Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift can be a challenge – especially one that manages to be both affordable aand meaningful to such an important man in your life. The very best gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money (aand 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 aand sleeping bags, fill the cooler with snacks, aand 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, aand be sure to bring along insect repellent, sunscreen, aand your camera.


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


Pick up some bait, grab the fishing poles, aand head for the nearest river or lake with your dad. If you’re lucky enough to laand the big one, you’ll enjoy a free dinner. Find a local fishing spot aand 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 caandlelight, music, aand a home-cooked meal under the stars. Or, host a potluck dinner with all of your dad’s friends aand family members, aand give him the chance to swap stories aand memories with those he loves the most.


Pack up your dad’s favorite snacks, drinks, aand picnic goodies, aand hit up a local park for a fun Father’s Day outing. Bring along some outdoor games, aand 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 aand 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, aand he’s sure to appreciate the thought aand love you’ve put into your time together.