Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift can be a challenge – especially one that manages to be both affordable and meaningful to such an important man in your life. The very best gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money (and can even be free). Here are a few ways to spend time with Dad this Father’s Day, creating memories he’ll cherish far more than anything bought from a store.


Summertime is the perfect season to enjoy some quality time with Dad in the great outdoors. Grab your tents and sleeping bags, fill the cooler with snacks, and head out to the woods. Here in Eastern North Carolina, we’re blessed with plenty of great local camping spots to choose from. Enjoy hiking the nature trails, and be sure to bring along insect repellent, sunscreen, and your camera.


If your dad loves sharing his passion for sports, encourage the entire family to spend some time outdoors learning about and playing his favorite competitive games. Gather other dads together by inviting friends, family, and neighbors for an athletic afternoon in the backyard.


Pick up some bait, grab the fishing poles, and head for the nearest river or lake with your dad. If you’re lucky enough to land the big one, you’ll enjoy a free dinner. Find a local fishing spot and cast your line.

Backyard Party

Of course, you don’t have to leave the house to give Dad a great Father’s Day celebration. Turn the back patio into a backyard bistro, complete with candlelight, music, and a home-cooked meal under the stars. Or, host a potluck dinner with all of your dad’s friends and family members, and give him the chance to swap stories and memories with those he loves the most.


Pack up your dad’s favorite snacks, drinks, and picnic goodies, and hit up a local park for a fun Father’s Day outing. Bring along some outdoor games, and be sure to arrive early before the picnic shelters fill up.


A loving father is a wonderful blessing, so why not celebrate the holiday by giving of yourself to those who are less fortunate? Have the family sign up to do some volunteer work of Dad’s choosing on or around Father’s Day.
The best Father’s Day gift of all isn’t stuff – it’s giving Dad your time and attention. Gifts from the heart don’t have to cost much money, but the memories you’ll create can’t be bought. This Father’s Day, give Dad the gift of togetherness, and he’s sure to appreciate the thought and love you’ve put into your time together.