5 Totally Free Gift Ideas for Husbands & Dads
I am a terrible gift-giver, so when someone drops hints about something they want, you better believe I’m taking notes.
Unfortunately, my husband is a terrible gift receiver.
He will talk to me the whole month of November about how he wants a thing, and then buy it for himself three weeks before Christmas!
So I am constantly scrambling for gift ideas.
In an effort to combat this problem in our life, I’ve compiled a list of five free gift ideas for husbands that only their wives can get them!
How great is that?
And just a heads up, all of these ideas take some time to prepare, but they can also be done for free!
1. Movie in Bed
This one is pretty straightforward and only requires a little bit of preparation.
First, you’ve got to find a movie to watch, gather snacks, and hide all of the bedroom detritus in a large decorative storage thing at the foot of the bed.
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Or maybe y’all keep your bedroom tidy?
If so, please tell me your secret.
Because no matter how hard I try, mine is littered with Little People, cups, hot wheels vehicles, dirty clothes, and books at the end of every day.
Next, you’ve got to make a big push to put the kids to bed early one night.
Do whatever it takes – blackout curtains, melatonin, skipped naps, laps around the park, whatever.
This is my go-to move whenever we are going through a tough season.
Because let’s face it, there are some seasons in life that are just tough.
During those seasons, it can be hard to just get through the day, let alone find time to connect with your spouse. But balancing your marriage and kids is essential for a happy life.
Once the kids are in bed, go to your room and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your own bed.
Thanks to modern technology, it’s easy to find a movie to watch without leaving the house.
Because as a mom of four kids, we are constantly on the go, and I love staying at home.
Our first choice is usually Netflix, but lately, we’ve found several good flicks on Amazon Prime.
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2. A Day Alone Outside
My husband tries to spend one day each month alone outside.
It usually ends up being more like one day each quarter because life is busy.
When he does get a day, he uses it as a time to reconnect with God, relax, and just enjoy being outside.
Sometimes, I surprise him on a Saturday with a packed lunch, a filled backpack, and permission to go and hike or whatever.
I pack food he likes, plenty of water, his Bible, a journal, pens, earbuds, and one of those chargeable phone chargers.
He always comes back refreshed and appreciative.
Since my love language is quality time, letting him go on one of his precious days off has been tough for me.
But I know that it’s good for him, so I am willing to sacrifice what I want in exchange for what is best for him.
3. Sexy Time
I’m super uncomfortable writing about this, so let’s get it over with quickly.
Ladies, you should be having sex with your husbands.
It’s good for you.
It’s good for him.
It’s good for your marriage.
But most importantly, God says it’s good.
But, sometimes life gets in the way. We work and work until we collapse in bed beside each other at night thoroughly exhausted.
So quit waiting for a rush of energy and motivation, and plan a night to have sex.
Do it big.
Wear lingerie and makeup, straighten your room, light candles and play Marvin Gaye.
Surprise him or send him an invitation.
Show your husband that he is worth the effort by making the effort.
My face is on fire.
4. Gift Cards
Use your rewards points to buy him a gift card to his favorite store.
There are credit cards, Ibotta, Receipt Hog, Checkout 51, Ebates, and lots of other ways to earn free gift cards.
(I give a more detailed explanation of the different ways I earn free gift cards in my post-Seven Easy Ways I Earned $955 with 10 minutes a week.)
Once you have the gift card, send your husband on a trip alone to spend it on whatever he wants.
My husband would want a Lowe’s or Home Depot card to buy accessories for his Ryobi toolset.
Because who cares if he’s only going to use that Underwater Stick Vacuum once every two years?
It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it, right?
5. Organize the Garage
My husband is so great at so many things, but he is not great at organizing or keeping things organized.
About every six months, I’ll reorganize his tools.
I use labels and put them in a place that makes the most sense to me.
I sometimes use my rewards points to buy organization stuff for his shed instead of giving him a gift card.
The great thing about this gift is that you can let your kids help.
The second great thing about this gift is that it usually results in him cleaning out some tools.
He sees that he has twelve flathead screwdrivers because they’re all together in the neatly organized drawer labeled “Screwdrivers” and decides to get rid of a few.
My husband once used the free gift card that I got him to buy a tool chest so organizing his tools is super easy now.
Actually, that may be overstating it.
Organizing his tools is possible now.
But even if your husband doesn’t have a tool shed, organize the garage.
Clean up all the bikes and camping gear and straighten it and clean it out as best you can. Make a pile of stuff you aren’t sure you need and let him have the final say.
Nothing will ruin a kind gesture quicker than throwing away something he truly treasured.
While I’m all about that two day Prime delivery, sometimes the perfect gift doesn’t actually cost any money.
These five free gift ideas for husbands are sure to be appreciated now and remembered for years to come.
So if you’re looking for an easy win the next time you need to give a gift, be sure to give one of these ideas a try.
What are some free gift ideas for husbands that you’ve tried? Tell us in the comments!
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