When it comes to giving your dad a gift on “his” day, nothing is better than DIY Father's Day gifts. It allows you to give your dad something special and one-of-a-kind (because you made it for him with your own two hands). You can combine a DIY gift with something store-bought, or only give him something you've made.
WHY DIY FATHER'S DAY GIFTS?
You could make your gifts with recycled items, which adds being Earth-friendly to that list a well. If you're ready to DIY something for dad, here are some ideas to use, or to help inspire you in coming up with a creative project all your own.
1. FOR THE DAD THAT LIKES TO GRILL – BBQ RUB
Nothing makes grilled foods better than a well-made rub for your meat. If your dad loves running the grill (something he can do all year round), this BBQ rub might just be the perfect gift for him. To make this rub, you'll need one tablespoon of both sea salt and black pepper, two tablespoons of paprika, two teaspoons each of garlic powder and onion powder, a half teaspoon of cayenne, and three tablespoons of packed brown sugar (it can be light or dark).
Mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl and then put them in a mason jar with a lid. Handmake a tag for your dad, letting him know what this concoction is for, including instructions for use. Instructions are to sprinkle the desired amount on meat. It can be spicy, so take it easy!
2. FOR THE DAD THAT LIKES TO COOK – PERSONALIZED APRON
Pick up a plain apron at any store (you can find one at crafting stores and at big box stores), and get some cloth paints so you can draw something on the apron. Think up something fun, cute, funny, or heartwarming to put on the apron that your father will appreciate. If you're not good at freehand writing or drawing, buy some stencils. Be as creative as you can - even if you're not the artistic type, you'll still surely make something your dad will love. You can bet your dad will wear his one-of-a-kind apron every time he's in the kitchen or at the grill.
3. FOR THE WELL-GROOMED DAD – HOMEMADE SHAVE OIL
If your dad likes a clean shave, make his father's day with a DIY Father's Day gift of homemade shave oil. This is a pre-shave oil that will help protect his skin and help for a smoother and cleaner shave a well. There are a lot of recipes for all sorts of shave oil combinations available online, but here's a simple one anyone can make. Combine one part olive oil with one part grapeseed oil, with a few drops of your chosen essential oil. Great “manly” options include cedarwood, pine, and sandalwood. Lavender is also a great choice, as is vanilla, which smells good combined with each of those other scents.
Store the mixture in a dark bottle with a tight seal and make a label, so your dad remembers what's in it! A good shake before each use will help ensure that the oils are all mixed well.
4. FOR THE BEARDED DAD – HOMEMADE BEARD BALM
If your pops has a beard and like to keep it around, you can still give him something for his face. A homemade beard balm will help his beard stay soft and smelling fresh. This recipe takes a little more work, and little ones will need help from an adult for safety.
The following ingredients make approximately six ounces worth of beard balm, of which you'll need a tin to put it in (you can use something reusable, like an old Altoids tin). You'll also need a carrier oil, which can be a blend of oils like jojoba, coconut, and sweet almond. You'll want a half cup of this, in which you will be adding (per the instructions following):
You'll need a double boiler, in which you'll place the oil mix with the beeswax in the top pot. Stir as the mix heats up, and when the beeswax begins to melt, you will add in the shea butter. Continue stirring until everything is liquid. Now add in the essential oils. Carefully pour the mix into small tins (or into one tin, depending on what size your tins are) and set them aside to cool and solidify. It will take several hours for this.
5. FOR THE FASHIONABLE DAD – TIE EYEGLASS CASE
Take one of dad's old neckties, preferably one he doesn't normally wear, and turn it into an eyeglass case. This is only going to be a good gift if your dad wears glasses – at least reading glasses or sunglasses. Mom might need to do the sewing on this, but it's not too difficult. Start by laying the tie down, with the back facing up. Measure from the point in, 17-inches, and cut across (so you remove the skinny end). You'll use a seam ripper to open about six inches’ worth of seam along the back that will allow you to stitch up a pocket that will hold the glasses.
Secure the sides by hand-stitching them together. The pointed end will fold over, and you can use Velcro for sealing it or sew a button on for something a little fancier.
6. FOR THE DAD THAT HAS EVERYTHING – DECORATED PICTURE FRAME
If your dad has everything, why not make him something he doesn't have? Pick a favorite picture of you and your dad together and alter a frame to put it in and gift to him. You can pick up a frame at any dollar store, and get a glue gun for fairly cheap that you'll use to glue items onto the frame. Or, you can get some decoupage glue and put paper-clippings on the frame. One great frame idea is the “You Rock” frame, using rocks for decorating the frame.
Hot glue is somewhat safer to use than super glue, but children may need parental supervision nonetheless. You definitely want to use a glue that will keep heavy items in place.
7. FOR A UNIQUE DAD – HOMEMADE GIFT CERTIFICATE OR COUPON BOOKLET
Create a coupon booklet for your dad. You can easily find templates online for these – you can fill out the info and print them out, then staple them together and gift them to your father. Create coupons that will make your dad happy – this could be coupons where you do things together, you do things for him, or just ones he can trade in for hugs or fun tossing the ball together in the yard. You just need a printer!
8. FOR DADS THAT LIKE GIFT CARDS – A HOMEMADE CARD
Create a homemade card that can house a gift card to your dad's favorite store (make sure you plan to go shopping with him when he uses it so you can see what he gets). You can create cards online and print them out on card stock, or you can make something right on the card stock using paint, magazine clippings, markers, or even stickers.
With a homemade card, your imagination is really the key. You need things like glue and paintbrushes, depending on your plan. For little ones, finger paint is a great choice – and you can create critters or other things with handprints and footprints too.
9. FOR ORGANIZED DADS – HOMEMADE PHOTO MAGNETS
If your dad likes to hang things on the fridge (even if it's artwork you gave him), make some photo magnets. You can buy magnet sheets at the craft store, which have one sticky side. Attach photos and cut around them, and you have an instant photo magnet!
10. FOR HANDS-ON DADS – COME UP WITH A PROJECT YOU CAN DO TOGETHER
If your dad likes to make things, come up with a project you can do together. Spend some time online researching things like wood birdhouses or bookshelves. Purchase all of the wood and other items needed in order to make something, and then make it together!
Spend Time with Your Dad
Your DIY Father's Day gifts just might allow you some time to bond with your dad a little more, no matter how old or young you are. Impress dad with your creative skills, as well as your knowledge in knowing exactly what he can use.