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Presents for Pops this Father’s Day

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photo of girl By guest blogger Serena Piper: Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about what to get your pops. A mom may be the center of a child’s life, but it’s the father who, most of the time, teaches the child how to ride a bike, coaches them in sports, and grounds them when they come home after curfew.

But just because your dad means a lot to you, that doesn’t mean he’s easy to shop for..And just because we’re students on a budget doesn’t mean we can only get dad a cheap present. Take a look at my list below for some inexpensive ideas!

1. DIY brewing kit

What man doesn’t love beer? Buy him his own beer brewing kit and keg – I guarantee it’ll taste a lot better than the store bought stuff and he’ll be able to show off his new skills to the family. If the brewing kit is a bit on the expensive side, share the cost with a sibling!

2. Dinner at home (an oldie but goodie)

Salmon, steak, beer sausage… the choices are endless! If your dad is the chef in the house, pick up the apron and tell him to take a load off. You can ask him what his favorite meal is or find a fun recipe. Either way, don’t forget dessert, using fresh summer fruit!

summer berries

Photo © vidalia_11

3. Guided fishing trip or outdoor activity

For the outdoorsy dads, there’s no shortage of things to do. Just type in “guided fishing trip” or “kayaking” and your location on Google and you’re set! Find one of many Groupon deals on guided trips that use all the best gear, and enjoy a fun bonding experience with dad on a day out on the river.

fishing boat

Photo © Jonathan Lundqvist

Of course, for some fathers, it’s about the smaller, intangible things. Jeremiah Mitchel, a father to eight children, says as he’s gotten older, it’s not about the gifts anymore.

“All I want from my children is for them to be well and be happy, and to stay in touch with me and let me know how they’re doing,” he says. “There are days when I want this or that, but there’s nothing like the feelings I have about my children’s welfare.”

 

 

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Ahh, Valentine’s Day

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By BookRenter Briana

Ahh, Valentine’s Day… To some of you this is the most romantic time of the year to express your love to that special someone, and to others it is the most pointless and money wasting day ever. Don’t get too caught up in the season of love by spending a truck load of money, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg!

by katerha

Here are a few ideas, to help you decide on the perfect inexpensive way  to either spend the day together or make the perfect gift, that screams, “I love you” this Valentines Day.

1. Cook – Instead of going out to dinner and wasting money on over-priced food just because it’s Valentine’s Day, try making dinner together. It’s a lot cheaper and shows a little more effort. Add a few candles and you’ve got yourself a nice romantic date.
Make a mix CD – of the songs that remind you of each other. I recommend some nice Al Green and some Marvin Gaye. (You might want to avoid Bruno Mars Grenade, I’m just sayin’.)

2. Make a Collage – If you’re feeling crafty. If you’re not the type of person to keep pictures (Yeah you, guys), go on Facebook and snag a few, get a poster board, slap those pictures on there, write some captions and you got yourself a giant V-day card that will WOW your significant other.

3. Photo Slideshow – Get some cute pictures together, put them on the comp, add a sappy song to it and give them the CD or email it to them. I suggest David Gray “This Years Love”…it’s sappy I know.

4. Rent a Movie – One you both enjoy. Buy a bunch of candy, make some popcorn and have an in-home date night.
Bake a heart shaped cake with extra frosting (Betty Crocker style – she knows how to do things on the cheap).

5. Be Outdoorsy – unless you’re in the Midwest (sorry guys – you can write in the snow how much you love them). Try and plan a day of activities like sightseeing, hiking, or visiting museums and galleries.

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