Skip the gift, hang out with your dad this Father’s Day

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, you’re probably browsing the catalogues and worrying about things like what to buy, how much to spend and whether you can afford the new surround sound system he wants.

We asked a few of the Mozo dads around the office to think about what they’d like for Father’s Day this year, and as it turns out, the best gift you can give them is your time.

So put your wallet away, this is what our dads (and probably yours, too) want for Father’s Day:

  • “Nothing special. Each day is a gift! I'd love to spend the whole day going to the park, followed by a lunch and then the aquarium and beach with my two year old.”
  • “I’m sure I still have last years cologne set somewhere, and I’m not fond of the idea of starting a collection, so probably just a nice lunch or dinner with my family.”
  • “My daughter got us a Groupon for a brewery tour, and then we’ll probably go down to Manly and get a fish and chips.”
  • “I wouldn’t want my kids spending their money on me. I’ve told both of my kids that all I want from them is one lunch without pulling each others’ hair out. My brother’s family and my parents are coming along too, so it should be a nice day.”
  • “Time! All I want is their time.”

If that hasn’t inspired you enough, here’s a list of cheap and free things your dad might like to do this Father’s Day, so you don’t have to break bank:

  • Enjoy a picnic with a home-packed lunch. If the weather is looking good, a picnic is a great way to enjoy some quality time with dad. Sandwiches, fruit and nuts are great options for lunch because they travel well, so be sure to stock up.
  • Go to lunch at his favourite pub. Footy, schnitty, beer: the holy trinity for dads. Sometimes the easiest option is the best, and he’ll probably enjoy a pub lunch more than an expensive 8-course degustation, anyway.
  • Take an afternoon fishing trip. What dad doesn’t love fishing? If you really want to treat him, load up the boot with some rods and bait and head down to your local fishing spot. The good news is that if you catch something, that’s dinner sorted too.
  • Check out local food or wine festivals. Many cities plan food festivals around Father’s Day, so check if there’s anything going on in your area and bring your dad along. Just remember to get there before they stop giving out free samples.
  • Spend the day at a brewery. Dads and beer go together like figs and honey, so he’s sure to double-take when you suggest that he gets to spend an entire day doing what he loves most: drinking beers.
  • Cook him his favourite meal at home. If your dad’s more the stay-at-home type, tell him to stay perched on his favourite recliner while you whip up his favourite meal. It’s a whole lot cheaper than a restaurant, too!

For more money-saving tips, check out our family finances hub. And if you’re looking for a place to park all of your Father’s Day savings, a high interest savings account could see you getting the most bang for your buck.