by 48% between 2006 and 2015, so a Father’s Day trip to the cinema will probably take us over budget.

But movie snacks are an ideal low-cost Father’s Day gift (even if you do buy them at the cinema). Buy him some flavour sachets to jazz up traditional popcorn, or have a go at making your own gourmet nibbles.

Activity idea

Who needs a cinema to have a great movie night? Find a film you’ve never seen before, create a comfy area in the living room, and grab the snacks you prepared earlier.

The DIY guy


Every time you see him he’s starting a different DIY project. Sound familiar? The best Father’s Day gifts for DIY enthusiasts are useful ones. So a multifunctional tool is a good option, and with the change you might even be able to pick up a storage case to keep small fixings organised.

Activity idea

A day off! Take his mind off the odd jobs he’s working on and get him out the house for the day. Visit a museum or gallery (most are free entry), head out to the coast or countryside for a walk, or take a picnic to your local park.

The foodie father


Whether he’s the king of the grill or a Gordon Ramsey wannabe, personalised Father’s day gifts are ideal for cooking fanatics. Choose your message and have it printed onto an apron, a set of oven gloves or a chopping board. Hint – anyone can get ‘World’s best dad’ merchandise so write something personal!

Activity idea

Get the whole family round for a Father’s Day barbecue! Get one person to prepare homemade burgers, another to take care of drinks, and your amateur chef dad will take care of the grill.

The sporty one


Tickets for the 2019 Cricket World Cup start at £16. More expensive than a pack of socks, but how could we talk about sports gifts without mentioning it! Sticking to the budget could get you some cheap fitness equipment, merchandise from his favourite team, or a personalised water bottle.

Activity idea

A good old fashioned kick about. Get all the family together, mark out goals with jumpers, and enjoy a game of football in the park. Just try not to get too competitive!

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