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Frugal Gifts

Gifts For Dad Under $5.00


I remember my dad as the guy I went to when my swivel-waisted fashion doll broke in half. It took him a bit of tinkering but fix it he did and it stayed fixed. Pop was the typical 50’s father, the guy who cut the grass on the weekends, dug up the potatoes in our garden patch and built a small wooden trailer to follow behind my brother’s bike on his paper route. Whether your dad’s a Mr.-Fix-It or a more cerebral kind of guy, he deserves recognition on his special day. Here are four dad-worthy suggestions in the dollar store style to help spark some ideas. 






If you have a dad who travels by plane frequently, these three items could be just what he needs. The flip calculator does more than just crunch numbers. Besides displaying the time at home, Dad will be able to see what time it is in sixteen other cities including Paris, London, Tokyo and New York. It also displays year, month and day and can be used as an alarm and a timer. It comes pre-wrapped with instructions and a 1-year limited warranty. Plus it folds into a neat little 3 ˝” square for traveling. The book light is a nice idea if Dad likes to read while traveling and the camera tri-pod will come in handy if he wants to take pictures when he’s visiting another city. Not bad for $1.00 each!

 




This gift is for the Dad who likes to keep the family car looking its best. This plastic bucket is filled with a wash mitt, a tire brush, interior leather and vinyl wipes and an air freshener shaped like a Nascar racecar. Total cost is only $5.00.

 

 


If Dad spends a lot of time on the road, this present might be just what he needs. Pack a travel mug, a universal cell phone dash mount/belt clip kit and an emergency flashlight into this courier bag instead of a traditional gift bag. Use the clear plastic sleeve on the outside of the bag to insert your personal greetings and add a bow. The flashlight is another of the items we found already wrapped for giving. It runs on two AA batteries and has a flashing emergency light and a whistle in the handle. This gift costs $4.00, including the courier bag.


 



Lastly, if you’d rather give Dad a gift card for his favorite hardware or home improvement store, here’s a simple way to disguise it for a buck. Simply take this case of small screwdrivers out of its original packaging, insert the gift card inside and wrap. Voila, a gift within a gift. 

 

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