Father's Day Gift Ideas

Show Dad your appreciation with our fun Father's Day gifts, including Dad-focused artwork, gifts for his office, photo-theme crafts, and some food gifts -- if the way to his heart is through his stomach. These homemade gifts for Dad are an easy way to say "I love you."

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  • Garage Storage for Dad

    Up for a DIY project that Dad will get tons of use out of? Purchase enough pegboard to cover a large portion of your garage. Paint the whole thing white for a clean palette. Tape off squares to designate hanging spots for bins and tools. Either surprise Dad on Father's Day with a completed and hung system, or gift him with containers and hooks and let him designate an organization structure.

  • Beachy Bottle

    Does your Dad have a sense of humor? Honor his green thumb and his quirky side with a compact terrarium. Layer pebbles, sand, driftwood, and tufts of greenery with tiny beach bums in a glass container for this clever craft.

  • Etched Cocktail Glasses

    Hands off Dad's whiskey! These homemade gifts for dad designate just whose drink is whose.

  • Metal Lunch Pail Seed Saver

    Go on a family antiques hunt in search of Dad's new favorite garden helper: a vintage lunch box. You can sand and paint the exterior if it's not a favorite color, or add magnets and stickers to customize it just for him.

  • Just-for-Dad Hot Sauce

    No time for Father’s Day DIY? Skip the how-to and repackage some of Dad’s favorite items (such as hot sauce) with unique labels. Create a label of your choosing (one idea: include special words or days) and adhere to a bottle using double-stick tape. Hang dried chile peppers from twine or string as accent.

  • Leather Key Chain

    Dad's car keys just got a major upgrade. Leather cording and a key ring are the basics to this simple, practical Father's Day gift.

  • Black-and-White Photographs

    Dad-approved artwork can be as simple as a fun photography session. Snap metal spoons and wine openers on a blank surface and play with the exposure, saturation, and color in your image-editing software. Mount in white frames with thick black mats.

  • Beverage Labels

    Give Dad this quick and easy Father’s Day gift: a bucket of favorite beverages (and an afternoon relaxing outside to enjoy them). To dress up standard bottles, tape old or new photographs or postcards over the bottle labels. Better yet, have children draw images or write notes sharing special sentiments.

  • Air Plant Art

    Bring the green with funky wall art starring way-cool air plants. Here's how to make this gift for Dad.

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    Desktop Garden

    Gift Dad a one-of-a-kind moss garden, perfect for a low-maintenance container planting. To assemble a moss dish garden, add filler to a container, using soil for the top inch. Use different types of moss, a bonsai tree, and accents such as twigs and stones to add interest to the scene. When your dish garden is complete, water thoroughly and press the mosses down to make good contact with one another. Water deeply every week for two months, misting between waterings, until the moss
 is established. No fertilizer is needed. Place the garden in indirect sunlight inside or a cool, shady area outside.

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    Dad’s Favorite Dinner

    Who doesn't love pizza night -- at home -- especially for Father's Day? Adorn a clean pizza box (ask a local restaurant for an extra) and fill with the prebaked crust and toppings. Print the free label and glue to the box.

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    String-and-Nails Artwork

    Dad will welcome this cheery artwork greeting. Print out a phrase, such as "Hello!" in a block font from your computer. Play with font size until you like the look (our letters are approximately 3 inches tall). Trim the block letters and arrange them on a board; cut the board to fit the phrase. Tap nails into place around the letters and remove the paper patterns. Wrap string around the outlines of the letters first, then fill in the letters with crisscross designs.

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    Kids Words Wall Art

    Framed handwriting is a fun way to remember a year in a child's life. Have your child write a favorite poem or a note to Dad on a fabric scrap that's cut to fit a basic frame (skip the expensive frame molding; a simple glass-fronted frame with side clips makes the writing the star). It's OK if some of the words go outside of the area; it adds to the just-for-Dad appeal.

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    Children Silhouettes

    For sweet, thoughtful Father's Day artwork, create a set of framed silhouettes of your children. Take a side profile photo of each child and print out. Trace onto heavy white cardstock and cut out. Back each cutout with a dark piece of cardstock; set in crisp black or white frames for a sophisticated gift.

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    Father’s Day Picnic Supplies

    A prepacked picnic makes a Father's Day outing that much easier. Dress up picnic tins with spray paint; let dry. Wrap sandwiches in parchment paper, and include bamboo utensils, a drink, and a tin filled with a sweet treat.

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    "I Love Daddy" Photo Cube

    For a cute and crafty Father's Day gift idea, show off the kids with a photo-packed cube collage. Choose photographs of your favorite memories, cards written by the kids, or images of Dad's favorite activities to decorate the display.

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    "Well Done" Grilling Apron

    If your Dad can't get enough of his grill, a decorated barbecue apron is the perfect Father's Day gift. Begin by tracing the letters in reverse onto the paper side of iron-on fusible webbing. Iron letters onto fabric and cut out. Remove the paper backing on the letters and iron them onto a plain apron.

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    Patterned Pencil Holder Gift

    Help Dad keep his pencils within reach at work with this easy Father's Day DIY: a pencil holder. Start with a block of 4x4-inch wood, and sand it to smooth the rough edges. Once sanded, paint the top any color you like. Cut the bottom of the block at an angle to tilt the base, then measure the sides of the block to determine the length of decorative paper needed to cover them. Soak the paper in water to make it pliable, then use a thin layer of watered-down decoupage medium to evenly attach the paper to the sides of the block. Line up the paper with the block's painted top; if the paper is too long at the bottom, neatly wrap it around the base. Seal the paper with a top coat of decoupage medium. On the top of the block, measure and mark pencil holes in an evenly spaced pattern; drill holes into the top at a 90-degree angle using a 1/2-inch bit.

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    Simple Father's Day Coaster Set

    Decoupage maps or special items -- such as photos, ticket stubs, or artwork -- onto square tiles to make a one-of-a-kind set of drink coasters for Father's Day. Back the tiles with felt to keep them from scratching surfaces.

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    Office Supplies Holder

    Help Dad keep his desk supplies neat with this eco-friendly organizer made from recycled potato chip canisters. Wrap clean, empty canisters with adhesive shelf paper. Apply a strip of contact cement or silicone-type adhesive down one side of a container, and adhere it horizontally to another. Continue stacking and joining the containers until the desired size unit is achieved.

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    Father’s Day Salt Rub

    Father's Day is always a good time to fire up the grill. For dads who love their outdoor barbecue time, give a handmade or purchased herb salt rub. Fill recycled or purchased glass bottles with the rub, hot-glue twine to the lid in a circular pattern, and print a label and instructions on a strip of burlap. Secure the label to the bottle with twine. 

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    Father’s Day Breakfast in Bed

    Pull together this quick kit for a yummy Father's Day breakfast gift. Package pancake mix, blueberries, milk (keep refrigerated until time to give), and real maple syrup separately. Tie on tags with twine or ribbon, and add small bags of optional mix-ins like chocolate chips, dried fruit, and nuts.

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    Father's Day Crafts Kids Can Make

    Give Dad a keepsake Father's Day craft handmade by his kids. These DIY gifts include works of art as well as more practical items, such as gardening supplies and a travel kit. Dad will love the thought that goes into each one of these Father's Day crafts for kids.
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