HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Sunday, June 16th, is Father's Day. WHNT NEWS 19 is all about helping you get the most out of life and spend the least amount of money for this holiday.
We found some good deals and freebies for good 'ol Dad on Father's Day, but in the course of our research we also found it's not really necessary to spend anything on Dad. Yet, it can still be a day he'll never forget.
There's a Facebook page dedicated to Father's Day that explains it was created to honor fathers, celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.
Here are a few lists of good deals and freebies for Dad that he can enjoy on Sunday.
They include free ice cream at TCBY, buy ten wings and get ten wings free at Hooters, and free visits to the Birmingham Zoo and Atlanta Zoo.
But we chatted with one father who suggested the best ideas may be ones that cost nothing but time.
"The most important gift of Father's Day is to let Dad know you love him and appreciate him and so you really don't have to spend a lot of money," said Pastor David Hull.
Hull has a son and a daughter as well as a flock of children, so to speak, at First Baptist Church in Huntsville.
Reflecting back on the gifts from his own children over the years, one was extra special.
"This little guy (showing a figurine) that says 'Best Dad' is something my kids gave me a long time ago for probably 25 years it has been sitting behind my desk. This didn't cost a lot, but it was a lasting gift that helps me."
As of 2008 there were more than 70 million fathers in the U.S.
As of 2012, nearly two million of them were single fathers.
And fathers can pass on special qualities to children based on their own experiences.
"Children need to learn from dad how to live life," said Hull.
He said in return, on Father's Day, children who still live with their fathers should.
"Quit texting all your friends, hang out with Dad and play with him, put the video games down and focus on something dad wants to do," said Hull.
For children who live away, Hull said they should: "..Give him a call or go spend time with Dad. It's the greatest gift you can give."
And another gift idea: simply make something.
"It's easy to go buy something, but when something's made for you that's very special," said Hull.
Some businesses have caught onto the value of homemade things for Dad.
For example, kids can make a card or personalize a picture frame or other items at Michael's during several in-store events this week.
So this Father's Day, give him something that's free -- yet priceless.