father and son laughing

As Father’s Day draws near, I find my thoughts turning to memories of my father. Dad had a wonderful sense of humor. He told lively stories and he did spot-on impersonations that kept us entertained for hours.

When my family gets together, we still laugh over his old stories. Retelling those stories and laughing is a great pick-me-up in these difficult times. And it brings back great memories of past Father’s Days. In fact, a funny greeting card was one of his favorite Father’s Day gifts.

Another gift that was fun to give him was a good-quality scotch. It was pricey, but if my siblings and I pooled together, we could afford it. And he enjoyed and savored the treat. Dad also liked good clothes — and he loved a particular type of newsboy cap. One Father’s Day, we found a leather version of that cap in a local men’s wear shop. I think that may have been his favorite gift of all time.

I think that one thoughtful quality gift means so much more than a bunch of cheap items that won’t last and quickly end up in the garbage. Gifts like quality clothing can last for years — Dad got lots of use out of that leather cap. And consumable gifts like scotch — or Dad’s favorite stew that Mom made for dinner — he relished until they were completely gone.

This post was originally published on June 17, 2020.



By Joanna Lacey

Joanna Lacey lives in New York and has collected thousands of ideas from the frugal habits of her mother and grandmother. You can find her on Facebook at Joanna the Green Maven.